Z & Y Restaurant
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.
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.
Great experience in Chinatown!!! Wonderful food!
Hi DebS: thank you for taking the time to give us a great review! Happy to hear that we're worth the hype with delicious chinese food and great atmosphere.looking forward to have you back with again!
The food was ok but the service was absolutely terrible!
Awesome food. Unfortunately they were out of pigs ears and duck tongues. Couples delight and chicken with explosive chiles were both amazing.
The food was good but waiters where to busy they kept forgetting about us but overall it was worth it
Just amazing—we tried many dishes we hadn’t tried before including beef pancake, chicken with sizzling pepper, tea smoke duck, wok seared prawns with salty egg yoke, spicy prawns on the clay pot, and truffle fried rice with shrimp. It was all *very* good. It was a heavy mix of locals and tourists for a Sunday night. The beef pancakes were very good and I would do the duck and the truffle rice again. My boys loved the spiciness of the other dishes. The only one that wasn’t a favorite was the wok seared prawns (yet still ok). Highly recommend—we will go back!!
Good food, too spicy for my taste
Loved everything including instructions on how to place our mobile order from the table. And a call button at the outdoor dining parklet.
Very authentic food. Staff kept very busy by filling to go orders.
Everything was so good I didn’t even have time to take a photo! Their fish is the best!
Food was out of this world delicious but the service was incredibly slow.
this is the best chinese restaurant I have eaten at. Everything was quality, and if you like things spicy this is the place to go
The food was great and it was priced well. My biggest complaint is the service. We had reservations at 7:00pm they came and got us water at about 7:20pm and forgot about us. Then a little after 7:40pm I had to flag someone down to take our order. After that the food came out fast with the exception of one dish. Thankfully it’s family style service so you can share the plates if you like. The place was extremely busy so just be ready for that. I over heard that walk ins are a 40 minute wait. About 8:00pm they were telling people no walk ins are no longer accepted.
Great place with great food. We enjoyed the service and friendly atmosphere.
Wverything was delicious! I think we may have ordered more than we could eat, two items never arrived but it was perfect because we were too full so it worked out great for us. We'll definitely be coming back. Pepper Prawns was our absolute favorite.
They did not honor the 8:30 reservation and said the kitchen was closed at 8pm.
The food was spectacular. Looking forward to going back there again.
We went to z & y for lunar new year and it was an incredible full chinatown experience! The garlic crab was incredible, the tea smoked duck was to die for, and the princess chicken sauce made me want to keep the plate the whole night.
The food at Z&Y was delicious! The explosive chili chicken and spicy cauliflower has just the right level of spicy!
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.
Service was great even though weekend of Chinese New Year and it was busy!
Come to this place for the food only! Excellent menu items .. overall.
Did not honor our reservation: we came in at 1PM and there wasn't a table ready for 20 minutes
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.
All around amazing! Already making plans for our next visit.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Tea ninja was very cool!
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
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
Best wonton I think we have ever had. Prompt friendly service. Great food. Really enjoyed it.
Great food! Clean and authentic!!
Z & Y Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Z & Y Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 981-8988.
Z & Y Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 211 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.