pleasant dinning experience
loved the oysters topped with the granite type chilli sauce.
The green papaya salad was delectable, the seasoning was just right.
The laksa was tasty although I would prefer it a bit hotter, nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The service was courteous and efficient. The wine list has a nice variety of good wines.
I will definitely repeat the experience and fully recommend the restaurant.
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious green beans!
I finally had an opportunity to dine here with a friend. We started off with a drink at the bar. The bartenders were friendly and served us promptly. Although the bar is pretty small, the ambiance was lively around us since there were also some smaller tables behind the bar.
We asked the waiter how many dishes we should get. He recommended 2 dishes per person so we picked 4 items off the menu. He was right! We ordered 4 items and it was perfect for us. This place has some of the best stir-fried green beans I have ever eaten! Definitely order those!
Great service, but they started clearing the things off our table after we had paid, even our water glasses. I guess that was a hint to get going...
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun Saturday Eaterie
Fun place to go with friends for a vibrant, upbeat Saturday night. Place was obviosuly popular and the staff were kept on their toees. Food was quite healthy; plenty of fish, grilled foods and veggies.
My only criticism was that the veggies were a little late coming out, so my husband and I were left eating a generous portion of greens on its own.
Despite that, attentive, well meaning service! Our flight landed late into San Francisco and they still kept our table for us.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good meal but didnt check us in
We eat at Betelnut frequently and enjoy the consistenly good food. The new menu items that survived the brief name change are generally very good. My only complaint is that the hostess didn't check us with Open Table even though we had reservation.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Inspired flavors, impeccable servic
We had the kanpachi, the Kumamoto oysters, the chili crab, the beggar's chicken, the fish head curry (WOW), the green beans, the black pepper shrimp, the wild boar noodles, the Thai coffee ice cream and espresso granita, the fried banana fritters with salted caramel sauce, the raspberry sorbet and the tapioca pudding with red bean. Each dish was a delight, with flavors that were inspired by and rooted in their host culture but given their own delicious embellishment by Chef Ong.
Our server was very attentive, accommodating and helpful, as were all the staff that served us that night.
Our foodie friends were suitably impressed. We are definitely coming back for more. Especially for that fish head curry.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, energetic atmoshphere,
Great food, energetic atmoshphere, and good drinks!
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yellow curry soup to die for
The soup was full bodied flavor. Delicious taste with a kick of spicy curry. The salmon skewers were cooked just right; and the peanut sauce was awesome. The wild boar was tender and delicious.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sharing at its Best
Wonderful food, made to be shared! The five of us in our comfy booth tasted small bites of many things, and became full unexpectedly. Short ribs were out of this world, and followed kindly by hot towels to clean our sticky fingers. For those reviewers who complained about menu changes, the restaurant has returned to its original successful identity. The final surprise: a very reasonable bill.This is a keeper!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We walked in and sat our group of 7 down exactly at our reservation time, nice! The food was creative, good, spicy and I really like the small plates, because I get to eat more things. Our server and bussers were very attentive and the dinner moved quickly. I totally recommend it. Things were spicy, which was fine with me, but if you are from Nebraska and can't handle the heat....order wisely!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I still remember when this was the special late night hot spot. It is certainly not that anymore, but is still a good neighborhood restaurant. I appreciated the special gluten free menu. I wouldn't recommend for a special occasion, but if you are in the area and want to have a nice dinner and cocktail then this would be a good bet.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Seems to be back to the old
Seems to be back to the old Betelnut, which was always excellent. Great meal, terrific service.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unexpected Great Experience
We had a party of 7 which they easily accommodated. Dinner was a Variety of small and larger plates that at first We thought this would never fill us up and left completely satisfied. Our Waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and was fun! Everyone at the table said this was a Feast of Incredible flavors from Bacon wrapped Prawns to Pork Chops with pickled Mango ...Just Outstanding . I will be back!
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Farewell dinner for 8
We had a nice time, had a very nice server who provided great attention when we first got there at 5:30 pm. But as the restaurant filled up, he was able to get to our table much less frequently than we had needs (like ordering dessert and paying the bill). This seemed to be a combination of prolonged chatting with some tables vs. just too many tables.
The table size was perfect for 7 (what we originally reserved), but when we added an 8th, they should have moved us to a bigger table. I didn't request it, but it was noticeablly cramped.
Don't really like the back room where they put us with some others... good space for romantice quiet setting.
Food was terrific, wine list solid, dessert wonderful. Cocktails awesome.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
3 days in San Fran
Had a great experience at Betelnut. I know this was a hot spot a couple years back but they did not disappoint. We love all things Asian as foodies without the pretense. We ordered several items to sample the whole menu. Everyone says to order the Green Beans, "I say how good can they be? They're green beans." Well they are fantastic, perfectly crisp, great combo of flavors. The shrimp corn dog appetizer was crazy fun combo. The noodle dishes were above average but for me it's hard to find a bad noodle dish. These were both pretty tasty. Good ambience and attentive staff. Overall this was a fun worthwhile outing with only a few days in San Fran. We gave it four out of five stars!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had lunch there and the
We had lunch there and the service was exceptional. our waiter let us taste several of the beers before we ordered and offered such friendly and thoughtful service. we needed the warm towels with all the finger food we enjoyed.
i will definitely be back!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dinner - can't believe
Great dinner - can't believe I never noticed this place having dined next door for years. We were sat at a cute two-top between the front bar area and the back (more "group"-oriented) dining area and had a fantastic meal with great service. Looking forward to heading back here soon.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
2 of us we shared 4 different plates and had so a nice variety of delicious food
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy fun loud
This place we really enjoy. The food is great. I e never had something bad. It's noisy in there, so it's fun to go with friends.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fastastic Asian Fusion
This place is a gem. Food is wonderful.............with a good selection for those who enjoy some spice with their meal.................
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
New items, but old favorites remain
Fast, attentive service. Great menu. The new items are interesting. Glad they brought many certain old favorites, though. Always reliable and special.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great every time.
Again this place really hits it out of the park. Love it!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Return to Some Original Dishes
I was very happy to see that more from the menu of the original Betelnut has be worked to the current menu. We had pretty much all of the "classics" the other night, and they are still good. I would revert to the original version of the anchovies and peanuts (maybe not originally anchovies, but whatever they are, it was great). This is an excellent meal for timid and adventurous eaters alike.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was not just a meal- it was an experience! Everything from the cocktails to the desserts were unusual and delicious, and it was fun getting the little plates one by one. Go!
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Once I found out my daughter
Once I found out my daughter was going to school in SF the first thing I did was make a reservation here. I must say though I was extremely disappointed. It started out with me calling to let them know I was going to be about 5 min late, and the hostess said that we can only hold the reservation for 15 min. The fact that I called and the fact the place was relatively empty, was not very cool. At least I called. Anyway, the next disappointment came when we were told they took off their famous dumplings off the menu as well as changing up their fire cracker shrimp, and then the killer, no more mochi for dessert. Needless to say, too many disappointments for my likely return.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Dinner, glad they put
Good Dinner, glad they put some of the classics back on the menu
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Betelnut is always a treat. The have both vegan and gluten free menus. Really enjoy the green beans. Yum.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
First choice for Asian
Betelnut is one of our favorite Asian restaurants. Although we've been enjoying its dumplings, chicken dishes and fresh salads for the last few years, we recently had an Open Table dinner reservation and discovered the restaurant has a new chef with some new and unique dishes. He also serves the classic dishes that we've loved so such including the firecracker shrimp. The staff is friendly and very efficient.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Some good new dishes at Betelnut
We have eaten at Betelnut for years, but have only recently tried it since the new chef changed the menu. Some favorites are still on the menu like glazed pork short ribs and salt and pepper calamari. We lament that there are no dim sum dumplings like the old shanghai dumplings, but some of the new dishes are quite good. We loved the old steak dish but the new steak is a better cut of meat and a very tasty preparation (although the description on the menu doesn't sound terribly appetizing). We also tried the scallops and they were excellent. The new dishes are more complex and have more ingredients than the old dishes, and we liked having some of each.
9/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food got there just
Great food got there just before closing and the staff was very accommodating did not rush us at all.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food & great service!
While I enjoyed the new concept, the old faves are preferred - glad to have things back and hope the new concepts keep coming regardless of what you call the place!
9/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Have been a customer for many
Have been a customer for many years, great to see that their menu still has my favorites!!!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
It had been ten years since I got my last
Betelnut fix. They are still fantastic. Good food and service. I'll be back next trip.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Betelnut was recommended by a good friend of mine so my wife and I decided to dine there our last night while in town. Both the food and service were great. Definitely would go back.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was really wonderful,
Everything was really wonderful, from the food to the wait staff to the bussers.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a treat
I introduced my San Francisco friend to this great food. She will be back I'm sure. Unfortunately, I live in Sonoma County so it is not so easy for me to patronize. But I'd do it regularly if I were closer. Green beans still my favorite. Loved the new kale salad and calamari were great. We were there on a Wednesday at 5:30 and it was quiet. Started getting lively just as we left.
10/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always love the Szechuan green
Always love the Szechuan green beans and they did not disappoint. Good as ever!
Jalapeño margarita was great. And waiter Scott made nice suggestions and took great care of us.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can we get more of those RIBS!
We always have a great time going to Betelnut. This time we took some friends that had never been and they are now in love also. We always order the Garlicky Ribs but tonight we couldn't get enough. Never take them off the menu! We love this restaurant because the food is always fresh and perfect, service is fast and hospitable and its well priced. Highly recommend it.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Betenut is terrific!
I'm from Boston and whenever I'm in San Francisco I always go to Beletenut at least once for dinner. The food, service, and overall experience can't be beat. Always a great meal.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as always
We always try and go to Betelnut when we are in town. Everything was good and they handled our group of nine very easily.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our group of six had an incredible time at Betelnut!. The small plates were perfect to share. Our server and his helpers were wonderfully attentive and helpful. Can't say enough about how quickly the food arrived after we ordered it. Every round of small plates showed up so fast that we wondered if our server could read our minds. The food was delicious, especially those green beans. The big meat eaters in our group were skeptical about what a big deal everyone makes about the green beans, but they were the biggest converts and proclaimed the loudest how great the bean were! Will definitely return to Betelnut and will spread the word about how great it is.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Smallish plates- Great for Sharing- everything on the menu looked great. Will go back again.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been to Betelnut a dozen times over the past 11 years, and the quality is always consistent. If you like asian food with a spicy California flair this is a must visit for you. The short ribs are spectacular, and you should give the Roti a try too. You'll be comfortable in jeans and a sweatshirt at this happening neighborhood place.
11/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Best Asian in S.F.
We've been dining at Betelnut for years and have always loved their Asian dishes! We keep returning because of the unique array of dishes and warm service. Our last two dinners out have been especially memorable and made our evenings out. We chose from new menus each slightly different from the one before and each . The salad was fresh and the chicken satay and short ribs were hands down the best. The service we have received during our last two dinners has been extremely attentive and friendly. Our sincere compliments to all staff for continuing Betelnut's tradition as the Best Asian of S.F.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thank God for Calimari
The 'old' Betelnut had, in my opinion, the best calamari (west of NYC). I ate at Betelnut on the last weekend before the big change and my favorite dish was definitely sub par. On my recent visit (Nov 9), the calamari version is better but could still be improved (batter not quite crispy enough). However, the short ribs were great and the cauliflower, fried rice, scallops, oysters and beets were excellent. One of my guests missed the previous menu item (the always excellent bass) but overall the four of us were pleased with the minor exception of a cocktail (cucumber martini). Service was very good, as usual.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Must place to visit in San Francisc
I visit SF at least once year, and then is always on my agenda...great for groups. Food is great, service is wonderful.....highly recommended..
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Continues to be my favorite
Continues to be my favorite restaurant in the country (and I live in Manhattan). That's the best complement I can give a place. Fantastic food, service, and vibe all in one. Thanks again for two more great evenings out there last week...wouldn't miss a visit there and converted about another 7 people into Betelnut loyalists while I was there.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place!!!!
First time here after hearing so many varied reports. This place is sooooo amazing!!!
We loved it!!! I can't wait to return and try more selections!!!!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food but small portions
The food was fantastic but smaller than I expected.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great dinner! My wife and I had dinner on a weekend get-away to SF. Good service and food....will certainly return on our next trip. Booked through open table and all was seamless. Enjoyed!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently worth the trip.
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.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM