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Far East Cafe

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631 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108-2401
+1 415-982-3245
Today
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We arrived here around 7pm and were seated without too many issues but after that the service was poor. The food was ok. Nothing special and was good value as it wasnt expensive. I wouldnt re-visit though and didnt bat an eye at leaving without tipping.

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Thank MrC45
Acworth, Georgia
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for a light meal. Service was very good. Food was good. The building was charming. There were a lot of interesting things to look at! Beautiful horse sconces on the wall.

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Thank LJGoose
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We randomly stopped in this restaurant for lunch while we were wandering around Chinatown. The waiter had a little bit of a time understanding the requested changes to our order, so I'll admit I was a little concerned. None of the dishes come with rice, and if you want fried rice it's $11 for a big bowl, but $1.50 for... More 

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Thank Leeja E
Ashford, Kent
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190 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice dim sum (fresh and bought to the table in stages) and good prices, as confirmed by Mrs P who is half-Chinese and the daughter of a restauranteur. Our waiter was attentive, but looking around the (rather quiet and lacking in atmosphere) dining room, not all were quite so lucky. I was struck by the absence of local trade; pretty... More 

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Thank Richard P
Blanding, United States
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fried rice with shrimp and pork, enough to feed four people, was only $11. The food was good, the service was fast, and compared to everything else we found in the area - a real bargain.

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Thank Toni T
Rew, Pennsylvania
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180 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Went solo on a Saturday night and was seated quickly. Had a half order of potstickers with dumpling sauce and their special Scallops with Chinese melon. Potstickers were fantastic, Scallops were minced in a sauce over the melon. No idea what Chinese melon is but it was so good. Had my first saki, which was quite good, served warm. My... More 

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Thank Rebekah B
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We had a really delicious yum Cha here this week. I should know as I've eaten yum Cha all over the world. Their salt and pepper fish and their long beans were particularly good. Service was fast and friendly and the price commensurate with other dim sum restaurants. The decor was very nice too - mysteriously oriental with deep red... More 

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Thank Roslyn35
San Diego, California
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509 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

On a cold, windy day we decided to drop into this restaurant in the heart of Chinatown for some comfort food. The food is not spectacular, but very good with excellent service. We have been dropping by this restaurant for many years when we visit San Francisco. What makes this Venue unique is the availability of enclosed booths for private... More 

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Thank bsimosd
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Was recommended to us by a guide but inside was chilly, damp with a very disappointing menu. Food was worse than average. There must be better places to eat in Chinatown

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Thank Joanne O
Aurora, Colorado
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94 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

There are many choices in China Town, I am not sure what allured us here, but I was pleased on all accounts. The staff was friendly and attentive, the portions ginormous and the flavor was excellent. We had a variety of food and it was all good though the Hunan Beef was a table favorite.

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Thank Jeff K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 20
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 631 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108-2401
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 415-982-3245

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Chinatown
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, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighbourhood.
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