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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: Delivery, Reservations

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  • 16
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    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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258 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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Bakersfield, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We purchased moo goo gai pan and a shrimp dish. Both were extremely bland. We had to use alot of soy sauce in order for there to be any taste. Years ago the food was excellent, and thought we would try this restaurant again. Sorry it's not what it used to be.

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Bakersfield, California
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6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Always consistent, and a great Mytie. we love to eat in the bar. This place has very good service and plenty of room for almost and kind of party.

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Tehachapi, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We have now been here a few times and the food is always great and the service, well it is great as well. The food is fresh with quality ingredients and very tasty. Comparing them to all the other Chinese restaurants we have been to including in San Francisco they rank right up at the top. I would have given... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I have loved their food my whole life. Business started in 1938 and my family has always eaten at Bill Lee's over all other options available. Quality ingredients have always been their speciality. It is nice to know that you will get a great meal every time. I love that you can eat there or call it in with options... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Bill Lee's is an iconic restaurant in Bakersfield. It has been here since the early 1950's and is family owned. It has great Chinese food and Cantonese is their specialty. Service is always great and the food choices are many. I love their chow mein and fried rice. No other place makes it better.

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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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