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Voted "BEST" Chinese Restaurant in San Clemente!


Welcome to the New Mandarin Garden
quoted BEST Chinese food in San Clemente
Orange County California. The New Mandarin Garden has received numerous awards and has been written up in various papers for the delightful taste in food created here in San Clemente. We invite you to join us and experience our wonderful adventure in taste from China.


Our purpose is simply to provide great tasting, high quality Chinese food and beverage in a fun and friendly atmosphere, for people who crave

AMAZING San Francisco style Chinese cuisine with fortune cookies. With our family secret recipes and cooking according to those thousand year old traditions passed from one generation to another we skillfully prepare all our food every day. Unique to our restaurant selections you can request a VIP special order to your liking. We also are health conscious and never put MSG into our food because we eat it too. We offer vegan, heart healthy, steamed vegetables and many other healthy and custom combinations or as a VIP you can pick from or create on your own. For example Non-Gluten Orange Chicken.

Don't Forget to ask us about the SECRET MENU!

  • Our Most Popular ordered Items are Orange Chicken and Honey Walnut Shrimp.

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Walter R..

Definitely now one of our new added places to go when we visit San Clemente!!! Really-really good food!

We got their family meal Dinner A which is great because you get your choice of soup, entree, even fried rice if you want vs white rice, an egg roll & 2 cream cheese wantons. And you get lots of food too! Between my wife and I, we had several meals out of this 1 order.

Got take out & packaged well.

Got the hot & sour soup and it's good. The honey walnut shrimp excellent! Cashew chicken was okay, so will try another dish next time. But it did have lots of big chunks of chicken.

Good fried rice. The pot stickers are the biggest I've ever had and so good! Egg rolls big, fresh & crisp.

We'll be back for sure!

Mel M.


I have been in love with this place since 1987.

I am always looking for the "Holy Grail" Chinese or Mexican place, and I've found them in this place (and also Las Golondrinas Mexican locations).

Now they have one location in Laguna Niguel as well, but I have only eaten there twice, so I can't say if they are up to the San Clemente location standards or not.

The Chicken Chow Mein, Sweet & Sour Pork/Chicken, and Pork Egg Foo Yung are my all-time faves. The fried rice choices can't be beat either. The appetizers are sublime, as are the soups.

The prices have gone up, but the portions are hearty-sized.

Riley G.

Food was AMAZING!!! All the food was hot & delicious! The restaurant is quaint and has a cozy feel to it. The staff was quick, kind, and attentive. One of my family members is severely allergic to gluten and the restaurant was very careful about keeping her food safe. She had the gluten free orange chicken and was not affected by it at all. I definitely recommend trying this restaurant.

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About Chinese Food and it's Demographics

New Mandarin Garden is located in
Old Town San Clemente California.


Mandarin Chinese cuisine comprises cuisines originating from China as well as from Chinese people from other parts of the world. Because of the Chinese diaspora and historical power of the country, Chinese cuisine has profoundly influenced many other cuisines in Asia and beyond, with modifications made to cater to local palates. Chinese food staples such as rice,soy sauce noodles tea, chili oil, and tofu, and utensils such as chopsticks and the wok , can now be found worldwide. The world's earliest eating establishments recognizable as restaurants

in the modern sense first emerged in Song dynasty China during the 11th and 12th centuries. Street food

became an integral aspect of Chinese food culture during the Tang dynasty , and the street food culture of much of Southeast Asia was established by workers imported from China during the late 19th century.

Orange Chicken most commonly found at North American Chinese restaurants consists of chopped, battered and fried chicken pieces coated in a sweet orange-flavored chili sauce, which thickens or caramelizes to a glaze. While the dish is very popular in the United States, it is most often found as a variation of General Tso's chicken in North America rather than the dish found in mainland China. Chef Andy Kao claims to have developed the original Chinese-American orange chicken recipe at a Panda Express in Hawaii in 1987. Since Panda Express is closely associated with this dish, Panda Express uses orange chicken as a promotion tool by having a dedicated food truck tour the country distributing samples of orange chicken.

Chow mein (/ˈtʃaʊ ˈmeɪn/ and /ˈtʃaʊ ˈmiːn/, simplified Chinese: 炒面; traditional Chinese: 炒麵; Pinyin: chǎomiàn) is a Chinese dish made from stir-fried noodles with vegetables and sometimes meat or tofu. Over the centuries, variations of chǎomiàn were developed in many regions of China; there are several methods of frying the noodles and a range of toppings can be used. failed verification] It was introduced in other countries by Chinese immigrants. The dish is popular throughout the Chinese diaspora and appears on the menus of most Chinese restaurants abroad. It is particularly popular in India, Nepal] the UK,and the US.

Honey walnut shrimp

is a Western-inspired Cantonese dish of lightly battered prawns in a mayonnaise-based sauce, served with candied walnuts, and is commonly served in Chinese banquet meals. The dish may have originated in Hong Kong before being introduced to the United States in the 1980s and 1990s.

Mongolian beef is a dish from Taiwan consisting of sliced beef, typically flank steak, usually made with onions.The beef is commonly paired with scallions or mixed vegetables and is often not spicy. The dish is often served over steamed rice, or in the US, over crispy fried cellophane noodles. It is a staple dish of American Chinese restaurants. Despite its name, the dish has nothing to do with Mongolian cuisine.

Pot Stickers- Jiaozi (Chinese: 餃子; [tɕjàʊ.tsɨ] ⓘ) are a type of Chinese dumpling. Jiaozi typically consist of a ground meat and/or vegetable filling wrapped into a thinly rolled piece of dough, which is then sealed by pressing the edges together. Finished jiaozi can be boiled (shuǐ jiǎo), steamed (zhēng jiǎo), pan fried (jiān jiǎo), or deep fried (zhá jiǎo), and are traditionally served with a black vinegar and sesame oil dip. They can also be served in a soup (tāng jiǎo).

Fried rice is a dish of cooked rice that has been stir-fried in a frying pan and is usually mixed with other ingredients such as eggs ,vegetables seafood, or meal. It is often eaten by itself or as an accompaniment to another dish. Fried rice is a popular component of East Asian Southeast Asian and certain South Asian cuisines , as well as a staple national dish of Indonesia As a homemade dish, fried rice is typically made with ingredients

left over from other dishes, leading to countless variations. Fried rice first developed during the

Sui Dynasty in China

Seame Chicken-The dish involves chicken (usually thigh) pieces that are de-boned, battered and Chinese deep-fried, then dressed with a translucent, reddish-brown, semi-thick, somewhat sweet sauce made from corn starch, vinegar, wine or sake, chicken broth and sugar, the last of which is a major contributor to sesame chicken's relative sweetness. After these preparations, the unfinished dish is topped with small sesame seeds, which may or may not be toasted, hence the name sesame chicken. It is sometimes, but not always, served with vegetables such as broccoli and baby corn..

Kung Pao chicken (Chinese: 宮保雞丁; pinyin: Gōngbǎo jīdīng; Wade–Giles: Kung¹-pao³ Chi¹-ting¹), also transcribed Gong Bao or Kung Po, is a spicy, stir-fried Chinese dish made with cubes of chicken, peanuts, vegetables and chili peppers. The classic dish in Sichuan cuisine originated in the Sichuan province of south-western China and includes Sichuan peppercorns. Although the dish is found throughout China, there are regional variations that are typically less spicy than the Sichuan serving.

Egg roll is a variety of deep-fried appetizer served in American Chinese restaurants. It is a cylindrical, savory roll with shredded cabbage, chopped meat, or other fillings inside a thickly-wrapped wheat flour skin, which is fried in hot oil.[1] The dish is served warm, and is usually eaten with the fingers, dipped in duck sauce, soy sauce, plum sauce, or hot mustard,[2] often from a cellophane packet.[3] Egg rolls are a ubiquitous feature of American Chinese cuisine.

Sweet and sour dishes, sauces, and cooking methods have a long history in China. One of the earliest recordings of sweet and sour may come from Shaowei Yanshi Dan (traditional Chinese: 燒尾宴食單; simplified Chinese: 烧尾宴食单; pinyin: shāowěi yànshí dān),a menu of the food served in Tang Dynasty (618-907) "Shaowei banquet" festivals written in 708. It included many sweet and sour adjacent dishes and recorded that they were invented by Chancellor Wei Juyuan under Emperor Zhongzong of Tang when he hosted the Emperor at his house. Some authors say that the original sweet and sour sauce (traditional Chinese: 糖醋醬; simplified Chinese: 糖醋酱; pinyin: tángcùjiàng) came from the Chinese province of Henan, but the sauce in this area is a light vinegar and sugar mixture not resembling what most people, including the Chinese, would call sweet and sour. Many places in China use a sweet and sour sauce as a dipping sauce for fish and meat, rather than in cooking as is commonly found in westernized Chinese cuisine.

Dumpling is a broad class of dishes that consist of pieces of cooked dough(made from a variety of

starchy sources), often wrapped around a filling. The dough can be based on bread , wheat or other

flours , or potatoes , and it may be filled with

meat ,fish , tofu, cheese vegetables , or a combination. Dumplings may be prepared using a variety of cooking methods and are found in many world cuisines.


Frequently Asked Questions

The asking hat is better than the not knowing hat!

Is there additional parking?


YES, There is another parking lot on Miramar with more parking spaces than the main lot. When you look out the Miramar entrance you should see a sign that says Old Town Overflow Parking Lot.

Do you have any signature dishes ?

yes, it is our menu with Chef favorites

Is there spicy dishes?

Yes! We have over 10 spicy dishes. It goes from soup to spicy orange chicken, szecwan chicken. Hot garlic shrimp, or Hunan beef.

Are these dishes enough for two People?

Yes, The Chinese restaurants has a number of dishes you can order.

Do you have 10Min parking for food pickups?

Yes we have two 10Min signed locations next to horse barn in the middle of the center. Stores sometimes have their own spaces they label during times of massive deliveries or pickups.

What is the signature souvenir ?

The Boot mug