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7:00 PM

Jai Yun

3.8
63 reviews
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$50 and over
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Chinese
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Jai Yun restaurant is operating as a pop-up and currently accepting reservations.
24 hour advance reservation required.

We are temporarily located at New Sun Hong Kong Restaurant @ 606 Broadway, San Francisco 94133. This at the edge of Chinatown and North Beach. It is only a few blocks away from the original Clay St location.

Jai Yun serves a variety of Chinese inspired dishes. Its specialties include fried beef, short ribs, slow braised duck and foo young. Each dish is prepared home style and comes as a full course dinner with appetizers to sample and a dessert to complete the meal. Chopsticks are the preferred utensil at Jai Yun thus enhancing the international dining experience. Pair and finish your meal with a glass of wine from its extensive wine selection.

Jai Yun offers a traditional, casual and simplistic décor with red tablecloths. It is open during dinner hours daily. Currently not open for lunch until further date.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese, Chinese (Shanghai), Chinese (Canton)
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Not available at this time

Dinner: Daily from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Please note our lunch/dinner service normally lasts between 2 to 3 hours.
The last reservation we accept is at 9:30 pm.
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Phone number
(415) 900-8406
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Nei
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Private party facilities
Private Room Available.
See details at www.jai-yun.com.
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Private party contact
Chef Nei: (415) 900-8406
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Columbus Avenue & Grant Avenue
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Parking details
Free street parking after 6:00pm on Broadway, Columbus Ave, and Grant Ave.
Free street parking after 6:00pm Saturdays. Sundays all free street parking in the neighborhood.
Garage parking nearby: Portsmouth Square Garage. (5min walking distance)
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Public transit
Muni 1, 8x at Kearny St & Clay St Stop
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 63 People Are Saying
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3.8  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
3.9
service
2.7
ambience
4.2
value
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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kitana76 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Our second time here and we had a blast. We brought our parents this time so we could share this amazing experience. Amazing food by a very talented chef. Both the chef and Eugene were super friendly, communicative and wonderful to interact with. Check out the reviews online and try this place for yourself. I cannot more strongly recommend this dining 'experience'!

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vipEVDW (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

Deliciously traditional Chinese food thoughtfully concocted by a chef who is a lover of poetry. And the poetry is evident in every dish.

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vipEatery (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2016

Just sit back and let the exquisite dishes come. You don't order; it's up to the chef what he will offer. All dishes are delicate and delicious. Come hungry!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on May 17, 2016

Had party of 9 business associates. Chef was great and came to speak to us frequently...explained dishes...made us feel welcome. I will go back again!

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traveller (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 16, 2016

This was our fourth experience with this chef over the past decade or so, our third in this location. The chef's experience comes from cooking for large banquets in China for wealthy businessmen and politicians. This is not Chinese food you are likely to experience anywhere else unless you travel to China and know people. It's certainly more interesting than anything I've been able to find in Hong Kong over a few visits. There is no menu and often the server speaks very little English. You point to one of 3 prices on the card placed in front of you. We have always been satisfied with the middle price ($128 per person for couples, it goes down for larger groups). Pricey and in a very ordinary room with plastic flowers. So clean it feels a bit sterile but this is a vast improvement over his original location. The meal begins with 16 appetizers on small dishes - various pickled vegetables and thinly sliced meats, some intensely spicy. There is terrific variety in the flavors. His signature dish is bland but delicious: "velvet abalone" which consists of very thin ribbons of abalone mixed with cooked egg. Small plates of perfectly cooked shrimp and beef will also appear in course after course. The past few visits we've had him stop after about 2 hours of continuous nibbling when we couldn't eat any more.

It's really a place for foodies who are relatively insensitive to price and setting.

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vipSnydro (Dallas)
1.0  Dined on April 27, 2016

Not worth the money! Would never recommend.

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Anne (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 7, 2016

Jai Nun offers a price fix menu of many, many courses of delicious Chinese food. But having encouraged guests to be on time (because the Chef is preparing the fresh food), it was 45 minutes before we were served. There were few wine choices and I wonder if beer might have been a less expensive choice. The waitress was very attentive, but had little English. All in all, I think this restaurant is worth visiting once, but is overpriced.

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vipEatery (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 12, 2015

You're at the mercy of this fine chef, since there is no menu. One of the most interesting meals I have ever had. It starts with ten little bites and then there are at least 10 more courses to go, but you don't feel stuffed when you leave. They demand a reservation.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2015

Making a reservation for Jai Yun was easy on OpenTable, but if you need to contact the restaurant with question and make changes was a bit hard if you don't speak Mandarin Chinese. The chef speaks very little english, but tries very hard to communicate and accommendate. We had a group of 11 people and everyone had a great time. I loved the 8 - 10 small cold dishes as starters. It is fresh, unique and delicious. I lost count on how many hot items we received, but I like the concept that it started small and get larger as the dishes progresses. IMHO, everything was expertly prepared and flavor was well balanced. A good advice someone gave me is to let the chef know what price you are paying when making a reservation(if it is not just the minimum), it will help him plan your meal better.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
1.0  Dined on January 13, 2015

Very over-priced, zero ambience. Food is eccentric. Some of it was very good but overall not at all worth the price tag. Service was limited.

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vipMarklw (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 25, 2014

Really, the food was quite good, but the concept needs some fine tuning... mane more than fine tuning. The chef is good - everything else was out of control.

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Angie (Portland)
2.0  Dined on December 25, 2014

We had Christmas dinner here and the restaurant was very busy. We arrived at 6:30 and ordered the $80 meal for three people. In spite of explaining the prix fixe, lack of ambiance, and high rating on Open Table, my dining companions were pretty shocked by the looks of the place and the seemingly high cost of the meal. Be patient, I said...This is the TOP RATED RESTAURANT for OPEN TABLE IN ALL OF San Fran!! That has to mean something, right?

I'm not sure what it means. My husband said "it is a gimmick, it is rigged" and I wonder. I've never traveled in China, so I have no way to compare the food we were served with fine Chinese cuisine. I do, however, live in Portland, OR...home to some of the best restaurants in the USA, and by my standards of frequent fine dining Jai Yun was just ok. The first round of appetizers (all cold chopped vegetables, as I recall) were very good. The rest of the meal came out one dish at a time. Two or three were fantastic. The other 5 or 6 were good. For $240 dollars (plus drinks, plus tip) for a mostly vegetarian meal, we felt dramatically underfed.

Tomorrow I dine at Beast in Portland and will pay $275 pp. for a truffle dinner. I'm curious to see how I feel about that experience as compared to this one. Let the consumer beware at Jai Yun.

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vipJay4 (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2014

This is an experience unlike any other I have had. With an open mind and a lot of hunger this is a worthwhile splurge.

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vipFooddoc (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2014

The meal is made just for you. No reservation- no food. No walk-ins. Fresh, expertly prepared. Unique. Could be on a Seinfeld episode. No menu. No choices. Just a list of prices. No indication as to what you get differently at a given price. Difficult to communicate. You just pick a price and the food starts coming. I picked the mid level. Started with a dozen cold appetizers, followed by a dozen hot courses. No rice. Excellent food. Unique, almost absurd. Evidently little known place that has had devotees for years. Please go so it stays open till I can come back.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 8, 2014

I heard about this restaurant from a knowledgeable friend, and I was not disappointed. We had six discerning diners and the presentation of small plates of interesting and unique dishes had everyone complimenting the chef. The menu is selected by the chef and there are a range of fixed prices - we opted for a mid-range price and had plenty of food and all of it interesting and some dishes were simply spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
2.0  Dined on October 13, 2014

We had dinner here for 2 hours and were literally the only knew in the restaurant. Food was ok but very expensive at $90/person. Cannot recommend.

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Samya (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2014

It's a one-man-show at Jai Yun. The chef is also the front of the house person. There are 4 tiers of prix fixe you can order ... for groups of 5 or more, it's 65, 80 98 and 168 I think... we got the $80 range. The food is AMAZING. We probably got 25-30 dishes, starting with a round of cold salad-type small plates, moving on to heavier, hot items including fish and meat. One mushroom dish really stood out, unlike any mushrooms I have ever eaten.

Note: I read a review somewhere that they don't charge for corkage but they charged us $15 a bottle.

Ambiance has nothing going for it and the chef doesn't speak any English but none of it matters. It's an amazing experience and great for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 20, 2014

San Francisco has many good restaurants but none compare to the personalized service and attention given at Jai Yun. This evening became a special occasion because of the great food and ambiance created by the chef.

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ToBeFair (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 8, 2014

I've read a lot of varied reviews of Jai Yun and believe that those with an open mind will benefit most from this unique dining experience. Leave at the door all expectations of what you think dining out "should" be and be prepared to welcome dish after dish of authentic, carefully prepared, fresh Chinese cuisine. My husband and I have dined here a few times and have been truly delighted and amazed with each experience.

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AaronC (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 26, 2014

If you're looking for an amazing Chinese meal, this is your place. An endless stream of small plates flows out of the kitchen until you feel that you can't eat even one more bite. A fantastic Chinese banquet, similar in style to Japanese kaiseki. The downside is the decor, which doesn't come close to matching the quality of the food. You must reserve ahead of time so that the chef can buy enough fresh ingredients for your meal.

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