Chef Jia's Restaurant

★★★★★
  • 925 Kearny St

    San Francisco, CA 94133

    Cross street: at Columbus

    Map & Directions
  • 415-398-1626

About Chef Jia's Restaurant

Hours
Daily 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Food

Food
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I still dream about Chef Jia's onion cakes and peanut sauce! I try to replicate it - but it's impossible. I also love that his stir fry has sweet potatoes in it. I am a vegetarian and found a large amount of menu items I could choose from. I loved his rolling lettuce vegetables and still think that there is no comparison to Nanking. I always walked right in - an ate - no wait! I also remember seeing him and his wife walking down Kearny to work every day hand in hand! Love and miss Chef Jia!

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★★★★★

I still dream about Chef Jia's onion cakes and peanut sauce! I try to replicate it - but it's impossible. I also love that his stir fry has sweet potatoes in it. I am a vegetarian and found a large amount of menu items I could choose from. I loved his rolling lettuce vegetables and still think that there is no comparison to Nanking. I always walked right in - an ate - no wait! I also remember seeing him and his wife walking down Kearny to work every day hand in hand! Love and miss Chef Jia!

Pros: Inexpensive - Unique Flavors - ONION CAKES!

Cons: Not close enough to Michigan

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I just don't get it! We ate there last night (6 of us) and ordered a bunch of different things and were HUGELY disappointed! Almost everything we got was prepared in the same way: covered in batter, deep fried and then covered in a gloopy sauce. Even the fish fillet which I was hoping would resemble a fillet was like this. The only dishes where I could tell what kind of meat I was eating was the mushu chicken and that was mediocre at best. I will never return to this place nor recommend it. I am so disapponted I feel like I threw my money away and wish that I could take back the evening and eat somewhere else. If you must eat here, then the only thing I would order is the Chinese broccoli and rice- I wish that's all I ordered. We are embarassed that we brought people her.

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★☆☆☆☆

I just don't get it! We ate there last night (6 of us) and ordered a bunch of different things and were HUGELY disappointed! Almost everything we got was prepared in the same way: covered in batter, deep fried and then covered in a gloopy sauce. Even the fish fillet which I was hoping would resemble a fillet was like this. The only dishes where I could tell what kind of meat I was eating was the mushu chicken and that was mediocre at best. I will never return to this place nor recommend it. I am so disapponted I feel like I threw my money away and wish that I could take back the evening and eat somewhere else. If you must eat here, then the only thing I would order is the Chinese broccoli and rice- I wish that's all I ordered. We are embarassed that we brought people her.

Pros: None

Cons: Very bad food!

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This place is great. I ate like a queen for 5 bucks. I had the spicy honey chicken. It was out of this world.It also came with soup and rice. Highly recommended. No line and fresh, sizzling hot food!

2
★★★★☆

This place is great. I ate like a queen for 5 bucks. I had the spicy honey chicken. It was out of this world.It also came with soup and rice. Highly recommended. No line and fresh, sizzling hot food!

Pros: Great fresh food

Cons: None

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I was walking around chinatown with a friend and saw the long line at House of Naking and no people next door. There were several newspaper/magazine articles about the place though. I ask a man coming out if the place was good and he said best honey chili chicken in town. In fact, that is what appealed to me when looking at the menu posted outside. Anyway, it was really delicious and a great value. The honey chili chicken was great and they have the best onion cakes I have ever had. They give you peanut sauce to put on it. Yummy! The hot and sour soup was very different from the usual stuff you get at most chinese places. It had chicken and shrimp and was very spicey. I am getting hungry for it just writing about it.

2
★★★★★

I was walking around chinatown with a friend and saw the long line at House of Naking and no people next door. There were several newspaper/magazine articles about the place though. I ask a man coming out if the place was good and he said best honey chili chicken in town. In fact, that is what appealed to me when looking at the menu posted outside. Anyway, it was really delicious and a great value. The honey chili chicken was great and they have the best onion cakes I have ever had. They give you peanut sauce to put on it. Yummy! The hot and sour soup was very different from the usual stuff you get at most chinese places. It had chicken and shrimp and was very spicey. I am getting hungry for it just writing about it.

Pros: delicious, cheap, not crowded

Cons: parking

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every review below this one has hit the nail on the head--chef jia's is excellent! cheap, fresh, and delicious! vegetarian rice plates are only $4.80, and the portions are gigantic. it amazes me this place isn't always packed, but it's better because unless it's 7:30 on a saturday night, you never have to wait to be seated, even with a large group.

recently they have added brown rice to the menu, which is a huge plus! they have the best onion cake in the city, and superior string beans. be prepared though, the place is cash only; and they are, sadly, closed for lunch on the weekends (opening for dinner at 4pm).

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★★★★★

every review below this one has hit the nail on the head--chef jia's is excellent! cheap, fresh, and delicious! vegetarian rice plates are only $4.80, and the portions are gigantic. it amazes me this place isn't always packed, but it's better because unless it's 7:30 on a saturday night, you never have to wait to be seated, even with a large group.

recently they have added brown rice to the menu, which is a huge plus! they have the best onion cake in the city, and superior string beans. be prepared though, the place is cash only; and they are, sadly, closed for lunch on the weekends (opening for dinner at 4pm).

Pros: cheap, fresh, delicious

Cons: cash only

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When my husband and I moved to the Bay Area in 99, we sampled different Chinese restaurants. THANK GOODNESS Nanking was closed the day we first visited Chinatown, otherwise we would have missed the glorious experience that is the gourmet delicacies of Chef Jias. Thereafter, we refused to eat anywhere else in SF. The piquant sauces, large portions, and inexpensive prices are just too yummy for words. We tended to choose the same entree at every visit, and pretty soon the server knew our order by heart. A few years later, we had to move, and since then have yet to find a better restaurant. Chef Jias hot and sour soup is still the best weve ever tasted. Now, after 3 years, we are back in northern California and will be resuming our regular trek to this astounding restaurant. Give Chef Jias your undying devotionyou will not regret it!

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★★★★★

When my husband and I moved to the Bay Area in 99, we sampled different Chinese restaurants. THANK GOODNESS Nanking was closed the day we first visited Chinatown, otherwise we would have missed the glorious experience that is the gourmet delicacies of Chef Jias. Thereafter, we refused to eat anywhere else in SF. The piquant sauces, large portions, and inexpensive prices are just too yummy for words. We tended to choose the same entree at every visit, and pretty soon the server knew our order by heart. A few years later, we had to move, and since then have yet to find a better restaurant. Chef Jias hot and sour soup is still the best weve ever tasted. Now, after 3 years, we are back in northern California and will be resuming our regular trek to this astounding restaurant. Give Chef Jias your undying devotionyou will not regret it!

Pros: Inexpensive, Large portions, Fast service

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When my wife and I travel, we ask the locals where we should go eat. We were directed to the House of Nan King. As we turned the block and saw the line, I remembered reading on Citysearch about a place right next door to the "tourist" spot that was just as good. Luckily for us, there is only one Chinese restaurant right next door to HoNK!.

The locals are right, this place ROCKS! I highly recommend the hot and sour soup - best I've ever had. I also recommend "The Lover's Prawns".

I really wanted to tell everyone standing in line for the place next door that they were wasting their time, the real deal is at Chef Jia's

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★★★★★

When my wife and I travel, we ask the locals where we should go eat. We were directed to the House of Nan King. As we turned the block and saw the line, I remembered reading on Citysearch about a place right next door to the "tourist" spot that was just as good. Luckily for us, there is only one Chinese restaurant right next door to HoNK!.

The locals are right, this place ROCKS! I highly recommend the hot and sour soup - best I've ever had. I also recommend "The Lover's Prawns".

I really wanted to tell everyone standing in line for the place next door that they were wasting their time, the real deal is at Chef Jia's

Pros: Inexpensive, Awesome Food, Instant seating

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After 6 years in SF I can say with confidence that Chef Jia's is the best chinese food in the city.

Ignore the fools in the long line next door at House of Nan King (everything there tastes the same).

SF is a city full of great chinese food and this is the best, what else is there to say?

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★★★★★

After 6 years in SF I can say with confidence that Chef Jia's is the best chinese food in the city.

Ignore the fools in the long line next door at House of Nan King (everything there tastes the same).

SF is a city full of great chinese food and this is the best, what else is there to say?

Pros: not usually a line, workers are friendly, incredible food

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this is my favorite rest. in the world. I love steven & nancy. they always have a warm smile for me and the food is fabulous. cheap, fresh, and excellent.

the best, hands down. sorry suckers next door.

honey chili chicken and onion cake are to die for.

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★★★★★

this is my favorite rest. in the world. I love steven & nancy. they always have a warm smile for me and the food is fabulous. cheap, fresh, and excellent.

the best, hands down. sorry suckers next door.

honey chili chicken and onion cake are to die for.

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I'm amazed that the self proclaimed cheap-chinese aficionados are not mobbing this place night and day... The food here is amazing - try the 'fresh spicy garlic chicken' - it's delicious.

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★★★★★

I'm amazed that the self proclaimed cheap-chinese aficionados are not mobbing this place night and day... The food here is amazing - try the 'fresh spicy garlic chicken' - it's delicious.

Pros: Great food!, cheap

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Chef Jia is a regular lunch-time stop for me, normally once a week. For a little over $5 you can get a hot and sour soup, heaping portion of rice topped with a delicious and spicy entree. I typically get the broccoli-chicken or stringbean-chicken. If you finish it all you will easily be headed to a food coma. I've tried a couple of their appetizers which are fine but the entree should be enough. Note, they use a lot of chili paste so I typically ask for my dish mild...

2
★★★★☆

Chef Jia is a regular lunch-time stop for me, normally once a week. For a little over $5 you can get a hot and sour soup, heaping portion of rice topped with a delicious and spicy entree. I typically get the broccoli-chicken or stringbean-chicken. If you finish it all you will easily be headed to a food coma. I've tried a couple of their appetizers which are fine but the entree should be enough. Note, they use a lot of chili paste so I typically ask for my dish mild...

Pros: Cheap, Satisfying, Quick

Cons: None

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nestled in amongst dozens of chinese restaurants in/around kearny, this is perhaps the best. the cheapest one of the block (with decore to match) chef jia has a ton of lunch specials for under $5.

Saw this listing first in Let's Go SF book and it hasn't disappointed. good spicy garlic dishes.

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★★★★☆

nestled in amongst dozens of chinese restaurants in/around kearny, this is perhaps the best. the cheapest one of the block (with decore to match) chef jia has a ton of lunch specials for under $5.

Saw this listing first in Let's Go SF book and it hasn't disappointed. good spicy garlic dishes.

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No frills - just cheap, delicious Chinese food without the wait. This is pretty much the only place in the city I've gone to for Chinese in the last five years. Give it a try!

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★★★★★

No frills - just cheap, delicious Chinese food without the wait. This is pretty much the only place in the city I've gone to for Chinese in the last five years. Give it a try!

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Pretty tasty food, but we ended up ordering dishes that all tasted the same, not unlike House of Nanking. Definitely, skip the line at House of Nanking and check this place out.

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★★★★☆

Pretty tasty food, but we ended up ordering dishes that all tasted the same, not unlike House of Nanking. Definitely, skip the line at House of Nanking and check this place out.

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: No ambiance, Cash only

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THIS PLACE ROCKS! I ALWAYS HAVE TO GIGGLE AT THE HUGE LINE OUTSIDE HOUSE OF NANKING. IF ONLY THOSE TOURISTS KNEW THAT ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN TOWN IS RIGHT NEXT DOOR. THE HOT & SOUR SOUP AND SPRING ROLLS ARE TO DIE FOR BUT I'VE HONESTLY NEVER TRIED ANYTHING HERE THAT I DIDN'T LIKE!!

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★★★★★

THIS PLACE ROCKS! I ALWAYS HAVE TO GIGGLE AT THE HUGE LINE OUTSIDE HOUSE OF NANKING. IF ONLY THOSE TOURISTS KNEW THAT ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN TOWN IS RIGHT NEXT DOOR. THE HOT & SOUR SOUP AND SPRING ROLLS ARE TO DIE FOR BUT I'VE HONESTLY NEVER TRIED ANYTHING HERE THAT I DIDN'T LIKE!!

Pros: DELICIOUS, INEXPENSIVE

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Perfect Sauces! LARGE portions!
The food is just wonderful. Never a bad experience!

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★★★★★

Perfect Sauces! LARGE portions!
The food is just wonderful. Never a bad experience!

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Though it adheres to the Formica-and-linoleum school of decorating, Chef Jia's serves first-rate, inexpensive Chinese food. Perennial favorites include spicy string beans with yams, moo shu dishes and a braised whole fish. Service is…

 

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