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117 W Ocean Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436-6732
805-736-5709
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  • Food
    1.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Freshly cooked salt. Kitschy decor.

I read a review that this place must be a front for drug sales because there is no other way it could stay in business. Funny, but sadly true. We went in because the interior reminded us of the movie "A Christmas Story" (you know, where the dad wins a lamp of a leg in fishnet stockings). It was... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I read a review that this place must be a front for drug sales because there is no other way it could stay in business. Funny, but sadly true. We went in because the interior reminded us of the movie "A Christmas Story" (you know, where the dad wins a lamp of a leg in fishnet stockings). It was staffed... More 

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Lompoc, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Rice Bowl has been around Lompoc for decades but I did not enjoy their food that much. I come from a larger city where I had many choices of Chinese food. Prices seem to be reasonable but I didn't even take my left overs home.

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Lompoc, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

came in late night after newly moved to lompoc girlfriend and i were looking for some good chinese, not like back home , but thought to give it a try, first thing that didn't add up to me being from east coast, mexicans cooking chinese food, i ordered the egg foo young w/shrimp, young mex woman , said they didn't... More 

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Temecula, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Three of us went for lunch and what a delight. The décor is so Retro and a lot of fun. The owner was so gracious and when we asked if we could take some photos he said of course. The food and service were great. Maybe not the best I have ever eaten but freshly made and yummy. It did... More 

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lmpoc
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

this place has to be a front for something other than food. I had lunch there one time and during the whole hour i was there I was the only customer. The food was horrible. strange place, like the set of a Quentin Tarrantino movie.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Family style Chinese. Lot's of food. Reasonablly priced. Average taste. Wonderful facade and kitchy interior. Owner became suspicious when I tried to take a picture of the interior. Kinda freaked me out. Not up to stanadards to Chinese food found in Chinatown L.A., but edible. Good for large famlies.

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Haverford, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

We wanted to grab lunch in Lompoc and drove by the Rice Bowl. It had a great retro look to it and I figured it was the kind of chow mein house that I grew up with. Americanized Chinese food that was not authentic, but still full of flavor and has it's own unique menu items and good tastes. It... More 

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Santa Maria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

I first went to the Rice Bowl with my parents in 1960! My favorites are still egg foo young and sweat & sour pork!

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2010

I dined alone for lunch during a week day visit to Lompoc. I got the Chicken Almond with fried brown rice and eggroll. I also ordered a pot of green tea. The meal was more than I could eat at one setting and was only ten dollars. I took the left overs with me and had them for supper (so... More 

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CA
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2010

This is one of the funkiest, oddest spots and it's worth going inside, but just don't eat there. Be forewarned - go but only to check the joint out. Order a soda or something safe. My friend and I went there a couple of times just for this reason, because it's such a fun social study. When you walk in... More 

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Address: 117 W Ocean Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436-6732
Phone Number: 805-736-5709
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lompoc
Cuisine: Chinese

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  • Address: 117 W Ocean Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436-6732
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lompoc
  • Phone Number: 805-736-5709

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese

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