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Far East Cafe

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631 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108-2401
+1 415-982-3245
Today
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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San Rafael, California
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64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our Goldenaires Senior Group had lunch at Far East Cafe before heading to the Buddha's Universal Church for a Chinese Play. The food was very good. All 10 people at our table enjoyed it. We had a chicken and vegetable dish, shrimp fried rice, broccoli beef, chow mein, sweet and sour pork, a vegetarian egg roll, and a green bean... More 

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Thank cjlulu
London, United Kingdom
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203 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's an OK place for a light snack and some tea or beer. It's quite an institution and worth checking out. Quirky ambience, karaoke rooms upstairs.

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Thank DareToLive
Boston, Massachusetts
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100 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Far East cafe seemed very authentic to us. My nephew lives in San Francisco and he brought us here. The starter potstickers were beautiful, as was the main chow mien and beef brocoli. We had our own booth. It was great fun... Far East cafe is well worth a visit...

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Thank Brian B
Boston, Massachusetts
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320 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a great meal here with terrific service. I was wondering around Chinatown and passed by and since it had interesting decor and people in it, I went in. I was not disappointed. I was promptly seated and had a big menu of items to choose from. I went with Cashew Prawns and Seafood Clay Hot Pot and Rice.... More 

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Thank J0hnPM10
San Mateo, CA
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I have been coming to this place for years. But on my last visit, the prices were way up, and the quality of the food was down. Usually we order a few dishes from the menu for our group. But this time we decided to order the Peking Duck Dinner, which offers several dishes for $25.95 per person. That's because... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

We made a reservation for a booth which was nice and private, but once seated we were ignored. The combination platter appetizer consisted of tasteless eggrolls, thick doughy dumplings and "lightly breaded" calamari was thickly coated with batter. Spareribs appetizer was fatty and the little bit of meat was dry. Chicken with cashews looked and tasted like leftovers - a... More 

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Thank bjr192
Southborough, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

The food was good, not great, but the service was horrible. We had to flag a waiter down to order and ask three times for our check. I would avoid this place.

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Thank darganojoyner
Castro Valley, California
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173 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Far East Cafe is in the perfect Chinatown location -- right on Grant, just a couple of blocks past Dragon Gate. The food isn't terrible, but there is much better to be had in the area. But the restaurant's interior is very nice. They have a handful of booths along one wall -- which are actually small rooms with tables... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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41 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Went here on a Sunday night when there was not much activity in the street, only a few people eating inside. The decor was a bit dark and tired and the waiter stood just near our table the whole time which was a bit weird. Food was okay but probably would explore other options if we ate in chinatown again.... More 

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Thank Sophie b
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Highly overpriced food that is no better than cafeteria food. The calamari was fried horribly.. The staff is extremely short with you and does not care about you comfort. Will not recommend. Will not be coming back. There is many other place is right nearby that will have better food for way less money.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$20
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 631 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108-2401
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 415-982-3245

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Chinatown
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