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About Mandarin Roots

Mandarin Roots offers a fresh approach to grandma's traditional Chinese cuisine. Acknowledging our roots, we combine contemporary & classic techniques & ingredients for an updated menu to give you a unique & amazing dining experience.We have many dishes for vegetarians & we are able to make some dishes gluten free upon request. To enhance your meal, we offer a great selection of wines and draft/bottled beers. Our bar also features one of a kind craft cocktails, using fresh juices and premium liquor. We promise that you will be hooked after your first visit! Also come join us for happy hour Tues-Sat 5-7pm, happy hour will be on a first come first serve basis. We do allow reservations during happy hour only for parties of 6 or more. We look forward to seeing you at the Roots!

3345 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary Asian, Chinese

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH
Tuesday – Friday: 11:00am – 2:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am – 2:30pm;

DINNER
Sunday,Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

HAPPY HOUR
Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Cross Street:
between Fernando Ave and Lambert Ave next to Corner Bakery

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 565-8868

Website:
http://www.mandarinroots.com/

Entertainment:
N/A

Catering:
Please visit out website at MandarinRoots.com for more details about our catering offers

Parking Details:
We also have a parking lot located right behind our restaurant. It is very limited and hard to maneuver once you enter. We recommend parking on the street.

Public Transit:
22 Bus, Caltrain California Ave

Executive Chef:
Jarvis Yuan

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please visit out website at MandarinRoots.com for more details on how to book a special event.

Mandarin Roots Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (6)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Business Meals (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Authentic (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (2)
Spicy (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Good food
Great service
Good ambiance
A staple in the neighborhood

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Good for Groups, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food! Very busy so feel sorry for the waiter- he is doing the best he can!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

This is a first visit to this restaurant and it was for a birthday dinner. I was not told in advance there would be a party of 60 for Amazon. There is no private dining here and instead of putting them in the bar area they were in the main dining area. It was loud when they were all seated but between dinner and dessert most of them were up mingling oblivious of the rest of us and the noise level was over the top. I realize the restaurant felt this was out of their control but it would have been nice to know in advance. The food was delicious but I can't say I would go back.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

Outside seating in December, despite heaters, isn't that comfortable. Would prefer to have a choice. Food is pretty good, interesting, well prepared but a bit overpriced. Very much like the idea of Chinese fusion. There is room for improvement.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I chose this restaurant on Open Table for a date night with my husband. We were looking for something generally casual, something we had not tried before. This restaurant is not in the downtown Palo Alto scene, so it is more casual and less pretentious. While Chinese food based, it is more eclectic and the flavors are more interesting than basic Chinese. We ordered the Ahi Tuna Poke, the Chicken Moo-Shu, the Peking Duck Spring Roll, and the Hong Kong crispy noodles. We loved everything except the crispy noodle dish as we didn't enjoy the sauce. We also ordered one of the house cocktails that had sake and citrus in it but I can't remember the name. That was delicious! The noise is moderate but easy enough to have a conversation and the decor was not super fancy, just comfortable. They have a bunch of large tables, good for family gatherings, but a number of smaller tables for date night. A great find!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We ate outside and were quite comfortable but it seemed louder inside. Nice variety of drinks and food options.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The food was extremely oily which completely was masking the taste of each dish. This is not one of those restaurants that I would make an effort to go to!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The food was exceptional, every dish we ordered was excellent.
Took my visiting family here for special occasion, all big foodies. They
all loved every dish.
The noise level inside is quite high, difficult to talk.
If they are serving outside, it is a better option.
Norma Zippin, Menlo Park

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Nice ambiance and friendly service. I got to taste many items as we were a 7 people group. We tried hand made pot stickers, calamari, pork belly quesadilla, and Moo-Shu for appetizers. They were all great. Teriyaki Salmon and Mongolian Beef were my favorites from the main course. Peking Duck was good as well. I didn’t like the crab as much as it was oily.

Finding parking was a pain. I would recommend there at least 10 minutes early to find parking.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Best chinese food in the South Bay. I really like the fact that the good is not oily and has a great menu.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food great, service slow but very busy. Issue with Chards...first time the wine was definitely “over,” a 2008 CA Chard. sent back, was told they opened a new bottle....also over, barely drinkable. Service staff lady very nice, removed wine from bill.... Restaurant should update wine list. Food fresh, came out as it was prepared. Scallion bread, garlic noodles, crispy honey prawns all excellent! Dined 11/10/17.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We've been looking for a family style good quality Chinese place for a while and are do happy to find this place. Great authentic food. Excellent cocktail. Super happy.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The food is very heavily sauced, too heavy for my taste. Not a true Chinese restaurant, appeals perhaps to more western tastes. Service was good, pretty noisy and it wasn’t full.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Not our best visit here. The service was very slow, and the food was mediocre, except for the duck fried rice. The ribs were a little dry, despite the abundance of too hot (temperature wise) sauce, and the ginger asparagus chicken didn’t have any ginger, as far as I could tell. But the Peking duck fried rice was delicious. I especially liked the addition of the edamame.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious with great choices. This was our third time there for dinner. Love it. Our servers were excellent with wonderful service. The other guests were so extremely loud, I was tempted to get my earplugs out of my car. Might be helpful to turn up the music to drown out the rude conversation noise. I’m not kidding. We couldn’t hear ourselves talk without yelling. Obviously a very popular place to get outstanding food. We will definitely go there again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent Service. Very good food and the duck salad was especially good. Highly recommended for lunch and for larger groups.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

it's a Chinese restaurant for non-Chinese.

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

There were some group tables (8+ people) and family-size tables. Unfortunately the group tables are too close and one group just next to us was extremely noisy. They literally shouted for the whole dinner time.

Food was okay; a bit more pricey than other Chinese restaurant with similar quality though.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Very nice patio area dining

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Nicely decorated. Interesting use of space with glass looking into courtyard. Food was outstanding! We are Chinese and eat Chinese food all the time and this was good! Not cheap, but worth it for special occasions!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food. Our waitress seemed like she wanted us to order our food super quickly which was a little weird. But otherwise, it was a good experience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We have visited Mandarin Roots several times in the past 6 month. The food and presentation have always been outstanding. The combination of flavors and textures is astounding. While we visit from San Carlos which is relatively close I would drive an hour in 101 traffic with little complaint for this excellent dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food and service was excellent. Ambiance is really cool. They just need a better sign out front. This place is hard to find!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

You have to learn the menu, the best dishes are the most expensive, let that be your guide.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 23, 2017

This place is awesome! Loved the Asian fusion tapas and the restaurant was lovely: half indoor/half outdoor, very unique. One of my new favorites in the Bay Area.

Tags: Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Not your typical Chinese restaurant - traditional dishes taken to the next level! Ambiance is stylish without being overbearing. Prices are higher than a typical Chinese restaurant, but are still affordable.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Food was excellent. Happy Hour Menu was very good - good portion, excellent price. Service was slower side on the day I visited; however at the end the server came to apologize for the slow service which was nice. Bartender was good. Drinks were good (that's what I heard since I don't drink) Definitely recommend!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

We have been to this restaurant many times and have enjoyed it, but it seemed overly salty this time. My husband's blood pressure was very high the next morning.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

This restaurant was such a great find!! GO look at pics on Yelp. Everything was really good. Had the honey walnut shrimp, pork belly quesadilla, kalbi beef tacos and tangarine beef. Everything was fantastic. Great indoor/outdoor feel. Nice mood lighting too. Definitely going back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Spicy, Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 25, 2017

A good place with good food as well as service!!! Appetizers, street noodles, fried rice, dragon prawn , all were amazing..

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Excellent services, Phenomenal Food, Great Ambiance

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Good ambiance, great service, good food. This was an excellent pick for are double-date with our best friends.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Asian Fusion Food at its best. We were early, before the theater. Recommend parking on the street ( El Camino). In and out in 1.5 hrs. We had the Duck Salad, MuShu Pork and the ribs. Perfect for two. If you have the room, try the Lava Cake. The Happy Hour might be a better deal than the dinner menu.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 6, 2017

It was OK. The food was nothing amazing. Service was good. Ambiance was decent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We were blocked in by a delivery truck. I asked the hostess and server. And they said it wasn't their delivery truck. But when the driver came out 30 minutes later he was indeed delivering to mandarin roots and taking his sweet time even though he saw us waiting in the car!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

The most disappointing aspect of our meal was that even with reservations, we were told that we could not be seated at the patio. The table that we requested was unoccupied the entire time we were there!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Amazing food... Always love to come here with a group for dinner and drinks!

Tags: Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Great find! Food and service were excellent. Beautiful ambience, nice and quiet.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 31, 2017

disappointing, used to like this restaurant but this time, we left disappointed with our meal. the food is sooooo oily and it does not have to be. we told our waiter and he was receptive to our input. he said he will tell the chef.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We love their large gluten free menu! They also have an excellent bar, loved their drinks.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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