in SF for the weekend..looking for great chinese food and dim sum with a reasonable price.
We are from LA (sorry). SF has the best food in the country.. i am looking for great chinese, seafood and dim sum... any suggestions. we will be staying in union SQ, but have a car and will drive for good food.. PLS HELP
For seafood, you can go traditional with Tadich or Sam's. or go to the Ferry Building (recomended in itself) for Hog Island Oyster.
Not exclusively seafood, I quite like whatever seafood dishes are on the menu on a particular night at the small Sardinian spot, La Ciccia.
All these are covered extensively in other posts. Have Fun!
291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131
Sam's Grill & Sea Food Restaurant
374 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94104
240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Here's a prior thread discussing Bay Area dim sum. Bay Area dim sum is excellent, but isn't any better than you can get in the San Gabriel Valley, with the possible exception of Koi Palace in Daly City. You'll also have quite a wait if you go there. (There's also Yank Sing, but that's disqualified on your reasonable price criteria.) Ditto when comparing Chinese dinner food etc. between SF and LA, i.e. on balance the LA area is a little better but you certainly won't go wrong in the Bay Area.. Like in LA, you don't go to Chinatown for the best Chinese food in the Bay Area. Rather, places like Daly City, Millbrae, San Mateo, Cupertino, Milpitas etc. etc. is where you find the best Chinese food. Like LA, the Chinese restaurant business in SF is highly competitive, so as long as you pay attention to how much you're being charged, you will be getting value for what you spend.
I've added links for a few suggested places (4). These are well known places, spacious and with decent service. For example, Hong Kong Flower Lounge is huge and elegant. Many people would recommend Koi Palace in Daly City, but the waiting time for a table is totally ridiculous (x hours, in my opinion not worthwhile). I purposely didn't include any cheap hole-in-the-wall type shops (and I can't remember their names either). My advise is to never eat at all-you can-eat-dim-sum places in SF, because they are never worth it. I hope that u get to try other foods too during your short stay. On Saturdays, the Farmers' Market (8am-2pm) at the Ferry Building is great, u get to sample all sorts of goodies from around the bay area in one place.
Well, have a great weekend in SF!
Hong Kong Flower Lounge
51 Millbrae Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030
5821 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
South Sea Seafood Village
1420 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
195 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA