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Cathay House

718 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108-2404
+1 415-982-3388
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  • Excellent5%
  • Very good10%
  • Average24%
  • Poor17%
  • Terrible44%
23 Jul 2017
“Don't bother”
3 Jul 2017
“Not great Lychee Chicken”
Open Now
11:30 - 21:30All hours
Chinese, Asian
$$ - $$$
718 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108-2404
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank Matt C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For simplicity we chose a menu for 2.Food appeared in 5 minutes ! Fried rice not fried but soggy and so overdone.The other dishes very poor also.Have travelled the world and this had to be the worst ever.

Thank Lesley G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived and were seated quickly.We had a table in the window and had lovely views of the streets below. The prices weren't bad and there was lots of choice in the menu. My husband liked his food but I found mine (sweet and sour...More

Thank jgjg13
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Cathay House looks like a typically garish tourist trap. While the appearance is gaudy, the food is pretty good, and my waiter did a nice job. Prices were modest too.

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

The food tasted nothing and the waiter didn't seem intrested in giving a good service. Waste off money. Stay away.

Thank Guro J
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

We were a large group of people. It was really difficult to get the waiters attention and order anything. Sometimes he would just walk off. It was bizarre. Poor fellow, he seemed massively overworked or something. It was that bad it was amusing. Food was...More

Thank Daniel H
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Decent sized menu, spacious tables, quick service (that's the good stuff). Food was bland and poor quality, overpriced, overall disappointing. Plenty of choices in Chinatown I'd avoid this one!

Thank astv76
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Had a pleasant enough experience here, nothing was bad, nothing was great. Wouldn't recommend for a special occasion but if you just want some Chinese food and then move on it's fine.

Thank Alvin377
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

I ordered the Lychee Chicken because I'd never seen it in a menu before and I like a little variety. Unfortunately it was rather bland and tasteless it was like orange chicken, but no flavor. The best part of the dish was the lychees themselves....More

Thank ColleenQD
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Its Monday night and a rough hot day in San Francisco! Its not even Indian Summer in San Francisco, and its already a heat wave up to 80 degree F ! Cathay House Restaurant is ideally located right at the entrance of Chinatown and a...More

Thank Quasarsoujourner01
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,
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Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
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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