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$5 - $16
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Chinese, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant in Des Moines is family owned, and they are a wonderful family. My husband and I have been coming here since 2003 when we moved here. They have a Volcano drink (With alcohol) that is worth trying. We get one every time with...our meal. They never forget what we like to order, and they are always so great!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 4, 2022

We lived near Mandarin Kitchen for years and enjoyed many great meals, both couple and family. After moving across country, we missed it and never found its equal. So our first meal 'home' was at Mandarin Kitchen, gathering as many family as possible. They made...us our favorite dish which is no longer on the menu. PERFECTION. Service is prompt, calm. and efficient. We had probably 5 or 6 different dishes and they were exquisitely cooked. Nothing soggy or swimming, no loads of bok choy filler, but instead nicely steamed green veggies. If you have never been to MK, you are missing an unheralded gem. Go and try to lick the plates clean in a dignified manner.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed February 26, 2022

Best restaurant in Des Moines and the best Chinese restaurant in the South end. Service is excellent and the food is consistently outstanding. Some dishes that we especially like are beef chow fun, combination lo mein, hot and sour soup, pork and cabbage soup, wonton...soup, Mongolian beef, kung pao chicken, etc. The menu is very extensive and the food is served hot and spiced properly. We try to eat there two or three times a month.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed October 1, 2021

We had another restaurant we always went to years ago but they went downhill fast and never could find another place to replace them until Mandarin Kitchen was recommended by a friend. We went and it has become our new go to place for awesome...Chinese food. We eat here many times a year and are never disappointed. I am so glad they made it through these illegal lockdowns and hope they will still be in business after the new illegal mandate goes into effect this month. Will not be able to go there then but will definitely be back as soon as sanity reigns again. I would definitely recommend the broccoli beef as that is my go to dish every time I go there. The taste is amazing and they are so generous with the broccoli.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed June 20, 2021

I have been going there for years. The food is always fresh and hot. It is also, nice when the staff are so pleasant. The restaurant is closed on Mondays but open the rest of the week from 3pm to 10pm

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed March 14, 2020

we like their lunch specials...friendly and courteous servers! Nice quiet place to meet with friends and not feel rushed.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed January 26, 2020

I am not from around here but we were staying close by so that we could catch an early morning flight. We had decided to have Chinese food but didn't know where to go. We read reviews on here and decided to give this place...a try. We were not disappointed at all.Service was spot on. The servers were helpful, attentive, and very polite. Restaurant was clean and inviting. And the food... we both ordered the Individual Dinners and boy was it fantastic from the Wonton and egg flower soup to the main course. We paid by credit card and they came directly to your table to pay, didn't have to stand at counter and wait to pay. I would highly recommend anyone to stop in.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed September 3, 2019

We have been eating here off and on for ten years. Even after having moved away, returning to Mandarin Kitchen is a must. The service is friendly, professional, and prompt. There is no waiting, no chummy chatting from the “I am your waiter Joe” types....In no time, our hot and tasty food arrived. We dug into the Tiger pork which was beautifully spiced, crunchy and a treat. Honey walnut chicken is our favorite with light airy crunchy noodle topping over delicious chicken in a light creamy sauce. The appetizer combination plate is a great way to start the meal with the best egg rolls and fried shrimp as well as about three other treats. No too expensive, relaxing, and delicious food at the hands of the best staff ever.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed June 21, 2019

We had walked by earlier in the day and when it was time for us to choose dinner, we thought Chinese sounded great. We went in at about 730pm and the restaurant parking lot was still full. Good sign! We ended up ordering the Hunan...Dinner and it was amazing! The fried chicken wings were so delicious, the egg drop soup I had was great, and the Kung Pao chicken had KICK! The food came out really quickly and the service was friendly and fast. If we end up in Des Moines again, we will definitely eat here again!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed May 7, 2019

Very friendly local, family run chinse restaurant. All the chinesed favorites done well. The dining room could use a little refresh but, all in all exactly what i expect in a chinese restaurant!

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed April 16, 2019

I only go here for take out Chinese food so, I can't speak on what its like to actually sit down and eat at the restaurant. On that note, I do recommend this place if you are looking for good Chinese food in the Des...Moines, Normandy Park area. Nice staff, decent menu, and they have a lounge with a fun bar area! The downside is that the parking lot is way too small and street parking is tricky.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

The food is very good and the staff are very accommodating. I have Egg and Soy allergies and they had many items on the menu that I could safely eat. The wait staff were very knowledgable about the ingredients in the various dishes. They have...both eat-in and carryout. The portions are generous. I will definitely be returning to eat there.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

I can’t believe this is rated #4 in this area. Very limited menu, not flexible. Entrees smothered in sauces. Chicken and vegetables was disgusting, was that even chicken? Chicken shouldn’t be mushy.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

Food is great. Wait staff if friendly. Service is quick. Enough food for a couple of meals. Lots to choose from on the menu.

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed June 19, 2018

We've been going to Mandarin Kitchen for over 15 years now. The food is consistently delicious, nice comfy casual atmosphere, friendly staff. We stopped by for dinner last week and had yet another amazing experience. Always plenty of food to take home for leftovers.

Date of visit: June 2018
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Response from jeanieeast | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure. We were from out of town. Just stumbled upon this restaurant.
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Monday-closed Tuesday-Thursday 11:30am-9:30pm Friday-11:30am-10pm Saturday-3pm-10pm Sunday-12pm-9:30pm
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Yes, Mandarin Kitchen offers takeout services.

Mandarin Kitchen is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4