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Chili House

4.4
4.4
317 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Dim Sum, Chinese (Sichuan)

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Mon, Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 387-2658

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Han

What 317 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Chinese

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    There’s nothing more frustrating than waiting when you are on time for your reservation and seeing other people who arrive after you get seated first. We had a 6 pm reservation for my birthday dinner and arrived on time. We stood waiting for 1 hr, watching as others who shoved past us got seated first. It also didn’t help that we could not speak Chinese and people who could were able to navigate their situations better than us. We were finally seated at 7 pm, and the food was good (pan fried noodles and beef roll pancakes pictured below). Was the 1 hr we spent eating worth the horrible 1 hr waiting experience? No. I would not eat here again, and I wouldn’t recommend any non-Chinese person eat here at a busy time either.
  2. AW

    AutumnWater

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Best Peking duck in the Bay Area. Must try.
  3. LP

    LouisP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience3
    I come here often. The Peking Duck is usually fantastic. This time, it was quite dry--not sure why it was off this time but I'm hoping it was a fluke
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Enjoyed the food, but the reservation system was a joke. Many people were sat ahead of my existing reservation. It seems that there is a printed list that a waiter holds of all the reservations and then there is a separate list for walk-ins. I saw that the waiter was trying to sit walk-ins while reservations were behind by 45mins. It seems to me that this process is quite broken and the restaurant should stick to seating reservations if they plan to take them.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had to wait about 20 minutes after we arrived for a 7 pm reservation on Christmas day. Boy, was the wait worth it! The restaurant was packed but service was friendly and efficient. The food was excellent, some of the best Chinese food I've ever had. The portions were generous. The pancakes with the moo shu pork were amazing - delicate, almost like rice paper. The only disappointment was that we learned that the Peking duck was sold out for the holiday when we called to order it an hour before our reservation. As we ate, we watched longingly as someone carved platter after platter of roast duck. Our server took pity on us and gave us a taste of the duck that we were missing out on. Yum! A great dining experience!
  6. MY

    MinaY

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    What an amazing place! Read the reviews and made sure to reserve the Peking duck in advance. Spicy wontons and mini lamb flaming clay pot were a hit. I can’t handle super spicy, but I really enjoyed the spicy wontons.
  7. CN

    ConnieN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    My sister and I dined there on Christmas Day. I did not realize that they had added a 20 percent gratuity on the bill. I know this is customary for parties of 6 or more. I have never seen it added on a bill for two people. I did not pay attention to the details of the bill as we were in a rush to leave. I used my credit card to pay for the bill and put $15.00 cash as tip. The waiter came back returned my card and took the cash. He asked me if the $15.00 was for a tip. I said yes. He had the opportunity to tell me right then that the gratuity is already included but never said anything. I actually called the restaurant the next day to question the price of my bill and that is when I was told they were adding gratuity because it was Christmas Day. Sneaky!! Food was okay. Ma Pao Tofu with pork was way too salty.
  8. J

    Jb63

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Packed on Christmas day for lunch. We had a 1:45 reservation but there was a glitch that day with open table and people’s reservations either didn’t show up or the times were incorrect. There was a line out the door with walk ins and the guy manning the list clearly had his work cut out for him. He handled it everything with composure and somehow managed to get everyone waiting seated in a reasonable time. After that the wait staff were quick, friendly and helpful. Food came out fast and was delicious. On our next trip to SF we will return for the famed duck which we sadly didn’t order.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!!
  10. TN

    TessaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Happy Holidays! We had our family Christmas luncheon of 14 people here December 25. We reserved ahead, which I strongly suggest you do for any holiday. There was a line out the door of people trying to get seated. We also reserved our Peking Duck prior. And by the way, 5 stars on the duck, and the beautiful presentation. Everyone in the family has different tastes, so each person ordered a unique dish. We especially enjoyed Honey Walnut Prawns, Mongolian Beef (nice & Spicy) both Tea Smoked Duck and Peking Duck, and all of the dumplings. We were very indulgent, even had the crab. I would say that the bill came up to $46 dollars per person, but we were not shy with ordering. Every dish was excellent and fresh, with delicious seasonings. The wait staff was really hustling, as the place was hopping. They were attentive to our needs, and friendly. It is not easy to be a service worker on Christmas. I truly appreciate their hard work. We will be back!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Does not recognize OpenTable reservation
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Excellent food experience
  13. T

    Timo07

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Peking Duck was delicious. The meat was moist and the skin crispy. The prawns are awesome and the braised fish in chili sauce. Definitely will come again.
  14. KC

    KarlaC

    Berkshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Best Peking duck I’ve had in they city and equal to several places in China. The server had the right advice to order the duck first and then other dishes if we weren’t full. But we were!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Came for Thanksgiving. They definitely need more staff and update their reservation/waitlist system. They still use pen and paper when tablets would keep things more organized. We had a reservation, but still ended up waiting over an hour for a table because they accidentally skipped us on the paper. It was busy, so this was understandable, but they can make our lives (guests) and the limited amount of staff’s lives a whole lot easier if they just upgraded with the times.
  16. RC

    RyanC

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We had heard really good things about Chili House so we were a bit disappointed by our experience. Nothing was particularly bad per se, but nothing wowed us either. The food was a bit too greasy although maybe we just happened to order the wrong set of dishes. Also, we had hoped to have the Peking duck but when we got there, we found out we had to reserve one in advance! Don’t forget to reserve a duck when you are making a reservation!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Make sure to reserve your duck. On Thanksgiving, the later in the day you make your reservation, you might have to wait longer than you expect. Plan ahead and eat a snack, give them a break they are working really hard and their food is worth the wait. They have done so much to improve the holiday flow. It’s the best duck in town, so go with the flow or go somewhere else. Shout out to the staff for making our holiday meal so special every time we go!
  18. F

    Food

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent and the waiter was hustling and friendly!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Guam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a picky teenager and three adults that all loved the food here. Highly recommend the basil chicken.
  20. KD

    KDog

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    It was freezing in the restaurant, food was extremely greasy and tasteless, quick service and friendly staff.
  21. JP

    JPB65

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whenever I am in San Francisco, I always go to the chili house. It is a favorite of mine and my family’s. The food is delicious, we have never had a bad dish. I highly recommend it.
  22. F

    Frequenttraveler

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    It was booked as best duck, however it was ok but nothing special. I am a regular at Peking Duck in Chinatown in nyc and it’s far superior. Also the dumplings were mushy and tasteless. I would not recommend Chili House!
  23. k

    kadidiac

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This place definitely deserves its name. More than half the items on the extensive menu are spicy. So if that's not your thing, this is not the place for you. The service was good and the food was good as well. From the hype online (i.e. famous chef with VIP clientele, we had definitely expected a bigger place with more different décor but in the end the food is all that counts. The place was packed, and many of the guests were Asians so that's a good sign. The only disappointment was that we had specifically searched for dim sum and the menu had a limited amount of dumplings.
  24. L

    Lyndie

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We called ahead and order the duck based on all the reviews. We were certainly NOT led astray. So if you’re reading these reviews and thinking “wow, people love the duck” you’re right! Call now and order yours today. Also great dumplings!
  25. f

    foodieandmermaid

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Chili House is amazing. I've had several items and they've all been great - my favorite was obviously the duck (which you have to order in advance) and the string beans. I'll be going back for exactly that meal again soon!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I made the reservation for my son’s birthday. I made sure to reserve the Peking Duck special which we all enjoyed. I’m glad that the restaurant gives the option to make soup or another dish of the duck pieces with bones. Nothing is wasted. The rest of the entrees we ordered did not disappoint either. The servers are very attentive and nice. A good place for a family meal. Or, any occasion.
  27. A

    Ahieng

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Guess what, Chili didn't honor my Open Table reservation because they didn't have it on this blood re my reservation from Opentable. I showed the proof of my reservation with Opentable. It should have been a Zero rating for our meal went downhill from there with service, food, costs, etc., etc. This may dissuade me from making a reservation with OpenTable, going forward!
  28. s

    stan43

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exciting night, lots of happy diners, great and unique cuisine, special place for an international visito!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Not too happy. A restaurant special on Peking duck and you require to special order it !!!!!
  30. G

    Groupie

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Four of us, all local, had never been to this restaurant and were pleasantly surprised. We had a great meal. The duck was as advertised and everything else was delicious, too.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. The service was excellent. The atmosphere was great. Peking duck is a must! A must if you're visiting S.F.
  32. l

    laurenm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an amazing restaurant. Great food and great environment. I'm so glad I found it.
  33. K

    Krista

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Excellent food! Peking Duck was amazing, make sure you order ahead—they sell out! We were seated 30 minutes after our reservation time, be prepared for that. Still definitely worth it!!
  34. a

    anthony

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! I saw a couple of negative reviews and got iffy but after trying it we absolutely loved everything we ordered and service was even better!
  35. t

    tanyaf

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Definitely overpriced but maybe because it’s in SF. A bit too oily for my taste. The Explosive Chicken was all chilies and very little chicken which was more like little chicken nuggets. Probably won’t go again.
  36. TA

    TheAlaskans

    Anchorage

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Was a bit Put out that they would charge me $.25 for a cheap bag after requesting a box also charged $.25 for our leftovers. Not so much the price but the fact that they would actually charge me for a bag that cost them may be a nickel. Don’t think we’ll be back
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Way too Salty - had to send most of the food back
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    We had a reservation for 6pm and we waited for 20 minutes without being able to speak to anyone. There were so many people in line before us and no open tables. We had 3 small children with us, which is why we made a reservation. Please don’t call it a “reservation” if it’s really just a spot in line.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was good
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was one of the best Chinese food I have had! My whole family enjoyed their meals very much!

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 4.4 stars by 317 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for Chili House

726 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond District

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Mon, Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Dim Sum, Chinese (Sichuan)

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Han

  • Additional

    Beer, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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