Lovely spot in Chinatown! When we first walked in an
5/5 by S U.
Lovely spot in Chinatown! When we first walked in an entitled customer was berating the host. The host took it in stride and was professional throughout. The overall ambiance of the place is nice I liked the decor. The service was great and all of the wait staff were attentive. Every single dish we got was soooo good. I loved the scallion pancake the most.
Mister Jiu's is one of the few Michelin starred Chinese
Mister Jiu's is one of the few Michelin starred Chinese food places in the United States, and the quality shows. As a Chinese person, it was high on my list of places I wanted to go, and the reservations are difficult to secure. Overall, I was thoroughly impressed by the quality of the food and the level of service provided.From the moment I walked in, I was greeted with warm and welcoming hospitality. The decor is tasteful and elegant, creating a comfortable and refined dining experience and the staff were very attentive.The food was exceptional, the flavors were balanced and nuanced, and the ingredients used were of the highest quality. Each dish was amazing, taking traditional Chinese dishes and techniques and elevating them to those worthy of a Michelin star. The pea shoots were perhaps some of the freshest and tastiest I've ever had, even as a simple dish. Everything was Chinese food taken to the highest level, adding nuance or technique.Although the prices at this restaurant are on the higher side, I would say that the quality of the food and service more than justifies the cost. Many of the reviews cite the price but this feels colored by this perception of Chinese food as being cheap being perpetuated through the years, despite the fact that there are many high-end Chinese restaurants that serve incredible, complex, and sophisticated dishes. Japanese or French restaurants of the same caliber and price point don't suffer this bias to the same extent.I would recommend Mister Jiu's to anyone looking for an amazing dining experience, especially if you love Chinese food. The food, service, and atmosphere are all top-notch, making it well worth the visit. While a bit pricey, it's well within reason for a Michelin starred restaurant. However, I'm hesitant to give it 5 stars as it lacks the "zing" that would make it amazing, whether it be value, flavor, or overall dining experience.
Amazing experience, for sure the best pecking duck I have
Amazing experience, for sure the best pecking duck I have ever had. Beautiful decor and outstanding drinks at their bar
My cousin hosted a family gathering here for her
My cousin hosted a family gathering here for her post-wedding celebration. We were upstairs in the big room facing the street. The view was nice, the service was absolutely wonderful, but there food was not exactly what I expected. Don't get me wrong, the food was very fancy and cocktails were amazing, but I was expecting Chinese food? If you like fusion food, fancy American food that has some Asian ingredients or Chinese influence, and you enjoy cocktails, then this place is perfect for you. Overall, I really enjoyed this place and would probably go again if people want Asian food while visiting Chinatown but don't really want traditional Chinese food. My favorite dish was the salt crusted trout. Beautifully presented and super flavorful. I loved everything about this fish dish. The kids really enjoyed snacking on fried shrimp chips and the smoked duck that was served Peking Duck style. They enjoyed wrapping the duck. But the grownups who are Chinese food snobs thought it was a little weird that Peking Duck would be smoked. Smoked or not, it was prepared well and tasted great!
Let me preface this by saying that not only am I taking the
Let me preface this by saying that not only am I taking the taste into consideration but the price, service and the fact that this is a Michelin star restaurant. Taste: overall the food was good. Starting with the appetizer, the beef tendon was tasty but just tasted straight up like laoganma which is a type of chili sauce. I was hoping for some more complex flavors like star anise to wrap in the traditional beef tendon dishes. They ran out of the uni so we got crab as a replacement on the Cheong fun. The skin is very well made. But I could get the same quality, (maybe not the crab part) in China town for a lot cheaper. Crab is already pretty bland on top of a blank Cheong fun canvas, I expected more. Beef chow fun has a lot of potential, the beef was perfectly done, not too chewy and flavorful, noodles were great. But the flavors of the entire dish lacked the punch and umami that normal chow fun has. Now the duck. The duck itself, so good, definitely not a Peking duck flavor, it's almost it's own roasted flavor. Super tender loved it by itself. The pancake to wrap the duck was too tortilla like and flour-y. Service: our server was fine and nice but seemed to lack attention to detail when it came to coming around with water or checking in. There was someone wearing more "official clothing" that by the end of the night seemed to rush us a lot more.Price: we probably spent about $400 at this place, and the flavors weren't there enough to justify the price point. I would rather eat at cheaper Chinatown options and get better flavors.Overall: I still enjoyed the experience but I would most likely not return. Great options but not great enough to be dropping hundreds each time.
Love mister Jiu's! Hosted a company dinner in their private
Love mister Jiu's! Hosted a company dinner in their private moonlight room on the second floor. Gorgeous ambience, 5 star service! The food is beyond. So so so delicious. We ordered family style. I wish I took photos but I was too busy enjoying the food and cocktails. They are very accommodating with substitutions and of course allergies. They made my colleague a separate dish because of her shrimp allergy. Their dessert selection is fantastic. You have a beautiful view if sitting by the window! I will definitely be back with friends!
Mister Jiu's has been on my restaurant bucket list for a
Mister Jiu's has been on my restaurant bucket list for a while. I would say dinning here was definitely an experience! A group of friends and I decided to order family style, especially since we all wanted to order the duck. Mapo Silken Tofu - the tofu was very flavorful and one of the better dishes of the nightMu Shu Mushrooms - was tasty but small portionYellowtail - the yellowtail was very fresh, but could've done without Cheong Fun (Sea Urchin) - this was an interesting dish, glad I tried it but wouldn't order it againStemple Creek Beef Chow Fun - great dish but small portion size Hokkien Fried Rice - Loved the fried rice! Peking Whole Roast Duck - the highlight of the night! The standout dishes were definitely the tofu, fried rice, and the peking duck. I was excited to get to try a handful of dishes but those were the 3 that I would no doubt order again. Some of the other dishes were great but the smaller portion sizes were not worth the price.Overall was the experience I was exactly what I was hoping to get and would definitely come back!
Vegetarians and vegans watch out!!Firstly, this place
Vegetarians and vegans watch out!!Firstly, this place doesn't care if you have any dietary restrictions. It's SF, every popular restaurant asks the simple question, but they do not. Their "veggie and tofu" portion of the menu is filled with animals from land and sea. Wilddddd lol. The food was extremely basic making me question the amount of people that love it here. If you want authentic Chinese, try eight tables above China live.
Great service and pacing of the meal. We ordered 5 dishes for 2 of us. Expected a bit more for all the michelin star buzz. The good: XO Butter oysters. Somehow the XO butter didn't overpower the sweet creamy oysters.Meatballs. 2 large meatballs served with kabocha, mushrooms and an amazing herby broth. Each bite had a different and more interesting flavor.Harmony cocktail of bourbon, jasmine rice milk and peanut. Wow! Reminded me of a boozey not sweet boba drink without the boba.Black sesame cream dessert and sweet potato cake with smoked cinnamon cream, damn. Both were super flavorful and not too sweet with very balanced and interesting flavor profiles.The not so good: dumplings were okay, nothing special. Bright green sauce looked pretty though. cheong fun noodles were just okay too. Ponzu sauce underneath had a nice flavor. Seemed small portion with just a little bit of crab on top for $32.Sourdough pancake tasted like oil. No sourdough tang or much other flavor. Smothering it in with creme fraiche and caviar makes the oil not so prominent.Overall a good experience. Bonus points for the music and atmosphere (D'Angelo and Kendrick can't go wrong).
My partner and I love this place.
We had one of our first dates here about 5 years ago and come here regularly and it never disappoints. The food is amazing and the service has never been a issue, we have had the same server the last couple of times we have visited and she's great.For a Michelin star restaurant it is very reasonably priced and the quality of the food is top notch. I would definitely add this restaurant to your dining list. They also have a lovely bar upstairs that we are also considering for our engagement venue. FYI, their cook book is lovely if your looking for a gift for someone who likes to cook!
First Michelin restaurant experience in San Francisco.
Very upscale place and had a nice setting. The sourdough green onion pancake was such an interesting twist. It was super light and airy and definitely good to share. We also got the chilled beef tendon and as a lover of all things intestines, this does well to keep the chewy texture. The baby bok choy and beef chow fun wasn't really anything special, besides the chow fun noodles being rolled up instead of being flat. The salt baked trout was probably the highlight of the entire dinner. They came and helped debone and also put all the toppings on it for us. It was tender and soft and quite a lot of fish for two people. Overall, an interesting spin on traditional Chinese dishes, but not too out of the park that it stands out as a pick of the lot fusion high-end restaurant.
Exceptional delicious Chinese fusion
Outstanding food. The trout baked in salt was full of flavour. The book Chou superb with an overlay of sesame oil that made it sing. The dumplings stuffed full of deliciousness. An creative extension of Chinese. Taking it to a new American style of excellence
In their flaws you find Perfection
With a James beard award under their belt, you would think this place would flawless. Yet, in my experience with them not everything in the kitchen turned as planned. But it is in getting back up that, and correcting a small mishap did this place really shine! All the food was superb, the service excellent. Pricey, yes but you get more than what you pay for in the total value and experience. Impossible to get a reservation but a fantastic dining experience all together. Highly recommended and will eat here again( if reservations allow) soon!
The greatest Duck I have ever had at a restaurant. Unreal. It takes awhile — ask for it as soon as you walk in. Everything else was great too.
Awesome dinner! Awesome staff!
Are you looking for fine dining in the heart of one of the most beautiful square blocks of SF's Chinatown? Are you ready to be greeted with smiles, kind hospitality, great recommendations, and timely service? You are at the right place! This *gourmet* Chinese restaurant will leave you wanting to return as soon as possible, so you can try more! Our server, Adam, was a sweetheart, attending to our every need, providing terrific tips on the D-licious cocktails and scrumptious food, and assisted by a team of smiling chefs, including Marcello, who made appearances periodically with sizzling dishes and smiles of pride. No wonder! This team knows how to please. The duck, eggplant, and scallion cakes were huge hits as well as the cocktails and exquisite wine list. The decor is a lovely mix of mid-century modern with exotic, tropical touches--an urban oasis that elevates your aesthetic mind while thrilling your tastebuds! We're definitely coming back for more and so grateful for the fantastic time! Thanks to the entire team at Mister Jiu's!
This was an incredibly disappointing experience at a restaurant that in no way shape or form is deserving of a Michelin star. The disaster of the evening was the Peking duck. Served at a lukewarm temperature, the skin lacked any sort of crispiness and the fat was not rendered under the skin. It was over smoked to the point of being inedible. The meat was tough and tasted like it had been sitting out for hours beforehand. The manager insisted that this is the “style” of duck they serve. If this is their take on the dish, then I would suggest the chef go back to culinary school and try again. Our only mistake was not running in the other direction upon reading the other consistently terrible reviews regarding this dish.
Amazing food, excellent service
We went to celebrate a special birthday and tried several dishes. The trout was a hit, and beautifully prepared. Cocktails are all very interesting and fun to try. Service was attentive and it was an all around great experience.
This was booked well in advance. Arrived a little early and the person checking us in did not wait to be told our name, just said ‘ are you Ahmed?’, no I am not! She found the booking once she listened. As we were early she asked us to go up for a drink at the upstairs bar and they would send a text message when the table was ready. The girl making the cocktails was very nice and very busy, but did everything with a smile. As we did not receive a text message we did go down after 35/40 minutes to see what was going on. It was very obvious she had forgotten us. We were ushered to our table and received very speedy service. The menu was limited and there was no taster menu, the wine prices were extortionate. The waitress did suggest some dishes and we had three. The portions were small - and we are English so not accustomed to USA portions. The food was tasty but very expensive for what you got. Our food was delivered within 30 minutes so it was a very speedy meal. Not recommend, not Michelin star quality and nothing special but overpriced.
Contemporary Chinese-American Food
4/5 by Roary
We were lucky enough a book a table for 4 a week before we arrived in SF. Usually the place books up several weeks in advance, but I think I got a spot shortly after someone else cancelled. We arrived early for our reservation but they gladly sat us early. The first thing I noticed was how bustling the place was, especially the bar area. Moments after we sat the server brought us some complimentary sparkling wine which I was unexpected but welcomed. We ordered the following: - Shrimp Chips - Very good. Very light. - White Peach - OK. Nice peaches, but I didn’t really understand the dish. Sort of puzzling because I didn’t know how if it was an appetizer as raw fruit is rare in Chinese restaurant cuisine - Hot & Sour - Very good. Nothing close to a regular hot & sour soup, but had it’s own tomato based identity and brought it’s own hot and sour personality, which I liked - Green Onion Pancake - OK. Another interesting take where most of the onion flavour comes from the dip, which was neat. Pancake itself was fried a bit too hard so it was hard to cut and share - Squid Ink Wonton - Good, but because of the wonton. I found the wonton to be average, but it was the squid that was prepared just right (not rubbery). It’s a very spicy dish too, which takes away from the delicateness of the entire dish - Quail - Excellent. Probably my favourite dish of the night. With a nod to traditionally prepared quail, this wan s way better. First, it’s expertly deboned so the only bones are in the drumstick and wing. The meat was incredibly mild, meaty and tender that I didn’t even recognize as quail. Third, the sauce used to baste the skin was fantastic. Great dish. Service was OK. The complimentary drinks were a nice surprise to start, but the server seemed awkward and impersonal much of the night. Overall, I’m still glad we visited. The menu was certainly inventive and original, so I give full marks for that. Some of the dishes didn’t hit the mark with me, and the service could have been better.
I had high expectations and they were exceeded! A delicious
I had high expectations and they were exceeded! A delicious meal, amazing cocktails, and great service. Beautiful interior, too. I loved looking out the windows onto the street below.We had cocktails upstairs before our reservation ("Start of Winter" - ginger snap rye, quince, vanilla bitters) and "Rain Waiter" - orange, agricole rum, baiju, maraschino). Both were great but "Start of Winter" was slightly better in my opinion.For dinner, we ordered fermented cabbage, sourdough scallion pancake, pea tendrils, fried sole, and beef chow fun. All were so delicious and I hope I can return to try some of the other dishes on the menu!Our server was so kind that I honestly looked forward to every time he came by the table. I wish I knew his name! So lovely.
The service and food just don't match the price tag here.
We had a reservation for 9pm on a Wednesday evening. I was really excited about our visit and we were greeted and taken to our table on time. We were greeted by a very nice server who took our drinks ordered and explained the menu to us. She gave us time to decide and came back shortly to take our order, even giving great suggestions and descriptions of items we had questions about. Our drinks arrived quickly and our first food order (shrimp chips) shortly after. The shrimp chips were good, nice flavor and crispy. The cocktails were both just ok, seemed out of balance. We quickly got the nest couple courses of food. The scallion pancake was pretty good and the wontons were a standout. The perfect amount of spicy and savory - we really enjoyed this dish! And then, we sat. We sat and sat and sat. For about 30 minutes, no one came by. No food, no drinks checks, nothing. Then finally our noodle dish came. We began eating and it was ok. Nothing that you can't get at your local take out spot. Then 3 minutes later, our main course came out, which was problematic because our table was tiny and the fish dish along with condiments and rice barely fit on the table! So much so that even the server who delivered our food was kinda just moving plates aside to squeeze into the table. The sole was delicious thankfully and our server finally came back to check on us. Don't get me wrong, she was lovely when she was around. Maybe this a sense was due to staffing shortages, I can't be sure. And I can forgive that, if the food had been redeeming, but sadly it wasn't. When the bill came out, I wished I had gone somewhere else. It just wasn't worth the price.
Gorgeous nonalcoholic cocktails (blood orange, bitters), tasty lobster dishes, middling and moist fried rice, and the worst mapo tofu I've ever had in my life. Upscale look, but the prices aren't always entirely so high (don't know why it gets the $$$$ price point listing here). Good atmosphere and not a bad hang, but about on par with the substandard Chinese food you can get in the area.
Great food, good service, and nice ambiance! I sat at the
Great food, good service, and nice ambiance! I sat at the bar with friends after walking in and we felt lucky to have gotten in. My biggest recommendation is to skip all the drinks and go straight for the Fecundity. None of the others held a candle. For food, don't miss the squid ink wontons. The salt crushed trout was also amazing. I also tried the scallion pancake, which looked very cool and tasted fine. I wasn't a huge fan of the fermented cabbage, pea tendrils, or beef chow fun, which was stuff other people at our table ordered. But they loved it! And I loved mine!
My partner originally posted the gist of this review, as I
My partner originally posted the gist of this review, as I was too busy recovering from the worst food poisoning of my life, but apparently Mister Jiu's lobbied to have that review removed as 'not first-hand experience'. My partner, who spent 24 hours taking care of me, disagrees with that assessment. Nevertheless, here's a first-hand account.I had dinner here with a friend on 3/17/2022. It was the first time we had shared food in months, and the dishes we ordered were the only food we ate together that night. This is important for later.No reservation, we only had to wait about 45 minutes for two seats at the bar, which offers the full menu. It's a nice bar, and service was pretty good. We ordered and shared:1. Oysters (raw): small and pretty mediocre for raw oysters in the bay area.2. Sourdough green onion pancake: nice unique take on green onion pancake. Delicious. Oily yes, but it's supposed to be.3. Shrimp chips: Also pretty good, nice to snack on between other dishes.4. Chilled beef tendon: Good, but I've had better, and of course the portion was small for this dish. The spicy chili oil was really solid, nice and smoky.5. Silken Mapo Tofu: This was hands down delicious. Very spicy but also so flavorful. 6. Squid ink wonton: not bad, not memorable.7. Rabbit: very large dish, pretty good. The rabbit loin was good, at least on the way down.Adding 1 beer and 1 soda, the total came to about $260. There was a bit of confusion about the bill. There's an 18% Fair Wage Surcharge (FWS) automatically added, but also an additional gratuity line to fill in on the final receipt, which no longer mentions the FWS. I'm all in favor of restaurants bumping prices by 18-20%, paying their essential workers a living wage, and getting rid of the tip option. To do both is a bit shady since the receipt with the gratuity line doesn't itemize anything. Makes you wonder how many people have missed that point and accidentally left more than 40% tips. Guess it's awesome for the workers.At the time we left pretty happy, and I was excited to bring my partner in the future. About 24 hours later that all changed, as I started to feel increasingly nauseated after drinking a glass of water before bed, eventually waking up at 1 am to violently expel every trace of food and liquid in my body for the next 5 hours, from pretty much every available orifice. About mid-way through, while trying to figure out where my life went so wrong and whether it would be prudent to go to an urgent care center for some fluids, my partner texts the dinner friend (this is around 3 am). Surprise, he's also awake, going through exactly the same thing. So the culprit seems obvious, and during one of my calm moments my partner leaves the since-removed review.This was the worst food poisoning of my life, and I consider myself a fairly seasoned traveler and adventurous eater. I get it, food poisoning can happen, particularly with raw seafood, and it's not necessarily the fault of the restaurant beyond the decision to serve raw seafood in the first place. What really leads me to leave this review is the response of Mister Jiu's after I contacted them and alerted them of this issue. We expected some sympathy, maybe some kind of partial refund given that this is hopefully an exceedingly rare occurrence. Instead the response was, to paraphrase, 'Yeah, guess it could have been the oysters. That sucks, sorry! We hope you come back!'Not likely.My genuine hope is that this really was a freak accident that has never happened there before, and we just happened to win the food-borne illness lottery. In that context, my review is a solid 3 stars. The food was tasty, the atmosphere was fancy, and the service overall was good. But let's be real. You're in Chinatown. If you want really delicious and spicy Chinese food, go to Z&Y a few blocks away, or any number of Sichuan or Hunan restaurants scattered throughout the city. Even better go to Fremont, which probably has the highest concentration of great Chinese restaurants in the bay area. At any of these places there's plenty of amazing food you've probably never tried, without all the baggage and cost accompanying that Michelin star.Unfortunately my final review has to consider what actually happened, and I'd argue that a Michelin star restaurant really shouldn't be running a food-borne illness lottery in the first place. 1 star.