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  • Great Eastern Restaurant Dim Sum, San Francisco
    2011

    Great Eastern Dim Sum Restaurant Review, San Francisco

    Posted by Foodnut.com

    Reviewer: Foodnut.com

    Great Eastern Restaurant

    649 Jackson St (Near Grant)

    San Francisco, CA 94133

    415-986-2500

    Great Eastern San Franciso_exterior decor

    When we get asked, “where do we get the dim sum in Chinatown?” The answer usually is.. Great Eastern Restaurant has been serving Cantonese Chinese food in this location for many years. They serve dim sum during lunch and traditional items during dinner. We visited for dim sum lunch lunch, early on a weekend day. Great Eastern Dinner was reviewed on a separate visit. Be sure to read our Introduction to Chinese dim sum article and Chinese restaurant San Francisco post.

    Cuisine – Cantonese Chinese
    Location – San Francisco Chinatown

    Great Eastern San Franciso_interior decor

    Decor, Vibe – Great Eastern is a Busy, loud Chinese restaurant with Asian artifacts and wall decorations. Some tourists, big family gatherings, and some Caucasians were dining.

    Great Eastern Restaurant, San Francisco Menu

    You order on their paper menu and items are slowly brought out to you. Great Eastern has 83 different types of items on the menu, pretty standard classic variety, not a lot of modern inventive dishes.

    Full Great Eastern Restaurant  Menu and image set

    Great Eastern Picks:

    Great Eastern San Franciso_deep fried pork dumplings

    28 Deep Fried Meat Dumpling ($2.60) or Ham Sui Gok were hot out of the fryer and very good. Thick-skinned, nice minced meat filling.

    Great Eastern San Franciso_shrimp Rice noodles

    54 Shrimp Rice Noodle Roll ($3.70) was had tasty big shrimp, chewy rice noodle wrapper, and a nice soy sauce.

    Great Eastern San Franciso_sesame balls

    29 Deep Fried Sesame seed ball ($2.60) arrived freshly made. Hot with a thick skin but just the right sweetness of black sesame inards.

    Great Eastern San Franciso_Lotus leaf sticky Rice

    24 Sticky Rice Wrapped in Lotus Leaf ($3.70) was very good. Rice was cooked fine, lots of filling, and a small egg yolk and Chinese sausage inside.

    Great Eastern San Franciso_chicken feet

    3 Chicken Feet with black bean sauce ($2.60) was made the classic way, with massive quantities, and hit the spot 100%.

    Great Eastern San Franciso_Chinese meatballs

    4 Steamed beef balls ($2.60) had three medium sized meatballs with a smattering of peas underneath. Not too salty and all in all a solid.

    Great Eastern San Franciso_shrimp dumplings

    9 Steamed Shrimp Dumpling ($3.30) or Har Gow were four medium-sized bites of dim sum. Shrimp was excellent. Wrapper was decent.

    Great Eastern San Franciso_Pea shoot dumpling

    10 Snow peas sprouts with fries scallop and shrimp Dumpling ($3.30) – 3 pretty big dumplings that were flavorful and still pretty hot. Nice balance of shrimp and pea shoots.

    Great Eastern San Franciso_Chiu Chou dumplings

    13 Zhiu Zhou dumplings ($3.30) were very well done, big and messy dumplings, filled with peanuts and cilantro.

    Great Eastern San Franciso_grass jelly

    59 Turtle Shell Jell-O ($3.70) is an acquired taste that combines black grass jelly with some sugary syrup on top. Well done, slightly bitter aftertaste.

    OK:
    None

    Pans:
    None

    Conclusion - Great Eastern Restaurant and R&G Lounge have been our goto places for Chinese food in San Francisco’s Chinatown and continue to be. The food was very good.
    While places like The Kitchen and Koi Palace on the San Francisco Peninsula offer top notch food with many exotic specialties, Great Eastern continues to deliver solid traditional Chinese dim sum.

    Service – Service was decent although you need to track down the server for most actions.

    Value – Pricing was in line with other dim sum restaurants and cheaper than many.

    Alternatives – Nearby restaurants include R&G Lounge, Cityview, and the expensive Yank Sing. Bund Shanghai across the street, has gone downhill. Hong Kong lounge in the Richmond district offers good value but average quality.

    Verdict – Great Eastern Restaurant is a solid Chinese restaurant in San Francisco for both lunch and dinner. Their menu is available in Chinese and English, making it easy for all to order.

    Great Eastern on Urbanspoon

    Great Eastern Restaurant Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

    Come Back?

    Food Rating: (Very Good)
    Service Rating: (Good)
    Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
    Value Rating: (Very Good)

    Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

    Alcohol:Full Bar
    Attire:Casual
    Hours:Daily 10am - Midnight, Sat-Sun 9am-3pm
    Parking:Street
    Reservations:Yes
    Prices:$2.60 - $15
    Posted on February 3rd, 2011
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    3 Responses to “Great Eastern Dim Sum Restaurant Review, San Francisco”

    1. Z&Y Restaurant Restaurant Review, San Francisco | Foodnut.com Says:

      [...] Z&Y Restaurant serves up average Sichuan food, stick to Cantonese food while in Chinatown. Great Eastern next door is far better. They advertised a 15% off code on yelp but didn’t honor it. If you [...]

    2. City View Restaurant, San Francisco | Foodnut.com Says:

      [...] for newbies. It is probably the best dim sum in San Francisco’s Chinatown along with Great Eastern. You can find cheaper dim sum but the quality and service will not be as high. Head to Koi Palace [...]

    3. Great Eastern, Chinatown, San Francisco | Foodnut.com Says:

      [...] during dinner. We visited for dinner on a busy weekend night right before Chinese New Years day. Great Eastern dim sum lunch was reviewed separately. Great Eastern has an extensive menu, live seafood in tanks, and some [...]

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