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“Best chinese in San Fran”
Review of Yee's Restaurant

Yee's Restaurant
Ranked #934 of 5,885 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Chinese
Neighborhood: Chinatown
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Neighborhood: Chinatown
Reviewed August 1, 2011

Ate here last night after a long day... Roasted ducks in the window + huge portions at a low price + only caucasians there - best food! You know its good when the owner/host takes a break, sits down with his family and eats next to you. Will be going back...

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Reviewed April 22, 2011

Went to Yee's twice while on business in SF. This place is cheap - especially with their 3 entrees for $15.99 deal though with a catch that I will go into later.

First visit came after a whole day of sightseeing throughout the SF area. Lots of walking from Nob Hill to Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, Pier 39, North Beach, and all over Chinatown. Finally decided on Yee's as we wanted to dine at a "hole-in-the-wall" place full of locals. Placed two take-out orders of their roast duck + roast pork over rice combos ($7.50 with tax each as of 6/19). Unfortunately, they were out of roast pork so substituted with bbq pork (i.e. the red pork). The pork was good, no complaints there. Although the duck was tasty and cooked well, they were on the extremely small/not meaty side. One thing we really liked about the take out order was that they actually included bok choy with the rice! The veggie made the takeout order into a more complete meal, i.e. meats, rice, and veggie. The sauce that was poured over the rice was quite good as well, just wished the duck was meatier.

Second visit was a sit-down dinner. Went for the 3 entrees for $15.99 deal plus a couple of additional dishes. Before I go into that, we were pleasantly surprised that we were given a free bowl of artichoke soup/broth. It was a very simple soup with a couple of pieces of artichokes, but good. As for the dinner, we got 1) Deep Fried Flounder with sauce 2) Salt & Pepper Shrimp 3) Seafood Tofu Clay Pot 4) Kong Xin Cai 5) Whole Roast Duck. The last two items were not from the $15.99 deal. First, the fish was quite small while the salt/pepper shrimp was overcooked as they came out soaking in oil. The seafood tofu claypot, though good, was NOT a claypot. It was a mere mini metal wok. The most disappointing was the duck. For a whole duck, it was really devoid of meats. It actually looked like half a duck - for $7/duck I guess that is to be expected.

As with most "hole-in-the-wall" restaurants in Chinatown, there was only one bathroom per sex and it was essentially a closet. To get to it, you must walk through the dish-washing part of the kitchen with dirty/used plate/bowls stacked everywhere. I got so tired of waiting to wash my hands in the bathroom that I just washed them over the industrial sized kitchen sink.

Overall, the dinner was somewhat disappointing, not bad, but also not great. Came out to about $45. Decent meal - A-OK. Bear in mind - cash only.

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Reviewed October 24, 2010

we stumbled upon this place - looked at the chickens in the window and saw the place was packed with locals. the pork ribs were delicious. the sweet and sour soup was more on sour side. we thought it good but might not be for everything. prawns and rice noodles were to die for.

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Reviewed July 3, 2008

Walking by this place just had a certain curb appeal for me and I wanted to try this place out. I came back later with a friend and looked at their menu outside. The prices are very reasonable, so we decided to go for the three items for $15.99. Pigeon meat (boneless) with vegetables, Shredded pork with preserved vegetables over braised tofu, Steamed flounder (frozen) (menu is deep fried) but an inquiry with our waiter on what it would cost for steamed fish depending on the fish and weight. He also made a really good suggestion that they would steam a flounder though it's frozen instead of being deep fried. Our order also includes a house soup, that day was pork and tofu.

The soup is simple, pleasant taste. The pigeon meat with vegetables was quite good and tasty though the meat tasted too salty. The vegetables of beans and celery was tasty, colorful, crunchy. The shredded pork with preserved vegetables over braised tofu was also quite tasty. The tofu was deep fried with a thin tough exterior but once you bite through it, it's quite delicate, soft texture. The steamed flounder with ginger, scallions, oil and soy sauce came last as it takes longer to steam the fish was excellent, not over cooked which would make the meat tough.

They have goose which I would want to try next time. We left a larger tip than usual because the waiter taking our order was friendly, helpful about the steam flounder idea.

This is a great place to go for some good Chinese food at really good prices. The atmosphere is non pretentious, sitting in the back got us away from the draft from the front of the restaurant. Service can be a bit spotty, we saw the three items for $15.99 menu outside, but when we sat down, we weren't provided that menu and needed to ask for it, and later needed to ask for water. Cash only.

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Reviewed December 31, 2007

One of the few hole in the wall chinese restaurants in chinatown that we'll eat in. They are famous for their roasted geese - either as a rice plate dish or ala carte.

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