We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Lai Lai Restaurant

Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
334 Broadway, Millbrae, CA 94030-2510
650-692-8898
Today
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 24 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 10
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Probably Millbrae's longest-lived Chinese restaurant

under the same ownership. The food may have slipped a little since it opened in 1983, but the menu has changed very little in that time. Jimmy opened up when Millbrae was Italian and had only a dozen or so Chinese restaurants (for its population of 20,000). There are about 30 now. (I haven't got... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Eugene G
,
Millbrae, California
Add Photo Write a Review

24 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Millbrae, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

under the same ownership. The food may have slipped a little since it opened in 1983, but the menu has changed very little in that time. Jimmy opened up when Millbrae was Italian and had only a dozen or so Chinese restaurants (for its population of 20,000). There are about 30 now. (I haven't got around to counting.) So merely... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

What can I say? I hit this place every time I'm in San Francisco; it's one of my favorites. I've had many of the chicken dishes and several appetizers and all have been excellent. The service is friendly and the prices are reasonable. Give it a try!

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We were a party of 3, craving some Chinese food. After trying to get into a couple of places and finding them closed, we ended up at Lai Lai at around 4pm for some really late lunch. First of all, the service was really good. The staff was truly friendly and attentive. We started our meal with some delicious Pot... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We ordered take out tonight. We had the almond chicken and the prawns with green beans plus an order of rice. The order was ready when we went to pick it up. As always, great food and service.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

While visiting a friend in the Bay Area, she took us to Lai Lai in Millbrae. The best Chinese Food I have had in years. Fresh and tasty. Hot and Sour Soup was top notch; tasty with just the right heat. The pork, beef and vegetable entrees were superb. We were served by Jimmy, the owner, and it was a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Denver, Colorado
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

As many other have noted, this restaurant caters to local patrons, and many families. Service was fine, but the food (advertised as Mandarin) was mediocre; mostly saucy dishes.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cody, Wyoming
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This place is great. I have been coming here for years with my family. The food and service are fantastic. Some of my favorites are: chow fun, garlic eggplant, potstickers, hot and sour soup, walnut prawns, dumpling soup, pork buns and broccoli beef. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who has a taste for Chinese.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rome
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

The food here was good and the portions were generous. The menu is pretty standard, with a few unusual twists on classic Chinese dishes. The atmosphere is casual.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

My family have been going to this restaurant for over 20 years. We have noticed that the quality of the food has changed the past few times that we have ordered take out or for that matter,ate at the restaurant. Please don;t get me wrong,but we have noticed that the food has not been tasting the same and it has... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

Lai Lai's has been around forever, so locals are familiar with their food and servers. I love coming here when I'm craving traditional Chinese food at a decent price. The prawns with walnuts are amazing, along with the eggrolls and beef and broccoli. The portions are huge, so be prepared! The decor is nothing special, and the service can be... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Lai Lai Restaurant also viewed

 

Been to Lai Lai Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 334 Broadway, Millbrae, CA 94030-2510
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Millbrae
  • Phone Number: 650-692-8898

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 - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Lai Lai Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?