Bring Your Appetite to San Francisco's Potluck of Asian Restaurants

With so many fantastic restaurants to choose from in San Francisco, be sure to take the time to set your expectations for your meal. If you're only in San Francisco for four days, for example, you have four chances to find that signature meal that could very well be the most memorable experience of your trip. By offering many different Asian options in our list below - from Chinese to Japanese to Vietnamese to Korean to Thai - we've increased your odds of finding that fantastic meal. And offering restaurant recommendations to friends back home who plan to visit San Francisco is one of the best gifts you can give.

We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of San Francisco restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Tonga Room Hurricane Restaurant & Bar, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Slanted Door.

We also point out good neighborhoods for Asian restaurants in San Francisco - Nob Hill, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!

Thep Phanom Thai Cuisine

A delightful atmosphere, friendly staff (in traditional Thai attire), and intriguing menu all contribute to the popularity of this Thai restaurant. Chef Pat Parikanont opened Thep Phanom Thai in the lower Haight Ashbury taking the name from a...  Read More

Seoul Garden

An elegant decor sets the scene for delightful meals at this Korean restaurant. Delicious dishes come standard, and portions are served with a generous hand. For a bit of spectacle, full meals are prepared on a grill in the middle of the table,...  Read More

If you want an Asian restaurant with plenty of space and attentive service, Yamo's may not be for you. But if you'rw willing to sacrifice some of the atmospheric frills that accompany most residents for an excellent, thoughtful meal, then try...  Read More

Yukol Place offers tasty Thai food in a simple setting with a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. Start with a fresh salad or a bowl of coconut soup to get the tastebuds acclimated. If you're there already, calamari salad with its zesty dressing packs a...  Read More

Tonga Room Hurricane Restaurant & Bar

The Tonga Room offers drinks, dancing, great Asian cuisine, and a festive atmosphere, including a simulated tropical rainstorm that shakes things up every twenty minutes. Expansive windows provide views of the bustling streetscape, and live...  Read More

Nanking Road Bistro

When you need a break from Chinatown but still want yummy Chinese food, head to Nanking Road Bistro. Don't let the empty seats fool you - they do a tremendous catering business, so the restaurant is almost a side-venture. The consistent quality...  Read More


If you think Chinese food in San Francisco is limited to take-out boxes from Chinatown, you need to visit M.Y. China and get an education on this exquisite cuisine. Your teacher will be the man who puts the M.Y. in M.Y. China, Martin Yan. As a...  Read More

Locals swear this is the best Chinese food in the city - and the line out the front door every night supports that. Although some local restaurant critics have said the quality may be going downhill, Mission Chinese is still incredibly...  Read More

If you want a truly unique Asian dining experience, head to House of Nanking. But be prepared to put yourself into the hands of head chef/owner Peter Fang, who since 1988 has down his best to get patrons to ignore the menu and allow him to...  Read More

High ceilings and awesome Bay views establish a unique atmosphere at this well-received waterfront venue. Style and spectacle are grounded, though, by Slanted Door's authentic country Vietnamese dishes, which get a California kick from local...  Read More


Meet Tom Molanphy

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