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Unicorn Pan Asian Cuisine - San Francisco

283 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups

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Unicorn Pan Asian Cuisine in San Francisco's Financial District gives you a sampling of popular tastes from all over eastern Asia. Chefs use the freshest local ingredients they can find to make sure each dish is as authentic as possible. Unicorn's menu includes noodles, vermicelli, springs rolls, salads (both vegetarian and non), poultry, pork, lamb, seafood and vegetarian or vegan meals. Try the special Horn of Plenty meal, which is a sampling of many popular dishes served to a minimum of two guests.

At the bar, cocktails of all kinds can be mixed up for your enjoyment. You can also get local Californian wines and popular international beer brews. Unicorn hosts Karaoke at the bar area every Friday from 9pm until midnight. The bar has a small menu of snacks and bites for you to eat between drinks.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Asian, Vietnamese, Pan-Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Happy Hours: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm, Sunday: closed
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Phone number
(415) 982-9828
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
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Private party facilities
Our waterfall room can accommodate 12 guests. The wine room can accommodate 10 guests. The semi glass partition room can accommodate up to 20 guests. The entire restaurant can hold up to 125 guests.
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Private party contact
Kiet Truong: (415) 982-9828
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Please call for details.
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Cross street
Front and Battery
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Parking details
There is plenty of street parking in front after 7:00pm. Free parking is also available on the side street after 6pm. Public parking garage is within half a block.
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Public transit
We are around the corner from the Embarcadero Bart station.
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Special events & promotions
We have quarterly wine tasting dinner. Please call for tasting date.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 283 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.9  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTapasinWalnutCreek (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 4, 2016

The food was not as good as I expected for a Pan Asian place in San Francisco.

Karlatta (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on November 6, 2015

loud! indifferent staff. loud. Karaoke bad . Food when they finally remembered it was decent. Did I mention LOUD? Save your bucks unless you like this sort a thing. was not for us.

vipagfthisbe (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 12, 2015

The food is always fabulous. The tofu in wasabi cream sauce is a favorite. The noise level, even with few dinners is distressing.

vipPriscillaA (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 9, 2015

great for late happy hour and bar bites.

could get a little loud, but great music, great drinks and great finger food!

vipMichaelC2014 (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 14, 2015

We've been wanting to go to Unicorn for ages and were we ever disappointed when we finally dined there. We walked in to a dining room with no place setting and ear-splitting house dance music playing. The food was no better, as our spring rolls were dried out and tasted like they'd been wrapped in plastic and sitting in the refrigerator for two days. We couldn't wait to get out of there.

201Cal (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 21, 2015

Unicorn is such a neighborhood gem in the FiDi. There's something on the menu for everyone... from yummy vegetarian dishes to the meat lover. The Asian-themed menu options are very much appreciated. Everyone I've taken here, whether for lunch or dinner, has loved it. Convenient for us b/c we're only a block away!

TTracey (Orlando)
4.0  Dined on July 30, 2015

Though I come here often for lunch, dinner is a bit infrequent. The food is great with a cool fusion of flavors that sound eclectic (coconut and clams?) but actually work really well together. We tried the "Sea"special (three orders( and everything was great - all the way to the deserts!

Though our waiter was a bit unattentive, the rest of the staff picked up the slack and covered our table well...

vipfish (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 29, 2015

After not going here since it first open, I was pleasantly surprised it was the same as when it was first opened. My guest and I were happy with my decision.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on July 28, 2015

Awful food

viplcisprod (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 20, 2015

Great service, great food, great restaurant. I have never been disappointed with Unicorn. One of my favorite restaurants.

vipHappyReturnCustomer (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2015

Love this place! Great food, wonderful staff, delicious drinks... I will definitely be back over and over again.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on July 7, 2015

Food has gone way down hill. My noodles were cold and over spiced.

Katy (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on June 5, 2015

Great place to meet friends/colleagues in a convenient financial district location. Friendly staff and service. Popular happy hour spot, too.

viplcisprod (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 19, 2015

I have never been disappointed with Unicorn. Great service, wonderful food and lovely décor. Friendly atmosphere and host. I enjoy all there dishes, you can't really go wrong with any of them.

Nzmlv (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 18, 2015

We started by enjoying a couple of cocktails in the bar and our appetisers were truly lovely and authentic in taste. Unfortunately our main dishes didn't follow suit and left us disappointed, hence the score of 3 for food.

vipFeaien (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 13, 2015

Their spicy dishes here should not be toyed around with. I would say that the duck curry and their salads are tasty but a bit pricey for the quality. Took a long time to get service despite us being only the third of three tables being waited on.

IndianFoodLover (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 22, 2015

Good food, great service, but cramped seating. Way too close to the party sitting next to us.

vipScooter (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 2, 2015

Good for a business lunch. Surprisingly quiet for lunch at 1:30 pm.

vipRandR (Denver)
4.0  Dined on March 20, 2015

The Friday Happy Hour is well worth putting up with the lively noise level. Great prices on interesting cocktails and the bar bites are delicious.

vipOishi (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on March 4, 2015

Did not really care for the ambiance with the dark colors and purple lights. However, the food was delicious.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

The food is great with reasonable prices. The staff was friendly and I loved the atmosphere. The calamari with the green sauce was the best!!! I still can't get over how good that was. I'd definitely go back to dine here again.

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

We have only eaten here at lunch and decided to give it a try for an early dinner on a Friday night. The food was as good as we remembered but the noise level was way beyond bearable. We hurried through our dinner in order to get out of the place. The traffic on Pine Street in rush hour was quiet by comparison.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 29, 2015

I always order the scallops and they were still excellent. Today, the service was poor. We were probably the third people in the restaurant and the owner came and took our order quite quickly. But we waited and waited for our food. The restaurant started getting more crowded and people that came in after us all got their food. We asked at least 4 different people to check on our order. The first guy said their was a mistake but they are working on it NOW and it will be right out. Waited and waited even more, ended up asking three other persons to check on it, one was the owner. He says he will have the chefs work on it before they work on the large party. Well, I would think they would work on our order, we were there early and ordered way before all these other people that were eating and finished eating.

When the roti finally arrived, I couldn't even eat it. It was sooo greasy. In their haste to get it out to us, they didn't pat out the excess oil. My scallops were delicious but my co-workers basa was too spicy for her. Then we had to scarf down our food since our lunch break was over.

vipBell (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2015

We went here for happy hour on a Tuesday and also ordered dinner cause it was my nephew's birthday. The choices of alcohol drinks are great and the bar bites are excellent. We loved, loved the Furikake Fries-it's the best!!! The fried chicken wings are great, too! For dinner we ordered the fillet basa, Singapore noodles and the claypot with chicken, etc. and we liked them all. We highly recommend this place, but don't expect big servings :)

vipsherrae (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2015

This pan Asian restaurant has good food and the portions are generous. The boned trout was fabulous. Really enjoyed the lotus root and mango salad. Surroundings are a step away from the busy Pine Street corridor but it is calm inside with tasteful decor, Asian touches and a range of southeast Asian curries to taste through. Vegan and vegetarian choices are part of the menu, not relegated to some obscure part of the offerings. Nice place. Will go back.

vipuni1 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2015


vipuni1 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2015

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vipuni1 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 8, 2015

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vipclausen (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 7, 2015

great spot, delicious food I particularly recommend the scallops and black rice

vipuni1 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2014