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Dancing Yak, San Francisco, CA

Dancing Yak

4.8
4.8
241 Reviews
$30 and under
Southeast Asian
Join us for our exciting taste that is a mix of traditional and contemporary. Open since 2018, Dancing Yak has quickly become a favorite spot among locals and travelers alike. On review sites from Yelp and TripAdvisor to OpenTable, patrons give Dancing Yak an average rating of between four and five stars.
Dancing Yak is perfect for anything from a delightful casual lunch to an elegant special occasion. We welcome you for lunch, dinner and craft cocktails Monday through Sundays.
Namaste!

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Other options

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Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Southeast Asian, Comfort Food, Nepalese

  • Hours of operation

    Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 525-4857

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    South Asian/Indian, Women

  • Catering

    Tell us what you have in mind for catering and we will get back to you. you can fill up a form at <br />https://dancingyaksf.com/catering/<br />Or, email us at hello@dancingyaksf.com

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private room that fits a group of 12. Perfect for special occasions.

  • Private party contact

    Suraksha Basnet: (866) 945-7298

  • Neighborhood

    Mission District

  • Parking details

    Street parking. Paid parking lot available at 14th and mission.

  • Public transit

    three blocls walk from 16th St Mission bart station.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 241 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. n

    neighborx

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good flavors and reasonable prices. Portions were small for apps but generous for mains. Fun vibe. Would definitely go back to try some more of the menu.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We found this place because it was close to our event and we are very happy we did! Will be back. Highly recommended
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had a great time at Dancing Yak, the food was delicious - particularly their chicken and veggie momos. Went for my dad’s birthday and can affirm that every dish was a hit! We went around 7pm and it wasn’t too crowded, but by the time our meal was nearly finished the restaurant was packed. Definitely recommend checking out if you’re in the city!
  4. E

    Ella

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food. Decent portions. Lovely decor. The starters were fun to share with friends they amount to one piece per person in a group of 4. The flavor combinations for every dish was outstanding. If you don’t like spicy make sure to ask about each dish before ordering. The cauliflower was the spiciest and I loved that!
  5. E

    Eric

    San Francisco

    216 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    216 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was good and tasted fresh. If you like mild, be sure and ask! The service was very attentive and friendly. It strikes me as a neighborhood haunt, or a place for friends to meet and hangout. I really appreciated that the menu was clearly labeled as to gluten free and vegan. We'd go back.
  6. DL

    DavidL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Eating at the dancing yak was a pleasant experience. The food and drinks are delicious. The ambiance was exceptional. It can be a little loud, but that doesn’t bother me much. I gave 4 stars on service because they forgot some tea we ordered. But it wasn’t a big deal. 100% would go again.
  7. J

    Jondrea

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Entirely delicious food, reasonably priced. Lamb sekuwa (skewer) was excellent, as were various curries. Try the buckwheat roti! Minor nit -- the aloo cauli wasn't that well spiced; needed salt. But, don't let that stop you!
  8. MG

    MichaelG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and experience overall. Friendly and polite staff that were very attentive helpful. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants authentic Nepalese food.
  9. DS

    DeboraS

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We live the Dancing Yak! Momos, goat curry, and assorted vegetatan delicavies. Yum yum yum! The corkage fee is $25; bring your own wine!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    This restaurant really is a special spot in the city that I can’t believe I had never been to in the past five years of living here. From the start, checking in was simple we got seated about five minutes after reservation time which is great considering how busy it was. Once we sat the only little problem I had was that we didn’t get our drinks until about 30 minutes after being seated, they had even brought out our first appetizer before we got our drinks… but understandably so because my girlfriend had pointed out they only had one bartender. The food was mouth watering, we ordered a lot. 3 apps the crunchy salad, pork belly and samosa. Then we ordered some Sekuwa the lamb & pork.. for her entree my girlfriend did the butter chicken (WOW) so good and also some garlic naan. If you are wanting a good date night and somewhere new to mix it up definitely give this place a shot, you won’t regret it. You really get a great amount of food for the price, thanks Dancing Yak!
  11. JU

    JUCR

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious cocktails. Shared several appetizers & mommos. All fantastic
  12. JP

    JenniferP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing cocktails and good. Beautiful environment! Excellent service.
  13. SR

    StephenR

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service at a reasonable price.
  14. TA

    TraceyA

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I met friends at Dancing Yak for dinner last night and the food was fabulous. We ordered (and shared) a number of dishes. My favorites include the kale chaat, chicken tikka masala and vegan paneer. My friends said the naan was great. I didn’t care for the buckwheat roti though. It was a little bitter. We were all happy with the food and highly recommend this place!
  15. DS

    DruS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place, with tons of gluten-free options. Incredible food. Gorgeous interior. Be sure to ask the owner for the story of the name. So magical.
  16. B

    Babs

    San Francisco

    69 reviews

    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service, extremely reasonable prices. What a gem!
  17. PG

    PierreG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time at a Nepalese restaurant, and I was pleasantly surprised by how different it is from regular Indian cuisine. All dishes were both interesting and delicious, and I particularly appreciated the small plates format, allowing to sample many different dishes. The cocktail menu had shrunk a bit compared to the online menu, but they still made a very good mojito when asked nicely 😁
  18. MM

    MattM

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. Loved everything about it. The food, the service, the bar, the painting, the music. Great place
  19. DF

    DiFrGo

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Woman owned with great service and delicious recommendations from the staff! Highly recommend! Great tastes, owner is a doll who studied in Kathmandu. Food is authentic and delicious. Don’t miss this gem!
  20. BF

    BeverlyF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome 👍👍👍👍👍👍
  21. L

    Laura

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and cocktails!
  22. AC

    AndrewC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great vibe and great food, looking forward to coming again
  23. MR

    MatthewR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s day
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A Delicious and interesting menu. We are excited for a return visit to eat the entrees we didn’t get to try on the first visit. Comfortable, cozy and relaxed atmosphere. Nothing stuffy or pretentious.
  25. JS

    JohnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Heard about it from many friends, and wow did it exceed even their review. Food was awesome. Definately return soon to taste more of the menu!
  26. DJ

    DarlinaJ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Our first tine there, I found the hair in our food. Server doesn’t apologize and there was a firer alarm go on. Good portion is also very small. Overall I am not impressed at all. Website looks nice though.
  27. LP

    LuigiP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Service was fast and ambience was ok. Everything tasted like oregano and the flavors were all very similar. My cocktail had more egg white foam than alcohol. Bad representation of Nepalese food
  28. SS

    ShawnS

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent chaat and if you love lamb the lamb chops are incredible. Great drinks too.
  29. B

    Babs

    San Francisco

    70 reviews

    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service, what a fun change of pace from meat and 3 veg!
  30. a

    aaaa

    New York Area

    55 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    When I request a specific table on my reservation, I want to get it. Hostess was incompetent.
  31. JK

    JoeK

    San Francisco

    176 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    176 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time dining and planning to return. Interesting bar and food menu with lots of tasty choices. Four of us shared most plates so we could enjoy the variety of flavors. Attentive service and nicely paced evening. Would recommend a visit.
  32. U

    Usha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great cocktails, Nepali rice wine, and starters! Had a fun evening there.
  33. MF

    MFM14

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Overall we will be back. Nice dining area. The music didn’t fit the decorations but that is fine. The food is great and great value. Drinks are nice. They need do work on service. Our skewers came and we had to ask for the rise. The bartender is very nice but sometimes distracted so a bit late with service. We sat at the bar eating and had to get his attention for a glass of wine.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service! We will be back.
  35. KS

    KunaalS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Very okay food. The basic dishes are well done like the chicken tikka masala, but the saag paneer was flavorless and the goat curry was very tough and not well seasoned. The eggplant dish was good though. Will likely not come back even for the chicken tikka masala because this place is pricey for the quality.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We picked this restaurant randomly because it was close to a place where we were going to see a show that night. Very unusual and delicious food, terrific service and a very accommodating host who was able to re-seat the diners next to us who were awash in too much perfume. Will definitely go back! Lots of great things to try!
  37. N

    Nancy

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Food and drinks were very tasty. Nice interior. Only drawback was the extremely loud music. We had to shout to each other and even the waiter couldn’t hear our orders. We asked the waiter if he could lower the music a bit but that didn’t work.
  38. R

    Ryan

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food and drinks were great! service was excellent, restaurant was full and had a great time.
  39. DS

    DonnaS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Dancing Yak offers a spacious, comfortable dining room. Even when it's full, you don't feel crowded nor does it get too loud. It's just lovely. The service was really great -- from the seating hostess, to the server, to the busman. The flavors are similar to Indian but with their own unique twist. The best part is that there are ample choices that are not spicy, but still delicious. Even the wine by the glass selection was solid. This will become a regular go-to. Love it.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant! Can I move in?

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Dancing Yak using the Order Online button. Dancing Yak also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Dancing Yak also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 525-4857.

Dancing Yak is rated 4.8 stars by 241 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


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Google Map for Dancing Yak

280 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Mission District

  • Hours of operation

    Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southeast Asian, Comfort Food, Nepalese

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking. Paid parking lot available at 14th and mission.

  • Public transit

    three blocls walk from 16th St Mission bart station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    South Asian/Indian, Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 525-4857

  • Catering

    Tell us what you have in mind for catering and we will get back to you. you can fill up a form at <br />https://dancingyaksf.com/catering/<br />Or, email us at hello@dancingyaksf.com

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private room that fits a group of 12. Perfect for special occasions.

  • Private party contact

    Suraksha Basnet: (866) 945-7298

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