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Sam Wo

713 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1802
+1 415-989-8898
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good26%
  • Average15%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible1%
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“chow fun” (13 reviews)
“bbq pork” (19 reviews)
“chow mein” (13 reviews)
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Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
713 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1802
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Amazing late night chinese food, found a seat with no issue. Service was quick and the food was delicious. There was a documentary about the restaurant playing on the TV, which was quite interesting.

Thank Nate C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is not fancy, but food was excellent and service very good. We liked everything we ordered. There was a waiting list, but status was constantly updated, which was nice.

Thank Zoya K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Sam Wo after googling best places to eat in Chinatown. There was a big line outside and we had to put our names down. Initially we were given a table literally outside the bathroom door which we refused. After about 45 mins...More

Thank RebeccaMon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place was recommended to us by our hotel staff. Did not disappoint. Food was fresh well prepared and the prices were priced reasonably. If your looking for a quick not expensive food of Chinese fare. This place may be for you.

Thank Eugenio O
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The pork noodle roll is an absolute must. We also enjoyed the chicken with string beans and the chow fun. Friendly service, busy place. The only drawbacks are the overactive air conditioning unit upstairs and the lack of cleanliness. The food made up for both...More

Thank MNwanderers
Reviewed 14 June 2018

If you're a gweiloh tourist or foodie, don't come here. It's not for you - neither trendy or upscale. The veggies and chow fun are the way they were made 30 years ago. Ask for no MSG. This is real Chinatown cooking. My mom is...More

Thank haohuangpianist
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

The food was dry. I usually order sesame chicken with noodles and an egg roll and it was horrible. The staff were friendly and helpful.

Thank monica w
Reviewed 1 May 2018

Sam Wo Cafe is a unique place and has a long history. Locals will know its history, but not the tourists or newcomers. Its not a place for sit down Chinese dinner. Its a legacy place for a quick bite and off one goes. The...More

Thank Quasarsoujourner01
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

We were looking for a good lunch option in Chinatown. Yelp influenced the decision to come here, but the food was a bit disappointing. The pork wonton with noodles was tasteless. The salt and pepper wings were decent. We also had duck chow fun and...More

Thank Ivy R
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Had a great time! Delicious food and fast service. It is the real deal (we even had to look up food to see what it was!!). Don’t go there expecting a 5 star set up, but leave eating a 5 star meal!

Thank KevJen B
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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Joanne D
28 January 2018|
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Response from sgreenbergusa | Reviewed this property |
I’ve been to Sam Wo several times for lunch, always without a reservation. We are 5 people and have always gotten in without a long wait. I’m not sure how busy it is for dinner.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
6:00 PM - 3:00 AM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
6:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 713 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94108-1802
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 415-989-8898
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