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“New Mandarin Garden is a KEEPER!”

New Mandarin Garden
Ranked #71 of 238 Restaurants in San Clemente
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: As a family-owned restaurant in business for 30 years, New Mandarin Garden Chinese Restaurant takes pride in creating authentic dishes from award winning and favorite family recipes. The restaurant serves regular menu from Monday to Saturday and offers Sunday Brunch (buffet style). It's a great place to celebrate holidays and anniversaries.
Reviewed March 29, 2009

We discovered New Mandarin Garden almost four years ago while we were on the search for a good local Chinese restaurant. We have been dining at the restaurant on a regular basis ever since. If you are looking for bad Chinese food that is doused heavily in corn-starched sauces, this is not the restaurant for you. However, if you are looking for well prepared Chinese food using quality ingredients, you have come to the right place!

New Mandarin Garden is consistently excellent. Dishes that I highly recommend are: Honey Walnut Shrimp, Sizzling Beef, Cilantro Chicken, House Special Chicken, Dry Braised String Beans. They also make a good Sweet & Sour Chicken if you like that dish. Services are attentive and are never rude. The owners always make you feel welcome and special. Prices are so reasonable that we almost feel guilty about it. We just had dinner there last night. For four adults and two children, our check came to $66.39 with a 20% tip included and leftovers for lunch. We are VERY thankful to have New Mandarin Garden in San Clemente!

Oh, forgot to mention that the restaurant is clean and comfortable.

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2  Thank j0y04
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Reviewed September 21, 2008

This restaurant has great food. We moved to San Clemente a year ago & have been seeking out the best restaurants. We tried a couple of other small Chinese restaurants, but none were good enough, so we kept looking. We found this little gem tucked inside a small little "courtyard" style shopping center, off the beaten path. Their Honey Walnut Shrimp is heavenly. The patties of the Egg Foo Yung are huge. Everything we have tried has been perfect. Can't wait to go again!

4  Thank Sylvia H
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Reviewed February 25, 2008

A small place off El Camino Real. In the old San Clemente City Jail complex. Serves a wide variety of fresh Chinese entrées. You can add appetizers and cookies for a family style meal for a few dollars extra. All the food is very fresh and there’s no MSG. Lunches are very reasonable. Friends tell us that the Sunday Brunch is a hit too!

There’s no ocean view, but the Court Yard is nice with a couple of other good restaurants and a few shops. See if you can pick out the old jail cells.

1  Thank CalifBeachBum
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Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile
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Date of visit: April 2016
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