Happy Cafe Restaurant Review, San Mateo

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Happy Cafe

250 South B Street (Near East 3rd ave)

San Mateo, CA 94401


Happy Cafe Website

Happy Cafe San Mateo Exterior

Happy Cafe is a family owned Northern Chinese cuisine restaurant in downtown San Mateo, across the street from the movie theater.

Happy Cafe San Mateo Interior

Decor, Vibe – Typical generic and plain Chinese restaurant decor. This place is very busy during lunch time.

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Website Menu



Happy Cafe San Mateo Eggplant

Braised Eggplant with sliced pork ($7.50) was a special. Eggplant was cooked just fine. Still no match for Beijing Restaurant though.

Happy Cafe San Mateo Shanghai Noodles

Stir Fried Shanghai Noodles ($5.95) had lots of thick noodles and little bits of veggies. Not very greasy and hot off the work.

Happy Cafe San Mateo Wonton Soup

Shrimp Wonton Soup ($5.95) had a good amount of big and tasty wontons. Broth was pretty bland though.

Happy Cafe San Mateo dumplings

Small Steam Buns or Xiao Long Bao ($4.95) did not have much soup but the filling was decent. Fresh, hot, and lots of meat inside.

Happy Cafe San Mateo Pork Chops

Deep Fried Pork Chop ($4.75) looked good and was cooked fine and was crispy, but it did not have a lot of flavor.


Happy Cafe San Mateo Shrimp Dumplings

Boiled Shrimp Dumplings ($6.50) were pretty mushy. San Tung has nothing to worry about.

Happy Cafe San Mateo Chicken

Boiled Chicken w/house dressing ($4.75) had a very heavy sauce with lots of wine that drowned out any meat flavor.

Happy Cafe is so small that the service was decent. Prices are low but food quality is not very high. The food is home style meaning that it is healthier than most but lacking in flair. Cash ONLY.

Happy Cafe Overall Rating: (Average 1.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Average)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Average)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Hours:Mon, Tu Closed, Wed-Fri. 11am - 2pm, 5:30 - 9:30pm, Thur 11am - 2pm, Sat 10am - 2:30pm, 5:30 - 9:30pm, Sun 10am - 2:30pm
Prices:$3.25 - $8.95

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