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Mandarin Gourmet

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1316 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-6503
+1 805-541-4590
11:30 - 21:30
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Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri 23:30 - 22:00
Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Atascadero, California
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47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place offers great Chinese dishes. The service is wonderful, very attentive servers. Their lunch special is what I usually order, around 11 bucks, comes with soup and tea. The ingredients used seem fresher than most the places that are available locally. Highly recommend for your Chinese food fix

Thank dolphindude77
Level Contributor
17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Do not be misled by the restaurant name. This place is definitely not gourmet. The service however is very nice. The staff is very friendly and they are always all smiles. Unlike many other places, the hostess waitress and waiters all speak English very well and are readily available to help you. During this visit I had a large bowl... More 

Thank Niamvamtsheej
Beverly Hills, California
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225 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

3.5 stars. So I am rounding up. Don't expect Gourmet. The service is top notch: friendly, upbeat, and welcoming. This is the typical Chinese restaurant you'd imagine, nothing more or less. The ambiance is nicer than many dumpy Chinese restaurants though and our table was squeaky clean - thank you. Lunch specials served until 3! Very affordable place. The food... More 

Thank Miss C
Central coast CA
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Wonderful service and the food is consistently good each time we go. Took my picky mother and children there and they all love it so that's saying something

Thank 458debbia
La Habra, California
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145 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Spring Rolls - average at best; Szechuan style beef - good, but they forgot to add any spiciness...bland; Lemon Chicken - Moo Goo Gai Pan - chicken was rubbery; Happy Family - OK Doesn't look like a return trip is in our future.

Thank Russ R
Sewall s Point, Florida
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93 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016

San Luis Obispo is not heavy on Chinese restaurants so there is little choice. The good news for us is that we chose the best one. We had the Lover's Delight, followed by Crispy Duck with Scallions & Pancakes and the Walnut Shrimp. Just two things for me that were minor negatives, the Walnut Shrimp was much too sweet and... More 

Thank nickrobson
Los Osos, California
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238 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016

This is the best of the Chinese places in this area. It is acceptable and some dishes are quite good and others just OK. However the quantity of food in the lunch specials is fine since you get soup, rice, and a couple of appetizer tastes with the dish of your choice along with tea. Unless we are very hungry... More 

Thank Gene H
Baywood Park, California
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76 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2016

Really wanted to like this place - hungry for some good Chinese, but left disappointed. Went for Lunch - Ordered BBQ Pork as an appetizer - tired like last nite's dinner (my wife rarely sends anything back, but was compelled to do so - deducted from bill) - Chow Mien was boring, Mongolian Beef just passable. Don't know if we'll... More 

Thank gary k
Santa Rosa, California
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2016

I made a reservation for 16 members of my family for dinner and was extremely pleased with the quality of the food, the freshness of the ingredients and the warmth of the welcome. I tasted all of the 12 different dishes we ordered and found them all as good if not better than Chinatown in San Francisco. The food came... More 

Thank MeritAnn
San Luis Obispo, CA
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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015

Several years ago, my husband and I tried this restaurant. It wasn't good. Today, a friend and I decided to try it for lunch, because we were hungry and in a hurry. It's gone downhill. The soup was luke warm and tasteless. I ordered cashew chicken - lots of cashews, not much chicken. The won-ton that came with it was... More 

Thank milasmom

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Delivery, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
23:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1316 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-6503
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: +1 805-541-4590

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