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Yan's Kitchen

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57 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94111-2122
415-989-8820
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Takeout

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
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  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
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Small, family run Chinese restaurant on the edge of Chinatown that is cash only. General Tso’s chicken was toasty and tasty. Sometimes it can be just a derivative of orange chicken or sweet and sour and this was definitely not the case. Mongolian shrimp, chicken and beef with ginger and onion was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2015
FtLewis
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Dallas, Texas
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Sheboygan, WI
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Based on reviews, I decided to make the 1 mile walk to Yan's Kitchen, hoping to get some Chinese food that was tasty and hopefully, a notch above the take out slop that too many Chinese restaurants settle for. The best I can say is that when I arrived back at my hotel, the food was still hot. It was... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

After reading all the reviews, we were looking forward to lunch at Yan's Kitchen. The restaurant is small and right on Columbus. When we walked in, there was one couple eating and all but two of the remaining tables were dirty. We ordered from the lunch menu and the food was prepared fresh for us, but the fried items were... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Small, family run Chinese restaurant on the edge of Chinatown that is cash only. General Tso’s chicken was toasty and tasty. Sometimes it can be just a derivative of orange chicken or sweet and sour and this was definitely not the case. Mongolian shrimp, chicken and beef with ginger and onion was fresh tasting served over a bed of brown... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Amazing food individually prepared while you wait and well worth it. A small, 9 tables, family restaurant, but some of the best Chinese food my wife and I have ever had. Unfortunately we could not talk them into relocating to Arizona so can only highly suggest for those who visit or live there do not miss out on this opportunity.

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2 Thank Lesserg
Denver
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Love this place. Kind of a dive but food is good and the price is right. I go here for lunch fairly frequently. I like the seafood with vegetables. Seems like a couple own/run this place. They are quiet but friendly and always remember my order which is unusual in such a big city

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Saskatchewan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015 via mobile

A little place on the edge of the Financial District, North Beach and Chinatown. We ordered the potstickers, vegetable chow mein and General Tso's Chicken. Everything was fantastic, fresh and so deliscious. Looked like a husband and wife team, she was so sweet and nice. Not fancy looking, but bright and clean. I thought it was cute. But more importantly,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

great food,friendly service and very reasonably priced. good for friends and families. This cafe has been here for twenty years, it's a bit scruffy but the food is delicious.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Went there for dinner. Reasonably priced. Food was pretty good, nothing spectacular. Nice neighborhood place.

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Henderson, Nevada
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Yan's Kitchen is like any family run restaurant you would find in any city in China. Small, ten tables; mom is hostess and waitress; dad is chef...two person operation for a fantastic meal. So when patrons complain about the service you have to remember that you should be there to relax, take your time to enjoy the food and socialize... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

the BEST genera' tso I have ever had, hands down. Crunchy and amazing sauce! The rest wasn't too bad either- the family dinner meal was only 10 for each person and we had enough for another meal later. AMAZING place, so glad we looked it up on Yelp and went!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 57 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94111-2122
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Financial District
  • Neighborhood: Financial District
  • Phone Number: 415-989-8820

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Financial District
The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
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