San Tung Chinese Restaurant
1031 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
PRIMARY # for the Address 1033 Irving St: (415) 665-8889
San Tung #2
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Wheelchair Accessible, Yes
Cuisines: Korean, Asian, Family Style, Chinese
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
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I love Chinese food, and this is my all time favorite place to enjoy it. I live in the East Bay, but I always try to find an excuse to eat here whenever possible, I've yet to try anything that wasn't tasty beyond my expectations. Everything from their home made leak dumplings and fresh chow mein noodles, crispy and flavorful chicken wings, cherry pork, and peanut noodles. I always order extra, so I can have some to take home with me. The place is a tasty delight and reasonably priced. But get their early, because at night it can get very busy!
02/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Everyone says to try the dry fried chicken, but that was not my favorite. Cherry Pork is the dish to try. It has cherry and ginger and the texture is perfect. We tried it on a lark and were pleasantly surprised. The dumplings and potstickers were excellent. We had peanut noodles as well which were delicious.
The prices are unbelievable, $8-$10 for a lot of dishes. They have lots of group seating with big tables and lazy susans. The place is PACKED, so be ready for a wait. We waited about 20 minutes on a Sunday night. Also, the clientele is almost entirely Chinese, which I always take as a good sign that the food is authentic.
08/31/2007Provided by Citysearch -
8/29/07 Ordered pork potstickers (Qty 6 fried), $5.50, sizzling rice soup (2nd largest), $6.95, fried shrimp (Qty 12 tempura batter), $7.50, mongolian beef, $8, black bean shrimp, $11, and steamed rice, $2. The potsickers were very large and browned completely. Not the best I've had, but the most unique. The soup was tasty enough, but I was expecting some larger pieces of shrimp. The fried shrimp was a special find, excellently cooked. The beef was tender. It is served dry over noodles. The white onions were under grilled. I would have liked a sauce with it, but the portion size made up for it. Plus you can always request some extra sauce from the kitchen. The shrimp portion was not as large and had too few green peppers. Everything was served just cooked and hot. Get here between 5pm and 6pm for dinner to avoid waiting and finding a parking spot. I would go back and try some other dishes since the value is there and the food is freshly cooked. This is not gourmet fare; it is good basic chinese. Wait staff are not very attentive so you must be assertive with any waiter that passes by if you need anything. Lastly, the steamed rice is refilled for free.
03/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I felt I had to write a positive review to conteract some of the damage from the bitpump review. I go to San Tung several times a month and while there is usally a wait and some days the food is a little better than others, it is consistently good, cheap, and definitely above average. I am at a loss as to how a ""not recommended"" was applied to this restaurant. I like the hot and sour soup (jazz it up with a little vinegar or add some of the kimchi if you think it's bland - and, bitpump, it's supposed to be sour, hence the name :-), the black bean noodles, the green beans, the dry fried chicken (order it diced if wings aren't your thing, though this will emphasize the sweetness for those who don't like sweet), and the twice cooked pork, among others. While not for those who need frills and stellar service (turnover here is always impressive) and definitely NOT touristy, I always bring out-of-towners and friends here because it's easy, informal, and the food is always good!
02/15/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Their signature spicy chicken wings are fantastic. My favorite noodle is the seafood black bean noodles as well as the peanut butter noodles. Their dumplings are great too. There's always a wait, but that just comes with the territory of having great food. It may not have the best service or decor, but then again, we're not paying $75/head. I have always taken my friends who are visiting SF to this restaurant and EVERYONE has always enjoyed it.
12/18/2006Provided by Citysearch -
This is a horrible, horrible review. I think you're a moron. San Tung is one of the better Chinese restaurants in town. However, going there at 11:00 AM is hardly the best way to that out. I will say that it is not for the decor, nor the engaging servers that SF locals and outsiders alike flock to this place, but for the food, the fantastic variety and consistent quality of their dishes, and the more than reasonable prices. Take it from somebody who has been enjoying and returning and further enjoying this great place. Give it a go, the wait can be less than pleasant, but the food will never disappoint.
11/10/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Despite my disagrement with other reviewers' opinions I do not call them names. Every restaurant has it's bad days or good days dependin on the occasion. I am just statiing the actual experience I have had at this place. I believe another reviewer also stated similiar views in regards to the odor that this restaurant does have. I believe the other reviewer stated that the restaurant smelled liked an unwashed mop. If you like the food there, that's fine by me. You may disagree with me, however I truly believe this place serves horrible food. If you like it please feel free to frequent it as much as you like. For people who call other reviewers names just demonstrate what kind of person you are. I am disappointed that CITYSEARCH would allow this type of review to be posted where name calling is permitted. That's all. :-)
This place has incredibly bad Chinese food. I am totally amazed that people seem to flock to this restaurant. As soon as I enter the restaurant I smelled a very strong odor of ""urine"". The place already has 5 tables of diners (at 11:10am) and no one seems to noticed! I figured there must be something with my olfactory sense so I sat down anyway. I ordered the hot and sour soup, five spice beef noodles and the chicken wings. The soup was sour and had very little flavor. The noodle was ok except it had tons of shredded ginger inside, the noodle was barely edible. The chicken wings were horrible. It is basically fried chicken wings with some sweet and sour sauce and more sugar (the kind you spoon into coffee)sprinkled on top. I had 1 piece and couldn't eat anymore. I just got back home and was sick from eating at this place. The service at this restaurant is also the worst. My server was exceeding rude, and I am used to rude waiters but this guy beats them all. Basically, he didn't even want to talk to you. Horrible horrible place. I am amazed how bad this place is.
10/14/2006Provided by Citysearch -
i was introduced to San Tung recently by a friend. we happen to get there at the right time since we only had to wait for a table for 5 minutes. once we were seated, i noticed a line starting to form by the front door. first off the KIM CHEE was delicious. if that was on the menu i would have ordered that too. the food was terrific and served at the right temperature. dry fried chicken was seasoned just right and the dry sauteed green beans were still crisp with great flavor. i will be back to try more dishes.
10/02/2006Provided by Citysearch -
They have the BEST Hot & Sour Soup - it's tasty and full of the right ingredients in every spoonful. The dry braised chicken wings in sweet and spicy sauce is the bomb - what's not to like? Their spicy soup noodles are quite good too... For the price and the portion, you just can't really complain...
09/22/2006Provided by Citysearch -
This is my favorite Chinese restaurant, bar none!!! My friends and I always get the same dishes when go - dry chicken (their signature dish), pork dumplings, and sizzling rice soup - the perfect combination. During dinnertime there is a wait but even then, you can get seated within 20-30 minutes. Great food and low prices - what more could you ask for?!