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Gau Poang Chinese Restaurant

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1208 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402-2925
650-286-9386
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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San Mateo, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

This place is not worth visiting. We were a party of four. One of us summed it up "the best thing about this place is the tea". The service was good but the food was inedible. Another in our party declared it "the worst Chinese food ever." We all agreed that we would have been better off going to Panda... More 

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Thank Jane D
Chicago
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109 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

If this is supposed to be one of the better Chinese restaurants on the Peninsula forget about it. Pleasant enough ambiance. Good enough service. Mediocre food. Hot and Sour soup was black pepper hot instead of ginger and red pepper. There are those who don't mind. We do. The pot stickers were nearly inedible. Heavy dough and tasteless pork. The... More 

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Thank AnnabellaChicago
San Francisco, California
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50 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

Once there were two. I had my wedding eve dinner at the Burlingame Ave location in the mid -90s with my family and handsome man. And when it moved, I thought I lost it. And I had. When I found it again, I was thrilled. Best fried rice and Moo Shu. So much to choose from. All good. And they... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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77 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

The restaurant is not a regular "Chinese Joint". The've located to their new "digs" on El camino Real. Its a lovely restaurant!!! We had the "Appt." plate for two, we shared Moo Shoo Pork and Sweet & Sour Chicken. Quite Nice but nothing special. Its worth the trip and the price. Of-course they have take-out!!

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Thank Sandra F
Miami, Florida
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

Went there recently with a group of 6. Had pot stickers, mushu pork, both good. Service was very good. I thought fried rice tasted bland and cashew chicken was light on the chicken. I have had hot and sour soup there that was very good. Overall was fine and I will go back but some dishes seem to be mediocre.

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Thank Robert R
San Mateo, CA
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117 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We have eaten at Gau Poang several times over the years and always have a good meal. The menu offers several choices of each throughout the spectrum, meats, fish, soups, noodles, vegetables, rice and appetizers. The meals have always been tasty and fresh and service has always been friendly and efficient.

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Thank DavenCarol
Bethesda, Maryland
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105 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

Arrived at the airport and was heading to Palo Alto in the mood for Chinese so looked up TripAdvisor Had a very friendly greeting and ordered pot stickers and Mongolian Beef. The first were quite good but a little heavy. I had asked for the beef dish to be spicy but they didn't really take me up on it. The... More 

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Thank CMcD77
San Mateo, California
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114 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

One of my "go to" restaurants. Food is always fresh. The menu has a wide variety including the blander dishes for the elderly and spicy for the younger. The staff is always friendly and accommodating. Prices are very reasonable for this area. The restaurant has a semi-private seating area with a table that seats up to 10, which is great... More 

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Thank LH L
Burlingame, California
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62 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This restaurant has been here for many years and serves consistently good food at reasonable prices. The owners are always here and are watching over the dining room with a very capable wait staff. Food is always served hot and is very tasty. Have come here many times with my entire family of 10 and always leave happy. Free parking... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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133 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 via mobile

The fried rice is very good. My son lives around the corner from this place. The owner and staff are very friendly. We didn't stay in because my kids already made some dishes at home. The place looks very clean and cozy with ample parking. They don't use MSG at all which is great. I asked them to go easy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1208 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402-2925
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: 650-286-9386

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