Raleigh >Food & Dining > Cody's Chinese Bistro
301 Glenwood Ave Ste 190, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760335.784574 -78.647390
Neighborhoods: University, North Boylan
Needs improvement – The first clue should have been that on a Thursday night there were no other customers. We had the dumplings and pork bun appetizers, they were very chewy, hard to even cut open. They were not good. The Wonton soup tasted a little fishy and the fried rice had a strange flavor to it. How can you mess up fried rice? I was not impressed with the food and will not be visiting there again.
Chinese? – Bland food, poor service, ugly decor. I could deal with poor service and ignore the decor but the food was of the quality that comes from canned chinese. Limp. Bland. Uninspired. With so many other choices on Glenwood, just keep walkin!
Overpriced and bland – The dishes that we tried were rather bland and could have used more salt, pepper, or something. The ambiance was lovely, but that was the only good part about it. You could find the same calibre food at a good Chinese take-out for less.
Ho hum – I don't mind that two waitresses were drinking when we walked in. I mind that we waited for 5 minutes for a table while they drank.
The lamb in garlic sauce was drenched in boring chinese brown sauce was some overcooked and somewhat tough meat that could have been beef chuck. I expect that from a carry-out place.
The Moo Goo Gai Pan was plain cantonese without surprises. Even the hot and sour soup tastes like it was flattened out for the masses.
With all the positive reviews, I feel like I must have been in another restaurant altogether. Sure the place LOOKS nice. Probably a good date place. You could tuck away in a corner or belly up to the bar. But if it's good chinese food you're looking for, keep looking.
I'm half inclined to try Cody's one more time. Maybe after I've sampled some other options first.
Quite Ambience, Quiet Flavors – We all go to restaurants for a short list of reasons: food, ambience, and price. Slipping into Cody's is like slipping into silk pajamas on a cool autumn night- comfortable, familiar, but somehow classier. But Cody's food left me feeling like my pajama-accompanying hot chocolate went cold. The dishes were prepared with little attention to details, such as slivered ginger in a stir-fry, or manageable bite-sized pieces, or even any distinct flavor. Itchy tag in those pajamas? That's just the over inflated bill coming to remind you that you can't judge a book by it's cover. Codys has a lot of potential- it just needs a more experienced chef. I will, from time-to-time, revisit Codys because eventually those pajamas will be comfortable and the hot chocolate will be warm.
Lets hope it was an off night – Cody, you started with a beautiful concept but unfortunately it seems your restaurant has entered a downward spiral. My first visit was only for a cocktail but I was thoroughly impressed with the ambiance, which included servers dressed in kimonos. Unfortunately upon my second visit for dinner last night I found that you sold out to the black on black uniforms found all along glenwood ave. My server couldn't have been any nicer but the fact remains that if she was going to offer chopsticks (available upon request) they should be delivered before dinner was completed. As far as dinner is concerned, your sauces are flavorful but your chicken breasts are overcooked, leaving them dry and inedible. Your rice seems far from authentic, redering it moistureless without the sticky quality needed to achieve ideal chopstick application. You have a promising location and a popular concept. Please don't settle for mediocrity
Great – Cody's is a fantastic restaurant. The atmosphere is great and the food is awesome. The service is terrific and the free parking is a plus. Cody's is now on the top of my list of favorite restaurants.
Not Recommended – While the place still has good food, portion sizes have gotten smaller while the prices are still jacked. It doesn't help that waiters bring you bottled water instead of tap water by default and then charge you for it without even asking-- how cheap can you get? The place has potential to be a hot spot, but they need a change of music and a much bigger lounge/bar area. All and all not worth it.
Best Raleigh Chinese! – Cody's has quickly replaced 5 Star as my favorite Triangle Chinese restaurant. The service is always a pleasure, and the atmosphere is very Manhattan-bistro. The sesame chicken & the wonton soup are the best in Raleigh. A few notes of caution: 1. many dishes are VERY, VERY sweet, such as the Orange Chicken, Mango Chicken, & Gen. Tso's. 2.unlike most other Asian places, Cody's HOT & SPICY symbol is well-deserved. But the chef can make dishes mild to order, as I've discovered!
Different & Surprise! – Cody's Bistro has the finest atmosphere. The food has the highest quality I have ever tasted. For example, all beef and pork dishes use only tenderloin, chicken dishes are all white meat, and all the seafood and vegetable dishes are fresh. The cooking technique is unique compared to other Chinese restaurants. Try their volcano beef you will absolutely love it. There are many Chinese vegetable dishes for vegetarians to try also.
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