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


Reviews by the General Public

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, 10/28/2013
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!


locals
Reviewer: veronique from Santa Barbara, CA
everyone has "their" chinese food restaurant, or the one they go to everytime.. this is ours..its really good..especially the starter chips with mandarin sauce...and moo shoo pork..and potstickers


Great service + Good food + Free appetizer + Free ice-cream
Reviewer: leo wang from Santa Barbara, CA
So far it is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara. The service is the best! Also, they provide you free appetizer plus free dessert! Everyone should check it out!


best chinese food in town
Reviewer: Jenny from Santa Barbara, CA
despite the other reviews i feel the food is great, and the service is sweet..they appreciate regular business so i keep going back..give it a chance, if all else fails, the food is great.


used to be our favorite chinese food in town
Reviewer: Maria from Santa Barbara
Mandarin Palace was our favorite place for quality Chinese food for at least 6 yrs. We've noticed though the quality has declined. The beef quality didn't look nor taste good, sauce was bland and the broccoli was soft and yellowish green, not the hearty green it used to be. The wonton soup wasn't stuffed with anything -- usually has pork in it. It was all starchy and soup bland. We're disappointed that the quality has declined and prices up. We would go back here again if quality improves. We will pay for good food in town.


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