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mao's kitchen

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1512 Pacific Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90291-3612
+1 310-581-8305
11:30 - 03:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 03:00
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looking for a quick feed for a starving but food savy 15 year old that would also cover his coeliac father and chanced upon Mao's. Owner was very friendly and on top of gluten free options on her menu, 3 only but a reasonable choice. Service was reasonable given the number's in the building. Food was very good for the... More 

Thank GrahamWi
London, Canada
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168 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a popular takeout spot. We ate in, the portions were huge. Out server was attentive. Washrooms ok. Located right where all the action is on Venice Beach.

Thank Sharon J
Los Angeles, California
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

It is hard to believe, you are in Venice Beach, and there is no GREAT place to sit down and eat....until we saw the sign saying MAO's Kitchen....lol...so we head in and sat there and ordered couple dishes....Now that I read the reviews, they talked about slow service....oh ya, very slow...I mean, we were the only ones in there and... More 

Thank TravelwithAndre
Cologne, Germany
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

It is a great place to have a quick bite, nothing for a nice dinner. The portions are huge so you can always take something home for next day's lunch!

Thank JanineGru
Los Angeles, California
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66 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

It was mediocre at best. Two things I tried to order were not available. The food portions were huge but I would rather have smaller portions and better quality (or lower prices).

Thank Tiz108
Batley, West Yorks
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65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

We ate here after reading good reviews on Trip Advisor and I'm glad we did. The menu is great and has something for everyone and you can choose your own type of protein to go in each dish. The portions are huge so we got some boxed up and had it for dinner the next day too. The only thing... More 

Thank MrsKBatley_WestYorks
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

We ordered from this takeaway for delivery on 23 July 2016, when the food arrived it was cold and very greasy and we had to put most of it straight in the bin. I would not advise using this take away when staying in Venice Beach.

Thank Johnny B
Marina del Rey, California
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315 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

We usually order to go, but you can also eat there. The place is super clean and the service great. If you want you can call in and pick up your order as well. There are also ways to have it delivered, but I have not done that. We just ate there again this week. It is just great Chinese... More 

Thank Elizabeth L
Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Not bad for the price. When I arrived at about 6:15pm there was only 2 other tables, one of which had their food. Had to wait about 30 minutes for fried rice. The serving was huge, enough for two people. Flavour was ok. A good alternative to the pub fair and fish tacos.

Thank LordBurnley
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

This place was my favourite restaurant while we visited California. It was 5 of us and we had so much leftover food we had to take some home to have the next day. Food was too good to let it go to waste! Highly recommend their vegetarian curry it was really amazing.

Thank Sofia L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 03:00
11:30 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1512 Pacific Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90291-3612
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Venice
  • Neighbourhood: Venice
  • Phone Number: +1 310-581-8305

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Venice

Neighbourhood Profile
Venice has always danced to its own beat as the epicenter of bohemian culture in Los Angeles. Along the boardwalk there are street performers and local craftsmen selling their wares. Original paintings, souvenirs, and jewelry are on display. Crowds of visitors marvel at the sites while weightlifting enthusiasts pump iron in plain view, and skateboarders do their tricks around the skate park. All of it happens under the warm California sun with sprawling views of sand and sea. Heading east, the main drags of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Main Street are lined with boutique shops, some major retail stores, art galleries and restaurants. Here the ambiance is more relaxed and upscale than the frenetic boardwalk area. Venice is a mostly walkable (and certainly bikeable) neighborhood, full of areas to explore.
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