Mandarin Roots

4.4
317 reviews
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Mandarin Roots is an Amer-Chinese restaurant specializing in elevated comfort food. Acknowledging our ROOTS, we combine contemporary & classic cooking techniques using locally sourced ingredients to provide a unique & amazing dining experience. To enhance your meal, we offer a unique selection of wines and local craft beers. Our bar also features Original Craft Cocktails, using fresh juices and premium liquor.
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 M/R!
For more information please visit our website www.MandarinRoots.com
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything is perfect except the reserved seat is very close to the door and it feels we are sitting in the way of other guests coming in and leaving. Not very comfortable. I reserved the table couple days ago and didn’t expect they reserve a table which kind block other people way. A little awkward:(

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I came to Mandarin Roots on the recommendation of a food blogger. So happy I came! As an individual with two major food allergies, the MR staff was very understanding and happily fulfilled my request. The food was exactly what I remember Chinese food to taste like. I left very full and very happy. I will definitely be returning...soon.

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P
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Flavors are clear and good. Nice to eat on the patio in good weather. Service is unobtrusive, food comes quickly. Excellent hot-and-sour soup, crispy sweet prawns with honeyed walnuts, excellent ginger/garlic chicken.

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EX
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

One favorite dish is online, but no longer available in the restaurant. They should consider updating their website so not to potentially mislead people

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SB
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been here twice - both times to sync with friends. I love the food here. Fish is cooked "correctly," meaning that it is just done, not over-cooked, which is typical in America. Spectacular. This last time, we did family style, so we are able to sample a lot of stuff - not one dud. Creative, high-ish end Asian food. I plan on being a regular here.

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AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This restaurant would be much better if they were to stop sweetening so many dishes. For instance, the eggplant entree and the firecracker shrimp were so sweet they were inedible. Other dishes, such as the lotus root entree, string beans, and the chow mein, we’re unsweetened and quite delicious. I also recommend placing condiments (such as chili paste) on the table as is commonly done.

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D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time trying. Food was wonderful. Moo chu veggie was excellent, as was the honey walnut shrimp, orange beef, and the fried rice. Service was good, they were attentive but not overly so. We will definitely be back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was not good, undercooked and over salted

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VK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great flavors! Loved all the noodle dishes. Pork belly sliders were exceptional!

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JW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Mandarin Roots has been a favorite of ours for several years. They went through a "down period" over the last six or so months where the food was not nearly as good. They also replaced all the waitstaff. However, the previous chef is back and the food is back to what it was. You can go there again with confidence.

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SS
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mandarin Roots is our go-to neighborhood Chinese restaurant. We have eaten there monthly for many, many years. They use excellent quality ingredients in all of their dishes, making it more expensive than your average Chinese restaurant but it is totally worth it. Every single new person we have taken there has been totally wowed by the taste and quality of their food. They also have several vegetarian and lower carb options which is great. Highly recommended!

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OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service excellent. However , the restaurant during lunch is extremely noisy. Putting some curtains to cover the glass windows should help.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I wish the restaurant menu would provide more variety dishes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food. A bit loud for conversation.

Nice cocktail meni

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J
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my new fav restaurant
my new fav restaurant
my new fav restaurant
my new fav restaurant

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SR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

EXTREMELY Poor service, horrible food, VERY loud TV and were out of steamed rice!!

NEVER ever going back!!

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JF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mandarin Roots is a Chinese fine dining restaurant with a great choice of meals. We went for fried tofu, 8 grains bowl and crepes cake for dessert, all delicious. Plus the waiter was very nice to us. I recommand treating yourself with a carafe of Sangria. Great time in there!

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AT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing the service was great! They were very patient with us. We were a group of 8 and had the perfect round table to actually all talk together. One person has a gluten allergy and two others are vegetarian. The server was knowledgeable and really guided us through a great night. Try the Peking duck and the tangerine beef. The chow main was also fantastic!!

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J
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My only negative was the noise. But it was Valentine’s Day and pretty busy. I’ll try back on a quieter day. It looks good for drinks and small plates as well.

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EA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service and ambiance were really good. The food was good except we got the duck and it was NOT worth the $45. I would go for all th other dishes. Everything else we got was great. I would go again!

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A
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fresh, thoughtful approach to Chinese food with an upscale feel.

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EK
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The food was very good overall. Loved the Shrimp entire. The pork belly appetizer was not as good as expected. Service was not good, maybe because we had a large party. Even with that, it was poor.

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BA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a nice lunch at Mandarin Roots which offers healthier versions of traditional Chinese dishes. My grandson wanted Honey Walnut Prawns which was delicious and sweet without the syrupy sweet sauce which many restaurants serve with it. My other grandson wanted Orange Chicken which they prepared similar to a beef dish they offer despite it not being on their menu. It was also delicious. Overall, we enjoyed the food and experience.

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KP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A cute place for oriental food. Great service and food was delicious. Loved the milk crepe dessert, so yummy! Would definitely visit again for that! :)

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P
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

After losing Mandarin Gourmet downtown a few years ago, I despaired of finding a good basic Chinese restaurant locally. Hooray! Mandarin Roots fits the bill. Excellent hot-and-sour soup, perfect prawns with honeyed walnuts, nicely balanced mandarin beef, etc. The clientele included a good proportion of Asian diners, so, even if it was "American-ified" food, it obviously wasn't too much so. Definitely going back.

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J
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is a lovely fusion of traditional (hot and sour soup, eggplant) with the inspirational using high quality ingredients. The service is excellent, always. We were celebrating a birthday and with preplanning they were able to put together a lovely gluten-free cake for the occasion. Absolutely wonderful!

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c
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great team outing. Family style food, circle tables, great fast service, and really solid food made for a super fun night. Would come back for sure!

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DS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

An excellent meal marred only by loud music, which made it difficult to converse.

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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hot and sour soup is truly awesome. Not on the lunch menu, but thankfully it was available. Great food and service was excellent too.

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U
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Chinese food in a nice ambiance with friendly and cooperative staff. We are vegetarians and need to get variations on the menu. The team always help us adjust the dishes to fit our dietary needs.

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SF
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Delicious meal but a little pricry

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l
Sacramento
50 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Quality ingredients are used and they offer a traditional chinese menu with unique fusion plates as well. A loy of items are gluten free which is wonderful! Everything was tasty. Tangerine beef was a fave along with the ribs. The beef chow fun is to die for. Honey walnut prawns are delicious. Chow mein is a bit greasy.

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AR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Its all about great food. Jennifer was our server and she was extremely hospitable. It made the food better-0

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t
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful favorite restaurant of mine.
Love the service and the food is amazing.

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MI
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mandarin Roots was just fine, but nothing special. My wife and I got 5 different small plates, and most of them were tragically unseasoned (they lacked salt and acid), if very well plated and constructed. The crispy silken tofu and MaPo Tofu were quite nice, and the Taiwan Sliders were really close but could have used some pickles with a bit more bite to cut through the fat and chewy buns.

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D
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent describes everything about this restaurant!!

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A
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is consistently good and service is prompt.

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l
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service terrible. Not like it use to be. Had to redo our bill as we did not get the happy hour discount. We have been long long term diners there

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LB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were a group of 6, wanting to catch up with each other after almost a year of not seeing each other. We throughly enjoyed the food, atmosphere, and being able to hear each other without yelling across the table. I highly recommend this restaurant for small group of friends to enjoy meaningful conversation with great food.

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CJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Mandarin Roots used to have an extensive GLUTEN FREE MENU, truly unique for a Chinese restaurant. Gluten free choices have recently shrunken down to a handful. Very disappointing.

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