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Begoni Bistro

4.0
4
91 Reviews
$30 and under
Dim Sum
Begoni Bistro's executive chef Howard Wong is a cooking legend. He was born in Canton, China in 1952 and immigrated to San Francisco in 1981, when he started his passion for cooking. He started as a dish washer and became a cook assistant at Louis Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. When Howard left Louis in 1987, he was the sous chef. In 1988, he joined one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, Tommy Toys Cuisine Chinois. Howard quickly rose to become executive chef for Tommy Toys, preparing Chinese food with a touch of French influence. At Tommy Toys, Howard had the opportunity to serve many local celebrities including Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, and Willie Brown until 2013, when Tommy Toys decided closed its doors. Begoni Bistro is a family owned and operated restaurant where we take pride in offering great service in our clean and contemporary restaurant. Enjoy great company, Howard's world-renowned food, and a great ambience.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Dim Sum, Chinese

  • Hours of operation

    Wed-Mon 10:00am - 9:00pm Tuesday 10:00am - 3:00pm, 5:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 757-0120

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Howard Wong

What 91 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Overpriced
  2. M

    Mdaley3

    New England

    41 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    The atmosphere here is true China town. Very authentic and fun energy. Food was just meh. We were looking for authentic Chinese but instead dishes were overly sauced - with what tasted like a bottled mix. The chicken wings were disturbingly large making the diner wonder the size of the chicken or bird. Garlic noodles were a sure and delicious bet.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service!!
  4. C

    Cecy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Service was very slow and two dishes never arrived.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was great and the restaurant has a lot of sitting. Nice ambiance
  6. GF

    GeoffreyF

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Odd name but great food. Nice selection of dim sum. Best Mapo tofu I’ve had in a long time. This is my go to Chinese restaurant when I’m in the city.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Definitely overpriced for what you get. The food was decent but not particularly memorable.
  8. JN

    JunN

    Tokyo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    とても美味しかったです とくにちまき、焼売は最高です!
  9. ES

    EricS

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We've been trying to find a good option in Chinatown for years now, and this place fits the bill. Every dish was delicious, we ordered 4 dishes for 3 of us and ate every crumb. An excellent option for quality Chinese food, close to North Beach.
  10. JP

    JessicaP

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Very poor service and low quality food. Not very friendly staff
  11. DF

    DannyF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Most authentic we have ever tried, fresh ingredients and friendly staff. Portions are small though; we’ve always thought that Asian portions were always large. Good luck finding parking
  12. VA

    VirginiaA

    Houston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Waiting to be seated was a bit chaotic. Write your name on sign in sheet but people were not being seated in any particular order. I made reservation on open table which seemed to be key to getting seated quickly. All staff friendly just a very busy and loud environment. Food was delicious.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even with a reservation the wait was a little long typical of a Saturday evening. The food was "yummy" brought to the table in a sleepy manner. All in all, it was a positive experience.
  14. AH

    AmberH

    Denver

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Great food!
  15. PA

    PiaA

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Not sure why they are available for opentable reservations as they don’t even have a computer. We showed up at pur reservation time only to be added to a list on paper. We waited around 30 min for a table
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing dim sum and the Peking duck was insane it was so good
  17. J

    Jimfount00

    Orlando

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food was good. Server was rushing us to eat and get out it seemed. May have been the language barrier but still. Did t feel very welcome. He disappeared for a while when he realized we weren’t quite ready to leave. Better places to eat but this one was good and seemed “safe” for non residents.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Peking duck and soup dumplings
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bristol

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had originally booked to go in later in the evening, but having walked far too much that day as we were passing we asked if we could be seated earlier, which they were more than happy to do. The excellent service continued throughout and the food is simply gorgeous. Highly recommended.
  20. RT

    RoelT

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Great food, for a great price. Ambiance it's not too cozy, but hey
  21. B

    Becky

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Great food! Nice clean place, easy to find and overall good experience!
  22. DA

    DavidA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first trip from UK to San Francisco and this Chinese was fabulous. Good service good food and plenty of it. Will be back as soon as we can.
  23. AO

    AriO

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2019

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    As a recommendation from the Club at the Ritz Carlton, we were looking forward to an authentic San Francisco Chinatown experience and Begoni does not disappoint. Super busy and super delicious. Nothing fancy, just good food and great memories.
  24. g

    geewhiz

    San Francisco

    125 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    First time here and I will go back. They do a great job with traditional dishes and not using too much oil. The friends I took there are vegetarians and they have a decent variety of options for that - more than a lot of Chinese dim sum places. The MaPo Tofu is delish and the pea sprouts with garlic were perfectly done. Had veggie dumplings and buns and even samosas — all tasty! I enjoyed the ambiance too. Looks and feels modern and clean. The service was terrific too!
  25. JL

    JohnL

    San Francisco

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was excellent and service was pretty good. They are not good about honoring reservations, so there was a long wait. After that, it was a good experience. The dumplings were special as was the crispy squab.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food. Great service. FANTASTIC VALUE!!!
  27. MN

    MelissaN

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful dim sum dinner
  28. MB

    MarbleBoy

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place for large parties. It is more of a modern restaurant, with bright lights. Good food, place was crowded, good indication of good food. We were late in arriving, we called and they held our reservation. When we arrived no waiting our table was set up. Very nice.
  29. RP

    RobP

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We were visiting from Houston - food was great!! Service was attentive but not to on top of you.
  30. b

    bonvivant

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Quality and tasty food in SF Chinatown. Took a party of 8 for dinner and had a great time. The menu was authentic, the food definitely higher quality than you’d find in most Chinatown restaurants, and the preparations flavorful, well prepared, and presented. We ordered a complete meal, from soup through fish and noodles, and enjoyed it all family style. The only negative was the noise. The restaurant needs something on the ceiling or floor to dampen the noise a bit, we could hardly hear one another! Even with the noise, we will visit again, just not at the height of dinner rush.
  31. R

    Rick

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    The food was pretty good but the restaurant was understaffed for a full house on a Saturday night. They also reported us a "no-show" to Open Table - not very professional.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    In from out of town and checked both open table and Yelp reviews. Didn’t disappoint and was probably the best Chinese we’ve had and it differed from Chicago style. Generous size portions. Would highly recommend and come back. One of the nicer settings with bar and very clean (other than floor very sticky) based on others we walked by. Communication barrier and service slow but we weren’t in a hurry. All in all pleased.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    This place is a winner. They could dim the lights a little to improve ambience. Family friendly. Lots of food which comes out hot and fairly quick. Everything was perfectly prepared. Lots of variety at times hard to choose. Friendly servers.
  34. P

    Pink

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Peking duck is not made peking style. It just roast duck, with Peking duck price. Salt and pepper shrimp were served with the shells and head still in tacked. Not a dish if you want to have while enjoying a conversation amongst friends. Steam rice was dry and not fluffy. How can you call yourself a Chinese restaurant if you can not make fluffy rice? Our water was never filled, we had constantly wave the waiter down. Chopsticks were not clean. Dim sum were tasty. May go back for the dim sum only, but not for dinner. The price is bit higher that most restaurants in the same caliber.
  35. A

    Andrew

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Disappointing based on other reviews.
  36. p

    phanie

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2018

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    No one on the staff was very happy. The food was average. The seating was hard. Given the reviews I thought it would be much better. It was just average.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Loved the food
  38. TD

    TomD

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Really enjoyed this meal. The language barrier create service which wasn’t perfect, but that ended up being part of the fun. The food was a traditional Americanized-Chinese, but it was a very good version of that cuisine. I would go back. Tiger prawns were difficult due to them being fried shell-on. Everything else was top notch.
  39. BG

    BettyG

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This restaurant was recommended to me by a friend. It didn't disappoint! The food and service were great and it was only a few blocks from the theatre we were attending.
  40. EM

    EMShusty

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Found cooked fly on a dumpling plate.

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Begoni Bistro is rated 4 stars by 91 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kearny Street

  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown

  • Hours of operation

    Wed-Mon 10:00am - 9:00pm Tuesday 10:00am - 3:00pm, 5:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Dim Sum, Chinese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Howard Wong

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Private Room, Wine

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