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“Makes you remember why you like chinese food” 5 of 5 stars
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Silver House
2224 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403-1809
650-571-1298
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Ranked #75 of 361 Restaurants in San Mateo
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Chinese
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San Francisco, California
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Makes you remember why you like chinese food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

I've been doing a lot of travelling lately and lets face it, usually good old fashioned Chinese restaurants are pretty bad. frankly most are no better than panda express. maybe I feel that way because i'm such a big fan of thai, veitnamese, human and other cuisines that pack a punch. we saw tower of power at the san mateo fair and saved our appetites for this. we got there about 9:15 and they didn't give us a hassle about their 9:30 close time. I hadn't been to silver house in years and had really missed it. we got the usuals, war won ton soup, chicken salad and then the sizzling dish du jour (at least for us) which was eggplant and chicken. they have some killer chili sauce to spice these all up a bit and all were delish. i'm eating the leftovers as I type and happy to report that the portions are ample enough to have ample leftovers. can't wait to go back again.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
San Francisco
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Dependable, Delicious Chinese Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We have been patronizing Silver House for over a decade. It is where local Chinese go to eat, so you know it is good food. We celebrate Chinese New Year's here, family occasions, what have you. It's not a fancy restaurant, and you don't go for the ambiance. You go for the food and reasonable prices. Good Cantonese food. Soup appetizer always hits the spot. Roast duck is GOOD. Fresh fish, Mongolian Beef, you name it, it's well cooked and delicious. The wait staff have all been there FOREVER, and so they are like family.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nevada City, California
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“Good chinese restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

This is a very good Chinese restaurant near the South El Camino exit off of Hwy 92. They use fresh produce and often if you are there at a less than peak time, the waiters are preparing product that will be used in making the dishes later in the kitchen.

Their soups are made with good broth and are excellent. They have specials of the day that are tied into what is available fresh in the market. This would be a good place to go to during crab season. The restaurant has very little decor and minimal trappings but the waiters have been there for years and are very efficient. Good quick Chinese restaurant that uses good ingredients and cooked to order.

Visited January 2013
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“I Have Been Going Here For Years”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

Frankly, this is one of the three best Chinese restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. The have the best Hot and Sour Soup on the planet, great prices and the places is always crowded. The Black Pepper Beef is to die for. If you like hall-in-the-walls that give you good portions and value, this is the place.

Visited May 2012
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Los Altos, California
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“Authentic and tasty cantonese food at a very reasnable price.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

I have eaten Cantonese food during my 83 years of existence. Silver House is one of the better Cantonese restaurants, and reminds me of the outstanding meals I have tasted in Hong Kong, London, and San Francisco. There are only two drawbacks. The waiters are the typical stoic Chinese waiter, and both restrooms could stand renovations. I would give the exellence of food five stars, the cost four stars, and the ambience three stars.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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