We loved this place. Pastas and fish are sure pleasers!!!...They use the right amount of seasoning and spice in all of their dishes. the staff is always friendly and representative of the beautiful diversity of San Francisco.
The last time we went my boyfriend had ahi tuna and I had the chicken of fusili and sausage- both were great. The pasta reminded me of a great dish my grandma used to cook when I was a little kid. the Ahi was perfectly cooked.
Awesome food...but a lot of you already knew that!!!!!!!!!!
Rude people answering phone, ruined party..
I attempted to book a birthday party there for a friend. We called ahead and asked for a reservation, a rude person who couldn't care less answered the phone and told us that they don't take reservations.
I mentioned that this is for a birthday party for a group of 8 and that we feel it would be safer to have a reservation. The guy said, don't worry about it, they *can't* take reservation but to not worry and just come on down. Well, our party of 8 all arrive there around 7, spent half an hour trying to find parking only to find out that there is an 1.5 hour wait. We told them our story and they basically told us it's too bad, you should have made a reservation...
Needless to say, we didn't stay nor never will we ever go back.
Good but overrated. I've been here numerous times. I agree that it is overrated but it is a decent place to meet friends. The only things I consistently recommend is the short-ribs and the ginger cake with spice ice cream.
Comfort food, reasonably priced but food quality is inconsistent.. Great sparerib stew. Anything asian related, I didn't like. The ginger cake and pumpkin ice cream is tasty. I would go to Park Chow just to eat that again. Overall I like the comfort food and that fact that it's reasonably priced. The service isn't consistent but it's nothing to complain about unless you're a service snob.
Why is this place so popular?.
Lots of wait time for average food and a noisy ambiance. Breakfast is decent but stay away from the larger dinners. Chicken was burned and Tai noodles were spaghetti and peanut butter.
There are MUCH better places to eat in the inner sunset.
Comfort at a Great Value. Park Chow is a comfortable place, not too loud, and yet bustling with activity and warm family-like ambiance. The food is delicious and reminiscent of childhood favorites, but with a cosmopolitan twist. One of my favorites.
Way Over Rated. Staff was friendly and the atmosphere was casual. The food was just flat-out disappointing. I do not understand why this place gets consistently good reviews. Save your money and spend it somewhere else.
Comfort food, taste good? Not necessarily.. Have tried Chow about 3-4x over the years and always disappointed. Why this place garnishes rave reviews by some and makes it on the 2005 SF Chronicle Top 100 list, is beyond me. The caesar salad was good but not an authentic caesar dressing. The seafood cioppino had a couple of mussles which tasted spoiled. The polenta was good. The Thai chicken noodle was spicy, tangy and watery. When it arrived, I thought it was another pasta dish served in soup. The minnestrone soup was pretty good. Perhaps this is an enjoyable place because of it's homey, casual atmosphere. Reminds me of a ski lodge with upside down light scones on the wall and an awful pea-soup green paint job. I, for one, plan not to return to give Chow another chance. Thumbs down. Meal for 2, no wine = $32. Our waitress was friendly.
a perennial favorite. When I'm craving something better than cheap eats and something less than dining out in earnest, I head straight for Chow or Park Chow. I haven't gone wrong here yet, and neither have any of my friends, but my personal mainstays are the pork chops with polenta and the ginger cake with pumpkin ice cream. The place is constantly packed, but the service is always cheerful and attentive, and I've rarely waited more than a few minutes (admittedly I'm usually in a group of 2-4). Tips: Park on Lincoln alongside Golden Gate Park if you're having trouble; also, try eating at the bar if you're just one or two people.
Cheap But Bad Food!!!. The pasta is terrible it felt and tasted like a big glob of glue. also there is no service to speak of.
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