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Cooking Papa

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949 Edgewater Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404-3760
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Lake Lure, NC
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68 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was taken here by friends from San Francisco area for brunch. Very good Chinese dim sum, noodles and congees of all kinds. A very popular spot as the place filled up shortly after 11.30 am. They also have take out with their regular menu and Chinese barbecue and roasted meats.

Thank Costaadventures
San Francisco, California
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43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

The waiters (if I can even call them that) here are so useless and rude. I've been to tons of Chinese restaurants throughout my life and I get that sometimes if you want something, you just have to get up and get it yourself, but here you pretty much have to serve yourself. I came to Cooking Papa for dinner... More 

Thank FurryFroggy
Foster City, California
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

This restaurant has consistently good food but the service is always hit and miss. Most of the time the service is poor and at times very rude. If management took a few minutes to train employees to treat customers with respect and dignity.

Thank James K
Foster City, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Good food, lots of choices! Not too expensive. Sometimes have to wait for seats, but usually not too long.

Thank Paul K
san francisco
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

In a way, this restaurant is a victim of its own popularity. Although located on the water's edge with a good view, it is hard to enjoy the environment because of the noise and the crowd. This is a very popular place. Most of its clientele are chinese. There is always a wait for a table during dinner time. Reservations... More 

Thank ianlin
Union City, California, United States
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98 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Chinese food places are not known for their view, but this one is different. It is sitting on a large pier structure and the window tables have excellent views over the inner harbor (can I call it that?) The view is especially good when the sun set, so pick your time wisely. These tables are the first to be filled... More 

Thank TMMak
Niceville, Florida
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

They have a really nice location with great water view in Foster City. It's located in a mall so it's a nice place to stop for lunch or dinner while shopping. The food is fresh and tasty and the service is better than average,but not awesome. I've tried a few different meals here and the food is pretty good. I... More 

Thank Manny T
North Chelmsford, Mass
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77 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

I'm not usually much for Cantonese food (my preference is usually Hunan or Szechuan; however, Cooking Papa is really extraordinary. I went with a group of coworkers during a business trip to the area. We ordered many dishes and ate family style. Everything was perfectly cooked and incredibly delicious. We had Roasted Duck, Roasted Peking Duck (don't miss this one!),... More 

Thank Ambassador_Kosh
San Francisco Ca
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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

My wife and I wanted to try Cooking Papa because all my friends gave them a rave review and we were not disappointed. we ordered BBQ Delicacy Four Treasure over rice, Shrimp Wonton and Shrimp Dumpling Lo Mein and Rice with Assorted Cured meat In Clay Pot. Overall it was very good. Friendly and efficient service. The food was delicious... More 

Thank chuckking
Los Angeles, California
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60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Cooking Papa is a restaurant where we go for Cantonese family favorites, e.g., peking duck, chow mein, "jook", a rice gruel, etc. The food is always good and reasonably priced but portions are perhaps on the small side for big eaters. e.g., A half portion of peking duck easily fed two, maybe three people. For larger groups, one should order... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 949 Edgewater Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404-3760
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Foster City
  • Phone Number: 650-577-1830

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?