Where to eat Chinese food in El Sobrante: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 12, 2019 Vivienne Hutton

Discover Restaurants offering the best Chinese food in El Sobrante, California, United States. El Sobrante (Spanish for "surplus" or "remaining land"; Spanish: [el so.ˈβran.te]) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Contra Costa County, California, United States. The population was 12,669 at the 2010 census.
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7. Amazing Kitchen

13993 San Pablo Ave, San Pablo, CA 94806-3617 Chinese +1 510-234-2565 http://www.amazingkitchenca.com/

Reviewed By lionesschef

Since I had food delivered, I cannot comment on the restaurant experience.I was intrigued by their online menu, it had items you don't usually see in suburban restaurants, more like things you see in Chinatown. I didn't order enything exotic for this first time trying it. But do plan to go in person, with friends, to explore the menu.They serve brown rice for the same price as white rice - that gets 5 stars from me. The brown rice was cooked nicely. It had enough of the traditional sticky quality of Chinese rice, but was not overcooked or mushy, it had a nice texture and flavor.1. Garlic Chinese Broccoli - I wouldn't have minded even more garlic, but the dish was a large portion of perfectly tender-crisp gai lan (I am just starting seeds now for my own crop in the fall). Five stars.2. String Bean Chicken with Black Bean Sauce - very nice. Salty black beans in the sauce, lots of dry-sauteed green beans, with a balance of chicken. Generous portion. Four stars.3. Braised Tofu with Black Mushroom. I am a huge mushroom fan, so I always have to check out dishes with mushrooms. This was nice, with lots of baby bok choy too. With a slightly sweet sauce. Four stars.4. Braised Beef with Ginger and Green Onion - big slices of ginger (I like that, but when I make this at home, I chop the ginger). Three stars.5. Pot stickers - the only item I ordered that I was not impressed with. The filling is undistinguished and the wrappers are very thick. I prefer a thinner wrapper and for the filling to have some flavor of ginger, scallion, sesame oil... Only 1 star for the pot stickers.I give this place big bonus points for actually having a lot of vegetables in the dishes, and NOT dumping a ton of sugar into every sauce.Too many Chinese restaurants have sauces more appropriate to dessert due to sugar content, and have skewed the portions in dishes to 3/4 meat and 1/4 vegetable. This place has the right balances, very little sugar but plenty of garlic, black beans, ginger, etc. And a dish that is named String Bean chicken, actually has more string beans than chicken in the dish.This is the best Chinese food I've found in my area now that I live in suburbia.

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6. China Delights

1501 Tara Hills Dr, Pinole, CA 94564-2519 Chinese +1 510-964-1882 http://chinadelightspinole.chillandeatzones.space
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4 based on 10 reviews

China Delights

Reviewed By Blouie888

We went there yesterday for lunch. They have special lunch menu and also have a fixed price special with a choice of 3 items. The servings are pretty large and includes a choice of complimentary soups. We've been here many times before and have never been disappointed by the food.

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5. Lee's Garden Chinese Restaurant

2300 El Portal Dr, San Pablo, CA 94806-3486 Chinese +1 510-215-5689

Reviewed By R H

This is a fun place to take your friends and family to share a meal. Large parties are more than welcome, service fast and for the most part friendly. the food is really good if you can not find some thing on the several food bars your not trying. Also they have a grill ready to cook any concoction you thing you will enjoy, mine never turn out as good as I think they should oh well. The kids love the dessert bar. The best part you won't feel rushed just enjoy the meal and your Family. Not overly expensive, unless your paying for everyone.

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4. Hunan Restaurant

4068 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante, CA 94803-2952 Chinese +1 510-222-1989

Reviewed By D B

The picture shown here is that of the Sikh Gurudwara Temple in El Sobrante - it is not the Hunan restaurant. What is this restaurant owner trying to say??

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3. Empire Buffet

700 San Pablo Towne Ctr, San Pablo, CA 94806-3971 Chinese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian Lunch, Dinner Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible +1 510-965-1788 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Empire-Buffet/117809221612486
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3 based on 19 reviews

Empire Buffet

Reviewed By Al A

I have noticed lower ratings by other people, you can surprise me; every time we go the placed is packed. The food is fresh and plenty of food to eat. If you go away hungry it is your fault. As for us we will be back soon.

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2. UNCLE Chung's Szechuan

2550 Appian Way, Pinole, CA 94564-2256 Chinese, Asian Dinner, Lunch Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Table Service +1 510-222-8881 http://unclechungspinole.com
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4 based on 35 reviews

UNCLE Chung's Szechuan

Reviewed By tkleeman

We went looking for Sichuan cuisine. We found everything smothered in a non-descript sweet-sour sauce with just a bit of heat. The Mala Chicken (supposedly hot and spicy) was a weak General Tso variant. I suspect the cook is Cantonese. Very disappointing, especially when it is so close to good restaurants in El Cerrito and Albany.

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1. China Kitchen

4247 Appian Way, El Sobrante, CA 94803-2251 Chinese Lunch, Dinner +1 510-223-1288

Reviewed By Kirt E

I met my friend for lunch about 1:30 on a Wednesday afternoon. We were greeted in the lobby, and shown to a nearby table. The restaurant wasn't overcrowded, but a nice energy of talking. Our server was pleasant and brought us water & hot tea right away. We ordered the "lunch special" from many fabulous choices. It came quickly. We enjoyed the soup & had leftovers to bring home. Very nice meal under $30.

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