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Mandarin Lowell

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1590 Middlesex St
Lowell, MA 01851 (Map & Directions)
Phone: (978) 459-1800

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Additional Dining Info

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Credit Cards Accepted

Parking Lot

Good for Kids


Yes - Full Bar


Price Point
$ $ - Cheap Eats (Under $10)
$$ - Moderate ($11-$25)
$$$ - Expensive ($25-$50)
$$$$ - Very Pricey (Over $50)


Outdoor Seats


Mon-Thu: 11am - 10pm, Fri-Sat: 11am - 11pm, Sun: 12pm - 10pm

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Top Reviews of Mandarin Lowell

review_stars 06/04/2016 - Old customer
Just wish they cook the rice like they use too its now cooked in boiled rice pot sits all day that's why is so sticky no longer stir fried fresh...miss the old style way of cooking hard to find a real place that makes rice stir fried fresh

review_stars 07/04/2015 - Drew
The BEST Chinese takeout spot in Lowell. The best general Gau's chicken, crispy and flavorful on the outside, juicy and delicious on the inside! I have been coming here for years and I have NEVER been dissapointed! Their luncheon and dinner specials are generously portioned, yet the food quality is GREAT!

review_stars 02/12/2014 - eric
Love this place...been coming here for years...the service is wonderful the food is amazing,,,the drinks are AWESOME.

review_stars 10/25/2013 - G.K.

review_stars 10/04/2012 - luis webster
good food ! with the friendly smile services definitely recommend to my friends

review_stars 08/18/2012 - Brenda
The food is really good but the service is horrible. The waitress are extremely rude and disgusting. My first experience was bad, the waitress kept picking her nose and spitting into a napkin. I would never go back or recommend this place.

review_stars 08/23/2011 - Sally
they are rude. don't know how to treat costumers. don't know to answer phone calls when i call. the food is great but the service is just sucks. i would not call or actually go back here again.i would not recommend this place.

review_stars 02/28/2011 - hott coccoo
food is great,, but they are stingy with the duck sause i went with 4 people and they wanted us all to share the same one and when i asked for more,,they started speaking chinese and i knew they were madd that i wanted more

review_stars 02/14/2011 - Piss off!!
Good food you will be satisfied! But the worker are sooo RUDE except for the bartender women she know more english than all of them she a sweetheart. if you get it delivery the driver beep when he supposed to ring the door bell and yell @ you for taking so long to come out. Any1 who go there more than 1 time will experience their bad behavior.

review_stars 02/11/2011 - Lotus
I have read most of the comments and I have been eating here for more than 8 eight years now. A little inside tip... is that the waitresses there don't receive the tip we leave with our checks. The owner get the whole bill and the waitresses only get their daily pay. That's why their services is lousy.... :-(

review_stars 01/20/2011 - MD
The food is really good but the service is awful. Everytime i've been there we have to wave down a waitress that is sitting watching television to get another drink. You'd think if someone was working for tips the service would be better. It's a shame because the food is fantastic, but I wouldn't sit and have a meal there again.

review_stars 10/03/2010 - JOE
Been going there for years just went a couple days ago smells awful there smells so musty not even breathable!!!! Lady doesn't ask if you want refills on drinks until she gives the check???? Very low lighted not even seeable! Would not go there again.

review_stars 05/14/2010 - CARLOS H SANTIAGO
THE MANDARIN is a very excellent place to eat in or take out . The food is excellent and so is the service . I personnally have been eat their for over 8 yrs and always have treated great and the service is awesome

review_stars 03/13/2010 - CHINESE LOVERS
Hands down THE BEST in Lowell. Only place we ever order from now. All of the food is great. We have dined in also and never found any problem with service and we are a interracial couple so don't believe the nonsense.

review_stars 03/12/2010 - Mary Jo
Again my son is traveling from Townsend to pick up the BEST Chinese food around for a birthday celebration! Wonderful portions of excellent food. Even though we have two Chinese food businesses in town and several closer this is THE place to go for the best! We have made the round trip several times and have never been disappointed.

review_stars 02/02/2010 - Jack
Food is really good for your average chinese place. Vegetable dishes are good excellently, Southern Fried Rice is also awesome

review_stars 12/31/2009 - I <3 Chinese food!
Definitely the best Chinese food in Lowell. Almost on par with the food in Chinatown Boston. Way better than Wah Sang and Golden house..but really not in the same chinese fast food take out category. They don't focus on spare ribs, crab rangoons or eggrolls. The place shines with their specialty plates like the crispy sesame beef and general gau chicken. Order something different and you'll be surprise how good it is!

review_stars 12/12/2009 -
I just ordered from this place based on the reviews found here and on . BEST CHINESE FOOD IN LOWELL....compared to what?!

I decided to order a lunch combination special-the L1. It comes with chicken wings, boneless spareribs, and crab rangoon. I figured it was the best way to try out all the basics-if you screw those up then you probably should not be in the Chinese Food business.

It was not the absolute worst Chinese food I've had ( that title is reserved for a little place in Darthmouth, MA) but it is pretty close.
The portions look large UNTIL you realize that your food is sitting on a an overwhelming bed of rice that would take you four days to finish. Not to mention the rice tastes horrible. Not greasy-just bad. Who messes up rice? The boneless spareribs where free of fat-which I appreciated, but they were also thin and had a slightly burned flavor which I did not appreciate. The chicken wings were average-nothing to complain or rave about. The crab rangoon looked undercooked-it was soggy, and not crispy golden brown as it should be. It tasted like the run of the meal cheap rangoon that is stuffed with more cream/ricotta cheese than crabmeat.The best part of the meal was the eggroll-it was stuffed full of cabbage, but not much else.
The food did arrive hot-which is why I gave this place two stars.

Also I am pretty positive that they use MSG, which is probably where all of the positive reviews came from. "Clean plate = great food" FALSE!!!!!

My advice is to save your money and go somewhere else. Spend the extra on Eggroll Cafe -like I should have or check out Hong Kong Treasure-not great but way better than this crap.

review_stars 06/22/2009 -
Me and my Fiancee get food from here all the time. Crab Rangoon is amazing, also their hot and sour soup is amazing also. Only been in to eat once, and that was a few years ago and I had no complaints there. I'll definitely keep going back!

review_stars 03/27/2009 - Sanny
I'm commenting mainly to respond to unhappy's post. I am not caucasian and everytime I dined there, the waitress/waiter was always friendly.

As for the food, I'll agree with everyone that it is one of the best places in Lowell. When I first saw the restaurant, I was very hesitant about going in. It looked really old and dirty. But they say not to judge a book by its cover, so I went in and was extremely surprised. I recommend this restaurant to everyone who visits lowell.

review_stars 01/28/2009 - Big Mike
Bar is a adjoining bar is a definite downside. Barfly's also take up available parking. Food and price spot on. Ordered at least 100 time and never a complaint with food. Advice::Takeout or delivery only.

review_stars 01/24/2009 -
Delivery is great, but if you go to the restaurant the service is horrible and ruins the meal. If you go Mandarin, go delivery!

review_stars 11/05/2008 - Unhappy
It was my second time visiting the restaurant. The first time that I visited there was back in 2000. The food was ok, so I never really thought about going back. Eight years later i decided to visit the place again, thinking that maybe the food was better. I noticed as I walked into the restaurant, the waitress/hostess barely acknowledged us. She pointed to the seat and told us to sit there. As she came over, she did not smile, nor did she asked if we wanted any drinks. At least she came with the water. She walked passed our booth a few times and until she was sure we were ready to order did she come back. We got the food and it was ok. I was thinking maybe she had a bad day so I smile and joked withher but she did not give a response. Honestly, she was lucky that I tipped her more than 15%. The service does suck. I'm not planning to go back there anymore.

review_stars 11/05/2008 - Unhappy
Just to add one more thing.. I think the waitress could have been predjudice because she was soo friendly and greeted all of the caucasian customers but not to us.. We were the only non-caucasian customer there. I hope she isn't predjudice because that would be very depressing

review_stars 09/30/2008 - Mary Jo
This is my family's choice for THE best chinese food. For family parties at home, this food is to be expected, even though we have to do a round trip from Townsend each time! Every time we have been treated by the owners like part of their family. We would recommend Mandarin Lowell to everybody! .

review_stars 09/04/2008 - Marlene
Food is excellent, delivery is quick.

review_stars 08/15/2008 -
Always do take out or delivery, small building and bar full of loud mouth drunks

review_stars 05/12/2008 -

review_stars 04/24/2008 -
Without a doubt the best Chinese food in Lowell. Ive tried almost all of them and none of the others even come close.

review_stars 03/18/2008 -
rude lady on the phone, but overall good food.

review_stars 12/28/2007 -

review_stars 12/11/2007 -
Food & service is exceptional but the overall experience
is brought down by the usual preponderance of lame-ass
loud-mouthed drunken yahoos in the adjoining bar.

review_stars 11/10/2007 -
my favorite chinese food restaurant in lowell, thier fried rice is fresh and hot not over greasy
people are aleays friendly

review_stars 08/17/2007 - Lowell Guy
Good food at a great price. I suggest the "special plate" deal.

review_stars 08/16/2007 -
the people and the food are both wonderful.

review_stars 06/29/2007 -
My absolute favorite!

review_stars 05/09/2007 -
The best Chinese you will ever eat!!

review_stars 04/20/2007 - Melina
Great people, great food, great place to hang out with your friends and family!

review_stars 03/07/2007 -
great food, drinks and service, well worth trying

review_stars 01/31/2007 - McInnis
Their orange chicken isn't that great but I love their crab ragoon! The house lo-mien is awsome by the way. Always fast and friendly service. A great value!! Great food for so cheap I love it!

review_stars 12/26/2006 - MenuPix User
The food is great and cheap!!!

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