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Madam LU Chinese

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3524 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2628
+1 805-898-9289
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Andover, Massachusetts
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70 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Prompt, friendly service and a nicely presented, tasty meal made this a very nice evening. Trying to watch our weight, we shared a small order of chicken-mushroom soup, the steamed fish house special, and an order of bok choy and mushrooms—all very flavorful and filling. We didn't order rice, but the meal came with it as well. Wine is available,... More 

Thank AprilLovesToTravel
San Rafael, California
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130 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

My wife had a mini Burroughs High School reunion dinner at Madam Lu's for 12 people. She personally selected the menu and was on hand to see that we were properly taken care of. It was my wife's birthday and she let us bring a cake early in the day and she kept it under refrigeration until it was served... More 

Thank Donald W
Ventura, California
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25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016

I write primarily for tourists and since this is tourist season, for any of you looking for a Chinese restaurant in Santa Barbara, ANY of the others is much, much better than this one. I honestly don't know how they survive in this town or why they have any business at all, really. Service was quick enough but diffident and... More 

Thank Roger O
Santa Barbara, California
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96 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

The food at Madam Lu's has been consistent, reasonably priced, and they will create more authentic if you ask. The owner is really wonderful.

Thank mickmankowski
Santa Barbara, California
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016

My standard order is Won Ton Soup with Beef Fried Rice. Take-out is quick, and the staff is always incredibly friendly.

Thank rajahstarr
santa barbara, ca
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2015

My wife and I just had the lunch buffet at Madam Lu's. In general, it gets about a three on a scale of 1 to 10. Those items that are dipped in batter and fried had way to much gooey batter on them and the rest of the items, with the exception of the broccoli beef, had little or no... More 

Thank prsd54
Santa Barbara, California
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95 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2015

The last couple times I've ordered food there, I was not impressed. It wasn't terrible but I would not go out of my way if there's another choice near by. It was greasier than I would have liked and flavor was too bland/general for me. There have been times where I had some tasty dishes but somewhat inconsistent.

Thank DaveWandersDotcom
Southern Cal.
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2014

Food is different from what you would expect. For instance, cashew chicken, very small diced chicken with only a few types of veg and corn? In a dark brown sauce? Really.

Thank chimommurrieta
Los Gatos, CA
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63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2014

The menu seems to have had authentic food but since I was by myself I did not go for the a la cart. The "meal" had plenty of food and tasted good for a very reasonable price.

Thank agsj
lahaina, maui, hi.
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118 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2013

we go here almost everytime we visit my father (95yrs old!) he is an old school foodie and finds the best places. Madame Lu's has become sort of a 'must go' for the family get together's we have for his birthday, we were just there at the end of oct. Even my Thai wife was clamoring for 'madame lu's!) it... More 

Thank rick9cat

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Delivery, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3524 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2628
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-898-9289

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