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The Noodle Shop

164 West 25th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403
650-345-1277
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Ranked #35 of 353 restaurants in San Mateo
Cuisines: Asian
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Chicago
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

This place is a hole in the wall, but when you walk in and see every seat is taken, you know you are going to be blown away with great food! We were thoroughly impressed. We placed our orders and then watched in awe as other delicious looking entrees were delivered to the tables around us. We would come back... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Based on the reviews I was expecting a LOT more out of this place. First of all, it is in a little strip area in San Mateo - the area is very old and run down - the restaurant has 42 seats - my kid went to the bathroom and said it was filthy (I always find this to be... More

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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

When I stayed for two years in the US two years ago, this noodle shop is where we always go to eat Spicy Szechuan food. Believe me, you should try this hole in the wall resto and make sure to order twice cooked pork, spicy noodles, Xiao long bao and Honey walnut prawns. The food is worth every penny.

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San Francisco
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

This place is a diamond in the rough specializing in dishes from Hunan, a province in South Central China which is known for its smoked meats and liberal use of chili peppers and garlic. It is a small establishment that does not offer much in terms of space or decor, but what it lacks in these areas is made up... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Read good reviews about this small Chinese restaurant that's located toward the eastern end of 25th Street for an early dinner. Was thrilled with quality and price of food. Orange chicken was quite tasty. The chicken-fried rice was a little lighter in color than I was used to, but it was delicious. Pot stickers a little thicker and pretty good... More

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San Francisco
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185 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

Nothing has changed except my opinion and my opinion of this place was already high. This is one of the best Chinese restaurants in the Bay Area, bar none. It is not fancy but makes up for this with the fastest service you will ever experience and some of the best food you will ever sink your teeth into. I... More

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

I cannot believe that I just learned about The Noodle Shop. My goodness, this is a terrific little Chinese restaurant. If you like authentic spicy Chinese food at unbelievably reasonable prices, this is the place for you. The owners at The Noodle Shop have it right: serve great food at prices that are lower than everyone else around and you... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

Ahh!!!! just looking at the pictures in the menu outside the restaurant makes me want to go in right away. That's how my hubby and I started coming to this restaurant. Every time we are in San Mateo, we must stop by here for a meal. I loved how efficient the server is...the gentleman with the glasses. We never had... More

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San Mateo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2011

For San Mateo this place is great... We aren't in NYC, and we certainly are not in Asia, so I enjoy the noodles for the fact that I am eating some great noodles without having to drive further than 20 minutes from my house. Plus, the art of hand pulled noodles is awesome, and definitely not easy. I want a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2007

They have some of the best hand pulled noodle dishes, where the noodles are firm and meaty. These noodle dishes are also complemented by some of the best xiao lon baos in the Bay Area-the skin is firm but not overcooked, and the meat cooked just right, and the soup is savory.

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