Mission Chinese Food

2234 Mission St (btwn 18th & 19th St), San Francisco, CA 94110, United States
Open until 10:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Tue, Thu–Sun
    • 11:30 AM–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–10:30 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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  • kung pao pastrami
  • salt cod
  • thrice cooked bacon
  • pork belly
  • Ma Po Tofu
  • cumin lamb
  • Chinese food
  • spicy food
  • fried rice
  • squid inked noodles
  • ribs
  • chicken wings
  • General Tso's dishes
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  • Bon Appetit Magazine

    The cumin lamb belly? Fiery and addictive. Warm egg custard with duck confit and sea urchin? Brilliant. Hot-and-sour pork dumplings made to order? Further proof that MCF is no accident.

    Bon Appetit Magazine · August 16, 2011
  • The Tastes that Make the City

    The kung pow pastrami is the best pastrami in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition." Read more

  • Eater

    Try crossing the studied, Sichuan-laced creations of a workhorse young chef with a kickback dive atmo pumped up by ghetto rap and a 60-foot dragon. [Eater 38 Member] Read more

    Eater · July 27, 2011
  • Travel Channel

    Serving classic Chinese recipes and some of Chef Danny’s own creations. As recommended by Travel Channel host, Anthony Bourdain.

    Travel Channel · December 9, 2011
  • Brian

    7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the salt cod fried rice is delicious. Yum!

    Brian · February 21, 2012
  • SFGate

    The dining room may not be much, but dishes like salt cod fried rice and lion's head meatballs are amazing. 75 cents of each main course goes to charity. Read more

    SFGate · April 26, 2011
  • Patrick W.

    Ma po tofu is spicy good and a big order. Mongolian beef cheek, thrice cooked beef, and sizzling cumin lamb are other reasons why this is a top Chinese eat

    Patrick Wang · January 28, 2011
  • Foodspotting

    Try the Saly Cod Fried Rice with Ma Po Tofu

    Foodspotting · November 14, 2010
  • AskMen

    Try the Peking duck "chinito" or a succulent whole roasted chicken in ginger & wine sauce. Eat-in, take-out or have it delivered - no matter how you get it, the food is crazy good. Read more

    AskMen · July 9, 2010
  • youngmi m.

    .75 of every item you order goes to charity.

    youngmi mayer · November 1, 2010
  • Grub Crawl

    The pork belly is to die for. www.grubcrawl.com

    Grub Crawl · March 28, 2011
  • Donny P.

    Salt cod fried rice is SUPER good. Tea smoked eel is also great!

    Donny Pauling · May 7, 2013
  • Tim V.

    Stealthily enclosed within Lung Shan Restaurant, if offers "insanely tasty" "updated Sino small plates" (thanks Ramon C)

    Tim Vetter · August 31, 2010
  • Adam F.

    The thrice cooked bacon, general tso's veal rib, and salt cod fried rice are not to be missed. Also, the mix of 90s rap and Beatles/Hendrix/Queen is pretty unbeatable.

    Adam F · July 30, 2012
  • Cherylynn N.

    Don't be shocked if you're the ONLY Asian person in there...

    Cherylynn Norona · July 15, 2011
  • SF Weekly

    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST NEW RESTAURANTA raucous Chinese restaurant with a hip-hop soundtrack and a paper dragon stalking diners from the ceiling... Read more

    SF Weekly · May 24, 2011
  • Joel A.

    Ma Po Tofu is hot and spicy!

    Joel Antipuesto · November 10, 2011
  • Josh S.


    Josh Smith · May 1, 2009
  • Aaron C.

    The General Tso's veal rib is the kind of dish that's delicious enough to convince you to utterly compromise any vestige of dinner table etiquette you may have been foolishly maintaining until now.

    Aaron Christian · April 7, 2013
  • Leanne V.

    Some of the best food you'll ever put in your facehole. Order a Tsing Tao to help cool off after the spice explosion!

    Leanne Vanderbyl · July 15, 2011
  • Elliot C.

    Best food I've ever had!!

    Elliot Cullen · July 7, 2013
  • Adam L.

    It's been said 100 times before, but get the thrice cooked bacon...Immediately. Seriously.

    Adam London · December 25, 2012
  • Abe T.

    The Kung Pao Pastrami was amazing!!!!

    Abe Torrico · September 22, 2012
  • VegNews Magazine

    Critics' darling Mission Chinese Food has A+ vegan options, but the Tiger Salad always wins. This roll packs Chinese herbs and crunchy lettuces, drizzled with hot chili oil and turnip vinegar.

    VegNews Magazine · August 30, 2012
  • DC Dining A.

    The dishes served here are simply amazing! I highly recommend the Chicken Wings with Explosive Chili Pepper, the Sizzling Cumin Lamb and the Ma Po Tofu.

    DC Dining Adventures · March 10, 2012
  • paul f.

    Oh wow, oh wow. Will be back very soon.

    paul f · November 17, 2011
  • Jason G.

    Don't bother getting the Lung Shan vegan delight, nothing special, always available at Lung Shan on non-MSF days.Bring your own wine or beer to save cash.If they have a Pork Belly _______, get

    Jason Gehman · March 23, 2010
  • Adam S.

    Go to Mission Street Food. Sit in Adam's section. Overuse the "f" word when speaking to him.

    Adam Stamp · December 5, 2009
  • Lynn H.

    Thrice cooked bacon and cumin lamb ribs are awesome! Better food and shorter wait than the one in NYC.

    Lynn Hu · October 2, 2013
  • Marc M.

    The comments don't lie: salt cod fried rice + pork belly.

    Marc Maniez · September 22, 2013
  • Aileen S.

    Horrible waitress and service!!! After she purposely spilled food on us and we asked for a compensation she said "thats fucking ridiculous" and later she said "I can say whatever the fuck I want"

    Aileen Sohn · August 7, 2013
  • Colin L.

    Good music including the Rolling Stones. Something you don't normally hear at a Chinese restaurant.

    Colin L · December 17, 2012
  • Ziyan C.

    wings are way too salty! even after we sent it back for a replacement

    Ziyan C · November 11, 2012
  • Larry C.

    Try the Kung Pao Pastrami

    Larry Conlin · August 18, 2012
  • The Bold Italic

    Get the Kung Pao Pastrami. Bold Italic writer Beth Pickens would walk a hundred miles to have her mouth scorched by it. Pretty high praise! Read more

    The Bold Italic · April 12, 2012
  • Ernie H.

    This place is open for lunch, which means less waiting for dinner!

    Ernie Hsiung · January 9, 2012
  • SF Weekly

    SF Weekly's Best Of 2011 Winner - Reader's Poll - BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT

    SF Weekly · May 19, 2011
  • Caroline

    The lamb dish is a must. Don't even think about it, just order it right now.

    Caroline · February 22, 2011
  • Darwin D.

    Every Thursday is Homage Series night when they honor a different iconic chef weekly. A MUST!

    Darwin Dayan · May 14, 2010
  • SFist

    This popular Chinese spot has an array of delicious choices including some signature ones like the salt cod fried rice, tea-smoked eel, and kung pao pastrami. Read more

    SFist · January 21
  • Kevin ⚡.

    The wings have a dusting of Szechuan pepper, which is like taking a taser to the mouth but more addictive.

    Kevin ⚡ Liu · August 29, 2014
  • Florian K.

    The squid inked noodles with house chorizo lamb is unique and delicious

    Florian Koenigsberger · August 24, 2014
  • Trevor F.

    What's not good here? Love the thrice cooked bacon, beef brisket & broccoli, egg-egg noodles, squid ink noodles, shrimp pea dumplings and basically everything else. Toss it down with a few Tsing Taos.

    Trevor Filter · August 22, 2014
  • Timothy C.

    General Tso's Veal Rib is fantastic; fav dish was prob the Squid Ink Pasta with Lamb Chorizo. Wow.

    Timothy Cavanaugh · April 14, 2014
  • John T.

    Wow. There should be a Mission Chinese in every city.

    John Thai · November 9, 2013
  • Vikas V.

    Anyone who liked the Ma Po Tofu, please tell me whats good about it? It looked good, except it had an aftertaste of cleaning fluid.

    Vikas Vadlapatla · October 4, 2013
  • Travel + Leisure

    Despite the hour-long wait, the food is worth it. Founding chef Danny Bowien calls his cuisine “Americanized Chinese food”; think fiery kung pao pastrami and a cardamom-laced beef brisket soup.

    Travel + Leisure · September 27, 2013
  • A B.

    Find the flavor of happiness in Grandma's Spicy Lamb Dumplings.

    A Ballesteros · September 4, 2013
  • Lamar G.

    This place stole my heart when I first heard the music, then I began to grub. The cumin lamb is fire!

    Lamar Gary · August 12, 2013
  • Bfortch F.

    wings are mouth-tingly crazy. you might be thinking about them days later.

    Bfortch Fortch · July 15, 2013

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