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Little Shanghai Restaurant

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17 E 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403-2333
+1 650-573-7161
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
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17:00 - 21:30
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San Mateo, California
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The only problem for this restaurant is the number of people trying to get in, especially during the dinner time. There are only four large round tables for families/larger groups, and less than a dozen small tables. Reservations are absolutely necessary for party of 6 or more during dinner time. And even with reservations, it doesn't guarantee you can sit... More 

Thank Ngam_L
Westlake Village, California
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180 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

we ordered food for 10 adults and 2 kids. All the food came out in less than 10 mins. some items are really good and some are very mediocre.

Thank horse54
San Mateo, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

This little gem of a Northern Chinese Restaurant serves excellent authentic food. The actual dining room is not large which means if you do not get there early for Lunch, you may be waiting for a while. Note that parking is limited. If you can't find a space in the small parking area in the back or on 25th Ave,... More 

Thank teng346
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4 reviews
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Vert crowded little place. Good food. Had to ask waitress to take our order a few times. Soup served and other food arrived too soon after.

Thank fbg
Spokane Valley, Washington
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68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016

I went here on the recommendation of a friend. We decided to try a variety of items. They were all deliver fairly quick even though it was extremely busy. The sweet and sour chicken was excellent. The meatballs were very good. They were larger than a normal american meatball with a thick rich sauce. I enjoyed the fried rice because... More 

Thank ROBERT2448
San Francisco, California
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198 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2016

This is a tiny eatery that takes us 30 minutes standing to get our seat at lunchtime on a Sunday. Having been missing Shanghai food for many years, I am glad that my Shanghainese friend in Berkeley introduces this place to me. Based on his memory, this place has been in business for more than 10 years. The business is... More 

1 Thank Phil Y
San Francisco
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55 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

I love this little always crowded restaurant. I have learn to go early or late because parking can be crazy....and seating is hard to come by during the lunch or dinner rush. Most of the food is very good. Always a favorite with my relatives from China. Love the fried eel with the glazed sauce. They have some special desserts... More 

1 Thank bzbeehive
Jackson, Wyoming, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2015

Ate here twice. Best mongolian beef I've ever had. When you walk into a Chinese restaurant and its nothing but local Chinese eating there, you know its the real deal. Service is so-so but you're there for the food. If you are near by, do not pass this place up. Food is also very modestly priced especially for the portions.

1 Thank kuhnflyfish
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402 reviews
282 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2015

One of the first rules of finding a good restaurant is to look where all the locals eat. In my opinion if you want real Chinese food Little Shanghai Restaurant is the real deal. While I had made the decision to experiment with something so authentic that I had to step outside of my comfort zone because I was the... More 

1 Thank Boomerang025
Copenhagen, Denmark
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 July 2015

A great find, indeed. Always good service. I'm a big fan of the dan dan noodles and the ginger spinach.

1 Thank thehungrymouse

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 15
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 E 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403-2333
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-573-7161

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