Mandarin Roots in Palo Alto is a family-owned restaurant serving Hunanese cuisine that uses traditional Chinese cooking styles infused with western techniques. The restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients with a special emphasis on organic produce.

Mandarin Roots accepts online and phone reservations to book tables and for private dining. The diner offers lunch and dinner along with a special gluten-free menu and a vegetarian/vegan menu. The restaurant also accepts take-out orders and delivery orders that are placed by phone call.


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Lunch Menu

The Mandarin Roots lunch menu offers Hunanese snacks, soup of the day, and salads with roasted chestnut, Chinese chicken, and roast duck along with the below lunch menu;

· Street Noodles - Zha jiang mian, Roots' Specialty Noodles, jampong, imperial chow mein, Indian street noodles, beef chow fun, garlic noodles, Hong Kong seafood crispy noodles, and wor wonton noodle soup

· Rice Bowls - Peking duck fried rice, Emperor's Fried Rice, Buddha's Fried Rice, 48hr pork belly, teriyaki king salmon, X.O. seafood fried rice, and Hen & the Egg

· Prix Fixe Lunch - Tangerine beef, broccoli beef, Hunan style beef, Mongolian beef, sesame glaze chicken, kung pow chicken, ginger asparagus chicken, Sichuan peppered chicken, and basil prawns served with vegetable egg roll, soup, and steamed jasmine rice

· Vegetarian Prix Fixe Lunch - Ma po tofu, Hunan style string beans, yu sang eggplant, pea shoots, and Firecracker Asparagus served with vegetarian egg roll, soup, and steamed jasmine rice

Dinner Menu

The dinner menu offers soups and salads similar to the lunch menu and the below dinner fares;

· Tapas - M.R. Chicken Wings, Peking duck spring rolls, Taiwan sliders, and other snacks similar to the lunch menu

· Street Noodles / Fried Rice - Sichuan dan dan noodles and other street noodles & fried rice similar to lunch menu.

· From the Land, Sky, Sea, and Garden - Offers a wide variety of Certified Angus beef, pork, Peking duck, chicken, king salmon, sea bass, sea scallops, prawns, crab, lobster, clams, and other seasonal local catch.

· Sweets - Molten chocolate lava cake, and coffee and waffles

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The drinks menu includes craft cocktails and beverages like beer, craft sangrias, and non-alcoholic beverages like lychee soda, peachy soda, passion fruit soda, fresh ginger ale, yuzu spritzer, iced teas, hot tea, and acqua panna. The restaurant also offers a wine list that includes sparkling wines, white wines, red wines, dessert wine, and half bottles.

Private Dining

Mandarin Roots is an ideal place to hold special events for groups. Private dining requires a prior booking that has to be made via an online request form available on the restaurant’s website.

Operating Hours (updated on 4/16/2017)

Mandarin Roots serves lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:00am to 2:00pm and on Saturdays and Sundays lunch is served from 11:30am to 2:30pm.

Dinner is served from 5:00pm to 9:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays. On Thursdays dinner time is from 5:00pm to 9:30pm and on Fridays and Saturdays, dinner is served from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.

The restaurant’s happy hour is from Tuesday to Friday between 5:00pm and 7:00pm.

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Mandarin Roots, 3345 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, California 94306, Phone: 650-565-8868

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Mandarin Roots in Palo Alto, CA

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