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Rice Bowl

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117 W Ocean Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436-6732
+1 805-736-5709
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54 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

We went to the restaurant at about 12:30 pm and the place was deserted on a Saturday. That was a bad omen. I ordered beef chow mein expecting beef noodles. Instead what came out of the kitchen was beef cooked with dry cracker-like sticks, the kind that might appeal to people not familiar with Chinese food, but horrible to anyone... More 

Thank Michael K
Lompoc, California
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

This is a sit down or take out establishment. The portions are large. The food is very greasy. Not a favorite.

Thank Helen Y
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2015

I read a review that this place must be a front for drug sales because there is no other way it could stay in business. Funny, but sadly true. We went in because the interior reminded us of the movie "A Christmas Story" (you know, where the dad wins a lamp of a leg in fishnet stockings). It was staffed... More 

1 Thank Crisi E
Lompoc, California
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2014

The Rice Bowl has been around Lompoc for decades but I did not enjoy their food that much. I come from a larger city where I had many choices of Chinese food. Prices seem to be reasonable but I didn't even take my left overs home.

Thank Belinda1224
Lompoc, California
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2014

came in late night after newly moved to lompoc girlfriend and i were looking for some good chinese, not like back home , but thought to give it a try, first thing that didn't add up to me being from east coast, mexicans cooking chinese food, i ordered the egg foo young w/shrimp, young mex woman , said they didn't... More 

Thank Kroane
Temecula, California
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73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2013

Three of us went for lunch and what a delight. The décor is so Retro and a lot of fun. The owner was so gracious and when we asked if we could take some photos he said of course. The food and service were great. Maybe not the best I have ever eaten but freshly made and yummy. It did... More 

1 Thank Shallwe_danceuai
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73 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2012

this place has to be a front for something other than food. I had lunch there one time and during the whole hour i was there I was the only customer. The food was horrible. strange place, like the set of a Quentin Tarrantino movie.

1 Thank rb252
Los Angeles, California
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47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2012

Family style Chinese. Lot's of food. Reasonablly priced. Average taste. Wonderful facade and kitchy interior. Owner became suspicious when I tried to take a picture of the interior. Kinda freaked me out. Not up to stanadards to Chinese food found in Chinatown L.A., but edible. Good for large famlies.

Thank RobboLA818
New York City, New York
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1,384 reviews
962 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 734 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2012

We wanted to grab lunch in Lompoc and drove by the Rice Bowl. It had a great retro look to it and I figured it was the kind of chow mein house that I grew up with. Americanized Chinese food that was not authentic, but still full of flavor and has it's own unique menu items and good tastes. It... More 

Thank James S
Santa Maria
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2012

I first went to the Rice Bowl with my parents in 1960! My favorites are still egg foo young and sweat & sour pork!

Thank Andrea M

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Restaurant Details

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Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Delivery, Takeout
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 W Ocean Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436-6732
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lompoc
  • Phone Number: +1 805-736-5709

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