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Cathay House

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718 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108-2404
+1 415-982-3388
11:30 - 21:30
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Melbourne, Australia
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37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had 2 meals here during our stay,the food was of good quality and value for money. The banquet had a good variety of flavors and generous servings.

Thank Piggybackfarm
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Make sure you keep on walking down China Town to find a more decent place! Food here is so plain and bland. I had the seafood chow mien and I would not recommend this at all. My boyfriend had a chicken dish and it was slightly better quality but still below restaurant standard. Overall would not come here again and... More 

Thank Hayley W
Honolulu, Hawaii
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I always come here for happy hour. The round bar is so unique and the bartender is very friendly. There are lots of after work Chinatown office people here.

Thank ktangohk
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

On our recent SF trip and a visit to Chinatown we found this interesting place. Very friendly folks and very good food reasonably priced. Lots of famous folks have visited this family restaurant just into Chinatown a few blocks.

Thank Stephen K
Roswell NM
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314 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

We came here on our honeymoon 33 years years ago, and enjoyed a meal at the Cathay house. All I remembered was eating my first Longon berry with the almond cookie for dessert. This time, we were ushered to the best seat in the house - the one that overlooks the street. The food wasn't as good as the table... More 

Thank takrafty
Birmingham, Alabama
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133 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Not horrible like the one other place I gave a one star to once, but definitely low on the flavor scale. I had ginger beef, hardly any zing in a muddled brown sauce. Beef was tender though. Chicken cooked in parchment had a bit of flavor, but not exceptional.

Thank ALChemProf
Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Our fault probably as it was the first restaurant we came upon on in China town, but this was the worst meal we've had, anywhere! Deep fried nothing for staters & bistro gravy covered mystery meat for mains. Keep walking is our advice, there must be something better in China town 😞

Thank Lineyellion
Altrincham, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

We just happened upon this place and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. Also it was full of local Chinese people which is always a good sign. Good value enjoyable food.

Thank Enty61
San Diego, California
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Everything we ate was perfect! Not sure what these other reviewers are talking about? Everything was delicious! Nothing wrong with this place whatsoever!

Thank llstarr
Bologna, Italy
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Authentic I loved the service and the variety of food! Everyone at my table shared food and it was all sooo good! I want to go back next time I visit San Fransisco!

Thank ugetoutthere

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
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Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 718 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108-2404
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 415-982-3388

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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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As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighbourhood decorated with colourful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighbourhood.
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