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ca12ol Mar 10, 2011 10:50 AM

Thanks for reading my post!
I'm basically looking for a venue for my reception anywhere near San Francisco (chinese style banquet) next year. I'm open to pretty much any chinese restaurants or hotels that offer chinese banquet style and is externally pretty. The only ones I already researches are Yank Sing Rincon Center (my dream spot-waterfalls, atrium, but overpriced), Hilton Financial District (currently getting quote). Any other names or suggestions would be HIGHLY appreciated!! Please Help me..UGH! THANKS!!!!!

  1. Melanie Wong Mar 11, 2011 06:23 PM

    You haven't said how large a place you need. Many of those mentioned in this thread seat less than 300.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      yimster Mar 11, 2011 08:32 PM

      Only Asian Pearl in Fremont can seat 300 the other two would be less than 200. If more then 250 I think none of the ones in Millbare will do. Only one in the Peninsula would be ABC in Foster City and the food is just OK.

      Fu Lam Moon in Mountain View will seat 250 if they give all of it.

      South Sea Seafood does 150 only.

      If you go over 300 only San Francisco Chinatown and Great San Jose will seat that many.

      Cost and food are things you have to think on.

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      Asian Pearl
      3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

      Fu Lam Moon Restaurant
      40460 Albrae St, Fremont, CA 94538

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        Cindy Mar 12, 2011 07:40 AM

        Zen Peninsula can seat 36-38 tables, depending on whether they want a dance "floor" or not.

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          bbulkow Mar 12, 2011 09:36 AM

          Zen Pen does a huge business this way - when you're down there on a weekend morning, the projectors and podium are still out from the weddings. 36-38 seems right, which is comfortably over 300.

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            Eugene Park Mar 12, 2011 10:52 AM

            http://www.zenpeninsula.com/redegg1.htm

            If you can start your reception @ 2:30 or 3:00PM in the afternoon, ZP has an unbeatable deal on 10 course banquets for tables of 10. I had both of my sons' 1 year bdays there in the past 3 years, and the $198 menu is good quality and quantity. Even if you start later, I'd daresay that ZP will still be tough to beat price-wise.

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              nocharge Mar 12, 2011 12:27 PM

              The official wedding banquets seem to range from $468 to $698 per table at ZP. At "pricey" Yank Sing, the range is $550-$898. Koi Palace's banquet menu is $568-$778.

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                ca12ol Mar 15, 2011 01:03 PM

                Wow No charge! I I just got the price so far for Yank Sing and you aren't kidding. I think i'm gonna try for the other choices. Thanks!

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                Yank Sing
                49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

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                ca12ol Mar 15, 2011 01:02 PM

                I'm down for that my korean brother! Thanks for the special deal info! My wallet is pretty happy right now thinking about that. Thanks Alot! :)

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                ca12ol Mar 15, 2011 12:53 PM

                Thanks Cindy and Bbulkow! That's alot of tables! We definately need a dance floor :)

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                ca12ol Mar 15, 2011 12:52 PM

                That's plenty Cindy! Thanks! :)

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                Melanie Wong Mar 15, 2011 12:40 PM

                The old Fook Yuen space that South Sea Seafood Village took over had a private banquet room upstairs so capacity should be larger than 150, if it's still in use. No elevator for the seniors though.

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                South Sea Seafood Village
                195 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

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                  ca12ol Mar 15, 2011 01:06 PM

                  Oh nice! I'll make sure to ask them Melanie! It's ok...its better to work off the meal since it's a million courses hahahaah! I care about my guest's health too :)

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                  ca12ol Mar 15, 2011 12:52 PM

                  Thanks very much Yimster! I just saw Fu Lam Mum...looks nice! It sucks that South Sea only allows 150...that's like only my side of the family ugh! Trust me...i'm thinking too much about the costs right now. Thanks for pointing that out to me. VERY helpful! :)

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                  ca12ol Mar 15, 2011 12:21 PM

                  Well the guest list is not yet finished, but approx. 250-300? I'm trying to cut it down to 200-250 at MOST. When i go check out the different venues, I'll ask that first. Thanks for letting me know!

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                  bemused42 Mar 11, 2011 03:23 PM

                  Someone already mentioned it, but I would recommend Hong Kong East Ocean in Emeryville. It's just across the Bay Bridge from SF, has a great water view, and free parking. Parking is much easier than anywhere in SF proper. I don't know how it compares on costs... we had both of our Red Egg & Ginger parties there for our sons and had good experiences.

                  (Just to brag, my husband and I were married in the '90s at the Palace of Fine Arts in SF and our wedding party drove across the Golden Gate -- very dramatic! -- to the now defunct but then beautiful North Sea Village restaurant in Sausalito. Great banquet, and a wonderful day.)

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                    ca12ol Mar 11, 2011 03:53 PM

                    Cool! When you guys double pick a spot, I love it cuz it eliminates my MANY choices! Thanks for giving me your feedback! I love the free parking idea since we will be having alot of out of town guests. Thanks for pointing that out!
                    WOW Your wedding sounds amazing! OH wow what beautiful pictures I could imagine..since i'm a wedding photographer! If only i could afford just a wedding also :)

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                    Thomas Nash Mar 11, 2011 03:00 PM

                    I am surprised no one has mentioned South Sea Seafood Village. It is an attractive place in the Outer Sunset in San Francisco, reachable easily by Muni (J line) from downtown hotels. I have seen them do huge weddings taking over the whole place with maybe 200 or more people and I have seen 5 table weddings. There is an upstairs balcony which could be private for maybe 6 tables.

                    They do seafood well (with tanks of all kinds of live fish). I have even been to a banquet there. Good Hong Kong chefs. Very nice and competent management. Altogether, one of our favorite places.

                    Prices are variable (depending on how much sharks fin, etc.) but are probably in the same range as the Millbrae places and San Gabriel down your way. In fact, this place is very similar to some of the seafood places in San Gabriel.

                    Good luck.

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                    South Sea Seafood Village
                    1420 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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                      Chandavkl Mar 11, 2011 03:08 PM

                      Yes, this is one of the more aesthetic banquet sized restaurants, but is parking a problem? Perhaps the Milbrae branch might be better in that regard.

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                        Thomas Nash Mar 11, 2011 03:46 PM

                        Actually I don't think parking is that bad on that part of Irving. The restaurant may even have suggestions - maybe a valet parking arrangement for a big party. Better idea would be for those in a downtown hotel to take the thrilling Muni N Judah ride.

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                          ca12ol Mar 15, 2011 12:18 PM

                          If i like that spot, I'll definately inquire about parking prvilages! Thanks guys!

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                        ca12ol Mar 11, 2011 03:50 PM

                        Oh I see! I am a BIG seafood fan indeed! Both my fiance and I are actually! I like the idea of the attractive look of this spot. I will check this out most definately! Thanks so much for your feedback. Thomas!
                        Chandavki, if only you were my wedding planner :)

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                          manraysky Mar 12, 2011 09:34 PM

                          My former company hosted our Chinese New Year party there, and the food was quite good. I have been to maybe 6 or so Chinese banquets (social events, but not weddings) at different locations and this was the nicest looking room by far.

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                            ca12ol Mar 15, 2011 12:19 PM

                            Hi Manraysky! Are you talking about South Sea Seafood Village by chance?

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                            South Sea Seafood Village
                            195 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

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                              manraysky Mar 22, 2011 06:51 PM

                              Sorry for the late reply!

                              Your link goes to a place in Millbrae. The restaurant I'm talking about is in the Inner Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco. Same name, though.
                              http://www.southseaseafoodvillage.com/

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                                ca12ol Mar 23, 2011 10:50 AM

                                No worries..Thank you! I will check out the link now :)

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                          joisey al Mar 11, 2011 02:23 PM

                          Far East Cafe, Grant Ave, SF. fareastcafest.com. I've attended two weddings and a Red Egg & ginger party at this venue. Good luck!

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                          Far East Cafe
                          631 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

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                            ca12ol Mar 11, 2011 02:46 PM

                            Ohhh Wow! That's a new place! You really helped me out! :)

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                              Chandavkl Mar 11, 2011 02:57 PM

                              Far East Cafe was the first Chinese restaurant in SF Chinatown I ever ate at, back almost 50 years ago. I think it falls in a similar category as Empress of China and Four Seas, i.e., the primary attraction being the capacity of the restaurant and its location in SF Chinatown.

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                              Empress of China
                              838 Grant Ave Ste 5, San Francisco, CA 94108

                              Far East Cafe
                              631 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

                              Four Seas
                              731 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

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                                ca12ol Mar 11, 2011 03:40 PM

                                Oh I see Chandavkl Roomy spots are always nice. I hate being soo cramped up in the room! You're the best!

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                                  Chandavkl Mar 11, 2011 04:31 PM

                                  As you can tell I'm not too keen on banquets in SF Chinatown since the food quality differential is so great. However in the interest of full disclosure let me throw out one other consideration. I've traveled from LA to SF to a number of banquets in SF Chinatown in which a lot of other guests were also from LA. I'm pretty sure SF Chinatown was chosen (and Gold Mountain on Broadway was usually the venue) due to the proximity to the Royal Pacific Motel on Broadway in Chinatown. The Royal Pacific is a decent motel where room rates might be as much as 50 percent less than the major downtown hotels, and is short walking distance to the banquet venues. It also has free parking for guests, which is great for those of us who drive up from LA.

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                                  Gold Mountain Restaurant
                                  644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

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                                    ca12ol Mar 15, 2011 12:14 PM

                                    That is very helpful! I was thinking about next inquiring about room blocks for my guests stay. Thanks for pointing me to that direction also! I guess the location depends on my final pick of venue..UGH! :)

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                            Chandavkl Mar 10, 2011 03:25 PM

                            There's dozens of places you could have a Chinese Wedding banquet, as there would be in Los Angeles. You haven't mentioned how important the quality of the food is, nor what you consider to be near San Francisco. For example I wouldn't recommend anybody go to Empress of China for a one off dinner, but on the other hand they have a large capacity and have been doing banquets for decades. I remember going to my uncle's wedding banquet 40 years ago at Four Seas, also on Grant Ave., and they're still in business so you know they have the experience even if the food isn't otherwise recommendable. If you want better food and Millbrae isn't too far away, then that would be a good alternative locale.

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                            Empress of China
                            838 Grant Ave Ste 5, San Francisco, CA 94108

                            Four Seas
                            731 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

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                              ca12ol Mar 11, 2011 09:44 AM

                              Yah..since everyone is coming from LA to attend my wedding, I definately care about the food taste. Especially if my motto is really "The way to my heart is through my stomach".
                              Regarding location, i'm open to anywhere nearby i guess.. I guess within a 15-20 minute range from the city would be ideal. Any spots in Millbrae that has good food and decor not so tacky?
                              Your expertise would be most appreciated!!!!

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                                Cindy Mar 11, 2011 10:47 AM

                                Asian Pearl and Zen Peninsula in Millbrae are popular for wedding receptions.

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                                Zen Peninsula
                                1180 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

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                                  ca12ol Mar 11, 2011 11:14 AM

                                  Wow! Thanks Cindy! I like how they have different style indoors for decor!

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                                    K K Mar 11, 2011 11:50 AM

                                    You have basically a few hitters in Millbrae to choose from:

                                    South China Seafood Village
                                    Zen Peninsula
                                    Asian Pearl
                                    HK Flower Lounge
                                    The Kitchen

                                    Zen Peninsula is easily the biggest, might be one of the best, if not most modern of the lot, but I would strongly advise to make sure you know exactly what you are getting (down to any dishes that contain high end seafood ingredients, and whether each person will get an exactly one serving per table of ten, very very very important) and set up expectations up front with the restaurant to avoid any squabbles at the end (even throwing around "what if this happens" type of questioning. If they put up a fuss, take your business elsewhere... HK Flower Lounge is the oldest but at least exterior wise looks the nicest. Koi Palace is another place worth considering, but could end up being quite expensive.

                                    You might also want to consider ABC Seafood in Foster City, although much further away from SF (about 20 mins south of Millbrae), in case they have promotions/specials/discounts/packages during your wedding month

                                    http://www.abcseafood.net/

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                                      ca12ol Mar 11, 2011 03:25 PM

                                      WOW! You sure do know your stuff! Your post really helped me alot! I think i'm leaning more towards Millbrae then SF for sure! Thanks for taking the time out to reply to my post, KK! :)

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                                        ankimo Mar 12, 2011 12:05 AM

                                        pretty hard to find really good reliable consistent dim sum
                                        from LA, I like Elite and Sea Harbour
                                        sometimes koi palace is good
                                        yank sing will be expensive
                                        asian pearl millbrae is the one i like for taste for that area
                                        maybe hk lounge sf
                                        could try city view sf
                                        empress of china has no worthy ambiance but they can do a banquet upstairs
                                        hk east ocean emeryville does have a view if that's important

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                                          ca12ol Mar 15, 2011 12:06 PM

                                          Thanks Ankimo! I tried googling Elite and Sea Harbour in San Francisco, but I can't seem to find info on them. I'm looking for restaurants in SF, if you from LA actually. Thanks for your thoughts on the other restaurants too. That helps me alot to get points of views from different people! I hope I can help you guys later in the future for any suggestions as well!

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                                        ca12ol Mar 11, 2011 03:16 PM

                                        Sorry Cindy, but is it Asian Pearl or Asia Pearl? There's two..one in Millbrae which is Asia Pearl and in Richmond Asian Pearl?

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                                        Asian Pearl
                                        3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

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                                          Melanie Wong Mar 11, 2011 06:25 PM

                                          There are three. The Richmond Asian Pearl is the smallest, I think. The newest of the three is Fremont Asian Pearl and has a much more attractive interior plus more parking.

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                                          Peninsula Asian Pearl
                                          1671 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

                                          Asian Pearl
                                          3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

                                          Fremont Asian Pearl
                                          43635 Boscell Rd, Fremont, CA 94538

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                                            ca12ol Mar 15, 2011 12:11 PM

                                            Wow! Thanks alot! I really like the attractive interior design one with more parking since I have alot of out of towners! Thanks so much Melanie!

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                                      Chandavkl Mar 11, 2011 11:50 AM

                                      If food matters you'd want to head out to Millbrae or one of the other suburbs where the food is much better. Foodwise, holding your wedding banquet in SF Chinatown would be like having it in L.A. Chinatown instead of Monterey Park, San Gabriel or Alhambra. Another Millbrae possibility is Hong Kong Flower Lounge.

                                      http://www.projectwedding.com/vendor/...

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                                      Hong Kong Flower Lounge
                                      51 Millbrae Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030

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                                        ca12ol Mar 11, 2011 03:28 PM

                                        Wow it really does seem like Millbrae is the spot, Chandavki! Your true expertise is highly appreciated!! :)

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                                    nocharge Mar 10, 2011 02:15 PM

                                    Yank Sing may be pricey, but the Hilton doesn't seem particularly inexpensive, either, judging from the $50 entrees on their banquet menu. However, a former mayor attended an event there recently and liked the food.
                                    http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

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                                      ca12ol Mar 10, 2011 02:27 PM

                                      Wow... Thank you soo much! Price is definately an issue for me especially since our family is huge as it is. Very informative Article! I thought maybe doing a chinese banquet style wedding would be more cost efficient but doesn't look like it i guess. WOW! I need to get me one of those Ice Sculptures now :)

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                                        myst Mar 10, 2011 03:50 PM

                                        Or you can have it in Emeryville and look at the skyline across the bay from Hong Kong East Ocean.

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                                          ca12ol Mar 11, 2011 09:37 AM

                                          Wow Myst! Thanks! That sounds like a beautiful view! I will check them out also. All your suggestions are soo wonderful!

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                                      marysf Mar 10, 2011 12:50 PM

                                      Yank Sing is lovely venue for a Chinese wedding banquet. The food is pretty good and it's clean. But, like you already know, it's pricey. If your budget allows, then I would choose Yank Sing.

                                      - Koi Palace (in Daly City on Gellert Blvd.) and Asia Pearl (in Millbrae on El Camino Real).
                                      Both have decent banquet food, but it really depends on who's cooking that night. Easy parking. I would not use the word pretty to describe them, but rather "generic nice Chinese restaurant decor". In my experience, the food at Koi Palace is more consistent than Asia Pearl.

                                      - Grand Palace (in South SF on Grand Ave.)
                                      I haven't tried Grand Palace for a wedding banquet, but I have been there for birthday dinners (usually around 60 guests) and a red egg and ginger party (around 100 guests). Service and food were decent but each time our party host knew the manager or chef so we may have gotten special treatment.

                                      These are in San Francisco's Chinatown. I would not call any of these "pretty". Difficult parking but not impossible. So-so food. A bit greasy. A bit dirty.

                                      -Empress of China (on Grant Ave.) They can seat up to 800 guests but even with only 500 it's a tight squeeze.
                                      -New Asia (on Pacific Ave.)
                                      -Gold Mountain (on Broadway)

                                      Like with many Chinese restaurants, if you are sharing the restaurant with another wedding party, service and food quality will suffer.

                                      HTH. Good luck.

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                                      Koi Palace Restaurant
                                      365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

                                      Grand Palace
                                      359 Grand Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

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                                        ca12ol Mar 10, 2011 01:52 PM

                                        Wow Mary!! You know soo much about this! I appreciated your thought VERY much! I'm racking my brain here. I guess using the word "pretty" isn't really appropiate..hehe! I was just trying to find a venue that was easy on the eyes also, but seem there isn't much of the chinese restaurants that are. Would you happen to know if there are nay hotels that cater chinese banquet style also? I just know of The Hilton Financial District. :(

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                                          Bruce in SLO Mar 10, 2011 01:56 PM

                                          We attended an 80th birthday party with about 300 close friends and relatives of the honoreeat the Empress of China.
                                          It was a selected menu of her favorite dishes and was spectacular in every way. Food was served promptly and hot. They really know how to host a huge crowd. Give them a visit before you go with the Hilton.

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                                            ca12ol Mar 10, 2011 02:25 PM

                                            Bruce...You are the bomb! I was looking at that spot too! On the website they said it a rooftop restaurant...does it really have a beautiful view? Also they mentioned a little garden area...did you get to see it by chance? Sorry so many questions :)

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                                              wolfe Mar 10, 2011 02:25 PM

                                              Plus they have a stage and a dance floor in the 5th floor dining room.

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                                                ca12ol Mar 10, 2011 02:36 PM

                                                Oh WOW! I'm gonna go visit them this month! I hope they have a elevator for the elderly or empresses like me LOL...Thanks a Ton Wolfe! :)

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                                                  wolfe Mar 10, 2011 02:37 PM

                                                  2 elevators although I would ask clarification about access to the restroom. I took the stairs and I don't remember about whether the elevator stops on that floor..

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                                                    ca12ol Mar 10, 2011 02:45 PM

                                                    Well that's good....I guess! It's ok...my guest and I could use the exercise after eating that 8 course chinese oily ass meal LOL!

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                                              marysf Mar 11, 2011 12:05 AM

                                              I've been to at least 20 Chinese wedding banquets in the SF Bay Area and all of them have been at a Chinese restaurant. I have never been to one at a hotel where they cater it Chinese banquet style so I cannot offer any thoughts on that topic. But a hotel would definitely be easier on the eyes than most Chinese restaurants. :)

                                              Even though I have been to the Empress of China 4 or 5 times for wedding banquets, I had no idea that they had a rooftop garden. I wonder if it really looks as nice as the pictures on their website?

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                                              Empress of China
                                              838 Grant Ave Ste 5, San Francisco, CA 94108

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                                                ca12ol Mar 11, 2011 09:33 AM

                                                Yah me too...I wonder if it's nice! I think it's a just a rooftop restaurant and they have like a one small room garden somewhere in the floors....only if they had it on the rooftop! That would be soo beautiful! How would you rate 1 to 10 on Empress of China's food taste and Decor? Wow you really are a pro at wedding banquet restaurant tasting :)

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                                                Empress of China
                                                838 Grant Ave Ste 5, San Francisco, CA 94108

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                                                  marysf Mar 11, 2011 12:07 PM

                                                  On a scale of 1-10, I give Empress of China 5 for food and 6 for decor. (Just for comparison and to get a sense of my personal preferences, I would give Yank Sing 8 for food and 9 for decor and Koi Palace 7 for food and 7 for decor. )

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                                                  Koi Palace Restaurant
                                                  365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

                                                  Empress of China
                                                  838 Grant Ave Ste 5, San Francisco, CA 94108

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                                                    ca12ol Mar 11, 2011 03:08 PM

                                                    That helps alot Mary! You are so wonderful! :)

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