Z & Y Restaurant

4.6
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$30 and under
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Z & Y Restaurant is an award winning and Michelin Guide recommended San Francisco Chinese restaurant which prepares all your favorite authentic Chinese cuisine, Szechuan regional specialties including spicy and non-spicy dishes, Mandarin style dim sum and family dishes.

Chef Han has served two Chinese Presidents and was the previous Executive Chef in the office of the Consulate General of China in San Francisco.

San Francisco residents, as well as tourist and dignitaries from all around the world come to Z & Y Restaurant for business lunch, dinners, special events and to order our fast and reliable Chinese take out.

At Z & Y Restaurant, we prepare delicious Chinese cuisine that is full of flavor. We consider ourselves to be the best Chinese food restaurant around and with one bite from our amazing menu, we are confident you will feel the same. We invite you to come in and become a new loyal customer.

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What 193 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.2
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3.9
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OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Z&Y was delicious! The explosive chili chicken and spicy cauliflower has just the right level of spicy!

B
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food though a bit pricier than most Chinese restaurants. Wine is very expensive. Crowded so feels hectic and loud. Food is served as prepared, as is normal for Chinese restaurants, so it doesn't all come at the same time. Restrooms were out of order when we were there, but we were able to go down the street to their sister restaurant. Best to make reservations to avoid standing out on the sidewalk waiting for a table. Ignore the menu that displays on their website, download the PDF version of the current one instead.

JH
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food!
Service was great even though weekend of Chinese New Year and it was busy!
Amazing food!

OT
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal

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SG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Come to this place for the food only! Excellent menu items .. overall.

S
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Did not honor our reservation: we came in at 1PM and there wasn't a table ready for 20 minutes

HA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We enjoy the food here very much however on our last visit we were dining with two Vegans. The menu did not identify any Vegan dishes and there was a bit of a language barrier in trying to identify the Vegan dishes. The Vegan diners enjoyed the dishes they selected once we were able to identify them. Also, the dishes seem to be brought out when they are ready so there were times when two of us had dishes to eat and a couple of others had nothing to eat. The timing of serving the meals is sometimes off.
I would absolutely recommend this restaurant and would return there whenever i visit San Francisco.

KR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around amazing! Already making plans for our next visit.

E
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food and service. Small and crowded restaurant but everything works. Waiters were remarkable and remembered every dish and the amount of spicy heat you requested. All dishes were spicy to the point of very very hot but they could adjust the heat to your request. Loved the braised pork shoulder, the tan tan noodles, eggplant and shredded potatoes. We plan to return often!

S
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Always wanted to try their food, and it did not disappoint. Service was fine for a Chinese restaurant. We were seated within a couple mins of arrival at our reservation time. Good experience overall.

W
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

To start, we made a reservation and we ended up not being seated for over 30 minutes. Our waiter was very impatient with us. We had one Gluten Free in our party and he couldn’t decide if things were GF or not that she was asking about. The food was just so, so. Do not order the chicken fried rice at all...it was absolutely awful. Rice was overcooked and had no flavor at all. As busy and has highly rated as this place was, we expected so much more. Don’t waste your money!

MW
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food was good, we felt the service was not so good. We asked for a Corona which we could clearly see in the fridge, to be told they didn't do Corona, two main dishes were completely missed and I felt the waitress was almost rude. Very disapointed as we booked this for a special occasion.

l
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Tea ninja was very cool!

LM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant is not large or fancy, but the food was phenomenal, and very reasonably priced. I would eat here all the time if I lived in SF! Get a pot of tea, the service is fun. 10/10 recommend

JM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I would suggest you try to attend on Sunday evening if possible. They put on a really fun floor show which was a big surprise to us but really helped to make the evening. Only reason I didn’t give the food 5 stars was we were talked into substituting lobster for crab in the stir fry and while the lobster was good, there wasn’t any way to easily extract the meat. It made for an awkward dish.

r
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Best mapo tofu I have had in the USA! Yummo! Also beef rolls were so awesome I'm putting them on my restaurant menu in Australia!

A
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty as always! The staff is very attentive which is a nice change of pace for Chinatown. Food came out fast and piping hot. Had a great lunch

J
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I saw that Z&Y Restaurant was highly recommended so we decided to try it. The restaurant looks like old Chinese decor with carpet folding up and outdated look. But the food was delicious- if it says it is spicy it is spicy! The roasted duck was delicious and fresh. The Kung Pao and Explosive Chili Pepper Chicken lived up to their name and are very spicy, but with a great taste. Overall, don’t go for the looks of those restaurant, it is all about the food!

b
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation for 3 people. When we arrived the restaurant 15 minutes before our reservation time, they told us there is no record of our reservation. I showed them my email confirmation then they told us to wait. After a few minutes the waitress brought us to a big table with 3 other customers already sitting down. She told us that we had to share a table. I told her that we didn’t expect to share table with strangers. She told us that we didn’t have a choice besides they didn’t accept same day reservations even on Opentable website confirmed that our reservation was booked for the same day. We turned around and left.
I found the service of restaurant is unacceptable.

D
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Chose Z and Y based on online reviews. Reserved a table for 4 on a weekday night. We ordered several dishes including on house specialty, exploding red pepper chicken. That was easily the worst dish of the evening. Huge bowl of red peppers with a very few pieces of battered chicken. Very little flavor to the dish, and certainly not spicy as we expected from the description. On the other hand, the lamb with green onions was superb. Hot, flavorful and tender slices of lamb. This dish disappeared immediately but was solely responsible for the overall 3-star review. Without that lamb dish, 2-star at best. Also good was the green beans, fresh and crisp. There was an interesting beef and pepper dish that tasted more Tex-Mex than Chinese. Good flavor. Got the tea-smoked duck because the Peking duck was out. Best I can say for this dish is 'meh'. Not much flavor, the duck tasted tired, as if it had been sitting around all day. Unremarkable. Overall a disappointment. We were expecting a memorable dinner. What we got failed to deliver, except for the lamb. As for value, with a few beers, the bill with tip was about $180. Too much for ho-hum food.

M
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best wonton I think we have ever had. Prompt friendly service. Great food. Really enjoyed it.

RR
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food! Clean and authentic!!

s
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We impressed our friends from Melbourne with the quality and innovative tastes of this great restaurant!

AL
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food is tasteless in favor and not authentic enough. I have no idea how people give a thumb up to this restaurant. As a chinese who is fair enough to say, this restaurant is pretty bad

AG
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was horrible. 2 of us were sick all night.

B
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Looking for dumplings and some great dishes then look no further. Great food! Service was good and the ambiance could use some work but the food is worth the visit.

JC
Tallahassee
86 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The restaurant was a great experience. Tucked into a small storefront it is a case of appearances are deceiving. Excellent food and helpful service make this a must visit restaurant in SF.

CI
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family meal with in-laws from out of town. Everyone was impressed with the quality and flavor of the food, and then we got the bill - $160 for 8 people! An incredible value for a delicious and iconic SF experience.

BY
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

get the tea. trust me...just get the tea. Do it.

DG
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my fav Szechuan cuisine restaurants in SF. We always order the MaPo tofu and it's a hit

N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very well run system. They know they will be busy and are very expeditious and friendly with service and promptness. Food was good. Hot and Sour soup, Smokey Duck and Garlic Shrimp was my favorite.

g
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service and interesting and tasty menu. Good crowd. An altogether satisfying meal.

RS
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I'm in town, this is the first restaurant on my list. The food is amazing - fresh and hot. The tea is just as amazing. Can't wait to come back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love this restaurant overall, even though this wasn’t our best visit. That said, the service made up for the few errors and we are looking forward to going back.

GK
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Nice place not a great ambience but food AAA

P
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It’s a very busy restaurant. The Shichuan food is good and tasty. We were 10 minutes late and the reservation was canceled. However the hostess managed to seated us in 10 minutes. The street parking is difficult to find. As a Michelin recommended restaurant, I will give 3.5 star out 5. The stairs to the restroom was terrible.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing what more do you want?

F
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

After reading a lot of hype about food I found it just ok/good, not great. Maybe we ordered wrong? Don’t get the Mongolian beef

SC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sichuan food west of Chengdu. Great staff, quick service, but no dessert? be prepared to wait unless you have a party of 5 or more in which case you can reserve ahead. Especially love the fish in boiling chili oil, mapo tofu (both vegetarian and not), and the dried green beans. Love this place. Fed 12 people on Saturday night for a birthday dinner: $426 including drinks!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Small but not overly crowded. Noise level was high but we didn’t have any problem holding a conversation. Food was good and plentiful.

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