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Uncle's Cafe

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65 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108-2118
415-982-1954
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
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When in Chinatown avoid the tourist restaurants and look for where the locals eat. Uncle's café is such a place. Always busy, always noisy and always an adventure. Uncle's is an excellent place for a quick lunch or more leisurely dinner but be aware that at dinner it is packed with local... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2014
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Terre Haute, Indiana
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Terre Haute, Indiana
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142 reviews 142 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

When in Chinatown avoid the tourist restaurants and look for where the locals eat. Uncle's café is such a place. Always busy, always noisy and always an adventure. Uncle's is an excellent place for a quick lunch or more leisurely dinner but be aware that at dinner it is packed with local families who dawdle so expect a wait. This... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Had the hot pot with 3 broths plus bak choi, lamb and beef. We also had noodles and ma po tofu to share. Plenty Of food and Excellent. Those giving this place 1 stars seem to be expecting Americanized Chinese food: the one star reviewer who was complaining about his general Tso's chicken convinced us to go here... Glad we... More 

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Sacramento, CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We went here because my wife struck up a conversation with the cute little Chinese girl that everyone was ignoring on the street corner trying to pass out menus. My wife felt sorry for her so we went. Sooo glad we did. This is an authentic Chinese place with a good mix of 'Americanized Chinese' food to make it acceptable... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

I ate here for lunch while I was touring Chinatown. I ordered the Kung Pao tofu and hot and sour soup. It was so hot and spicy that my eyes watered the whole time. But once my taste buds calmed down I realized just how great the food was, and not very expensive. I went back for dinner a few... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

We found this place by accident, and we were pleasantly surprised with how great it was. Terrific food, reasonable prices. And as we were here early in the evening, the service was actually pretty good. We ordered the Mandarin dinner too, and liked everything. Next time we are in San Francisco we will make a point to come back here.

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Tigard, Oregon, United States
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8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

What really turned us off was the poor service. Most aspects of their service were slow and inattentive. Slow to seat us, and slow to provide menus and water. Our server was angered by our polite questions about menu items. I ordered Gen. Tsao's chicken, straight off the menu with a photo of the dish. The photo of course was... More 

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Medina, Ohio
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62 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

Nothing against PF Chiangs really. But this place is closer to real Chinese. I've eaten here a couple of times and always enjoyed it. It is sort of a joint though, but the food is good and service friendly. They make a nice American breakfast too with eggs and hashbrowns.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

We got a menu handed to us the corner of Grant in China Town and liked the huge variety of items so we tried it out. Wow! prawns with honey walnuts were excellent as was the flounder. The fried rice was superb!

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Milwaukee, WI
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2011

We decided to give Uncle's Cafe a try after wandering through Chinatown and having someone hand us their menu on a street corner. My husband was glad to see very few shellfish options on the menu since he is allergic and cross-contamination is often a problem. At first we were sat directly in front of the kitchen opening but then... More 

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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

Let's be honest, this is an old-school Chinese restaurant and the people there are not as customer service savvy as other places but, truth to tell, this is not why I go to Chinese restaurants. I go for authentic food at reasonable prices. If you want really good Chinese food at prices that will not "break the proverbial bank" this... More 

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Address: 65 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108-2118
Phone Number: 415-982-1954
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
Cuisine: American, Cafe

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  • Address: 65 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108-2118
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 415-982-1954

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Cafe

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