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Gau Poang Chinese Restaurant

1208 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402-2925
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Ranked #17 of 355 restaurants in San Mateo
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Chinese
Most recent review
- May 26, 2014
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10 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
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English first
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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

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
22 helpful votes 22 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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San Francisco, California
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120 reviews 120 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I was looking for a place close to my daughter's new apartment and found this on tripadvisor. So many Chinese restaurants can be scary. This place was clean and comfortable on the inside. The food was delicious and servers very friendly. It was pretty busy which is always a good sign. We will be coming here often from now on.... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

This was excellent and the price was extremely reasonable. Parking is in back. Very clean. Decor was not gaudy. Would return if we lived in the area. Much better than another Chinese restaurant we went to earlier in our stay. Servers were very friendly and personable. A place you could bring your family or a date.

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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We were unhappy with many Chinese restaurants we had tried in the area, so searched many sites for reviews of "best Chinese" and discovered Gau Poang. Are we glad we did!! Delicious food, super friendly service, and reasonably priced. We saw lots of folks taking big orders out for lunch time, and the place was busy at dinner time, also.... More

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San Mateo, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

My son and I have been eating here for many years. It's always fresh, always, ample portions and no grease. My absolute favorite in the area!

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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

Wonderful food, atmosphere and service!!! We had general tso's chicken, plum chicken, walnut prawns, green beans, velvet chicken with cream corn soup, chow mein and combination rice. Everything was fabulous!

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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

I haven't had decent Chinese food since arriving in the Bay Area three years ago. Finally, I can say I have. They have nice table spacing in the restaurant with an additional room on the side where large groups can eat family style. We had Salt and Pepper Shrimp, Black Pepper Steak ( yum, yum), String Beans, Eggplant, Lemon Chicken,... More

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Burlingame, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011 via mobile

I only gave it a 4 because the chairs need to redone. Food is very good and they are happy to accommodate special diets. It is a family owned business and often the owner is your waiter or cook. They are very friendly and even deliver

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