Chengdu Impression

4.2
49 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Chinese (Sichuan)
Two-story, chic room with rooftop patio features spicy noodles & more dishes from Chengdu, China.
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OT
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always delicious with friendly service. Top restaurant for spicy Chinese cuisine.

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JD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and the food was delicious. The pork belly was the best that I have had.

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C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was lacking and also food took so long to come out. Overall, the experience was okay.

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SC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, definitely a hidden gem. The staff was super nice and the art around the walls is quite something to look at. The food was delicious. Highly recommended.

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V
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

If you're not a spicy food lover, don't try this restaurant. Even when they tone down the spice, it's spicy -- it's Szechuan Chinese cuisine after all.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was horrible! Most employees weren’t trained to handle a big group (10+). Foods were brought out randomly... the staffs need more experiences. The foods were decent but nothing was great... not a good evening for our guests.

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good quality authentic Chinese food and nice environment! I will come back again!

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, great service, great environment!

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OT
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

In general, we really like Chengdu Impression. However, when we have eaten here before we had better service and food. This time some of the offerings, eg. the dan dan noodles, were as good as usual. However, some dishes, especially the especially super spicy shrimp, were oily, and we had to ask several times for another dish, pea shoots, to be served. Chengdu Impressions generally serves sophisticated mostly Sichuan cuisine in a lovely setting. We hope our last experience does not indicate a trend.

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OT
Las Vegas
48 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is very good, the portions are generous and the pricing is reasonable.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food are too spicy for some people. Please offer non-spicy for more food options. Overall it is very good if you tolerate spicy food!

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z
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food is amazing also the environment. the employees are very helpful and instructive.

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M
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a pleasant experience. The food was delicious, and the servers were excellent. We will be back.

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San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

During our most recent visit to this temple of szechuan food, we ordered for the table one of the special Thanksgiving menus.
What a treat and wonderful opportunity to sample many, many delicacies.

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W
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent for sure. Chicken soup was amazing. The price was reasonable for the quality of food. However, the windows did not close tight and the room became quite cold in the night since the wind could come in. Meanwhile, rice/carb should come with the dishes. The dishes were very flavorful but needed rice to go with.

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BS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful in all respects. Thoughtful management and service; superb Szechuan cuisine with an extra level of refinement. Well thought-out menu. Warm welcome; Very enjoyable.

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N
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The cuisine they serve reminds me of home, since my mom is from Chongqing. I cannot wait to go back and have some more!

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OT
Las Vegas
48 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All dishes were excellent...fish, kung pao, lightly fried noodles, eggplant. Large portions...everything had its own flavor profile. Excellent

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J
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the spicy food and good service.

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l
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my first experience with authentic Szechuan food. Delicious! Will definitely be back.

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l
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious! We had the dan dan noodles, the wok-fried cauliflower, the kung pao chicken, the pork belly with shishito peppers, and the wok-fried shrimp with asparagus. All were outstanding.

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OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We came here to honor the late Jonathan gold. He had recommended this restaurant, if not discovered it. I found it to be very very overpriced for quite basic food. $75 for two people can buy you all lunch anywhere else.

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T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My wife is from Chengdu so she knows what's what. And she thinks this is the best, the most authentic Chengdu food she's had in the United States.

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J
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came late on a Friday evening after I landed at LAX at 7:30pm and the food was just what I'd been craving - delicious spicy, flavorful Chinese food. The staff was friendly and the restaurant itself was very understated, clean, and overall really pleasent. It was later when we got there so the noise level was quiet but maybe when they're super busy it's a bit louder. Highly recommend if you're in the Arcadia/Monrovia area and are looking for some Chinese food.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was awesome. Service was great food was great. My Boyfriend and I brought our mothers for Mother’s Day and it was perfect! Will be going back in the future!

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JD
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and decor are both measurably better than other nearby Chinese restaurants and Chengdu does feature authentic Szechuan cuisine (i.e., very spicy). A little pricey, though, compared to good Chinese restaurants in Alhambra and Monterey Park.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing food!!! They are still working out the service kinks, but the food is worth it.

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IH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AWESOME FOOD

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BC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, just as how I remembered them from the original parent restaurant in Chengdu, China

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D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 5

This trendy place has good food in traditional setting with a modern twist. Each dish was skillfully presented, even though most items were ordinary Sichuan street food. Walking past the kitchen left me impressed, as it looked like a well-orchestrated production.

However, the service was horrible. The staff may have been overwhelmed. Maybe there was poor training. We had to ask three times before we got water. When asked to get our plates changed to clean ones, the waitress brought our two plates but only took one away (leaving the other dirty plate on our table). We had to fetch our own napkins, as we were unsuccessful in flagging down staff. I had to get up and grab a dish for my baby.

When asked for rice, we had to ask two different waiters. The second one told us it will be five minutes. Then, the rice was cold when it arrived. Maybe they didn't microwave the old rice long enough.

Finally, the check came. The waitress shoved the check and ran off. It turned out to be the wrong check. For $85 for my wife and I with our toddler, the pricing seems right for the ambiance and dining environment, but it was certainly not fitting for the service.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My entire family down to our two little boys enjoyed all of the dishes. They were so flavorful and the presentation was gorgeous! We loved the dumplings, the whole bass, the scallops, chicken tofu soup and spicy fried chicken.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor service and food is not good

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k
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We had made this reservation to meet up with our old friends from Chicago. We started ordering at 6:45 PM, of the four of us ordering there were already three items not available. Then the waitress returned to tell us one of the four items we had ordered was now unavailable! Out of Kung Pao shrimp!?! We ordered a dish spicy crispy chicken dish, literally more chili peppers than chicken and over cooked. Won’t be returning anytime soon....
Having used OpenTable for years, I was disappointed for the first time with an ‘unknown’ restaurant selection.

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OT
Los Angeles
711 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I'm not that much of a fan of spicy food so I was not impressed. I did like the cauliflower but the fried chicken and pungent chicken we're not that good. My dining companion enjoyed the special beef dish and felt my opinion on the pungent chicken was wrong.

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T
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was attentive and food was amazing! We drove an hour to have this!

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OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & service was good. Will go back.

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SN
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Work promotion. Fathers Day

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and waitstaff were fantastic! Was greeted by the General Manger and recommended excellent meal choices. The food was fresh with amazing flavors and didn't have to worry about my food allergies as they ensured that we were taken care of. The food presentation was fantastic. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant and will go again.

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OT
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We went for the tasting menu which was a big mistake. Our first 3 dishes came too fast and they were taking away our plates even before we were through. The next dish came 40 minutes later!!! We were ready to just pay the bill and walk out. But, we stayed for the rest of the mediocre meal. The panda rice ball dessert which looked so delectable in pictures was alas a let down, floating in tasteless water.

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F
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The set up n the services were nice for a Chinese restaurant. The food is above average (except the lobster) My specific comments on food: Overall the portions were small, ok for 2 person. Specifically, the Tan-tan noodle n the wanton were good, reminded me of what I had in a street corner in Chendu. The two veggie we had, cauliflower n cabbage, were above average. The Chendu boiled spicy pot tasted ok. But it lacked the original ingredients that this dish traditionally had, such as pork intestine, wood ear n lotus. It's just a little off for me. I assumed that was out of the concern with the American taste with respect to these ingredients. We asked the manager for A recommendation. He directed us to the lobster at $35. It was small (less than a pound) n the meat was mushy, a clear indication of a dead lobster. I can't imagine the manger of a relatively new restaurant would recommend something that's obviously inferior in the San Gabriel Valley. The bill for 2 was $115 excluding tip, on the high side for what one gets.

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