Chef Chu's

★★★★☆
  • 1067 N San Antonio Rd

    Los Altos, CA 94022

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  • 650-948-2696

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The prices are very reasonable and the quality is above average for the place like that. It has its own style and lots of photos of politicians visiting the place - very cool if you bring guests with you.

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★★★★★

The prices are very reasonable and the quality is above average for the place like that. It has its own style and lots of photos of politicians visiting the place - very cool if you bring guests with you.

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I have been a customer of Chef Chu's for more than 15 years. I used to work in Biotech in Palo Alto and most my co workers liked to have party in Chef Chu's. The food is really delicious and clean. My friends like here too.

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5
★★★★★

I have been a customer of Chef Chu's for more than 15 years. I used to work in Biotech in Palo Alto and most my co workers liked to have party in Chef Chu's. The food is really delicious and clean. My friends like here too.

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My family has been going to Chef Chu's for years and it is still the best chinese food in the bay area. The staff is always so friendly. They always make a special meal for my dad that is not on the menu.

4
★★★★☆

My family has been going to Chef Chu's for years and it is still the best chinese food in the bay area. The staff is always so friendly. They always make a special meal for my dad that is not on the menu.

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Chef Chu's usually has decent food.
BUT... I found a cockroach in my take home brown rice YUCK!!!!
I'm sorry to say that I will never eat there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

Chef Chu's usually has decent food.
BUT... I found a cockroach in my take home brown rice YUCK!!!!
I'm sorry to say that I will never eat there again.

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Chef Chu's is considered an institution and almost a landmark in Los Altos, but the food is not as tasty as it was 5 years ago. Still, the food here is some of the best Chinese in the area. The best dishes include the specials such as the duck and whole grilled fish.

4
★★★★☆

Chef Chu's is considered an institution and almost a landmark in Los Altos, but the food is not as tasty as it was 5 years ago. Still, the food here is some of the best Chinese in the area. The best dishes include the specials such as the duck and whole grilled fish.

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Apparently, Chef Chu's been rated as one of the best restaurants in the state (and even country). I definitely agree! My family have been dedicated customers for years and years, and we never get tired of it. (In fact, I almost wish I still lived in the Bay Area just so I could eat there!) It's a very popular place and always busy, but the quality of service is consistently high, even when they're packed. It's a family-run business, and they get to know you if you come regularly.

The food, of course, is awesome. I've never had anything there that I didn't like, and although I'm sure the calorie content is still high, things aren't swimming in extra oil/sauce the way they are at some Chinese restaurants. The atmosphere is cool because you can dress up or down and still feel like you fit in; there's usually everything from formal parties to families with crying children there! And the prices are surprisingly reasonable for such a nice place. Don't pass through Los Altos without eating at Chef Chu's (or at least getting takeout)!

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★★★★★

Apparently, Chef Chu's been rated as one of the best restaurants in the state (and even country). I definitely agree! My family have been dedicated customers for years and years, and we never get tired of it. (In fact, I almost wish I still lived in the Bay Area just so I could eat there!) It's a very popular place and always busy, but the quality of service is consistently high, even when they're packed. It's a family-run business, and they get to know you if you come regularly.

The food, of course, is awesome. I've never had anything there that I didn't like, and although I'm sure the calorie content is still high, things aren't swimming in extra oil/sauce the way they are at some Chinese restaurants. The atmosphere is cool because you can dress up or down and still feel like you fit in; there's usually everything from formal parties to families with crying children there! And the prices are surprisingly reasonable for such a nice place. Don't pass through Los Altos without eating at Chef Chu's (or at least getting takeout)!

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This is one of my favorite places to eat. Food is always great, prices are very reasonable and chef Chu is usually in the kitchen cooking the food himself. The dinner sets give you a good variety of popular dishes. The decor needs a serious make-over, but I suppose you could call that part of the "charm". Definitely make reservations Friday - Sunday, otherwise you'll wait at least 30 minutes.

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★★★★★

This is one of my favorite places to eat. Food is always great, prices are very reasonable and chef Chu is usually in the kitchen cooking the food himself. The dinner sets give you a good variety of popular dishes. The decor needs a serious make-over, but I suppose you could call that part of the "charm". Definitely make reservations Friday - Sunday, otherwise you'll wait at least 30 minutes.

Pros: The food

Cons: The Decor

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I have been a customer of theirs for over 20 years and their food has always been Superb!
Their food is the standard by which other places should be judged by. The Chef "Larry" Chu, as he is casual and humble remembers people even if they aren't the heads of state or famous as all the people on his wall of famous guests shows. Where most chinese food restaurants fail in heavy oils, their food is light and fresh. If I was on a deserted island and could take one
meal with me it would be his chicken salad, pot-stickers and kung pao chicken. They make their own hot oil there and try it with the salad and pot-stickers. I highly recommend it and all the hype is more than justified by the consistent quality. Cheers for Chef Chu....!

2
★★★★★

I have been a customer of theirs for over 20 years and their food has always been Superb!
Their food is the standard by which other places should be judged by. The Chef "Larry" Chu, as he is casual and humble remembers people even if they aren't the heads of state or famous as all the people on his wall of famous guests shows. Where most chinese food restaurants fail in heavy oils, their food is light and fresh. If I was on a deserted island and could take one
meal with me it would be his chicken salad, pot-stickers and kung pao chicken. They make their own hot oil there and try it with the salad and pot-stickers. I highly recommend it and all the hype is more than justified by the consistent quality. Cheers for Chef Chu....!

Pros: Incredible chinese food, Chef Chu's blend of Mandarin & Szechwan style!

Cons: none

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I recently went to Chef Chu's with my family. I had heard about it and driven by many times and finally decided to give it a try. I have a 2 year old son and they were very accomodating. The food was way above the average chinese restaurant. I tried their steamed sea bass which was excellent as well as their "famous" chicken salad. I will definitely be back there with my family!

4
★★★★☆

I recently went to Chef Chu's with my family. I had heard about it and driven by many times and finally decided to give it a try. I have a 2 year old son and they were very accomodating. The food was way above the average chinese restaurant. I tried their steamed sea bass which was excellent as well as their "famous" chicken salad. I will definitely be back there with my family!

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I love this place! The food is consistently great , the service friendly and the prices when compared to other restaurants I eat out at are so reasonable. If you really want to try some authentic chinese dishes, you have got to order some of the less popular "americanized" dishes. I just went in and tried for the first time their basil chicken and its was awesome! I higly recommend reservations though.

2
★★★★★

I love this place! The food is consistently great , the service friendly and the prices when compared to other restaurants I eat out at are so reasonable. If you really want to try some authentic chinese dishes, you have got to order some of the less popular "americanized" dishes. I just went in and tried for the first time their basil chicken and its was awesome! I higly recommend reservations though.

Pros: food is good

Cons: busy on weekends

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Even though we had booked a table ahead of time,we had to wait for more than 30 minutes.But the food was tasty and they have lots of appetizers,you wont know which one to try!

3
★★★☆☆

Even though we had booked a table ahead of time,we had to wait for more than 30 minutes.But the food was tasty and they have lots of appetizers,you wont know which one to try!

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I don't understand why people have raved and talked about this restaurant for so many years! From the Moment I walked into the restaurant I was disappointed! Until recently, I was invited to Chef Chu's for lunch because my friends had never tried it either. So the"open Kitchen" was disgusting! poorly displayed food and good view of a old gloomy and rundown kitchen. Along with the rest of the restaurant, Everything was outdated and not special. The service was poor! The young waiter was unfriendly and pushy to sell more expensive items rather that from their lunch special which was even more of a disappointment. The bill came out to almost 35$ without tip for 3 people. we got ripped off. Food was not good. Very thick and .....yuck. I just don't get why people still to this day say the food is good , even yet, "the best Chinese food". Whatever Overrated! Never going back again, and they need to change their credit card system because because they'll charge you a service fee!

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★★★☆☆

I don't understand why people have raved and talked about this restaurant for so many years! From the Moment I walked into the restaurant I was disappointed! Until recently, I was invited to Chef Chu's for lunch because my friends had never tried it either. So the"open Kitchen" was disgusting! poorly displayed food and good view of a old gloomy and rundown kitchen. Along with the rest of the restaurant, Everything was outdated and not special. The service was poor! The young waiter was unfriendly and pushy to sell more expensive items rather that from their lunch special which was even more of a disappointment. The bill came out to almost 35$ without tip for 3 people. we got ripped off. Food was not good. Very thick and .....yuck. I just don't get why people still to this day say the food is good , even yet, "the best Chinese food". Whatever Overrated! Never going back again, and they need to change their credit card system because because they'll charge you a service fee!

Pros: none

Cons: lots

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I work in the area, and have been to a number of lunch spots like this and think Chef Chu's has the best Chinese by far...

2
★★★★☆

I work in the area, and have been to a number of lunch spots like this and think Chef Chu's has the best Chinese by far...

Pros: Great food, fast service

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Chef chu is famous for their chinese chicken salad... they may not have invented the dish but they sure perfected it. Definitely the best chicken salad out of the many I've sampled. Great for takeout.

Usually I'll pick up food to go, special fried rice, hunan tofu, braised tofu, prawn w/ sizzling rice, the aforemention salad. Sit-down meals are nice too, great atmosphere and the basil chicken dish is killer.

4
★★★★☆

Chef chu is famous for their chinese chicken salad... they may not have invented the dish but they sure perfected it. Definitely the best chicken salad out of the many I've sampled. Great for takeout.

Usually I'll pick up food to go, special fried rice, hunan tofu, braised tofu, prawn w/ sizzling rice, the aforemention salad. Sit-down meals are nice too, great atmosphere and the basil chicken dish is killer.

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Reasonably priced, very clean and good at getting you in and out for a work day lunch, Chef Chus is one of our office's favorite places to go. Ample parking and a friendly staff make it all the better...

PROS: I have never been served a bad dish
CONS: Can get a bit noisy

4
★★★★☆

Reasonably priced, very clean and good at getting you in and out for a work day lunch, Chef Chus is one of our office's favorite places to go. Ample parking and a friendly staff make it all the better...

PROS: I have never been served a bad dish
CONS: Can get a bit noisy

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Here is what I tend to order.
Chef Special Chow Mein. "delicious"
Chef Special Fried Rice" excellent"
Mongolian Beef "Yummy"
Kunpao Chicken Xtra Spicy "Hot Hot"
I would recommend anyone in the BayArea altleast come to eat at Chef Chu's Atleast once. 5 Stars out of 5

5
★★★★★

Here is what I tend to order.
Chef Special Chow Mein. "delicious"
Chef Special Fried Rice" excellent"
Mongolian Beef "Yummy"
Kunpao Chicken Xtra Spicy "Hot Hot"
I would recommend anyone in the BayArea altleast come to eat at Chef Chu's Atleast once. 5 Stars out of 5

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I used to love their food, and I found their restaurant service good. Now, the food is oily, and the take-out service unobliging. Such a shame.

1
★★★☆☆

I used to love their food, and I found their restaurant service good. Now, the food is oily, and the take-out service unobliging. Such a shame.

Pros: parking ok, not too noisy, good waiters

Cons: oily food, poor takeout chef

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My family and I went there for our weekly dinner with our relatives who are going back to Taiwan. We heard raven reviews about the food and particularly their vegetarian dishes. The host was very friendly and service was great. But the food was less than authentic and slightly salty. Shrimp balls, Chef's recommendation was dread with breadcrubs and soaked in oil. If i want to drink oil, I might as well eat a spoon full of lard for extra flavor. Where was your vegetarian meanu? The place couldn't pay me to eat there again. It's like Benihana, Chinese food for Americans, all for show not for the flavor.

1
★★★☆☆

My family and I went there for our weekly dinner with our relatives who are going back to Taiwan. We heard raven reviews about the food and particularly their vegetarian dishes. The host was very friendly and service was great. But the food was less than authentic and slightly salty. Shrimp balls, Chef's recommendation was dread with breadcrubs and soaked in oil. If i want to drink oil, I might as well eat a spoon full of lard for extra flavor. Where was your vegetarian meanu? The place couldn't pay me to eat there again. It's like Benihana, Chinese food for Americans, all for show not for the flavor.

Pros: Ambience, Service

Cons: Salty, Unskillful cooking

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Chef Chus has been my favorite restaurant for many years (its been open since 1970). Its a non-chain restaurant owned by a very nice family who try to make the experience of the customer a pleasant one. Theres nothing not to like about the place. The atmosphere is beautiful, the staff are friendly and cool, the food is great, and its not very expensive. They also offer cooking classes taught by the owner and executive chef, a master of Chinese food cooking, whos a fresh and entertaining guy. They also have a nice bar there. I highly recommend Chef Chus to anyone who is looking for a great Chinese restaurant experienceor who is just hungry.

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★★★★★

Chef Chus has been my favorite restaurant for many years (its been open since 1970). Its a non-chain restaurant owned by a very nice family who try to make the experience of the customer a pleasant one. Theres nothing not to like about the place. The atmosphere is beautiful, the staff are friendly and cool, the food is great, and its not very expensive. They also offer cooking classes taught by the owner and executive chef, a master of Chinese food cooking, whos a fresh and entertaining guy. They also have a nice bar there. I highly recommend Chef Chus to anyone who is looking for a great Chinese restaurant experienceor who is just hungry.

Pros: great food, nice atmosphere, good service

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This place rocks. My spouse and I have actually gone here for both of our birthdays. Usually Im not so fond of Chinese food, but this place makes it all good. You can just see all the calories on the food, but you just cant resist it. On weekedns I would recommend to always have a reservation, they do get full because the people know how good it is. There is both a lower floor and and upper floor. The menu is full of everything. I like going here with a big group because then you just pile a whole bunch of stuff onto the lazy susan and get to try everything. I have not get come to find a dish that I hated. Great place with friendly people, definite recommendation.

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★★★★☆

This place rocks. My spouse and I have actually gone here for both of our birthdays. Usually Im not so fond of Chinese food, but this place makes it all good. You can just see all the calories on the food, but you just cant resist it. On weekedns I would recommend to always have a reservation, they do get full because the people know how good it is. There is both a lower floor and and upper floor. The menu is full of everything. I like going here with a big group because then you just pile a whole bunch of stuff onto the lazy susan and get to try everything. I have not get come to find a dish that I hated. Great place with friendly people, definite recommendation.

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Excellent food!!! very impressed w/the food & service. Couple of my favourite dishes: Minced Shrimp in Lettuce Cup, Tofa w/ham in black bean sauce (must try!)

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★★★★★

Excellent food!!! very impressed w/the food & service. Couple of my favourite dishes: Minced Shrimp in Lettuce Cup, Tofa w/ham in black bean sauce (must try!)

Pros: Inexpensive, Attentive

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This is the best Chinese I have had since I moved here. Starting with the service, this place makes you feel like a regular. Food was just right, I had some special requests and my waitress was more than accomodating. Will definately go back.

2
★★★★★

This is the best Chinese I have had since I moved here. Starting with the service, this place makes you feel like a regular. Food was just right, I had some special requests and my waitress was more than accomodating. Will definately go back.

Pros: Great food!, Great Service!

Cons: Too busy

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I ordered take-out there and got home (20 minutes away) and found that my order had been filled incorrectly. I called and told them. After trying to convince me that I was mistaken, they told me that the menu on their website was outdated. They asked if I would like something else, and then said that I would be charged for it. After I said that I was not interested and would like a refund (the place was too far away to return), the manager hung up on me. I don't care how good the food is, this was embarrassingly bad service.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I ordered take-out there and got home (20 minutes away) and found that my order had been filled incorrectly. I called and told them. After trying to convince me that I was mistaken, they told me that the menu on their website was outdated. They asked if I would like something else, and then said that I would be charged for it. After I said that I was not interested and would like a refund (the place was too far away to return), the manager hung up on me. I don't care how good the food is, this was embarrassingly bad service.

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A family run restaurant that has been open 35 years, now with that track record they got to be doing somethng right.
The hot & sour soup is unlike no other, spicy and full of flavor.
Chicken salad is my favorite.
Accomodating chefs & friendly atmoshphere.

2
★★★★★

A family run restaurant that has been open 35 years, now with that track record they got to be doing somethng right.
The hot & sour soup is unlike no other, spicy and full of flavor.
Chicken salad is my favorite.
Accomodating chefs & friendly atmoshphere.

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This is a good restaurant. I think if you are looking for cutting edge asian fusian then this is not your place. But, if you are looking for the classic chinese dishes, plus some very original ones, then this is the place. They just don't mess up the food, whether in house or take out (which is outstanding). Hats off to Lawrence Chu for doing it so well for so many years!

2
★★★★☆

This is a good restaurant. I think if you are looking for cutting edge asian fusian then this is not your place. But, if you are looking for the classic chinese dishes, plus some very original ones, then this is the place. They just don't mess up the food, whether in house or take out (which is outstanding). Hats off to Lawrence Chu for doing it so well for so many years!

Pros: Great take out, Food, Friendly

Cons: Funky dining room

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I heard a lot about this place before I dined there last night with my husband. The service was good, but the food was less than mediocre. We started with hot and sour soup. It was drowned in black pepper, which really muted the other flavors that one expects from a good bowl of this soup. For our main courses, we had the sweet & sour prawns and chicken w/ sizzling rice. Both were unexceptional. I don't understand why people consider this an institution. Maybe this place was something back in the day, but now it just seems to be riding entirely on its reputation. You couldn't pay me to eat there again!

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★☆☆☆☆

I heard a lot about this place before I dined there last night with my husband. The service was good, but the food was less than mediocre. We started with hot and sour soup. It was drowned in black pepper, which really muted the other flavors that one expects from a good bowl of this soup. For our main courses, we had the sweet & sour prawns and chicken w/ sizzling rice. Both were unexceptional. I don't understand why people consider this an institution. Maybe this place was something back in the day, but now it just seems to be riding entirely on its reputation. You couldn't pay me to eat there again!

Pros: decent service

Cons: really bad food, dated decor

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Chef Chu's offers old world charm, with modern day excellence in cuisine. Many years of operations have proven that Chef Chus is a tradition for generations

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★★★★★

Chef Chu's offers old world charm, with modern day excellence in cuisine. Many years of operations have proven that Chef Chus is a tradition for generations

Pros: Food, Service, value

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Chef Chu's is one of the best chinese restaurants in the Bay Area. Attentive services, healthy, fresh chinese food! I love the chinese chicken salad, sweet & sour soup and tofu with black bean sauce.

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★★★★★

Chef Chu's is one of the best chinese restaurants in the Bay Area. Attentive services, healthy, fresh chinese food! I love the chinese chicken salad, sweet & sour soup and tofu with black bean sauce.

 

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