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Gau Poang Chinese Restaurant

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1208 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402-2925
650-286-9386
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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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 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Always dependable

We have eaten at Gau Poang several times over the years and always have a good meal. The menu offers several choices of each throughout the spectrum, meats, fish, soups, noodles, vegetables, rice and appetizers. The meals have always been tasty and fresh and service has always been friendly and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 10, 2015
DavenCarol
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San Mateo, CA
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San Mateo, CA
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90 reviews 90 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We have eaten at Gau Poang several times over the years and always have a good meal. The menu offers several choices of each throughout the spectrum, meats, fish, soups, noodles, vegetables, rice and appetizers. The meals have always been tasty and fresh and service has always been friendly and efficient.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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68 reviews 68 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

Arrived at the airport and was heading to Palo Alto in the mood for Chinese so looked up TripAdvisor Had a very friendly greeting and ordered pot stickers and Mongolian Beef. The first were quite good but a little heavy. I had asked for the beef dish to be spicy but they didn't really take me up on it. The... More 

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San Mateo, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

One of my "go to" restaurants. Food is always fresh. The menu has a wide variety including the blander dishes for the elderly and spicy for the younger. The staff is always friendly and accommodating. Prices are very reasonable for this area. The restaurant has a semi-private seating area with a table that seats up to 10, which is great... More 

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Burlingame, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This restaurant has been here for many years and serves consistently good food at reasonable prices. The owners are always here and are watching over the dining room with a very capable wait staff. Food is always served hot and is very tasty. Have come here many times with my entire family of 10 and always leave happy. Free parking... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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96 reviews 96 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The fried rice is very good. My son lives around the corner from this place. The owner and staff are very friendly. We didn't stay in because my kids already made some dishes at home. The place looks very clean and cozy with ample parking. They don't use MSG at all which is great. I asked them to go easy... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Based on Tripadvisor reviews, Hubby and I decided to give Gau Poang a try for lunch, which is always less of an investment than dinner. It took a bit to find it, not because it's hidden, but it's front is so bland I had driven by it several times without noticing it. We arrived at 11:30am, and were the first... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

My husband and I found this restaurant on Trip Advisor while traveling through Cali. What a great little place. The food, service and atmosphere were awesome! We REALLY enjoyed our lunch and would absolutely return!

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Birthdays, Mother's Day, any day, we love this place! It's family run and someone always graciously greets guests. Delicious and consistent makes this a family favorite. My favorite dish is the shrimp fried rice, the egg gets browned and the sweet peas add that pop of sweetness. Yum!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014 via mobile

We order from here all the time and have never had a bad meal. We usually pick up our orders but have eaten in a few times and the service and graciousness of the staff is excellent. Highly recommend.

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Portland, Oregon
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61 reviews 61 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

A large group of us ate lunch here on a weekday. The service was good, very friendly and helpful. The lunch menu choices are quite large; however, be careful what you order. The chicken with cashews was very good (unfortunately, not my order). I suggest avoiding any sweet and sour dish unless you like the mysterious, artificial red colored sauce... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1208 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402-2925
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: 650-286-9386

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Chinese
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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