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“Friendly and attentive service. Nice selection of dishes.”
Review of Dragon Well

Dragon Well
Ranked #279 of 5,867 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Marina District
Reviewed 1 May 2017

This little restaurant is located in the heart of all the action on Chestnut. Arriving without a reservation on a Saturday night, we were greeted by a very friendly front desk woman, later learning she is an owner. We scored with the front table that opens on to Chestnut. We skipped ordering an appetizer and went straight to ordering chicken chow mein, savory sweet stir fried beef, crystal prawns, kung pao and streamed rice. I noticed a lighter touch with the dishes, a good thing. The stir fried beef was a bit too sweet for our tastes (this is our error because "sweet" is in the title and we should have known better!). The crystal prawns lacked a lot of sauce flavor but the flavor of the prawns themselves came through but was just a little plain. I will admit to always wanting to find Kung Pao chicken that matches my favorite from another restaurant. This Kung Pao was good, just did not match my favorite. But good food overall. What sets this place apart is their service. Our water glasses were refilled constantly and our waitperson was so attentive. Meanwhile, the owner continued to greet each new patron and phone call with the same friendly and welcoming manner. This was a pleasure to see and we look forward to a return visit.

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Thank SonomaCountyJill
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Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Pleasant atmosphere and generous portions. We picked seafood dishes presented with style and panache. ..and great taste!

1  Thank footdoctor7
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

Looking for a reasonable Asian restaurant while on holiday. Stumbled upon Dragon Well and glad we did. The lady in charge was super friendly and the staff were all very pleasant. And the food - fantastic. And a nice change from the Chinese dishes you are served in Australia. Tasty, not swimming in sauce - really nice. Great value for a really nice meal.

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Thank WilloatChippo
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

I love Dragon Well and you will too. It is Chinese food, but slightly Americanized. It's like they have kept the best, most delicious parts of Chinese cuisine, but added great wines to pair with the food, chocolate fortune cookies for dessert, in addition to the traditional ones. The restaurant is refreshing, sunny and casual. It is wonderful for lunch or dinner. The couple who owns it is there most evenings, and their daughter sometimes waitresses. This is a very special family who owns Dragon Well, and a smart one in the traditional sense, as well was the restaurant-owning sense. My favorite dishes are the Chicken Lettuce Cups and the Wok Tossed Prawns. Even thinking about those prawns makes my mouth water!

Thank MHendoSanFrancisco
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

Not a big place. Probably sits 50 people. Mainly Szechuan style of cooking. Also Shanghai and Hong Kong style. Fresh ingredients. Highly recommend. Service was very polite, courteous and attentive. Will definitely go back if in San Francisco again.

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Thank Luther N
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