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Little Shanghai Restaurant

17 E 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403-2333
+1 650-573-7161
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good44%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“xiao long bao” (3 reviews)
“chinese food” (4 reviews)
“piping hot” (2 reviews)
Chinese, Asian
$$ - $$$
17 E 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403-2333
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Reviewed April 16, 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...More

1  Thank Phil Y
Reviewed December 15, 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...More

1  Thank bzbeehive
Reviewed October 1, 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...More

1  Thank kuhnflyfish
Reviewed August 30, 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...More

1  Thank Boomerang025
Reviewed July 25, 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
Reviewed June 26, 2015

Love to come here on the weekends for brunch. They have great salty rice rolls, xlb, shanghai chow mien and our favorite is their dan dan mien. Service is fast and food is delicious!

1  Thank MTSDave N
Reviewed March 8, 2015

What a great find...I just got back from Asia and Asia has nothing over this small joint in the heart of San Mateo downtown area. Felt like I was in China from the start to the end! The food fresh and flavorful was some of...More

1  Thank tferraro
Reviewed December 15, 2014

Hidden gem in San Mateo. Hidden off of El Camino but worth looking for. Has quite a bit of vegetarian food with lots of flavor. I've been here a few times and have never been disappointed. Very friendly workers and accommodating. Food comes out pretty...More

1  Thank Ebert K
Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

I was part of a group of chefs from the bay area who were invited to Little Shanhai for a late night "snack". Our host took the liberty to order his favorite dishes so we were treated to an over the top culinary experience. We...More

1  Thank Paul O
Reviewed August 30, 2014

I came here after reading alot of reviews, either this place was having and off day or I was at the wrong restaurant. yes this place is popular, at 5pm people started showing up by 5:20 it was full, pretty good for a place that...More

2  Thank Bo C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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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