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Asian Restaurant, Chinese Restaurant, and Bar$$$$
Union Street, San Francisco
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    The experts at Michelin Travel & Lifestyle and 7x7 Magazine recommend this place
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  • Best of
    Best ofSeptember 16, 2014
    Get the Skewers, Monterey Squid, Bird's Eye Chili-Lime Sauce, Mizuna or the Chicken with Umeboshi Glaze, Pineapple, Sansho Pepper. Don't forget the side of papaya salad! Read more
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    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    While the chicken wings ($9.88) are an inherited classic on the menu, these grilled, meaty wings are superlative. They’re so savory that you almost don’t even need the side sambal and Sriracha sauces. Read more
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LlanesNovember 16, 2013
    We had chicken dumplings, firecracker shrimp and chicken satay skewers. All very good. Great atmosphere. We had an enjoyable time at the bar they call the "Chef's table". Affordable, decent service.
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    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    The Snacks section of the menu is full of many of my new faves, including the deeply flavorful char siu pork spring rolls ($10.75), a must-order. Read more
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    Sabina B.April 21, 2014
    The flavors here are simply divine. Don't leave here without ordering the short ribs, crispy cauliflower, and green beans. Pro tip: ask for the secret vegetarian menu.
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    Long Duk DongSeptember 22, 2014
    Swanky spot. I feel like I'm in 1930's Shanghai,the city my grandparents met and fell in love in. The food is delicious such as firecracker shrimp and spare ribs.
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    tablehopperAugust 3, 2014
    The green curry shrimp and sausage corn dogs ($4.95 each) are fricking awesome; what a perfect bar snack. Read more
  • Carson C.
    Carson CorporonApril 10, 2011
    We had the glazed pork ribs, pork dumplings, szechuan green beans and the beggars chicken and it was out of this world. They only make 2 chickens every hour on the half so be careful. Great meal!
  • David P.
    David PlattApril 12, 2013
    The glazed short ribs may be the best in the country. Pass on the beef skewers and mushroom skewers. Bacon wrapped prawns and tuna were killer.
  • Ali W.
    Ali WhiteMarch 14, 2012
    Haven't been disappointed by anything here. My favs include the green beans (a must!), rib eye, lettuce cups, cauliflower. Desserts are excellent too. Awesome cocktails.
  • RJ
    RJApril 19, 2013
    Short ribs are a must have and also the lamb belly was really good and different. This is a place is great for food and atmosphere
  • Rahadyan S.
    Rahadyan SastrowardoyoSeptember 30, 2011
    I usually am wary of "pan-Asian" restaurants because they're often Americanized Chinese restaurants with some Thai or Malay dishes. Betelnut has a variety of dishes to surprise the jaded palate!
  • A M.
    A MedallaMay 7, 2014
    Yummy glazed ribs, spring rolls, chicken dumplings! Excellent choice for dinner with group of friends :)
  • Sean W.
    Sean WalkerMay 29, 2012
    Great place. I saw the reviews on 4Sq and Yelp and had to stop in. Their menu is great. Our waitress was informative and fun. Gotta try it!
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    Natalie MJune 1, 2015
    The fish bowls-bomb. The food-great. The ambiance-fantastic. What more could you ask for?
  • Bill H.
    Bill HaskinMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the sashimi and the Tombo Tuna. They are delicious. And ask for Hangar 1 vodka. It's their best.
  • Simon F.
    Simon Favreau-LessardAugust 7, 2014
    Great Asian fusion food is to be found here. Brussel sprouts, short ribs, all delicious
  • Milena A.heart icon on user image
    Milena AdamianJanuary 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    New, great menu with some traditional "good stuff" still there. There is nothing like Betelnut! I wish I could take it to NYC with me
  • Karen S.
    Karen SmithNovember 12, 2011
    The calamari is fantastic. Must order the wasabi mustard sauce for dipping. And if you love tapioca it is to die for.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    We've selected this restaurant as a 2012 Bib Gourmand! For your chance to win a free dinner for 2, snap a pic & share on Twitter or Instagram with #BibSF. Good luck!
  • Alex M.
    Alex MurrayAugust 15, 2011
    Great place to grab a drink and people watch on Union St. While hanging here this weekend the bartender offered up free shots! Good calamari too.
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    Sriram KrishnanSeptember 6, 2014
    Noodles are good. The coconut parfait is one of the better deserts I have had in my life
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KingMarch 26, 2013
    Never liked Ahi Tuna until I came here. Also, the fried banana dessert is perfection.
  • Lainey C.
    Lainey CruzNovember 23, 2014
    Imperial Noodles, Ahi Tartare and Thai Iced Tea
  • erik l.
    erik lillquistJune 27, 2010
    Do yourself a favor and sit at the bar. So cool to watch the crew in action. Green beans, Buddha dumplings and the mochi dessert are my winners
  • Ian
    IanJanuary 12, 2013
    If you have a sweet tooth and like ginger, you'll love the Buffalo Smash cocktail.
  • Isha D.
    Isha DJune 24, 2013
    The Szechuan green beans are amazing! I get them every time.
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    Gensler FoodieAugust 23, 2014
    Fire Cracker Shrimp. Happy Hour $1 Oysters 4-7 weekdays.
  • Lewis C.heart icon on user image
    Lewis ClarkNovember 16, 2014
    Green beans and glazed pork ribs are delish!
  • Stephany
    StephanyAugust 21, 2011
    Get the glazed pork short ribs. They melt in your mouth... You won't regret it!
  • Kevin K.heart icon on user image
    Kevin KnutsonOctober 26, 2014
    Try the Korean BBQ chicken if you like a little heat.
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoJanuary 17, 2013
    Try the Sauteed Green Beans With Garlic - Love
  • Stephany
    StephanyAugust 21, 2011
    Get the glazed pork ribs. They melt in your mouth.... You won't regret it!!
  • Brian
    BrianJanuary 24, 2012
    7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the malaysian curry laksa soup is delicious. Yum!
  • C V.
    C VJune 18, 2012
    Try the chi chi (a new drink as of June 2012).
  • Fabio R.
    Fabio ResendeApril 13, 2013
    Curry Laksa is on the list of 21 best noodle bowls by San Francisco Magazine
  • Alexander S.
    Alexander SchekJanuary 27, 2012
    Try the Firecracker Chicken! Out of this world!
  • Sam H.
    Sam HDecember 29, 2010
    The calamari and lettuce cups are very good. But the short ribs are out of this world.
  • Stephanie A.
    Stephanie AdrienneJuly 21, 2012
    Pork dumplings. Just do it and thank me later.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SmithJanuary 29, 2012
    Beef noodle dish is beyond amazing! A must have!
  • Angela C.
    Angela ChihApril 4, 2012
    The White Tea is perfect! The food was amazing.
  • Victor H.
    Victor HasemanSeptember 26, 2011
    Spicy Calamari and Bien Pow Chicken are must try dishes.
  • KNOW B.
    KNOW BODDIEDecember 21, 2011
    Wagyu beef tataki!!! $5 during 4-6 M-F happy hr. Awesomeness.
  • BlackboardEats
    BlackboardEatsMarch 8, 2011
    Try the crispy chicken liver with black pepper sauce on the offal menu! Read more
  • Nipul C.
    Nipul ChokshiAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Papaya salad is great.
  • Tony G.
    Tony GloriosoSeptember 8, 2011
    Let Ben order the wine and Daniel order the food. Or vice versa, either way, you win!
  • Don M.heart icon on user image
    Don ModicaNovember 10, 2013
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    :)November 9, 2010
    The chicken cooked in clay is soooo good and tender - it's a must!
  • Sailing Spoken Here
    Sailing Spoken HereDecember 6, 2010
    Great location on Union, must order their green beans and lettuce cups!
  • Brittney L.heart icon on user image
    Brittney LeighOctober 23, 2012
    If you're at the bar, the Bali Hai is a winner.
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