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Chinese Wedding Banquet in San Francisco

Hi Everyone,
My Fiancee and I are looking for a nice restaurant for our wedding reception for Summer of 2008. We are interested in the Four Seas restaurant or options that are reasonable in price. We don't like the over the top decor of some of the more traditional establishments and are not interested in the outdated appearance of other establishments like the Emperess of China. We have about 280 - 300 guests, most of which are Chinese so the food needs to be good. Any feedback on the Four Seas, East Ocean harbor in Emeryville, or other catered banquet options will be appreciated!!

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  1. My friend had his reception at Rincon Center with Yank Sing catering. I didn't go, but it sounded real nice. Here's the link:
    http://www.yanksing.com/weddings/inde...

    1. i've attended a banquet in the Rincon Center atrium catered by Yank Sing also -- very nice.

      Is the ceremony in SF?

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      1. re: kc72

        I have attended banquet at Rincon Center. But it definitely isn't going to be inexpensive or even moderately expensive.

        1. re: kc72

          How was the food at the Yank Sing banquet? I'd like to have my wedding and reception in SF but am hesitant to use Yank Sing since I've not been impressed the various times I"ve tried dim sum there, so I'd love to hear some feedback on their banquet dinners. I'm currently leaning towards Koi Palace but the food there has gone a bit downhill and they can't fit my entire group in one room (their main area only holds 140).

          1. re: PekoePeony

            was busy most of the night w/ the wedding party, but the items i did get to eat were pretty good.

            if you're considering Yank Sing for your banquet, you might be able to arrange a tasting w/ your families to get a better idea.

            1. re: PekoePeony

              I attended a dinner at Yank Sing in Sept 2005, here's the report if that helps,
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/42781

              1. re: PekoePeony

                The Yang Sing kitchen at Rincon Center is not big enough for a banquet, so the food is trucked in. The one time we attended a banquet there the food was just average.

              2. re: kc72

                Thanks for the suggestion. We are trying to plan on a ceremony at Old St. Mary's in Chinatown. We did look into the Rincon Center, but we had concerns about the ambiance and we were not sure how cozy a wedding reception would feel.

                1. re: Little Chowder

                  As cozy as you can get with 300 guests.

                2. re: kc72

                  I've attended a catered luncheon that was staged in the atrium at Yank Sing. Very noisy with weird acoustics. Did you find that as well?

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Don't you want a lot of noise at a Chinese wedding banquet? The one time I attended a wedding banquet there the acoustics seemed fine. There was this annoying water fall right in the middle though.

                    1. re: PeterL

                      A wedding banquet is noisy enough itself from the participants and the clanging of plates. Having that magnified X 5 because of the acoustics is a whole 'nuther story. But if it didn't seem unbearably loud in your experience, it might not make a difference to some people.

                      What was served at the dinner you attended?

                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        It's been a couple of years. The only thing I can remember was that a couple of dishes had the exact same veggie complements, something everyone at the banquet noticed. Not a good thing. Also it was catered in, not cooked on site. Otherwise it was good though not memorable.

                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                            I guess everyone's life is somewhere on the internet.

                3. We had our reception at Gold Mountain. The third floor (I think that's the biggest floor) can accommodate your party. The food is excellent.

                  1. East Ocean Harbor in Emeryville is a nice environment, modern and tasteful (not kitcshy decor) and a view of the bay. The food however gets mixed reviews (not bad really...just might expect more given the price) but you're paying for service (which is very good). The biggest plus would be easy/free parking.

                    1. East Ocean Emeryville is nice, with free parking, which is a definite plus. Does it have to be in SF or east bay? Can it be in the pennisula.