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Chef Chu's

Chinese Restaurant$$$$
North Los Altos, Los Altos
  • Carlos A.
    "One of my favorites Chinese places in the bay area."(5 Tips)
    Renata A.
    "Try Hot & Sour Soup - the best soup in the menu!"(10 Tips)
    Jeanine K.
    "Try the veggie pot stickers!"(5 Tips)
    Renee T.
    "The garlic eggplant is excellent."(3 Tips)
96 Tips and reviews
  • Chinese food
  • hot & sour soup
  • bay area
  • garlic eggplant
  • lively
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  • EArchitect
    EArchitectAugust 12, 2014
    One of the best if not the best Chinese restaurant in Palo Alto. Try the Hong Kong-style Crispy Pan-Fried Noodles. Delicious!
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyDecember 31, 2013
    "This family-friendly spot near Palo Alto, California, has been a mainstay for more than 35 years. Special family dinner menus for two, three, or five people make ordering a breeze."
  • Debbie
    DebbieAugust 2, 2013
    My grandpa's 90th bday dindin. Food. Was. Amazing! Chef Chu came out for a personal meet n greet. For dessert, hot almond soup with tiny delicately made sesame-filled mochi balls.
  • Alex T.
    Alex TsuMay 23
    Rare is the Chinese restaurant that successfully caters to both a Chinese and non-Chinese crowd. Chef Chu's is one of that select few. You can't go wrong with their menu!
  • Cesar F.
    Cesar FonsecaSeptember 2, 2016
    Everything is freshly made by authentic Chinese chefs, and you can taste the difference. Always a smarter choice over PF Chang's and others
  • Christian D.
    Christian DickmannSeptember 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Generals chicken, Kung-Pao chicken and chicken chow-mein are my go to dishes. Each one is great. Service is always superb too!
  • Jiading H.
    Jiading HuJanuary 14
    One of the best chinese food in bay area! Peking roast duck is good. You need to call them to ask if available before you go.
  • Linda U.
    Linda UngerJune 25, 2011
    Green beans with garlic sauce, hot & sour soup & friendly welcome make this place a winner! Check out celebs on wall & mention 4 square for nice surprise!
  • Lee C.
    Lee CollingsDecember 18, 2013
    Been come here for years. Very good place but can be crowded. Make reserves or get there early. Whole menu is great!
  • Liz D.
    Liz DellMay 27, 2013
    Always solid Chinese, hands down best in Los Altos. Pork buns are delish and the Chef's specials are standouts.
  • Harsha J.
    Harsha JagadishApril 25, 2013
    There are good veggie options too on the menu. I liked the veg pot stickers and the beans with Mapo tofu. Hve fun
  • Aron F.
    Aron FletcherJanuary 1, 2014
    The Hot and Sour soup is the best around! The potstickers , great too! Edwin the bartender is Fantastic!!
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos AndradeMarch 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorites Chinese places in the bay area. Mongolian beef and fried rice are awesome
  • Miller S.
    Miller SMarch 31, 2013
    Try the Basil Chicken in clay pot! Spicier than I expected and great complexity in the sauce!
  • Nitin M.
    Nitin MangtaniNovember 24, 2011
    Try hot & sour soup, clay oven veggies with tofu, pot stickers and lettuce wraps, all available in veggie options.
  • Trish P.
    Trish PeachApril 5, 2015
    Legendary Asian food - worth visiting for vegetarians & omnivores alike.
  • Alexandra I.
    Alexandra IrvingDecember 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite Chinese restaurant hands down. Check it out. You won't regret it. Oh and don't forgot to try the crab cheese puffs. Amazing.
  • Peg C.
    Peg ChampionMay 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The chicken salad is the best in Silicon Valley. And sizzling rice soup rocks! Busy but efficient on a Sunday night.
  • Craig S.
    Craig StarkJuly 8, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Dinner here tonight. Pepper beef, general chicken, spring rolls and pot stickers. Oh and cocktails. Review: awesome as usual. You really can't go wrong!
  • Cengiz K.
    Cengiz KayaFebruary 20, 2016
    Really enjoyed the place and the food. Good for the families.
  • Renata A.
    Renata AkhunovaNovember 19, 2012
    Try Hot & Sour Soup - the best soup in the menu!
    Upvoted May 20
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa RoseJanuary 13, 2012
    First time here and it feels like family! Ask for chefs dessert! Look for the mayor, cool guy!
  • Marcela T.
    The best Chinese food in the bay area! Good food and low price.
  • Søren J.
    Søren JørgensenJanuary 19, 2015
    Hunan lamb good ! (And of course the home style spinach)
  • Brad W.
    Brad WhitworthFebruary 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Chinese New Year's banquets are always an amazing event with Chef Larry Chu providing play-by-play for the eight-course extravaganza.
  • Shaun C.
    Shaun CramptonOctober 31, 2010
    Snow white chicken was delicious but very delicate. If you want something more intense best to try a richer sauce.
  • jan h.
    jan hubertJuly 20, 2013
    It's a classic! Would have never known about it if I hadn't gone with a local. Authentic old world Chinese.
  • Craig S.
    Craig StarkJuly 18, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Once again. Another awesome meal at Chef Chus. Really the best in the Bay Area. If you know of a better, please let me know. I don't think it exists ...
  • Kamran M.
    Kamran MunshiMarch 10, 2016
    I like the Sichuan clay pot dishes!
  • J C.
    J CruzJuly 9, 2010
    Hey just found out if you check in with owners son at the front desk and tell him you just checked in at foursquare he will give you a free dessert. Sweeeet!
  • Akshat J.
    Akshat JainOctober 30, 2013
    Not at all costly, high end feel! Food is good.. service is really good.
  • Karen M.
    Karen MeiJune 8, 2014
    Great fast and friendly service.
  • Justin J.
    Justin JeongJanuary 27, 2013
    Pretty good, Chef Lawrence came out and greeted us and thanked us for coming.
  • Anna S.
    Anna SheldonAugust 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Mai Tai's and everything is great!
  • Stephen O.
    Stephen OwensSeptember 4, 2011
    Chinese chicken salad and Pork with Imperial Sauce are my favorites!
  • Morgan D.
    Morgan DavisNovember 2, 2011
    Eat here. Fast & attentive service...and delicious food.
  • Renee T.
    Renee TeefiveSeptember 14, 2016
    The garlic eggplant is excellent.
  • Frank S.
    Frank SchellenbergDecember 10, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    This can get really crowded on Sunday night, but you can phone ahead.
  • John L.
    John LazarNovember 13, 2016
    Mai tais and chicken salad...strange but tasty combo.
  • Jan B.
    Jan B.September 11, 2011
    Disappointed withe the crab cheese puffs- they should have been creamier! Hot sour soup was yummy but the General Tso chicken was not great. It passed but I have had much better.
  • Kristen M.
    Kristen MeisterOctober 6, 2013
    Come hungry, leave happy.
  • Renee T.
    Renee TeefiveMay 7, 2015
    Garlic eggplant is delicious
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie HuynhJanuary 20, 2012
    Executive lunch has the best entrée selections.
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DuffieldJune 2, 2014
    Wonton soup was excellent. Chow mien was dry.
  • Alexandra I.
    Alexandra IrvingOctober 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If Chinese food is served in heaven then it tastes like Chef Chu's.
  • Karan B.
    Karan BediFebruary 27, 2015
    The mapo tofu is great
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MontenegroDecember 24, 2016
    Garlic eggplant is delicious
  • C H R I S ..
    C H R I S . MSeptember 23, 2012
    Kung Pao Tofu is delicious!!
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengJuly 1, 2015
    Not the most authentic Chinese cuisine, but the owner is extremely kind.
  • Gowri Shankar
    Gowri ShankarMarch 18, 2014
    Hunan chicken - amazing
  • Shanna D.
    Shanna DeweyDecember 30, 2012
    Love the hot and sour soup and chicken salad!
  • Stuart Q. X.
    Stuart Q. XuSeptember 19, 2013
    Typical Americanized Chinese food with great service.
  • Galina K.
    Galina KostovaMay 21, 2016
    The best Mai Thai!
  • Paul Y.
    Paul YouNovember 1, 2013
    Justin Bieber ate here. If that means anything to anyone.
  • Yvette T.
    Yvette TruongMarch 8, 2012
    Very nice service, let's see how the food is
  • Svetlana F.
    Svetlana FilatovaFebruary 15, 2014
    Amazing salmon! 😋
  • Anurag S.
    Anurag SimgekerMay 7, 2016
    I love their Chicken Chow Fun
  • minnie m.
    minnie mMarch 18, 2015
    Chicken with cracked rice!
  • Sophia Y.
    Sophia YenJune 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    7:15 is the magical parking hour! All the spots in front were open!
  • Tan L.
    Tan LamJuly 12, 2010
    I'd have to come back for the veggie dishes... Lettuce cups and basil beef claypot very average especially for the price.
  • Booie
    BooieMay 21, 2015
    Very good peking duck
  • Doug B.
    Doug BaerNovember 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Hot and sour soup is fantastic!
  • Ricky R.
    Ricky RuhlenSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Chinese restaurant on the peninsula.
  • Jennefer S.
    Jennefer ShpilmanNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Must order: SNOW WHITE CHICKEN
  • Adí
    AdíAugust 8, 2012
    Hot & Sour Soup + Hunan Chicken #musttry
  • Deniz
    DenizAugust 18, 2014
    Hot and sour soup is amazing!
  • Jeanine K.
    Jeanine KJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the veggie pot stickers!
  • Jennefer S.
    Jennefer ShpilmanJuly 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    best Chinese food ever!Must order: snow white chicken
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BurnettNovember 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything's good.
  • Alexander J.
    Alexander JazzyAlexDecember 27, 2016
    Typical bay area restaurant - overrated, small portions, very not tasteful - Panda Express 10x better.
  • Tom M.
    Tom McGhanAugust 2, 2011
    Bonus points if you can score a parking spot closer than a 5 minute walk away...
  • Peg C.
    Peg ChampionJuly 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Lawrence Chu is a talented chef and wonderful human being! We always have a fabulous food and a great time here, whether it's for dinner, Chinese cooking classes or Chinese New Year celebrations!
  • Raju S.
    Raju SagirajuJanuary 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Have to try Hunan Chicken
  • Li O.
    Li OuyangAugust 3, 2013
    Best Chinese food I've ever had. Lamb chops were good. Shrimp in lettuce leaves delicious. And obviously have to try to Beijing duck!
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron ShawOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best lemon chicken ever!
  • juliet s.
    Ok food, sub par egg rolls. Not sure if I'll give it another try
  • Alex L.
    Alex LinMay 18, 2014
    Nice place
  • George H.
    George HaberSeptember 6, 2015
    Mongolian beef
  • Sal D.
    Sal DMay 1, 2011
    Just got a free desert for checking in. Cool!
  • Glennia C.
    Glennia CampbellFebruary 10, 2010
    Have the corn soup with velvet chicken. It's good for what ails you.
  • Todd W.
    Todd WilsonAugust 1, 2011
    The Mai Tai is ridiculous!
  • Zach N.
    Zach NegreyJuly 18, 2015
    Great Chinese
  • Ekaterina O.
    Ekaterina ObukhovaSeptember 11, 2012
    Pekin Duck!
  • Richard L.
    Richard LiuAugust 15, 2010
    This place is tops . Beijing beef!
  • David S.
    David ShpilmanJuly 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get mongolian beef!!!
  • ryan e.
    ryan eltheringtonJuly 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Mai tai's keep it pretty real.
  • Christy L.
    Christy LeJuly 15, 2010
    Steer clear of the Ma Po Tofu.
  • Tawana B.
    Tawana BurnettMay 31, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    chinese chicken salad is worth the trip
  • Pariya P.
    Mongolian beef is great!
  • Lisa
    LisaMay 17, 2013
    One of those overrated places on Yelp. The good rating comes from the good service, IMO. Food is just okay and is more to the Americanized side.
  • Fred H.
    Fred HsuMarch 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome hot and sour soup!!
  • B S.
    B SMarch 29, 2010
    Was ok. Didn't knock my socks off. Bland.
  • Алина И.
    Порции космических размеров . Белые скатерти и очень вкусно !
  • Renat B.
    Renat BatyrovFebruary 5, 2013
    Отличный ресторан, рекомендую!
  • Donghee C.
    Donghee ChoiSeptember 23, 2014
    여긴 맛있음. 레알
  • David V.
    David VijayvergiyaskyJanuary 9, 2015
    Excellent eggplant
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