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Great Eastern Restaurant
Cantonese Restaurant$$
Today 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
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649 Jackson St San Francisco, CA 94133
649 Jackson StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94133
$$Cantonese Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Cantonese Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Chinese Restaurant
Dim Sum Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Today 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 11:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 11:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 11:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 11:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 11:00 pmSunday 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
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Seafood fished from big tanks & dim sum bites are the main draws at this basic Chinese spot.- Google
"Had Chicken Chow Fun, Honey Walnut Prawns and Pot Stickers."
"Love to dim sum at great eastern but always crowded."
24 reviewers
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Eric Mozley
2 months ago
Don't get pulled into this over priced, poorly staffed tourist trap. When I dined here I was given a hard cold standard sized bowl of rice I didn't order. I assumed there would be some cost for the rice but $8.50?! And the rice was suspiciously not priced on the menu. The two dim-sum dishes were cold and the beef was incredibly fatty. Waiters will not talk to you either from rudeness or a language gap but then had the audacity to stop me and my girlfriend from leaving and tell us the tip is not included. The manager also glared at us as we left. First time I haven't tipped ever. This place is a disaster. Stay away unless you like being confused about how to order, dishes randomly dropped on your table, and no communication from staff until they want your money.
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Alex wathogoma
3 months ago
The food was great, service was not so great. But still enjoyed my visit because the president been there
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Emily Garcia
a year ago
If Obama likes it, so will we, right? Well, we made the walk here to find a 40min wait but like the stubborn diners that we are, we took a number and waited out in the streets. After about 45-50mins we were finally seated and proceeded to flood our paper with dim sum orders. As soon as we handed in our piece of paper our orders came out. The wait for food was minimal and the orders kept coming 1-2 at a time (which was the perfect pace at which we were eating). The pricing was a little bit steeper than what I am used to (but it was a nicer dim sum place at SF) with their most expensive items not really justified for the higher price (the green beans, the ribs which weren't that great, etc). However, their most common lower-priced items were pretty damn good with the pork-filled baked buns as my absolute favorite. We were in-out of there in a shorter time than our actual wait to get a table, which shows how incredibly efficient they are but how insane their customer demand is. My friends were very happy with their experience and I was thrilled that I was able to finally introduce to them what Dim Sum in the city is like.
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Kira Kovalyova
9 months ago
A rather standard place, surprised to see here in reviews that people actually queue to get in. Can't say anything special about the food or atmosphere. Service was quick, but after I paid the bill and left few dollars to round it up, the waiter suggested that minimum tip was 10%, and he said it twice (insisting even after my comment that tip is a voluntary act). Don't get where all the Zagat ratings are from
G Musselman
2 months ago
If I could only give 0 stars. The waiter was oddly racist, I'm white by the way so I guess I'm not used to the feeling. He only brought us the menu and then the check when our meal was over, which lasted roughly 30 minutes. We ordered 8 dim sum dishes in our party. Two off which tasted exactly like vomit. When I did receive the check I tipped adequately for our party of four, considering the lack of service and rudeness, but I still offered something because I can understand the hectic nature of food service. Our waiter publicly asked me why the tip was so low. To answer him, "you did three things, you brought us the menu, you were extremely rude, then you brought us the check." He then began to speak in what I would assume was Mandarin and my party and I left. This was by far the worst service I have ever endured and probably don't think I'll ever encounter again. Yes, Obama went here, but do you think his service is comparable to the every day consumer?
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Dom Siroros
8 months ago
I don't know what president Obama likes about this restaurant. I had mainly dimsim and chow mein. There were like made by some immature chef that dont know what real dim taste liked. Try the Hakhow they were almost like shrimp meatball. Other dimsim shell were roughly made. The waiters were arrogant or at least many of them.
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Carlos Escapa
7 months ago
Top notch dim sum. Excellent food, prompt service. Clean, great value..
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Jason Levy
a year ago
Great Eastern Restaurant gives a true chinatown dim sum experience. The food is very good and the service is "efficient". That is to say that there's a constant busy hustle as the waitstaff works very fast. I've been to Great Eastern a couple of times and each time I'm happy I did. A couple of times I went with a friend that spoke Mandarin and he order "off menu" items that were delicious (my friend is convinced we were granted the items because he ordered them speaking Mandarin)! Both upstairs and downstairs are nice dining areas.
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