Great Eastern Restaurant
649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 986-5603
Fax: (415) 986-5603
Parking: Street, Validated
Bike Parking: No
Cuisines: Asian, Family Style, Chinese
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
12/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
As a native Chinese, I'm an avid fan of dim sum and have eaten at quite a few restaurants, but I don't have anything good to say about Great Eastern. The food was only average (the shrimp dumplings fell apart when we picked them up, everything was lukewarm, and there was layer over our porridge after it'd been sitting out too long), the decorations shabby, and the service was HORRIBLE. The waiters were downright curt with us, dumping our food on the table with a scowl before they whisked off somewhere else. No joke - I think I've been treated that way only once or twice in my life.
I think it had to do with the fact that we had dressed casually and weren't foreigners, sadly enough. Many popular Chinese restaurants I've tried have always looked down on the ""native"" eaters, with the assumption that we're not the worthy customers. Paranoia? No, this behavior's common in China too, and I'm only sorry that the servers had such big egos here.
My suggestion is to try a smaller, less-hyped restaurant. The food here is only mediocre, and it can be had for a lot cheaper at a family restaurant. (Yes, they look cramped and shabby, but the owners love their customers!) My $7.50 quail egg porridge is usually only $4 anywhere else I go - the prices are so inflated because they know they can get away with it.
Ugh. I'm sure many people have had great experiences, but I would never go back to that restaurant. This place is popular for food that I could get anywhere else for better service, less wait time, and probably a cleaner restroom as well (although in SF, that's hard to find).
07/13/2006Provided by Citysearch -
The last reviewer who said blah blah blah mentioned you wouldn't be happy with great eastern if you are looking for Mandarin or Hunan. Well, guess what? This is neither of those. It's Cantonese, and the flavors in Cantonese are much more subtle than throwing a heap of red peppers on something and calling it flavor. This is a great restaurant and I highly recommend it for Dim Sum and regular dining. If you want Hunan, don't go to a Cantonese restaurant then trash it because it isn't something it never purports to be.
11/10/2004Provided by Citysearch -
I've been here twice and the food is definitely solid. Solid, meaning there are definitely dishes here I would eat to satisfy my hunger for chinese food. There are alot of bad chinese restaurants in chinatown (ironically the better ones are in the suburbs), but for chinatown this restaurant is decent. Decor/ambiance is decent. Service has always been good the two times I was there. And they do have validated parking for two hours at the Holiday Inn (I think it's after 5pm though). I would try the Scrambled eggs and prawns chow fun. Interesting combination, but it's pretty good!
The dim sum is just ok.
12/21/2002Provided by Citysearch -
This restuarant beats any place for quickness. I ordered and 7 minutes later it came out. Plus, for a Chinese Restaurant the service was pretty good. I requested my fish to be cooked and certain way and they accomodated me happily. This is not one of those cheaper Chinese restaurants with sticky red seats and cups you have to re-wipe. It's a bit more expensive but the decor is nice, roomy, servings large, and service good. Plus they give you for free almond jello (heavenly taste) and OJ slices.
07/29/2002Provided by Citysearch -
We recently enjoyed the Great Eastern Restaurant--in fact, it was a return visit after more than 25 years and the food was still very good. It was like being able to go to China without the airfare expense and jet-lag. The starters were delicious and the lobster an unexpected surprise. Even the jello-like pudding with a hint of ginger was a taste worth remembering. Service was excellent!