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The Mandarin

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82 S Main St, Oberlin, OH 44074-1646
11:30 - 21:30
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Riverdale, New York
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Really good American Chinese food with tons of vegetarian options, though slim pickings for gluten-free diets. Food was fresh and sumptuous, and the decibel level especially low.

Thank ugofast
Elyria, Ohio
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109 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Mandarin offers a large selection of asian dishes, including sushi. The wait staff was attentive and prices were ok.

Thank Patricia B
Akron, Ohio
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Mandarin us a very nice place to eat. If you leave hungry from here, it is your own fault. Their portions are huge. The server/host was very attentive and the food came out quickly. The only negative is that the bathroom is in the hallway and is shared by everyone in the building. You also have to get the key.

Thank Cathy B
Oberlin, Ohio
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Food is always fresh and tasty, While not a vegetarian, I enjoy their various vegetarian and vegan selections

Thank Grammygram5
Cleveland, Ohio
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58 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

As a local resident, this is where we order Chinese. Our typical order includes egg rolls, hot-sour soup, lo mein, Hunan chicken and General Tso's. Very Good. Prices are resonable.

Thank Practical1234
San Diego, California
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144 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

I know this is a college town and a college dive, but really. The restaurant can do better with a little more effort. It's pretty clear that a single waitress is running the show and doing the best she can. At least give her something to work with. The food was a huge disappointment.

Thank KatrinkaSD
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

I was looking for an inexpensive lunch, but didn't want the usual fast-food type meal. A friend recommended The Mandarin, and it was terrific! Quick, tasty, and large portions--and my entree was only 5.25 at lunch. I will stop at The Mandarin again and will also recommend it to others.

Thank Wayne W
New Mexico
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100 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2015

The Mandarin was serving Chinese food in Oberlin Ohio back when Oberlin College students had no other options in town. At the time the Mandarin was darn good, consistent, and just fine for a small Ohio college town. We were lucky to have them serving up their flavorful orange beef and relatively authentic won ton soup. Times have changed. Now... More 

Thank Kate C
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2015

The building outside of the restaurant is a little weird, since there are multiple businesses in the building! But walk into the restaurant and it is little and quaint with a gold fish tank in the center. The food is wonderful and the service is excellent!

Thank PugmamaOhio
Cleveland, Ohio
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143 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2015

This place is overpriced. Plain and simple. It really is a lot of money for basic Chinese fare. No family dinners available like at other Chinese restaurants. No dinner combos. Small, cramped dining room. We had five in our party, two large people and they wanted us to sit in a booth for 4. We declined so they gave us... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 82 S Main St, Oberlin, OH 44074-1646
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Oberlin

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