Inspiring food at bargain prices? What more could you ask for? Not much, which is exactly what you will get at this no-frills Chinatown hideout Chef ... More
Chef Jia's Restaurant
Inspiring food at bargain prices? What more could you ask for? Not much, which is exactly what you will get at this no-frills Chinatown hideout Chef Jia's. Bring a few bucks, a hearty appetite, and the ability to keep a secret from tourists mobbing the neighboring House of Nanking. You will come to enjoy the food, not the decor, though. It has the usual selection of Chinese items on the menu, but Chef Jia's wok is legendary among the faithful. The heaping lunch special that comes in at right around $5 is served with a cup of addictive hot and sour soup and is downright charitable at that price. The service is brisk.
Jia is simply the best chinese restaurant i have ever been to! Forget all the others, especially these Dim-Sum Crap in Chinatown, Jia is the best!
great food, great value!
go out and get the chili chicken ;-)
I was only in town for a short time and a friend of mine suggested that we meet for a late lunch at Chef Jia's. Although we got there a little after 1pm, the place was packed with a wait outside. Some people in front of us decided not to wait and go next door. As they were leaving, someone told us that it was well worth the wait. That was an understatement! I had the honey chili chicken and my friend had the honey chili shrimp, although we could have easily shared. Both were incredible. I enjoyed it so much that I suggested to another friend that we go for a late dinner the next night. We had a late meal, and it was incredible yet again. I never was able to finish a full meal there although the food was so good I admit that I did try!
I would go to San Francisco Just to eat here. It was fabulous! I had the Spicy Garlic Beef, and my husband got the Kung Pao Chicken. We could have easily Shared, and had some left over, but who wants to when the food is this good!
I read a favorable review of this restaurant and decided to give it a try since I was staying at the wonderful Park Hyatt, which is just around the corner. I was not disappointed with Chef Jia's. The service was fine; nothing spectacular, but pleasant. The hot and sour soup was about average. What really made our meal was the appetizer of fried pot stickers. They were undoubtedly the biggest and best I've ever had, stuffed with onion and pork. There is a vegetarian version, but I did not try them. They give you the necessary condiments and you get to make your own sauce based on your personal taste, which was fun. For entree I had Kung Pao Chicken and it was delicious. I enjoyed the meal and I'll definitely return there the next time I'm in San Francisco.
Great Food, lots of it! Great Prices! Very nice family run business at Columbus and Kearney. If there is a line a House of Nanking move about three doors sown, better food and prices!!!! Enjoy it and take some home. Parking is the hardest part, but if you find parking you will have a great meal!
I visited two years ago and have been dreaming of it ever since! I had kept a business card, but misplaced it and only JUST found it. I've been raving about it to friends but was unable to tell them the name, alas!
When visiting Fisherman's Wharf, I spent some time in Lark In The Morning Music Shoppe and got to chatting with one of the guys that work there. I told him I was there for one night and asked that he recommended a place I could visit that night for some real Chinese Food. He recommended Chef Jia's and suggested I try a special eggplant dish that was his favorite (can't remember exact name). Now it's mine.
A trolley ride and some hoofing later, I found myself in China Town, at Chef Jia's.
On my visit, I ordered the eggplant. Every item that was placed in front of me, starting with the tea was unique and exceptionally tasty. Every new thing was better than the last.
I feel that I tasted the best Chinese food of my life that night and I thought I'd tried quite a lot before this.
Exceptional...this is my favorite.
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