Teo Restaurant & Bar

3.9
38 reviews
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Tēo is derived from the origins of our cuisine, Teo Chew, also known as Chui Chow or Chaozhou (a city in Guangdong province) in China. We offer the TRADITIONAL, LOCAL and DELICIOUS Chinese food.
We are pleased to invite you to our home away from home, where if you share with us your Golden bayside sunsets (you can keep the fog), we will share what our tide brought in, seasoned and prepared to perfection by our specialty chefs. We hope you feel transported with every bite. Welcome to Tēo.

Enjoy!
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RK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I was very disappointed in Teo. We ordered three dishes to share. The scallops with asparagus was the worst; the asparagus was woody and scallops few and far between. Beef with broccoli and tofu with vegetables were simply OK. They all had similar sauces. We probably should have had hot pots, which most people at the restaurant ordered.
Service in early evening was slow and it took forever for the waiters to clear our plates after we finished eating.
This was my second time at Teo; I won't return.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is near the Orpheus Theatre so we picked it. It was a fun and delicious experience. We got there early so there were few people eating but it filled up as we were leaving. I’d go back.

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LY
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time eating dinner at Teo Restarant and Bar with out of town guests and coworkers. Very good food and service. My favorite cocktail was not available which was the only disappointment. Otherwise, I would go back for sure. A little pricey but good for special occassions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pretty good

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Don't eat here. The service was so terrible, they didn't want to honor our Restaurant Week reservation, they made ordering extra difficult, tried to over charge us (the deal was $65 per person, but the food was served family style and when we added up the cost of each chosen dish the bill was over $65 per person). And finally, the food wasn't even worth the hassle. It was sub-par, some dishes were served cold, one dish was sent back and then returned to our table having clearly been microwaved (it was a dessert soup and it had separated and was very oily - a result of having been microwaved).

Do not eat here.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pretty authentic Teochew cuisine. Nice environment.

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Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Was quiet! I loved it

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LL
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We lucked into Teo because it was near our hotel. It was GREAT! Such a fun experience for us. They specialize in hot pots - cooking thinly sliced meat and veggies in boiling soup - we had no idea and had never done it before. Our waitress was very helpful. I would absolutely go back and have already recommended it to several friends.

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BC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

What a disappointing meal. One of the worst ever. Service very uneven. Entrees brought out before appetizers and then again while eating appetizers. Cold when finally accepted. Chicken soup with mushrooms inedible. Contained bones ( almost chocked) and chicken skin. Food tasteless and poor quality. Left us with a bad taste in every sense.

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TZ
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service wasn’t very good it seemed that he had forgotten us along with portions of our order. The meal wasn’t anything special

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V
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food, but our waitress was very pushy about ordering their hot pot. Some of us had dietary needs and could not go with that option and it made us feel a bit bad. On the other hand once I explained my limits she did try to get me a soy-free item.

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S
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Do NOT order the Spicy Fish Fillet; there was hardly any fish. Just cabbage and TONS of red pepper, terrible dish.

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WZ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very tasty transitional hot pot! This sort of hot pot is design to eat beef. The beef ball is great.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was ok. I've had better Chinese food. Crab was the only thing that tasted good. Pretty pricey. I will come back just to try the hot pot.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The TeoChew beef hot pot is terrific!

However, the partner parking, Soma Grand Garage, closes at 6 PM on Sundays, which is not quitw customer-friendly.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Food was bland. Meet was incredibly tough, with lots of gristle and fat. Main courses started coming out before the appetizers were served. Very disorganized.

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RL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

This place is known for their hot pot. It is listed as Chinese, but it really is known for hot pot and it only has beef hot pot. The beef is very good. It is not fresh which makes it very tasty. My favorite was the short rib. I ordered the spicy broth which came with a lot of stuff in it. I ended up straining a lot of the seasoning out because it is not meant to be eaten as much as it is meant to flavor the broth. The selection on vegetables was not great. We asked for Bak choy and received napa cabbage. There are some kinks to be worked out at this restaurant, but the beef was very good.

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A
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Awkward Saturday night dinner..they didn't seem to want to serve us and then put us in the middle of a table with other folks and then asked us to move...not sure what was up...we left and went somewhere else

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c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

If I were you, I would go somewhere else. Period. This is how bad it was.

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Similar to what I had in Shenzhen, some food off menu, would be nice to put on somewhere

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HU
San Francisco
170 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I loved Teo's when it first opened but would not recommend it now. The food is still good but the service is horrendous. When I arrived, they couldn't find my reservation and when I told the hostess that it was through Open Table, she was lost and I had to tell her to look it up on the computer. We were left left standing at the front for a while until she decided to take us to our table, we had to wait for menus, we had to wait to order, we had to wait for our food to come to us and had to ask a couple of times for our check (the restaurant was moderately busy and there was plenty of wait staff). Teo's has changed to a hot pot restaurant although yo can still order off their now-filthy menus. But, don't count on those items to be available - they are really pushing hot pot now. There is a separate menu for hot pot showing the different cuts of beef you can order....with no prices on the menu!!!!

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r
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

DON'T GO. Dim-sum style hot pot offering where they kept recommending dishes that you already told them you don't want to order. Not to mention we were there to order regular stir-fry dishes and were forced to order hot pot as a pre-requisite. Spring rolls tasted like frozen for over a year and the meat and vegetable inside expired for half a year that they blend together like smashed beans with blue cheese.

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RS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch before seeing "Hamilton" matinee. Food was excellent with big portions and creative dishes. Ambiance is bare-bones chic but staff was warm and friendly. Neighborhood is a bit of a shock, but theater is not too far.

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WY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Teo is such a cool place for Chaozhou style of Chinese food. I couldn't find another one in SF Bay Area to compete with them.

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YL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Expensive for what you get. And what you get is not authentic at all. Ordered the jellyfish salad and didn't recognize it when it came bc it was mostly zucchini (or was it cucumber?) with bits of jellyfish. The enoki mushroom lettuce wraps came and I didn't realize what that was either. It was a plateful of deep fried something and deep fried enoki mushrooms. Very strange. The tofu clay pot wasn't bad but not super flavorful either. Huge restaurant and only about 5 tables taken. Ate here before a show at Orpheum Theatre. Won't be going back.

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EB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Honestly, it was a terrible experience. We made a reservation at 5:30 pm, but was told the restaurant didn't open until 6:00 pm. Our food too a very long time to come put, and then only two dishes were brought, and while the other 3 came out more than 15 minutes after the first two did. After all that, we thought we were in for a fine dining experience, but the food was nothing to write home about. I've had better Chinese food at a hole in the wall take out place. not worth the price!

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ME
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Pretty lacking in flavor. 2nd and last time here. The first time I had Scallops and threw them up in the bathroom before finishing my lunch. Really wanted to give it another chance and this is totally lackluster. You can't do flavorless in San Francisco

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HU
San Francisco
170 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The man who escorted us to our table said we could sit anywhere and when we went to sit down, he immediately said "not there." He tried to take our order but a waitress came over and berated him and it was her table to tend to (btw, she is a very good server so just hope you get her!), so there were some interesting things going on with the waitstaff. Teo's is a bit trendy with the millennials so you can expect it to be crowded. Very interesting menu as the food is from south of Guandong. Two appetizers I highly recommend are the deep fried enoki mushrooms wrapped in lettuce leaves and the jellyfish salad (pretty spicy!). Desserts feature fried mochi and a 1000-layer cake they have brought up from LA.

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p
Toronto
57 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was basic, flavourless and un enjoyable. I had the mushrooms wrapped n lettuce leaves to start: felt like I was eating deep fried batter strings with no sauce. Went on the the Jade tofu dish which tasted like Campbell's chicken soup on top of tofu. Bland and boring. Service was rushed and close to rude. I won't be back. Go to Chinatown instead.

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TC
San Francisco
108 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

I'm Chinese. Even for average Chinese restaurant standard, this is the by far the worst service EVER. The food was not nearly good enough for the abusive service. We had reservation at 6:15pm, asked for our last missing dish 4 times. By 9:00pm, we gave up. Had to go up to the waitstaff station to get our check.

Will definitely NOT return.

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s
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The only Chao Zhou cruising in town. Pretty legit. On the expensive side for everyday dinning.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Made reservations but no table available. Long wait for food and understaffed. Food was good but came out piecemeal over a long duration. Overall experience was chaotic and would not recommend on busy nights.

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j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I had my worst dining experience in San Francisco at Teo, bar none.

The two of us ordered soups, entrees and drinks. The waters we requested never arrived after multiple requests. My friend's soup and entree arrived long before either of mine did. He finished his soup and let his entree get cold waiting for me before my soup arrived. He finished his then cold entree while I waited for mine. It came 45 minutes later.

Our waiter eventually apologized for the terrible service but did not offer to make it right by taking something off the bill. When the bill finally came, we incorrectly assumed they would have removed at least the late entree as a courtesy, but we were mistaken. We complained and were offered a 'discount' (which amounted to a $5 reduction).

The hot and sour soup was decent. The 911 Spicy Chicken was inedible. I left hungry and upset.

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KP
London
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I was waiting 40+ minutes for my dinner dishes after ordering, but it hasn't be served. So terrible experience.

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f
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Horrible service. Messed up the drinks, brought out our entrees before the soup (turns out they didn't make any of the soup we ordered). Got our food before our water. The kitchen and front of the house weren't communicating. It's really too bad. This might be a better place for takeout but I would not dine in here ever again. The service was that bad. :(

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TL
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Space is very attractive; ordered chicken with cashews and fried rfice with vegetables. Both very oily; chicken with cashews looked and tasted more like celery with chicken and cashews, fried rice lacked vegetables.
Service was slow and mixed; many personnel moving quickly and trying to be somewhere but looked disorganized; no offer for water; no attention to diner once food was delivered.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Great waitress, but getting check at the end took too long. Some food items were interesting and good (sea cucumber) others just ok (filet beef dish was not as good quality as shaking beef at Vietnamese places on 6th, andveggue fried rice was boring. Lighting is terrible

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I went here on a Friday night with a group of 7 . Street parking was easy. The restaurant was huge and comfy with modern decor. I'm glad i found this place. Delicious Asian food, specifically they serve Teo Chew food which is a certain area in China. I had the oyster pancake, crab, sea cucumber, a beef dish, and a chow fun dish, and beef with tendon soup. Everything was very good. Give this place a try if you haven't tried teo chew food. The servers were friendly and attentive too.

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