1395 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9412237.754058 -122.478488
Daily 11am - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Central Sunset, Central West
Not a steakhouse any longer as of 2/28/2007 – If you are looking for steak. Don't bother visiting this restaurant. It is no longer a steakhouse. Instead it is a mediocre noodle house now, but it retains the name Lotus. The inside still looks like the photo at the top though. I walked in and sat down thinkinking it was still a steakhouse with a friend. It seemed a bit awkward to leave so we decided to give it a try anyway.
The menu is fairly limited as far as choice goes. My friend an I both ordered a bowl of noodles, and one appetizer. The appetizer was the last thing to arrive at the table. I ordered the ramen, and for some reason I expected fresh ramen, but it tasted far from. The noodles were somewhat soggy and did not have the slightly squishy/bouncey texture.
We were given a glass of hot tea when we arrived but the waitress never refilled despite being empty for quite a while. Only when we paid did the waitress ask us if we would like more tea. We were the only two customers in the place during the meal.
It wasn't a bad experience, but it wasn't good either. You could do better at nearby restaurants. Dinner for two set us back $17 including tips.
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – Sunset restaurant specializes in modern Calfornian fare with an eclectic menu of steaks and seafood.
Amazing – One of the best dinner's I've ever had. The steak is grilled to perfection here- every dish seemed so delicious it was hard to choose. Service was great and we were seated right away- no making reservations and waiting another 20 minutes. Definitely recommended.
Above Expectations – Nice small restaurant. I ordered the prime rib and my girldfriend ordered the filet mignon. They were perfect particularly the filet. Delicious. We ordered the calamari appetizer which was pretty good as well. The service was good and I especially liked the fact that the restaurant is quite small. I have been trying a lot of new restaurants lately, particularly those specializing in steaks and I was very happy with Lotus. Price was not half bad either. Only negatives were that the sodas are served in the can and I didn't see any hard liquor on the menu. I'm not much of a wine drinker though so I can't comment on that.
Awesome ambiance but inexperienced service – Absolutely perfect atmosphere for a date or other intimate dinner. It's furnishings reek of cool. The food was above average but not excellent. The problem with our dinner was our absolutely inexperienced waitress. She committed a number of service faux pas that were really brought the evening down a notch. She did not know the menu well, when she brought our bottle of wine she just clumsily poured out two big glasses without offering a taste to me to confirm the bottle was OK, she kept trying to take away our nearly full bread basket, she did not give us steak knives which were a necessity since we had lamb and filet mignon, etc. etc. I don't want to be nit-picky but for a place charging relatively high prices and having obviously put so much effort into creating a truly superb atmosphere should spend more time educating their wait staff.
Great Find in the Sunset – I had the best dinner at Lotus last night enjoying the delicious crab and garlic noodles which come with the entree. Most of the other restaurants charge extra so this was an added plus! I took my 12 year old son and my friend Anita who thought her New York steak was very tasty including the side of garlic spinach. Here you get a lot for the price which is very reasonable and won't empty out your wallet.
This is my second time at Lotus and I thought the server was very pleasant and personable, our dinner was served promptly. We look forward to becoming regulars!!
Upscale in the sunset – Very nice decor! Trendy, yet cozy. We went for dinner on a Sunday night so it wasn't very busy. I had Fillet Mignon with garlic mashed potatoes and garlic spinach. Very tasty. My wife had wonderful crab ravioli, really wonderful. It is refreshing to have a nice place in the Sunset since most of the establishments out here are bright, trashy, cheap chinese restaurants.
It was all about the garlic noodles! – This place was a surprise to me. The exterior is unassuming and not very impressive, but inside the restaurant it was quite cozy. We ordered the prawns wrapped in bacon. It was slightly overcooked and a bit greasy. Not offensive, but could have been better. The T-bone steak was perfectly seasoned, I ordered garlic mashed potatoes (wasn't as garlicky as I wanted it to be) with it. My friend, Yazmine Zoren, had the rack of lamb which seemed small but it filled her up. She enjoyed her dish and we shared garlic noodles. The garlic noodles rivals that of Crustacean's. It was the best dish we had in that venue! Overall, try this restaurant, but don't believe the raves. It's above average, but I woudn't categorize it as Excellent.
Absolutely Delicious! – I had one of the best dining experiences at Lotus last night. The fresh seed crusted bread w/ sun dried tomato dip was a truly pleasant starter; the coconut Calamari (one of the truly best Calamari dishes I've had - this is one of the best, I told my friends at dinner); NY steak was cooked to perfection (for me, it's medium, and it was right on!) and the banana dessert that really finished up the meal. I watch the food network a lot, and needless to say I enjoy cooking - so for me to get excited about a restaurant, that says a lot. I'm taking this time to share this experience with others - that they too might enjoy a great dining experience at Lotus! The wine list is quite limited though; I'd bring my own bottle of wine next time.
mah-mah – The four of us dined on a Saturday night. We were excited to try this place recommended to us. When it took 15 minutes for the waitress to come to our table to tell us about the specials, we knew it was going to be a long night. She was the only waitress for the night and we watched as she hussled back and forth to the tables with food and drinks. We noted the time when we sat down and it took almost an hour before we finished appetizers and got our main course. Double cut porkchops was disappointing as it was only 1 chop on the plate and was overdone. Would recommend the rib eye steak for those with big appetites. Unless service improves, I would not go back. The waitress apologized for the long wait when we paid our bill, noting that she knew service was slow.
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