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“A Tahoe favorite!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mandarin Garden Chinese Restaurant

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Mandarin Garden Chinese Restaurant
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Los Angeles, CA
Level Contributor
99 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A Tahoe favorite!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

We always look forward to returning to the Mandarin Garden, and we're never disappointed. The food is fresh, the service is friendly, and the price is reasonable. This family-run place is not fancy, but the atmosphere is pleasant and the food is consistently excellent. We especially like the shrimp with crispy walnuts, the dry sauteed string beans, and the hot and sour soup. We highly recommend!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank Mcmor
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  • English first
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English first
Los Banos
Level Contributor
14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“great food, great service, great value!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

We agree with farino. The locals recommend this restaurant and we certainly know why. Although this may not be the most new and updated restaurant appearance wise, after enjoying a great dinner for a reasonable price WITH NO MSG it really hit the mark for us. The restaurant is CLEAN, the server was very pleasant and proficient, and the food was GREAT!!! Aesthetics are nice for us but not a necessity when the food is of high taste and quality. Everything was fresh. Finding a restaurant like this as a tourist is a treasure and we sure wish this restaurant was here in our town. We will be back when we visit Tahoe again. texasanthony would probably complain if he stumbled over a rock of GOLD and complain it wasn't yellow or bright enough!! Sad for him.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank notechno
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Bangor, Wales
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Don't judge a book by its cover!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

Although I agree with previous reviews about the interior being stale and outdated i COMPLETELY disagree about the food. I really enjoyed the meal i purchased. The sweet & sour chicken was one of the best I've had, the BBQ ribs were tasty and had plenty of meat on them.

This restaurant has won awards for a number of years.

Recommended.

    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank farino001
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NJ
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good food at reasonable prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2010

I have no idea what the other reviewers are talking about but I have eaten here on my ski trips both last year and this year and have had very good dinners. Yes, the atmosphere is nothing to write home about, but the food is very good. The family dinner "B" is a great value at $15.50 per person. It includes seafood soup, a pupu platter and your choice of entrees from the regular dinner menu. At my request, they also modified my entree to leave out an item that is normally included in the entree. I have been disappointed in many of the places I have eaten in Tahoe over the years, but this is not one of them. They've been in business for thirteen years and bad restaurants do not last that long.

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Thank tahoejoe43
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houston
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Bad Chinese Food!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2010

We are Asian. We enjoy Asian cuisine from all over the world. This resturant 'adaptation' of various Chinese dishes is laughable. I could not believe they used long spaghetti noodle for my wonton noodle soup! The Orange Beef lacks any type of kick from a dish that was suppose to be spicy. The fried rice was mediocre at best. The owner talked to us and mentioned that he used to be a head chef at a local resturant in our state. I highly doubt his claim, but if it was true, then maybe this why he no longer worked there. I my opion, waaaay over-piced for such poor quality of food.

    • 1 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
      Food
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1 Thank texasanthony
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