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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 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 03:00
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food, sketchy ambience, outrageous 20% gratuity imposed. I am happy to tip but don't impose a charge that you don't show on your menu. Very sad because food is tasty and helpings generous.

Thank betteradvisor
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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101 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pros: great location; open very late; food is ok; hostess was very friendly. Cons: appears unclean; waitress told us she was sick; it's BYOB. Food was just ok. Dan Dan noodles were best option with pork. Not sure I would visit during the day.

Thank RoseN627
Westerville, Ohio
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188 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

While vacationing, we met a local friend here at his suggestion. The food was very good, with very large portions. If eating in, it's best eaten family style so that you can try more of the options. Service was lacking, although we were partly to blame. We picked up Subway for our kid who doesn't like Chinese, and the waitress... More 

Thank HappyFamily43082
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Read some reviews on take out taking forever. And others saying worth the wait....no, I don't think so. Whoever expedites orders there should seek a career change. We figured we wanted to eat light before an early bedtime staying at a hotel 2 blocks away. Ordered steamed dumplings and a SALAD. Was told 35 minutes. Arrived 40 minutes later to... More 

Thank Julia J
New York City, New York
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Never had such a bad food. Never mind the place itself that doesn't bring much appetite, but when you are hungry and you want to eat quickly, then you compromise. This was really a bad choice. Tasteless food and the whole place was like a kitchen in the back of some storage or something that doesn't even feel like it's... More 

Thank YaninaNYC
Adelaide, Australia
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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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170 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 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 20 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
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49 reviews
27 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 J G
Los Angeles, California
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84 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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

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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
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?

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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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