If you love Chinese food with a mix of trendy flavor and a yuppier crowd, you must stop by Shanghai 1930 near the pier in SF. The decor is definitely much nicer then your normal Chinese restaurant. It's definitely not a whole in a wall. The place is dimly lit with and a big open space.
We were greeted with enthusiasm when we arrived. We reserved a table for 12 people. We decided to break the into groups of 4 and order separately. For our table, we got the egg plant (which was a bit salty), the fish on the vine(fried and served with a tamarind sauce on top, this was my favorite), the lion king meatballs (this was decent, but not great), crispy chewy Sichuan beef (they weren't kidding when they said chewy). The entrée ranges from 14-25 per dish. The price we paid after our meals and gratuity was about $27/person. However, I must say the food here is much better then Empress China in SF Chinatown. After eating our meal, we asked for our check.
My least favorite part of the night was wen we asked our waitress to split the check according to the 4 groups and we also gave her credit cards to charge. She wasn't happy, as a matter of fact, she rolled her eyes! That was just rude. Another complaint I have about this place is that the restaurant is located at the basement of a building so it was a bit hot and humid underneath. I don't understand why they can't afford to put some AC on.
Over all the dining experience was just ok, the food wasn't bad, the place is nice, but the service was pretty bad. I doubt that I will ever return to this place again. If you want to find out more about this restaurant, visit http://www.shanghai1930.com.