Mandarin Wok

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$ • Chinese Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
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20 ratings

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4227 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92117
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Hashimoto's

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I used to love this place but under new ownership it seems a little dirty I’m not sure if I got Glutened or the place was just dirty but I felt really sick after and also found a dead fly in my fried rice. Really sucks because they used to be my favorite

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Updated 3 months ago read full review

Celiac

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WOW. What I remember (good) restaurant Chinese food tasting like. Fiance couldn't tell the difference. Woman who took our order understood strict GF diet. 100% confidence

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
Updated 4 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Have been coming here for 30+ years, almost a decade as a celiac customer. Joanne, the owner, recently retired, but have come here since and have never once gotten sick while being super sensitive. Just tell them and they will take care of you. Can’t say enough great things about Mandarin Wok and how essentially they’re the prototype for a great, long lasting, local, family-owned, authentic restaurant. Going here is supporting great people and helping to provide a continuous outlet for non-chain food.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 6 months ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Reported to have a dedicated fryer
  • Gluten-Free Menu

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Asian
  • Chinese
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Healthy
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout
  • Vegan Friendly

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Symptomatic Celiac

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Under new ownership as of 3 days ago. We came because of all the great reviews but the new owners were not sure what has gluten in it and what didn’t. We left without eating.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

Updated 8 months ago read full review

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Went for the first time today. After many people on the local Celiac page had suggested it. The server/owner was very nice and super accommodating. If I had a question she really stopped and thought before answering and she was quick to say if something we ordered (cream cheese wontons for my non Celiac son) wasn’t GF. My only wish is that things were more flavorful. I’ll bring coconut aminos or just do take out next time.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good vegetarian options
Updated 9 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

Overall Rating

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Lots of gluten free options. Small family owned restaurant willing to accommodate us. Orange chicken was great.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 10 months ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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So grateful for this place! The owner has made such a huge effort to understand celiac and to make plenty of delicious, celiac-safe options. My husband who is not celiac but is Chinese is so happy to share some authentic, delicious food with me! Highly recommend the salt and pepper wings and feel free to ask the owner (who usually is the one that answers the phone) for suggestions! Every single dish I have had there over the last 6+ months have been phenomenal with zero reactions.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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I haven't had chinese food for 3 years since being diagnosed with celiac. Food was amazing! I didn't get sick. They have lots of gluten free options. The waitress said she can make pretty much anything on the menu gluten free.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Old school Chinese place. Food was delicious (I got an egg drop soup and the lemon chicken entree). Just have to ask them what can be prepared gluten free - items are not marked on the menu. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a casual Chinese restaurant with GF options.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Gluten Intolerant

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We drove 100 miles to come here and it was so worth it! Joanne is a delight and the food is amazing. My non-gf partner said his food was even better than the gluten version. Ordered extra to take home! Cannot wait to come back here.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good vegetarian options
  • Good with other allergies
Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Food is really delicious BUT it got me sick within an hour :( also the place is still living in COVID times. Masks, paper plates, water bottles. More like a picnic indoors.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Absolutely fantastic!!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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I wish we had this place back home! The food was great and they are very knowledgeable in lots of dietary restriction. So willing to modify almost any dish. Very good and you can tell the place is a local favorite!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Asymptomatic Celiac

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Amazing experience! The waiter knew all about gluten free (no flour, no soy sauce) and was able to tell me a bunch of things she could make. Beef was excellent and I got orange chicken to go. She said they started making gluten free bc they had a regulars who requested it. So sweet!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Gluten free!!! They completely understand how to make dishes gluten free and even have a separate fryer! Food was delicious!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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This was the first time I’ve had Chinese food since I found out I had celiac. The food was delicious and I had no bad reaction to it. I will definitely be coming here again. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Fabulous food! Limited menu is GF but loved the salt and pepper wings and beg, tomato, egg dishes. Wish I lived closer! Waiter was knowledgeable about GF.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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The owner is SO sweet and accommodating. It is amazing to be able to get regular Chinese food that is safe. My husband is a sensitive Celiac and has never gotten sick.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Wow! Food tasted fresh like a home cooked meal. I’m celiac and I didn’t get sick. The owner is very kind and knowledgeable. We will definitely come back every time we visit San Diego!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

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The owner is so sweet! She’s very knowledgeable about Celiac and explained everything to us when we ordered. We got orange chicken with steamed rice and it was excellent. Went back again 2 days later for more, and will be back in the future!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Asymptomatic Celiac

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Super accommodating owner. Small hole in the wall old school Chinese restaurant. Nothing fancy, standard fare food. The food is more like 3 stars but I’m giving 4 due to the restaurant being willing to help with our GF needs. It’s not easy to find Chinese food.

Woman who helped me knew about gluten and offered to modify dishes that were flexible - used corn starch instead of flour on sesame chicken; offered Mongolian beef without soy sauce and said it still would be flavorful; walnut shrimp; salt and pepper chicken wings... I appreciated how she took the time to think through the menu with me.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers delivery
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The owner is very knowledgeable about gluten free accommodations and will adjust any dish to make it gluten free. She even offers to fry with corn starch rather than flour to get that crispy result!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
Updated 2 years ago read full review

Overall Rating

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I had such a phenomenal experience ordering take out from here! I was ensured over the phone that the items I ordered would be ordered gluten free. I ordered honey walnut shrimp and the mushroom chicken based off the reviews on here and it did not disappoint at all! I haven’t been able to eat honey walnut shrimp in YEARS so this is certainly a restaurant I will return to time and time again. Plus the portions are HUGE!

Employees could not be sweeter or more helpful!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for takeout
Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Daughter has celiac and she did not have any issues here! We ordered mushroom chicken, white sauce shrimp, and honey walnut shrimp (fried in cornstarch instead of flour). We loved the mushroom chicken and shrimp in white sauce (the other was good but the sauce was odd). Joanne was so helpful and friendly. Highly recommend!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Stopped by here while traveling to San Diego. We were hungry and wanted to wait out some traffic. So glad we did! Real Chinese food made gluten free just for me. Even Egg Drop soup! Everything was excellent. Service was so careful and friendly. I haven't been able to get dine-out Chinese food in 17 years. So happy to have found them. Makes me wish I lived in San Diego! We had Sweet and Sour, and Mushroom chicken. Like others said- the mushroom chicken is the bomb. But the Sweet and Sour was also very good.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Symptomatic Celiac

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Excellent gluten free options. The entire staff understands the issues, and our server's daughter follows a gluten free diet. Essentially, dishes with a white sauce can be made gluten free, not dishes with a brown sauce.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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The owners are so amazing and helpful when it comes to gluten free. They are always there and make sure to cook almost any item gluten free for you. They will use cornstarch instead of flour to batter chicken for you. They are the most kind people and are very willing to help. This is my go-to Chinese restaurant. Beautiful and quiet atmosphere as well. Ask for Joanne.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Love this place! The staff are great and can make anything gluten free on the menu. My sister and I had gluten free sesame and orange chicken

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Placed a carry out order- lady on phone was very sweet and said just ask what you want and I will let you know. They made me honey walnut shrimp GF and fried with cornstarch. So excited!!

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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Was very helpful with making sure my dish was gluten free. The gluten free dishes aren't as exciting as their other dishes, but you don't have to worry when you eat here.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 8 years ago read full review

Celiac

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They can make the dishes without soy sauce but I suggest bring your own soy sauce because it just doesn't taste the same without it

Updated 9 years ago read full review

Hashimoto's

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The staff will make any dish gluten free except deep fried items. I recommend the mushroom chicken. The veggies are fresh and crisp. Fast friendly service. They Clean the wok between each dish.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 9 years ago read full review

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