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Big Lantern

Mission District
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3170 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3363
+1 415-863-8100
11:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 22:30
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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308 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

What we like about Big Lantern is it's such a diverse restaurant that everybody can choose a favorite entree or two or three or four....it's so good! Nice when families get together and share plates. The vegetable chow mein is outstanding, some of the best we've ever had. Fried rice is another favorite as well and the pork dishes get... More 

Thank happy4travel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016 via mobile

A low key Chinese place with a few guests and a hectic kitchen. The waiter was almost hash, but with good intentions. We ordered a set of vegetarian dim sum and they really made our evening. Super fresh, perfect tension and a delicate balance of the tastes. We don't have a long series of experience of dim sum, but to... More 

Thank Peter A
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015

Had $65 order delivered hot and tasty, but SFO traffic and parking being what it is, I understand the 55 minute wait. I've never been TO the restaurant, so I can't review the atmosphere at all, sorry. We ordered vegetable fried rice and chow mein, pork chow mein, mushrooms/water chestnuts/bok choi, and chicken chow mein, cuppla other items I can't... More 

Thank Chats C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

Ordered food at 11pm with an estimated delivery time of 45-1 hour max. Food arrived at 1am. Never ate it. What a waste of money!

Thank SandsOfClifton
San Francisco, CA
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256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

Found this place thru a delivery service and even though that delivery company is gone, Big L remains. A wonderful dim sum menu highlights a very good chinese menu, and there are so many great dishes to enjoy. We have never had a bad dish here in years, and that's saying a lot. Enjoy!

1 Thank William M
Jersey City, New Jersey
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

I dined in at Big Lantern and was completely baffled by the ridiculously slow service. We placed our food order and watched at least six takeout orders leave the restaurant while we sat there waiting ... and waiting ... and waiting. This turned into an all-night affair as customers who were not actually inside the restaurant were given priority over... More 

Thank Bostonner
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51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

Recently went here for dinner and was pleasantly surprised. Food portions are huge. Prices are very reasonable. ($50 for four of us.) Have dishes for nonvegetarians as well as vegetarians. Highly recommend.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3170 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3363
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighbourhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: +1 415-863-8100

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighbourhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in the country.
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