Empress Pavilion

Neighborhoods: Chinatown
Cuisine: Chinese, Dim Sum, Vegetarian

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%.

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"Fresh and delicious food. Great variety"
  • 3/26/2015

    A Chinese chowhound from Los Angeles, CA tried it and liked it. They liked the food and liked the service.

  • 2/26/2015

    A Chinese food lover from Los Angeles, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 12/20/2014

    A diner from San Jose, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, didn't like the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 10/08/2014

    A Chinese food lover from San Jose, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 8/29/2014

    A dining patron from San Jose, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Fresh and delicious food. Great variety
14 / 20
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 San Jose, CA

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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 Los Angeles, CA

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

Deep Fried Taro Dumplings

Cold Food


excellent dim sum

excellent dim sum

February 8, 2009

Empress not so Impressed

Gone are the days of variety and plenty of dim sum carts. Early birds must wait longer for the popular dim sum dishes to roll out of the kitchen after 10. Patience is tested here on weekends. Waiters and bus boys do what they can to quench…
November 13, 2007


I had the worst experience at the Empress Pavilion Restaurant. The service was horrible. My friends and I were there for 40 minutes and did not receive any decent service or food. One of my friend tried to speak to an employee and was…

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Chinese Dim Sum Vegetarian
  • Empress Pavilion is in the Bamboo Plaza, which has a garage with validated parking.
  • 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.
Mon-Thu 05:30PM - 09:00PM (Dinner)
Fri 05:30PM - 09:30PM (Dinner)
Sun,Sat 05:00PM - 10:00PM (Dinner)
Mon-Fri 10:00AM - 02:30PM (Lunch)
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