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

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 10
    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
Most recent review
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
EngineerTiffany
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Bakersfield, California
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
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Bakersfield, California
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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405 reviews 405 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 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
54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
12 helpful votes 12 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 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This was by far the best Chinese food I have eaten in Bakersfield. The daily lunch special is delicious and don't forget to ask for the house soy sauce which adds an extra punch to the food.

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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?