Mao's Kitchen

★★★★★
  • 1512 Pacific Ave

    Venice, CA 90291

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  • 310-581-8305

About Mao's Kitchen

Hours
Monday 10:30 AM - 10:30 PM Tuesday 10:30 AM - 10:30 PM Wednesday 10:30 AM - 10:30 PM Thursday 10:30 AM - 10:30 PM Friday 10:30 AM - 3:00 AM Saturday 10:30 AM - 3:00 AM Sunday 10:30 AM - 10:30 PM

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One of my favorite small spots on the eastside serving up Asian fusion delights!

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One of my favorite small spots on the eastside serving up Asian fusion delights!

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Mao Zedong is a well documented, well recognized Communist Dictator who murdered tens of millions of people during the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. Please do not support this restaurant, the name is revolting and an affront

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Mao Zedong is a well documented, well recognized Communist Dictator who murdered tens of millions of people during the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. Please do not support this restaurant, the name is revolting and an affront

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I went here even after reading the reviews about bad service. We had no wait, and got our order taken right away. Food came not too long after. But the waitress brought us water when we first got there and never came back to offer a

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I went here even after reading the reviews about bad service. We had no wait, and got our order taken right away. Food came not too long after. But the waitress brought us water when we first got there and never came back to offer a

Pros: Non-greasy food

Cons: Bland tasting food!

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Had Maos delivered.. I was very impressed with the food. Quality all the way and speedy delivery. Best Chinese delivery Ive had in the area for sure.

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Had Maos delivered.. I was very impressed with the food. Quality all the way and speedy delivery. Best Chinese delivery Ive had in the area for sure.

Pros: food was totally fresh and tasty

Cons: nothing

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I usually order from there, but recently seems like they changed servers. Before they changed servers, the service was alright. However right now, they are really rude. Today i was really need to use bathroom around there, so i went in

3
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I usually order from there, but recently seems like they changed servers. Before they changed servers, the service was alright. However right now, they are really rude. Today i was really need to use bathroom around there, so i went in

Pros: the food is usually ok

Cons: servers are really rude

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Hello,
This is Li Wen.
If you could read this message, Jake. Please contact me at mcct.trust@yahoo.co.nz

3
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Hello,
This is Li Wen.
If you could read this message, Jake. Please contact me at mcct.trust@yahoo.co.nz

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I always order food there for lunch, the food is execellent , always hot, fresh and affordable. And get this, the new driver is a girl and she is awesome. Kudos for Mao's, I love having a girl bring up my lunch. \r
Keep up the good

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I always order food there for lunch, the food is execellent , always hot, fresh and affordable. And get this, the new driver is a girl and she is awesome. Kudos for Mao's, I love having a girl bring up my lunch. \r
Keep up the good

Pros: hey guys: the driver is a girl, awesome! check it out!!!

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I read a review stating "Auschwitch roast beef sandwich anyone?" 10/22/2008 Posted by ChinaWillBeFree\r
"To understand how revolting the Mao's kitchen menu is, just imagine seeing the following menu in a Jewish delicatessen: Auschwitz

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I read a review stating "Auschwitch roast beef sandwich anyone?" 10/22/2008 Posted by ChinaWillBeFree\r
"To understand how revolting the Mao's kitchen menu is, just imagine seeing the following menu in a Jewish delicatessen: Auschwitz

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To understand how revolting the Mao's kitchen menu is, just imagine\r
seeing the following menu in a Jewish delicatessen:\r
Auschwitz roast beef sandwich,\r
Warsaw pastrami, corned beef, Rye bread platter,\r

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To understand how revolting the Mao's kitchen menu is, just imagine\r
seeing the following menu in a Jewish delicatessen:\r
Auschwitz roast beef sandwich,\r
Warsaw pastrami, corned beef, Rye bread platter,\r

Cons: A revolting ambience

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ate here two days ago and two weeks ago. the food was rank and undercooked. service was worse! been going to Mao's for years but won't ever again. a joint in serious decline.

3
★★★★★

ate here two days ago and two weeks ago. the food was rank and undercooked. service was worse! been going to Mao's for years but won't ever again. a joint in serious decline.

Pros: price

Cons: food, service

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Come here for willfully bad service, the uplifting theme of mass murderer as pop icon, or an astronomical ratio of popularity to quality (hint: the higher the ratio, the worse the restaurant; mao's is crowded and the food ranges from

3
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Come here for willfully bad service, the uplifting theme of mass murderer as pop icon, or an astronomical ratio of popularity to quality (hint: the higher the ratio, the worse the restaurant; mao's is crowded and the food ranges from

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People who say this place has "bad service" have obviously never worked in a busy restaurant and are impatient for a good thing. Mao's has delightful service-but they are in a rush. Don't expect them to hover over you. The plates are

3
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People who say this place has "bad service" have obviously never worked in a busy restaurant and are impatient for a good thing. Mao's has delightful service-but they are in a rush. Don't expect them to hover over you. The plates are

Pros: inexpensive, delicious, BYOB

Cons: busy

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I have eaten at Mao's since its inception when the place was empty and continue to order take out. I have seen many arguments for and against this establishment and I can understand each. The staff does get overwhelmed by the masses and

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I have eaten at Mao's since its inception when the place was empty and continue to order take out. I have seen many arguments for and against this establishment and I can understand each. The staff does get overwhelmed by the masses and

Pros: can make 2 meals out of entree- and flavor sets in with leftovers

Cons: crowded latenights

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I've been going to Mao's on a semi-regular basis for over three years now. The food, as always, has been consistently good, borderline great for the price. The ingredients are always fresh, the dishes aren't too greasy, and the menu is

3
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I've been going to Mao's on a semi-regular basis for over three years now. The food, as always, has been consistently good, borderline great for the price. The ingredients are always fresh, the dishes aren't too greasy, and the menu is

Pros: Good food at a great price.

Cons: Worst Service EVER!

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When I eat in:\r
Nice waiters. Relatively fast. No real work involved for them at this establishment, but more often than not they give the extra effort.\r
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When I order for delivery:\r
Here is my typical workflow when I order

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When I eat in:\r
Nice waiters. Relatively fast. No real work involved for them at this establishment, but more often than not they give the extra effort.\r
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When I order for delivery:\r
Here is my typical workflow when I order

Pros: Good food.

Cons: WORST Phone demeanor and delivery/take out personel in Los Angeles.

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i've been to mao's a ton of times, and without fail, each time, I am astounded by what is horrible service. The waitstaff are, as a whole, extremely rude, and the food takes forever to arrive. Everything seems chaotic and disorganized--

3
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i've been to mao's a ton of times, and without fail, each time, I am astounded by what is horrible service. The waitstaff are, as a whole, extremely rude, and the food takes forever to arrive. Everything seems chaotic and disorganized--

Pros: Good food, cheap

Cons: Really poor service, loud, long wait time

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I've been here a few times, sometimes to sit down, others to get food to go. Either way, the food's decent if not somewhat heavy on the cooking oil, but their meats are decent and their vegetarian dishes are good as well. The real reason

3
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I've been here a few times, sometimes to sit down, others to get food to go. Either way, the food's decent if not somewhat heavy on the cooking oil, but their meats are decent and their vegetarian dishes are good as well. The real reason

Pros: good chinese food

Cons: no parking, bit greasy

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I live in Santa Monica and have ordered delivery from Mao's Kitchen three times. I've never dined in or had takeout but in reference to all the reviews on here citing poor customer service, I have to say that each time, the food was

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I live in Santa Monica and have ordered delivery from Mao's Kitchen three times. I've never dined in or had takeout but in reference to all the reviews on here citing poor customer service, I have to say that each time, the food was

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My name is Jake Li. As the owner of Maos Kitchen, I would like to thank all of you for your reviews, especially for your criticism. Your feed back is very important to us. It gives us a chance to correct our mistakes and to better serve

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My name is Jake Li. As the owner of Maos Kitchen, I would like to thank all of you for your reviews, especially for your criticism. Your feed back is very important to us. It gives us a chance to correct our mistakes and to better serve

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I had been a loyal customer for a number of years. I never once thought the food was outstanding but you get what you pay for and this was always a quick, cheap and mediocre way to satsify a craving. I recently ordered take out ($50

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I had been a loyal customer for a number of years. I never once thought the food was outstanding but you get what you pay for and this was always a quick, cheap and mediocre way to satsify a craving. I recently ordered take out ($50

Pros: Cheap as dirt

Cons: "Dirt" also describes the customer service

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I frequent Mao's about 2-4 times a month. I absolutely love this place. I am vegan, and it is overwhelming how much they cater to us and the food is always so yummy. I have never had a problem with the service, although the place does

3
★★★★★

I frequent Mao's about 2-4 times a month. I absolutely love this place. I am vegan, and it is overwhelming how much they cater to us and the food is always so yummy. I have never had a problem with the service, although the place does

Pros: Most delicious Chinese Thai food and Caters to Vegans/vegetarians, byob

Cons: gets really crowded and loud inside--so just take it to go!

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The service is incredibly inconsistent which is unfortunate because the menu is interesting and the food is delicious. On our last visit, we asked our server for hot sauce 3 times and never got it. I'll continue to go, but only when I'm

3
★★★★★

The service is incredibly inconsistent which is unfortunate because the menu is interesting and the food is delicious. On our last visit, we asked our server for hot sauce 3 times and never got it. I'll continue to go, but only when I'm

Pros: interesting menu, tasty food

Cons: bad/inconsistent service

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I cannot believe that they can stay open with such horrific service. I love the Peace Not War Wonton Soup, but good grief the service is so awful it's just not worth it. Who cares how good the taste is when it consistently arrives cold,

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I cannot believe that they can stay open with such horrific service. I love the Peace Not War Wonton Soup, but good grief the service is so awful it's just not worth it. Who cares how good the taste is when it consistently arrives cold,

Pros: Decent Food

Cons: Horrificly bad servic

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My girlfriend and I came here for a late lunch last Saturday, and were ignored for 20 minutes after we sat down. The restaurant was only moderately busy, but still no excuse for being so woefully understaffed. No one seemed to notice

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My girlfriend and I came here for a late lunch last Saturday, and were ignored for 20 minutes after we sat down. The restaurant was only moderately busy, but still no excuse for being so woefully understaffed. No one seemed to notice

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I've been living here for a few years now, and Mao's is the only place where i can get chinese food that actually tastes good. Service is always spotty, but if you order carryout, the foods fresh, hot, and on time. the Orange Ginger

3
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I've been living here for a few years now, and Mao's is the only place where i can get chinese food that actually tastes good. Service is always spotty, but if you order carryout, the foods fresh, hot, and on time. the Orange Ginger

Pros: Inexpensive, Veg. Friendly

Cons: Parking, Service

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I've lived in LA for 2 years now and Mao's is the best Chinese I've found. I know there has to be a great take out and/or inexpensive place closer to Los Feliz, but I have yet to find it. I love this place. It's trendy without being

3
★★★★★

I've lived in LA for 2 years now and Mao's is the best Chinese I've found. I know there has to be a great take out and/or inexpensive place closer to Los Feliz, but I have yet to find it. I love this place. It's trendy without being

Pros: Great food, Inexpensive, Clean Bathrooms

Cons: Crowded, Parking

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I am not a fan of Panda Express (and I shake my head at people who visit the establishment), but Mao's Kitchen pales in comparison to the chain. The food at Mao's Kitchen was extremely salty. I had the 'wonton' soup, but the wontons were

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I am not a fan of Panda Express (and I shake my head at people who visit the establishment), but Mao's Kitchen pales in comparison to the chain. The food at Mao's Kitchen was extremely salty. I had the 'wonton' soup, but the wontons were

Pros: Tea, Ambiance

Cons: Overly Salty Food, Poorly made Wontons, Uncooked Brown Rice

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Although Mao's Kitchen doesn't look like any other Chinese restaurant I've been to (the decor could easily fit either a hamburger joint or rustic bistro), it provides an excellent dining experience. The People's Potstickers and the

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Although Mao's Kitchen doesn't look like any other Chinese restaurant I've been to (the decor could easily fit either a hamburger joint or rustic bistro), it provides an excellent dining experience. The People's Potstickers and the

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Healthy, yummy and plenty of vegetarian options. I love Maos! The brown fried rice is really good with lots of vegeis and nuts. i like the noodle dishes with the smoked tofu.

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Healthy, yummy and plenty of vegetarian options. I love Maos! The brown fried rice is really good with lots of vegeis and nuts. i like the noodle dishes with the smoked tofu.

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I decided to order from here because I read that they do special orders. I wanted to get Kung Pao chicken, but with battered chicken instead of the usual stir-fried. When I got my order, they didn't prepare it the way I wanted. Plus

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I decided to order from here because I read that they do special orders. I wanted to get Kung Pao chicken, but with battered chicken instead of the usual stir-fried. When I got my order, they didn't prepare it the way I wanted. Plus

Pros: Good food, Big Portions

Cons: Impolite

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Food at Maos is great. Portions are huge and you get plenty for your $$$.

Perfect local Venice place to get something to eat. We almost always have leftovers even when we (two of us) only order for one.

PROS: Good Food, Good Price, Close to Home
CONS: Those tables and chairs are funky but sometimes uncomfortable.

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Food at Maos is great. Portions are huge and you get plenty for your $$$.

Perfect local Venice place to get something to eat. We almost always have leftovers even when we (two of us) only order for one.

PROS: Good Food, Good Price, Close to Home
CONS: Those tables and chairs are funky but sometimes uncomfortable.

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Really good Chinese food (coming from a Chinese person). Funky, Venice Beach setting.

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Really good Chinese food (coming from a Chinese person). Funky, Venice Beach setting.

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Granted, there aren't many in my area, and most of them are bad, but even so, Mao's is very good.

It took me a while to warm up to Mao's, because my first couple of experiences with them were less than exciting. I ordered a vermicelli dish of some sort which is no longer on the menu, thankfully, as it was rather bland. So was a veggie and tofu dish I had from them back in July. Everything else I have eaten from them, however, is very good.

For me to give a restaurant five stars, it would have to surprise my tastebuds with something new and exciting or very intense. While Mao's does not do that, their food is healthy, cheap, generously portioned, tasty, and deliverable.

My early experiences with Mao's consisted almost entirely of black bean chicken, which is quite yummy, but not my favorite. On my last visit, I had the Peace Not War soup (chicken wonton soup). It comes in a huge bowl and I ate the whole thing. The veggies are fresh and crisp and the wontons are delectable. Even more exciting was the orange chicken. Mao's serves up a whole plate full of just meat--I know I need my veggies, but as a child I saw veggies as a cheap filler in Chinese dishes, and I have never really been able to change my mind on this point. Mao's uses high quality white meat (high enough quality that I never ran across a chunk of what the heck is that?).

I also had a dollar salad, which was the best dollar I have spent in a long time. This salad is a simple bowl of romaine lettuce, shredded carrot, wontons, and cucumber in a light, sweet dressing.

For dessert, I had the chocolate pineapple. This dish consists of an innovatively sliced half pineapple with a pot of wine-laced chocolate fondue. The fondue was predictably good, the pineapple fresh and ripe. My favorite part of the dish, however, was the candied ginger meant to be part of the garnish. Yum.

Sharing food with friends, I got to try all of these things for a mere $12 including tax and tip.

PROS: Healthy
Fresh
Generous
Yummy
CONS: Parking is not a joy in this area.

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★★★★☆

Granted, there aren't many in my area, and most of them are bad, but even so, Mao's is very good.

It took me a while to warm up to Mao's, because my first couple of experiences with them were less than exciting. I ordered a vermicelli dish of some sort which is no longer on the menu, thankfully, as it was rather bland. So was a veggie and tofu dish I had from them back in July. Everything else I have eaten from them, however, is very good.

For me to give a restaurant five stars, it would have to surprise my tastebuds with something new and exciting or very intense. While Mao's does not do that, their food is healthy, cheap, generously portioned, tasty, and deliverable.

My early experiences with Mao's consisted almost entirely of black bean chicken, which is quite yummy, but not my favorite. On my last visit, I had the Peace Not War soup (chicken wonton soup). It comes in a huge bowl and I ate the whole thing. The veggies are fresh and crisp and the wontons are delectable. Even more exciting was the orange chicken. Mao's serves up a whole plate full of just meat--I know I need my veggies, but as a child I saw veggies as a cheap filler in Chinese dishes, and I have never really been able to change my mind on this point. Mao's uses high quality white meat (high enough quality that I never ran across a chunk of what the heck is that?).

I also had a dollar salad, which was the best dollar I have spent in a long time. This salad is a simple bowl of romaine lettuce, shredded carrot, wontons, and cucumber in a light, sweet dressing.

For dessert, I had the chocolate pineapple. This dish consists of an innovatively sliced half pineapple with a pot of wine-laced chocolate fondue. The fondue was predictably good, the pineapple fresh and ripe. My favorite part of the dish, however, was the candied ginger meant to be part of the garnish. Yum.

Sharing food with friends, I got to try all of these things for a mere $12 including tax and tip.

PROS: Healthy
Fresh
Generous
Yummy
CONS: Parking is not a joy in this area.

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It's rather hip rather than traditional fare. I love that it's opened late and they have options for Vegetarians.

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It's rather hip rather than traditional fare. I love that it's opened late and they have options for Vegetarians.

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This place is a Venice favorite--it's always packed and for good reason. Their food is delicious! It's healthier Chinese and they are great about accommodating requests, for example, no oil or making sauces vegan or vegetarian. I recommend

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This place is a Venice favorite--it's always packed and for good reason. Their food is delicious! It's healthier Chinese and they are great about accommodating requests, for example, no oil or making sauces vegan or vegetarian. I recommend

Pros: great food, fun, lively atmosphe

Cons: long waits

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Mao's Kitchen makes healthy but tasty Chinese food that is surprisingly affordable. The atmosphere is hip, but not pretentious, and the place is always buzzing with energy. Sometimes, the restaurant can get really crowded and the service

3
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Mao's Kitchen makes healthy but tasty Chinese food that is surprisingly affordable. The atmosphere is hip, but not pretentious, and the place is always buzzing with energy. Sometimes, the restaurant can get really crowded and the service

Pros: Affordable, Good Ambiance

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I love Mao's! This has been the only somewhat inexpensive chinese food place that I have found in LA. I wish I could find some good take out on the east side. Anyhow....I've been going to Mao's for 4 years and it has grown in popularity. It's hard to get a table some nights so there's a community table that you can share with others. It's so Venice! Excellent food. Good KungPao Chicken and Orange Ginger chicken. There is a choice of protein and vegetarian options for all items. Love it!

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I love Mao's! This has been the only somewhat inexpensive chinese food place that I have found in LA. I wish I could find some good take out on the east side. Anyhow....I've been going to Mao's for 4 years and it has grown in popularity. It's hard to get a table some nights so there's a community table that you can share with others. It's so Venice! Excellent food. Good KungPao Chicken and Orange Ginger chicken. There is a choice of protein and vegetarian options for all items. Love it!

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Love Maos! & they are open very late.

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Love Maos! & they are open very late.

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Overall I would say your getting a pretty good deal here..Not authentic but it will divinely cure your appetite.. lunch specials are pretty incredible.. this, and the late hours over the weekend 3:30am comes in handy for myself and a lot of friends of mine.. Eat Up, Yum!

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Overall I would say your getting a pretty good deal here..Not authentic but it will divinely cure your appetite.. lunch specials are pretty incredible.. this, and the late hours over the weekend 3:30am comes in handy for myself and a lot of friends of mine.. Eat Up, Yum!

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The prices where surprising low for large portions. It may have been an off day for the kitchen, but the food was too salty.. even for chinese.

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★★★★★

The prices where surprising low for large portions. It may have been an off day for the kitchen, but the food was too salty.. even for chinese.

Pros: Inexpensive, Good portions

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the service was excellent the night we went. the server, when asked what we should order - it was our first visit - was very enthusiastic telling us what she likes on the menu. we sat at the community table, which worked great since we

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the service was excellent the night we went. the server, when asked what we should order - it was our first visit - was very enthusiastic telling us what she likes on the menu. we sat at the community table, which worked great since we

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Great authentic food. Service could be better, but that's the beauty of it........who needs it......as long as you get the food you ordered.........for a place in Venice you can't be too high maintence asking for the kind of service you

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Great authentic food. Service could be better, but that's the beauty of it........who needs it......as long as you get the food you ordered.........for a place in Venice you can't be too high maintence asking for the kind of service you

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The music is good and the crowd is usually interesting at the very least. Most dishes are very tasty, don't be afraid to try strange combinations like substituting cashews for chicken. Pancakes and egg rolls are heavy and greasy... but

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★★★★★

The music is good and the crowd is usually interesting at the very least. Most dishes are very tasty, don't be afraid to try strange combinations like substituting cashews for chicken. Pancakes and egg rolls are heavy and greasy... but

Pros: Delicious Food, Friendly Crowd, Huge portions

Cons: Crowded, Long wait times, No parking

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THE RESTAURANT IS GREAT. THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS. THE AMBIENECE IS VERY UNIQUE. THE RESTAURANT HAS THAT MOVIE, LITTLE RESTAURANT WHERE THEY GO ON THE FIRST DATE KIND OF FEEL.

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THE RESTAURANT IS GREAT. THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS. THE AMBIENECE IS VERY UNIQUE. THE RESTAURANT HAS THAT MOVIE, LITTLE RESTAURANT WHERE THEY GO ON THE FIRST DATE KIND OF FEEL.

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I live in Venice and Mao's has some of the best veggie Chinese food ever with huge portions! Service, however, is AWFUL. When they get busy (which is nearly every night), the servers run around with crazed looks in their eyes, making it

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★★★★★

I live in Venice and Mao's has some of the best veggie Chinese food ever with huge portions! Service, however, is AWFUL. When they get busy (which is nearly every night), the servers run around with crazed looks in their eyes, making it

Pros: Great veggie options, Large portions, Healthy menu

Cons: Service is terrible, Wait can be long

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I live in Venice part-time and whenever I want Chinese food here, Mao's Kitchen is the only place I'll go to. There are elements of the food that remind me of my parents' cooking or the times we'd go to SF's Chinatown restaurants. And

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★★★★★

I live in Venice part-time and whenever I want Chinese food here, Mao's Kitchen is the only place I'll go to. There are elements of the food that remind me of my parents' cooking or the times we'd go to SF's Chinatown restaurants. And

Pros: great food, great price

Cons: many delivery snafus

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Venice locals flock to this funky spot for cheap, creative Chinese food. Order the pot stickers once and you may not start another meal here without them. Won ton soup and flavorful black bean chicken never disappoint. Order it to go or

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★★★★★

Venice locals flock to this funky spot for cheap, creative Chinese food. Order the pot stickers once and you may not start another meal here without them. Won ton soup and flavorful black bean chicken never disappoint. Order it to go or

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Crowded

 

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