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1203 18th St., Bakersfield, CA
Today
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Delivery, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Greasy!

I ordered delivery. Customer service was great! Food items marked spicy were not spicy. Other foods lacked flavor dimension. The amount of fat in the bottom of the chow mein container would make me hesitate to order again. Friends in the area all recommended another Chinese restaurant that isn't... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
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Bakersfield, California
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Bakersfield
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I love this place, one of my go to restaurants. They are all was busy, which is a good thing, they have been around Bakersfield for a very long time.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

After more than fifty years in business you'd think they were doing something right. They're not. The second most cliche kind of Chinese food you can find in Bakersfield. The most cliche Chinese food you can get in Bakersfield is at the Rice Bowl, across the street.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Bill Lee's chopstick house serves chinese food from your past. It is not the new "yuppie" style of menu. Food is very good and price is reasonable.

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Visalia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

My wife and I had dinner there a few weeks ago for the first time in several years. I had a seafood special which had lobster in it. The lobster was so overcooked it was like chewing rubber. In addition the fried dishes tasted like they were cooked in rancid oil. I brought the lobster issue up to our server... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This place is a little out dated but it has amazing food!!!!! I love it if you haven't had I yet you need to have it!!i hope you'll love it as well!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I grew up in Bakersfield from the late 70's to the present. Bill Lee's has always been a family favorite and that was before knowing it's history. The food was great as always. I treated 2 family members to dinner who have not tried Bill Lee's and they too were saying it was the best they'd ever had. Shrimp fried... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I ordered delivery. Customer service was great! Food items marked spicy were not spicy. Other foods lacked flavor dimension. The amount of fat in the bottom of the chow mein container would make me hesitate to order again. Friends in the area all recommended another Chinese restaurant that isn't Bill Lee's. The restaurant atmosphere might be the places best asset... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I love their mai tai's! The best i've ever had! If you want a killer drink that's a bang for your buck, go to the bar and ask for a 747, you wont be disappointed!!

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I lived on Bill Lee's dinners for a month or two in 1987. Occasionally, when I am in town, I will take the family there. But more often we just order delivery. In any case, you can't beat the food or the service!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015 via mobile

While spending a couple of days in Bakersfield I had Bill Lee's deliver to our hotel. The person who took my order on the phone was very friendly and answered the call in a timely manner. I ordered one number 1 and a side of egg rolls. The food arrived hot and in the time they quoted. The delivery driver... More 

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Additional Information about Bill Lee's

Address: 1203 18th St., Bakersfield, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Bakersfield
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Chinese

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1203 18th St., Bakersfield, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Bakersfield

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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