Betelnut Pejiu Wu
Betelnut Pejiu Wu

Betelnut Pejiu Wu

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.betelnutrestaurant.com/index.html
  • Phone: (415) 929-8855
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:45pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Southeast Asian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Alexander Ong
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Buchannan Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Betelnut Pejiu Wu
For hundreds of years in the bustling cities and fragrant harbors of Asia a favorite and familiar place to savor distinctive local dishes has been the side street beer house, or pejiu wu. Here, large mugs of beer complement emphatically fresh and tantalizing "street food" made with fresh local ingredients and regional spices that tend to be on the hotter side.
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Betelnut Pejiu Wu reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)neighborhood gem (36)good for groups (34)vibrant bar scene (21)hot spot (18)special occasion (15)great for outdoor dining (15)great for lunch (13)romantic (8)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (5)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Excellent food
    Foodexplorer2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    First time visit ..picked based on reviews from opentable.. food was excellent, service was great and we eat like pigs without paying a fortune. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miss the food quality
    Flog
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I was so excited to try Betelnut again only to find disappointment. The quality left with George Chen.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful service and food
    RDBD
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Needed a nice place to eat before Art Market at Marina, found a gem. Excellent updated Chinese/Vietnamese menu with good variety of choices, well spiced, beautifully presented, and generous portions. Our waiter friendly, made good recommendations, provided efficient service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    PeteVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I've been going to Betelnut since it opened and Monday night was my first disappointing meal. The service was excellent as always. I took the short ribs off my list of the ten favorite thing I love to eat and moved it to the formerly favorite list.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Green Beans ever
    Patty
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Fantastic dishes, delicious and fresh. Must have the green beans. More casual ambiance than photo depicts, VERY loud music. Had many service issues (no water or menus, wrong wine etc.) but manager comp'd appetizer. Would recommed and take in on next trip to SF.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be much better
    emily
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    They recently changed ownership and you can definitely tell. The menu is not nearly as impressive and consistently amazing as it used to be. Now, if you order from the "classics" (the must-have items from the old menu) you're ok, but everything else is pretty lack luster. Under the old ownership, you couldn't go wrong with anything you picked from their menu. I'd be hesitant to return given the change. It used to be so much better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice comeback
    clos
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    My wife and I went here on our first date over 8 years ago. We came here after we got engaged 4 years ago, and we return for our Anniverary dinner every year. When I went on line to yelp to make reservations, I was concerned to see some not so nice reviews about "our place". Seems a few folks had been saying Betelnut had jumped the shark. However the most recent reviews seemed to say there was strong efforts to bring the place back to it's orginal form. I also saw the recent reviews had someone from Betelnut responding to reviews - both positive and negative. That gave me hope. Happy to say all was better than execpted. Made me feel good that Betelunt was listening and responsding to feedback! Bottom line, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very solid
    Dmr444VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Great food and drinks. We are vegetarian and had tasty dishes. Reasonable prices and a good selection of sakes to choose from
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Favorite !
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We cam here on our first date, 13+ years ago, and go every year for our anniversary, and then sometimes during the year. The food is always spot-on and the service is cordial, and not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    The food was great, the service was better.The servers were all about making sure my night was great!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We celebrate our anniversary
    Leemo
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We celebrate our anniversary every year there so it was a special night for both of us. We first started our night with a rude unfriendly hostess. I think you should put someone that's friendly has a smile on her face not someone that didn't want to be there and didn't care. As far as food, it was good but took way too long to bring the food. They brought one dish then there was long gap before they brought another one. Over all I would just give it a 2 star. I don't think we're going there for a long time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Betelnut
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    fabulous in every way...food, service, ambiance... we had a lovely time and will return sooon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still Just As Good
    bflopaul
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    First went to Betelnut about 15 years ago when I was in town on business. Returned on this trip and was pleasantly surprised to find (taste) that the food was just as good... as was the overall experience. Great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still great!
    minmil
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    all our dishes were really terrific and after all these years. Still going strong!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Meal
    JohnAndEmyVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We enjoyed an excellent meal at Betelnut. By far, they serve the best Roti I have ever had. It was crispy and came with two dipping sauces. While waiting on our main meal we had to order a second serving of the Roti. Also, their Hawaiian Wahloo dish was delicious served on a banana leaf and flavored with lemon, ginger, and onions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Everything was awesome, but the short ribs are the best!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • S. B. Visitor who always returns!
    luv2eat
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We cannot say enough for the scrumptious dishes offered at Betelnut. Whatever you decide to order, you will be glad you did!! Happy eating, count on definitely being satisfied when you leave, and looking forward to your next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Tman
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    I recommend the firecracker shrimp. I ordered a second helping they were so good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Asian Fusion At Its Best
    ExecCoachVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Jeff, a server at Kokkari recommended Betelnut ( we are visiting San Frnacisco. A fabulous recommendation and we would return. The small plates are generous in size and wonderful flavors. A must go to restaurant! It was busy on a Sunday night. If we lived in San Francisco,we would return often. Great value
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return Visit
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Been years and so glad we returned. Sunday Brunch. Great service. Ordered sticky ribs, calamari, green beans, kale asian pear salad,( small plates) halibut in banana leaf and lettuce leaf egg rolls. Plenty of food for the table, and all was fabulous. Ribs and calamari were real standouts. Split the coconut, tapioca dessert. Different and refreshing. Parking in garage across the street, $10. Street parking hard to get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful Dining at Its Finest
    Dineat9
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I recently celebrated my birthday there with my wife, son & daughter. We were greeted and seated in excellent time! Our waitress was lovely, courteous & exceptionally efficient. She suggested some appetizers: firecracker shrimp, Sezchan string beans, BBQ short ribs & kale salad. For main dishes we hadron eye steak (thinly sliced) delicious & sea bass with jasmine rice. Only wrinkle in the evening came with my daughter ordering & paying for a Moscow mule. The drink was watered down. Waitress charged us for the replacement drink. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SO Accommodating!
    enjoyeatingout
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We added a person to our group and met in the bar first. We stayed there past our reservation time and they were willing to work around our schedule, even offering for us to eat in the bar, change the time, etc. One person had luggage and they had an unobtrusive spot for us to use. The food was delicious, as always! So, it was a combo of great food and really great service that made it a nice evening.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Betelnut - Fun hot spot!
    foodies
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Loved the small plates; this way one can try different dishes and share with your partner. Loved all the flavors in the food. The atmosphere is fabulous and the vibe is exciting. Everyone seemed to be having a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food so so
    kk66
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Not as great as it used to be… chicken lakshaw came without any salt… did they change the cooks? Ambience still great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Been eating here since it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Been eating here since it was opened, never disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Always a hit. Always great service. Get the green beans! Love sitting at the chef's counter too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome As Usual
    JoeScott
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    It's been a little while since returning to Betelnut. First time since name/menu change attempts. Glad to report the food hasn't missed a beat. The flavors are as distinct and amazing as usual. One minor glitch: the roasted green beans were a bit soggy, but everything else was top-notch....including the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something went wrong in communicati
    4sustainabilityVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Something went wrong in communication between server and cooks, so our dishes stopped coming after our appetizers. The manager finally came over, comped most of the order, and apologized. Although it was only 9:15 when we sat down, there was an end-of-the-evening quality to the food, some things not quite warm enough, others a bit tired, but some tasty.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Have eaten their many times
    yvsc
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Have eaten their many times I must say it's not as good as it once was. That being said I would still go back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going Back
    FilippoVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    We hadn't been to Betelnut for a couple of years. We were pleased that the food is still very, very good. We had a new waiter who was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    PleasantVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Great service and food. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is good but not great;
    JackVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    The food is good but not great; menu items read a little better than they taste. Many neighborhood Thai or Vietnamese restaurants have more flavorful dishes at a significantly lower prices. Presentation and ambiance is very nice, however, and makes it seem like a special night out. Service was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant lost its charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Every since they've change the menu, the restaurant is no longer as hip and popular as it used to be. I had hard time choosing items on the menu so I asked for recommendations from the server only to be disappointed. We've had hamachi sashimi, calamari, malaysian bread roti and salmon skewers. None of these dishes were satisfying. Too bad, I used to like this place a lot! I wil not be coming back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what I remembered:(
    glavagirl
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    After being to Betelnut several times in the past and always having an enjoyable experience, I was disappointed in my experience this time. Especially because I was raving about Betelnut to my co-workers and we were all in town for a convention. And of ALL the restaurants in the city that we could have chosen, I convinced them all that this was the one we had to go to, I now regret that decision. The mojitios weren't what they used to be with the bucket glasses and cubed ice, the server was unattentive, and short. Next time I am in San Fran, not sure if I will be visiting again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a special place
    Bill
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    this is truly a gem! they tried to change the menu and fortunately they reverted to the prior spectacular menu items... this is really a very special place... will always return often....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good New Year's Experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    New Year's Eve dining can be a horrible experience. Even restaurants that are tried and true often can't keep up the food quality or the seating commitment on New Year's, but Betelnut was the best. I've eaten here before and the the food was superb, the waiter was just great. He didn't rush us and he was very informative. I've learned that if you have a reservation on New Year's, don't expect to be seated on time or sometimes within 30 minutes of your reservation, but we arrived early and even though the restaurant was full, we were seated before our actual reservation.. The best part is that they didn't have a New Year's inflated priced Prix Fixe menu. There were specials and we were able to choose from the extensive menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Years Eve
    familyoffour
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Great food for sharing, staff was great even with busy crowd. Our favorites include seabass, NY strip & lemon grass pork.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seen better days
    FoodyVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Seems tired. Restaurant looks worn and tired. Has an old musty smell. Generally not very impressive. Food was decent but when you see the place is looking frayed you start to wonder if they are cutting corners on quality in the kitchen also
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not our favourite restaurant
    Tourist4food
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    This restaurant was good, but not incredible by any means. The food was average and the service was alright. The waiter did not do a good job of explaining the food that we were eating. We would not return to this restaurant if we are in San Francisco again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Recurrent cravings
    Ahmerde
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    This is our third time back. Though we live in the north bay making our annual trip to the city wouldn't be complete without a trip to Betelnut. Love the food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.