OK Chinese Food at Semi-OK Prices. I'm not too sure why this place has such a high rating ... in sum, it's good, but not fabulous ... They charge Noe Valley Chinese food prices, so I guess you could say it's inexpensive on a Noe Valley scale, but what is that saying? I've experienced Chinese food that's great, and this does not match that level, although neither does it fall on the opposite level of bad Americanized Chinese food. I'm just not that excited about this place ... The atmosphere is nice - busy, happy, and bustling - and the service fast - but the food just in the end feels pretty mainstream to me ...
Unique, tasty, high quality chinese food. I haven't eaten here in over a year, and reading the reviews I wonder if it has fallen under new ownership or if there are just different strokes for different folks. Reading many of these reviews makes me realize how many different opinions there are. Our family and friends still talk about this place. The quality and flavors of the food were what kept us coming back through the years. Many of the chinese food restaurants you go to in SF can be great or terrible...but this one always served high quality meats and the sauces always had a little twist. The mango chicken was my favorite and the eggplant was always extremely tasty. They were busy but the service got your food to you in a decent time and kept your drinks full. Is it "american" chinese food? Well, I'm not sure what that is. I'm an American and it tastes like chinese to me and i loved it. The ambience was nice too...it's not "stark"...it's modern. It's in a neat neighborhood area and is pretty easy to find parking. When we're in SF and someone says chinese food, Eric's is where we go.
Good cheap food in stark environment. I just cannot go there anyone, the service is horrible, slow and served with attitude. I keep going in every couple of months because of their soup, but I guess I will only patronize them via take out. Boy do they need more servers and a better attitude.
blah american "chinese". I went in expecting good americanized chinese food, but got bland, gloppy mediocre americanized chinese food. I knew kung pao chicken was a poor choice as I ordered it, but the rest of the lunch menu was pretty heavy on the breaded and fried meat dishes which wasn't what I was in the mood for. Even after ordering it extra spicy it came out insipid, with random vegetables and untoasted peanuts. The gigantic potstickers had a decent flavor, but they were huge, unruly, and a little doughy. Actually, they were the sort of solid, white-tableclothed, americanized chinese I was expecting. On a positive note, it didn't seem too overpriced, at least at lunch, like so many fakeries in Chinatown can be.
Same old recycled 'chef's special sauce'. I went to Eric's after rave reviews from all of my AMERICAN friends and so I decidedto check it out. We made reservation just so we don't have to stand around staring at the patrons while they eat. We ordered the sampler platter which includes 2 vegetarian egg rolls, 2 cream cheese ladden crab raggon, 2 potstickers and 2 deep fried drumlets. They were greasy!!! We ordered mango prawns and shanghai chicken from their specialities menu. The steam rice was so tepid that we had a real hard time scooping it out. I couldn't distinquished one plate from the other with that soy-sauce-cornstarch base that they call the Chef's special sauce. They are extremely generous in that area for both plates were swimming in the sauce! I came not expecting authentic Chinese food but I did not expect an out-of-the-can-Sysco sauce!
best crab ragoon and chinese food in general. wow,,whta a rare find ! delicious food with a gourmet hint. delicious creamy crab raggon,unbeliavable pot stikcers and egg rolls. Try their mano chickend and prwans as well as the 5 sauces prawns. I would try everuthing if I was in you. No reservation it can be really busy after 5pm.
Chinese food for the non-Asian Palette. I have to admit that the service is good, prices are reasonable the neighboorhood location right here in Noe is nice. However, this is Chinese food for people who really don't know that REAL Chinese food is supposed to be. The use of traditional Chinese sauces is too heavy and too encompassing. (Just look at the dishes you ordered...you'll find they all look the same which means they're using the same sauces for all dishes.) Also, look around the room to see not many Asians and you'll know this isn't good food by Asian standards.
User review by alisonyuy.
the shanghai chicken is so yummy...
but since it is a popular restaurant, it get so busy from 6 to 8 pm, I recommand people to dine in around 5 pm.
very good Chinese food- Great price. Eric's has consistently very good Chinese. The sesame beef is the best I've ever had. The price is excellent; the portions are good; and the atmosphere is nice.
Sooo tasty. I love Eric's because it is great American Chinese food. Only a moron would go there looking for authentic Chinese (it's located in Noe Valley...do the math). I can't get enough of Eric's spicy chicken and get it for take out nearly every week. Their service is excellent in the sense that food comes out fast and delicious. The attitude can be hit or miss depending on who serves and when you go but I don't care as I eat there for the tasty food and not for the service.
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