Best Chinese Food Restaurants Near Conestoga Mall

Today we review some of the best dine-in/takeout options for Chinese food in north Waterloo, near Conestoga Mall.

As Conestoga Mall is a small bus terminal, we have included some restaurants that are on bus lines going to and from the mall. No matter your preferences for atmosphere to take-out versus dine-in, all options on this list are top quality establishments providing outstanding customer service, and serving generous portions of traditional Chinese food, so delicious you will crave it eternally and keep coming back for more.

#1 – University Gardens – 425 University Ave. East, Waterloo. (519) 569-7588

If you are looking to escape and avoid the mall crowds, you might like to check out University Gardens. This restaurant is located in the university plaza.

university garden chinese restaurant

The staff is always helpful and very friendly, and the food never disappoints. The dishes are consistently satisfying, made fast with fresh and tasty ingredients. Their wonton soup is a must on a cold day, or if you are feeling sick, or just craving wonton soup: this popular dish is beloved across Waterloo Region.

You can dine in or call ahead to pick up an order, and it will be ready for you in less than twenty minutes. It has modest accommodations. University Gardens is known for making hot and delicious dishes, all well priced. They have a lunch special for $7.25 that includes soup and rice. Its menu is flexible, as you can build your own plate to fill your exact craving. There are many options for combination including soups, noodles, rice, beef, chicken, and more.

Each dish has so much flavour, you will have a difficult time deciding what to order. Their menu is very extensive with options for vegetarians and vegans. They use only non-cholesterol canola oil for cooking their food, rather than animal fat or other less healthy options. They also offer some Thai dishes like Thai curry, Pad Thai, and Tom Yum soup.

If you spend over $28 on pick-up orders, and pay cash, you will get a 10% discount. They also have a good range of open business hours throughout the week. They are closed most Mondays, but open holiday Mondays. This comes in very handy when many other businesses in Waterloo Region close for holiday Mondays. You can always count on coming here for a big, hot, satisfying meal.

Try the Singapore noodles, ginger beef, or tofu with mixed vegetables.


Tuesday-Thursday 11:00am-10:00pm
Friday 11:00am-10:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm-9:00pm

#2 – Sandy’s – 105 Oak Park Road, Waterloo. 1 519-884-8929

Sandy’s Kitchen is a quiet and casual establishment that is good for people of all ages, including kids.

sandy's waterloo chinese food

When you come here, you are served quickly, and the food is prepared and delivered just as fast. That doesn’t mean they skimp on quality, though: the dishes, which compose a very diverse menu, are consistently hot and full of delicious flavour. Fill up on a lunch special for $7.99: it includes a bottle of water! They offer dine-in and take out to suit your preference.

The restaurant is clean and the staff will do their best to make you happy, including customizing dishes to suit dietary needs. This isn’t your typical mall food Chinese. From the outside it looks like a regular strip mall restaurant, but when you pass through the door you will see friendly servers, sharp décor, and a clean establishment. The food is fresh and well made, plus they have a liquor license.

Try the broccoli beef and lemon chicken. Vegetarian options available.


Monday – Thursday 11:00am-9:30pm
Friday-Saturday 11:00am-10:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm-9:00pm

#3 – Jia Jia Lok – 255 King Street North. 519-888-9926.

Jia Jia Lok is located within the newer strip mall at the corner of King and University. They serve traditional Hong Kong-style dishes.


The façade and décor are very simple, but the food itself is authentic and consistently delicious. You will get a lot of food with one order, so there will be plenty leftovers. The generous portions give you a big bang for your buck. The friendliness of the owners will make you feel at home, adding to the charm of this small business. This is a cash-only place, so make sure you withdraw before you head in (there is a BMO in the same plaza with ATM). Try the Singapore rice noodles.


Sunday: 11:30am-10:00pm
Monday-Friday: 11:00am-10:00pm
Saturday: Closed

#4 – Ming’s Chinese Restaurant – 465 Phillip Street. (519) 888-7460

Ming’s Chinese is that perfect American-Chinese comfort food place, offering dine-in or take out. The staff is always very friendly and the atmosphere is quaint.


It is not heavily decorated, but is clean and pleasant. The food is inexpensive and quickly prepared, and served in big portions. You are guaranteed to have leftovers, which makes the best part of ordering out! The quality of the meals is consistently hot and delicious. We recommend calling ahead to place an order for pick up.

Get the salt and pepper shrimp, or sweet and sour chicken balls.

Monday-Thursday: 11:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 11:00am-10:00pm
Saturday: 3:30pm-10:00pm
Sunday: 3:30pm-9:00pm

If you live in the Waterloo region, and Chinese food is your thing, then any one of these four restaurants should do the trick!  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the great food!  🙂

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