Unicorn Pan Asian Cuisine - San Francisco
Unicorn Pan Asian Cuisine - San Francisco

Unicorn Pan Asian Cuisine - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.unicorndining.com/
  • Phone: 4159829828
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Happy Hours: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm, Sunday: closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Vietnamese, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Kim
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Special Events: We have quarterly wine tasting dinner. Please call for tasting date.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Front and Battery
  • Public Transit: We are around the corner from the Embarcadero Bart station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is plenty of street parking in front after 7:00pm. Free parking is also available on the side street after 6pm. Public parking garage is within half a block.
A word from Unicorn Pan Asian Cuisine - San Francisco
At Unicorn, we provide a unique, modern and elegant dining atmosphere suited to relax our customers and prepare them to embark on a Pan-Asian culinary experience. Over 50 dishes are traditionally prepared and our selection is a blend of fresh, daily hand picked vegetables and meats, complimented with an array of herbs and exotic spices. We provide a selection of fine wines, delicious desserts and traditionally prepared Asian teas and coffees to complete your dining experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
Unicorn Pan Asian Cuisine - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (7)great for lunch (6)good for groups (3)special occasion (3)neighborhood gem (3)romantic (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Need to hire more wait-staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Need to hire more wait-staff during lunch and dinner hours. The restaurant doesn't seem to have enough wait-staff to service customers.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • had a reservation at 6:30pm.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    had a reservation at 6:30pm. extremly noisy at bar, unable to carry a conversation. ordered special menu for two which have a various wraps and sea food plater. food has no taste and very bland(suprised for pan asian food). unedible!!! pick a few things and left most of wraps untouched. ordered pinot noir which is dull and not dry, left a bad taste in my mouth, returned and asked for a beer. charged me for a returned wine, asked a waiter to remove the charge of wine. worst asian cuisine ever! NOT RECOMMEND!!
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  • Excellent food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    Excellent food and service! And moderately priced! We highly recommend Unicorn.
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  • It is a lounge style place,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    It is a lounge style place, geared more for cocktails after work. Food quality can be a lot better, so is service. If you are a wine drinker, not the place to go, wine list is pretty meager. Not the best Fusion place in SF.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • worst dining experience ever.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    worst dining experience ever. we waited an hour for our food and 30 mins for our drink. our server lacked customer service skills and did not communicate well with us. the manager was the one that tried to keep us in the restaurant because we were about to walk out after waiting for so long. the food was decent but the service was so bad we would never go back again.
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  • Good place for business lunches
    dan7000VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    I've been here a few times for work lunches and its good for that purpose. The ambience and service are very good, the place looks and feels very upscale and refined, and they have a very extensive menu with really interesting entrees and appetizers inspired by Thai and Vietnamese food but with different touches that you won't find anywhere else. Like spring rolls with mango in them. The reason I give the food only 3 stars is that it all seems very sugary to me. Everything is sweet and rich. And on top of it there are lots of sweet and rich sauces. It reminds me a lot of OSHA Thai in that way. It's a cheap way to make people like your food and they don't need to do it.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The place is great for the
    Anthony
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    The place is great for the atmosphere. it's eclectic and unique, which you may expect from a restaurant called "Unicorn." The cuisine is Asian, but definitely feels like it doesn't go all the way, so it's great for those who are dipping their toes in Asian cuisine, but not for those expecting genuine penang curry. The food was still good, but it's not something I'd crave later on.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice decor and use of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/14/2013
    Very nice decor and use of glass - Murano sculptures. Also initimate rooms for a small group.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better food and service on
    JBay
    Dined on 12/12/2012
    Better food and service on Dec 12 than it was in early Nov.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The restaurant was extremely
    woogVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    The restaurant was extremely noisy. There were some large groups and maybe that contributed to that. Service was uneven. The female waiter was great and very accommodating. The male waiter disappeared for long periods and dinner probably lasted 30 minutes longer than it should have. The food was quite good. Just wished that the noise level was a little bit less and the service was better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went for lunch with co-workers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    Went for lunch with co-workers who have never been there before. Feedback was positive and everyone loved the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very noisy to the point where
    BaywandererVIP
    Dined on 12/5/2012
    Very noisy to the point where you cannot hear the person across the table when tables are full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average yet pricey food
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 11/29/2012
    The staff is nice and friendly. The food quality is average but pricey. I wouldn't go back to this restaurant again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is great for business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    This is great for business lunches that don't have to be super ritzy. The food is terrific and it's not at all overpriced. Hidden Gem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Although noisy, the food is
    MissvicVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2012
    Although noisy, the food is reasonably priced for the Financial District, and is consistently good. Service is always fine.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous food. Wonderful
    LexophileVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2012
    Fabulous food. Wonderful flavors and beautifully prepared. Would recommend to friends in a heartbeat. The basa was exceptional as was the lotus salad.
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  • tepid reception/ chuly knock offs
    oahu2sfVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    I saved a certificate for this restaurant to use and when I arrived, they noted they do not honor, it's an old certificate. My certificate did not have an expiration date. But I thought they would make some type of concession. We thought to leave but gave it a try. I can see why it was empty. The bartender was also our server. Food okay, but the certificate experience left me with a stale moment, I would not recommend this restaurant. After the fact, I learned that the state of CA policy or law states they are to accept the certificate with no expiration date. I think I plan to contact the attorney general's office to give this restaurant a heads up for future customers if any.
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  • The vegan menu is a great
    janeyoVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2012
    The vegan menu is a great deal and a wonderful mix of tasty treats.
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  • I felt like because we were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2012
    I felt like because we were a large party and they were going to get their 18% anyway, they didn't try to give us good service
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  • I enjoyed Unicorn when it
    SFAEVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    I enjoyed Unicorn when it was in Berkeley. Nice that they are now in SF! Great place for some fun flavor combinations....and always fresh!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I always love coming here
    Foodie4me
    Dined on 7/5/2012
    I always love coming here and the food, asian-fusion is terrific. Everything on the menu is good:)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    I've had dinner and lunch at Unicorn. Both occasions were very enjoyable. Food is creative, service attentive and location convenient. Definitely a place to go back to when I'm in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was fairly expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/20/2012
    The food was fairly expensive for the quality, and there was nothing interesting (relatively speaking) on the menu. Also, the vegan menu was a joke. Finally, the corkage fee was highway robbery. My wife really hated the place.
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  • As long as you avoid the large
    WAK2013VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2012
    As long as you avoid the large jalapeno slices, the tuna ceviche with julienned green mango, jicama, and lotus root is wonderful. The mango bean curd with eggplant is living proof that vegetarian entrees do not have to be an after- thought for your sole vegan friend. The textures and multiple flavor notes would please any omnivore. If it were located in a less desolate location, Unicorn would be filled every night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place and yummy food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2012
    Nice place and yummy food with extraordinary decibel level during the lunch rush.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food and nice ambiance.
    lagarnold
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    Very good food and nice ambiance. Waiter was very attentive. The negative side was that this restaurant doesn't take credit cards, (not debit cards), which we were not aware of until time to pay. Thank fully we had enough cash to cover. Not sure what they would've done if we hadn't???
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  • During this visit, we ordered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    During this visit, we ordered something from the prix fixe menu - the horn of plenty. We were impressed when they brought out a plate of a large variety of rolls and sauces, but did not expect this appetizer-looking plate to be the entirety of the meal. The rolls were delicious, but definitely not filling.
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    good for groups, romantic
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  • One of the best Asian-fusion in SF
    KostaVVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    I've been to Unicorn many times beforeand always enjoy their food. It is consistently good and well prepared. Their flavors are innovative and well balanced. Fantastic experience every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really liked--want to go back!
    ThePlantFan
    Dined on 4/25/2012
    We went here on a rainy weeknight for dinner. It wasn't crowded but didn't feel empty either. The two of us ordered the land prix fixe meal--delicious. A great wine was suggested to go with dinner. It's a beautiful restaurant. I would like to check it out on a Friday or Saturday night--seems like it would be a fun place to go on a date or with small group for some fun and good eats!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I went here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    My husband and I went here while visiting San Francisco. We were very pleased with our dinner experience here. All of the food that we ordered was good and the entrees were excellent! The service was very good even considering that there were 2 large groups in the restaurant with us at the same time. The prices were very reasonable compared to the other places that we ate while in San Francisco. We would definitely recommend.
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  • Good food and service, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2012
    Good food and service, but the restaurant failed to credit our reservation initially. Also, there was an electronic touch-screen device used to pay the bill that I hated. Also, it forced you into specifically pre-determined gratuity rates, which I also hated. I would not go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This plate is hit or miss
    LoveMyFoodVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2012
    This plate is hit or miss in terms of having any people there. Definitely more fun when you're not the only two people in the restaurant. Service also should have been a bit more attentive given that fact (it gets worse when there are other people) but the food is unique and pretty good, especially the rolls.
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  • Fabulous! As always, both
    ReneeK
    Dined on 1/13/2012
    Fabulous! As always, both the food and service are superb. This is one of our favorite San Francisco restaurants.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • We were searching for a resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/22/2011
    We were searching for a resturant for a last minute reservation near the Ferry Building when we found the Unicorn. We had recently eaten at the Slanted Door and found the food uneven in quality. However we were plesantly surprised when we had dinner at the Unicorn. Every thing we had has very good to excellent. The staff was very friendly. We particularly liked the Crab Tower, Streamed Vermicelli with Chicken and the Pork Shank. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Outstanding Asian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/23/2011
    The service was awesome and the food was outstanding. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. We went the night before Thanksgiving, so the restaurant wasn't busy and the noise level was very low. I work close by and will definitely go back and check out the lunch scene. As I mentioned earlier, the food is outstanding and I look forward to trying some of he other dishes on the menu.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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  • What I especially like about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2011
    What I especially like about Unicorn is not the description of the food in the menu, but what arrives on your plate. The mix of flavors is always surprising and delicious, and typically not what I was expecting from the wording on the menu. I've come to not fuss over menu and just trust that whatever I order will be delicious. I've not been disappointed yet!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Prob better for lunch
    Jeff
    Dined on 10/14/2011
    There was a large very loud group right next to us so that made it a little difficult. We got the Horn of Plenty platter to split. Everything was pretty good, and it was fairly reasonable. Service was good, just seemed more of a lunch spot than a dinner place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Asian-fusion food is really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2011
    The Asian-fusion food is really terrific. Too bad about decor and the noise. It's just unfortunate you have to eat your wonderful meal bathed in blue light. But if you can look past these things, they really do know how to cook.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place should be packed!
    DBPaleoVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2011
    Fabulous variety of innovative, delicious pan asian dishes; attentive customer service and knowledgeable wait staff; very reasonable priced; easy to get to! For those with food allergies, there were several options that were free of shellfish and gluten, or were easily modified to accommodate those requests. For some reason, it was pretty quiet when I went on a Thursday evening, which was odd because the food and service were superb. I'll definitely be back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • This is a great Financial
    msquareVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2011
    This is a great Financial District restaurant/bar that has a beautiful interior and although it is on the small side, could easily be fit into the high end category if it were larger. The food is expertly presented and looks like something a well trained chef would prepare. The menu offers many options and everything we ordered was wonderful. I would highly recommend it as a dinner option as it gets quite busy during lunch hours. Food will be well worth the wait if going during the day! Servers offer great descriptions if you are not sure of options to choose. A great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate