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Mandarin Wok

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4227 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92117
+1 858-272-3972
16:00 - 21:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:30 - 21:30
Mon 16:00 - 21:30
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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San Diego, California
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74 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

Many good chinese restaurants in San Diego closed down and it has been difficult to find a really good restaurant that could compare with restaurants of the past. This restaurant is good, and the food was great, but I am not sure if could really compare to the quality of some of the restaurants of the past. Perhaps a couple... More 

1 Thank Way2013
San Diego, California
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119 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

We went to this restaurant with high expectations, since friends have told us several times that we should try it because it was so good. We have tried and found it to be--well, average. At lunch one of the party had egg drop soup, while another had hot and sour soup. The hot and sour was good, not exceptional. The... More 

1 Thank myrevue
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

No matter what time we come or what day, we always get good food and good service. Pork egg foo young, Mongolian beef, fried dumplings and house pan fried noodles.

1 Thank Michelle E
san diego
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015 via mobile

This establishment consisanly provides delicious food and great customer service. While not fancy, modern, or sleek, the proprietors bring dedication and quality, and are representative of what hard work and consistency can bring.

1 Thank sc2sc
Level Contributor
54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015

We were on vacation vacation in the Mission Bay area and my teenaged son wanted Chinese food. We searched Yelp and came up with this restaurant. We are very glad we found this restaurant. The food was excellent on taste, quality and quantity. Our server stated that the best food at the Mandarin Wok was Orange Chicken (my son's constant... More 

1 Thank Ken K
San Diego, California
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54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015

Two different dishes arrived like they were re-heated from the freezer. Definitely were NOT prepared fresh. Two staff and cook were eating at a separate table they own lunch - we should have seen it coming. They don't change table cloth after customers, but rather spot clean them even spilled over spots. Something I would never expect in a restaurant.... More 

1 Thank krk2san
San Diego, California
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

I brought my daughter and our exchange student here for lunch. My exchange student is gluten free and this was on a list of restaurants that served GF food. They were wonderful. The hostess/waitress said they could make anything she wanted GF. When we ordered from the lunch menu, it came with egg drop soup. The hostess told my student... More 

Thank lbalon
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2015 via mobile

I was going to order a pizza but decided to drive a mile and pick up some food to go super glad I did the food was hot and good well worth the drive all I can say is the food was great . I had the general Tao chicken and some kind of beef also we had egg rolls... More 

Thank Harold S
La Jolla, California
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74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2015

My husband, son and I celebrated Chinese New Year by eating dinner here for the first time. It's located in a strip mall with ample parking. We were greeted warmly and given a very nice spacious booth. The hot and sour soup was tasty although it could have been served at a higher temperature. We ordered the Peking Duck, and... More 

Thank Carlyn B
Quincy, California
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

Read the reviews here and on Yelp and decided to give it a try. No disappointments, every dish (we had four) was very good to great. The staff was courteous and polite and very receptive to everyone in the restaurant along with the restaurant being very clean. Not a five star but a strong four.

1 Thank Mike G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4227 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92117
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 858-272-3972

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