Chinese >Yank Sing Restaurant
101 Spear St (One Rincon Ctr), San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410537.789018 -122.391507
Neighborhoods: South Beach, Central East
Love the entire frenetic experience of this huge Rincon Center dim sum dining hall, from the endless parade of cart pushers hawking everything from soup dumplings to Peking duck to the collective roar of conversation that never seems to flag. Get the red cabbage salad, snow pea dumplings, spinach dumplings & duck!
Delicious DIm SUM – One of the best tasting dim sum restauarant I've ever had. It gets filled on a Monday morning. Amazing! Opens at 10 Am which is a bit late. Food was really good. We actually sat at the table at the bottom right of the picture. Exact spot. The tea is nice in a big glass bottle. Located inside the Rincon center. Service was good. Real clean!
Not your typical dim sum – Full disclosure: I grew up in LA, so heavily influenced by dim sum in Monterey Park. Yank Sing is pretty good, though some of their items aren't your typical dim sum. Don't get me wrong, everything I've had tastes good. Just some things you wouldn't see on your everyday dim sum cart, which you may or may not like. I'd prefer if they were open later, but that's just me.
Great Dim Sum, High Prices – Yank Sing is one of the first restaurants where I ever ate Dim Sum (back at the old Battery Street location) so I do have a fondness for this restaurant. The dim sum itself is terrific, in my opinion. Great Har gow, terrific noodles, great Sea Bass, etc. I adore the onion pancakes (although they aren't everyone's cup of tea). There are a number of downsides to Yank Sing, though, that mean I go less and less frequently. The high prices. The need for reservations. The long wait. Did I mention the high prices? The food is very good, but frankly, I think we now have enough choices of great dim sum in San Francisco, that not everyone feels the need to go to Yank Sing. If someone else is buying, or it's a special occasion, you'll see us here. Otherwise, we head to our alternative, more economical choices, realizing that below average decor is a fair trade off for above average dim sum, at average prices. I'll still go, but it would be great if they'd lower the prices a bit, and not make people wait when they have reservations.
Let's get real people.. – Looking at these reviews, it's clear that most of them are negative. So how in the world is the rating number so high? Having been a fan of dim sum for years, I've tried many dim sum restaurants (including in China and Hong Kong). The dim sum here was alright. Not great and not bad. But the prices ARE outrageously expensive. A bill of $160 (tax and tip) for 4 people was not justified. The same food at other GOOD dim sum restaurants in the Bay Area would cost only a third of that.
best dim sum ever! – i came across this place after reading an article in a San Francisco travel guide, and i have to say that i found the food, service, and ambience exquisite. being a frequent dim sum eater in the southern california area, i can honestly say that Yank Sing is definitely number one on my list of chinese restaurants. the dim sum wasn't greasy, the service was pleasant, and the restaurant was clean. if you love dim sum as much as i do, you definitely should check this place out. just be weary that you get what you pay for -- stellar food at stellar prices.
great dim sum – Very nice selection of dim sum. This is a tablecloth chinese restaurant not a hole in the wall joint...very safe to bring out of towners to. All dim sum are very fresh and tasty.
Overrated dim sum, but relatively good ambience – Yank Sing certainly does not deserve a high ranking for its dim sum. Growing up in Canton, I am a total dim sum snob and I went to Yank Sing out of its reputation. It was a total disappointment. It was very much Americanized (and maybe that is why many people think it is good). If you want more authentic dim sum, I would recommend the Canton Dim Sum Seafood Restaurant down on Hawthorne and Folsom, much more authentic and good dim sum.
Yes, the serving staff in Yank Sing speaks English, if that is more important than food quality then you probably would choose Yank Sing. Yank Sing has relatively good ambience, but to me, it is a little over done and commercial. It is in a good location, convenient for business lunch to please your clients. But for me, food is really the essence of a restaurant and Yang Sing certainly is overrated.
Great dim sum outside Chinatown – This was a wonderful restaurant. Great food, great service and good for groups. The staff were very polite and provided great service.
Chinese cuisine meets fine dining – Great tasting dim sum becomes more expensive when you add in the spacious restaurant and minus out the sights, sounds, and smells of Chinatown. During peak hours you may end up eagerly searching for a different cart rather than the one that keeps circling in front of you. However, if all the forces are with you and you just got paid, (or found someone else to cover the bill) this will be a most enjoyable experience.
My Favorite Place – It just doesn't get any better than this. I've been eating here for 15 years. When i go more than a week without going - it just doesn't seem right
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