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Kwan's Sampan Restaurant

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1927 N Gilbert Rd Ste 13, Mesa, AZ 85203-2851
+1 480-962-6655
11:30 - 21:30
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mesa az
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332 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Read the reviews and you won't find any middle ground. If you've lived outside Arizona, this is an authentic old-fashioned Chinese neighborhood joint, and that's why it's so good. No pretense here, just good traditional dishes. The service is fast and the prices are very reasonable.

Thank mesatraveler
Palmdale, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Mushy vegetables. How have they stayed in business so long? The parking lot has cars so you know someone is eating there. I just shake my head in disbelief. Rundown booths and floors. Dark and depressing. definitely not made fresh. They have to make it ahead and warm it up. .

Thank Dee B
Mesa, Arizona
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Great choices on the menu and prepared to order. Bright and pleasant folks own/run the restaurant and waiter staff know their business. Often call in to pick up orders and they get it right each and every time. Coupled with the fact that it's only a few blocks away, I'm a regular there!!

Mesa, Arizona
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87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2015

Our friends called to invite us out to dinner and suggested Kwan's. I'd never been there, but love Chinese, so said, Sure we'll go! What a nice surprise. The service was great, the waiter was very patient while we all tried to make up our minds. The food tasted fresh and was really good. We were all thinking, oh my... More 

Thank GrammaJo I
San Diego, California
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142 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2015

Most Items on their higher price menu, contain MSG additives. Not good if you are allergic, as I am. They are very nice here though, to make a few items to suit you without it. Food can be very good without MSG, but this was not . It was absolutely tasteless. I tasted my husbands chicken dish and the chicken... More 

Thank BajaBuddies2
Mesa, Arizona
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43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2015

We wanted to like it but the place is run down, the wait staff was busy but not sure with what, the food kind of reminded me of the old Chung King in a can. Now that we tried it we really won't be going back. Maybe a good clean up and refurb would help the place as well.

Thank terrym413
Mesa, Arizona
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

We order Kwans for take out and have never actually dined in. There are a few comments about the smell in the restaurant, and yes it is true, there is a smell, but you do have to realize that the bar area was once a smoking bar until they ban smoking in restaurants. Now on the food, we order take... More 

Thank ArizonaBigDog
Mesa, Arizona
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201 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2015

I work nearby and have for years. I finally saw the reviews on this site and decided to give it a try today when I was looking for something different. First off, the comments about the smell are dead on. I don't know what the heck that smell was but it was odd. I went at lunch and the have... More 

Thank Scott C
Mesa, Arizona
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155 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2015

Dined here for the first time. The interior is old and smelly, almost to the point I wanted to walk out. However, we were with friends who insisted the food was good. They were right. The food was delicious, plentiful and low priced. We all enjoyed our entrees, egg rolls and soup. I would order out, but I wouldn't come... More 

Thank Melody M
Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

I normally get the Moo Goo Guy Pan here for carryout but also sometimes get the Wor Wonton soup or Mu Shu Pork. I live 2 miles away but well worth the drive and one order feeds two, so you can't beat it. The food is always consistently good and made in 15 minutes or less. Try it once and... More 

Thank Randy S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1927 N Gilbert Rd Ste 13, Mesa, AZ 85203-2851
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 480-962-6655

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?