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Gau Poang Chinese Restaurant

1208 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402-2925
+1 650-286-9386
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good47%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“pot stickers” (5 reviews)
“szechuan beef” (2 reviews)
“snow peas” (2 reviews)
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17:00 - 21:30 Hours
Chinese, Asian
€€ - €€€
1208 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402-2925
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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

With so many Chinese restaurants to choose from in the area, this one would probably be on the bottom of my list. The food wasn't anything outstanding.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank 949sharonl
Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

We have been going to Gau Poang for a couple of years now and they never disappoint. Try the pot stickers, Chinese chicken salad or the Mandarin chicken all are excellent. We will be back.

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Julie K
Reviewed 28 November 2017

Note that the title says Chinese American as opposed to Chinese because definitely this restaurant caters to mainstream American tastes and takes advantages of vegetables native to the USA. I noted that the restaurant seemed to have a loyal clientele of white diners who knew...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank Anna L
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Spent a couple of days in San Mateo in May and decided to go Chinese one night. Dropped into Gau Poang restaurant in passing and ordered typical fare from Judy Kuo at the register. I could not believe how fast they got it done and...More

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank Tim H
Reviewed 12 March 2017

I have been coming to Gau Poang for over a year now and they never disappoint. Try the pot sticker and the Mandarin chicken - Yummy! We also enjoyed the pork fried rice and the Chinese chicken salad. We will be back again soon.

Date of visit: March 2017
Thank Julie K
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Loved it when they were in Burlingame; owners Jerry & Judy came out to chat with their customers; so glad they moved just next door in San Mateo; there's ample parking; easy to get to; nice to see Judy still come out to chat with...More

Date of visit: January 2017
Thank smdiner
Reviewed 9 December 2016

Remembered as a family favorite place when Gau Poang was in Burlingame. Happy to find it now in San Mateo. Our family shared mu shu pork and snow white chicken. Made just as I remembered. Great and friendly service. Super chinese food at reasonable prices....More

Date of visit: November 2016
Thank LawrenceS1361
Reviewed 24 April 2016

This place is not worth visiting. We were a party of four. One of us summed it up "the best thing about this place is the tea". The service was good but the food was inedible. Another in our party declared it "the worst Chinese...More

Date of visit: April 2016
Thank Jane D
Reviewed 28 February 2016

If this is supposed to be one of the better Chinese restaurants on the Peninsula forget about it. Pleasant enough ambiance. Good enough service. Mediocre food. Hot and Sour soup was black pepper hot instead of ginger and red pepper. There are those who don't...More

Date of visit: February 2016
Thank AnnabellaChicago
Reviewed 26 February 2016

Once there were two. I had my wedding eve dinner at the Burlingame Ave location in the mid -90s with my family and handsome man. And when it moved, I thought I lost it. And I had. When I found it again, I was thrilled....More

Date of visit: February 2016
Thank UniversalTourist
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1208 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402-2925
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-286-9386
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