FANG

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Fang is the sister restaurant of wildly popular restaurant, House of Nanking. Fang embodies both modern and authentic Chinese cuisines in a fine dining setting serving traditional Chinese fare, dim sum, as well as "off the menu" innovative dishes for the adventurous. Chef Peter Fang believes that good-tasting food is universal and should not be bound by how dishes were made in the past. With Chef Peter’s trademark inventiveness and eye for quality, the menu evolves and changes based on seasonally fresh ingredients from the same local Chinatown markets Peter has visited for decades. For fresh seasonal Chinese food in an elegant and modern setting, visit Fang.
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CM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Underwhelming. Food was cold. Restaurant is untidy and it was a very blah experience.

EW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service members did not come to table after delivering food until requested . Food was good but not all correct

BM
San Francisco
350 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived asked for two dinners and beer. Peter took it from there. Generous portions of tasty stuff. Enough to take home. All worked out.

n
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

The owner is rude. He didnt want to let us order our own food. He even tossed a menu at someone saying “you think you know more than me.”

r
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pretty great spot for those int eh area for the many events. Very different take on some old favorites. Haas its own personality. Has full bar but it would seem most do not ask for those types of adult beverage. But we were able to get two rounds of great cocktails. Shrimp dumplings a big hit. House special beef was outstanding. We will return for sure. Only down was the interior seemed a bit dark and run down.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Absolutely terrible service. Such rude servers. Took an hour to get our food

ET
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had colleague and friend visiting from out of town for a conference in Moscone and chose this nearby Chinese restaurant. Chief greeted us and asked if we had ever been there before, we had not so he placed orders for us and we sat back and enjoyed the meal. Terrific meal with fang’s Peking buns (pork belly laid in folded bun), sautéed pork dumplings (with eggplant), crispy honey chili short rib (with chili peppers whole), salt and pepper prawns with mushrooms (and onions), salted pork belly with Japanese pumpkin, and House special fried rice with shrimp and veggies, finished off with sesame balls for dessert. Was amazing. ($160 pretip). Had a wonderful time and delicious meal. Very convenient to convention center. Had a downstairs portion for large parties

BD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Staff and owners provided great service. Owner actually ordered all our food for us and couldn’t have done a better job. An amazing experience.

KS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mr. Fang himself took care of us! He brought us an amazing selection of food and it was the perfect amount for our group. We all left extremely happy and full and wanting to come back!!

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible service and really bad food.

SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Fang went from one of my favorite restaurants to one I will likely not patronize again in one fell swoop. Strangely, it was almost empty on a Saturday night, and it has always been packed every time i’ve visited before. Nonetheless, the host was aggressively rude, striding away without speaking to us, giving no indication that he expected us to follow to our table. We sat unattended for 15 minutes before finally getting service. The spareribs, described as a house specialty (and usually glorious) were dry and overdone. The fried rice, prepared at the table was mush and flavorless (again, a shocking departure). We paid our bill as quickly as possible and I doubt we will ever try again. Really sad decline.

JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant- come every time in town in SF.

BE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Don’t order from the menu but ask the chef to prepare you something. You won’t be disappointed.

s
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

While the food was good, I felt very mislead — though the website mentions the ability to hos private parties, nowhere is it prominently mentioned that all guests are given set, prixe-fixe menu. Their menus online (including on Yelp) show prices next to dishes — this lead me to believe you could order from the menu and pay the listed price. Unfortunately, this was not the case. The food is tasty, but the style of restaurant — not being able to order a single dish from a menu and always paying a set rate — needs to be prominently noted. Our company dinner here twice the allotted budget, since this was not made clear.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fang owner took control of ordering for us and everything was awesome.

SG
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

RETURNED FOR A SECOND VISIT TWO DAYS FOLLOWING MY FIRST VISIT WHILE IN SAN FRANCISCO. JUST HAD TO GO BACK FOR MORE OF THIS DELICIOUS FOOD. HAD DIFFERENT DISHES FROM THE MEAL TWO NIGHTS EARLIER AND IT WAS FANTASTIC AND STILL THE BEST CHINESE FOOD I HAVE EATEN. IF YOU LIKE CHINESE FOOD YOU WILL LOVE FANG.

SG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Chinese food ever! Found this place 9 years ago and this was first opportunity to return since. It was great back then and even better now. Not to be missed.

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible. Wrong orders, no water refills, had to ask for our check long after table was cleared, restaurant less than half full, and multiple wait staff standing within feet of our table doing nothing. Food was decent, but way overpriced for that poor or service.

l
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

On the website it looks like a design and lounge place but it’s small and smelly and the food is over covered in sauce. The service is very very basic, bier in a bottle type of service.

OT
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food, good service, very busy!! Recommend going with the "family style" option where they bring you a ton of food that gives you a chance to sample a lot of different dishes. Each one was terrific!

AB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good, service was terrible. Maybe it was that he was annoyed that we had two children with us, but the gentleman who waited on us (I think he may have been the owner) was extremely inattentive. When we tried to order wine while we were ordering food, he told us he would send someone else to take the drink order. No one ever came. The food came very quickly, but it took forever for us to get the bill. It’s a shame because the food was good, but given the service I don’t have any plans to return.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Tasty food but mostly deep fried :(
Salad was too salty and had some grit in it!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a fantastic experience. The food was fresh, and flavorful. We will definitely be back!

CP
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go with Mr Fangs recommendation!

PA
London
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Seven of us ate at Fangs whilst on holiday, children and adults. We had read the reviews about not letting Mr Fang order for the table as they had been disappointed with the meal. We therefore ordered from the menu but also agreed to have a couple of Mr Fangs choices. All of it was absolutely delicious and especially Mr Fangs options that were not in the menu. Next time we will be letting him order to try it out.

n
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We asked the chef to choose our menu and were not disappointed! The honey apple prawns were delicious and the so-called pork bun was actually luscious pork belly in a folded dough perfect! Enjoyed the fresh bean salad, beef chunks Nd pot stickers with eggplant. And a full bar. Our second visit and even better than the first time. Perfect location for anything at YBCA

O
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvleous, the owner/chef interview customers as to their food preference and then makes suggestions for dishes from a large menu of delicious and rarely seen here dishes. A truly unique and enjoyable experience.

RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The soup was greasy. The dumplings chewy, the noodle dish with chicken soupy with pressed chicken pieces. Real let down

B
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 3

First of all, we got "Fanged" which means, if you are new to this restaurant, the owner takes it upon himself to order for the table. I did not realize that this is what regularly happens to first time customers until I looked on TripAdvisor after the fact. We were promptly greeted by the owner and before we could open our menus, he took them from the table and implied to trust him with our order. What a treat! Not. He asked for food allergies, etc. and I emphatically explained that I was there for Dim Sum and my other sister was there for noodles and traditional Asian.
So the food started coming out, like a conveyor belt, one dish after another, very prompt, but we hadn't even received our cocktails after the first two dishes of fried and fried. I do not regularly eat fried pork or beef at Asian restaurants, preferring noodles and dim sum but it was fair, two in our party of 4 liked it. Finally the dim sum, tasty but not as good as the more traditional offered in Chinatown. He was perplexed that I was not very happy with his food choices, one sister stating that sweet and sour was not her favorite in which he seemed totally stunned and surprised. He then left and never returned to our table, apparently tending to other new customers to get "Fanged". My sister and I observed 2 tables nearby who had groups of 4 and were Asian and they were ordering off the menu, they were eating bowls, soups, and the like. I felt like a target and this was confirmed when I got the bill. He had ordered double of every sampling for 4 women, the waitress asked if we wanted a "to go" box, but no, we are staying at a hotel! I complained which did no good, so I payed the bill & left with a sour (not sweet) taste in my mouth. As we were leaving, I told a group of tourists that were waiting for a table to say NO to getting "Fanged". It's a gimmick.

DE
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food here is great! The atmosphere is fairly peaceful for Midtown and the decor is very pleasant.
The owner Mr. Fang is a creative cook and he’s always there to recommend the best dishes. However he should also let people discuss his recommendations and order what they want!

Still I have never had a disappointing dish.

F
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

My husband was almost done eating before my entree arrived. It was cooked incorrectly so it was sent back. No one ever came to check on us to ask how the food was or if we wanted more water. $16.95 for a small vegetarian dish was expensive.

i
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

All of it was disappointing. We had been here before and enjoyed it, but this time the food had almost no flavor and did not taste very fresh. We will not return

PC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was fresh and tasty. Good-sized portions as well.

SS
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

As many reviews have said they tried to charge me more for one of the items ($19 instead of $13.95). Dishonest!

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The owner makes you feel “special” by personally selecting your dishes however he picks the same 3 or 4 dishes for EVERY table. What a great way to reduce inventory costs!! Biggest turn off was the price! Dinner for 2 with 1 cocktail
$100! This would be $50 max at almost any other Chinese restaurant.

TD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Incredible food - selected by Mr. Fang. Try the honey prawns with apples.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Peter and his team did a great job as always!

c
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Chinese food in San Francisco. It is our favorite.

CC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A nice double birthday celebration for two of our grown up kids. The dumplings were amazing especially the mushroom and gouda cheese being out of this world. The fish in chilli sauce was another out of this world dish. The service was impeccable.cheers

R
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I expected better. While the food wasn't bad, it wasn't great either. Service started out below par but that may have been because we arrived early (5 PM) and the regular wait staff weren't on duty yet (service did improve later on). Cocktails were overly sweet for my taste. The dumplings were boring. The beef dish was better but uninspired. Portion sizes were generous. The brown rice was mushy and unappetizing. Our server explained that the chef didn't know how to cook brown rice and brought white rice (so much for trying to be healthy) while removing the charge from our bill. Since there are too many other interesting restaurants in the city to try, I don't think I'll be back.

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