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Mandarin Chinese Restaurant

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415 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010-3319
515-233-5300
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wed - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best chinese in Ames

Not your typical Chinese buffet - order your food from a menu. The food choices are nice and the food always taste good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Scottsdale, AZ
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Went here for dinner. Staff is very nice , food is yucky. Had a house special with shrimp, beef and chicken. It was gelatinous and flavorless. Got some chili paste to liven up the flavor and the paste was so mild you could eat it by the spoonful . Others had the orange chicken which had no orange flavor. One... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Not your typical Chinese buffet - order your food from a menu. The food choices are nice and the food always taste good.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Stopped by for lunch. Was surprised they didn't have a lunch menu, but perhaps it was because it was on the weekend? The food is better than most. Quite enjoyed it. The crab rangoons were missing any discernable crab, but were crispy and pretty good.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Lunch for both me and my son (with to different menu choices) tasted bland and like plastic, almost as if something was reheated in a zip lock bag in the microwave. Kung poa chicken was not spicy. Tea was good. Sservice was fine, but waitress seemed rushed, so not relaxing.

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Ames, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Every time I go here I feel like I've stepped into the 1960s. You can drink Singapore Slings with your flaming Pu Pu Platter. This is nobody's authentic Chinese but it is delicious.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 via mobile

Love going to eat here! The people are always nice and helpful! The food comes out quick and it's always hot! We always have a good time when we go in!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The Mandarin always has great. The workers are very nice as well. Best Chinese restaurant in Ames by far!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I always enjoy Chinese meals at the Manderin! Atmosphere is great and food is delicious! We had the large room at the back for our group of 20 plus.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

The Mandarin has recently remodeled making it look really nice in the dining area and yet it still seems to have the same quality that I've been experiencing from this restaurant for several years now

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Earlington, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

I have stopped in a few times for lunch with colleagues. Typical dine in Chinese (no buffet). Food is good, but nothing extraordinary. The prices are reasonable, and the service is great. My suggestion: great for lunch if you are craving Chinese, but not worth a special trip just to eat here.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 415 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010-3319
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: 515-233-5300

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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