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Oriental Pearl Restaurant

760 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Chinatown)
(415) 433-1817
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Ranked #767 of 4,851 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $15 - $15
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese, Dim Sum
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Chinatown
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240 reviews from our community

71% Recommend
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Chicago, IL
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

There's no shortage of dim sum restaurants in San Francisco, and most are good enough. What sets Oriental Pearl above most is its servers' willingness and ability to work with you, if you give them a chance. Offer a hint that your curiosity extends beyond pot stickers and the usual steamed shrimp dumplings and you'll get suggestions (some on the... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Booked at this restaurant on recommendation of the Hotel Concierge. Walked there from Financial District. First impressions not great, you go up a scruffy staircase to get to the restaurant. There were 11 of us and the waitress suggested a Chinese banquet for 11. We expected that this would mean lots of dishes to choose from so agreed, having first... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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65 reviews 65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Went to Chinatown for Chinese and found this place on my smartphone.....food, service, and atmosphere are all top notch....you can order family style which I like, you get to sample a lot of food....wait staff overly helpful.....its off the main road.

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Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

I've been to heaps of Chinese restaurants in my home city (Melbourne, Australia) that are far superior and cost less - no doubt San Fran has much better to offer too. I went there based on a recommendation that was clearly incorrect. The food was bland & uninteresting - nothing unpleasant about it, just nothing to recommend it. The surroundings... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

The concierge in our hotel recommended this place when we asked about a restaurant in China Town. Pros: Great and helpful staff, pleasant atmosphere. Cons: The Dim Sum was about a B-, okay, just not great. I wouldn't tell you to steer clear of this place since the food and service were fine, I just wouldn't make a special trip... More

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Leola, pa
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Small restaurant overlooking Chinatown in San Francisco. Enjoyable experience, attentive staff, would visit again without hesitation.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Surprisingly, the concierge at the JW Marriott recommended this place as her top pick in Chinatown. There is zero ambiance and the lighting is commercial fluorescent. Our Mongolian Beef, Kung Pow Chicken and fried rice was not enjoyable and the dim sum was disappointing as well. Interestingly enough, there was an English gentlemen dining behind us that we overheard telling... More

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St. George, Utah
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52 reviews 52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by our hotel doorman. He must be related to the owner. We ordered walnut shrimp, egg rolls, wonton soup and pork pot stickers. Clean faculty on 2nd floor. We must have caught them on a BLAND day!! Absolutely NO flavor in any of the entries! Won't return.

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Colchester, England, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The Oriental Pearl was recommended by our hotel's concierge, and failing such a recommendation we would probably not have 'dropped in', since from the outside the restaurant looked 'tired'! However, the place inside was well presented, the service very attentive and speedy, and the food was superb. It is a family restaurant with the consequent atmosphere. We've dined in many... More

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

After several days of sight seeing and on this day hiking more than 4 miles of San Francisco's urban hills + the obligatory harbor tour we arrived back at our hotel exhausted in early evening. As we were on the edge of Chinatown we asked our concierge for a recommendation for authentic Hong Kong style cooking. Since we'd lived in... More

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