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Mandarin Chinese Restaurant

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415 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010-3319
+1 515-233-5300
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Mon 11:00 - 21:00
Tue 11:00 - 21:30
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered take out tonight. Wasn't impressed. Had sweet and sour chicken and it seemed like inexpensive chicken. Had to spit out several pieces. It was a take out order yet they didn't have paper plates to send with us. We were hoping for a better meal than the local grocery store take out. Cost was about $14 per person after... More 

Thank Marsha O
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Skip the curry chicken at this place. Tasteless and greasy chicken chunks. Only vegetables were a few peas and onions.

Thank Amanda C
Ames, Iowa, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

I've always liked the Mandarin. It has good food, a cute ambiance, and decent service. I don't frequent here as much as I should, given my favorable views on it. It seems to slip through the cracks of Ames dining, but I've always found it a pleasant place to eat.

Thank Brooke K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Sunday dinner with my freshman daughter. Typical options for Chinese restaurant. Generous portions. Great service and great flavor.

Thank Todd D
Piracicaba, SP
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

This was the first Chinese restaurant I visited with my friends when I move to Ames in August, 2012. Since then I have visited this place a lot of times. I really love their Kung pao Chicken. Service is OK and ambience is good. You will find a lot of Chinese restaurants in Ames with better food and price.

Thank sehgal01
Jacksonville, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

This is locally owned and managed place close to downtown. The lunch menu is a great buy and a pleasant meal. The service is outstanding and the owners always treat you as friends. The dinner menu is with table cloth service and an expanded selection. The family style is a favorite. The lobby and dining room are always clean and... More 

Thank cyclonesdan
Ames, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

Great food, great service. Highly recommend it. I am only giving 4 stars because the crab Rangoon's seemed to be mostly if not all cream cheese and no crab.

Thank Jean H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Locally owned, very nice staff. Love the food, the Hot and Sour soup is terrific as well as the Crab Rangoon and Eggrolls. If you are luck enough to have Liz serve you, she is very efficient and nice but often times works a lot of tables. She treats our grandkids like family -- has a little special treat for... More 

Thank Denise W
Ames, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

We usually do take-out food from this place, which I personally think is the best Chinese food in Ames. Atmosphere of the restaurant, itself, is not stellar, but OK. Love the pot stickers.

Thank Wrigley62
San Francisco
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

Longtime favorite for sit-down Chinese. The special for 2 is perfect with Mongolian Beef, Garlic Chicken, sizzling rice soup and egg roll or pot stickers. Mongolian Beef version is a favorite with no spicy heat, sweet sauce, and those rice noodles that seem like elongated plastic peanuts. Garlic Chicken very good also although I'm not a big fan of mushrooms.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 415 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010-3319
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-233-5300

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