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For 2
Date
Sun, 2/25
Time
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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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.8  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
3.9
service
2.7
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Quiet
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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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vipUncleDanR (Sacramento)
3.0  Dined on March 31, 2014

Waiter speaks almost no English, and the food needed explanation. Lots of dishes; pricing was indecipherable. Ambiance was early Chinese diner (2-story venue, we were the only patrons and the upstairs was being used for storage). A lot of money for a lot of very similar, but tasty, dishes (25 separate plates @ our price level).

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MrAndrew (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2014

This is my 3rd trip to Jai Yun, each time with guests. Each time the meal has been extraordinary - truly a revelation as to what Chinese food is and can be. More surprisingly, Jai Yun has astonished and impressed me each time - nearly as much as my newbie guests.

The place looks so unassuming, both inside and out. I'm sure most people walk past it year after year without giving it a glance. But the food... there are no words. Dozens of courses, some courses consist of dozens of dishes. The meal takes hours. Yet the last dish is as impressive as the first.

On a Monday night we were the ONLY table. The place was completely silent.

Only negative: our waiter spoke almost no English, so we had to guess at what we were eating.

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Alan1984 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2013

This was our third visit to this restaurant with no menu with the servings left to the whim of the chef. The food is excellent, and though each portion is small, the total adds up to a lot of food. We ordered the $128 per person order. In addition to the appetizers, there were 15 other dishes. The crispy beef is one of our favorites. But the abalone, fish and other dishes are just as good. I would not recommend it to children as some of the dishes can be a bit spicy, and the kids would probably prefer won ton and fried rice which you will not get here. You won't get to dip things in soy sauce and hot sauce as they don't have them on the table. You eat what the chef presents - which is perfectly fine with us.

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betterfood (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 7, 2013

No walk in, reservation only, no menu, prix fix only, dishes do not rotate (ie menu choices 365 days a year)

Moderately good 10 course meal of small plate Chinese food from varying regions. Some dishes had a bit too much corn starch giving the food that cheap Chinese American food taste. Other dishes were quite good. Unfortunately nothing outstanding to justify the price. Service was excellent.

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vipPickyforareason (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 26, 2013

We went as a group of 6 people, three of whom had lived in Asia for many years so we had an idea what to expect in a Chinese banquet. We were there on a Monday night and the only table i The food was excellent and nicely presented. There was no soup course nor a rice or noodle dish - this seemed strange for a Chinese "banquet". We didn't need more food, but as this place is supposed to follow traditional Chinese "rules" it was surprising. What was most surprising and also perhaps insulting was that the "dessert" for our $80 per person dinner was a plastic tray with one Halloween candy for each of us. Three Musketeers, Kit Kat, etc. After over 20+ courses of carefully prepared food carefully?

Other than that the food was excellent.

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JimE (New Orleans)
2.0  Dined on July 27, 2013

My wife and I were visiting Wine Country and our son while his new bride were in the city. We wanted to take them to dinner and he requested Chinese. We've enjoyed some VERY nice Chinese restaurants over the years, so the $$ didn't worry me. But the details of Jai Yun's 'authentic Chinese' was a bit subtle. The food was fresh & authentic, but the quantity was meager for four and the fix prixe was high. None of the reviews mentioned that the minimum was $80. Not know what exactly was entailed (the young server could not adequately explain the process) we selected the $98 per person level (2 of 4 levels). Perhaps all the 'cool' people in the Bay area understood this dining experience, but it damaged my confidence in Open Table.

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JoeC (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2013

As New York City food tourists, we knew what we were coming for and we were not disappointed. This is NOT your typical Chinese restaurant. The meal is a 15+ course prix fixe feast, with a choice of three different price points. The dishes are both inventive and authentic, and are inspired by a range a regional asian cuisines. Everything was impeccably prepared and wowed us in one way or another. If you like to experience new foods, you will love dining here. And the focus is certainly on the food - the decor is extremely unassuming, yet the price is considerable. Still, it highly recommended, and when we're back in the Bay Area, we will return.

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vipMack (New Mexico)
4.0  Dined on June 27, 2013

I lived in China for three years and this was as close as I have come in the U.S. to high quality Chinese food the way it would be presented in central or east central China. The ingredients are fresh. No piles of rice or other fillers. It is not for the faint of pocketbook, however.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 18, 2013

he food was beautifully prepared and presented and the ingredients were very fresh and delicious. I think my only complaint is a matter of personal taste. There is a style of Chinese cuisine that is very simple and plain without a lot of seasoning and although it was done perfectly it is not a style that I prefer, maybe a little too delicate and refined for my appreciation. Many of the dishes were in this style, but I preferred those that were more seasoned and spicier. I also felt that the price was a little prohibitive for a couple...it was more reasonable for a large party.

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ToBeFair (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2013

My husband and I love Jai Yun. The food is healthy, fresh, and exceedingly well prepared. If the lighting weren't so bright, this would be the perfect romantic meal.

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