Empress Pavilion

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3.8 rating over 5 reviews

213-617-9898

988 N Hill St Ste 201 ( )

Los Angeles, CA 90012-1750

Neighborhoods: Chinatown

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Description: Empress Pavilion is a Chinese, Dim Sum, and Vegetarian restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal, paid less than $10, and tipped less than 15%.
Tags: Chinese, Dim Sum, Vegetarian, Kosher, Vegan, Gluten Free, Breakfast, Delivery, Parking, and BYOB
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Tips:
  • During dim sum service, the waitstaff wheels carts of delicacies like crisp-fried taro dumplings, roast duck and translucent har gow. To order, just flag one of the cart-pushing servers.
  • Empress Pavilion is in the Bamboo Plaza, which has a garage with validated parking.
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  • 5 reviews
  • First reviewed by Fannie
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Empress Pavilion

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Authentic Chinese Dim Sum

It’s noisy, it’s crowded, it’s often pure mayhem. It’s one of Los Angeles’ best kept secrets. Huge, but hidden on the second floor inside a courtyard shopping center in Chinatown, this gem of a restaurant is a must-try experience that may just become a habit.

Come early, or your likely to be told “No more food, we outta food.” Take a number and prepare to wait, anywhere from 20 minutes up to an hour. Don’t worry, it’s worth the wait. Pass the time shopping the various shops within the center selling everything from swords to herbs.

When your number is finally called, you’ll be led through an immense and noisy hall to your table. Once seated a waiter will offer drinks (maybe), and the hostess will place a punch slip on your table.

Waitresses with number tags instead of name tags noisily push steamer carts filled with all kinds of Chinese Foods. As they pass by your table, you can opt to take one or more portions of the dishes they offer. Each time you take a portion, they stamp your punch slip with a symbol that represents the dish.

Dim Sum consists of an endless collection of little delicacy dishes. Food is inexpensive, and decadent. Lots of breaded and fried things, many with shrimp. Shu Mai, Har Gow, Pork Buns, and Custards are just some of the yummy items you’ll be offered.

If you like vegetables, order Chinese Broccoli from the waiter (or anything else you like from the menus – they won’t offer, you need to ask). Most of the dishes are quite nice. I’d recommend you stick to the dishes that come in steamers. Everything is really inexpensive except the roast duck and roast pork dishes.

Part of the experience is that you’ll have little or no idea how much you just spent until the check comes. They total the punch slip, and deliver a bill – don’t worry, you’re likely to be shocked at how low the bill is. It’s a great experience, and a great bargain – highly recommended!

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Empress Pavilion has been shut down by Health Department

Empress Pavilion has been shut down by Health Department since 816/2012.

Bad Food
Dirty Kitchen
Bad Service

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Deep Fried Taro Dumplings

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Cold Food

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excellent dim sum

excellent dim sum

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December 25, 2009

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Insulting service, blah food

I will never visit this establishment again. The dim sum was sub-par. The BBQ pork was cold. The atmosphere is very Holiday Inn conference room. But the deal breaker was the poor service. Our server was exasperated by having to bring us…

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August 23, 2009

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it's just getting worse

This is my second time here, last time about 10 years ago, a friend took me there, I really forgot what it's taste like, but no bad memory, after today, I don't think I will go back there. Everything just taste not that good, I can see…

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  •  "Fresh and delicious food. Great variety"