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Chef Lee's Mandarin House II

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1616 N Main St, Salinas, CA 93906-5102
+1 831-442-3385
11:00 - 21:30
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San Diego, California
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121 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rainy night and wanted some warming soup. Found this place while on way to our hotel and stopped in. It's very popular with the locals, which is a good sign. The decor is somewhat over-the-top Chinese motifs, but that just adds to the fun of the place. The menu is extensive, and the prices are reasonable. The service was prompt,... More 

Thank Ben S
Level Contributor
27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2016

Our family loves this restaurant! The lunch specials are amazing and their servings are huge. My favorite is the Mongolian beef....check out my pic below!

Salinas, California
Level Contributor
27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

My Favorites here are the Honey Walnut Shrimp, Chicken & Broccoli, Chef Lee's Fried Rice, and the Wonton Soup! The service is always friendly and speedy.. and the atmosphere is very cozy.

Thank alyssaa_25
Level Contributor
156 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Always delicious meals! Plus leftovers are great for snacking later. Enjoy your favorites, because they really do it right here. Very reasonable prices for large portions. Thank You!

1 Thank Kim H
Salinas, California
Level Contributor
20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Four members of our family ate lunch at Chef Lee's today. We had four different things from the lunch menu and we all agreed that the food was just average. The wonton soup was very thick with wontons and veggies, no skimping. Curry chicken had nice crisp veggies and almost no curry flavor. Service was good and portions large. The... More 

Thank Laura G
Sacramento, California
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34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2016

This is about the best Chinese restaurant that I wouldn't mind driving quite a distance from home. For some reason, this restaurant serves the best combination chow mein. The noodles are soft and tender, topped with vegetables, shrimp and chicken. It's is absolutely delicious! My boyfriend has tried their egg foo young and that one is also tasty. It's served... More 

1 Thank Hazel G
Monterey, California
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181 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2016 via mobile

A decent place for good Chinese food. The service is usually good. The restaurant can get noisy but it's family friendly (bring the kids). The food is served promptly, warm and well-seasoned. The servers are friendly and welcoming. Decent parking and large, spacious waiting area/lobby. Usually can get seated right away though.

Thank Peanut4Life
Salinas, California
Level Contributor
67 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2015

Our family gather at chef Lee's in Salinas,Ca. for dinner after the high school graduation of my grandson. We made reservations, knowing how crowded Chef Lee's gets this time of the year. We were quickly greeted and seated with a big smile. Our tables were decorated and the seating was ample, not crowded together. We were a party of seventeen,... More 

Thank AngelaMott
Royal Oaks, CA
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132 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2015

Their food is typical Americanized Chinese food that is served Family style to allow sharing. We had the Pork Fried Rice, Broccoli Beef and Shrimp Chow Mein. The food was average, nothing to shout about. The Broccoli Beef had the most flavor, the pork fried rice and Chow Mein was on the bland side. The hot tea that was served... More 

Thank RustyWater
Watsonville, California
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2015 via mobile

Ate at Chef Lee's today for first time in many years. I thought it was the best Chinese food in the area back then and today's lunch reaffirmed that belief. The Broccoli Beef was savory with crisp veggies and there was quite a bit of shrimp in the Shrimp Chow Mein. Served family style there were plenty of left overs... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1616 N Main St, Salinas, CA 93906-5102
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: +1 831-442-3385

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