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Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot

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215 South Ellsworth, San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 343-2566
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Hot. Pot in San Mateo

I've heard good things about this place. The reviews didn't disappoint. The broth was rich and flavorfull, and overall fun to treasure hunt for bits of goodness hidden in this pot of yummy goodness. Word of warning, the spicy hot was really spicy, even after straining out a bunch of hot red... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2014
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English first
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
211 reviews 211 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I've been here twice. Once with a group of girlfriends for dinner and another with a big group of coworkers for lunch. Service is quick and place is a bit dingy. I tried the food but I really did not care for any of the meat and other ingredients. I find the meats with funky taste specially the lamb. The... More 

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've heard good things about this place. The reviews didn't disappoint. The broth was rich and flavorfull, and overall fun to treasure hunt for bits of goodness hidden in this pot of yummy goodness. Word of warning, the spicy hot was really spicy, even after straining out a bunch of hot red peppers. This is a really fun place for... More 

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San Mateo, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

From a hot pot restaurant, you really expect just three things: 1. Good soups 2. Fresh meat / vegetables 3. Quick service This restaurant checks all the boxes.

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Carlsbad, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Was one of the last to be seated before the kitchen closed. The wait was extremely long for one person. The front desk estimated 20 minutes which was really twice as long. The food was okay but expensive for one person and not worth the wait.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We had a group of 8 and arrived 15 minutes before they opened. There was a rush to be seated by the 75 or so who arrived by opening time. Nonetheless, the service was quite good and the food was bought to the table rather quickly. It was a wonderful experience cooking all the meats and vegetables in the hot... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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147 reviews 147 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Chinese hot pot hasn't entirely taken off in America yet. There have been a few places, often with frozen meat and spiceless broth. Little Sheep is a Chinese chain, and it's just like a mid-range place in Beijing. It's good with friends and a lot of beer, good for unwinding after a sales trip. Can be a little loud in... More 

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Pittsburgh
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

the staff is one of the greatest that we have ever had. The food is fresh and true to the title of a hot pot. We recommend it to anyone who like great food

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Gilbert, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

I was craving hotpot after returning to the states from China so I went to Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot in San Mateo. It was very good and similar to what I got while living in China. It was much easier to order as everyone spoke English:) I will be looking for other locations when I travel.

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San Mateo, California, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Each table has a hot element installed so you can cook your own food in the chicken broth which it provided. You can select spicy, mild or a combination pot with two types of broth. It is fun but not a place we return to often.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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107 reviews 107 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

I and my coworkers love this restaurant, since we can get Hot Pot for $10 per person, and have plenty of food. The interior is nice, with each table equipped with a center hot plate for the big soup tureens. Some notes so you don't look like a newb: Lunch: Hot Pot is $10 per person, and automatically comes with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 215 South Ellsworth, San Mateo, CA 94401
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: (650) 343-2566

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm

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