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Date
Sat, 2/24
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7:00 PM
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Sino Restaurant & Lounge

4.1
1156 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
Top Tags:
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Bar Seating
Sino, the second endeavor of culinary artist Chris Yeo, was envisioned to entice the palette with the tradition of Dim Sum and the wonders of modern Chinese cuisine. Grand in scale, Sino offers an intimacy and sensuality that is unparalleled- from the warmth of the dining room adorned with billowing crimson curtains and layers of gossamer, to the plush and luxurious appointments of the lounge where comfort and beauty beckon you to stay a while.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Chinese, Dim Sum, Contemporary Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,
Wednesday 4:00pm - 11:00pm,
Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(408) 247-8880
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Sino's chic, ultra-modern decor provides a unique experience for any type of occasion. Whether you are hosting a corporate event, wedding reception, or an intimate dinner party, let our staff take care of all the details. Sino can accommodate parties of 25 up to 100 people. Sino is also available for exclusive use to accommodate events up to 300 people. For all event inquiries , please contact the restaurant for details.
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Private party contact
Regina Passalaqua reginap@straitsrestaurants.com: (408) 244-0516
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Catering
For all inquiries regarding offsite catering please contact our Special Events Coordinator for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Stevens Creek Blvd.
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Parking details
Free parking is available at many locations throughout Santana Row. During poor weather conditions Santana Row will provide mall goers with a complimentary loaner umbrella. Valet parking is also available one block from our location at the Hotel Valencia.
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Public transit
VTA is available for our patrons use.
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Special events & promotions
No event is too small please inquire about our banquet rooms, private lounge and patio events.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1156 People Are Saying
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4.1  based on recent ratings
4.2
food
3.9
service
4.0
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

It was great service from the host to the waitress. The service was at the perfect pace and the food came out quickly and hot. It is a great place to meet with friends/family and everything is shareable. The Garlic Noodles were the top for everyone.

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JacobT 
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

Don’t waste your money. Food is way too expensive for something you can basically cook at home.

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bibi (Minneapolis)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

This is neither traditional dim sum nor non-traditional but tasty good. The fried rice was barely cooked and the other dim sum didn't come with dipping sauces. Not to mention all this was overpriced for the quality and taste.

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TaraF 
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

I've always loved Sino. It was a part of my "stomping grounds" when I was in my early 20s. However, sitting through dinner with my husband this past weekend, I couldn't help but notice how they've headed downhill. I'll begin by saying that our server was awesome. I forget her name, but she was excellent and sweet and I have no complaints of the service.
The hostess who sat us, with the other hand, looked like, for lack of better description, a stripper. Young Asian girl, long black hair, was wearing a short, skimpy red dress that BARELY covered her butt and her breasts were spilling out of her top. I thought this was a fine dining restaurant? Maybe not anymore.
I love the food, but would not recommend the seafood risotto. It has no flavor And is misleading. It was plain sticky rice with 4 grilled shrimp on top- that's it. That is my only food complaint.
In terms of decor, the place just seems more run down than I remember it. The furniture is scuffed, red tape on the ground is a tacky way to indicate 'steps' and the curtains were bundled together by using black dining napkins. Even though my complaints are minor, I think that might have been my last attempt at a night out at Sino.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We reserved for eight but two were delayed in San Diego so we came as 6. This was a major problem for them. They tried to seat us at a table for 4 which was too small. We asked for a bigger one. The girl kept showing us other 4 people tables until I finally said “ you keep trying to put six people where they can’t fit. If you won’t get a bigger table just tell us”.
Next it was “well maybe I can talk to the manager”. So after waiting a wile they came back and said no we can’t give you another table because we have a party of 12 coming in” .
That didn’t even make sense. We were six. The place was 2/3 empty on a Thursday and our table for eight was sitting there empty. They couldn’t push two of their empty 4 tables together. They seemed to not realize that the 8 person table (all set up and waiting, was going empty and they were babbling away about how they couldn’t seat us at the 12 person table because we were only six. Huh? This was a bizarre experience. We walked out and went to the seafood place across the street which was excellent. It wasn’t a misunderstanding because they knew we were the reservation.

Never got a chance to try the food. Ambiance was dark and noisy. Not going back.

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viptq525 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day dinner is OK. Single rose for the lady’s was nice treat, but service was slow and the brown rice was so dry.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Dinner with my mom, nice waiter

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vipcarol (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The service was consistently poor and was getting worst. Food came out randomly from the kitchen. Rice and Noodle dishes came out first, which should normally the last course in Chinese meals. It was impossible to get any services or waved down any wait staff. They don't make eye contacts. The only good thing is that if you are willing to settle for basic dim sum (not overly concerned of quality), it is a place that is easy to get reservation and no line in general.

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JulieF (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Sino had an emergency so they were closed. No phone call, email, text message to let us know. We were quite shocked and annoyed when we arrived and had to hurry to make other plans during a dinner rush on a Friday night.

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NAZK (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

reservation was canceled by Sino an hour before due to unknown reason.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

If you want it less energetic sit towards the back. You can hear yourself talk there.
Food was enjoyable and a good amount.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Everything was awesome!

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KMcD (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Came here on a Sunday evening and there was pretty loud club type music playing throughout the restaurant. The host and our server were very friendly, the latter checked on us often. The food was very mediocre, especially the $35 Sea Bass, which had very little flavor. I enjoyed the Kumquat Chicken, which was well cooked.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

The quality and general upkeep of the restaurant has deteriorated a great deal in the past few years! We were a group of six and one of the women in our group happened to put her hand under the table to pull herself forward-there was food stuck under the table that got on her hands. The waiter cleaned that up but our experience with the un-clean setting didn't end here. The bathrooms had not been tidied up and were filthy with tampon applicators on the bathroom floor and this was at 7.30 pm, so a long time before the restaurant closes.
The tea pots that green tea was served in were missing the lid knobs too. So, even though the food that day was good, I will not be going to this restaurant or recommending it to anyone because it is now suffering from sloppy maintenance:(

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Dwest20 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Such a fun place to go with a group. So many choices of entrees, that dining with a large group is a great way to try everything !! Food is probably the best I've ever had. Fire Cracker Chicken and Crab Fried rice are a MUST have!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Good atmosphere but nobody to seat you at your table and very challenging to get a drink at the bar despite being empty

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Tsanjose (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

Loved this restaurant and our server was a great guy, did an excellent job

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vipMisty (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

What happened to the cocktail menu? There were only a couple drinks now and the creative menus from before are gone. The food menu also seems to be more limited. The food was still excellent (awesome salt and pepper crab!), but it seems there have been some serious cutbacks since we were there last. And the place is still so noisy that you have to yell to hear each other.

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vipZenekar (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

This is the 2nd time in a row that one of the dishes ordered never comes out and we end up cancelling it as we pay the bill

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vipDadGolferCook (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

Food was good. Very noisy and dark though.

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viphappycamper (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Outstanding food! Love the dim sum! Professional service!

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Dwoodio (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We usually really like Sino's - but we are usually there during the summer where we can sit outside away from the pointless loud music. I call it 'pointless' because there isn't ever any dancing just a lot of people struggling to have a conversation over the loud music. Lots of energy which is good. On NYE our server was a bit of a challenge. She wasn't aware of the specials; instead of bringing back answers to questions she didn't know she just didn't come back. The $20 corkage fee is extreme considering we had one bottle of wine and ordered plenty of drinks to off set the charge. We felt like we were dealing with desperation to make a buck; when the buck is clearly being made. Might be more creative to have a drink minimum on top of a less significant 'corkage fee'. And when training new wait staff, be sure to have someone on hand with them to get the questions answered. The food was awesome as usual, it was delivered in a timely fashion and the group was happy with the food overall. I would not recommend for a birthday party or anything as it's too loud in there and we've now tried twice. I hope this review will help make some positive changes in the place that we really like. Thanks for listening!

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vipGlitteratiOrange15 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Chinese fusion in vibrant lounge seating. Prefer a quieter table? Just ask to be seated in the back main dining area. They offer outdoor seating, loud lounge seats, less noisy section, and dining between for those that like more music flowing through conversation. Kid friendly! I’ve seen folks part strollers near the ramps.

Valerie waited on us and was sweet, accommodating, and friendly. I recommend ordering the Emperor’s fried rice (chicken, shrimp, bits of bbq pork, edamame, green onion), Kung Pao fried chicken lollipops, lobster shrimp potstickers, Drunken seabass with summer squash (light soy sauce based), calamari and crunchy soft shell crab apps with jalapeño vinaigrette. So good!

Great for a night out with friends, family, a date, etc. Be sure to indicate which area you’d like to sit in.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

When we arrived at the restaurant, they told us that they did not have a table reserved for us and seated us in the lounge. Later when we showed our OpenTable reservation, they relented an hour later and setup a table but by then my party was already done with appetizers and was well into the main course so we decided to stay in the lounge.

It would have been good if the restaurant had a table ready for us when we arrived.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

It was my 50th Birthday. Took us 25 minutes to even get a waitress to come to our table. Bad service all night.

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JaimeS (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

My boyfriend and I loved this place. They had a table for us, but we wanted a booth, so to the bar we went to wait, so glad we did. The lounge area was great. Nice to have a drink and relax on the couches and talk to other people who were drinking or waiting for their table. We got seated next to a big party so it was loud, but since we sat next to each other in the booth, we could still talk. The food was excellent. We went for the dim sum and it was great. Appetizers were also delicious. I had a great time here and would definitely go back!

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vipabc123 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

The garlic noodles are the best!!! Also, the vegetable egg rolls were so fresh and tasty. Great food overall!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

They increased price for dim sum by 50% or more. Some of the items were even doubled the price. It is not worth going to Sino anymore.

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vipfluffybuns (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

Tasty dishes we tried were spring rolls, firecracker chicken, spicy braised eggplant. Service was good. Noise level was high with groups holiday celebrations.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 5, 2017

i like the service and the ambience. the halibut was good. im just not a fan of sweet meats like the chicken popsicle. i was not ready for that. overall it was a good dining experience

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