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Mandarin Kitchen

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8766 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55420
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(952) 884-5356
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Best

I ate at the Mandarin Kitchen before their remodel and I loved it. Taro cakes are my favorite, also the pork stuffed taro dumplings, oh and those egg tarts for desert! I will not ...

Worst

This used to be a fantastic little place for dim sum. Well, after they remodeled, they must have changed chefs or something. Their food is still good, but not like it used to be...

overall ridiculously terrible 11/24/2011

The service is ridiculously terrible. Especially during dim sum time. I called to ask if they take reservations, and they said no. They lied. they take reservation for ""few special people"" I noticed that while I stand in line to wait for a table of 8. it took 55 minutes to get a table. The trolley carts don't go to all the tables. The employees who walk around with the food trays don't go to all the tables. The overall organization of the carts and food trays is horrible and not consistent. I feel that when my family and I go there, we are begging for their food. Mandarin Kitchen can overcharge you, because they don't specifically list the items and its prices on the receipt or bill. They simply give you the total amount only. I've been overcharged before. more

Pricey, but good food 8/2/2009

Maybe I'm clueless, but I've always had great food here, both pre-and-post remodeling. Yes, I'm often seated near the kitchen, but I'm fine with that. I'm white and have gone there with white friends and Chinese and Japanese-American friends and haven't experienced a variation in service. My foodie friends, friends that lived in NYC, and other picky eaters all prefer MC. It can be difficult to have dishes customized to meet one's needs (e.g., do not include baby corn), but I've experienced this at most Chinese restaurants during peak hours. I have friends who have ordered 'off menu'. Timing of appetizer and entree service is unpredictable, but again, not different from many other restaurants. Food is always piping hot. Will say that I never order any seafood, but the tables around me always seem to have 1 or more dishes. There are so many posts on the internet about inconsistent service and prices, so there must be something to it, but I had to add my 2 cents. Pros: variety, good food Cons: customer experiences reported on many web sites more

Terrible Service, overcharged. 8/24/2008

My husband and I went to this restaurant with our Caucasian daughter and her Chinese finance from New York. We went on recommendations from two knowledgable Chinese friends who said this was the best Chinese restaurant in town capable of a big private party which we wanted to have for the kids when they are married next year. It was a great disappointment. First, we were seated near the kitchen door away from all the other diners. Second, when we tried to order ""off the menu"" in Chinese (maybe Mandarin, not Cantonese) as is frequently possible in Chinese restaurants, we were told there was no other menu and we had to order from the English menu. We ordered a number of dishes including steamed fish in bean sauce. When the bill came, we had been charged $75.00 for the fish alone. I have had much better Chinese food in the Twin Cities, and never such unpleasant service. Our daughter, who is Caucasion, felt strongly that we had been treated badly because of the mixed race nature of our table. The whole dinner had a very unpleasant feel to it and we won't go back. Pros: Liked the decor Cons: Terrible service, overcharged more

HORRIBLE! Will never go back. 8/7/2008

My grandmother has gotten take-out from this place for YEARS, but after our experience last Saturday afternoon, she will not be back. She, my parents and myself stopped for lunch and were told the wait would be about 10 minutes. Fifteen minutes passed, then 20.... and we noticed that bigger parties of Chinese patrons were coming in and were seated before us. My mom asked the hostess if our name was still on the list and was told it was. Forty minutes after we arrived, we were finally shown to a table and given menus. We sat at the the table for TWENTY minutes, without anyone stopping to take our order. We even flagged down a waitress who did not speak English and who shook her head and ran away from us. We were so frustrated with the complete lack of service and discriminatory behavior, we got up and left. \r \r I will never go back, nor will anyone I know. \r Pros: nothing Cons: poor service, staff doesn't speak English more

I love DIM SUM 4/11/2008

I ate at the Mandarin Kitchen before their remodel and I loved it. Taro cakes are my favorite, also the pork stuffed taro dumplings, oh and those egg tarts for desert! I will not claim to be an expert on Dim Sum as this is only the fourth Dim Sum I have tried (the others being in Detroit and in Windsor, Canada) BUT I will say that I consider myself to have a refined palate. I know when things are fresh, and that is half the problem I find with dining out, too many times you are served food that has seen a microwave. Yuck! That being said this place had hot food and a GREAT variety. I thought the cost was reasonable and I don't mind that they put the gratuity on the check. It is not the way most places handle gratuity for a two top but it saves me money in the end because I am always over tipping (I used to be a server). I am worried about the current reviews based on the quality and atmosphere after the renovation. I will visit soon and make an assessment for myself and I will report back if I find the same issues the other diners had. Hopefully the problems they were having were only temporary!\r \r ---------------- Update.... \r I just went back to the Mandarin Kitchen today and I found the renovation to be nice. I especially liked the fish pond and seeing all the fresh seafood in the tanks. We had a wonderful meal and it was well worth the drive(we live about 45 minutes away). The main dining room was a little noisy, but no more so than any other open air dining room, and there are a few separate rooms that each seat about four tables. This is where we were sat and these rooms were nice and quiet. I can't wait to go back! Pros: Food, Service, Price Cons: I always eat too much because it is all so good! more

Mandarin's not #1..., 2/16/2008

I don't know where the former 3 yr resident writer lived in China, who raved about Mandarin's, but they obviously must not have visited Honk Kong, Shenzhen or Guangzhou in ""South China""! Mandarin's dim sum is ""so so"" and perhaps it's biggest downfall is ""it's clientele"" who are very pushy, rowdy and clickish and who like to be seen as experts by appearing to think that having eaten in an Ann Chin's qualifies them as dim sum connoisseurs to boot!\r I too lived in China for 3 yrs, but with the ""Cantonese"" population of Guangdong Province, who are the authentic and genuine, original purveyors of dim sum. With that being said I'd have to put ""Yummy's"" as #1 dim sum king of the Twin Cities, followed by ""Ma Village"" on University as #2, follwed by Mandarin's as #3! Whatever your taste, ""enjoy""!\r \r ShenzhenHK Pros: Nice fish tanks Cons: Seating has no design; always same strange customers more

Usually wonderful, but not great for my vegetarian friend. 2/12/2008

I love going to Mandarin Kitchen for their soup special a few times a month. There other dishes are equally wonderful. The wait staff are usually attentive and polite and i leave feeling good. But last nite i brought a friend who is vegetarian (and also speaks Chinese by the way) and after the way the staff treated him, I'm feeling like i may not go back.\r \r We arrived and my friend asked if ""any of the soups was vegetarian?"" The first waiter merely said ""no"" and then stood there and took everyone else's' order. My friend then explained to the waiter in Chinese AND English his desires. The first waiter made a halfhearted suggestion which my friend good naturedly accepted. \r \r They then proceeded to bring him a dish that clearly had Prawns in it. We asked for clarification, and our server, AND another waiter agreed that the dish contained seafood. We explained again that my friend was a vegetarian. Again, they made no other suggestions, nor apologies. Their attitude was of the nature of ""oh just go ahead and eat it"". When he stated that ""no"" he was not going to ""just eat it"", they merely shrugged and then took it away. They then ignored him. He ended up eating some of my rice with soy sauce for dinner. That was it.\r \r I know they have vegetarian fare on the menu, and it would be a good idea to work with a customer to find the right dish for them, rather than treat them like the ""poor cousin"" at the table.\r \r I am so unhappy with this situation, i may not go back. more

Best dim sum in Minnesota!!! 12/3/2007

I recently moved back to MN after living in China for 3 years. My friends brought me to Mandarin Kitchen for dim sum and it was easily better than any dim sum I ate in China. We went on Sunday right when then opened and the line was already out the door. The selection was not only vast, but unique. Everything was freshly made. I have been to other dim sum places around the area and none could compare to the quality that Mandarin Kitchen offers. There is an automatic 15% gratuity charge, but that is very standard for dim sum anywhere in the area. I also noticed there were private rooms. Our server informed us that they could be rented out for $500. And that includes food, entertainment, and a server dedicated to serving the party in the room. This is not only the best place to get dim sum anywhere in MN, but also seems to be an ideal place to have a private party. Beware that if you do come for dim sum to get here early. Our server told us that it is not unusual to run out of things if you get there after 12pm. Patience is also a must because there are MANY people eager to get in as well. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for the ultimate Chinese experience! Pros: Great dim sum, huge menu selection, fresh seafood, private rooms Cons: No reservations during dim sum more

Overpriced and limited choices 11/25/2007

A friend of mine visited me in Boston I took her to one of many resturants that serve dim sum. We had a great well priced dining experiance. Boston has a huge Chinese community and many places that serve dim sum. We went to Mandarin Kitchen on a Sunday to have good dim sum but instead got very limited choices of dishes that were not up to par. To top it off the prices were in excess and a 15% tip was automatically added to the bill without consent. When I asked the cashier about the tip he responded ""we add 15%"". We were a party of 2. All in all I would not recommend this place for dim sum. Perhaps they have better meals and service during non dim sum hours Pros: Convenient location Cons: limited menu for dim sum more

Ruined by the Remodel 11/15/2007

Wow, this place feels like a cafeteria and sounds even louder. The food is not as good as it was before and their layout causes their to be traffic jams with carts and customers clogging the aisles. Maybe that's why everything was cold as ice by the time it got to our table.\r \r It is one of the last dim sum restaurants in the Twin Cities and I guess I'll have to learn to do without. I just couldn't hear myself think in there. Pros: Wide Variety of Dim Sum dishes Cons: Food Was Cold - Very Loud - Extremely Crowded - Feels Like A Cafeteria more

Houston - we have a problem! What went wrong with this place??? 11/15/2007

This used to be a fantastic little place for dim sum. Well, after they remodeled, they must have changed chefs or something. Their food is still good, but not like it used to be.\r \r The ambiance of the restaurant itself was ruined by the remodel. It is so loud during dim sum that you can't even hear the servers telling you what dishes they have. We live about 25 miles away and we used to do dim sum twice a month. We went twice after the remodel and no more. It just feels like you are being hearded in there like cattle and it is very uncomfortable. It has a very cold feel to it.\r \r They could use a few nicely painted asian screens or other types of dividers along with accoustic tiles or heavy curtains to dampen the sound and make the place feel a bit more cozy. Pros: Good dim sum, wide variety of dishes Cons: Very uncomfortable surroundings, extremely loud during dim sum more

Terrible Food After Remodeling 10/13/2007

I can not help writing this review after a terrible dinner last night at this restaurant, which is considered as one of the few authentic Cantonese restaurants in town. Not any longer. To be fair, my previous experience at that place was pretty good. I am a guy who cares about the food itself, not the service. I took a newly-wed couple originally from Hong Kong to have dinner there. For six people with a total bill of over $170 including the tip, it was not cheap. However, none of the dishes we ordered had any taste. Two lobsters were bland and dry and my wife suspected they were dead ones. My 8-year-old son was about to cry after he tasted the steamed sole fish, $26.50, he ordered. (He loved the same dish at the Yummy Restaurant two weeks earlier.) It was hard and fishy. I believed it was steamed while still frozen. The sauce was terrible. My guest asked the waiter to take back the beef casserole because the radish tasted bad. The seafood soup had too much MSG in it. The beef steak was too salty and not tender. The scallop with vegetable was tasteless. The only dish I could give an okay rating was green bean sprouts. It does not take much culinary skills to cook it. My guest asked the waiter whether the restaurant had changed the management or chef. The answer was 'No'. It was my last time to be there. (I drove 25 miles from the east side of town to have such a depressing dinner.) Most definitely, I am not going to recommend it to anyone. It is a simple fact, no hard feelings about the restaurant itself. more

Definitely the WORST service among all chinese restaurants in twincities. 9/8/2007

Enough is enough, I just can't help writing this review after another terrible experience in that place. I have been living in twincities for 10 yrs, I had my first dinner in Mandarin kitchen after I landed on this new land. I kept going to this place because they offer authentic cantonese foods and I am a cantonese. You can get the best cantonese style seafood cuisine there, however, you very likely will also get the worst waiter service, I won't say the worst in town, but definitely the worst among all the chinese restaurants I have ever tried in the united states! Those HongKong uncles don't really care your existence, their attitudes make you feel you owe them something or you have to please them in order to get their service. I recognize most of the waiter faces there, they have been with the restaurant for at least 10 yrs, they know what they are doing, they just don't provide what is considered basic customer service in other restaurants to you. If you are an American and go in a group, you will get their attention. If you are a mandarin speaking chinese from mainland china, depending on if they know you in person or you are working in restaurant or chinse grocery business, otherwise I suggest you with more (+3) friends and order expensive seafood to get their attention. If it is just 2 people and you are not ordering their fresh seafood, it is definitely not worth going there! I strongly suggest you go elsewhere to avoid disappointment, you can get authentic cantonese food in many places, like HK noodle and the newly opened Kowloon in mpls campus, peking garden, HoHo, and the Ming Dragon in Savage is very good too! what is important, you get what you deserve as a customer in those places. I just want to tell the waiters in Mandarin kitchen: I don't expect you give me the service that I will get in an ordinary American restaurant, but please don't show your attitude and spoil other people's mood, we are not paying you to do that!!! Pros: fresh seafood Cons: service, the general waiter attitude more

worst service in town 5/19/2007

the worst service in town. they don't want to even talk to customer and tips hunger. Make sure you don't pay tips because they already charge 15% of the total. more

Best Dim Sum in town 3/15/2007

Based on authentic Chinese standard, Mandarin Kitchen (MK) is the best dimsum place in town. The dimsum quality is much higher than any other restaurant in town. That is why so many Asians eat dimsum at MK and the wait can be long on Sundays. Due to the busy dimsum business, many popular items do run out after 12:30pm. With the high turnover, the dimsum is very fresh. The previous reviewer complained about bad leftover chicken feet, it is probably a stroke of bad luck. \r \r A variety of tea choices are available for dimsum, but you have to ask your server. Otherwise, they will just bring you Jasmine tea (made with real tea leaves). The service is uneven, depending on the server you get. However, once you get to know them, the service improves. It is quite typical for a restaurant to charge a 15% gratuity for dim sum. Also, if you have a party of 6 or more for regular dinner, MK does charge a 15% gratuity, too, just like many restaurants. MK also offer authentic Chinese lunch buffets Mon-Fri.\r \r JunBo dimsum is way overpriced (avg. $25 per person). Yangtze dimsum is under par and catered to Westerners. Mai Village dimsum is quite good, but the cart flow is poorly planned as some carts will not come to you if you are seated away from the central area. In addition, Mai Village is not a true Chinese restaurant as chinese hot mustard sauce is not available for dimsum and Jasmine tea bag is the only tea served at dimsum. Pros: Great dimsum, fresh seafood, authentic chinese taste. Cons: Uneven service, bathroom maintenance need to improve. more

horrible service 11/12/2006

The service is the worst, The host and hostess was annoying and rude. The server was just bad. I had to grab my own silverwear from the cart myself and they expect me to tip them. The. dim sum is not worth it. I could go to yantze and they are alot nice or the new Jun Bo Pros: okay food Cons: service, wait more

Average Food, Horrible Service, Tips Hunger. Never Come Back Again. 9/1/2006

I just went back to Mandarin Kitchen after a while and found out that their food was not very good. The service was horrible. They didn't care to give us enough plates, never came back to see how things were, but tips were added automatically. Horrible!!! Never come back again. more

Authentic 2/7/2006

My wife and I have been eating at this restaruant for the past 7 years. The food is excellent. About 2 years ago we moved 60 miles north of the restaurant, and we still drive 2-3 times a month to enjoy the cuisine both at night and on weekends for dim sum. Pros: Lobster Hong/Kong, King Crab, Fresh Shrimp Cons: crowded on weekends more

Chicken Feet taste like ""feet""! 5/19/2005

We went there on a Saturday, this restaurant is set up to be very crowded-looking, the dim-sum was just below average, the price for each dim-sum wasn't specified, especially, the chicken feet taste really like someone's feet, must be left-over from the week before, horrible.....it is not worth the drive! Pros: location Cons: limited parking, bad service, crowded more

They like tips 5/15/2004

As the title suggests, this restaurant loves tips so much, they go right ahead and add it to your bill regardless of how many people are in your party or how the service was, which left a sour taste in my mouth. The dim sum was what I had here, which was comparable to Yangtze, meaning nothing too spectacular in terms of quality. Was there on a Sunday, so had to wait 30min for a table. Pros: Has dim sum Cons: , crowded on w/ends more
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    Sat: 10am-1pm, Sun: 10am-12pm, Mon-Thu: 11am-12pm, Fri: 11am-1pm
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