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Mandarin Palace
3955 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 683-2158


Reviews by the General Public

*, 10/16/2014
Reviewer: Glenn from Santa Barbara, CA
Ok when I went awhile ago under new management maybe? Have you tried China Palace in Montecito yet?


That's it! I give up!, 10/14/2014
Reviewer: Charlotte from Goleta
That's it! I have given up on finding a half way decent Chinese restaurant here in town! I'm done throwing my $ down a rat hole! Our lunch quickly came out of the kitchen with only the entree hot. Cold fried rice (with no egg or veg.) egg roll, wonton was also served cold. The strangest egg drop soup. It was this clear, (I think they make the soup with water instead of chicken stock, hence the lack of color and flavor) the soup was really gelatinous (wayyy too much cornstarch folks!) tasteless, no point of eating it whatsoever. The orange peel chicken was over breaded and again with the heavy handed cornstarch already! Sechwan shrimp was over seasoned I think to mask the fishy tasting shrimp. The dessert offering was a canned pineapple niblet and a tiny square of jello. A sliced orange would have been fine.The last time I had fantastic Chinese was at Hu's Sechwan in W. L.A. 5 years ago. Well worth a road trip!


Love It, 4/28/2014
Reviewer: Tiffany from Santa Barbara, CA
This place has me hooked. I love the owners, they treat us with something every time as we are regulars. Also, the food is incredible. Steamed fish all the way! My family and I come here weekly because we just can't get enough


SADLY, THEY ARE RESTING ON THEIR ONCE GOOD REPUTATION !, 4/6/2014
Reviewer: Don from Santa Barbara, CA
Have had literally hundreds of meals here over the years, but not recently. Unfortuately, their service and food quality has gone downhill in a big way. The egg rolls were soggy. I drove several miles to pick up the order. Upon opening it they gave us chicken and broccoli, which we did not order. They did not include the salad which the internet site phone order clearly noted was to be included.I showed them that it was included, on the first line. They showed me a mention at the bottom that it is excludes. Barely read the small print. Now, after two trips to get the order right, wouldn't you think they would comp a salad which costs them 50 cents? Given the confusing info on the phone order site? OF COURSE NOT, and I found that amazing. If they do not correct their site, I am sending a negative review to the 3100 SB folks on my email list.


Best Chinese Food Ever, 3/24/2014
Reviewer: Jamie from Santa Barbara, CA
We've been going to Mandarin Palace for over 25 years and the food there is absolutely the best Chinese food in Santa Barbara. We have eaten Chinese food in China town in many large cities (NYC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, etc) and none of those meals compare to the consistently delicious meals we get at Mandarin Palace. We recently decided to change to a plant-based diet, and Mandarin Palace is even able to accommodate that lifestyle change with their soy chicken options (all delicious). Also, the owners, Jennifer and Jerry are really nice people who support the local community. This is a true locals treasure!


Lunch let-down
Reviewer: Eric from Santa Barbara, CA
I've eaten dinner here in the past and enjoyed the food and service but my lunch experience today was very different. I sat waiting to order for nearly 5 minutes as the waitress chatted with someone in Chinese. She finally came over and took my order all seemed right with the world again. Then the soup arrived - it was served in a generous sized bowl that was filled 1/3 of the way. It made it look like they were rationing the last of the food to see such a tiny amount of soup in such a large bowl. My food arrived on a sectional plate with appetizers, rice, salad and the main course, salt and pepper chicken. It also included a small plate with an orange slice and a wedge of jello that reminded me of nearly every hospital cafeteria I've ever been in. My apps were cold as if they had been prepped an hour earlier and sat waiting for a customer to come along. The real downer of the experience though was the quality of the chicken. It was fatty dark meat like you would expect at Panda Express. I did my best to find the actual meaty sections before paying my bill and leaving dissatisfied. Bummer of a meal.


Excellent!!
Reviewer: Mike from North Hollywood,CA
Christmas Day and looking for something open We were so happy for this find. Best sweet and sour chicken we've ever had. Great soup. Polite staff!


Used to be our favorite Chinese restaurant in town.
Reviewer: Lisa from Santa Barbara, CA
I have been going to Mandarin Palace for years and it has consistently been delicious. Though the last three times we have been in the quality has declined significantly. I called to find out if their chef had changed and they said no. We are now on the search for a new favorite :(


Great Food....Sweet Place
Reviewer: Jacquie from Santa Barbara, CA
My husband and I have been to many of the Chinese places in town...And Mandarin Palace is by far one of the best...and I can be very picky about restaurants, and the wait staff is very nice. Love they're salad dressing! And the Mongolian Beef!


Ok Food, large portions, Nice people
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
The only negatives I could see were some of the meat I had was not the choicest and served fried instead of steamed rice. Also the decor was tired, the place was small and the parking can be bad. Other than that the food was fairly good, the people were nice there and portions were really big so worth a try to compare with other places around.


Consistently delicious
Reviewer: Cathy M. Mallen from Santa Barbara, CA
I love the food at Madarin Palace. Usually I get take out, but when I have ordered in, the service has been fine. My favorite dishes so far are the Thai basil beef and the Sezchuan shrimp. But all of the dishes I have ordered have been very good indeed.


Best Chinese Food In Town
Reviewer: Chris Carpenter from Ventura, CA
I am an Orange Flavored Chicken fan. If you haven't tried the Orange Flavored Chicken here then you have wasted a trip. I have not found a place that makes it as good as here. Taste it and let me know (here on this site) if you have found a similar place that makes the Orange Flavored Chicken like this place. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! It's battered chicken in flour, in a soft crispy shell of orange delicious glaze made with pure white meat... damn itís good. You gotta try it!


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