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Oriental Pearl Restaurant

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Chinatown
Chinese, Asian, Dim Sum
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760 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 433-1817
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 109
    Excellent
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    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 31
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Chow Mein

Looks suspicious from the sidewalk, but we ventured in anyway, and boy am I glad we did. Some of the best damn Asian food we've ever had. not sure if it was chow mein or lo mein, but oh mein was it good!!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
Team_ESPI
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San Antonio
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

It's on a side street in San Fran Chinatown.. The door is right at the sidewalk and the wall is just concrete block. Inside there's more concrete blocks, a stairway and an elevator. When you come out of the elevator one floor up, you won't believe it. White linen tablecloths and beautiful, elegant décor. The food is amazing - and... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The Oriental Pearl misses its mark completely, in a city rife with wonderful Chinese fare. I agree with Derrick A, who indicated that the soup was a letdown, and proceeded to describe other disappointing dishes. I have never had worse sweet and sour soup anywhere, even at a take-out joint in Ottawa, Canada. The crab is a nightmare to eat,... More 

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San Antonio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015 via mobile

Looks suspicious from the sidewalk, but we ventured in anyway, and boy am I glad we did. Some of the best damn Asian food we've ever had. not sure if it was chow mein or lo mein, but oh mein was it good!!!

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Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This year was my turn to plan the lunch stop in Chinatown when myself and 5 friends wanted dinner - with so many places to try, how do you choose? On Clay Street, it was pretty easy to find, doesn't look like much from the outside, but once up the stairs, it's a wonderful looking restaurant, very clean, very understated... More 

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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We went on a Saturday evening; we were the only Asian customers. For a Cantonese restaurant, the soup was a letdown: diluted and bland. The next disappointment was the sweet and sour cod - too red, too soggy. The claypot eggplant and minced pork was plentiful but couldn't make the mark - too wet, lacked "wok hei" (this is a... More 

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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177 reviews 177 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

The Oriental Pearl does not look like much from the outside. Do not be put off by that. Inside you will find a beautiful restaurant. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The food is awesome, especially the dumplings, potstickers, and the barbecue pork steamed manapua. The accompanying sauces are also very tasty.

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Tampa, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We ate here on a quiet Tuesday night - it was fabulous. I've read many reviews about Chinatown restaurants being tourist traps or rip-offs, but our experience here was none of that: great quality food, eager friendly service and reasonably priced.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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61 reviews 61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This restaurant has a very nice atmosphere that is different from some in Chinatown. The food was very good, particularly for those who like the spice level high. A particular standout in that regard was the hot and sour soup.

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Arkansas
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135 reviews 135 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

This place looks like a dive from the outside, but it's worth heading into Chinatown to visit. The inside is surprisingly updated and modern, and the dumplings are to die for. Try a variety...you don't be disappointed.

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Tromso, Norway
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Wanted to try some genuine Chinese food while in San Fransisco. The staff was service minded and pleasant and prices OK. But the food did not really taste anything (we tried three different courses). Had much better chinese food at a food court a few days later.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 760 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94108
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: (415) 433-1817

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 15
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian, Dim Sum

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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