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“Lunch - Great Experience”

Hakkasan San Francisco
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Ranked #182 of 5,922 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Union Square
Cross street: Market Street & Geary Street
Reviewed January 8, 2014

This restaurant with its active bar scene in the evening can be noisy and not conducive to a good dining experience, but lunch is the opportune time to enjoy an excellent high quality meal in this high end Chinese "chain" restaurant (there are about a dozen Hakkasans in various major cities in and outside the U.S.)

Three of us had lunch here on January 8th, and the waiter Chris expertly guided us through the menu (my wife has a gluten allergy), making suggestions that appealed to all of us. Wonderful flavors, very filling. Two of us had a glass of the Gavi wine, which was good.

The restaurant offers a choice of still or sparkling water when you are seated, and is very good about ensuring that water glasses are refilled and used plates are removed.

If you're not comfortable using chop sticks, don't hesitate to ask for a knife and fork. Also, ask for a serving spoon for each of the meals you ordered if you're sharing (as we did). We should have asked for separate small plates for some of the food as the sauces from one dish otherwise blend into the next one you are trying.

The tables are comfortably apart and it is easy to converse during lunch (although they could have turned down the volume of the music). The restaurant is beautifully appointed. The wait staff is very professional (and abundant, which one would expect for the price, the quality of the meal, and the experience).

Yes, it is expensive, but the value is there.

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Thank BerkeleyJohn
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

Did the six course wine pairing. Very good! Great great service…..our server was absolutely outstanding. Great atmosphere for New Years. My first experience with Hakkasan and I was not disappointed.

Will try the one in London next

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Thank edkhub
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

We had no restaurant booking our first night in San Francisco so, based on an online review, we visited Hakkasan and what a find! They served what would be some of the best Chinese food I have ever tasted. The atmosphere and decor were amazing and the bar tender was top rate. Plus we were given free desserts - I still don't know why but they told us we were in the right place at the right time! Very highly recommended.

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Thank terry6004
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Reviewed December 13, 2013

I had a Hong Kong Dusk at Hakkasan SF, which may be the best cocktail I have ever had. Its a must try.

Thank AHWhiteside
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

We were a party of four with reservations and were seated immediately and politely. The menu is varied and offers options of meat, vegetarian, seafood, etc. We each tried a soup. Mine was the sweet and sour vegetarian. It was served piping hot and freshly made. There was a lithe "kick" in the broth, but nothing too strong. In short, it was pleasant, great tasting and a perfect way to start dinner. Our host ordered a huge platter of Dim Sum as a communal dish. They were fresh and many different kinds. All were good! Next, each of us ordered a separate entrée and shared them.
Mine was sweet and sour pork with a thick, yummy sauce. It was served with vegetables that made a good sized portioned plate. We ordered a deep, red Italian wine which complemented all of our entrée choices. Dessert was a curried ice cream! Mild, tasty and also freshly made.
Service was impeccable attentive without being intrusive. Our captain saw that the courses came as required and each waiter was pleasant and courteous.
All in all, a wonderful evening out in a fantastically decorated, large room with views of the street below. The bar scene near the entrance was lively and crowded. It might be a great watering hole for a drink after work.
Bring lots of $$$$ since the prices are as high as the food!

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