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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 Francisco, California
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221 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 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
south florida
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525 reviews
369 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 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 the best I have had....and the pricing...well it was very inexpensive for the size of... More 

1 Thank tferraro
San Francisco, California
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123 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 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 quick and consistently. I would go there more often, but I live in SF.

1 Thank Ebert K
Honolulu, Hawaii
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172 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 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 had an appetizer that looked like a simple noodle dish. I was blown away by... More 

1 Thank Paul O
Pleasanton, California
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317 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 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 seats about 60. Inside is tiny. people are running into each other, the kitchen is... More 

1 Thank Bo C
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

Came from out of town and we found this nice restaurant really flavorful food! Friendly service definitely recommend for Chinese

1 Thank Becky R
Houston, Texas
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124 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2013

I normally don't review restaurants.. However this is one of the best Chinese restaurant I've tried outside Asia, and trust me, I've tried a lot.. so I think it's worth reviewing. You cannot go wrong with most of the items on the menu. A lot of traditional Shanghai dishes, which even if not my favorite regional Chinese cuisine, truly shines... More 

2 Thank DanielDP
Princeton, New Jersey
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265 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

It is located one block from Elmino Real RT. 82 and 25th street on 25 th steeet They have the traditional northern china dishes such as steam buns. Beef noodle soup, stir fried rice cake etc. the prices are very reasonable. For the three of us, the cost. Was $35 with tips. The services are quick, we used street parking.... More 

1 Thank sunjoe075
Chicago, Illinois
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64 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2012

If you like Shanghai style dish that is the place to go. I did not have a chance to taste every dish. I really like dishes I ordered and came back the next day.

2 Thank Ann H
Detroit, Michigan
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2012

Whenever we're in the Bay Area, we make it a point to come here. The noodles are fantastic, the Xiao Lung Bao is absolutely the best, the onion pancakes are delicious, the chinese donut (literal translation is oily stick) is great, the prices are super reasonable, it has parking, it is clean, it is fast, the service is good, can't... More 

1 Thank dzb3kv

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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?