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Great Eastern - 30 Reviews - 649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5009, San Francisco, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (415) 986-2500

Great Eastern

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649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5009 (at at Kearny)
San Francisco, CA 94133
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(415) 986-2500
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Great Eastern - San Francisco, CA
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Best

The last reviewer who said blah blah blah mentioned you wouldn't be happy with great eastern if you are looking for Mandarin or Hunan. Well, guess what? This is neither of those...

Worst

I was completely underwhelmed with my experience of great eastern. There plates were so bland that it left me wanting, we family styled some 8-10 dishes, and none of them were ex...

Great Eastern Restaurant is great fresh chinese food 10/15/2009

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
Ate her with my two chicken lo mein loving kids at the end of July 2009.Food was excellent, as was pricing ( for San Francisco).Service ver... more

Over-hyped restaurant with bad service, mediocre food, and a long wait time 12/27/2008

As a native Chinese, I'm an avid fan of dim sum and have eaten at quite a few restaurants, but I don't have anything good to say about Great Eastern. The food was only average (the shrimp dumplings fell apart when we picked them up, everything was lukewarm, and there was layer over our porridge after it'd been sitting out too long), the decorations shabby, and the service was HORRIBLE. The waiters were downright curt with us, dumping our food on the table with a scowl before they whisked off somewhere else. No joke - I think I've been treated that way only once or twice in my life. Pros: Popular, great tourist trap Cons: Bad service, food's so-so, bathroom's under the stairwell, shabby ambience, long wait time more

Over-hyped restaurant with bad service, mediocre food, and a long wait time 12/26/2008

ChloeS142 Provided by Partner
As a native Chinese, I'm an avid fan of dim sum and have eaten at quite a few restaurants, but I don't have anything good to say about Great Eastern. The food was only average (the shrimp dumplings fell apart when we picked them up, everything was lukewarm, and there was layer over our porridge after it'd been sitting out too long), the decorations shabby, and the service was HORRIBLE. The waiters were downright curt with us, dumping our food on the table with a scowl before they whisked off somewhere else. No joke - I think I've been treated that way only once or twice in my life. I think it had to do with the fact that we had dressed casually and weren't foreigners, sadly enough. Many popular Chinese restaurants I've tried have always looked down on the "native" eaters, with the assumption that we're not the worthy customers. Paranoia? No, this behavior's common in China too, and I'm only sorry that the servers had such big egos here. My suggestion is to try a smaller, less-hyped restaurant. The food here is only mediocre, and it can be had for a lot cheaper at a family restaurant. (Yes, they look cramped and shabby, but the owners love their customers!) My $7.50 quail egg porridge is usually only $4 anywhere else I go - the prices are so inflated because they know they can get away with it. Ugh. I'm sure many people have had great experiences, but I would never go back to that restaurant. This place is popular for food that I could get anywhere else for better service, less wait time, and probably a cleaner restroom as well (although in SF, that's hard to find). Pros: Popular, great tourist trap Cons: Bad service, food's so-so, bathroom's under the stairwell, shabby ambience, long wait time more

food 12/1/2008

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
I usually come here to get dim sum, their usually a lot of people that come in for dim sum or dinner. This place is well priced and has a gr... more

great food 8/23/2007

This is one of the best restaurants in Chinatown or anywhere else. The food is always fresh. Helpful friendly waiters. It can be very busy at lunch time but always a lot of tables. Always full of families and tourists. Pros: great food more

great food 8/22/2007

victorpf Provided by Partner
This is one of the best restaurants in Chinatown or anywhere else. The food is always fresh. Helpful friendly waiters. It can be very busy at lunch time but always a lot of tables. Always full of families and tourists. Pros: great food Cons: none more

Some Delectable Dim Sum 5/13/2007

Wandering Chinatown seeking a new experience is always fun for me. I selected this Chinatown fixture based... more

Some Delectable Dim Sum 5/13/2007

jwbnyc Provided by Partner
Wandering Chinatown seeking a new experience is always fun for me. I selected this Chinatown fixture based on the number of chinese families waiti... more

Some Delectable Dim Sum 5/13/2007

jwbnyc Provided by Partner
Wandering Chinatown seeking a new experience is always fun for me. I selected this Chinatown fixture based on the number of chinese families waiti... more

great duck! mmm... 11/11/2006

This place has really good duck! amazing duck! they also have a lot of other good chinese food but I can't get enough of there duck. For a chinese restaurant, it is very very clean. There is definitely a wait during the weekends! Pros: The DUCK and the BBQ ribs Cons: the wait! more

great duck! mmm... 11/10/2006

aznlawyer Provided by Partner
This place has really good duck! amazing duck! they also have a lot of other good chinese food but I can't get enough of there duck. For a chinese restaurant, it is very very clean. There is definitely a wait during the weekends! Pros: The DUCK and the BBQ ribs Cons: the wait! more

Fantastic Cantonese 7/12/2006

drummerliz Provided by Partner
The last reviewer who said blah blah blah mentioned you wouldn't be happy with great eastern if you are looking for Mandarin or Hunan. Well, guess what? This is neither of those. It's Cantonese, and the flavors in Cantonese are much more subtle than throwing a heap of red peppers on something and calling it flavor. This is a great restaurant and I highly recommend it for Dim Sum and regular dining. If you want Hunan, don't go to a Cantonese restaurant then trash it because it isn't something it never purports to be. Pros: Excellent seafood and Dim Sum Cons: Long waits on weekends for Dim Sum more

Fantastic Cantonese 7/12/2006

The last reviewer who said blah blah blah mentioned you wouldn't be happy with great eastern if you are looking for Mandarin or Hunan. Well, guess what? This is neither of those. It's Cantonese, and the flavors in Cantonese are much more subtle than throwing a heap of red peppers on something and calling it flavor. This is a great restaurant and I highly recommend it for Dim Sum and regular dining. If you want Hunan, don't go to a Cantonese restaurant then trash it because it isn't something it never purports to be. Pros: Excellent seafood and Dim Sum Cons: Long waits on weekends for Dim Sum more

Good food 7/3/2006

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
I had their shark soup and shrimp balls during their dim sum and it was good. It's a definite must! My other friends got the sweet and sou... more

Should be called Nothing great Eastern 1/13/2005

I was completely underwhelmed with my experience of great eastern. There plates were so bland that it left me wanting, we family styled some 8-10 dishes, and none of them were exceptional, few were average and several were downright awful. With acess to so many fresh vegetables along Stockton, I was disappointed to see mostly canned goods making there way onto these plates, Rehydrated oyster and shitake mushrooms, cannned bamboo shoots and baby corn, zero ginger, crappy white sauces, frozen goyza potstickers. I could have put together a better meal at home. With the final bill coming to 165 USD, I was amazed to see people putting up with such poor food. Out of towners may like the feel of a Chinatown experience, but for locals looking for hunan and mandarin its blah, blah, blah. more

Should be called Nothing great Eastern 1/12/2005

ossie Provided by Partner
I was completely underwhelmed with my experience of great eastern. There plates were so bland that it left me wanting, we family styled some 8-10 dishes, and none of them were exceptional, few were average and several were downright awful. With acess to so many fresh vegetables along Stockton, I was disappointed to see mostly canned goods making there way onto these plates, Rehydrated oyster and shitake mushrooms, cannned bamboo shoots and baby corn, zero ginger, crappy white sauces, frozen goyza potstickers. I could have put together a better meal at home. With the final bill coming to 165 USD, I was amazed to see people putting up with such poor food. Out of towners may like the feel of a Chinatown experience, but for locals looking for hunan and mandarin its blah, blah, blah. more

Solid Decent Chinese Food 11/9/2004

I've been here twice and the food is definitely solid. Solid, meaning there are definitely dishes here I would eat to satisfy my hunger for chinese food. There are alot of bad chinese restaurants in chinatown (ironically the better ones are in the suburbs), but for chinatown this restaurant is decent. Decor/ambiance is decent. Service has always been good the two times I was there. And they do have validated parking for two hours at the Holiday Inn (I think it's after 5pm though). I would try the Scrambled eggs and prawns chow fun. Interesting combination, but it's pretty good! The dim sum is just ok. Pros: Decent chinese food more

Solid Decent Chinese Food 11/9/2004

foodie94108 Provided by Partner
I've been here twice and the food is definitely solid. Solid, meaning there are definitely dishes here I would eat to satisfy my hunger for chinese food. There are alot of bad chinese restaurants in chinatown (ironically the better ones are in the suburbs), but for chinatown this restaurant is decent. Decor/ambiance is decent. Service has always been good the two times I was there. And they do have validated parking for two hours at the Holiday Inn (I think it's after 5pm though). I would try the Scrambled eggs and prawns chow fun. Interesting combination, but it's pretty good! The dim sum is just ok. Pros: Decent chinese food more

Tasty food, good value 10/29/2003

Their dim sum is excellent and a much better value than Yank Sing. We always order way more than we can really eat because most everything is delicious. Service is ok. more

Tasty food, good value 10/28/2003

sherrykoyama Provided by Partner
Their dim sum is excellent and a much better value than Yank Sing. We always order way more than we can really eat because most everything is delicious. Service is ok. more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    Cut-glass chandeliers and dark wood mingle with plastic signs advertising the multitude of live seafood served here. Oversized menus include photos of the dozens of dishes...

  • 9/8/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Monday To Friday From 10:00 AM To 12:00 AM Saturday To Sunday From 09:00 AM To 12:00 AM
  • Payments:

    American Express, Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Northeast, Chinatown
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