China Village, located at 8501 Gravenstein Hwy. in Cotati, is not a new restaurant for me to visit. They’ve been around since the spring of 2016 when they opened. I’ve eaten there many times before the pandemic. Usually when I go exploring, I look for restaurants I haven’t tried before. Often my visits are solo or with a single dinner companion. But I chose China Village this time for two reasons. One, I was curious to see the changes, if any since my last visit. Also, this time I was with a group of friends. And as they say on their website “China Village is the perfect place to experience a casual meal with friends and family…”
Open daily for lunch and dinner between 11 a.m. and 9:30 p.m, China Village didn’t disappoint. This family-owned business has a spacious interior, capable of seating numerous guests without being crowded together. That’s especially important right now with many people still leery of indoor dining because of the current wave of the Delta variant. In addition to social distancing, the wait staff was masked, and hand sanitizer was available for all.
The place wasn’t crowded. Pretty obvious their business has not yet returned to pre-pandemic guest levels. The restaurant was well lit and the décor was very pleasant. Dark walnut tables and chairs occupied the center of the room, with tables and booths along the wall. Beautiful artwork in wooden frames accented the walls. Customer service was outstanding from the moment you walked in until you departed. They brought your drinks right away and gave you plenty of time to socialize while scanning their extensive menu. There was no pressure to order, eat and depart. Frequent check-ins to ensure everything was good were made. Once you ordered, the items were quickly delivered.
The menu was as expected for Asian fare. Family or House dinners were available starting at $20.95 for two or more. Poultry, Pork, Beef, Lamb, Vegetable, and Seaford entrees were available in a variety of dishes. Soups, salads, Egg Foo Young and Chow Mein could also be ordered. In fact, one of the benefits of dining at China Village is that each member of your party can order a dish of their choice and then we could all share in the variety of choices. For example, our party had two types of fried rice, two chicken dishes, a seafood dish and a beef dish.
The full menu can be found at their website at: China Village (chinavillagecotati.com). The other benefit is you usually have plenty to box up and take home for a late-night snack or a lunch to take to work the next day. The food was delicious. If anything, given our multi-hour stay, perhaps a dish or two could have been a bit warmer when served so to stay hot while we chatted away. Otherwise, there were no concerns from our group as we all enjoyed our meals, shared others and boxed up what we didn’t finish. All of us recommend China Village and will likely return in the future. If you miss socializing over a meal with family and friends, but are concerned about social distancing, China Village is certainly a good option for you to consider.