Raleigh >Five Star Restaurant
Impressed!. What is up with the negative reviews! I went to Five Star and the food was great (love the heat seeker shrimp), the service excellent and the price quite reasonable considering the quality and portion size. The atmosphere rocks, plus, they carry my favorite Riesling, the Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt.
This place is awesome!. Five Star is an awesome restaurant! I always have a good time there, and really enjoy the food. The 5Star General's Chicken and Heat Seeker Shrimp are my favorites. Good place to eat, chill and drink a Kirin. Oh, the 75cent fork thing? It's a joke, people!!
Good for afterwork drinks. I enjoy going after work - around 6 or so - to get a few drinks and have a snack. The lounge area is so comfortable and the music is downtempo and discrete. Great place for a few friends to be able to unwind without thumping music, loads of people, and cheap beer. It s get hectic later in the evening, though. I used to like going for dinner but their menu is very Americanized and they lack true vegetarian options. Auto-gratuity for 5 or more people, and they DO NOT SPLIT CHECKS. Avoid later at night- cover charges as it turns into a hip-cop club.
Fun, cute place!. Great place to hang out, dance, eat, whatever! No, they are NOT serious about charging for a fork (I asked!) It's a hip, upbeat place and I love it. The scallion pancakes are really good, too.
major bad attitude of staff. My first visit and as I enter the host demonstrates major attitude. He thinks he's funny, but really insulting. It's mid-evening and we're of a party of 9, upon entering, for some unknown reason, the last 4 of my group are charged a cover charge...why? Dinner was still being served, it's not even 10:30 yet. The bar service was soooo slow...and to top it off, the drinks are served in a plastic cup. For an after dinner drink, I recommend The Rockford.
The BEST!!!. We LOVE this place. It is one of the few places in the area that is HIP looking with great food. We always bring local friends who haven't been there and friends visiting from out of town there. Everyone always thinks it the best. What other chinese restaurant gives you white meat chicken without having to ask and pay extra, and you know for sure it's chicken. THE BEST!!!!
5 star? I don't think so.... Five Star, rubbish star I give the food a ? star (if that). The food was terrible! I thought the menu sounded promising, uniquely traditional, but they just couldnt deliver the goods. For example, if you want to serve a Chinese eggplant dish, use real Chinese eggplant! Is that too logical? The only spice I could taste in the shrimp dish was sugar Hello, why bother calling it spicy garlic shrimp? Yes, SOME dishes should be served with a touch of sweetest, but why the overkill! Anyway, the duck was ok, nothing to brag about. I still think if you want duck, go to Red Palace, where you can appreciate the true flavors of a duck roll. As for the bar/dance club, its only good on Fridays Dont get me wrong, its a good concept (restaurant/bar with dance floor), but the restaurant part needs lots of work!
Beware the Eggplant!!!. Whatever you do, don't get the eggplant! it's not the great chinese version, but a spongy mess that will turn your stomach. and follow what the last guy says, go here to hang out, not eat. the foods not worth it, but the bar is pretty cool afterhours (at least on hip hop night)
to bad reviwers. to all the bad reviewers out there: don't see five star as a restaurant. see it as a nice club/lunge that serves food. i never go to five star for its food menu. it's a relaxing place to hang out with your friends. the management is very friendly. if you just want good chinese food, then go to red palace, or furtune palace. five star attracts its own type of audience, just like other establishments(e.g. long branch for country folks, flying saucer for frat boys. pardon the stereotype). you will know if 5star is your scene or not the minute you step in.
Great fun and food. This is a great resturant. All of the dishes are superb and very reasonable. The five-star general's chicken is outstanding. Learn to use chopsticks beforehand or pay extra for a fork.
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