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Tea House Restaurant - 27 Reviews - 88 Nathan Ln N, Minneapolis, MN - Family Restaurants Reviews - Phone (763) 544-3422

Tea House Restaurant

88 Nathan Ln N
Minneapolis, MN 55441
(763) 544-3422
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When I entered I thought it was going to be horrible. I've been to China so its hard to please me. I had just been coming from a movie and i thought i'd try it out. I was seated b...


This was my first visit. Ater I ordered and paid, the host told the manager that one of the tables had waited twenty minutes without beverage or waiter. Ten minuests later, the ...

Editorial review from Citysearch 10/1/2012

Going down hill fast! Worst service. The staff was busy complaining and talking to each other. Food on the lunch buffet was cold. Most of the entrees were gone or very little remaining. We won't be back! more

Worst Service 12/22/2011

My sister has been going there for ten years and I’ve been going there for 6 years at least three to four times a month. Food has been getting worst, as it’s become commercialized, the taste has become very inconsistent, one time you go it’s good the next time it’s un-edible. Today we went and had the worst service ever. They forgot about us, the tables that came after were served and almost done before we got the food, but not after asking multiple times. 45 minutes later, we told them we are leaving and they brought the food. I was so ticked off, decided not to take my plate. I was charged for mine, even though I didn’t take it, and when I indicated don’t worry about it I will pay but it’s my last time there, the response was “There are other places”. Too bad, the place was good when they were not big and the service used to be good. Singed Lost Customer more

Pleasant Dining Experience 4/2/2011

Dined last evening at the Tea House. We hadn't been there for years and before it had changed ownership. There were two menus, one which was more American-Chinese and the other Szechuan. We ordered from the Szechuan and had the family tofu, triple kung pao, and steamed sole. The waiter was very nice and informed us the fish would take a while and that the other two dishes would arrive first, which they did. The food was very good and when the fish arrived, it too was very good. The prices were a bit high, but based on the type of food and attention to detail in the preparation, I think it was on par. To sum it up, a nice restaurant to go to for very good food when the occasion fits. more

I won't go back 9/25/2010

So disappointed! I have been here a few other times and enjoyed the food however; last night (Friday) the food was the worst food I have ever paid for. I ordered shrimp egg foo young which is one of my favorites, it came looking and tasting like 3 doughy meatballs with tiny shrimp, water chestnuts, mushroom, what looked like canned peas and carrots and a thin, flavorless gravy poured over the top, It was awful! My husband had orange chicken which was suppose to be spicy, only to be a bit dry and chewy with not much flavor. To be fair the wonton soup was great and the service was ok. I hope they were just having an off night and they improve but... I'm won't go back. more

Never again 8/9/2010

This was my first visit. Ater I ordered and paid, the host told the manager that one of the tables had waited twenty minutes without beverage or waiter. Ten minuests later, the diner and family complained and left. The owner was unconcerned.\r \r My take out meal was fogettable. Decor is old and worn out. This is in a has been strip mall. more

Authentic Chinese 4/24/2010

When I entered I thought it was going to be horrible. I've been to China so its hard to please me. I had just been coming from a movie and i thought i'd try it out. I was seated by a kind server who helped on what to order. I decided to try they're American Menu first. I had the tiger pork. Lets just say i thought i was eating in china again. The food was sooooooooo good i ordered three more dishes and brought it home to my famly. They loved it. i always go eat there before or after a movie. I even only got to the movie theater across the street so I have an excuses(I problaly shouldn't need one) Pros: Great Servers, Movie Theater Near By Cons: From the outside it looks very unauthentic more

The real deal 12/7/2009

My wife and I came in on a Monday night at 6pm and were seated quickly and without much hassle. The wait staff were all very friendly and very attentive. Based on previous posts we ordered the juicy buns(a must) which was as good as what other diners had reported. We had lemon chicken and kung poa beef for entree and both dishes were outstanding and the portions were large enough for two people. Great food, great prices we'll be back Pros: Food was fresh and portion size more than fair Cons: So much to choose from more

Best Chinese Food Around! 1/8/2009

I can't count the number of times I've been to Tea House, but their food has become a staple in my diet. :) I haven't met a meal there that I haven't liked. The Kung-Pao Chicken and Garlic Egg Plant is to die for. Yolanda (the owner) is amazingly nice and their staff is some of the friendliest I've seen. I would also recommend their catering. I am currently employing the Tea House to cater for my wedding and Yolanda has been extremely accommodating and helpful during the entire process; I can't wait to have their food at my reception! The reason I gave them 4 stars is because there are times when it is so busy and it seems as though they're understaffed, therefore the ordering and receiving of the food takes longer. But on the whole, Tea House is the best! :) Pros: Such good food! Nice atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff. Cons: Sometimes a little understaffed for the traffic. more

Food is so Close! 5/1/2008

The tea house was my favorite spot in Twin Cities for Chinese. They are very, very close to good authentic food. I've heard that in the past they were better but the chef left. That may be some of the reason why the food has gone down. Service is good, ambience is ok and the food is close. I would go again if I was on that side of town and wanted some decent food. Avoid the buffet at all costs it ""typical"". Want the best, go see little szechuan. Tea House has a sister in St. Paul and it's actually authentic. My vote still goes to Little Szechuan for most authentic in the state but the sister shop to Tea House in St. Paul is a VERY close second. Keep it up guys you are still Heads above any other Chinese Restaurant for authenticity. Pros: Better than other ""average"" chinese places. Cons: Cold decor isn't very inviting. more

Cold, Mundane buffet 12/27/2007

12-27-07\r Although I had never been to the Tea House before, I had read many good reviews. I arrived at about noon, the place was busy and I found a buffet right at the front door. I thought that the buffet would be a good way to sample the variety of foods offered. All the food I tried from the buffet was cold as were the plates and even the egg roles. All the food tasted the same even though it had different ingredients. I may try this place again on a take out basis but never again for a cold tasteless buffet.\r Pros: Nice Place Cons: Cold Food, Boring Taste more

Tea House has my Vote! 10/11/2007

I eat at a lot of asian restaurants, and I've never been to one that has left me feeling how Tea House did.\r I wanted to come back every day!\r I don't know where to start! How about the vast amount of dishes, the authenticity of the Szechuan style dishes, the impeccable and prompt service, or the inviting atmosphere?\r Take your pick, they've mastered it all.\r In fact, I'm heading there tonight!\r Don't punish yourself to eat at the greasy ""Amerinese"" restaurant that uses more oil than a boeing 747. Try the authentic stuff at a restaurant where the tastiness comes from spice rather than oil. Pros: Everything!!! Flawless ***** Cons: NONE! more

Fantastic 10/7/2007

Best Chinese food I have eaten in YEARS! Best Chinese food I have eaten in the Cities! Service was fantastic, prices were good. Highly recommend. This is my first review, so it must have been good to make it worth my effort to write a review! Pros: Great Food, Great Service, Authentic, etc., etc., etc.,.... Cons: None! more

Tea House is superb 7/28/2007

Authentic Chinese food, a rarity in the twin cities is delivered every day by some of the nicest wait staff anywhere. Chung King chicken is spicy hot and crisp. The boiled fish mind bending in its moistness and heat, think the Chinese version of Nobu's miso marinated cod. Garlic shredded pork is beautiful. The only thing not to order here is standard American Chinese such as sweet and sour pork or lemon chicken. It misses the mark. Stick with the Chinese menu which has depth and delivers. You'll find many Chinese patrons digging this food. Pros: As good as it gets when you stick to the Chinese menu Cons: not the best at American Chinese more

authentic southern china food. Bad service 3/6/2007

Very good food if you like hot and spicy food. It is as authentic as you can get in twin cities. service needs to be vastly improved. Pros: Food Cons: service more

drastic turn downhill 11/14/2006

Previously I've had some great food here -- the traditional menu was always tasty. They must have gotten some really bad chefs recently, since nothing has any flavor now. A month ago my wife ordered five-spice shrimp. They seemed to forget most of the spices. Last weekend I went with my old standby, kung pao beef, which was always nicely spicy if you ordered it off the traditional menu. It had zero flavor, so it got sent back with the specific complaint that it had zero kick. It came back with a complimentary green bean dish (which we didn't want, and didn't like), but STILL had no flavor. They didn't do anything different. If I wasn't so hungry at that point, I would have given up and left, but I just added hot sauce and dealt with it. Never again, the chefs have no clue anymore I guess. I suggest avoiding the place unless you like expensive bland Americanized Chinese food, until they hire some decent help. more

Best in the Cities! 8/7/2006

I moved here from Chicago and this is, hands down, the best Chinese food in the cities! Fresh, spicy and authentic. Order off the authenic menu, even at lunch! I have never had a problem with service but I do typically take out - we had a large party (11 people) there for dinner, on a Saturday night, and the service was excellent. Highly recommended! Pros: Authentic food, great prices Cons: None! more

It is all about service 5/24/2006

I agree with what most reviewers say about the food - it is really good and spicy. I will not contest that since we are regulars here. I only wish their service was better. They take forever and more on busy nights. Of course, last night we could not even get in though we got there at 9:10. Their hours read 9:30 but we were turned away. Maybe they have a policy, but one of the waitresses saw us at the door (which was locked) and simply turned her back to us - not exactly what one would expect from an establishment that should care about service. more

Spicy, Delcious Chinese - Best in the Twin Cities 5/11/2006

First, make sure you ask for the ""authentic"" menu. Otherwise you might as well stop at your local Chinese restaurant on the corner. Then sit back and enjoy some unbelievable, relatively authentic dishes. The cocunut breaded shrimp with broccoli and the red pepper chicken dish are both amazing. It is a little pricey, but so are good Thai restaurants in the Cities. You get what you pay for. Pros: Food, Authenticity, Spicy Cons: Price more

Average, at best 5/9/2006

I made the drive to this location based on reviews made by citysearch. I expected a lot and didn't get what I wanted. There is a lot of selection and my friend and I ordered an appetizer, wonton and egg drop soup, and three different entrees. All were mediocre, at best, and pretty spendy for asian food. Plus, the service was lacking. Maybe a worthwhile place, if you're in the area. Pros: selection, neat atmosphere Cons: spendy, spotty service more

Awsome tasting food in Authentic Menu 3/15/2006

Ask for Authentic menu and order it from there ONLY, food is with an extra zing and different flavors dance literally on your taste buds doing a nice Swing!! But cause of the Price we go only once a month, but I guess the rich dont mind-wish they have some kinda freq. customer deals! Boiled fish in Sezuan Hot sauce, Dacing fish, shreded Pork r some of my favs. Pros: Spicy Flavorful, Food, Good buffet too Cons: Expensive, crowded more
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  • In Short
    The spacious, attractive restaurant is across the street from the Willow Creek theater, which makes it a popular pre-movie stop. The Tea House has two menus. One caters to...

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