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Mandarin Gourmet

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1316 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-6503
11:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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La Habra, California
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106 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Spring Rolls - average at best; Szechuan style beef - good, but they forgot to add any spiciness...bland; Lemon Chicken - Moo Goo Gai Pan - chicken was rubbery; Happy Family - OK Doesn't look like a return trip is in our future.

Thank Russ R
Sewall s Point, Florida
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86 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

San Luis Obispo is not heavy on Chinese restaurants so there is little choice. The good news for us is that we chose the best one. We had the Lover's Delight, followed by Crispy Duck with Scallions & Pancakes and the Walnut Shrimp. Just two things for me that were minor negatives, the Walnut Shrimp was much too sweet and... More 

Thank nickrobson
Los Osos, California
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176 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

This is the best of the Chinese places in this area. It is acceptable and some dishes are quite good and others just OK. However the quantity of food in the lunch specials is fine since you get soup, rice, and a couple of appetizer tastes with the dish of your choice along with tea. Unless we are very hungry... More 

Thank Gene H
los angeles, CA
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73 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

Really wanted to like this place - hungry for some good Chinese, but left disappointed. Went for Lunch - Ordered BBQ Pork as an appetizer - tired like last nite's dinner (my wife rarely sends anything back, but was compelled to do so - deducted from bill) - Chow Mien was boring, Mongolian Beef just passable. Don't know if we'll... More 

Thank gary k
Santa Rosa, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

I made a reservation for 16 members of my family for dinner and was extremely pleased with the quality of the food, the freshness of the ingredients and the warmth of the welcome. I tasted all of the 12 different dishes we ordered and found them all as good if not better than Chinatown in San Francisco. The food came... More 

Thank MeritAnn
San Luis Obispo, CA
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61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Several years ago, my husband and I tried this restaurant. It wasn't good. Today, a friend and I decided to try it for lunch, because we were hungry and in a hurry. It's gone downhill. The soup was luke warm and tasteless. I ordered cashew chicken - lots of cashews, not much chicken. The won-ton that came with it was... More 

Thank milasmom
Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

My wife and I have been eating here, occasionally over the past five years ... probably a total of 30 times in all that time. Mandarin Gourmet has never been especially good, certainly not up to anyone's gourmet standards, but it has been adequate for those times when we were too lazy to cook. Both lunch and dinner portions are... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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126 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

We had dinner on the evening of Mother's Day. The restaurant was somewhat crowded, but not extraordinarily so. We were seated after a short wait. No food service person appeared after a reasonable wait, so we contacted the person who had seated us. From this point forward, service was good. We each ordered a combination dinner which was quickly served.... More 

Thank stein525
San Luis Obispo County, California
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

First of all, finding them. I'm new to SLO and if their website stated they are located in a PLAZA, would have helped alot! Went for the luncheon special, as I do everywhere I live. Service was terrible--hardly anyone there and I sat and waited, and waited to order. Had to go get someone. Very nice people, but.... Food was... More 

Thank Ruby M
Calico Rock, Arkansas
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Average prices, average size portions, nothing to rave about. was thankful to have Chinese in California but was not my ultimate expectation.

Thank Peter C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Delivery, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1316 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-6503
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: 805-541-4590

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