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2830 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051-5224
+1 408-247-3748
11:00 - 14:45
17:00 - 21:45
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:45
17:00 - 21:45
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Food here was okay. How can speak well of the service when I never got a glass of water, I had to keep flagging down the waiter to give our order and to get our check? Table could have been wiped down better too. It was a busy weekday night.

Thank Neil K
Los Altos, California
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Surprisingly something different in the Chinese menu. GoodLovely meat dishes which you normally to not see in other restaurants. Would recommend the egg plant with pumpkin, dumplings, and porridge dishes.

Thank Peripatetics-west
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Took a friend out to eat lunch here. Roasted meats are good. Roasted pork belly and roast duck are tasty. Sautéed snow pea sprouts were nice. Service is well... you know, typical for Bay Area Chinese restaurants where they specialize in perfecting customer service with a perpetual indifferent glare. But the food is good.

Thank Matt W
Singapore, Singapore
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63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

We used to patronage this eatery quite regularly. Recently I went, I was surprised to find out that the quality of the food is way below than other similar type of Chinese restaurants. I ordered a plate of fried cloak, it costed me $13.95 for 13 pieces of clam, isn't it a bit too expensive? The claypot rice is tasteless... More 

Thank Oenbb
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Thanks for reading. Was there as 4A3C(14 & 15 years old) & a grand Positive - fast service - HKG styled food aka Cantonese cuisine akin towards Asian taste - clean enough - plain porridge by itself was excellant and so is the large rice dumpling - ease of parking with even a special lot for less fortunate right at... More 

Penang Island, Malaysia
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

Ordered a few dim sum and some fried noodles. it took some time before the waiter comes back to take your order (I did not blame them, must be due to the rush hour). the food to me is just normal, nothing special that caught my attention.

Thank YuHeeT
Santa Clara, California
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72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

This is my favorite Chinese restaurant...anywhere. It is always packed to the gills, so get there early. Just about everyone here appears to be Chinese. The menu is vast and not tailored for American tastes. Excellent tea, as well, and fantastic desserts (the puff pastry that is like a doughnut without the hole in the middle; black sesame pudding; etc.).... More 

Thank ProfessorEnglish
Ankara, Turkey
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10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2015

Visitors will enjoy the fast service. People unfamiliar to Authentic Chinese Food may have difficulty to decide what to eat despite the pictures. The best way is to observe your next table neighbors and ask what they are eating if their food looks appealing. Among all the is freshly cooked dishes our favorite was Papa's Chicken. Waiters listen to non... More 

Thank Gezginmudur
Santa Clara
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

Cooking Papa is open from 11:00am to 2;30pm for lunch and 5:00pm to 9:30pm for dinner daily. Come in for early lunch or dinner to avoid the crowd. Plenty of parking in the back. I went in for an early lunch, a little after 11:00 am, so it was not crowded yet the service was slow. But once the food... More 

Thank 153hannahn
Tracy, California
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23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2015 via mobile

Rarely do I like to give 4 or 5 stars but this find is definitely worth it! We arrived late and it was getting close to closing for the lunch hour but we were seated and served promptly ...ordered a few dishes - lamb fried rice, seafood fried rice, leek with lamb, chicken and corn soup, shrimp egg roll and... More 

Thank Joe M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:45
17:00 - 21:45
11:00 - 14:45
17:00 - 21:45
11:00 - 14:45
17:00 - 21:45
11:00 - 14:45
17:00 - 21:45
11:00 - 14:45
17:00 - 21:45
11:00 - 14:45
17:00 - 21:45
11:00 - 14:45
17:00 - 21:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2830 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051-5224
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Clara
  • Phone Number: +1 408-247-3748

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?