615 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94133
Why did we dine here? – Begoni Bistro is a modern, good looking Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. It is not old and dingy like some of its neighbors. We were tipped off about this spot a while ago and finally got a chance in 2018.
Also nearby is Great Eastern, where Obama dined. Another good spot for dim sum. Z&Y is a spicy temple for those heat fans.
The best dim sum remains just outside the City, at Koi Palace, Grand Harbor or HL Peninsula.
Be sure to read our guide to the Best Chinese Food in San Francisco
Insider Tip – Come early to avoid waiting
Cuisine – Cantonese Chinese
Location – San Francisco Chinatown
Opened – 2014
Service – Begoni Bistro was better than most Chinese restaurants. Fast ordering and the food came right out. You do need to hail people to get things done. They do not have enough staff to provide very good service.
Verdict – Begoni Bistro surprised us with very good dim sum. Add it to the short list of spots you should eat in Chinatown. No surprise the spot was filled and we had to wait! Prices are very reasonable.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.
Begoni Bistro Signature Dishes – Dim sum
Begoni Bistro’s Menu for lunch is classic dim sum dishes with lots of Chinese cooked specials and noodle dishes. Not a lot of innovation like HL Peninsula or Koi Palace. Dim Sum menu served from 10am-250pm.
Begoni Bistro Food Picks:
Dry Fried String Beans in XO Sauce ($7.95) was a nice lunch sized portions of beans that can quickly. Clearly they are precooked. A bit spicy.
Shrimp dumplings ($6.25) were 4 medium sized ones with good shrimp flavor. Thin wrapper.
Steamed BBQ Pork Bun ($4.95) had 3 larger sized ones that were really good. Nice amount of flavorful filling.
Fried Pork Puff ($4.25) had 4 small but super hot, freshly fried puffs. Also really good.
Crispy Onion Pancakes ($4.75) was also surprisingly good. Fresh and very hot!
Shrimp Noodle Roll ($6.95) was a little weaker than the other dishes, but still reasonable. Soy sauce was on the side.
Fried Sesame Balls ($4.55) were also freshly fried and HOT. Great sign of quality.
$1.25 each charge per person.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?