Chili House

3.9
209 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese

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Chili House Chinese Restaurant is an award winning San Francisco Chinese restaurant located on dynamic Clement Street in San Francisco which prepares all your favorite authentic Chinese cuisine, Szechuan regional specialties including spicy and non-spicy dishes, Mandarin style dim sum and family dishes.

Chef Han has served two Chinese Presidents and was the previous Executive Chef in the office of the Consulate General of China in San Francisco.

San Francisco residents, as well as tourist and dignitaries from all around the world come to Chili House for business lunch, dinners, special events and to order our fast and reliable Chinese take out.

At Chili House Chinese Restaurant, we prepare delicious Chinese cuisine that is full of flavor. We consider ourselves to be the best Chinese food restaurant around and with one bite from our amazing menu, we are confident you will feel the same. We invite you to come in and become a new loyal customer.
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vipJoan
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was visiting San Francisco for the first time with my two adult sons (ages 21&23). None of us had ever had Peking Duck, we really wanted to try it while we were in town and Chili House was recommended as a “small hole in the wall” with fantastic Peking Duck. Most restaurants require this dish to be ordered a day in advance, so I made reservations and put in our request. Chili House was FANTASTIC!! The inside of the restaurant was nothing to write home about, but certainly clean and we sat at a round table with one of those large “lazy Susans” in the middle. The service was efficient, very friendly and helpful in making our decision on what/how much to order. Every single thing we tried was delicious and the Peking Duck was out of this world (this is coming from the person who was the least excited about the dish in general and has not really enjoyed any preparation of duck in the past!). We all give it 5 stars!!

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DRPIERRE
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Extremely dirty and kitchen what’s worse, never go back

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LindaP
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Our order for Peking Duck was ignored and there was no compensation!!! I would recommend this restaurant only for Peking duck but would call before going to make sure that they will honor the request

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good Peking duck!

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vipNeboR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The place from the outside looks like another hole in the wall kind of a place but don't be fooled by the looks. The food is absolutely amazing and it's one of the best Chinese restaurants I've been to in the past few years. Give it a try!

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Bronson
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of the best Chinese restaurants in the city. Don’t hesitate to come here!

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vipAshleyT
San Joaquin
16 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This restaurant came highly recommended to us by a friend. Well the reviews online did say that the specialty was Peking duck, we did not order this. When we arrived at the restaurant there were not many people there due to COVID-19 however we did notice with time there were more patrons and all of them ordered the Peking duck. The food we did order was excellent. The beef and broccoli was good as were the Xiao long bao and fried rice. We also ordered spicy clams which were excellent. As one of our guests did not like spicy food we ordered the eggplant with basil instead of eggplant with spicy garlic sauce which I thought I would be disappointed with, however it was excellent.

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Sammie
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The waitress was rude in taking our order, as our party of 16 wanted to order drinks and decide on what to order for the main courses. The waitress was impatient and rushed us to order. The 2 Peking Ducks which we ordered in advance was good and the 2 Crabs was also good. The rest of the food was not and we've had much better for less $$$. This was our first time at Chili House and will be our last.

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paolac
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good is amazing. The show on Saturday night will blow your ear drums out. No joke.

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DeborahR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun experience! A dinner show on Saturday! 😀

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was awesome

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great restaurant to have an amazing date night!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great place with delicious food. Service is swift and wait staff handles the high volume of orders well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family meal Chinese New Year

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food! I called a few days earlier and ordered a duck. I didn’t call back to confirm but they did have it for us ready to go. Very pl

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Even with reservations, we waited an ADDITIONAL 50 minutes until we were seated.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Will be going there again soon

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The duck was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, really nice with our kids

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

You can only get their most popular dish (Peking Duck) by pre ordering it 24 hours before the reservation. Open Table should notify it’s users about this important detail.

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vipSflive
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and all the food is top quality.
Top of my list

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CarolinaG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I was unaware we needed to request the Peaking duck when making the reservation. Location did not have a hostess station which made things confusing given the small space. Food was ok not that best I've had but not bad. Would not recommend or go back.

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vipBoboDulud
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I have been to Chili House about 4 times within the last 16 months and was never disappointed. I had requested a duck for our out of town guests only to be told when we were sitting down that they did not have one for us. Although the food was good the missed duck made the experience disappointing

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vipRobertG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Simply one of the best Chinese restaurants anywhere, with a wide variety of dishes, all wonderful.

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AndreaE
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant did not honor the reservation.

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AnnetteF
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best noodles and duck!

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vipSFTCW
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Even though we ordered a Peking Duck for a certain time at our reservation, we had to wait for half an hour before the duck was served. The service was slow and not particularly attentive. Some presentations of the dishes were incorrect, perhaps due to language issues. The waitress tried to pressured us to order more food, much more than we could finish.
The Peking Duck was good but not outstanding.
Will recommend this restaurant with some reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Singapore
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic food

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Even though I had a reservation and arrive a few minutes before the time, it still took them 25min for getting a seat.
The front door was absolutely in chaos, the girl who wrote down everyone’s name also need to serve tea and chopsticks. Can’t you (Chili House) just hire one more person to do this? Since your food is not cheap and food quality is decent.

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DonaldF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food is very good particularly if one favors spicy dishes. Hot and sour soup is more flavorful and has more ingredients than other Chinese restaurants. Cumin lamb is tender and comes with abundance of onions but beware of the very hot peppers. Princess chicken fried wings are savory and meaty and covered with a tasty sweetened sauce. We have eaten here several times and enjoyed each meal and will try other dishes each visit.

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CBSF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was really slow and terrible. The dim sum were not very good. The beef was ok.

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vipJaneJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service are excellent. The carpet in the restaurant is very dirty and gives the impression that restaurant is not as clean as one would hope for.

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viplouiseknows
San Francisco
114 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Peking Duck was fantastic!...and then they asked if we wanted soup made from the bones, or fried. We opted for fried. When it arrived we were too full to eat anymore. Took them home and reheat them the next day. Amazingly yummy!!

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QLIU
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

This place is a total mess. The waiting area is small and people crowded. We have a reservation for 7:30 and we kindly asked for seat when we arrive. They check us in and send us to wait outside for 15 minutes. I questioned why to have reservation if we still need to wait. The waitress reply me in a wireld manner” open up your eyes, we have a small space and it’s the truth that there is no seat for you even with reservation.”

Apart from the drama of checking in, the food is good . But just good for too much salty and spicy. In general I would not recommend if you coming for Szechuan food. Not order the Peking duck but I guess it will be better than the spicy dishes.

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vipThomasS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of the best Chinese restaurants I have been outside of China. Authentic, with a variety of different dishes from accross the country.

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JohnHeeHaw
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Very helpful and attentive staff and it’s such a fun and family friendly environment. You can tell that Chili House has a special place in almost everyone’s family who’s dining there. I try to try different things when we go and they’re always great.

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Iliveherenow
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good ambiance

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IrinaW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and a show, we were in for a great surprise. The menu is not a typical restaurant, there are a lot of items that we have never tried before. Everything tasted great. I highly recommend ordering Peking Duck but do that in advance, when you make a reservation, as it takes an hour to prepare. Its amazing.

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vipDKMUL
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This is your typical looking San Francisco Chinese restaurant - small and not a lot of ambience. But that's not why you to Chili House. It's all about the food. This is not your typical Americanized Chinese food. It's the real deal. Everything on the menu is very authentic - bursting with spicy flavors and goodness. The chicken with exploding peppers is a favorite if you love heat. Highly recommended.

FAQs

Chili House does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Chili House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 387-2658.

Chili House is rated 3.9 stars by 209 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.