2939 Spafford St #125 (take 5th East past the police station)
Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9:30pm, Sun 4pm-9pm
(530) 757-1928

Jade Garden is a restaurant in the Fifth Street Plaza shopping center. It is considered by some to be in the upper echelon of Davis Chinese restaurants. The flavors are distinctive and rich while the menu remains large and creative. It's not the typical cornstarch-laden, MSG-rich, Davis Chinese food (some reviewers have said the opposite, although it has been noted that you can request that they use less MSG in your dishes). Their dishes often have more sauce than comparable dishes at other places—something that some folks like and some dislike. An order of rice can help with the situation. Diners have also reported some variation in food quality from day to day, with dishes occasionally being undercooked.

Reports of service vary—some patrons enjoy excellent service, while others are forgotten for substantial lengths of time, particularly if the place is busy. JimStewart reports that it can be a good place for low-cost business lunches. "The restaurant is usually quiet enough for relaxed conversation, the food and service is consistently good, the price is cheap and there are large round-tables available. I'd call ahead if your group is larger than 4."

The prices are comparable to Hunan or Silver Dragon and a little cheaper than Ding How.


Popular dishes include:

  • Honey Walnut Shrimp
  • Peking Spareribs
  • Seafood tofu claypot
  • General Chicken
  • Wonton Soup
  • Mongolian Beef

The menu below was acquired 3/31/11. Lunch specials range from roughly $5-6.75.

The Lunch Specials for under $6 include soup and an eggroll.

Menu side A Menu side B


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2011-04-08 19:51:44   Not worth the money...go to hunans and save cash —BMoney

* Care to clarify? -JT

2011-04-09 03:02:33   Best honey almond shrimp in Davis —Dozer

2011-08-07 09:57:44   This place really isn't worth the money. Not only is everything ridiculously salty and greasy and also expensive, the service is absolutely awful! We had to wait an EXTREMELY long time for our food to arrive and they kept forgetting our food and leaving our orders (or not cooking them at all) in the kitchen or not bringing us the things we asked for. This is understandable (though not really excusable) when it is busy but it was NOT busy when we were in there! There was only one other person there! I know there's a stereotype that college students don't tip well, but don't make it a self-fulfilling prophecy! */***** stars. —nutmeg

* working in the industry, I can tell you that 'forgetting an order' is never understandable, especially a food order, ( forgetting a drink order, ehh, many drinks can be made under a minute). And the stereotype of 'college students don't tip well' I never think that because half of Davis for 9 months of the year are college students.. I do not work at Jade Garden FYI. -ND

2011-09-23 11:11:42   Great food .. Lunch special for under 6 bucks not bad at all.. One of the best Chinese food in Davis.


2011-12-16 17:01:02   Good Food and fast service! —JeffA

2012-05-08 19:27:26   As of 5/2012 the menu is quite a lot changed and MUCH larger than what's posted above. Prices were from 6/7$ for vegetarian dishes to 10ish for fish and shrimp. Food was great! Odd take on the fish balls, good though with fresh interesting veggies. No customers, not a great location, nice people so patronize this business. —JaneBF

2013-11-24 20:39:32   Over a year, the menu is even bigger! But be careful, food is often sweet and fried rice very oily. Many meals have ingredients not on the menu, like pork! I am not stoked to have pork, large amounts of it, in my fish. —JaneBF

2014-04-18 21:34:24   I work nearby, but only go in about once a month. I've never had anything bad, and a few times have been surprised at how fresh and good things were. But mostly I'd give the food a 6.5/10 (about what you'd expect for the price). But, they're just nice, down-to-earth people, and I feel good giving them my money. Feed me. Don't rip me off. Don't poison me. Treat me like a friend. Check, check, check and check. I'll keep going back. —AlexRogerson