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Shai Lai Seafood Restaurant

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6255 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121-1821
+1 415-387-8338
10:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 22:00
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San Francisco, California
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123 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Been here a few times and have always gone away feeling good about eating there. Most time's I go with vegetarians, so that is the only food I can comment on. It's always been decent with a surprise. This time it was a couple of dishes that I've never had before. The first one was a winter melon with its... More 

Thank Ebert K
San Francisco, California
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87 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2016

Had a vegetarian dinner with my masters and co-students and the food was plentiful and tasty. Serve was good and pricing reasonable. Decent place and clean.

Thank Nomad627
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366 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Tried this restaurant this morning for dim sum and arriving at 11:30, there were still empty tables. At other dim sum restaurants, wait time should be at least half an hour. Not really a good sign but since I am meeting family who lives nearby there, held my breath and tried it. Not the best dim sum around but not... More 

Thank chanyu1
San Francisco, California
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 November 2015

All the traditional Cantonese "New York Style" food you could want. Very good quality, clean, tasty.

Thank Jeffrey B
San Francisco, California
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123 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2015

Went there with some Monks for a birthday celebration dinner, so it was all vegetarian. The atmosphere is a step up from your normal Chinese restaurant. When you first walk in there are tanks for the seafood but they looked unkempt on the outside so I didn't even look in the inside. Getting past that, the interior looked nice. It... More 

Thank Ebert K
San Francisco, California
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201 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2015 via mobile

Popped in for Dim Sum for Sunday Breakfast. Good selection of the usual favorites . The hargow were enormous, the pork ribs on garlic very tasty, the superior soup with dumpling very tasty, although unfortunately the dumpling arrived broken.

Thank upstairsforthinking
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40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2015 via mobile

My friend and I were looking for a place for lunch as we drove down Geary. We spotted this restaurant and stopped because it said it was a seafood restaurant. Maybe that's true at dinner but not so much at lunch. You can order dim sum off the menu or a choice of lunch specials. We randomly ordered several items... More 

Redwood City, California
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145 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2015

I use to go to this restaurant when it was The Mayflower Chinese Restaurant, and it was always wonderful! Great food, relatively clean dining room and restrooms, friendly staff and reasonable prices. (When I found out that the owner of The Hong Kong Flower Lounge, in Millbrae, CA, now owns this restaurant, I should have run the other way!) Except... More 

Thank bbtapper
Boston, Massachusetts
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410 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2014 via mobile

After a long day, my wife and I were heading toward Chinatown when I passed this restaurant. We decided to avoid the typical Chinatown bedlam of people and traffic and stop in. What a great find! The place is bright, service good and the food wonderful. Portions are certainly far bigger too! Prices were extremely reasonable. This restaurant is definitely... More 

Thank Stewart T
Lakeville, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 November 2014

I was very pleased with this restaurant. I will definitely go to this restaurant again the next time I am in San Francisco.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Chinese, Seafood, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6255 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121-1821
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: +1 415-387-8338

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