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Hot Wok Bistro

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1012 Howard Ave, Howard/Humboldt next to 101 Freeway, San Mateo, CA 94401-1117
+1 650-548-1758
11:30 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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94 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't usually think of reviewing a local restaurant on TA, but...what the heck. This place was terrible. The menu was a joke - as in hardly any offerings. The pot stickers were not tasty - tasted like they were made with spam. The Kung pao shrimp was greasy, and slopped on a dish floating in grease and mess. Chinese chicken... More 

Thank 57r
Phoenix, Arizona
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

My wife wanted Chinese food and we didn't want to go into the City so searched out this hidden gem. It is bustling and excellent. The potstickers were the best I've ever had, and the wonton soup was superb. Fried rice with pork was delicious. Quantities were huge, and prices were amazing ($51 with tax for three entrees and three... More 

Thank Clint B
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68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Original Chinese food, excellent food, superb service, and fair prices. Entering the restaurant is like going back in time :) Great starters: soup and the spring rolls, and awesome chicken dishes: sweet and sour chicken, and cashew chicken. Will be back every time I am in the area.

Thank Amit B
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

We were brought here by another couple who had a previous good experience. While dinner did provide a few bright spots, it was hard to overcome the greasy and over salted food. It was lacking spice and the authentic flavors we were seeking.

Thank Santosh G
San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

I've been going here since they opened. This place has great food, and the service is fantastic. It is perfect for lunch or dinner and the food is always delicious. This place is very kid friendly and I'm sure if you come here once you will be a customer for life.

Thank comp788
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We have been going to Hot Wok while Joyce was still in Foster City. We followed her to her new Hot Wok Bistro in San Mateo and now to San Carlos. Great Food. Somehow Joyce remembers everyone's name. It is like coming home...to good food.

Thank Jane L
San Mateo, California
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Have been coming here for years! Love this place! So friendly! They moved from San Bruno to Foster City!! Went to them there too! Best Chinese food!!! Highly recommended!!!🤗

Thank Laurie H
San Mateo Ca
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158 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Eat in or take out as we have. Order by phone or at the counter and receive lightning fast service. We live close but it is always ready when we arrive. Not a huge menu but everything is good and evidently popular among the locals as there's always a counter full of take out orders. A small place close to... More 

Thank Goldig
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Best Chinese take-out in Burlingame! We have been ordering from Hot Wok for years and more often than I care to admit, let's just say a few times a month and have never had a disappointing meal.

Thank Kimberly N
San Francisco, CA
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

I was hoping for authentic Chinese food, but Hot Wok was more like the perfection of American-style Chinese food. Everything was tasty, fresh, and quick. But if you're hoping for something more traditional, there are many other great authentic Chinese restaurants in town.

Thank Sal_Minella

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Delivery, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1012 Howard Ave, Howard/Humboldt next to 101 Freeway, San Mateo, CA 94401-1117
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-548-1758

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?