China? I think not.
PF Chang's is your typical Americanized version of ethnic food, but then what whould you expect when the founder is Patrick Flemming (Yes, that is what PF is for).
Just not worth the effort if you really enjoy Oriental food. I would suggest crossing the tracks to West Homestead for Me Lyng's or travel to Oakland for the Oriental Kitchen, where the Oriental people actually eat.
But, if Chef Boyardee is your versian of good Italian food, then go to Chang's for the Oriental food.
Summary: not worth the ridiculous wait!
My wife and I have eaten at PF Chang's a few times -- it's very convenient when you're going to the movies. The food is OK, but I think there's much better Asian food in Pittsburgh.
Recently, you simply can't just walk-in. The wait is 1-2 hours.
This weekend, we made reservations a week in advance, since we went to see a movie beforehand. We showed up exactly on time, and were promptly handed a pager.
Thinking it would only take a few minutes, we went to a store across the street. After 15-20 minutes, we went back, and the staff still couldn't tell us when we'd be seated. Frankly they were rude.
What's the point of reservations if you're not going to honor them? I've *NEVER* been to a restaurant doesn't make every effort to seat people with reservations immediately. And nobody else is rude about it!
Within about 10 minutes, we had driven to a better restaurant in Squirrel Hill and were already ordering food.
I love PF Changs. I have eaten here many times over the last few years. I keep going back because the food is great and so is the service. They have an expansive menu and I've never had a a bad meal. The staff is very attentive and really know their menu well. They offer great choices of seasonings and will even mix for you personally per your own taste. I've tried many things on their menu and have never been disappointed. They also have an intersting dessert menu. The fried bananas over vanilla ice-cream drizzled with caramel - mmm mmm mmm!
They do everything they can to make me want to come back.... The food provided at P.F. Chang's is delicious. If you're overwhelmed by all the choices the menu has to offer, I suggest this thing they offer called a "Limo Ride". It's where you inform your server of your likes and dislikes, and also any allergies you or your companions may have, and then trust in the server to send out a reasonable amount of food for the table to share. It's amazing! They always send out an appropriate amount and they send the most delicious items! And NO, they do not try and gauge you by sending out the "expensive" dishes. The servers and bartenders definately put forth an effort to make sure you're getting things exactly as you want them. I feel they truly care. Many places make you feel like you're an inconvenience to the server, but definately NOT at Chang's! If you don't know much about Asian culture, they're actually knowledgeable. They even admit that they're food has an American twist to chinese cuisine (kinda like the tex-mex places aren't REALLY authentic mexican). So to those of you who feel they're trying to "fool you" with their cuisine I hope that now you understand. One personal favorite before I end this; definately stop up at the bar for a cocktail while you wait for your table. We always have a great time with their bartenders!
This gussied-up chain bustles with singles and families craving Chinese food favorites..
Towering twin stallions and carved wood screens add majesty and mystery to this stylish restaurant, where well-dressed patrons sip martinis at the bar and families with children feast around large tables or in spacious booths. The menu gives Chinese classics a contemporary tweak; dishes are artfully presented, with many sauces made tableside by servers. Signature plates include diced chicken wrapped in cool lettuce leaves, orange-peel beef with chili peppers, and wok-fried scallops with lemon sauce.
Great overall. The hostess' were friendly; service from beginning to end was efficient and accurate. The staff was knowledgeable of wines and dishes. The food was wonderful and our spouses were satisfied--big plus for hungry men. We had a reservation and did not wait on a Friday evening! Our first visit to P.F.Changs was very, very positive this April '08 and we will return soon.
Too salty. This always busy restaurant could rate more highly if they reduced the salt. The food is not particularly authentic, but it "fits" most western (white) palates (hence the popularity). The tableside sauce mixing is a ridiculous gimmick that does no exist elsewhere (for a reason).
Good and tasty although rather American than Chinese. In weekends, this place is mostly crowded and without a reservation you get to wait up to 90 minutes. The foods are really good, although they are mostly modified for American taste. I recommend the cabage wrap for appitizer and the mongolian beef. (Some foods I tried were not good but usually they are good.) The servers are usually friendly. It is a bit noisy but it is only because many people love to dine there!
What is wrong with people?.
Honestly, I think that people who write mean reviews simply are cranky, mean people in life. I mean, come on! Read with a grain of salt. These are probably the same people who moan and whine about everything at work, who tell on you if you leave 2 minutes early and who hate everything and are never satisfied.
PF Changs is great. It is a warm and friendly atomsphere, it's a beautiful restaurant, the food is fantastic and done well. I have never had a bad experience there and believe me, I've been to lots and lots of different restuarants. PF Changs is always clean, they put the guest first and they pride themselves on service.
If you don't want to wait 3 hours, then I suggest you make a reservation. You can't go to a great restaurant and expect to sit immediately. There is a reason that you can sit down right away at some restuarants, hello.
So to all the negative nellies, feel free to go find a "mom and pop" place the sells you chicken that is grey and discolored, but for those of you who like good food, go try Changs. You will not be disapointed.
Overrated. I have visited on three seperate occasions and have not once had a satisfactory meal. The food is unimpressive at best. The service is good and the setting is beautiful, but I say go for a drink and eat chinese food elsewhere!
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