We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews



$20 - $20
Chinese, Asian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
View all details
meals, features
Reviews (409)
Filter reviews
344 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Traveler rating
See what travelers are saying:
Selected filters
Updating list...
Reviewed August 20, 2020

I understand business is different now with COVID, but if this what they are going to put out, I would consider just focusing on deliveries. Rude person seats us at a dirty table outside in the street. Cashew chicken was cold and flavorless. Chicken fried...rice was ok. No mustard, no checking up on us. The banging from the steel drums down the street was incessant.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed December 9, 2019

On a recent trip to San Francisco, we re-visited this restaurant which we had enjoyed as newlyweds 52 years ago. The atmosphere is still very pleasant, with Chinese lanterns and cozy, private booths (reservations required when they are busy). The menu is on the high...side of moderate, with the $20.95/person lunch or dinner offering tea, egg roll, excellent fried rice, and traditional Cantonese chicken or beef with plenty of vegetables and skimpy portions of meat. For $23.95/person, or more than 2 people, you can get spicier entrees. Service was friendly and helpful.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed October 18, 2019 via mobile

Real chinese restaurant in china town. We had bbq pork fried rice and chowfun and was excellent. Will go back again.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 17, 2019

Wandered in here after shopping and had a decent meal. Kinda pricey for Chinese food and not really any better than what we get at home. Food was huge, but rather pedestrian. Service was OK until a "busload" of tourists came in, then the attention...was focused on the party of about 30.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 15, 2019 via mobile

We were walking in Chinatown and as it was late we ended up here and were disappointed Service was poor! The waiter simply stood next to our table and stared at us as we were looking thru the menu Food wasn’t that good: tiny pieces...of chicken or pork and not too tastyMore

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 24, 2019

You can’t go wrong with a 99 year old restaurant. We shared the dinner for two- lots of food. The spring rolls were crispy, the egg flower soup hot and delicious, beef and broccoli tender and tasty, almond chicken mmmmm, fried rice was okay. Service...was prompt. A good sign was the number of Asians eating there and locals as well.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 9, 2019 via mobile

We wandered into this restaurant as we were in Chinatown and wanted some Chinese cuisine. We opted for dim sum and were disappointed at the stodgy dumplings filled with meat which tasted bland and coarse. We have had dim sum all over the world, an...experience which we have always enjoyed because of the exquisite tastes and fine pastry. Not this time. Perhaps we should have chosen from the rest of the menu!More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 30, 2019 via mobile

This is another restaurant we enjoy visiting when in San Francisco. The menu is huge, though we tend to stick to our chicken fried rice and won ton soup. I tend to have a glass of Chardonnay with the meal, which is probably two-thirds the...cost of most SF restaurants. Complimentary hot tea is also provided. Service is quite efficient, though sometimes a little language challenge with the staff. We like to dine in the curtained booths, which is a fun experience. Unfortunately, due to their popularity, you now need to reserve them ahead of time. We’ll do that next visit!More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed August 19, 2019

We planned on walking through Chinatown mid-day with the intention of finding an authentic restaurant for lunch. We wandered across the street to look at the menu posted at the unassuming entrance. Upon glancing inside, we knew we found our spot! The interior is beautiful...and much larger than you will expect. There are semi-private dining rooms along the left hand side, a large area of tables in the middle, and fish tanks in the rear...not for decorations but for keeping the fish fresh until you point to which one you want to eat! The menu is vast, as in hundreds of choices. The waitstaff very attentive and authentic, a few speak English. When the time came to clear our table, four people converged and did the work in seconds. We each got three small plates off the appetizer menu. If we each had two, it still would have been too much. The food was great, so was the tea and beer. This was a delightful experience and I highly recommend it.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed August 3, 2019 via mobile

Went yhere with family. Food was stale. Service was typicsl Chinese Restaurant where you have to ask twice for everythinh. For party of 5 they added 20% tip.

Date of visit: August 2019
View more reviews
Best nearby
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,
Best nearby hotelsSee all
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
1,682 reviews
.09 miles away
Grant Plaza Hotel
961 reviews
.11 miles away
Omni San Francisco Hotel
6,203 reviews
.16 miles away
Orchard Garden Hotel
1,991 reviews
.16 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
244 reviews
.09 miles away
R&G Lounge
1,711 reviews
.10 miles away
Oriental Pearl Restaurant
708 reviews
.09 miles away
Capital Restaurant
262 reviews
.09 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Old Cathedral of St. Mary
98 reviews
.04 miles away
Grant Avenue
5 reviews
.02 miles away
Comfort Women Statue - San Francisco
5 reviews
.06 miles away
49 Geary Street Art Galleries
9 reviews
.08 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Richard C
June 20, 2017|
Response from cjlulu | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I was with a group and have no idea what the overall price per person was. I would call and talk direct with the catering, or restaurant manager.
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Far East Cafe

Yes, Far East Cafe offers takeout services.

Far East Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5