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Cathay House

718 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108-2404
+1 415-982-3388
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  • Excellent5%
  • Very good11%
  • Average24%
  • Poor17%
  • Terrible43%
1 week ago
“Wish I had used Trip Advisor First!”
3 weeks ago
“Do not recommend this place”
Open Now
11:30 am - 9:30 pmAll hours
Chinese, Asian
$$ - $$$
718 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108-2404
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here with our family of eight because we wanted to eat in Chinatown. Our first choice was unexpectedly closed and we didn't really have a back up plan. We chose the traditional Cantonese meal that had a variety of dishes we placed on...More

Thank Tribe93
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When I was a little girl, I can remember going to this elegant restaurant with my grandparents. Yesterday while in the city, we felt like Chinese food, so I said, “let’s go here”. We could not have been more disappointed. Although the view was beautiful,...More

Thank Lisaspafiend
Reviewed 1 week ago

Shrimp Fried Rice. Sweet n Sour Prawns. Chicken Fried Rice. Chicken In Plumb Sauce. My prawns and shrimp nice. My wife seemed to think it was more like the back end of the chicken but generally good. Reasonable service and price. If you do go...More

Thank PoorLittleGarf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place has a great loction and it is the reason we went inside without checking reviews. I wish we had. Worst meal I have had in a long time.

Thank Knut Robert F
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

On arrival we were quickly shown to a table. Table hadn't been set and the front of house was abrupt, near rude. He was then quite curt with another table who were asking to be moved. All a bit Basil Fawlty. Anyway, from that point...More

Thank Matt C
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

For simplicity we chose a menu for 2.Food appeared in 5 minutes ! Fried rice not fried but soggy and so overdone.The other dishes very poor also.Have travelled the world and this had to be the worst ever.

Thank Lesley G
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

We arrived and were seated quickly.We had a table in the window and had lovely views of the streets below. The prices weren't bad and there was lots of choice in the menu. My husband liked his food but I found mine (sweet and sour...More

Thank jgjg13
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Cathay House looks like a typically garish tourist trap. While the appearance is gaudy, the food is pretty good, and my waiter did a nice job. Prices were modest too.

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

The food tasted nothing and the waiter didn't seem intrested in giving a good service. Waste off money. Stay away.

Thank Guro J
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

We were a large group of people. It was really difficult to get the waiters attention and order anything. Sometimes he would just walk off. It was bizarre. Poor fellow, he seemed massively overworked or something. It was that bad it was amusing. Food was...More

Thank Daniel H
As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's
Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique
neighbourhood decorated with colourful shops, historic
streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs
awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on
dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who
gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or
practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands,
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Average prices
USD 20
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
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Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 718 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108-2404
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 415-982-3388
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