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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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Fabulous in every way!

PE
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.

b
Los Angeles
73 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

OT
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.

NB
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.

OT
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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exception food, wine and service!

CK
New York Area
16 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
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Eight Tables did an extraordinary job of providing a memoriable dining expierence from start to finish. Each dish on the tasting menu was well executed and the level of service I received elevated my overall dining experience! It's a special gem.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

It felt like we were overcharged for what we received. It’s an absolutely beautiful space, and unique ambiance

CC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service. The "service charge" and "gratuity" was a bit confusing. You end up double tipping for your meal if you do both.

Overall I enjoyed the meal and would definitely come back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting with excellent cuisine and attentive service

AB
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the future of elite Chinese cuisine. Rare, authentic ingredients sourced from the most remote parts of China, presented in a unique, elegant fashion. One dish was more beautiful and delicious than the next. Mr. Chen visited with us personally to give us his unique perspective and mindset when creating these dishes. This is a true treasure of a dining experience. He will have at least one and probably 2 Michelin stars in the very near future. Book a table now, before Eight Tables gets its proper recognition and this experience becomes even more exclusive.

r
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The attention to detail from the kitchen staff, host staff and wait staff is impeccable.
Everyone made the special night that much more special. When you want to have a wonderful dining experience and be spoiled this is the place to go. The food is superb and appeals to all of one's senses.

b
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all the staff was very accommodating. Due to an airline delay, we arrived over 45 minutes late for our reservation with luggage in hand. No one seemed fazed by this and we were never rushed despite our late arrival.
There were 4 of us. My wife and I chose the wine pairing with our meal. Usually I am under-whelmed by pre-selected pairings, but of the 8-9 we sampled, there was only one that was not to my taste. The food is wildly unique, yet approachable. So many different flavors and textures and absolutely delicious. There was excellent communication from all the staff about the items we were eating and drinking without being intrusive.
For a treat at the end of our meal we were offered a tour of the kitchen and were warmly greeted by the staff and came away with a group photo with our group and the kitchen and wait staff. The entire affair lasted 4+ hours.
Bottom line: By any measure a very expensive night of fine dining, but given the unique food and presentations, this truly memorable meal surpassed my expectations. A special shout out to Crystal and our captain, whose name now escapes me, for exceptional service.

L
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprised first review did not go through. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and plan to return!

EC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food- Very enjoyable, Chinese food to the next level. We did the 10 course plus both supplementary course. The Abalone was good, I would pass (but glad I tried). The A5 waygy was amazing! The only dish that was a miss with the vegetables. Everything else was very creative and full of flavor. Well thought out.

Sommelier - Great! pick out 2 great bottles for the price point.

Service- Great! very attentive. George even came out to introduce himself and serve a plate.

Ambiance- It's like you pay for people not to sit not to you. Its very private. spacious. We enjoyed it

Final thoughts- We left stuff! Four hour dinner but it didn't feel like 4 hours. Definitely a special occasion type of place. Go with people you want to catch up with or means a lot to you. You will be paying a good amount but quality time = priceless.

P
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are all tremendously friendly and adroitly accommodated my wife's special food requests. The service was at our leisure and we never felt rushed during our 3 hour, 10 course experience. The dining room is elegant with each table isolated from the others so it is more like private dining room.

C
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We waited a hour before having our first course. for a restaurant of that level is was really suprising. All the dishes ( 12 courses meal) were very salty . We said it a couple of times but no one really listened to our remarks. Overall good but disappointing .

DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience offered by George and his team. Every dish was exquisitely prepared and tasted excellent. The serving team was very friendly and knowledgeable of the food they served. The pairing wines were expertly selected which wonderfully brought out the essence and nuance of each dish. We were let in to the kitchen after dinner and was greeted with the team of friendly and smiling chefs. I guess George must be doing a great job not only ensuing customers' satisfaction but also his employees. Overall, Eight Tables gave our family an unforgettable dinning experience. Well done.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The kitchen table service was amazing and a once in a life time experience for the Cassidy’s

TH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eight tables is a unique experience of the Si Fang Tsai (private pavilion dining) tradition. The most special element of the evening is the most private and attentive staff of Eight Tables. All are seasoned in the dining industry - with impeccable pedigrees from throughout the world, US and bay area. They set the highest bar of what beautiful, elegant service should be. The food is thought-provoking, delicious, and beautiful to behold.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved every minute of the experience at 8 Tables, from the impeccable staff and the wizards in the kitchen to the food which was beautiful and so good. I am going back the first chance I get.

B
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the opportunity to dine at the Chef’s table, which is located in the actual kitchen. Awesome to watch the chef and staff create beautiful, delicate dishes. Kitchen was spotless and well organized.

Food was amazing, staff was attentive, service impeccable.

We received a complementary menu of our meal with personalized chopsticks included as it was our anniversary.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very quite place and food is perfect.

B
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

George Chen does a masterful job of providing outstanding food and ambiance in a relaxed, quiet environment. It reminds me of a private state dinner I had the privilege of attending some years ago in Beijing. Add to that the fact that the prices are very reasonable, given to quality of the food and the experience on offer and you have a real gem!

MB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

A printed menu with prices would have been nice.

A
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall, over the ten courses, an average meal at a not so average price - the four happiness caviar dumpling; Sichuan black cod; and red braised pork belly were really something special; and the lychee chocolate bombe was one of the best deserts we've ever had - but the remaining six courses were nothing out of the ordinary and the "8 Immortals," (orgo seagrass, summer truffle, mountain yam dumpling), was truly awful - and at $450 for two, plus service, corkage and SF's unique taxes, you're paying a lot more than the food warrants. I'm actually glad we went - if for nothing more than the walk through the locked gate, down an alley right out of a 40's film noir thriller, up an industrial elevator, opening into a classic, understated dining room - that's a treat - once - we won't be back.

UC
San Francisco
187 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service and atmosphere here were both exceptional. Service was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. It was quiet and we could have conversations, but also could enjoy the big band era and jazz background music. Most tables were in their own little nook, so not a place for people watching. The tasting menu was ambitious, and sometimes fell short of the heightened expectations. The starter, Jiu Gong Ge,Nine Essential Flavors of Chinese Cuisine, was the highlight of the ten courses of the tasting menu. The least effective course was one of the two desserts, Nian Gao, an overly gummy and somewhat stale red bean concoction. Not able to deal with all the alcohol of a wine pairing, we were very happy with our delicious tea pairing of four different teas, which we shared, and which were happily replenished when we ran low.

BS
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Oustanding gracious service, artistry, presentation, quality and quantity just perfect. Many delighful surprises all timed smoothly to enjoy each course and savor each dish carefully prepared. Parade of servers with in depth knowledge of dishes that were delivered over the course of two hours. The whole ambience, lighting, and calming atmosphere won us over.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s one of my favorite and best restaurant in America. High high quality everything.

J
Nashville
44 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Singularly the best service I have ever had in a restarraunt. The food was just spectacular. I cannot recommend Eight Tables highly enough. ❤️❤️❤️

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the opportunity to dine at chefs table. The kitchen staff was extremely freindly. Overall best Chinese food we ever had! Great sommelier and chef george was humble and informative. Extremely recommend

JE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy we came to Eight Tables to celebrate my Husband's Birthday. We were seated in a gorgeous modern space with an exclusive and comfortable atmosphere. Our 7 course Chinese dinner was as scrumptious as it was creatively presented in beautiful dinnerware. Our favorite was the Four Seas Caviar Dumpling. Our main server and about 8 other assistants were always sublty attentive and very knowledgeable about our food and drink.
Chef George Chen, who visits with all his guests, is not only very talented, but a very personable host. Thank you.
It was a very fun evening ! Highly recommend.

DM
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lot of fun! Food was fantastic! All in all, a unique and thoroughly enjoyable experience.

AH
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was good but the food is over priced. I am disabled and I did not appreciate the long walk from the sidewalk to the restaurant.

t
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Seems like time slots available on open table were less than what’s actually open

FW
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner for two as part of a 20th anniversary celebration. Gorgeous space, beautifully appointed, very private. Intriguing entrance. Very warm service from all those we interacted with, which I estimate was upwards of 8-10 people. All of our servers were very knowledgeable about the food and wine. Our cocktail artist was also very passionate about his craft and it was clear that everything they do here has been carefully thought out. I am surprised if not shocked that this restaurant was not awarded at least one Michelin star in 2019. Could it be that Chinese cuisine does not get the respect it deserves? Well, try for yourself. Many surprises await. The wine pairings with the food were also exciting, there is no established classic pairing for many of these dishes as there would be in French Cuisine. We interacted with the chef as well, when we had questions the servers could not answer - which was only once. From start to finish, this was a unique and delightful fine dining experience that we won't forget. Thanks to all for making our trip a memorable one.

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