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Empress of China - 24 Reviews - 838 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA - Chinese Restaurants Reviews - Phone (415) 434-1345

Empress of China

838 Grant Ave (at Washington Street)
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 434-1345
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Empress of China - San Francisco, CA
Empress of China - San Francisco, CA
Empress of China - San Francisco, CA


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Chinese food in San Francisco, how can you go wrong. But if you want the cream of the crop go to Empress. Authentic and super tasty. \r \r Pricing is good, but if you really ...


This place was adequate. The service wasn't too great and the food wasn't as fresh as I would have expected. We ordered sea food and were very disappointed. We also weren't able t...

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Empress China--Expensive Chinese Food!! 6/12/2006

Have you ever paid $17 for Singaporean noodle, or $18 for Cashew Chicken? Well, that's the price you should expect for this high end Chinese restaurant in SF. I don't think I've ever paid that much for Chinese food in my whole life! Granted, they did have a nice view and all their waiters were dressed up in green suits, but the food itself was not worth the price. The portions were small and the taste was way too greasy! Our hot and sour soup cost us $8 for two little bowls. I'm used to paying $7 for a big bowl of hot and sour soup that feeds 6 in Seattle. I guess this is what happens when you choose a restaurant where George Bush dined at? My advice for those who are looking for authentic and affordable Chinese food? Don't go to Empress China. The food is just ok. more

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good drinks in a great setting 9/1/2005

The Empress of China restaurant is 1950’s idea of fancy. It looked like it was in a public housing project, yet presidents and second tier celebrities eat there. From the pictures it looks like it used to get 1st tier celebrities until the 1970’s. It smells a little bit like grandma's house. The drinks are quite affordable and of good quality. We just went for drinks and didn't eat there. The decor makes it worth the trip. more

A Nice Atmosphere 7/15/2005

I went to this restaurant because my relatives were over and it was close by. When we walked into the restaurant, a waiter greeted us and showed us to our table. The service was okay there. The food was also okay, nothing special. However, the atmosphere and the mood of the restaurant was great. It was very relaxing. more
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Owner Message

  • The Empress of China is lauded internationally as one of the world's most beautiful Oriental restaurants. Holiday Awards and virtually every award of merit that is bestowed upon restaurants of exceptional quality has been conferred on us.
    The Empress features the distinctive cuisine of all China since the Age of the Five Emperors some 4,500 years ago. The elegant atmosphere reflects the classic beauty, color, and architectural form of the Han era (206 BC). Matchless city and bay views enhance leisurely dining.


  • The Scene
    Perched on the eighth floor of a Chinatown high-rise, this restaurant offers ornate, if a bit dated, decor and spectacular views of Coit Tower and the eastern cityscape....

  • 10/14/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Daily 11:30am-10:30pm
  • Payments:

    Discover, Visa, American Express, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Chinatown, Northeast