Chinese Restaurants in Castro


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  • House of Chen
    In Focus: House of Chen Specialty: Chinese comfort food Noticeable lack of: MSG Popular appetizer: scallions pancake, a crispy pastry with diced scallions Must-try seafood entree: walnut prawns in a honey sauce Vegetarian options: more than 10, including ma po tofu When to go: dinner—they open at 4 p.m. every day Delivery: yes
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    335 Noe St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Anchor Oyster Bar
    Anchor Oyster Bar Sustainable Seafood | Critically Acclaimed Chowder | In-House Fish Market | No-Frills Atmosphere Sample Menu Appetizer: oyster shooters, served regular or soju-style Salad: classic caesar salad tossed with shrimp or crabmeat Entree: sautéed garlic prawns with roasted potatoes and veggies The Vibe: Because they want to keep the focus on the food, Anchor's team maintains a relatively no-frills dining room. Still, its marble counter and stainless-steel tables create a "classic style" according to Coastal Living magazine, which included the oyster bar on its 2010 list of best seafood dives. While You're Waiting: Browse Anchor's in-house fish market for some sustainably caught seafood to take home. Inside Tip: Kick your meal off by ordering a cup, bowl, or family-sized trough of the Boston-style clam chowder, which the San Francisco Chronicle named one of the city's best. While You're in the Neighborhood Before: Stock up on new LPs at Rooky Ricardo's Records (448 Haight Street). After: Snap along to live jazz at Club DeLuxe (1511 Haight Street).
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    579 Castro Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Red Jade Restaurant
    Red Jade Restaurant: A User’s Guide Classic Mandarin Chinese | Fresh Ingredients | Asian Barbecue | Renowned Pot Stickers | Friendly Owner Sample Menu Appetizer: dry-fried chicken wings in batter with garlic ginger and roasted red peppers Lunch: wok-fried golden scallops sauteed in spicy herb sauce Dinner: spicy salted spareribs cooked in a dry wok Dessert: sesame ball Noteworthy Praise: “Check Please” contributor Zheng Cao calls the chef’s special pot stickers “the best … in the whole bay area.” Who’s Cooking: Pay Lam Guan, who hand rolls more than 500 hundred of his specialty pot stickers from fresh-made dough every day. Bonus: he greets every guest and sometimes even offers off-menu entrees for the culinarily curious. When to Go: Though Red Jade stays open until 10 p.m. every night, the generous lunch specials are worth the midday trip. While You’re In The Neighborhood: Before: Catch a classic or cult flick at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street), an old-fashioned movie house that harkens back to a bygone era with live organ music before the show. After: For post-meal chuckles, head to EndGames Improv (446 Valencia Street), which features off-the-cuff comedy shows every Thursday and Friday night.
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    245 Church St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Cathay Express Restaurant
    In Focus: Cathay Express Restaurant Serves: American-style Chinese food with lots of fried rice and chow mein options Must-try dishes: orange chicken, salt-and-pepper fish People love: the generous portions Added value: the all-you-can-eat buffet offers up more than 16 dishes to sample When feeding a crowd: get a regular or large catering tray, which should be enough for an entire party or just you during the next TV-show marathon Hot tip: some people report that the restaurant allows customers to get half-and-half entree orders when getting carry-out
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    720 14th St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Woodhouse Fish Company
    Woodhouse Fish Company: A User's Guide American Seafood | East Coast Lobster Rolls | Easygoing Nautical Vibes | Zagat-Rated Sample Menu From the East Coast: split-top Maine lobster roll served on a buttered, top-loaded bun made special by a local baker From the West Coast: cioppino loaded with shellfish in a savory tomato broth Homemade dessert: sourdough bread pudding What to Drink There is a small selection of craft beers and wines. You can also bring your own bottle for a $15 corkage fee. Behind the Scenes Brothers and restaurant-industry lifers Dylan and Rowan MacNiven run both Woodhouse locations. Family roots run deep here—their dad, Jamis, opened the first one in Castro. The Vibe: A nautical-themed space manned by a friendly and attentive staff. When to Go: Tuesday evening, when you can fill up on a $1 oysters. Inside Tips When in doubt, go with the crab. When Dungeness crab season starts in November, Woodhouse literally gets it right off the boat thanks to direct deals with the fishermen. Keep an eye out for the practical jokes planted in the décor. Vocab Lesson Cioppino: a fish stew that originated in San Francisco, it’s made with the catch of the day, typically a combination of fish and shellfish. If You Can’t Make It, Try This Visit Buck's of Woodside (3062 Woodside Rd.), Jamis MacNiven's other quirky joint. In addition to serving its popular breakfast dishes, it slings hearty plates for lunch and dinner.
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    2073 Market St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Big Lantern Restaurant
    Five Things to Know About Big Lantern With its name spelled out in whimsical, multicolor neon lights, Big Lantern draws inspiration from the Chinese Lantern Festival. During this celebration, people bear lanterns beneath a full moon, illuminating the streets as others light fireworks, play games, and dance in lion and dragon costumes. Read on to see how Big Lantern’s owners strive to capture the spirit of this festival: The menu teems with traditional Chinese dishes. Chefs prepare specialties like tea-flavored scallops and flaming Szechuan-style chili fish. But the chefs also whip up Americanized favorites. Orange chicken, sesame beef, and crab cheese puffs round out an extensive menu. Cantonese dim sum happens every day of the week. Share small plates with friends and family, from steamed spare ribs to turnip cakes. The bar is ready with a sake recommendation. Regular, premium, cold, unfiltered—just ask what would pair best with your meal. The decor’s more than just paper lanterns. Feast your eyes with decorations like a fish fountain or an ornately carved wooden panel.
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    3170 16th St
    San Francisco, CA US
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