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We called for reservations for our Christmas dinner about 2 weeks before Christmas. We got there about 10 minutes early to total confusion about 75 people standing at the door waiting to be seated.We were told it would be about a 45 minute wait we were not impressed so we left. We went to the Magnolia Chinese restaurant and had a quite dinner that was very nice for less than half the cost. It'll be a long time before we go to the Mandarin We were NOT happy
OMG!!! Ordered take out from the St. Catharine's Mandarin. The order included two different kinds of soup. When I got home both were ice cold, obviously right from the refrigerator. So I call to complain, and was put through to the manager who apologized profusely, and offered to send the soup immediately, which I was okay with. An hour later two ice cold containers of soup came. OMG!!! I won't be going there ever again.
take out order was half an hour late.
We had take out and when we got there the waitress said it would not be ready for another half hour. No problem, it must be fresh then. Getting the food home the soup had more salt than the roads in winter. The sweet and sour sauce was just ketchup and water, the egg rolls tasted like fish and every thing else just tasted of garlic. If the people of St. Catharines like this hole then they don't know good food. I won't go back.
Bad buffet. Food lacks all finesse and delicacy of good Chinese restaurants at this price level. It's bland, apparently to the taste of the overweight septuagenarians who flock there. Delicious mango ice cream, about 6 other flavours. Very few ethnic Chinese, a warning sign. Staff and decor pleasant. Seniors get 20% off.
The Mandarin is a great place to go if you like to stuff yourself beyond any reasonable human capacity. You will find many people there doing just that. The quality of the food is about as low as any government agency would allow. It is edible and will fill you, but that is about as far as it goes. Authentic Chinese food? I hope you are not looking for any of that.
I took my father to your restaurant for Father's Day and it was the worst experience in ever area I have ever received. I called 4 days in advance to reserve a table either new the window or wall because my Dad is disabled and can barely walk. Not only did we NOT get the table I had reserved, but we were seated right in the middle of all the people coming and going from the buffett. Our chairs were knocked and food passed over our heads. I had advise the seater when we arrived that I had requested a table by the window or wall becasue of my Dad's disability, but she didn't care. Two kids without supervision. were running around and almost knocked my Father over. The bill came to almost $100.00 and it was certainly not worth it. We will never come back to any Mandarin because of this and it ruined Father's Day for my Dad. We just lost my Mom so it was a very upsetting time for us to begin with.
Maybe I'll go to Mandarin again, but not the one in St. Catharines. Food was not fresh at all, they put too much sauces on chicken to cover bad smell. ( I don't know it's normal, or just my bad luck!) Service was slow. It's not worth to pay over $20 per person to have dinner there.
Ate there late May 2009. Ordered food at table, so cannot judge buffet. Food OK, waitress very pleasant and helpful. Hurried waiter emerging from kitchen bumped into me and walked on without a word.
Greeted by everybody, very inviting atmosphere, excellent food soo much to choose from! we especially liked how the manager caem and asked how it was and several servers made sure everthing was perfect, and it was. Definatly the most courteus mandarin i've been too!
This restaurant offers a very good buffet for lunch or supper. It is less expensive at lunch and it is one of the fewer restaurants to offer a senior's discount. Many seniors will eat a significant meal here at noon to last them through the day. The food is not only Chinese but Japanese and also traditional Canadian fare. The manager is friendly as are the staff and the atmosphere is clean. I like the attention to create an Asian feel to the restaurant with extra features such as aquariums and Koi pools at the entry. Additionally this restaurant offers some interesting foods to coincide with Chinese Festivals such as the New Year in February.
The last couple olf times we've been here the food was just not up to snuff. Stale, somewhat old. However, this time the food was excellent. Crabs and shrimp were very fresh. Didn't need the melted butter for the crab legs - nice sweet taste all on their own. The chocolate covred strawberries were so fresh - tasted as if they had been picked within the hour. Overall I would say a great improvement. We will definitely be back.
Heard about this restaurant and decided to travel from Montreal to St. Catharines to see for myself what it has that's better than any other buffet. Was very impressed with the decor, ambience, and the great selection of foods offered, awesome! Would definetly go back for this experience of food.
Sorry I don't like the food. I go because someone else always wants to go there. It gets very crowded, the tables are too close together and I'm always in a room with a noisy party.
Well, I was surprised that the St.Catharines mandarin is really nothing like the one in Burlington. I have eaten there many times, One night, aproximatley 6 months ago, I noticed that the chicken wings were rotten, anyone can smell bad chicken, I reported this immediatley , I mean what if someone gets ill ?. The waiter came over and had the gull to argue with me and made assumptions that I was looking for a free meal. I stopped going for the longest time, Well, once again I gave it another "shot" The so called prime rib was nothing but fat, thats how they were serving it, the trays were mostly empty. The Mandarin in St.Catharines really gives a bad impression of what a "REAL" Mandarin is for someone that has only been there ( St. Catharines) We had a year old baby..... they asked us if he ate... of course he eats... well that will be 2$ if he will eat something,,, yep it was on the bill.. 2 dollars for a one year old that had a bun. Totally not worth the trip there, save your gas.
rast beef was fatty and not very tasty, chinese food avaerage sea food was ok was suprised not stirfry as expected in this type of resturant service was slow getting tea and coffee took for ever
Honestly, I live by the motto of you get what you pay for and I definitely didn't get my money's worth at Mandarin. They have pretty decent serving sizes there but the food tends to be too greasy or dry. I often get stomach aches because of their food due to those reasons, and perhaps MSG? Point being, it's an okay place to eat but I for one will not go there again.
I enjoyed the food and the service was very good. Very friendly workers.
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