Five Spices House

About

Szechuan

Price Range : $11-30 ($$)

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    Yelp rating
    3 stars

Location

Adress: 58 Beach St, Boston, MA 2111

Phone: (617) 574-8888

Work Hours

Mon 11:00 am-11:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am-11:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am-11:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am-11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am-12:00 am
Sat 11:00 am-12:00 am
Sun 11:00 am-12:00 am

Business info

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    Takes Reservations
    No
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    Delivery
    Yes
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    Take-out
    Yes
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    Accepts Credit Cards
    Yes
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    Good For
    Lunch, Dinner
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    Bike Parking
    No
  • accessibility
    Good for Kids
    Yes
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    Good for Groups
    Yes
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    Ambience
    Casual
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    Noise Level
    Average
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    Alcohol
    No
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    Outdoor Seating
    No
  • wifi
    Wi-Fi
    No
  • tv
    Has TV
    Yes
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    Waiter Service
    Yes
  • fastfood
    Caters
    No

Reviews

  • Maggie Z.

    star star star star star 30 December 2020

    Asian review: authentic Chinese food, better than other places in Chinatown!

    The spic dry pot fish filet is to die for!!!

    And you can never go wrong with the dry sautéed string beans and eggplant with garlic sauce.

    Their 土豆丝 (shredded potato with green bell peppers) is good but not incredible.

  • Jay H.

    star star_border star_border star_border star_border 10 January 2021

    Horrible customer service. Do not come here!!

    We came in the afternoon from New York City, with three guests wanting to try the lobster meal we saw posted in the window that says $25 for two lobsters.

    Some foreigners came in after us with eight people got seated before us. We waited over half and hour and then finally got seated since we had to point out there were empty table then they gave the seat to us. If we didn't point it out we probably wouldn't had got seated and they will continue to give to other foreigners . They seem to treat non- Asian customer better than their own kind.

    The waitress was very lazy, we didn't get any water when all other tables did. We had to remind them three times throughout our meals to give us water. We got served all our food and still no water.

    They waitress ignored our table and when finally someone came to take our order, they didn't understand Cantonese or English. This restaurant is in Chinatown.. I can't believe they don't know these main languages. It was a struggle just to order food from them, took three waitress to understand the basic things we wanted such as lobster and crab which we had to point to and make reference to posters in the front to order the lobster.

    They should hire waitress that multilingual as know mandarin just isn't enough nowadays. There are many cultures and languages in this world and lots of tourist , they should at least learn some English as this is restaurant business.

    Even when we ordered the seafood and wanted additional dishes such as veggies, they had a hard time not able to do anything that's not on menu, something simple we asked to do was beef and veggies.

    The waitress said that's not on menu so they can't make it for us. I've never heard of that from a restaurant, it's such a simple dish from any Chinese restaurant should know how to make. Meat and veggie? Seriously.!? I think they were just trying to make our lives miserable. Whatever we suggested , the waitress said they don't make it. She didn't make any recommendations so we were just lost.

    So we had to get garlic veggies to make it more simple for them. Anyways overall, very poor customer service and attitude towards customers. We definitely will not be coming back no matter how cheap the price is for the lobster.

    Ps. When we paid tips 15% they had the nerve to ask for more money coming back to our table. That's ridiculous, after all these complications you think you deserve more tips??? Reallly? I honestly wanted to give zero tips as that's what they deserve for their disrespectful and rude behavior towards us.

  • Jenn K.

    star star_border star_border star_border star_border 7 January 2021

    I got the twice cooked pork lunch special for $9 + tax. When the server was bringing my dish out, her finger touched my rice and the pork. I scooped the parts she touched out. The reason why this bothered me was she was peeling vegetables and other things at the table across from me. Who knows if she washed her hands before serving my food. (I also don't understand why they had to do this in the view of customers...couldn't they do this in the back or kitchen somewhere?)

    there was a lot of fat in the pork...yeah I know pork is fatty but literally no meat anywhere. Felt like I was just paying for fat and veggies mixed together. I could've gone elsewhere for twice cooked pork but not sure why I wanted to give this place a try.

  • Kim M.

    star star star_border star_border star_border 5 January 2021

    I came with a group of friends who weren't that into family style so it's tough for me to gauge the full spectrum of what Five Spices House has to offer. That being said from what I did have, I am not rushing back to give it another go when there are so many other places around Chinatown that deserve a shot.

    The main reason for this is because I got the Beef Noodle Soup - a classic Chinese dish that can tell eons about a restaurant. Their bowl was filled to the brim and not skimping on the beef bits and veggies but the noodles were terribly overcooked and the broth was incredibly greasy - literally all oil on the top - and not that flavorful. Very disappointing. Also not spicy.

    The spiced duck tongue were pretty good although severely lacking in spice despite how many chilies are given to you (seriously where is the spice people, not even any 'ma'/numbing feels) ... I ate the chilies straight and was unfazed which should not have been the case. The duck tongues were plentiful though.

  • Diane S.

    star star star star star_border 3 January 2021

    Ordered from here on Uber eats last night because I was craving some spicy food. It was 10 pm so hard to find late night food, but luckily this place stays open late which is a huge bonus in Boston!!

    Got the Dan Dan noodles and beef boiled in spicy sauce. The Dan Dan noodles were good, the spice was there but also other strong flavors, namely peanut butter. I would not eat this if you have a peanut allergy. The peanut butter made the noodle consistency very dough-y, which I personally liked but could see how others may not.

    The boiled beef in spicy sauce was sooo good. This is my favorite dish there. They fill the take out container up to the brim with beef and veggies. There is a lot of flavor aside from the spicy-ness which is sometimes hard to do. I really enjoyed this dish.

    Overall would definitely get takeout from here again! Knocked one star down because the price was higher than most Chinese restaurants.

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