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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
Closed now
All hours
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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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles 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
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134 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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
4 of 5 bubbles 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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83 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
3 of 5 bubbles 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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189 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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111 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank CMcD77
San Mateo, California
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118 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2015

One of my "go to" restaurants. Food is always fresh. The menu has a wide variety including the blander dishes for the elderly and spicy for the younger. The staff is always friendly and accommodating. Prices are very reasonable for this area. The restaurant has a semi-private seating area with a table that seats up to 10, which is great... More 

Thank LH L
Burlingame, California
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76 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2015

This restaurant has been here for many years and serves consistently good food at reasonable prices. The owners are always here and are watching over the dining room with a very capable wait staff. Food is always served hot and is very tasty. Have come here many times with my entire family of 10 and always leave happy. Free parking... More 

Thank richpvihbass
Princeton, New Jersey
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215 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2015 via mobile

The fried rice is very good. My son lives around the corner from this place. The owner and staff are very friendly. We didn't stay in because my kids already made some dishes at home. The place looks very clean and cozy with ample parking. They don't use MSG at all which is great. I asked them to go easy... 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
USD 20
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
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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