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Reviewed February 15, 2022 via mobile

We have been coming here for over 30 years, 30 years!!!!! This was the first time that we had a very DISAPPOINTING MEAL!!! We ordered the green beans with prawns( this is my favorite and I always ordered this dish)- there were 3, 3 prawns...in this dish!!! Normally there is 8 to 10 prawns!!! My wife ordered the chicken chow main, her favorite and there was very very little chicken in the dish!!! Everything was cooked to perfection but the portions diminished!!!! We ordered take out like we usually do. What happened??? Jimmy the owner knows my whole family and this is so disappointing. Did something happen in the kitchen???? I would like to know because I do not like giving these kind of reviews but the truth needs to be told. We will not give up on this restaurant and give it one more chance!!! Please IMPROVE ON YOUR PORTIONS!!!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed November 11, 2020

Just enjoyed salt & pepper shrimp delivered. Really tasty and a great dinner after a long day. Delivered hot and tasty!

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed November 10, 2020 via mobile

A fantastic neighborhood institution, Lai Lai restaurant is one of my faves in the Peninsula. Gary, the owner, is as hospitable as they come. They serve solid Chinese food and the service is always top-notch. Their family banquet meals are great deal, and always a...crowd favorite with my family and friends. Support your local businesses and come visit Lai Lai restaurant!More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed June 17, 2020

I ordered through Uber Eats. Had the Mongolian Beef, it was very good. I also ordered the Beef Brocolli to take with me on a flight the next day. (It too was very good). Both entrees beef was as tender as one could hope for....The egg rolls were a disappointment, thinly filled with cabbage. I would pass on these. Overall, good food.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed April 23, 2020

I've been coming here for years, the food has always been delicious and well priced. Now, during COVID-19, I'm so glad they have take-out because I want to continue to support them.

Date of visit: April 2020
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Reviewed November 28, 2019 via mobile

My next door neighbor is Chinese and is an accomplished cook. When I asked him which Chinese restaurant nearby was the very best food, he told me to go to Lai Lai. My family of six went and proved him exactly right. The food was...delicious. We eat this type of food all over the world and have for four decades. All of it from the pot stickers and scallion pancakes to the usually mundane but in this case chicken chow Neón and moo shin pork, was delicious. Superb preparation with the right spices and served in pleasant surroundings by great staff. The pancakes for the moo shu pork were the best, most supple, almost dim sum-like I have ever eaten.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed July 29, 2019

My wife and I ate here once a week when we lived in Burlingame in the 1980s, and our favorite dish was the sliced BBQ pork with hot mustard. Now nearly 20 years later, I return, this time with the two adult children. Ordered too...much, but took it home. The vegetable deluxe is still wonderful. Enjoyed the fried won ton, sweet and sour chicken, oyster sauce beef , and fried rice Yang Chow Style. However, the sliced BBQ beef is not the same, at all, and more like any other restaurant. Except for my HUGE disappointment about the BBQ pork, the food was very good, the waitress was efficient and polite, and the place is clean.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed May 27, 2019

My wife and I found this restaurant by an Internet search near our hotel. It's not fancy, but the food was tasty. And no MSG is added to the food. I had a half order of hot and sour soup (not as spicy as hoped)....My wife and I shared beef with vegetables, brown rice, and vegetable spring rolls. I had mango ice cream for dessert. The green tea seemed a little weak to me. The server was friendly.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 10, 2019 via mobile

My wife and I visited here for dinner. The hosts were accommodating from end to end. The food tasted great, was well presented and was sumptuous. We were offered a sample of plum wine before we decided definitely on that; and it was very nice....Finally, the price was very reasonable. All in all a very good find while we stayed for the night at one of the hotels awaiting our flights.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed March 31, 2019 via mobile

Time and time again this restaurant has been our #1 choice in Chinese/Mandarin cuisine. We decided to have take out like many other nights when my wife and I are alone. We had the won ton soup, prawns with vegetables and spicy Mongolian Beef. I...picked them up and by the time I got home the food was still hot. The only suggestion that I have is that the soup was stored in a plastic container. Honestly there is no other choice besides plastic for take out, unless a biodegradable container? Anyway, thank you to Jimmy and his team for making this meal a delicious one, like all the others we have had either take out or sit down.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

It seems like Lai Lai is loosing some of it's great consistency. I used to be able the same thing and it would taste the same way over and over....really good taste. Now when I order certain dishes, the flavor and quantity varies. It is...still good but not as good as it used to beMore

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

It’s been at least 10 years since our last visit and the food is even better than I remember! Be sure to try the walnut prawns! Amazing!

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed November 16, 2017

Had generals chicken. Heavy on the garlic... Asked for steamed brown rice, received white steamed rice. I did see a lot of great looking food coming out of the kitchen, so it's worth a try.

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed November 28, 2016

I've eaten at Lai Lai for years, but this was the first time I ordered ahead for take out. We got exactly what we ordered with large portions and reasonable prices and it was ready when expected. Another great facet for a great Millbrae institution.

Date of visit: November 2016
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Reviewed November 3, 2016

My family has been going here since it opened and its always great. Lunch specials include soup of the day. Great for dinner. If you have a birthday or event to celebrate this is your place. Jimmy and Gary are the best. The entire staff...is terrific.More

Date of visit: November 2016
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Lai Lai Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5