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Hang Ah Tea Room

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1 Pagoda Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108-2158
415-982-5686
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Back in Time - a China Travel

It was Friday night in San Francisco, and an amazing down pour of rain during a drought exposed time in California! But go I must to see a few friends at this hidden tea house called "Hang Ah" in Chinatown. This eatery is usually overlooked, as its located at an off beaten path on 1 Pagoda... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Quasarsoujourner01
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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153 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was Friday night in San Francisco, and an amazing down pour of rain during a drought exposed time in California! But go I must to see a few friends at this hidden tea house called "Hang Ah" in Chinatown. This eatery is usually overlooked, as its located at an off beaten path on 1 Pagoda Place. Even the alley... More 

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Thank Quasarsoujourner01
Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love dim sum, so when my fiance and I visited San Francisco we had to check out the oldest dim sum joint in America. When you think you're there, the place is some what hidden you have to go around the corner and then you've arrived. The decor is old but we were there for the food which did... More 

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Thank Vanessa N
Phoenix, Arizona
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice little hike from Grant Ave up Sacramento towards Stockton, worth the climb, Don't go for the decor, run down and out dated, go for the BBQ pork buns, they were better than average, tender dough and the pork had that perfect sweetness. Pot-stickers had a great crispy pan fried crust and a tasty filling, the dipping sauce was a... More 

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Thank cheese4me
Cortona, Italy
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Overall, disappointing. I was looking forward to some good authentic chinese and dim sum. The place is run down, the service not friendly, the food just acceptable. Hardly any vegetables in the chowmein,the dimsum I ordered tasted left over; the lemon chicken was the best thing we ordered, but it did not taste that fresh, and the coating was a... More 

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Thank capitanissa
Gainesville, Florida
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

Wanted some good, authentic dim sum and wasn't disappointed. The food was excellent and reasonably priced. Easy to miss entrance, go down Hang Ah alley by children's playground. In a basement and furniture needs an update but definitely do not let that put you off. Food takes a while to come out but this is because they make it fresh,... More 

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Thank UKinFL
SAN JACINTO
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86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We were there early, did not want to miss it. They prepare it while you wait, fresh and so goooooood. The service was great and prices are reasonable. Make sure and get directions to it, as if you blink, you might miss it. It is next to a community tennis and playground area.

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Thank DANIEL L
New Jersey
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Down an alleyway and in a basement may be the last place you’d expect to find a good restaurant but Hang Ah’s dim sum was all good. We have very little experience with dim sum but the waitress was very helpful in explaining the menu. We tried 5 different dishes and everything was tasty. The best part was that our... More 

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Thank fezziwig99
Lahaina, Hawaii
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We are San Francisco locals and we have tried a lot of Dim Sum places. We tried this place because of its reviews but were disappointed. Food was nothing special and the service was slow.

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Thank maloke2014
SHAVANO PARK, TEXAS
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Every Chinese Restaurant should be measured against this place. Once you have eaten here that's what you will do.

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Thank ADPUFINSTUFF
New York City, New York
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Went there at 11 during the weekday and it was quiet. Probably the friendliest service I've received in any Chinatown restaurant across the States. The dim sum was very good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Pagoda Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108-2158
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 415-982-5686

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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Staying in Chinatown

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Chinatown
As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighborhood decorated with colorful 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 neighborhood.
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