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Cooking Papa

949 Edgewater Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404-3760
650-577-1830
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Ranked #16 of 48 restaurants in Foster City
Cuisines: Chinese
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English first
Hong Kong, China
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 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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108 reviews 108 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
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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
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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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43 reviews 43 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Foster City, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We have been eating here many times. The food can be great to average and it really depends on the dish you order. Some of the best dishes are congee, steam rice in the lotus leave and rice roll. Some of the dishes I would not recommend are Fook-Kin fried rice at it was too watery, and their private kitchen... More

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Alameda, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Went to Cooking Papa in Foster City, Ca. last night and the place was already full at 6 pm. We ordered half Peking Duck for a very reasonable price and taste very good. This must be a very popular place for Asian and it attracts a lot of young families to eat at this restaurant. The restaurant's tables are too... More

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