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“The best value meal in Monterey Park”

Mama Lu Dumpling House Mp
Ranked #1 of 179 Restaurants in Monterey Park
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Walnut, California
Level 6 Contributor
149 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“The best value meal in Monterey Park”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

If you love a value Northern style Chinese meal, you will find Mama Lu's Dumpling House in Monterey Park a great choice, There are 3 locations in Monterey Park. Each offering a slightly different menu. The restaurant at 501 W. Garvey Avenue is the newest location. The restaurant offers the very tasty traditional Northern style Chinese dishes at a very reasonable price and with large portions. The menu offers dumpling dishes made of many different ingredients. My favorite is dumplings made of cabbages & pork. If you like, you can buy frozen ready-made dumplings to take home at a reasonable price. The Shanghai rice noodles dishes are also must try. The restaurants are usually very crowded with customers in line at normal meal times, so try to get there early.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Francis P
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English first
Anaheim, CA
Level 6 Contributor
573 reviews
370 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 288 helpful votes
“Big portions, cheap prices”
Reviewed February 27, 2014

If you look past the "less than stellar" customer service, this is a great place for food.

There's two entrances to the restaurant, and you have to hunt down the hostess to put down your name. The girl could be looking straight at you, but unless you tell her you're here to put your name down and get a number, you'll never get a table. Yes, I think she's that dimwitted.

Once you put down your name, it's locked in. You cannot change the number in your party, and your party must be present to be seated.

A word of warning when walking to your table. The floors are greasy, so make sure your shoes have traction. I was wearing a shoes with traction, i practically slipped to my table. Makes me wonder how often they mop the floor or kitchen!

The menu is very large. Plenty of variety. Do not let your eyes get bigger than your stomach, unless you really want to bring home leftovers.

The portions were HUGE. For two people, we ordered two types dumplings, a vegetable dish, shanghai rice cake noodles, and the beef wrap. We got all that food and took home half the rice cake, three pieces of the beef wrap, and half of the pea sprout... For $40 with tax and tip! Compared to the famous Din Tai Fung, the meal would have cost more, and zero left over.

The speed of bringing out the food is actually incredibly fast. The food came out about 15 minutes after ordering, and within 20 minutes we had all the dishes.

Hunting down someone to refill your teapot or bring your check was impossible.

There's parking in the back, and plenty on the street. Don't expect the best customer service, and you will have to flag down people if you want to be helped.

Food = B+ (portions big)
Service for food= A
Customer service= C

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank callmemochelle
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Los Angeles
1 review
“great restaurant”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

We went to Mama Lu Dumpling House (501 W Garvey Ave,MP) several times and the food tasted really great. The price is OK. Card accept. But it close at 9pm(week day?). Strongly recommended

Visited October 2013
Thank Jim G
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Cordele, GA
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Exactly what I was hoping for”
Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

Great authentic Chinese food, and as the only non Asian there, I noticed it is loved by locals as well, as the place was full with a short wait. The menu, while authentic had pictures and English which is helpful for when you like the real stuff but can never remember the Chinese names for it. I was by myself so I could only get a few things and the portions were so large I couldn't finish them. I got the green onion pancake, pork dumplings, and salt/pepper shrimp..... all excellent!

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank SeanPsyD
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Irvine, California
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great Dumplings”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

Great, clean Chinese restaurant. Had the spicy wonton, deep fried seaweed coated fish (like Chinese fish and chips, without the chips), on choy and pan fried sesame seed, veggie buns. All were delicious, not too greasy and well cooked. The on choy was really well done, not tough, well seasoned. All this was less than $30 including tax and tip. The service was fast and efficient.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank drillerdoc
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