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Cathay House

718 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108-2404
+1 415-982-3388
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  • Excellent4%
  • Very good11%
  • Average24%
  • Poor17%
  • Terrible44%
8 Oct 2017
“Wish I had used Trip Advisor First!”
27 Sep 2017
“Do not recommend this place”
Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM Hours
Chinese, Asian
$$ - $$$
718 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108-2404
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Reviewed 28 November 2017

Oops, should have read the reviews before taking the plunge and eating here tonight. Dreadful food, bland, stodgy, awful! Not even offered chopsticks... tourists, give them a fork, so rude! Do these people not read these reviews? We commented on bland and got a reply...More

1  Thank stowersdiana
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Not sure that it is as bad as the other reviews but certainly there might be better options nearby. My main gripe is that they did not have a dinner plate menu for one. Food was not that bad, just wasn't very memorable. The food...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Will we get away without being sick following our visit to this quite awful awful restaurant??? Do not come!!!

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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Took our teenage boys to enjoy the vibrance of "real chinatown" as we grew up with. Sadly the whole area has lost the lively vibrance and appears old and sad. Came across Cathay House by chance being nearly the only place open and it was...More

Thank Hicksinsticks
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

One of the worst meals I have ever eaten. It was busy and the place looked nice in China Town. Unfortunately I did not look here first. The best part of the meal was the fortune cookie at the end I kid you not. Bad...More

1  Thank bazzmch
Reviewed 8 October 2017

We ate here with our family of eight because we wanted to eat in Chinatown. Our first choice was unexpectedly closed and we didn't really have a back up plan. We chose the traditional Cantonese meal that had a variety of dishes we placed on...More

Thank Tribe93
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

When I was a little girl, I can remember going to this elegant restaurant with my grandparents. Yesterday while in the city, we felt like Chinese food, so I said, “let’s go here”. We could not have been more disappointed. Although the view was beautiful,...More

1  Thank Lisaspafiend
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Shrimp Fried Rice. Sweet n Sour Prawns. Chicken Fried Rice. Chicken In Plumb Sauce. My prawns and shrimp nice. My wife seemed to think it was more like the back end of the chicken but generally good. Reasonable service and price. If you do go...More

Thank PoorLittleGarf
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

The place has a great loction and it is the reason we went inside without checking reviews. I wish we had. Worst meal I have had in a long time.

Thank Knut Robert F
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

On arrival we were quickly shown to a table. Table hadn't been set and the front of house was abrupt, near rude. He was then quite curt with another table who were asking to be moved. All a bit Basil Fawlty. Anyway, from that point...More

1  Thank Matt C
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
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 718 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108-2404
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 415-982-3388
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