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I see that the WWWJDIC emphasizes western style restaurants for the word レストラン. So would there be a better word to use in 中国レストラン?

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Yes. 中国レストラン sounds a bit awkward. A normal way to say it is 中華料理店 or 中華料理屋. You don't use 中国 for Chinese foods but rather 中華.

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That does look pretty familiar. –  Louis Nov 30 '11 at 22:36

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