Eight Tables by George Chen

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"World's Greatest Places 2018, 100 destinations to experience right now - EIGHT TABLES BY GEORGE CHEN" - TIME MagazIne

Eight Tables by George Chen is an elegant and sophisticated fine dining restaurant serving a seasonal Prix-Fixe tasting menu of elevated Chinese cuisine. With a clandestine, back-alley entrance and intimate semi- private tables, each guest feels transported to George and Cindy's home away from home.

We offer three dining options - please note your preference when booking.:

1. Tasting Menu ($225) - available nightly
2. Chef's Table Menu ($325) - available upon request. Only one seating per night in our kitchen.
3. Seven Course Menu ($175): available Tuesday-Thursday only.

Wine and beverage pairing options are available.

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AliI
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect and staff and food amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want perfect service, perfect food, perfect ambiance, and a chance to meet one of the best chefs George
Chen then you should go to 8 tables. Was our second visit and will go again and again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. One of the singular best I have had.

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Yichuan
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The experience is fantastic and they find a great balance between traditional Chinese food and Western food style. The dishes are creative and amazing tasty! Highly recommend to have a try if you are interested in Chinese food and want to figure out how Chinese ford can be cooked in Fine Dining restaurant!

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vipPyl007
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Each course was magnificent and the wine pairing was outstanding. We especially liked that several of the courses were described by the young chefs who prepared and served the dish. There was some confusion amongst ourselves as to how much of a tip should be left since there was already a 20% service charge added to the bill. Any thought of just charging a flat price for each meal which includes all charges?

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vipRoseM
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner there to celebrate my birthday with my husband and son. Excellent food and service. Great service from Mr. Luis Huerta. Highly recommend this place and will definitely go back again. Hope to meet chef George next time.

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User499493
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every sense of the word. Great dinning experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impressive.

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vipLoracWickerPark
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly wonderful to experience Chinese fine dining. You really can’t find it anywhere. I also loved the exquisite china and dining wares because they looked like beautiful museum pieces.

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vipAsianfoodtoluv
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delightful. An experience everyone should try. Definitely a buck list must do. The experience was very enjoyable and delicious. Service was impeccable and very attentive. Not a dinner for the faint at heart. Cost can be discouraging but worth a try for an experience as it is not cheap.

The tasting menu was a full experience in itself. Ever dish had its own flavor and they were all a great experience in itself. No dish stood out more then another as they were all delicious and had something special in its own.
definitely a dinner for a special occasion. Thanks for a great experience.

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LeeGee
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eight Tables is a very special place with very special cuisine to celebrate a very special date!

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vipRobinW
San Francisco
157 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to over-the-top-expensive restaurants for our birthdays in lieu of gifts. We had a wonderful dinner at Eight Tables - unusual and wonderful food, perfect service. The extra touches made it extra special - while waiting for our bottle of wine to reach the proper temperature after fetching it from the cellar, the sommelier poured complimentary (and complementary) glasses.

But the reservations process was not up to the standards of the meal. When I booked I asked for the chef’s table. It’s clear on OT that it’s not guaranteed but I heard nothing back. I messaged again. Finally I called and it took days to hear that yes, we could have a chef’s table experience. Then on the day of the dinner I got the call saying that they couldn’t offer it. (For a good reason.)

Yet somehow the quirkiness ended up being endearing.

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vipella222
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Can not wait to go back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We had a mixed experience.

What was good - service, laid back atmosphere, nicely decorated restaurant, some of the dishes were quite good. Presentation

Mixed results

Some of the dishes. Some unusual spice combinations that weren’t very tasty. The bill ended up being shockingly expensive for what we got. We were told that service over $100, did not cover gratuity. 2 glasses of wine each were over $100. Total bill for 2 over $700. When a meal is this expensive it gets graded on a curve against others. This one didn’t stack up.

Good not great. Odd flavor combinations, but beautiful presentations. I choose flavor over presentation. Won’t be back

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EliM
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Everything about our experience at Eight Tables was excellent until the bill came and we were told that they added a 20% service fee for "the house" and that it was not inclusive of tip for our servers and wait-staff. So any additional tip we wanted to add would go to them.
Our group was shocked by this, as it is not readily apparent that when they say they include a 20% service fee that is generally understood to be tip for the staff not "the house"!
After a wonderful meal it left a bad taste in our mouths to feel like we were being taken advantage of in this way. It is unfair to patrons and to servers for the house to collect a service fee tip that is not part of gratuity.

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vipGeorgeL
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A wide variety of flavors over a dozen well presented courses. Ser ers need to slow down the explanations a bit.
Wonderful service with special ambiance save the entry.
However, it is hard to say that they were delicious. A work in progress.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Positive: Preparation by chef(s) of the food/presentation were "five star" level. The myriad of the food textures was outstanding. Negative: Their new roll-out menu, our meal took four hours. The opening was spectacular to the taste buds. Though presentation was superb, we agreed some courses were "subtle and bland." and unfortunately the 9th course (Dong Po Rou) was never delivered to our table. Sara seemed to be the most cognizant / knowledgeable. The serving of food was 'very delayed.'

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vipTravelDiner
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing evening of VERY fine dining. Not our first Tasting Menu focused restaurant, but the first with a decided, but subtle Chinese influence. While the entrance is a bit of a surprise, the interior is beautiful, soothing and quite comfortable. NO crowding, it has EIGHT TABLES, but each can seat easily four and possibly 6. You begin with a tray of nine small dishes taking you through a progression of tastes and textures all based on Chinese tradition. Quite an education. Then you start the main event, each dish served with an explanation and any necessary instructions. The pace was quite leisurely, so we could talk at length about the current dish without to immediately beginning the next. About nine courses in all. Great creativity, elegant presentation, tastebuds entertained! And NO bowl of steamed rice, not with this kind of Chinese meal! And to have the complete experience, I recommend the available wine pairing. ONLY IN SF!

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BarbaraM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were given a gift card from a family member who is a foodie so we were super excited. It did not disappoint! This was an amazing culinary experience and although it is very pricey, I have already recommended it to many (mentioning the price tag of course). What a treat the food was but the service far exceeded any expectations.

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makan2
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful and unique experience. Red chrysanthemum taste like rooibus tea. It didn't have any of the regular chrysanthemum teas at all(I was disappointed).

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vipBetsy
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t have been better. Attentive service, unique and delicious food, excellent wine pairings and beautiful architectural style of the restaurant makes one want to return. We definitely will.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Highly recommend as a business dinner, special celebration or a romantic dinner. Great food, wine list, ambiance, and service.

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MargoL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous in every way!

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vipPETERM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Just too long an event and a tasting menu that was far too extensive - the bites were so small that one could barely decide on the taste. Dinner should not be an endurance test. After two hours, most it spent waiting for the next course, we were all ready to leave but had to endure another hour and a half. I can’t judge whether the food was good or not. Certainly not exceptional. Perhaps the most expensive dinner I have eaten in California and not one to be repeated. Two stars was generous.

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vipbudinski
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic evening the Tasting menu was fantastic beginning with the Grand Amuse of nine plates of small bites from spicy to savory to sweet.My guest opted for the wine pairing that went with the courses and was enthusiastic about them all.I had a tea pairing that I enjoyed as well.Each course was a delight .George Chen came out and introduced himself to us and the other diners as he worked the 8 tables The staff was very welcoming pleasant and helpful throughout the dinner.Surprisingly one of my favorite plates was a plate of vegetables that were delicious and spiced wll.I couldn't be more pleased with the evening

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vipOnlyTheBest
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a once in a lifetime dining experience. Chef Chen offers inspired food in a serene environment. I will be back.

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vipNigelB
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience! If you are in San Fran and trying to find a restaurant that is one of a kind, you need to try Eight Tables. The service, food, and ambiance is unlike any other restaurant in town - if not the country.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Above our expectations- The kitchen table was an amazing coordination of focus, intensity & teamwork. Not to mention brief of sharing a friendly love for culinary excellence.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exception food, wine and service!

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vipCherylK
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The website says $365++ for food . We elected the wine pairings. WE sat at the chef's table in the kitchen. We were 5 people and when he bill came it was $4,000. I asked if service was included and was told just for the kitchen. So, I added $500. I think they need to be more realistic about their prices on the website.

KT
KristenT
1 review