Best Chinese food anywhere.
My boyfriend and I are so happy we chanced upon this restaurant. Every time we visit SF, we make it a point to stop in for their Sweet/Sour Veggie Chicken, Black Bean Asparagus...Potstickers. One of the servers is unfriendly, but the rest of the crew is very sweet and welcoming. Everything we've had is served hot and excellent, along with the service. We haven't tried much of their Dimsum, so I can't speak to that. It's a pretty nice atmosphere/decor, compared to a lot of Chinese restaurants we've been to. This is definitely our favorite Chinese restaurant anywhere.
It's not Yank Sing.
The food is better than average dimsum at Los Angeles but nothing specatcular. The service is good as we were the first customers at 10:30am. :-p If you want better food and service, try Yank Sing.
I always do delivery!.
I've never actually been to the restaurant, I just keep ordering delivery. My last few experiences have been good. Their food are not bad but dim sum are still far from being good (they all have a heavy white pepper taste for some reason). It's actually not that cheap for neighbourhood Chinese food. But I figure they offer free delivery and also tastes good. I recommend their sesame chicken and also beef chow fun.
User review by chefd67.
We've gone to Big Lantern 3x already and we like their dimsum. Unfortunateley, the last time we were there, we were served cold baked buns and rice noodles. We used to rave about their baked pork buns because it was soft and had a generous portion of pork filling. When we ordered it the last time, it was served cold. We complained and they gave us another plate. It wasn't what it used to be. The dough was like week old bread with a thin spread of the pork filling. We ordered the prawn rice noodle, and the same thing, it used to be piping hot, but this time it was cold. We didn't bother complaining anymore. We're just not coming back and would not recommend it anymore. Too bad. It started out really promising.
Nice Place But Rude Service.
Everything we ate was tasty (not amazing, but very good). Seemed like just what the neighborhood needed. But arriving at 10:30pm on Sun. when the place closes at 11pm apparently annoys the staff. The man who seated us seemed upset that we wanted to dine at this "late" hour. He was so rude and impatient that it was hard to enjoy our food.
GO TO THIS RESTAURANT! DON'T LET IT CLOSE!.
This is a fabulous restaurant! I live across town, and I take every opportunity I can to battle traffic, hassle over parking and get to this wonderful place. the food is the best Chinese I've ever had, the service is top notch, the employees are friendly and care about their establishment, and the ambiance is great. Even though it's Chinese and Dim Sum, there are some delicious veggie/fake meat options tucked away on the menu! Even my meat-eater friends love them. Every person I've introduced to Big Lantern has gone back on their own several times. Please give this place your business! You won't be disappointed.
Help this great restaurant survive!.
I myself am a Mission local and I used to go to the restaurant in this location that served really bad Chinese food. For a few months it closed up and re-invented itself, now it's amazing! Great food, excellent service(for a Chinese restaurant!), and even a clean bathroom! I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. And to qualify my judgement of Chinese food - I lived in Asia for over ten years and this is definitely good quality in my book. I hear wind that the chef came from Koi Palace(the best dim sum in the Bay Area).. but this is not confirmed. In any case, this restaurant has been around for a few months and for some reason(probably due to the fierce competition of established great restaurants around this neighborhood), it's still fairly empty when I walk by. Give this place a try, you won't be disappointed!