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The Mandarin Restaurant - 15 Reviews - 900 N Point at Ghirardelli Sq, San Francisco, CA - Waterfront Dining Reviews - Phone (415) 673-8812

The Mandarin Restaurant

900 N Point at Ghirardelli Sq
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 673-8812
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This was a truly outstanding restaurant in every regard. The decor was elegant, the setting and view superb, and the food was out of this world. Unfortunately, as of this writin...


The hot and sour soup and ma po tofu each tasted of red pepper and very little else, with the soup too gloopy and the tofu sauce colorless and thin. The sesame chicken (battered ...

Gone, but there's an LA alternative ... 1/25/2011

... the Mandarette Cafe on Beverly Boulevard near La Cienega was started by the son of Cecilia Chang who ran the SF and LA Mandarin restaurants. I won't say it's as good as his mother's restaurants, but then again the Mandarins were*very* good. And it's cheaper. Just not in SF, sorry :( They won't let me post the URL but Google on mandarette cafe and it will be the first listing. more

Sadly, another outstanding one bites the dust 1/7/2011

This was a truly outstanding restaurant in every regard. The decor was elegant, the setting and view superb, and the food was out of this world. Unfortunately, as of this writing (January, 2011), it appears to have been closed for some time now. The Beverly Hills site apparently lost its lease many years ago and no search can turn up a new location for it... it appears this location is also out of business. California's loss! The not-on-the-menu minced squab was to die for! more

Good food, outstanding overall 3/5/2006

We took a few clients there for a different experience and they loved it. For starters, the host told us about the preorder beggars chicken so we thought what the heck, it sounds good. What a choice, it was so unique and delicious. The rest of the food was very good and we all ended up eating too much. Definitely not the typical chinese fare that most people are used to. The decor for one is beautiful. Unlike many spots, you can actually have a conversation in this place. That plus the excellent food and wine made it a nice evening. The spot was a bit hard to find, but we're glad we found it. Pros: good parking, quiet, good service Cons: bit hard to find more

great setting, ho-hum, overpriced food 1/23/2005

The hot and sour soup and ma po tofu each tasted of red pepper and very little else, with the soup too gloopy and the tofu sauce colorless and thin. The sesame chicken (battered and deep-fried, with a sweet sauce and sesame seeds) was tasty. The interior is gorgeous and the view outstanding, but I still refuse to pay prices that are at least twice what most Chinese restaurants charge for food that's at best half as good. Pros: Beautiful setting Cons: , High Prices more

Very good Chinese! 1/17/2005

The service was impeccable, the food excellent and the decor was superb :) more

The cuisine matched the view. 10/16/2004

I took my 10-year old son to San Francisco for a week in August and this was the only restaurant we went to twice. The decor was rich, the food was light and flavorful, and the ambience was serene as we watched the many activities on the bay. Superb dining experience! Pros: Amazing food, view, Beautiful decor more

Wonderful Experience 4/22/2004

We went to the Mandarin restaurant for a birthday party and we had a wonderful and amazing experience. Unlike the Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, the atmosphere is much slower and pleasant. The waitstaff are courteous and attentive. The food is excellent and unique. The Peking duck was crispy and tasty. The glazed sea bass was cooked just right with an amazing sauce. The beggar's chicken was moist and tender with a knock-out aroma. I disagree with the review Citysearch has...the new owner has definitely cleaned up the place with excellent quality food and reasonable prices. I would come back here again and again. Pros: Excellent Food, Nice ambience, Friendly waitstaff more

great! 9/1/2003

Great food, nice decor, EXELLENT service! It is not often you can find waitstaff that is genuinely friendly and extreamly attentive without being pushy. Their timing is impecable! Great job! I had the glazed Sea Bass as an entree. It was not quite what I had expected (served as thin golden crusted pieces instead of a fillet), but that unusual and yummy dish is what made the difference in menu between this and other similar restaurants. Pros: Amazing service, good food! Cons: a little pricey more

A Turn for the better 8/22/2003

Go for the ambiance and views of the Bay, but be pleasantly delighted by the quailty of the food. Reinvigorated kitchen is turning out more flavorful, if not creative Northern Chinese cuisine. Peking duck is a must - but call in advance (24 hr notice required). Mongolian beef solid too. New management has taken this SF staple back to its roots as one of SF's best kept ""secrets."" Pros: Views of Bay, Flavorful Cuisine, Validated Parking Cons: Lighting - a bit dark, Mid-range prices more

Mandarin=YUMM!! 8/18/2003

If you haven't tried the NEW Mandarin you are missing out on a fantastic meal served impeccably in one of San Francisco's most historic locations. The new management has dramatically improved the quality of food and the level of service. You have to try the soup dumplings, a unique dish that makes a fun to share appetizer. We had a larger group and shared several dishes including the crispy shrimp rolls, prawns w/ candied walnuts and smoked tea duck. The well stocked bar makes some of the best mixed drinks in town and the view of the glistening bay is a backdrop that can't be missed! Pros: validated parking, views more

Excellent Chinese in a Nice Setting 8/15/2003

The Mandarin is a great place to come if you want to get away from the crowds around Fisherman's Wharf but still enjoy amazing views of the bay & have great Chinese Food. The restaurant is beautiful.. the brick walls & candlelight make the place cozy. The wide selection, nice wine list & spacious surroundings make this a great place for a group, although there's plenty of great tables for two by the windows! The presentation is nothing fancy.. but fortunately you don't have to pay high california-asian prices either. The food & service more than makes up for it! Pros: Service, Views, Food & Win selection Cons: Presentation, Perhaps too big? more

Love what they've done with the place 8/12/2003

When we arrived at our Fisherman's Wharf hotel late on a Saturday and were looking for a nice Asian restaurant still serving at 9 PM we ended up at the Mandarin (the kitchen was closing at 9:30 so we had to promise to order quickly). In spite of the hurry, the service was attentive (and quick!). The restaurant was very beautiful. The old bricks and beams of the original building had been seamlessly blended with Asian woodwork, screens and art and rich tangerine walls. The feel was very warm and welcoming. The views are probably quite good on clear days. The food was good, perhaps a little high priced. Pros: Decor, Service Cons: Prices, Hours more

Not worth it!! 1/13/2003

This place is not worth it! The food was terrible and we would have been better off going to any local chinese restaurant for better food, service and value. The Mandarin is extremely overpriced for dishes that have zero presentation and little taste. We ordered a ""house specialty"" - mango & shrimp that was inedible because it was drenched in salt; a ""velvet chicken"" dish that was nothing special, along with an appetizer and soup - none of these dishes anything special. A bottle of wine and two bad cocktails put our bill at $100. My vote - skip this place. more

Mediocre food, indifferent staff 12/4/2002

Back in the 1970s the Mandarin was known for he ""best"" Chinese food in San Francisco, I am sad to report that this restaurant is no longer worthy of it's former glory. We ordered Hot and Sour soup, an eggplant vegatable entree, and aspargus chicken. The soup was OK, but both entrees were overcooked and drenched in sauces. The quality of the food was no better than that of a fast food Chinese vendor - mediocre at best. Our tab for 2 entrees & 1 appetizer, no drinks = $60.00. We waited 15 minutes while the waiter and manager figured out how to redeem the gift certificate we were using. The manager decided that rather than give us the difference between our gift certificate and our bill, that he would give himself a 30% tip!! Overpriced mediocre food and the staff is less than helpful. Have dinner somewhere else! Cons: Mediocre food, Expensive, Inattentive staff more

4th of July Blast 7/9/2002

The food is out-of-this-world. Just try the Glazed Walnut Prawns or the Peking Duck! We also tried an array of appetizers- all wonderful and tempting for the the next course. Even though the restaurant was packed, our waiter was courteous and quick on his feet. Last but not least, the bartender mixes one incredible Mai Tai! more
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  • In Short
    With a cavernous dining room outlined in dark peach walls and palm trees, this prime location invokes the grandeur of Imperial China. Well-dressed natives and tourists out...

  • 3/11/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Daily 11:30am-10pm
  • Payments:

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

    Northeast, Nob Hill