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The Kitchen

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Chinese, Dim Sum
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279 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030-2607
650-692-9688
Today
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 10
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Authentic...is sometimes not enjoyable.

3 of us went on a Friday night. It was full of Asian patrons so we thought great, an authentic Chinese restaurant. We were excited to get a table without waiting...until we saw the location next to the kitchen pathway. My seat happened to be the most exposed. Our waiter kept bumping my chair... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
jsaul
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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43 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
190 reviews 190 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

3 of us went on a Friday night. It was full of Asian patrons so we thought great, an authentic Chinese restaurant. We were excited to get a table without waiting...until we saw the location next to the kitchen pathway. My seat happened to be the most exposed. Our waiter kept bumping my chair back as he passed in &... More 

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South San Francisco
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115 reviews 115 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

It's been a few months since I've eaten here, so the place looked different. Did they renovate the side walls? The place appeared to be cleaner and more pleasing to the eyes. We ordered dimsum and also off the menu - their HK-style crispy noodles - all delicious and deserving of the "Michelin Recommended" ratings which were proudly displayed on... More 

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San Francisco, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

A few of my classmates decided to try this "The Kitchen" at 279 El Camino Real, in Millbrae, near the San Francisco Airport for lunch on a Friday, January 3rd, 2015! We figured what with Christmas and New Year's celebrations being over, there would be no mad crowd at any restaurants! NO! We would wrong! (This restaurant was formerly known... More 

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Carrollton, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

stayed across the street at the Fairfield Inn & they pointed me here, when I asked for dinner recommendation. Glad to find somewhere close *and* good; I didn't spot any other solo diners, but pairs and groups of friends and families and big groups and...I think I spotted one other non-Chinese, which must make for authenticity! Place pretty packed, even... More 

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Decatur, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Went there with relatives for dim sum lunch; very efficient, quick service.The loud patrons and somewhat chaotic atmosphere is actually a sign of an authentic Cantonese dim sum lunch (I've lived in Hong Kong, Vancouver, and Honolulu). My only complaint is that I lost the fight for the bill, as my cousin grabbed it even though I told them to... More 

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Virginia, Minnesota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We wanted to return to Hong Kong Flower Lounge for dim sum after an enjoyable meal there in May this year. I had invited my sister and niece to join us so imagine my chagrin when we arrived at 12 noon on Saturday and was told there is a wait of one hour! I saw the disappointment and hunger in... More 

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Redwood City, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Great dimsum, congee, and other Chinese goodies like chicken feet and tripe ! It can get full so plan on being there early for lunch or dinner. Service is fast -- they want you out of there quickly. Not much of an ambiance -- just go to eat.

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Cebu City, Philippines
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Love the food here. Straight forward Chinese food. Good shrimp dumplings, sio mai, rice noodles, soup. I have eaten here at least 5 times and the food is always good. I always go back when in the area.

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Westport, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

chicken legs, goose necks, other exotic food choices. Four styles of cooking and presentation, reasonable prices for the area

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Davie, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

During our recent visit to San Francisco, I was overwhelmed and discouraged by the mixed reviews on Trip Advisor of Chinese restaurants located in San Francisco. Staying at a hotel outside San Francisco in Burlingame, I checked out the local restaurants and based on the Trip Advisor reviews, my family and I went to The Kitchen. The dim sum was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 279 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030-2607
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Millbrae
  • Phone Number: 650-692-9688

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 50
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Dim Sum
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 1:00 am

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