649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9413337.796051 -122.405982
Monday To Friday From 10:00 AM To 12:00 AM Saturday To Sunday From 09:00 AM To 12:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Chinatown, Northeast
A sure-fire hit for lunch with fresh dim sum. Excellent soup dumplings.
Over-hyped restaurant with bad service, mediocre food, and a long wait time – As a native Chinese, I'm an avid fan of dim sum and have eaten at quite a few restaurants, but I don't have anything good to say about Great Eastern. The food was only average (the shrimp dumplings fell apart when we picked them up, everything was lukewarm, and there was layer over our porridge after it'd been sitting out too long), the decorations shabby, and the service was HORRIBLE. The waiters were downright curt with us, dumping our food on the table with a scowl before they whisked off somewhere else. No joke - I think I've been treated that way only once or twice in my life.
I think it had to do with the fact that we had dressed casually and weren't foreigners, sadly enough. Many popular Chinese restaurants I've tried have always looked down on the "native" eaters, with the assumption that we're not the worthy customers. Paranoia? No, this behavior's common in China too, and I'm only sorry that the servers had such big egos here.
My suggestion is to try a smaller, less-hyped restaurant. The food here is only mediocre, and it can be had for a lot cheaper at a family restaurant. (Yes, they look cramped and shabby, but the owners love their customers!) My $7.50 quail egg porridge is usually only $4 anywhere else I go - the prices are so inflated because they know they can get away with it.
Ugh. I'm sure many people have had great experiences, but I would never go back to that restaurant. This place is popular for food that I could get anywhere else for better service, less wait time, and probably a cleaner restroom as well (although in SF, that's hard to find).
great food – This is one of the best restaurants in Chinatown or anywhere else. The food is always fresh. Helpful friendly waiters. It can be very busy at lunch time but always a lot of tables. Always full of families and tourists.
great duck! mmm... – This place has really good duck! amazing duck! they also have a lot of other good chinese food but I can't get enough of there duck. For a chinese restaurant, it is very very clean. There is definitely a wait during the weekends!
Fantastic Cantonese – The last reviewer who said blah blah blah mentioned you wouldn't be happy with great eastern if you are looking for Mandarin or Hunan. Well, guess what? This is neither of those. It's Cantonese, and the flavors in Cantonese are much more subtle than throwing a heap of red peppers on something and calling it flavor. This is a great restaurant and I highly recommend it for Dim Sum and regular dining. If you want Hunan, don't go to a Cantonese restaurant then trash it because it isn't something it never purports to be.
Should be called Nothing great Eastern – I was completely underwhelmed with my experience of great eastern. There plates were so bland that it left me wanting, we family styled some 8-10 dishes, and none of them were exceptional, few were average and several were downright awful. With acess to so many fresh vegetables along Stockton, I was disappointed to see mostly canned goods making there way onto these plates, Rehydrated oyster and shitake mushrooms, cannned bamboo shoots and baby corn, zero ginger, crappy white sauces, frozen goyza potstickers. I could have put together a better meal at home. With the final bill coming to 165 USD, I was amazed to see people putting up with such poor food. Out of towners may like the feel of a Chinatown experience, but for locals looking for hunan and mandarin its blah, blah, blah.
Solid Decent Chinese Food – I've been here twice and the food is definitely solid. Solid, meaning there are definitely dishes here I would eat to satisfy my hunger for chinese food. There are alot of bad chinese restaurants in chinatown (ironically the better ones are in the suburbs), but for chinatown this restaurant is decent. Decor/ambiance is decent. Service has always been good the two times I was there. And they do have validated parking for two hours at the Holiday Inn (I think it's after 5pm though). I would try the Scrambled eggs and prawns chow fun. Interesting combination, but it's pretty good!
The dim sum is just ok.
A classic Chinatown restaurant specializing in Hong Kong-style seafood. – In Short
Cut-glass chandeliers and dark wood mingle with plastic signs advertising the multitude of live seafood served here. Oversized menus include photos of the dozens of dishes offered, with a focus on the seafood in giant tanks brimming with Dungeness crabs, giant prawns, lobsters and several varieties of fish. Non-seafood dishes range from Chinese broccoli in a bath of tangy oyster sauce to elaborately braised meats and stir-fry dishes.
Tasty food, good value – Their dim sum is excellent and a much better value than Yank Sing. We always order way more than we can really eat because most everything is delicious.
Service is ok.
best cantonese in sf – This is the best cantonese in the City. It's a bit pricey but it's worth it. Stick with seafood dishes and you'll do ok.
Great Quick Service – This restuarant beats any place for quickness. I ordered and 7 minutes later it came out. Plus, for a Chinese Restaurant the service was pretty good. I requested my fish to be cooked and certain way and they accomodated me happily. This is not one of those cheaper Chinese restaurants with sticky red seats and cups you have to re-wipe. It's a bit more expensive but the decor is nice, roomy, servings large, and service good. Plus they give you for free almond jello (heavenly taste) and OJ slices.
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