Betelnut Pejiu Wu
Betelnut Pejiu Wu

Betelnut Pejiu Wu

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.betelnutrestaurant.com/index.html
  • Phone: 4159298855
  • 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
86 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (45)neighborhood gem (37)good for groups (33)special occasion (19)vibrant bar scene (17)great for outdoor dining (16)hot spot (14)great for lunch (12)romantic (12)kid-friendly (10)late-night find (8)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Very pleasant - 3rd or 4th
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/11/2008
    Very pleasant - 3rd or 4th return visit - never yet been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WE booked an early reservation
    Beersnob
    Dined on 6/10/2008
    WE booked an early reservation and had a window table. Service was great, food good. The short ribs as an appetizer...yummy. It was quiet and we could hear each other. Nice find.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • love this place. been here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/9/2008
    love this place. been here 3 times, and loved it every single time. The appetizers are excellent, and they have an excellent cocktails menu. The firecracker shrimp is awesome! so are the schezuan beans, and the seared halibut! YUM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • waitress had a slight attitude;
    koltysVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2008
    waitress had a slight attitude; when she listed specials she listed a shrimp dish last so we thought it was an entre. when it showed up as appetizer she made no apology or offer to take back. she asked if we wanted rice and then said "two scoops" we meant it as one order, she walked away and we called her back in 20 seconds to clear up the issue and she explained it was two orders. we said we needed only one and she said "i already ordered it" so we had to tell her "cancel it" our reservation was at 5 so at 6 she went off shift. the young guy who replaced her pretty much disappeared and did not come back periodically or look over to see if we wanted anything
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed in the food:
    Swimgirl
    Dined on 6/3/2008
    Disappointed in the food: oily and overly garlicky. Large, thick piece of sea bass was very undercooked. Loud!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love their food. Waiting for
    JackieVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2008
    Love their food. Waiting for them to come to the North Bay?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Crowded and busy, but worth
    AK19VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2008
    Crowded and busy, but worth it. Excellent Pan-Asia/fusion. Certainly warrants repeat visits.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was wonderful! So
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/29/2008
    The food was wonderful! So good, we went back again before we left SF. Can get a little crowded and a little loud later in the evening. Great food and fast service!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was great, and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2008
    The food was great, and the service was even better. They have a fairly extensive list of saki's. The lettuce wraps were great and the steak (not the skirt steak...but I forgot the name) was delicious. I suggest it and would go again!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Betelnut has always been good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    Betelnut has always been good, but lately the kitchen has really been on their game. The flavors are vibrant and varied. I intend to get there every chance I get.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • this was recommended by a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/20/2008
    this was recommended by a friend and it was a highlight of our trip!! amazing restaurant HAVE THE CALAMARI!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The sauce with the claypot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2008
    The sauce with the claypot was excellent. The house Chardonay was just the right temperature. The fish was soft and luscious - melted in your mouth. We had reservations and did not have to wait. We parked on Lombard Street in a multi-story. The parking garage across the street from the restaurant is double the price of the garage on Lombard. The tables were mostly half moon shape booths, making it easy for conversation with friends. Our wait person was excellent. A good experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I both agreed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    My wife and I both agreed the service (or lack thereof) marred what otherwise would have been an enjoyable afternoon. Granted it was Mother's Day, and the place was busy. But what Real Restaurant isn't busy - at any time of the year. So we decided that was no excuse. Repeated reminders and long wait times for food (specifically, a bowl of rice!!!) were the main problem. We've eaten at a number of your other establishments over the years, but this experience was such that it prompted me to inquire as to weather Betelnut was still owned by Real Restaurants. Come on guys! You can do better!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food as usual. Only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    Great food as usual. Only dish I wasn't crazy about was the duck - too salty. Loved everything else!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a place i love to frequent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/7/2008
    a place i love to frequent. the green beans keep drawing me back. the place can be what you want it to be... a great place to meet up with friends for a casual dinner or a special place to eat on a date ... there are several more intimate tables... the wait staff is attentive but not obtrusive. i have eaten here at least 10 times and have never been disappointed with the place. the cliental down at the bar and seated outside tends to be "marina types" but once seated inside this is not an issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The wait staff is very attentive.
    simplefood
    Dined on 5/7/2008
    The wait staff is very attentive. The food is presented nicely. The wait staff is knowledge about the selections and makes very good suggestions to assist in your selection. the pricing makes this a special occassion outing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was one of the Best meals
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/6/2008
    It was one of the Best meals I've had in the city. Thank you! I took my girlfriend there for her 30th birthday and she told me she had an amazing time, Thanks Again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went for an anniversary dinner.
    KimB
    Dined on 5/6/2008
    Went for an anniversary dinner. Too loud for that type of occassion. Tables too close to have private conversations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I like to take guests from
    Opentablenickname
    Dined on 5/5/2008
    I like to take guests from out of town to Betelnut because it's a unique-to-most experience. It has also been consistently good since the day it opened! I was especially pleased this time to have my seating request honored - I had two people in from out of town and wanted to be able to sit in the bar area so we could look out the window onto Union Street. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great meal; tried
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    We had a great meal; tried several items recommended by our server & loved each one. New and different flavors that were a true treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall, a great find. Great
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    Overall, a great find. Great food. Only issue was that was very little privacy...tables nestled so close together that it was hard to enjoy the intimate meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • THE REASON OUR SERVICE SUFFERED
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    THE REASON OUR SERVICE SUFFERED SOMEWHAT WAS DUE TO A SHIFT CHANGE. THE YOUNG LADY WHO WAS TOSSED THE HAND GRENADE WAS AN EXAMPLE OF GRACE UNDER FIRE. THE MANAGEMENT WAS GENIAL AND TOOK GOOD CARE OF US.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is highly flavorful.
    sss7
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    Food is highly flavorful. Firecracker shrimp and BBQ ribs are outstanding. Unique offering, great place to take out-of town guests.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still holds up -only complaint
    SusieZVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    Still holds up -only complaint being all the food came out at once, rather than one at a time as we had requested.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sit in the bar tables so that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    Sit in the bar tables so that you can be near the open doors and people watch.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was my husband and my first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    It was my husband and my first time in SanFrancisco and we didn't know where to go for good food so I looked up Rachel Ray's Tasty Travel show and she reconmmended this place. It was good! We both enjoyed it very much! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The temperature of the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    The temperature of the restaurant was too cold for all in our party; we ordered hot tea which helped but a warmer temp would have been really nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our main waitress was bad.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    Our main waitress was bad. She made a few major errors with communication that I would not expect from a waitress in a restaurant of that caliber. We will discuss our waitress issues directly to the GM who my husband knows. ALL of the other servers and staff including people busing the table were friendly, prompt and on the ball. We still gave a 20% tip because we didn't want the others to get cheated because of the main waitresses short comings. The restaurant is beautiful and the food was outstanding (my first time there). We will definitely return and I would definitely recommend it. Thank you also for your great service. I am impressed with Open Table too! Thank you. Teresa Capaldo
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Robert Wellbeloved continues
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2008
    Robert Wellbeloved continues to make this a "Hot" spot for All and the Food continues to be excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is excellent, albeit
    potatocity
    Dined on 4/14/2008
    Food is excellent, albeit a bit far-reaching in attempting to encompass the entire scope of Pan-Asian cuisine. Service is professional if not overly attentive. A tad frantic and noisy for a relaxing meal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Betelnut is a hot, spicy and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    Betelnut is a hot, spicy and delicious experience. High action, great service and extraordinary blends of flavor makes this a must for anyone living in SF/Bay Area or visiting.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Server asked if we wanted
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Server asked if we wanted rice. We said a little. After we were done with the entire meal, the rice came. He was nice enough to take it back, but then the rice appeared on the bill. He was nice enough to take it off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great ambiance and impressive
    OiseauBleu
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    great ambiance and impressive service! had lunch w/ a friend - curry was awesome but my rice noodle w/ seafood was a bit too salty. also i thought i got a wrong dish cuz all i could find were shrimps and eggs, not much of other seafood. overall, it was great experience and i'd definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is excellent. I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/9/2008
    Food is excellent. I have been here many many times. I must say, though, that the waitstaff this time, for the first time, was inattentive and inefficient. When you go to a restaurant like this and the waiter only comes to your table once during your entire meal, there is a problem. Would not make eye contact, did not bring part of our order. But, I wont let this one waiter ruin it for me. Ill surely be back to Betelnut in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was pretty good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    The food was pretty good, however, the wait staff was unfriendly and unhelpful! I asked for some help on the menue as I am a fairly picky eater and the waitress response was pretty much... well you picked the wrong place to come! I can always find something I like on the menue or an alteration of a meal that I can enjoy. She just seemed unwilling to help. This is our menue...take it or leave it! Was the feeling I got. I wouldn't go back if we were to visit again!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • they could do a better job
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/3/2008
    they could do a better job with table service - had to ask for water 3 times. also exhaust system needs attention. My clothes reaked of sechezuan odors after leaving. Food was very tasty! and they were very accomodating as part of my party was 20 minutes late for the reservation.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food and they now
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/1/2008
    Very good food and they now sell the sauce they use on the green beans.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too much chili in the eggplant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/30/2008
    Too much chili in the eggplant dish ruined an old favorite. The place is always too loud. Host and hostess were excellent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place! Food is terrific.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    Love this place! Food is terrific. Wish they had a better wine list.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I have gone to Betelnut for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2008
    I have gone to Betelnut for years. It is one of my favorite restaurants. Perfect for when you are in the mood for a sampling of very tasty pan asian foods and a overflowing glass of sake. Given the unappealing homogeneity of the Union Street corridor, Betelnut is an oasis of diverse and delicious food and drink, brought to you by staff who are friendly, competent and real.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate