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Betelnut Pejiu Wu
Betelnut Pejiu Wu

Betelnut Pejiu Wu Details

  • 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.Continued
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The food was great, the service was better.The servers were all about making sure my night was great!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "fabulous in every way...food, service, ambiance... we had a lovely time and will return sooon."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "all our dishes were really terrific and after all these years. Still going strong!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Everything was awesome, but the short ribs are the best!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I recommend the firecracker shrimp. I ordered a second helping they were so good!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Not as great as it used to be… chicken lakshaw came without any salt… did they change the cooks? Ambience still great."
    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!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Always a hit. Always great service. Get the green beans! Love sitting at the chef's counter too!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Been eating here since it was opened, never disappointed!"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Great service and food. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "At one time the food at betelnut seemed innovative, but now is pretty ordinary - and yet expensive. Steak dish was like rubber. Nothing to get excited about except for the feeling that eating at almost any neighborhood Thai or Indonesian restaurant would have been much better and much less expensive. They forgot dishes we ordered. Took forever to bring drinks. And the place reeked from the burnt fuel coming out of some type of decorative fireplace in the back dining area. I won't be going back. (The Slanted door is sooooo much better and yet no more expensive.)"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Great food for sharing, staff was great even with busy crowd. Our favorites include seabass, NY strip & lemon grass pork."
    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...."
    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."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "We were sad to learn that Betelnut is not as good as it once was. Not sure why the owners felt the need to change things when the restaurant was so successful. At any rate, this new incarnation feels hollow, like a tourist joint. I don't think we'll go back."
    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!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Have been here at least 5 times. This was first time after they changed name back to Betelnut. Did not have to wait for our table. Three hostess ladies had a "could care less" attitude upon our arrival. Had to wait for at least 5 minutes for a waiter to appear. Spring rolls were great: chicken Satay was OK; Sea bass was dry and tasteless- for $22; Emerald noodles were marginal at best; fried rice was good. Our waiter was friendly, but that wasn't enough. Total tab with tip was $96 We really wanted to love this restaurant, but the food just wasn't worth the price. We will try other restaurants in SF before we consider returning."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "This is a TRUE!!!!... find in SF. We have been customers since it opened.. This one of many visits that we have made since moving our full time residence to Lake Tahoe. What a PLeaasure for us. Thanks!"
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "I used to love this place, and it still looks great. But the menu has been cut back a lot since I last went there and they probably should cut some more. For instance, you apparently shouldn't put salmon on a skewer. The noodle dish with boar had barely any meat in it but a lot of salt. The firecracker shrimp was just breaded shrimp with a bunch of sliced jalapenos thrown on top. I think you go here for a drink before dinner, somewhere else. I hope they get it back together. Our server was very nice, so at least that was a positive."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "food was delicious, the sauces/sides were yummy, the service was wonderful."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Fun bar and restaurant scene - local color - great part of Union Street. Order the string beans for sure!"
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "Betelnut has been a well run restaurant since I first went there around 8 years ago. The small plates, and interesting cocktails make for a fun evening. If you've never been there, check it out. Nice neighborhood with good shops and bars."
    Dined on 11/24/2013