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“Very Good Food . . .”
Review of Mandarin House

Mandarin House
Ranked #122 of 1,239 Restaurants in La Jolla
Price range: US$10 - US$20
Cuisines: Chinese
Description: We have been serving the same classic Chinese recipes since we opened in 1977. We are La Jolla's favorite Chinese restaurant going on 3 generations and have continuted to be family owned and operated. Our unique flavors and recipies have been derived from classic Peking and Sze Chuan techniques. We boast many signature dishes that are original Mandarin House recipies such as our Kung Pao and Cashew Chicken, as well as our Smoked Chicken with Mandarin Seaweed, Salt and Pepper Chicken and our handmade Egg Rolls and Dumplings. Additionally, we bring the best version of your old favorites including Orange Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork, Beef and Broccoli and even Peking Duck which is still handcarved tableside. We make all our sauces and marinades from scratch as well as our chicken stock fresh daily. We roast all our own meats and believe that our key to success all these years has been controlling every ingredient and process into creating all of our dishes. We are open for Lunch daily (except sunday) and offer Monday-Friday, 11am-2:30pm lunch specials. We deliver nightly from 5pm-9pm in La Jolla and Pacific Beach. Call us for take out or reservations. We can accomodate large parties up to 40. So thank you for thinking about dining at the Mandarin House. Our family friendly atmosphere and delicious food and cocktails will be sure to fill your bellies and put a smile on your faces. Come see what all the fuss is about. See you at The Mandarin House!!
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Description: We have been serving the same classic Chinese recipes since we opened in 1977. We are La Jolla's favorite Chinese restaurant going on 3 generations and have continuted to be family owned and operated. Our unique flavors and recipies have been derived from classic Peking and Sze Chuan techniques. We boast many signature dishes that are original Mandarin House recipies such as our Kung Pao and Cashew Chicken, as well as our Smoked Chicken with Mandarin Seaweed, Salt and Pepper Chicken and our handmade Egg Rolls and Dumplings. Additionally, we bring the best version of your old favorites including Orange Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork, Beef and Broccoli and even Peking Duck which is still handcarved tableside. We make all our sauces and marinades from scratch as well as our chicken stock fresh daily. We roast all our own meats and believe that our key to success all these years has been controlling every ingredient and process into creating all of our dishes. We are open for Lunch daily (except sunday) and offer Monday-Friday, 11am-2:30pm lunch specials. We deliver nightly from 5pm-9pm in La Jolla and Pacific Beach. Call us for take out or reservations. We can accomodate large parties up to 40. So thank you for thinking about dining at the Mandarin House. Our family friendly atmosphere and delicious food and cocktails will be sure to fill your bellies and put a smile on your faces. Come see what all the fuss is about. See you at The Mandarin House!!
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Very good food, with improvement needed for wait service and décor.

We ordered:
• Hot & Sour soup
• Shrimp w/lobster sauce - Mushrooms, bamboo shoots, & Water chestnuts in a rich and
decadent lobster sauce.
• Chinese vegetables with chicken - Sliced Chicken breast and lots of assorted Vegetables cooked in a brown sauce.
• Egg fried rice.

We really enjoyed the food. It was delicious.
There was an extremely long wait for the entre. The waiter said they were making the meal from scratch. Never experienced such a long wait in a Chinese restaurant.
I would definitely try this restaurant again.

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Thank Marc S
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

After 1 hour we had not even received the tea. Our waiter said he was doing his best and clearly he was, it was just a lack of staff. The food was generally good when it came unfortunately some of it was cold as it clearly had been sitting in the kitchen for a long time. We will not be back.

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Thank Jon P
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

The lunch special was a good deal and it was delicious. The wait staff did a good job of explaining the menu and selection.

Thank Jhonesnaps60
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

The service was remarkable. Very polite. The food was good, but alittle on the pricey side. I probably wouldn't go here again because of that.

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Thank travelnmom31
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

We were visiting local friends and they suggested this restaurant as one of their favorites. Our take out dinner was delicious and we had a pleasant exchange with the owner while seated at the small bar area while waiting for the food. The Peking duck was a hit with some; although I was not enamored with the flavor it was worth trying.

Thank terere2
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