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Chef Lee's Mandarin House II

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1616 N Main St, Salinas, CA 93906-5102
831-442-3385
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Waitstaff

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  • 8
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  • 2
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  • 2
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ate at Chef Lee's today for first time in many years. I thought it was the best Chinese food in the area back then and today's lunch reaffirmed that belief. The Broccoli Beef was savory with crisp veggies and there was quite a bit of shrimp in the Shrimp Chow Mein. Served family style there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
Kat C
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Watsonville, California
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Monterey, California
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138 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A decent place for good Chinese food. The service is usually good. The restaurant can get noisy but it's family friendly (bring the kids). The food is served promptly, warm and well-seasoned. The servers are friendly and welcoming. Decent parking and large, spacious waiting area/lobby. Usually can get seated right away though.

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Thank Peanut4Life
Salinas, California
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Our family gather at chef Lee's in Salinas,Ca. for dinner after the high school graduation of my grandson. We made reservations, knowing how crowded Chef Lee's gets this time of the year. We were quickly greeted and seated with a big smile. Our tables were decorated and the seating was ample, not crowded together. We were a party of seventeen,... More 

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Thank AngelaMott
Royal Oaks, CA
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75 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Their food is typical Americanized Chinese food that is served Family style to allow sharing. We had the Pork Fried Rice, Broccoli Beef and Shrimp Chow Mein. The food was average, nothing to shout about. The Broccoli Beef had the most flavor, the pork fried rice and Chow Mein was on the bland side. The hot tea that was served... More 

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Thank RustyWater
Watsonville, California
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

Ate at Chef Lee's today for first time in many years. I thought it was the best Chinese food in the area back then and today's lunch reaffirmed that belief. The Broccoli Beef was savory with crisp veggies and there was quite a bit of shrimp in the Shrimp Chow Mein. Served family style there were plenty of left overs... More 

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Thank Kat C
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Were regulars at chef Lee and highly recommend this place for a good lunch or dinner for the value. Staff is extremely helpful, the restaurant is clean and food awesome. Daisy and Gina are excellent attendants who get out of their way to make you feel at home. They receive you with a hot Jasmine tea and a courteous smile.... More 

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Thank Cvelezconty
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

i had the Chicken with Crispy Rice entree. First things first; this was my initial taste of crispy rice and it was rockin good! The chicken was supported by mushrooms, snow peas, water chestnuts, and a sweet sauce that was mouth watering. The portion was big enough to fill up two hungry diners. Best of all was the price! This... More 

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Elk Grove, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised at the yummy food and good service at Chef Lee's. Would definitely recommend it to our family and friends. The drunken noodle plate was scrumptious.

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Thank Beverly F
Monterey Peninsula, California
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

My husband and son helped me celebrate my Valentine's Day birthday at Chef Lee's One ofi favorito places this past weekend. We shared a family dinner with Sizzling Rice Soup and ordered an extra dish of Hong Kong style Noodles with seafood. Food and service were excellent as usual. We were able to our leftovers home for another meal at... More 

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Thank locavoreinct
Monterey, California
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 via mobile

I always order food to go from this restaurant and the food is ok. My last two experiences weren't the best and the last one was terrible. We arrived and got in what we believed to be the line to pay and when my boyfriend told them we were picking up and order we got a hand gesture to see... More 

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Thank Miranda N
Marina, California
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

ot really good food. The sweet and sour chicken didn't have chicken and was mostly breading. The red color of the chicken dyed my fingers after picking up 2 pieces. The beef was the only good thing. The rice was plain calrose rice instead of jasmine rice. The portions are big but you don't even want to eat the left... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1616 N Main St, Salinas, CA 93906-5102
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: 831-442-3385

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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