Begoni Bistro

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$30 and under
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Dim Sum

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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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overpriced

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vipMdaley3
New England
34 reviews
Dined on January 25, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service!!

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Cecy
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service was very slow and two dishes never arrived.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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GeoffreyF
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

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JunN
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on October 11, 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!

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vipEricS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 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.

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JessicaP
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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

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DannyF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 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

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VirginiaA
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 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.

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vipAmberH
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great food!

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vipPiaA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 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

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing dim sum and the Peking duck was insane it was so good

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Jimfount00
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on July 19, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Peking duck and soup dumplings

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OpenTable Diner
Bristol
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 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.

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RoelT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

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

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Becky
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food! Nice clean place, easy to find and overall good experience!

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DavidA
1 review
Dined on May 30, 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.

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vipAriO
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 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.

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vipgeewhiz
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on April 15, 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!

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vipJohnL
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on April 7, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food. Great service. FANTASTIC VALUE!!!

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MelissaN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful dim sum dinner

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MsMonroe
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 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.

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RobP
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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vipbonvivant
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 13, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 5, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 3, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 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.

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vipPink
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 30, 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.

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Andrew
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Disappointing based on other reviews.

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phanie
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 29, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved the food

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TomD
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 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.

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BettyG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 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.

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vipEMShusty
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Found cooked fly on a dumpling plate.

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Begoni Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Begoni Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 91 OpenTable diners.

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