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Chinese New Year Lion Dance 2019 - Dates, Times and Locations

Yummy House New Year Lion Dance

Our schedule of Chinese New Years Celebrations for 2019:

Where to see the Chinese New Year Lion Dance in Tampa, Sarasota, Ocala, or Gainesville this year?

Yummy House will host it’s annual Chinese New Years Lion Dance and celebration in Sarasota, Tampa, Ocala, and Gainesville. The Lion Dance is performed during many important events in Chinese culture, often times it is incorrectly referred to as the “Dragon Dance.” Join us Friday February 8th, Saturday February 9th, and Sunday the 10th.

All dates and times for the Lion Dance are listed below:


Friday February 8 - starts at 6:00pm

YHS Dale Mabry

Two times to choose from:
Saturday February 9 - starts at 12:15pm
Saturday February 9 - starts at 6:00pm

Sunday February 10th - starts at 1:15pm

Hillsborough Yummy House

Two days and two times to choose from:
Saturday February 9th  - starts at 1:00pm
Saturday February 9th  - starts at 7:00pm

Sunday February 10th - starts at 12:00pm


Sunday February 10th - starts at 11:30am


Sunday February 10th - starts at 1:00pm

Creative Loafing Tampa Features Yummy House Again!

Best Places in Tampa for Asain Noodles

Creative Loafing once again recommends Yummy House on Hillsborough for one of the best choices for Asian noodles.

From the Article: The original Yummy House location was a cozy nook off of Tampa’s Waters Avenue. It was unfortunately damaged in a neighboring nail salon fire late last year, which left faithful Bay area customers with two options: a new location in South Tampa, or the great, big dining room in East Tampa (the mini-chain of high-quality Chinese food also has restos in Orlando, Ocala, Gainesville and Sarasota). We’re recommending the latter and encouraging you to take a deep breath before lifting up the menu, which is literally a book in which nearly two dozen noodle dishes await your already-pursed lips. Lo mein is covered, and the wonton noodles and beef stew (egg noodz or rice ones) both swim in seafood broth. A Japanese-style udon soup does the same, and there are also Singapore-style rice noodles with barbecue pork and angel hair-esque vermicelli noodz. Read the full article on the Creative Loafing Tampa web site.

Yummy House Sarasota is Open

Yummy House Sarasota is moving from 3232 N Tamiami Trail to 1737 S. Tamiami Tr.

We have moved, updated and renovated. Come experience the new Yummy House Sarasota on May 4th, when we have our grand opening in Sarasota.

We’ve been at capacity for a long time at our location on North Tamiami Trail, so we’re moving closer to downtown Sarasota at 1737 S. Tamiami Trail. Come experience a brand new environment with a new design, and top notch service. Our menu has been slightly updated, but we still serve your favorite dishes, as in all Yummy House locations. We open May 4th.

The North Tamiami location will be closed permanently. The new Yummy House in Sarasota is located at 1737 S. Tamiami Trail. It may take a while for Google Maps to be updated, so please be patient.

Yummy House Featured in Top 50 Restaurants of Tampa Bay 2018

Yummy House South Receives Instant Recognition

Laura Reiley spends her time reviewing many Tampa Bay Area restaurants, and we’re honored to be included in this years “List of Top 50 Restaurants in Tampa Bay in 2018.”

From the article: “The first Yummy House on Waters Street, opened in 2008, was no reservations, no booze, no frills, an instant hit on the strength of its authentic Hong Kong-style food. Owner John Zhao realized he was on to something. He followed that with the Hillsborough Avenue location in 2011, a Sarasota outpost in 2012, Gainesville in 2013, Ocala in 2014, then Orlando and, finally, South Tampa at the end of 2017. For a couple of years, he had been talking about doing something different, not a Yummy House but a more loosely Asian noodle concept. When he found the old bank building on Dale Mabry near Kennedy Boulevard, there was one problem: It was too big for noodles at 12,000 square feet. So he decided to go for another Yummy House, this one two stories with a private party space upstairs that can be utilized for regular service when the dim sum throngs get too dense downstairs. Turns out, there’s no such thing as too much Yummy.”

Read the full article: Top 50 Restaurants in Tampa Bay

Yummy House South is Now Open

A new experience for South Tampa.

Yummy House South is now open on Dale Mabry, offering South Tampa a new experience for traditional authentic Chinese cuisine.

Yummy House South is the newest location by the Yummy House family. With new menu options and refreshed atmosphere, YHS offers everything that other YH locations offer, and more! Located near the intersection of Kennedy and Dale Mabry, it is a highly accessible location for all of South Tampa. Yummy House South is located by Rooms to Go Kids, almost directly across from Village Inn and Barnes & Noble Book store.

Yummy House South offers Dim Sum during lunch hours.

2017 Top Restaurants - Tampa Magazine

We were recently voted best Asian Restaurant by readers of Tampa Magazine. Pick up a copy to see all of the features!

Yummy House Wins 2017 Best of the Bay Awards - Readers Pick

Best Chinese Food - 8 Years in a row

For the eighth year in a row Yummy House has won Best of Bay, Best Chinese Food - readers pick. We will continue to do what we do, which is focus on our customers and the quality of food we bring to your table at an affordable price. Thank you Tampa for another Best of the Bay!

Chinese New Year January 2017

Schedule of Chinese New Year Celebration at Area Yummy House Locations


Sarasota: Friday, January 27, 2017 7pm


Hillsborough Ave, Tampa: Saturday, January 28, 2017 6pm
Waters Ave, Tampa: Saturday, January 28, 2017 7pm


Ocala: Sunday, January 29, 2017 12pm
Gainesville: Sunday, January 29, 2017 1pm

Voted Best Chinese Restaurant in Tampa Readers Pick - Best of the Bay 2016

Creative Loafing - Best of the Bay Readers Pick

The Creative Loafing readers have voted Yummy House China Bistro number 1 for best Chinese food in Tampa Bay again! We thank our patrons for continuing to vote us number 1 every year.

Voted Best Asian Food in Gainesville!

Yummy House Gainesville featured in the Winners Guide - Readers choice for best asian food in Gainesville.

We thank all of our loyal customers for voting for us in this years Gainesville Sun. We won readers choice for best asian food in Gainesville. We will work hard to continue our service and taste that Gainesville loves! Thank you all!

Yummy House Chinese Bistro - Announced Best Chinese Restaurant by Yelp in Tampa Bay

The people of Yelp have spoken! And we thank you all.

We consistently have good reviews with Google Review, and Yelp. Our hard work seems to be paying off. We were just announced as Tampa Bay Area’s finest Chinese Restaurant by Yelp reviewers. We are honored, and here is how we are going to take it from here…..

Yummy House has built it’s brand from our one location on Waters Ave, to many locations in Ocala, Gainesville, Hillsborough Ave. in Tampa, Sarasota, and Orlando. We are committed to keeping the good reviews coming in, because that means we are doing something right for our customers, and you are the reason we are here. Our goal has been affordable, quality authentic Cantonese Cuisine from the start - and that’s how we will continue.

Please let us know if you ever have an issue at any Yummy House location. We are committed to quality, and pay attention to issues you may have.

Stay tuned for new things ahead. We are going to be opening up a new noodle bar restaurant soon. We have many things happening in the future! Thank you for nominating us for this honorable award. We’ll continue to provide quality Chinese food to Tampa, Gainesville, Ocala, Sarasota, and the Orlando area.

10% Discount for all Military, Police Officers, and Fire Fighters - All Yummy House Locations

Now Announcing - 10% percent off at all Yummy House Locations!

We are now offering discounts to first responders and active military at all Florida Yummy House Locations. Discounts apply to those in uniform, and those who have an active military ID, or first-responder ID badge.

Offer valid at all Yummy House locations across the state of Florida. Please let your server know if you qualify for the discount. Offer valid on togo orders, and those dining in. We appreciate your service!

Yummy House Gainesville Now Open!

After many construction and permitting delays (and we are very sorry for those...) We are finally open for business at 3102 SW 34th St!

Come in for Dim Sum, and try our new noodle bar. We are open the same hours as before, but we have a new larger location to serve more customers.

Yummy House included in Top 50 Restaurants in 2015

Laura Reiley, Times Food Critic reviews 50 restaurants and we made the list, again. Thank you Laura!

We have a deep commitment to authenticity at Yummy House, always looking to improve our quality, delivery, and grow our customer base. If you haven’t tried Yummy House, please do, and let us know what you think!

Yummy House operates close to the owners’ Chinese roots, we know about authentic Chinese food. No MSG, just natural, great flavors from our authentic chefs. Yummy House serves Chinese food and Dim Sum as it was meant to be, if you haven’t tried our food, please do and let us know what you think by leaving a review on Google.

Gainesville Yummy House Reopens Friday April 1st for Lunch!

We closed from Feb. 29th, and we are reopening on Friday, April 1st. The original opening was scheduled for March 15th, but due to construction delays, we will open Friday March 1st for lunch. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Notice: New location starting April 1st, 2016:
We are moving to a larger location to better serve our customers in Gainesville. The new address is:
3102 SW 34th St.
Gainesville, Fl 32608

Yummy House Tampa - Our continued focus on quality.

Yummy House Tampa - Serving quality and a continued commitment.

Yummy House Tampa on Waters Ave. is our oldest location, but we’ve learned a lot through the years. We have opened successful restaurants in Ocala, Orlando, Gainesville, and Sarasota. Offering authentic Cantonese cuisine as well as Dim Sum at these other locations has built a loyal and strong customer base, enough that it’s time focus back on our first, and original location. We are very thankful for our loyal customers, and those who tell a friend to try “Yummy House in Tampa” for the first time.

There is always a lot to learn in the restaurant business, but offering a consistently great product, remaining passionate about customers and the food they eat will always be a recipe for success, and that is the way it will stay.

Yummy House Tampa on Waters has been open for seven years now, we can’t believe it’s been that long. While placing focus on other locations, we are circling back to what started Yummy House right at our first location, and for those who have eaten at this location - we thank everyone in our community. We will continue to provide the highest quality Chinese cuisine to the Tampa Bay Area.

Owner of Yummy House plans to open fast-casual noodle resteraunt.

Yummy House Owner on to something big for Florida!

John Zhao, 35, says he’s been in the restaurant business for 24 years. Not legally he hasn’t, but he started working at a tender age in restaurant kitchens in Belize, going on to debut Yummy House on Waters Avenue in Tampa in 2008 at the age of 28.

In August, he aims to unveil something all new: the Tampa Bay area’s first authentic pan-Asian noodle house. Yummy Bowl and Asian Noodle Bar will follow a Chipotle-like model: Pick your noodles (Korean, Chinese, Japanese or Vietnamese), pick your ingredients (vegetables, chicken, beef or seafood) and then select your broth.

Zhao has already proved himself expert at building a brand: His Hillsborough Avenue Yummy House Bistro opened in 2011, a Sarasota outpost launched in 2012, Gainesville in 2013, Ocala in 2014 and Orlando will open in June. He says Tampa is a great area for trying out a new concept.

“I’ve been looking for an Asian noodle bar concept for at least five years, but I haven’t been 100 percent ready. My dream has always been a bigger concept. I want to launch a good concept that can open up everywhere.”

Read the full article at Tampa Bay Times.

Yummy House Orlando Opens Second Week of June

Get ready, Orlando - Yummy House Authentic Chinese coming to Altamonte Springs, Florida

Yummy House authentic Chinese restaurants have been successful in Tampa, Sarasota, Gainesville, and Ocala. We are opening our newest location in Orlando the second week of June.

The address for the new Yummy House location is:
478 E. Altamonte Dr. #102
Altamonte Springs, FL

Phone number: (407) 339-8877

We are excited to bring authentic Chinese dining at affordable prices with great service to the Orlando area.

Business confidence serves up new restaurants in Ocala

By Rick Allen -

John Zhoa also was urged by friends here to look at Ocala as a site for another of his Yummy House Chinese restaurants.
He finally did, and liked what he saw. With his partner Tommy Tang, he opened the Yummy House at Thanksgiving.

This is an actual sit-down Chinese restaurant — one of few in the county — that boasts a vast dim sum menu for lunch. And that’s something Ocala has not had before.

This is an ancient Chinese “breakfast,” Zhoa explained, that’s now more like a brunch food. “Or it’s like Chinese tapas,” he added.

These “tapas” — bite-size dumplings and other goodies such as beef, shrimp, scallops and pork — have been catching on in the United States the past couple of decades. “This is the way the Cantonese eat brunch on weekends,” he said. “I’m sure it’s very new to the people of Ocala. I think it’s about time for them to experience something different.”

Read the full article about Yummy House and other new restaurants in Ocala at

Featured in: Tampa Bay Restaurants to try in 2015


Coming up with 12 (and only 12) dining recommendations for 2015 was a tough homework assignment. Unless you’ve been stranded on a deserted island for the past couple of years, you already know who the “cool kids” on the block are, and anyone with even the most remote interest in the Tampa Bay dining scene is familiar with our iconic epicurean jewels. We have decent national chains aplenty, but big chain restaurant dining of any caliber is simply not my preferred experience.

Read the full article at

Yummy House China Bistro, Tampa: Yummy, indeed! This authentic Chinese restaurant offers a sleek, nouveau atmosphere, real chopsticks that don’t come in little paper sleeves, professional servers and a phonebook-sized menu. For you Andrew Zimmern types, outré ingredients like frog, sea cucumber and jellyfish are prominently featured in tantalizing applications.

A good reason to print the word ‘Yummy’

See our article on - Yummy House Opens in Ocala

A friend maintains that any adult using the word “yummy” is being childish.

So, what’s a dining columnist to do? After all, I’m talking about the Yummy House that’s coming to Ocala. Not only coming to Ocala, but — barring any last-minute glitches — will be open Friday. I’m figuring since this is a proper noun, it’s OK ...

This Tampa-based chain of actual sit-down Chinese restaurants features Cantonese-style fare prepared the way they cook it in Hong Kong, San Francisco and New York. In fact, chefs working at the various Yummy sites to date — three in Tampa and one each in Sarasota and Gainesville — were trained in either San Francisco or New York, said co-owner John Zhoa.

He was trained as a chef in San Francisco.

“I’ve been in a kitchen for 23 years, since I was 12,” he said.

His partner and co-owner, Tommy Tang, was learning Cantonese Hong Kong-style under the tutelage of chef Li Wen.

“People used to call him the ‘Bruce Lee of the kitchen’ in San Francisco,” Zhoa said. “He taught Tommy, and Tommy taught me.

“This is the real deal.”


Yummy House in Ocala - Now Open

Yummy House is now open in Ocala. Enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine in Ocala at our newest location.

Yummy House Ocala, is now open!

3500 SW College Road
Suite 400
Ocala Florida 34474

Phone Number: 352 237-6788

Business Hours Lunch:
11am - 2:30pm

Dinner Hours:
4:30pm - 9pm

Weekend Dinner: 4:30 - 9:30

Yummy House wins “readers pick” Best of the Bay for the 4th year in a row

Yummy House wins Best of the Bay - Best Chinese Restaurant, in the food and drink category for the 4th year in a row.

Thank you Tampa, for helping us succeed, and supporting us for 4 years straight!

Yummy House included in Top 50 restaurants in Tampa Bay 2013

By Laura Reiley

Why: In high season, the newish Sarasota location has snowbirds lined up around the block. At the fancier bistro location on Hillsborough Avenue the crowds can get thick, but it’s at the original Waters spot where your mettle may truly be tested. Every table full, I’ve been told by a manager, “We’re full, just go home,” only to persevere out in the rain until a table opened up so I could get my salt and pepper tofu, seafood hot and sour soup and Hong Kong-style roast duck.

What to order: Mix it up with decadent (steamed whole fish with black bean sauce or sizzling honey pepper scallops) and healthy (snow pea tips or other Chinese greens). And when in doubt, ask for guidance.

Yummy House opens in Gainesville

Yummy House China Bistro opened Friday at 7605 Newberry Road, the former KFC location that last housed the short-lived Asian Cafe.

Yummy House offers real Cantonese dim sum - which includes a wide variety of small-portion dishes - and authentic Chinese food.

Owners John Zhao and Tommy Tang are from Toishan, China, and own four other Yummy House restaurants - three in Tampa and one in Sarasota.

Yummy House Voted Best Restaurant for an Authentic Meal

Yummy House China Bistro was voted best resteraunt for an authentic meal by

People told John Zhao he was crazy to put an upscale Chinese restaurant in east Tampa.

But in the two months since Yummy House China Bistro opened on Hillsborough Avenue, some 300 customers a day are proving Zhao is not only sane, but possibly brilliant.

“It’s going unbelievable,’’ says the 31-year-old restaurateur, who co-owns the original Yummy House on west Waters Avenue with executive chef Tommy Tang.

So much so, the pair is opening yet another eatery, the Country Pumpkin Café, beside the bistro. Look for a third Yummy House in Clearwater in the coming months.

Can there really be this much demand for Chinese food?

On a recent Wednesday evening, Zhao counted 293 customers. Lunchtime, he says, typically has a 30-minute wait. And almost every weekend, large parties are booking the venue for special celebrations.

Most customers, he says, are regulars who got hooked on the first Yummy House, a tiny strip-mall restaurant with a cult-like following that prodded Zhao to search for bigger, fancier digs.