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San Tung Chinese Restaurant

Chinese Restaurant$$$$
Inner Sunset, San Francisco
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  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    What can be said about the Inner Sunset's San Tung other than OMG WE CAN'T GET ENOUGH. The wait is long and the service is appalling, yes, but the food is cheap, crazy-good, and plentiful. Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    The wings are expertly fried and glazed with a sweet ginger-garlic sauce, but the menu goes beyond poultry; the cold plates and appetizers section of the menu is vastly underappreciated. Read more
  • Kylie
    KylieAugust 25, 2014
    I don't like wings, & these ones rocked my world. The secret is out about this place, so the wait is long. Put your name on the list & sneak to the Mucky Duck 2 blocks away to slip in a quick whiskey.
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranJuly 6, 2015
    I can't stand eating in restaurants with long wait lists, but San Tung is my ish! Dry fried chicken wings are a duh! And order cold noodles too. Love the sautéed string beans and dumplings also.
  • Asia K.
    Asia KwanAugust 16, 2011
    For the vegetarians out there: try the fried veggie potstickers and the veggie mushu! Also if you're with meat-eaters ask for the chicken wings with sauce on the side. That way you can use the sauce!!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    The incendiary Original Dry Glazed Fried Chicken Wings at this Chinese restaurant have such a huge following that there's a wait for lunch and dinner every day. Read more
  • Jimmy R.
    Jimmy RushMarch 10, 2015
    I have been looking for so many great cooking over the year, They are so authentic in here. I tried everything that I could, from the soups to the dumplings and everything was excellent.
  • Bernice C.
    Bernice ChowMay 9, 2013
    If you're in a hurry, & don't want to share a table & awkwardly stare at your table mates, holler at the dessert shop next door. Same damn menu, no awkward stares. Oh, dry fried chicken wangs, git it!
  • Haley S.
    Haley SmithMay 16, 2015
    Dry fried chicken wings and the pot stickers were phenomenal. Tea duck (their take on Peking duck) was p good, comes w buns & hoisin sauce. Black bean noodles were the food version of "meh."
  • ivy♥
    ivy♥June 4, 2011
    The chicken is nice and flavorful. A bit too sweet for my liking but overall, it's better than any fried chicken you ever have! However, it's not dry as the name suggests and I still prefer the Korean
  • Dina S.
    Dina SJune 2, 2013
    Dry fried chicken is a must. You'll see people eating it with chopsticks &it's actually the best way. Make sure to put you name on the dry erase board when you arrive-to get the next available table.
  • Jenny Q.
    Jenny QMay 22, 2013
    The dry fried chicken wings and string beans are legit. Otherwise, call me crazy, but this place is a tiny bit overrated. You can skip the line and get takeout from next door--20 minute wait.
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    Try the dry fried chicken wings. Fast service once you get a table, but expect a line. I love the kimchi they bring you when you sit down. -Laurine Wickett, Top Chef
  • Steve J.
    Steve JangJanuary 30, 2010
    This place specializes in an old hybrid Korean/Chinese cuisine and these are the dishes to try: Get the dry fried chicken, spicy seafood noodle soup or black bean sauce noodles.
  • SW J.
    SW JohnsonJuly 21, 2015
    One of the best restaurants I've eaten at in a long time. I have been going here for about 3-4 yrs. I really like this place a lot. It's fast paced but delicious.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MatsunoJune 24, 2013
    Besides having the best, most succulent wings known to mankind, accompany them with two other hidden gems: the garlic flash fried string beans and the pork fried rice.
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LiaoAugust 5, 2014
    Don't bother calling in a to-go order during peak times. They're so busy they just ignore the calls. Place your order in person and go buy some snacks elsewhere while you wait.
  • Joshua N.
    Joshua NguyenJanuary 10, 2012
    Chinese-Korean / Korean-Chinese - whatever, it's a bunch of familiar flavors jacked up in intensity. The chicken wings are popular and I'm a sucker for the seafood noodle soup.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 20, 2014
    Famous dry fried chicken wings often mean long waits—come early, or during off hours, to get your saucy, sweet-and-spicy chicken wing fix.
  • SEGA
    SEGAJanuary 5, 2012
    The best Chinese in SF and often crowded with locals. Long waits for tables are common, but takeout is always fast. The Dry Fried Wings are a must! – John, Development Services Director
  • Donald W.
    Donald WilsonFebruary 2, 2012
    I disagree with last reviewer. Think the dry wings are the best wings I have ever had and I have eaten a lot of wings in my day. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Lisa
    LisaJanuary 6, 2015
    Personally I don't understand the super hype. I like Bonchon chicken wings much better. The wings here are too sweet to my taste. I like the leek dumplings better.
  • Meenal T.
    Meenal TambeJanuary 7, 2014
    I've never had a bad meal here! Definitely get the chicken wings and string beans. The kung pao chicken was probably the best I've had. enjoy!
  • Pete M.
    Pete MerrimanSeptember 16, 2014
    The wings, dry and glazed. But you probably already knew that. Also the mustard greens noodle broth was delish
  • Lenn V.
    Lenn VersozaDecember 26, 2010
    Amazing food if you can bare the long wait times. This place is always busy. No reserves allowed if your partys less than 7 people. Dry chicken wings!!!
  • AskMen
    AskMenNovember 5, 2010
    Great for a la carte grazing and sharing, be sure to order at least a few plates of the “dry fried chicken wings” and thank us later. Read more
  • Jane C.
    Jane ChuMarch 16, 2012
    Dried chicken wings and noodles with black bean sauce. I personally prefer it more Korean-style, but this was pretty good and worth a visit
  • Nuno S.
    Nuno Sanches e SilvaSeptember 30, 2013
    Dry Fried chicken wings are very tasty. All the rest ordered was not very tasty. Overrated place IMHO. Certainly not worth if you have to go through long wait
  • Trucy
    TrucyJuly 29, 2015
    The fried rice is my favorite in the city: fluffy and moist, not too oily. And of course their dry fried chicken wings 😁🍗🍚
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissNovember 30, 2014
    Everyone talks about the chicken wings, but I reckon the hot and sour soup is where it's at. Smells like earth, tastes like heaven.
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChuFebruary 1, 2010
    Concur on the dry fried chicken wings. Must also do the steamed shrimp & leek dumplings. If you like Cha Cha Myun, this one's not bad.
  • Dan C.
    Dan ChenMarch 5
    The dry fried chicken wings and the leek dumplings are excellent. Skip the black bean sauce noodles, SO has better.
  • Karsten M.
    Karsten McVayNovember 13, 2014
    Wow - MUST order the dry fried chicken with the glaze. Also try the honey walnut prawns, everything is amazing!
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 13, 2011
    Spice things up with San Tung's notoriously hot dry-fried chicken wings swimming in a sweet and peppery sauce studded with chiles. Read more
  • Brandon M.
    Chicken wings are great, but many other spots in the Sunset have them just as good- and without the line!
  • Henry L.
    Henry LeeJune 30, 2012
    For the omnivores, you must get what everyone orders: dry-fried chicken wings. Sauce applied post-frying is finger licking good
  • Paul-Eric B.
    Paul-Eric BaluyotApril 1, 2014
    Awesome chicken wings. Slightly spicy sweet and crunchy. Every table had an order of the chicken wings!
  • Jimmy L.
    Jimmy LaiJuly 27, 2013
    Food is ok, same with service. Came here because of the raves. Check out Shandong in Oakland Chinatown for a more authentic taste
  • Jimmy H.
    Jimmy HolmanNovember 5, 2012
    You shouldn't even come here if you don't plan on getting the chicken wings. I could drown in a tub of the sauce!
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MachadoSeptember 21, 2013
    The dry-fried strings beans are awesome! Oh and of course the dry-fried wings are an absolute must!
  • Joshua Y.
    Joshua YorkJanuary 28, 2013
    Arrive early before 6pm if you can. The line can take up to 1.5 hours before your sat
  • James T.
    James TDecember 1, 2014
    Order to go. Then wade through the people waiting in line and go to the back. Take home and enjoy.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    Our insider tip: Avoid the line by ordering takeout, and enjoy your wings in nearby Golden Gate Park, only one block away. Read more
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaApril 10
    Best dried fried chicken & black bean noodles. Next door shares same kitchen with shorter wait. 🍗🍜
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeJanuary 1
    The chicken wings were solid but it was the mu shu and fried rice that really stood out to me!
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiJune 26, 2015
    Overhyped and not worth the wait. If you want good fried chicken, head over to Toyose. Other dishes are not authentic either.
  • albert l.
    albert lawJanuary 26, 2013
    Sometimes it's annoying to eat here because its too crowded, on average u will have to wait 45 mins on the weekends!
  • Kyle F.
    Kyle FowlerJune 9, 2013
    Probably the best chicken wings I've ever had. No matter what you're hungry for, just get the wings.
  • Ian F.
    Ian FMay 25, 2009
    if you don't want to wait in the long line that it almost always has, remember you can order food to go.
  • Korgel B.
    Korgel BorbelschnitzMarch 21, 2015
    Uh why do they expand next door with # 2. Shouldn't that be done across town. Makes no sense for overrated chines restaurant. Will # 3 San Tung open across road?
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