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Gau Poang Chinese Restaurant

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1208 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402-2925
+1 650-286-9386
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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San Mateo, California
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

I have been coming to Gau Poang for over a year now and they never disappoint. Try the pot sticker and the Mandarin chicken - Yummy! We also enjoyed the pork fried rice and the Chinese chicken salad. We will be back again soon.

Thank Julie K
San Mateo, California
Level Contributor
16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Loved it when they were in Burlingame; owners Jerry & Judy came out to chat with their customers; so glad they moved just next door in San Mateo; there's ample parking; easy to get to; nice to see Judy still come out to chat with her customers; their mu shu pork still tastes great as do the dry spicy string... More 

Thank smdiner
1 review
Reviewed 10 December 2016

Remembered as a family favorite place when Gau Poang was in Burlingame. Happy to find it now in San Mateo. Our family shared mu shu pork and snow white chicken. Made just as I remembered. Great and friendly service. Super chinese food at reasonable prices. Plenty of parking behind the restaurant was a plus. Will be back next time in... More 

Thank Lawrence S
San Mateo, California
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 April 2016

This place is not worth visiting. We were a party of four. One of us summed it up "the best thing about this place is the tea". The service was good but the food was inedible. Another in our party declared it "the worst Chinese food ever." We all agreed that we would have been better off going to Panda... More 

Thank Jane D
Level Contributor
145 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2016

If this is supposed to be one of the better Chinese restaurants on the Peninsula forget about it. Pleasant enough ambiance. Good enough service. Mediocre food. Hot and Sour soup was black pepper hot instead of ginger and red pepper. There are those who don't mind. We do. The pot stickers were nearly inedible. Heavy dough and tasteless pork. The... More 

Thank AnnabellaChicago
San Francisco, California
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51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2016

Once there were two. I had my wedding eve dinner at the Burlingame Ave location in the mid -90s with my family and handsome man. And when it moved, I thought I lost it. And I had. When I found it again, I was thrilled. Best fried rice and Moo Shu. So much to choose from. All good. And they... More 

Thank UniversalTourist
Henderson, Nevada
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90 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2016

The restaurant is not a regular "Chinese Joint". The've located to their new "digs" on El camino Real. Its a lovely restaurant!!! We had the "Appt." plate for two, we shared Moo Shoo Pork and Sweet & Sour Chicken. Quite Nice but nothing special. Its worth the trip and the price. Of-course they have take-out!!

Thank Sandra F
Miami, Florida
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

Went there recently with a group of 6. Had pot stickers, mushu pork, both good. Service was very good. I thought fried rice tasted bland and cashew chicken was light on the chicken. I have had hot and sour soup there that was very good. Overall was fine and I will go back but some dishes seem to be mediocre.

Thank Robert R
San Mateo, CA
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197 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2015

We have eaten at Gau Poang several times over the years and always have a good meal. The menu offers several choices of each throughout the spectrum, meats, fish, soups, noodles, vegetables, rice and appetizers. The meals have always been tasty and fresh and service has always been friendly and efficient.

Thank DavenCarol
Bethesda, Maryland
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123 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2015 via mobile

Arrived at the airport and was heading to Palo Alto in the mood for Chinese so looked up TripAdvisor Had a very friendly greeting and ordered pot stickers and Mongolian Beef. The first were quite good but a little heavy. I had asked for the beef dish to be spicy but they didn't really take me up on it. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1208 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402-2925
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-286-9386

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