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Hang Ah Tea Room

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Chinatown
Chinese, Dessert, Dim Sum, Tea Room
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1 Pagoda Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108-2158
415-982-5686
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
great yum cha

Our visit was after the lunch rush. Older style decor but the food was sensational. Highly recommended.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
Lindsay W
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Our visit was after the lunch rush. Older style decor but the food was sensational. Highly recommended.

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Canby, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We arrived in SFO Chinatown last Sunday knowing we wanted to go somewhere for Dim Sum, but were immediately overwhelmed by all the choices and people pushing menus into our hands. After doing some quick work on the phone to find a recommendation, we landed on Hang Ah Tea Room. This place is a little off the beaten path, down... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Chinatown SFO is a kind of a place to go! Lot's of stores full of everything that you need (or not)! But, we found this awesome little place that'S almost centenary (94 yo) and we got surprised. Good prices, really good chinese food made by chineses that know what they'r doing (please try the chicken curry and fried rice)! DAMN... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We really enjoyed the din sum. Shrimp balls and pork dumplings were excellent. They have a higher health food rating than any other place we saw. :)

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san francisco
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It's called a 'tea room' but really it's the oldest continuously operated Dim Sum house in the U.S. (94 years in 2014). The owners (Frankie & Billy, both from Hong Kong) are super friendly and provide great service. And the food is really solid, we live right up the road, have access to all sorts of dim sum restaurants and... More 

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Shanghai, China
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The food was hit-or-miss. We ordered the pork buns and they tasted like they were frozen and reheated in the microwave. We had the egg custard bun and it was the same frozen/heated taste as the pork bun. The combination fried noodles, however, were very good. I lived in China for four years and I still get a little sticker... More 

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ATLANTA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Recently went to Hang Ah Tea Room and was really disappointed. Food was not good at all. We had the shrimp dumplings, which were gummy. The fried sesame appetizer was inedible to me. The chicken with vegetables was bland, but at least edible. To top it off -- the service was really slow and the restaurant was empty. We had... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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177 reviews 177 reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I returned to San Francisco after 12 years and top of my list was a visit to Hang Ah Tea Room, which was may favorite place for dim sum. The sweet older lady that I just loved is no longer there, but the restaurant still has the same feel. They don't have the lunch sampler nor the shrimp toast anymore... More 

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Brandywine, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Figured I would visit the "oldest Chinese restaurant" in SF to see if the Chinese food is better than back east. Shrimp dumplings were good (pricey), tea was good and the bbq pork buns were sub par (dinner rolls with a tiny bit of pork in them). Overall $15 later I left hungry and dissapointed. Staff was really nice but... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I wanted to go somewhere in Chinatown that would just be good food for good prices. And I mean GOOD food. After reading a lot of online reviews I picked this place. ITS AWESOME. Its almost under-priced its so cheap. Service was awesome too, which is mostly unusual in China town. Mongolian Beef is great. Shrimp dumplins YUM. I want... More 

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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, Dessert, Dim Sum, Tea Room

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Neighborhood Profile
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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