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Established in 1920, Far East Cafe serves Dim Sum luncheon and offers seafood cuisine. The restaurant hosts receptions, banquets, special events and business meetings. Based in San Francisco, Calif., its ballroom can seat up to 800 and reception over 1,000. Far East Cafe has VIP rooms with teak furnishing and ancient Chinese motif. In addition, the restaurant serves Cantonese and Szechwan cuisine and specializes in seafood, including sharks fin soup, live lobster and crab cooked in broth and honey walnut prawns.

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Phone: (415) 989-2110

Fax Number: (415) 362-8865

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Chinatown, Northeast San Francisco

The Far East Café

Coffee Shops, American Restaurants, Coffee & Espresso Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Cuisines: American, Coffee House, Cafeterias

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average


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My mon and I were shopping in ...

My mon and I were shopping in Chinatown and thought we d get some dim sum to hold us over till dinner. So at 2PM we ordered the Dim Sum sampler platter and split it in half. They brought the fried portion first. We ate it. Nothing special. Then they brought the steamed portion. I took a bite out of what looked like a dumpling and I thought it tasted funny. They have dim lighting in there so I tried to inspect it with some difficulty.It looked like chunks of really PINK (raw) meat inside so I didn t eat the rest. That was the ONLY food I ate that day. By 5:00 PM we were home and I hit the bathroom (for the next 14 hours). Both ends affected. I was sooo sick and liquid was pouring out of me. My digestive system wasn t really back to normal for about 3 days. And I had a horrible headache for 24 hours while I was living in the bathroom. IT WAS HORRIBLE. AND I KNOW I got sick from their restaurant because that was all I had eaten, and within the hour after the meal I started feeling sick (which progressed to being sick) and eliminating all liquid from my body without my control! DON T GO THERE! EVER! Try sushi instead!



Best Potstickers Ever!

After Black Friday shopping in Union Square we stumbled up Bush Street and into the Far East Cafe on a whim. We sat at the small bar up front for drinks, and just ordered egg rolls and potstickers for apps. Wow. The potstickers were the best we've ever had! They're big, fluffy and a more doughy than elsewhere. YUM. We had to order more!



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Huge Portions, Great Flavor

During a recent visit to SF, my husband and I were wandering around Chinatown late one night looking for a place to have dinner. Far East was the first place we came across, it looked nice from the outside, so we stopped in. We were seated immediately at one of the tables and were enjoying the interesting decor (the chandeliers with multicolored bulbs are awesome) while perusing the menu, but our waitress was quite pushy in having us make our selections (she calmed down after that and was fine). We had the pork potstickers to start (8 of them huge, with a very chewy (in a good way) dough and good filling -- didn't really care for the sauces they came with though, some kind of chili oil and white vinegar). The hot and sour soup was great (and huge as well, a small serving gave us both 2 bowls with some left over) -- heavy on the sour -- even my husband, who doesn't usually like hot and sour soup enjoyed this dish! We also got the beef satay noodle clay tureen, which was great -- I think that the vegetables and the sauce were the star -- the silky vermicelli noodles didn't need the beef at all (huge again, we had about a quarter of it left over). We came in pretty hungry and left VERY full with only a small dent on our credit card. I would recommend this restaurant to a large group, since you would need one to actually finish all of the food you're given!



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Birds nest soup isn't bad

Came here for an awards ceremony. The food they ordered, potstickers, egg roll - were good, not special. There was a saucy pork & vegts dish over rice (not great), roast pork (ok, at least it wasn't over-salted), braised white chicken (undercooked), saucy meat over fried chow mein (fair) and the best was the birdsnest soup. It was full of flavor and had lots of birdsnest in it. Some places are much more frugal.



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An old favorite

Lots of good food at reasonable prices. Get a few dishes and share them if you're there with a group.

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