Harborview Restaurant, San Francisco

Reviewer: Foodnut.com


4 Embarcadero Center, Street Level

San Francisco, CA 94111


Harborview Website

Harborview, San Francisco

Why did we dine here? – Harborview Restaurant is located in 4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco. It takes the place of Crystal Jade, which spend $14 remodeling the space. This restaurant is run the founder of by the well established R & G Lounge Kinson Wong. Weekend and evening parking validation available.

Last visit Spring 2021 during the Pandemic

  • We dined outside on the patio (Beautiful views)
  • They allocate outside vs inside based on space, not reservations
  • Good distance between tables
  • Unfortunately most diners didn’t wear masks while waiting for food
  • $10 discount for sharing a picture on social media!

Harborview San Francisco Interior decor

Insider Tip – Order selectively, they are $$$$

Cuisine – Cantonese Chinese
Location – San Francisco Financial District
Opened – 2018

Harborview San Francisco Dim Sum Carts

Service – Harborview service was scattered in the early days. We had to hail them to do anything.
Verdict – Harborview has decent food in a beautiful atmosphere. Hopefully they can stick around. Price are high, but this should be no surprise.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Maybe. 1 Hour? No

Harborview Signature Dishes – Dim Sum, Crab

Harborview’s Menu for lunch is pretty classic dim sum. Not a lot of innovation like HL Peninsula, Grand Harbour or Koi Palace.

Website Harborview Menu

Harborview Food Picks:

Live Crab with Salt and Pepper (Market Price) is their signature dish, looks like it was taken from R&G Lounge.  Excellent crab cooked perfectly and coated with egg.

Harborview San Francisco Shrimp Dumplings Chicken Feet

Har Gow (L: $9) – Had 4 large ones with good shrimp flavor. Nothing exceptional though. 8/10

Steamed shrimp and pea sprout dumplings ($9 for 3) are triangular shaped dumpling that hit the spot. 8/10

Steamed Chicken Feet – (M: $8) were good but not exceptional. 7.5/10

Crunchy Sugar Crust BBQ Pork Bun ($8 for 2) is a signature dish and it shows.  Very well done. 9/10

Harborview San Francisco Dim Sum

Deep Fried Sesame Dumplings w/ Sweet potato stuffing (S: $6) were also very good. The filling is different than the usual black sesame paste. Not very sweet, which is a plus. 8/10

Steamed vegetarian dumplings (L:$9) are perfect for vegetarians.  Pass otherwise.

Steamed rice flour rolls with shrimp (L: $8) were decent.  Nice shrimp.  They don’t have special modern variants unlike HL Peninsula. 8/10

Deep Fried Glutinous Rice Dumplings with assorted meat stuffing (S: $6) were freshly friend and still hot. 8/10

Steamed BBQ Pork Buns (S: $5) were fine. Nothing special.

Steamed Beef Balls with Aged Mandarin Orange Peel (M: $6.50) were good sized and very meaty.

Pan Fried Turnip Cake ($6, 3pcs) was a decent rendition.

Congee with seafood ($10) is a great deal, considering it costs the same as the beef or chicken. 8.5/10

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Steamed Shrimp and Leek Dumplings ($9, 3pcs) were small and fairly bland.

Rice flour roll with Chinese donut ($10, 3pcs) were not very special. HL Peninsula’s version rocks. 6/10

Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaf ($9 2pcs) are fairly bland. 6.5/10

Sauteed green beans ($10) was tiny and unremarkable. 6/10

Steamed fresh fish (Market price) was nice looking but overcooked.

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Xiao long Bao (Q: $16) were expensive and sad. Do not order these at non Shanghai restaurants.

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Restaurant Map:

Harborview Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

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

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

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Parking:Validated Parking

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