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The Empress by Boon, San Francisco, CA

The Empress by Boon

4.6
4.6
793 Reviews
$50 and over
Chinese
Empress by Boon is San Francisco’s newest, must-visit epicurean destination, offering a seasonal menu in modern Cantonese gastronomy. Michelin-starred Chef Ho Chee Boon applies traditional techniques to fresh, local ingredients to produce distinctive contemporary dishes infused with Cantonese flavors.

The spacious restaurant occupies the former location of Chinatown’s celebrated Empress of China with striking city views. Reimagined by Chef Boon and team, the Empress was brought back to its former glory by embracing modern design elements while incorporating restored original features, creating a welcoming atmosphere that pays homage to the history of the beloved location.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Chinese

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 757-0728

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ho Chee Boon

  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown

  • Cross street

    Clay Street

  • Parking details

    Public Parking available at Portsmouth Square Plaza Garage. Entrance at 733 Kearny Street.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Empress by Boon Prix Fixe Menu

    $98.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    We offer a prix fixe menu that showcases Chef Boon's focus on using only the freshest ingredients available, while offering unique taste combinations not seen in other Cantonese cooking. Our offerings change often to allow for a truly seasonal menu to be executed.

What 793 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. KD

    KatD

    Indiana

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first visit was about a year ago, and this was the second time my partner and I visited. The Empress never disappoints. If you get a chance to experience their August ‘22 menu, do it (and add a portion of any chef special).
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    terrible meal
  3. I

    Irishrugger

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved Empress. We were greeting promptly out of the lift and seating immediately. The waitress was very through in explaining how the dinner would be presented. When each course came out it was explained in a way that showed inspiration as well as recommending how to eat it. My fav was the dumplings, prawn with watermelon, lobster and the duck. We even had the chef come out to ask us about our meal. Gorgeous evening. Definitely will be back.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A meal...an experienceI wont soon forget!
  5. PM

    PearlyMae

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Innovative. Pretty to look at food. Careful spin on traditional Chinese food. Way too expensive for what you get that conjures pretentious airs. Snooty white man manager who rather pretend he doesn’t see me. Oh well. Lost me there. 4 for food and 2 for the crappy treatment. Won’t be going back.
  6. DK

    DannyK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    No I would not recommend it. The main course was terrible; any Chinese restaurant in Chinatown would give you a better deal.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for our 10-yr anniversary and it did not disappoint! The ambiance was chic, the service was great and the views are amazing. The food was unbelievably delicious and the chef came out to check in on diners towards the end of the meal. We loved the whole experience!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and experience. Service was awesome - did have to wait 30 minutes for our reservation which wasn’t great
  9. JL

    JamesL

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. This is an Expensive night out, but the dinner was worth it.
  10. WB

    WayneB

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food and venue, unique views of the city and very nice cocktails. A little loud but energetic!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  12. FG

    FarahG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Soo good. Glad their on open table now so I can get a reservation!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was so good!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My b’day dinner. It was enjoyed by all. I generally don’t like long dinners but it was worth it.
  15. SU

    SURI

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best dining experiences I had Thank you chef for giving us a chance to take photos with you
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Having been to Empress twice before we were expecting another exceptional dining experience. We went to celebrate a birthday dinner. Ordered bottles of champagne and wine. Food was mostly delicious however many of the dishes felt lukewarm, almost cold. Short ribs were very fatty with a soggy chip on top. Rice was cold. Made reservations through open table and let them know it was a birthday. At the end of the meal no one felt like ordering a dessert but we did assume the birthday girl would get a small something with a candle in it as the diners next to us had. To our surprise nothing came and when I asked I was told they only put a candle in a dessert if you order one. A bit tacky and embarrassing. After racking up over 600 dollars in a tab we most certainly would have ordered a dessert if we’d known that’s the way you get a candle for the birthday . At the very least a generic scoop of ice cream? We were willing to overlook all the things because we understand that the whole world is short staffed right now and the ones that show up are doing the best they can. But to not have a small birthday treat available, at these prices, is a managerial decision. A bad one.
  17. MG

    MaryG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food presentation and service was excellent. We enjoyed the beautiful appetizers, the tender velvety smoked cod and lobster, vegetables and fried rice. The short ribs were tender but lack flavor. It would be nice to have some sauce with the short ribs. We enjoyed talking to Chef Boon as he was making the run around the room. The only problem we encountered was the high noise level in the room when everyone was talking. My friend and I had to shout to hear each other.
  18. JB

    JenniferB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    We were disappointed that they didn’t have the Peking duck.
  19. g

    gayle

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my husband for his birthday. Wanted a new restaurant that we had not been to. Service was impeccable. Food amazing. View of the city I had not seen before. Highly recommend
  20. K

    Kristina

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time I dine at Empress the meal outshines the previous experiences.
  21. R

    Rajp

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The set menu was excellent, each course built on the last. Also there signature cocktails were awesome.
  22. LT

    LisaT

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks are fun, the food is great, and there are stellar views of the city. A hidden gem in Chinatown.
  23. M

    sethM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautifully designed and the food was great! Each dish was so unique and the wine pairing made it all come together. The ambience was exactly how it should be and the service was nothing less than perfection.
  24. ES

    ElinaScotch

    San Francisco

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful venue (with super tough parking). Nice view. Amazing service and absolutely superb food! Everything was served in a timely manner, cooked to perfection with an abundance of unique flavors. The price was just right for such experience. We would definitely be back when they change their menu to tyley something new and unusual.
  25. JZ

    JasmineZ

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is worth so much of its costs: fine dining experience, great service, nice views, good food. As one of the few fine dining Chinese food restaurant, its quality is definitely top-notch under it $98 price tag (which I consider quite cheap compared to other fine dining restaurants in the area)
  26. f

    frdiner

    San Francisco

    189 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    189 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Overpriced, tiny portions, mediocre service. Very nice setting. We all left hungry.
  27. JB

    JohnfromBoston

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am 71 and have eaten out all over the world. This was one of the two best Chinese meals I have ever had. Enough said.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant and bar with delicious food to match. My family is Cantonese so I've eaten a lot of Cantonese cuisine but this is my first Cantonese fine dining experience and it did not disappoint. Usually my fear is that dishes become too fusion but these were truly traditional Cantonese dishes that were elevated. Loved the family style dishes towards the end. The peking duck addition is a must! Chef Boon personally visited every table which was very thoughtful and nice to see. I'd love to go back if they decide to switch up the menu! Would love to see a soup or crab dish on there.
  29. VA

    VaniaA

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I posted the whole review in Yelp. Long story short: We ended up leaving in the middle of our dinner because of a very intoxicated and loud person sitting right behind us and when we called the mama her he suggested to move us or put our food to go. We were charged $200 regardless and the male who was causing all this situation was never not even once asked to be respectful of other people dinning there. Won’t be back Won’t recommend Thanks Cindy for being so nice to us, and if you were wondering yes we did tipped her over 20%. WORSE EXPERIENCE EVER.
  30. L

    Libby

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The general vibe and experience can’t be beat. Very romantic and perfect for making a night out feel special. The food itself was delicious, but not the most exciting. Eventually the flavors began to blend into one another. But the presentation and progression of courses was delicate, beautiful, and exciting. Overall would recommend, would come back.
  31. j

    jmnlee

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a hidden gem! Went to celebrate a family members bday and got to sit by the window with a view of SF’s Chinatown and Coit Tower area. The interior design and decor is chic and elegant. On a Friday night, it’s happening with an active dining room and the bar / lounge area full but not crowded. The food was delicious! Service was excellent. Chef boon came by to greet and check on us. That was special. We brought our own wine and corkage was $50. The cocktails I thought didn’t pair as well as the wine - but that’s typically the case anyway! The pricing for what you experienced was very reasonable. Definitely a great place for a date night, small gathering, or to impress a client. Would come back here thousand times over again.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Very average which doesn’t cut it for a $98 price fix menu
  33. f

    francest

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s an amazing unparalleled dining experience. Beautiful venu, delicious food, impeccable service! The best.
  34. JB

    JubilyB

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is top notch. The prix fixe price is reasonable. However, they would recommend additional dish and instead of making sure we ordered it, the server just ordered for us. The dish is super delicious but the dish cost us $48. We didn't like that. Other than that, we will go back and WILL MAKE SURE the waiter heard us that we ARE NOT INTERESTED in something.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful in every way!! Food, staff, visit twice by chef, all just terrific. Can’t wait to come back.
  36. A

    Azcolaw

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend from out of town and I had the best time! Perfect table, gorgeous view, fabulous food (of course!) and the very best service. Thank you, Ethan!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    disappointed with the taste of food. Very average.
  38. Z

    Zoggyboy

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing evening, and one of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had. We will be back, that’s for sure
  39. CV

    ClaireV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Boon is a master! The prix fixe menu items were amazing - the best dining experience I have ever had! His signature dish - his take on Peking duck - was a delicious surprise. I do not like duck because of the gamey taste, but this dish was not gamey at all. It was absolutely delicious! The service was excellent. I appreciated Chef Boon greeting each table. I will return!
  40. PP

    PeterP

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular meal - every dish was wonderful. I highly recommend

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Empress by Boon is rated 4.6 stars by 793 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


Booked 35 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Empress by Boon

838 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108-1738

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Clay Street

  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Chinese

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Parking available at Portsmouth Square Plaza Garage. Entrance at 733 Kearny Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ho Chee Boon

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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