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3345 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 565-8868
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 20
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  • 9
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good restaurant - too bad they are out of business

We have eaten at the Hunan Garden since they opened their doors. It was our take- others-to Chinese restaurant. Unfortunately, Simon, the owner retired and turned the business over to his son: it is now renamed Mandarin Roots, somewhat more upscale with prices to match. We have not eaten at the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Allan B
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Palo Alto, California
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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have eaten at the Hunan Garden since they opened their doors. It was our take- others-to Chinese restaurant. Unfortunately, Simon, the owner retired and turned the business over to his son: it is now renamed Mandarin Roots, somewhat more upscale with prices to match. We have not eaten at the rebadged enterprise but, given the family involvement and training,... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Foods are not bad, authentic enough taste of Central & Northern Chinese cuisine. Staffs are efficient but less the friendly look.

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Kihei, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We have been eating at Hunan Garden (now Mandarin Roots) for several years. My favorite dish is the spicy fish - little fish filets that have been fried with some spices and salt. The flavor is something that I have not been able to duplicate anywhere else. The other fun dish is the fried tofu. We have had our annual... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The menu has some traditional southern dishes like ma po tofu, sichuan chicken, and kung pow chicken; the presentation is creative and fun, also some northern (Peking duck) and just plain invented dishes like pork belly quesadilla and kalbi beef tacos. Highly recommended. I've enjoyed Chinese food in the Palo Alto area for 40 years now and this is definitely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

They changed the name to Mandarin Roots, be advised, and the food is less Hunan than Mandarin. Whatever it's called, the food is very good. Duck, pork, vegetarian and noodle dishes are all excellent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Needed to be local for a few days and found this place had good food, excellent service and amiable staff and owner.

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We have enjoyed this restaurant on many occasions. It is attractive and comfortable and the food is always good. The menu offers many standard Chinese dishes but you can also explore more exotic, authentic dishes. The owners are friendly and always seem to recognize us when we come which is a nice touch. We will keep coming back

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Palo Alto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

THIS RESTAURANT HAS A NEW NAME----MANDARIN ROOTS! We loved the old Hunan Garden but I would argue that this new iteration is much better. We had Peruvian Shrimp MUSHU, soft shell crab spring roll, Teapot Soup, and some phenomenal noodles. All were superb. the service friendly and helpful, the prices very reasonable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We had an excellent lunch here. All of the food was great and pretty. The duck was a bit tough, but the chow fun was great, the seafood soup excellent. There is no doubt that we will be back.

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We have been there several times. The service is great, and the people are just nice. The food is also very good... very long menu as many Chinese restaurants! We were never disappointed. We'll be back!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3345 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: (650) 565-8868

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Chinese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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