PF Chang's China Bistro is an Arizona based chain restaurant with more than 30 Chang's units in California. The company also owns PeiWei restaurants featuring lighter faire.
PF Chang's takes great care into finding locations in heavily trafficked areas around shopping malls and destination attractions so that it can capitalize on the existing footprint to develop its loyal fans and repeat audience, while still drawing in one-time tourist visitors.
The decor in the restaurant include high beamed ceilings, luxury wood treatments, usually a built in visible wine rack that customers can see, and lots of tile and wood veneers on walls and in decor. There's always a huge signature horse in front of the restaurant. The larger than life statue is lit at night by spotlights so those driving by can see the restaurant and find it easily.
For the spend-thrift, there are a few items you can enjoy on P.F. Chang's menu. Appetizer dishes can be quite filling, depending on what you order. The lunch and dinner menu entrees include ample portions and are served fresh. While you walk in hoping for snacks, the only thing you are offered is a server asking you how you would like your chili oils mixed for seasoning your food. If you want anything, you have to buy it on the P.F. Chang's menu and philosophy, thus the bill for an individual will seldom be less that around $12, and it is usually more when you add a beverage to the tab.
Every person I have dined with has enjoyed ordering different entrees than me, and we split them to get a variety. Definitely talk among your party and select items that you can share. It's a fun way to get to know this delightful menu.
The price of a lunch will cost you around $12 -25, and dinner is around $15- 30/person, without expensive wine or cocktails. This is not cheap, fast food Asian dining. The menu boasts exotic sounding dishes that utilize less oil than other similar Chinese or Asian restaurants, but again, the amount of oil depends on the dish.
A friend ordered an Egglplant entree and her face dropped when she sampled it. I tried it as well, and it was filled with too much oil and not much flavor. The food server was very nice about it, and brought another selection of the friend's choice. Everything I've sampled but the eggplant has been great. I've tried wraps, chicken & garlic dishes, you name it.
There are over 25 PF Chang's China Bistro restaurants in California between San Diego to the south, and San Francisco & Sacramento to the north.
ENTREES (subject to change)
CHANG'S CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS Quickly cooked spiced chicken served with cool lettuce cups. Spiced chicken, green onions, water chestnuts, black mushrooms, rice sticks, sesame oil, garlic, minced chicken sauce. This is a favorite in any group or for dining by yourself on the light side.
WILD ALASKAN SOCKEYE SALMON STEAMED WITH GINGER Served over stir-fried shiitake mushrooms, bok choy, tomatoes and asparagus. Sockeye salmon filet, steamed fish sauce, ginger root, green onions, canola oil, dried shiitake mushrooms, bok choy, roma tomatoes, asparagus spears
CHANG'S SPARE RIBS Wok-seared with Chang's barbecue sauce.
Pork ribs, ginger, Sichuan pepper salt, pickled red cabbage slaw, black and white sesame seeds, bbq sauce, chicken stock, green onions
Anaheim- Garden Walk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92802.
Bakersfield- The Shops at Riverwalk, 10700 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311.
Burbank- Burbank Town Center, 201 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502,
Chula Vista- Otay Ranch, 2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista, CA 91915.
Corte Madera- Town Center, 301 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, CA 94925.
El Segundo- aka. Manhattan Beach, 2041 Rosecrans Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90245.
Emeryville, 5633 Bay Street, Emeryville, CA 94608.
Fremont- Pacific Commons, 43316 Christy St., Fremont, CA 94538.
Fresno, 7894 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno, CA 93720.
Irvine- The Irvine Spectrum Center, 61 Fortune Drive, Irvine, CA 92618.
Long Beach, 340 South Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802.
Los Angeles- Beverly Center, 121 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Mission Viejo- The Shops at Mission Viejo, 800 The Shops at Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.
Monterey- Del Monte Center, 1200 Del Monte Center, Monterey, CA 93940.
Newport Beach- Fashion Island, 1145 Newport Center Drive,
Beach, CA 92660.
Palo Alto- Stanford Shopping Center, 900 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA 94304.
Pasadena- Paseo Colorado, 260 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101.
Pleasanton- Stoneridge Mall, 1330 Stoneridge Mall Road, Pleasanton, CA 94588.
Rancho Cucamonga, 7870 Monticello Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739.
Rancho Mirage- The River, 71800 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270.
Riverside- Galleria at Tyler, 3475 Tyler Street, Riverside, CA 92503.
Roseville- Creekside Town Center, 1180 Galleria Boulevard, Roseville, CA 95678.
Sacramento, 1530 J. Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
San Diego- Fashion Valley Mall, 7077 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108.
San Diego- La Jolla Village, 4540 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92122.
San Jose- Oakridge Mall, 925 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, CA 95123.
San Jose, 98 S Second Street, San Jose, CA 95113.
Santa Monica, 326 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
Sherman Oaks- Sherman Oaks Galleria, 15301 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.
Sunnyvale- The Cherry Orchard, 390 West El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087.
Thousand Oaks, 2250 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.
Torrance- Del Amo, Del Amo, 3525 Carson St., Torrance, CA 90503.
Walnut Creek- Broadway Plaza, 1205 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.
Woodland Hills- The Promenade, 21821 Oxnard Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.