Z & Y Restaurant
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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!!
We impressed our friends from Melbourne with the quality and innovative tastes of this great restaurant!
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
Service was horrible. 2 of us were sick all night.
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.
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.