Eight Tables by George Chen

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136 reviews
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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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JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eight Tables is an unique Chinese restaurant. The room decorations are gorgeous, and the tables arrangements are spacious and comfortable. We love the dinnerware - it’s beautiful, elegant, and charming. Each dish is not only delicious, with a just good amount, it’s a fine art! The service is awesome. The servers are very polite and skilled - we really enjoy their explanations of each dish on the cooking style, history, and the source of the material. We will bring our whole family come again. Thank you so much for providing us the beautiful place and letting us had such wonderful time!

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LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, a fun dining experience, great friendly service. Definitely a place to experience

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnificent

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday and I wanted to take her somewhere special. She knew George in college and spoke very highly about him so that made it an added treat. She / we enjoys good food and fine dining. In the past we have treated ourselves to The French laundry for special occasions. This was at that level with a more private, modern vibe. We enjoyed the wine pairing with the artistically prepared dishes served by the staff with impeccable timing. We will be back and highly recommend it to anybody who wants something more than fine dining.
Thank You Mr. Chen and your staff.

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O
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pricey, and not very Chinese. Beautiful, but rather bland, presentations with well-curated wine pairings.

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RK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and a fantastic dining experience. Pricey but well worth it. Great place to celebrate a special occasion, or like I did, just enjoy a memorable night out with friends.

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RM
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with super high expectations and they were exceeded by a mile!!!! We were super lucky and snagged the Chef's Table in the kitchen and even though I'm very sure the whole meal would have been fabulous in one of the luxe private dining rooms but getting the VVIP treatment in the kitchen was totally over the top in the very best of ways. George Chen wasn't there when we were but the rest of the crew were so lovely, they explained about the food and the history without a hint of patrony, the theatrics of the service was so much fun, the food was outrageously delicious and the wine pairing was icing on the cake. This dinner was an experience we will never forget.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Came here for an anniversary dinner with very high expectations. The service left something to be desired. No real formal introduction. The opening line is they want you to feel as if your dining in the chefs house. That was it, no individual names or any further details. It just felt like a cold introduction.

The food was ok, it was ten courses. It was just ok. We bought a bottle of wine and enjoyed it, good wine selection. I am not a picky eater and I am very open into trying new things. I guess I was expecting more? Not sure how to explain it. We were the only ones in the restaurant and the staff was starting to clean up and we could feel they wanted to go home. Our dinner lasted a little over 2 hours. We were expecting to really enjoy the experience and take our time. Somehow I felt uncomfortable and rushed. We spent $1000 for 2 dinners, I feel like we could have picked better. Happy Anniversary to us, I guess.

Cheers and on to the next restaurant

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j
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful presentation... over the top dining experience!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was beautiful. The service great. And the food was an experience. But they are far away from a michelin star restaurant. Even though the price was at that level. There was no amouse bouche, no extra plate and they mixed up our food several times. If the price was 200.- less, i would have had a great experience. But for this price I just expect michelin quality experience.

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PO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice experience (especially if you get a special table at the kitchen).
But overall it's only barely reaches 3.5 out of 5 for the whole experience for this type and price range restaurant.
To be very critical: food was ok, nice combinations and presentation as well as the taste, but was lagging some novelty. It should have been more inspiring.
Service sometimes was a bit too artificial. Much appreciate for the attempt - but it's better to be natural than try to artificially be synchronized.
The atmosphere and design was great. Really special place.
Having been seated at special table at the kitchen was really amazing experience. But it would have been great if the kitchen was perfect as well. Some fallen tiles near the hood, a bit disorganized raw materials and some confused staff - could not be unnoticed by a very critical eye.
Good luck with improving.

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MY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing experience with Chinese cuisine!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing food but too pricey

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LS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful meal. Food was very creative and flavorful. It really told a story. The services was impeccable. They were there to please. They made us feel special. Chef George Chan was in the house that night and did several table touches and explained the dishes to us. What a treat!

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AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience of my life.

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JY
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience that lasted us about 3 hours for the tasting menu. Everything, from plating to service, was thoughtfully put together.

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TM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful evening of fine dining! A host of wonderful & exotic Asian tastes and flavors in small plates spread throughout 10 courses. The presentation was well-paced through the evening. The serving and retrieving of our plates was a ballet of choreography not to be missed!

We were graciously served by our waiter, Luis, and Mickey Clevenger the Host Relations Manager, as well as the other staff.

My one negative: too bad Kenneth Rexworth Alley, the gated, short entry to the restaurant, isn't landscaped or given a treatment that sets the tone/mood of your wonderful dining experience for the evening. Its almost foreboding.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was by far one of our favorite meals, ever! And we LOVE food. The flavors were unbelievable and the service couldn’t have been more perfect. We had a fantastic birthday dinner and highly recommend for a special occasion!!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my second time there. The menu has improved from very good to even better. Especially the seafood and desert courses, which were amazing this time, but a bit lackluster last time. The wine pairing was spot on, again.

They accommodated for a vegan in our party - which many other top spots are not able to do.

The service has also gotten better. They’ve figured out how to add a jovial upbeat vibe to a very formal dinner process. I personally like that lighter/personable touch more than the traditionally snooty approach at lost tasting menus.

So surprised they didn’t even get 2 Michelin stars this year. The menu is like none other and the overall experience is as memorable as the 3-star ones at Singlethread, Saison, Quince and Benu.

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Mississippi
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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M
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with a lot of attention to details at all levels, from food to service. Great place for a relaxed business dinner. It's very pricy however, you just have to remember you're in San Francisco...

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TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once in a lifetime experience to be shared with close friends and loved ones. Go for the wine pairing and sit back and enjoy!!

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good and very interesting. The service experience was the best I’ve ever had. A really incredible team!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You have a staff of people that take pride in the work that they do. Trained well and display coordinated movements. Respectful and dedicated in service providing a wonderful experience. And Chef George Chen going around making sure his guest are having an impeccable experience. The food a total delight, dopaminergic for the senses. Don’t aspire for a Star ( the M kind) for your standards are above their measure.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Not to be forgotten

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SU
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration!❤️

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F
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The idea sounded great: an intimate and upscale dinner around the best Chinese cuisine specifically cooked for you. In fact every things end up to be just pretentious and mediocre. The food is not interesting, you can have a lot better one block away. It is not because you have caviar (served twice) as an ingredient that the coude is amazing, etc. The service is also wannabe classy without the class. Obviously not recommended as the the outrageous prices make you feel like an idiot who got screwed.

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BS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our best meals ever!! This restaurant has the most beautiful interior in SF. Chef George Chen is inventive with his cuisine and there is no similar Chinese restaurant like this in the U.S. This is a must eat restaurant!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special night with great food and attentive service. Really enjoyed having the chef come over and greet us and describe our first course - nice way to start the meal! Decor is also well done.

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MC
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each dish was beautifully prepared, presented, and the taste was wonderful. Memorable dining experience with a wonderful wine pairing carefully and thoughtfully selected for each dish. Dishes were delicately balanced, but full of flavor. Chef George comes out and greets all his guests at their table when they arrive. It’s a nice personal touch. Their cocktails are creative and tasty, as well. Dishes are well paced, friendly staff, not pretentious.

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AK
San Francisco
138 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding experience not to be missed. The food, the service, the presentation, and the ambiance. Chef Chen came and interacted with all the guests. We knew how much it would cost, so no regrets. Will be back soon. Certainly recommend to all lovers of fine dining.

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AC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Would highly recommend this dining experience.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible. Best dining experience I’ve ever had.

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S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had Chinese Fine dining, it was spectacular.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service that I ever had. And the fabulous foods really worth to reserve it 2 months ago.

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SG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High expectations were exceeded with outstanding service and innovative high quality food. Enjoyed every course of the 12 course extavaganza.

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O
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute perfection! Food was incredible, service was on point and everyone was extremely warm and accommodating. Thank you again!

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CN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at almost all the 1 to 3 star Michelin restaurants in the Bay Area and many of the Top 50 Restaurants In The World. Eight Tables is certainly one of the better restaurant.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food experience I’ve ever had. Service and staff was impeccable.

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HH
Orange County
54 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special occasion restaurant for an ultimate dining experience! We never had Chinese cuisine prepared at this high level with so much detail to our comfort. Each dish was described in detail by the well dressed trained staff. Ditto on all the well expressed praise in the press and websites for this elegant restaurant. However, Eight Tables was very difficult to find, especially on the cold rainy night we dined. It is on the corner of Columbus and Vallejo Streets, look for Cole's Hardware on Vallejo. To the left are gates to 8 Kenneth Rexroth Pl with discrete signage. The guard summoned a valet who escorted us to elevators to the second floor restaurant. We were treated like royalty the moment we entered. We were personally greeting by GM Andrew Fuentes and so delighted when Chef George Chen came to chat with us at our table. Thank you for delicious anniversary five spice cake, jars of granola and Eight Tables chopsticks with menu. Looking forward to celebrating at your restaurant next time we are in San Francisco. This is a destination restaurant, Michelin star(s) to be awarded for sure!

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