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Cooking Papa

949 Edgewater Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404-3760
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Ranked #17 of 48 Restaurants in Foster City
Cuisines: Chinese
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English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A favorite haunt of the local Chinese population, one doesn't come here for atmosphere nor service, but real folks' "soul food": dry fried beef rice noodle, fish congee & sweet fried dough that is heavenly. For the "big spender", fried dungeon crab is worth the money. Come early or after 8pm to avoid long wait.

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Foster City, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The wait staff is very good. There are a number of servers that speak limited English. My issue is with the cleanliness of the restaurant. If you are sitting at a table and you watch the bus people "clean" off a table, one begins to wonder if the towel is clean. How long has it been since the towel was... More

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Hong Kong, China
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This restaurant is not for everyone. It is definitely not for someone who expects getting baby back ribs because 'that's what Chinese restaurants should offer'. It is not a place for fine dining, or expecting being treated like royalty. If you love authentic flavorful Chinese food and don't mind the brusqueness of the wait staff and understand or at least... More

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Foster City, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Went here for a late lunch one Sat afternoon around 2:30 pm. I asked the hostess if it's too late or were they closing already for lunch but I was told lunch is still open. So I got seated on a small table behind a wall post in between the regular dining area and the private big party area where... More

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Foster City, California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is an odd little establishment, nearly hidden at the back of a local shopping center. It could have had a good waterside view, but I've never noticed that. NOTHING romantic or special about the atmosphere; long tables and looks like a quick take out cafeteria. Food is good, depending upon your taste, but not exceptional. Service is so fast... More

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Boston, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The dishes here are so good! The noodles in oyster sauce, their clay pots you just can't go wrong. I keep coming back here for more every time. Service is ok. It's located in a strip mall so parking is not a problem.

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Foster City, California, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Cooking Papa is a very good Hong Kong style restaurant- with some dishes adapted from the West. Example of the latter is Baked Portuguese rice with curry - if on a winter night a traveler gets cold - this is the dish to warm him up. Their BBQ stuff is very good, also Hainan chicken - which gets overcooked almost... More

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Fresno, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

So, spending the weekend in Bay Area with family and felt like having Chinese food. Knew about this place in foster city from the past. All agreed and we drove there. WOW, changes. The place is completely remodeled and changed. They now have an open kitchen concept, where you can see the kitchen and all the work from behind a... More

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Austin, Texas
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Terrible food ......no baby back pork ribs in a chinese restaurant is a fail !...the appetizers where terrible ...chicken wings smell as it was cooked with feathers !

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Jacksonville, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

The food is very enjoyable and purely authentic here. The menu is huge with lots of selections and options. Great dining experience with good quick service.

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