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Z & Y Restaurant

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655 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5009
+1 415-981-8988
11:00 - 22:30
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All hours
Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Pawcatuck, Connecticut
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71 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were excited about getting some Sichuan food in Chinatown since we don't have places at home from that province. So wow - the chicken with explosive chilis - delicious and a beautiful presentation, the tan tan noodles, beef with flaming chili oil all with just the right amount of spice to enhance the delicious flavors. They don't take reservations... More 

Thank Thom-Shap
Middletown, Connecticut
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46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unbelievable find. Great spicy authentic Chinese food. While the food is hot, it is also extremely flavorful. The complexity of flavors will impress. The staff was very friendly and fast. Reasonable prices.

Thank Sue C
London, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So many of the restaurants in Chinatown claim to be 'the one Obama went to' and it's so difficult to chose! This is a good choice. I wasn't expecting too much to be honest as it does feel like a tourist trap - there are often long waits for tables. It's worth the wait. The food is full of flavour,... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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92 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Knowing absolutely nothing about Szechuan cuisine we stopped at this place in the heart of Chinatown one day for lunch. Our only reference was the Michelin guide, so when we got there I was pretty surprised about the look. Keep your expectations low regarding the decoration; this is not why people seems to come here. It seems to be very... More 

Thank Hausa
Perth, Australia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Really Excellent Chinese food if your like Szechuan style cooking, we came back twice The food is spicy but not overpowering like some Szechuan cooking Like all good eating establishments a bit of a wait to get in, be aware

Thank Menon M
Woking, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Like most reviewers we went into Chinatown to have some dinner but not sure where to eat. We asked a few shopkeepers and this was recommended as the place President Obama ate. This is a great place and is worth waiting in line for - can be 30 mins line - but they list you to ensure no queue jumping.... More 

Thank Insearch0fadventure
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38 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We didn't know where to eat in Chinatown. Just too many to choose from. After taking a peek at the restaurant's menu, my friends and I decided to eat there. It was packed and we were lucky to grab the last available table. It was not even 6 pm. A good 10 minutes after we were seated, there was a... More 

Thank 1Heiko101
Belgium, Europe
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

This restaurant is in the heart of Chinatown, and though the looks of it are not impressive at all, the food is amazing. They do not take reservations for less than 5, so show up in time, announce your party at the host, and they'll let you know when to come back. I usually grab a beer across the street,... More 

Thank Simon_Belgium
West Palm Beach, Florida
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73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We were headed to another Chinese restaurant but passed Z and Y and my wife insisted we go in.Excellent choice.It was not crowded because of the hour..only 5 pm but place was still half full.Everything we ate was excellent..scallion pancakes,soup and the clay pot dish with shrimp and tofu was really a treat..Our server Jake was very friendly. Left the... More 

Thank neil p
Berlin, Germany
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Very very good food! I had several dishes (fish, spicy chicken, tofu and rolled beef pancakes): ALL of them were excellent! I could have it all again and again!

Thank CVK8894

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 655 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133-5009
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 415-981-8988
Z & Y Restaurant is one of the best chinese restaurants in San Francisco Chinatown serving Szechuan and Northern Chinese cuisine. Meet Chef Han who has grown in reputation by preparing food for some of the most distinguished men and women of the world. Some have been presidents, vice presidents, and foreign ministers of the people's republic of China.

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As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighbourhood decorated with colourful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighbourhood.
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