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Z & Y Restaurant

Z & Y Restaurant

Szechuan Restaurant$$$$
Chinatown, San Francisco
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  • Michael F.
    Michael Fourre2 weeks ago
    Food was pretty good and price was decent. Service was friendly but spotty. Definitely more desirable than a lot of the other spots in Chinatown but nothing seriously special.
  • CC T.
    CC TOctober 22
    Fried rice and explosive chicken
  • Benjamin Earl E.
    Top ranked Chinese eating in Chinatown. It's run down on the inside, but definitely worth the wait
  • Jonas P.
    Really good food
  • Alex C.
    Service not that good. But food was quite tasty. The chicken chili explosion was full of flavour and not that spicy. Also very good was the shrimp with honey and nuts. To come back and try some more!
  • Felix P.
    The Tan Tan Noodles make your tongue feel funny.
  • Rory P.
    If you don't have a reservation and don't want a long wait, agree to share a table. You'll get seated quicker and who knows, you may make a new friend. Oh yeah, get the chicken over hot chili
  • Paul F.
    An institution worth travelling for. Superb food & great atmosphere. Order the spicy fish that is roasted or baked, forgive me for not knowing which. Heck order any whole fish, you are on a winner.
  • Anna K.
    My favorite was the orange crispy beef. Sweet, sour and crunchy.
  • Bobbie M.
    House special boiled spicy fish
  • Andrew A.
    I really enjoy the stir-fried crab at Z & Y. The servers are always pleasant with me and my wife.
  • Tyee D.
    Tyee DApril 27
    Mapo tofu, tan tan noodles, yummy fried chicken buried in dried red chillis.
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZhaoFebruary 21
    Explosive chili chicken is amazing, but also try the Dan Dan noodles
  • Koren
    KorenFebruary 20
    Skip the chicken w/chilli peppers platter. Its umbearably spicy amd I love spicy. Hot sour soup was the best I've ever had.
  • Phil G.
    Phil GoshenFebruary 2
    Don't go alone or they disregard you.
  • Shri c.
    Shri colJanuary 18
    Crispy explosive chicken, and fish in chili oil. String beans we decent
  • Shri c.
    Shri colJanuary 15
    Huge wait but worth it. Tip: Say 'yes' when asked if Ok with combining parties to get in quicker.
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WeiJanuary 14
    Did not like the tan tan mien - oddly bitter tasting. The chow mein was oily but good
  • Zeke K.
    Zeke KochDecember 31, 2016
    Pretty good Szechuan. We had spicy crab (so-so), fish fillet with tofu and pickled greens (which was nice) and pea sprouts with chili (nice). We'd go back, but it's not worth the 45 min line.
  • Julianna
    JuliannaDecember 22, 2016
    Crack chicken
  • Prakash N.
    Prakash NairDecember 22, 2016
    Sichuan at its finest. Tan tan noodles and "anything" in flaming chili oil
  • adriana c.
    adriana castroNovember 20, 2016
    Traditional and very tasty 😋
  • Simon T.
    Simon TanNovember 16, 2016
    Tan tan noodles have that numbing spiciness. Pancakes are great too
  • Jamie L.
    Jamie LesleyNovember 14, 2016
    Authentic tasty large portions - all the food I had here was great. Felt the spice was dulled down a bit - worth noting for next time. Prepare to queue, worth it.
  • Jennean E.
    Jennean ENovember 12, 2016
    Spicy fish is excellent!
  • Kristján O.
    Kristján OddssonOctober 24, 2016
    Everything is good here. We must have ordered 9 courses and everything was delishios. Garlic shrimp, wontons and chow mein stood out though.
  • Caroline B.
    Caroline BlackSeptember 26, 2016
    The tan tan noodles and wontons in spicy peanut sauce are the tasty winners here. Long queues so com early!
  • Rodrigo S.
    Rodrigo SSeptember 14, 2016
    hot chili beef
  • Brian T.
    Brian TranAugust 10, 2016
    The tan tan noodles are legit
  • Amy W.
    Amy WangJuly 30, 2016
    The most authentic Chinese food in the US! Make sure to order 沸腾鱼- a spicy yet very flavorful fish dish, dry sautéed string beans, 辣子鸡,a spicy chicken dish diced, crispy, delicious.
    Downvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2016
    The explosive chicken is a showstopper presented atop a terrifying pile of chili. However, the heat isn't overwhelming and the chicken is flavorful. Just reserve a table ahead of time. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 25, 2016
    Though it's known for the spicy "Chicken with Explosive Chile Peppers," Z & Y has a deep bench of dishes from mushu pork to ma-po to frog in flaming chile oil. Read more
  • Dima R.
    Dima RoznouskiJune 29, 2016
    Spicy beef is great. This place is tasty.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BelluardoJune 28, 2016
    Very authentic Szechuan. Food was great, And love that they have the option to share a table with other people to cut down on the wait time.
  • Kyle O.
    Kyle OlivoMay 29, 2016
    Delicious. Lots of peppers. Go with friends and eat family style. The Cashew Prawns and Pea Shoots are delicious.
  • Kyle E.
    Kyle EgbertApril 15, 2016
    Very slow, but it's worth it
  • Nick C.
    Nick CrockerApril 12, 2016
    Chilli chicken.
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxApril 8, 2016
    Spicy Fish with Flaming Chili Oil and Chicken with Explosive Chili Pepper is just plain fun to order!
  • Nancy A.
    Nancy AnnApril 6, 2016
    EVERYTHING!
  • Vansi
    VansiApril 1, 2016
    For the love of God, do not order a general tso's chicken when you can get all that Sichuan goodness.
  • Vansi
    VansiApril 1, 2016
    Gotten a little touristy. You can expect a wait.
  • Balint A.
    Balint AcsMarch 31, 2016
    The wait was not bad, but have your party members with you. The chow mein was quite tasty along with the cashew chicken and the eggplant w/ garlic though it was very spicy.
  • Ananya G.
    Ananya GuptaMarch 31, 2016
    Fish in spicy sauce
  • Kyle E.
    Kyle EgbertMarch 21, 2016
    Very good but kitchen times are about an hour or more at peak times. Not a quick in and out.
  • Ting S.
    Ting SFebruary 6, 2016
    So glad Michelin Bib recommends this Sichuan Food restaurant. Very authentic Sichuan food, as a girl come from Sichuan, I do love this restaurant very much.
  • Erica L.
    Erica LovelaceJanuary 8, 2016
    The wontons in spicy peanut sauce, dry-fried green beans, hot and sour soup, and ma pao tofu with pork!
  • Joshua B.
    Joshua BerkJanuary 3, 2016
    My favorites: Hot & Sour, Tan Tan Noodle, Peanut Dumplings, Green Onion Pancakes, Sautéed Spring Beans
  • Kseniya M.
    Kseniya MakarovaDecember 6, 2015
    All the dumplings are next level. Salt n pepper shrimp are great and obvs anything in a pool of chili oil
  • Rich P.
    Rich ParkDecember 5, 2015
    Come here with a group, and order a variety of incredible dishes. Wash it all down with a bottle of Tsingtao or two..
  • Joselo G.
    Joselo GmzNovember 25, 2015
    delicious food! pekin duck amazing
  • Joselo G.
    Joselo GmzNovember 25, 2015
    the best pekin duck!!
  • Gabriel F.
    Gabriel FinkelsteinNovember 22, 2015
    Overrated, mediocre Sichuan food. I lived in Chengdu for a year. This isn't the real deal.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CNovember 19, 2015
    The crispiest sesame chicken I've ever had!
  • Marcus D.
    Marcus DerenciusOctober 11, 2015
    Pretty average. Service is terrible.
  • Krakatau B.
    Krakatau BataviaAugust 29, 2015
    5 person & more get 18% gratuity,cheq your bill before you pay
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WongAugust 21, 2015
    The fish fillet in Szechuan spicy broth. I think I eat that almost 52 times a year 😛
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HaimeAugust 11, 2015
    amazing chinese
  • Sean D.
    Sean DaoAugust 5, 2015
    Pepper beef was good. Nothing else
  • Pei 👻 W.
    Pei 👻 WenJune 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Glad they're on Caviar. :)
  • Chee-Hyung Y.
    Chee-Hyung YoonJune 23, 2015
    Food is good but not exceptional. Spicy but not too much. Maybe worth 30 minutes of wait max.
  • Jiexi C.
    Jiexi CaoJune 19, 2015
    Reserve a table. Waited like 40 mins in a Monday night! But good food, San Francisco priced.
  • Ini L.
    Ini LiJune 17, 2015
    Spicy wontons, hot chili beef
  • Rhonda B.
    Rhonda BarketJune 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Sadly just had the worst service ever and I've been here many times. Bad enough to revise my tip. It took TWO hours to have lunch! Seated people before us. Brought a Top Chef crew member to try. Bad!
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KlarMay 23, 2015
    Chicken with explosive peppers.
  • Luiz Felipe M.
    Cashew chicken with a potion o rice, is good too.
  • Luiz Felipe M.
    Sesame chicken very good
  • Edda M.
    Edda MarcosApril 27, 2015
    Orange chicken!!
  • Carina A.
    Carina AndersenApril 17, 2015
    Great Szechuan food with friendly atmosphere. Try one of the lunch deals!
  • Sameer K.
    Sameer KalwaniMarch 20, 2015
    Cumin lamb and green beans.
  • Abhishek M.
    Abhishek MathurFebruary 15, 2015
    Pig feet preparation was out of the world!!
  • Blake N.
    Blake NetzebandFebruary 8, 2015
    good food, but is it worth the wait...
  • Fay A.
    Fay ASJanuary 18, 2015
    Lemon chicken was a great choice 👌
  • Fay A.
    Fay ASJanuary 18, 2015
    I did like their famous dish
  • Giambattista M.
    Giambattista MarchettoJanuary 6, 2015
    #chinatown #sf #foodlovers
  • Audrey C.
    Audrey ChouDecember 8, 2014
    Green onion pancakes are aiite. Get the beef noodle soup!
  • Irene C.
    Irene Cantizano BescósNovember 30, 2014
    Delicious sesame chicken; very bad service.
  • herm p.
    herm pugayNovember 19, 2014
    I tried the appetizers this time. Very delicious!
  • Mi
    MiNovember 9, 2014
    Spicy crab
  • Celia A.
    Celia A.October 18, 2014
    Tan tan noodles and the green beans are both awesome choices.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableOctober 17, 2014
    The fried chicken here knows how to make an entrance: It's served on an enormous, Sichuan pepper-laden platter. And it's up to you to dig out the juicy morsels of boneless fried chicken. Read more
  • Kevin N.
    Kevin NgOctober 9, 2014
    Authentic food
  • Fiorella L.
    Fiorella LivOctober 6, 2014
    Sesame chicken
  • Catarina L.
    Catarina LaiSeptember 14, 2014
    authentic regional Chinese cuisine. do not be afraid of the spice/chili pepper ... the dishes are flavorful and not very spicy (as it appears)
  • Andy J.
    Andy JiangSeptember 12, 2014
    Solid szechuan food with banquet style dining.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuSeptember 7, 2014
    Def get the tan tan noodles and peanut wontons. Was less impressed with the explosive chicken.
  • Lynne 🐰 Q.
    Lynne 🐰 QuAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Online ordering on yelp for quick lunch. Tan tan noodle and spicy oil wonton are my favorites, string beans is great as well.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongAugust 22, 2014
    Everything you order will most likely be mild to make-you-sweat spicy! Try the chicken!
  • Jim P.
    Jim ProsserAugust 13, 2014
    Bring antacid.
  • Ju Hae L.
    Ju Hae LeeAugust 6, 2014
    A lot of spicy authentic Chinese food
  • Ana Filipa N.
    Ana Filipa NevesAugust 6, 2014
    I ordered 2 small soups, pork dumplings and some other pork dish. Two much food for 2 people! :) 1 small soup is enough for 2 people! Pork dumplings with peanut were great!
  • Cheryl H.
    Cheryl HuangJuly 12, 2014
    Worth for the long wait. I think it is one of the best Szechuan restaurants in the states.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinApril 7, 2014
    Dumplings, beef roll, ma po tofu with pork. Try the pepper chicken once.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RomeroMarch 17, 2014
    Great spicy szechuan food! Order the Chicken with explosive Chilli Pepper! Worth the wait definitely.
  • Paul C.
    Paul CunninghamMarch 9, 2014
    The best szechuan I've ever had. Very authentic. Seafood soup with szechuan pepper corns, szechuan beef, hot and sour soup. Best if you have a native language speaker to get the "good" menu.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SieffJanuary 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tan tan noodle and pancake with beef.
  • L M.
    L MDecember 29, 2013
    Great food! But be ready to wait for a table for at least 20 min.
  • Red's Place
    Red's PlaceNovember 10, 2013
    "cash or credit. cheap, quick & local Chinese food. right across the street from us. phone order your meal while you're at red's place."
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 29, 2013
    Serving "elegant mouth watering dishes," Z & Y serves up spicy favorites such as Chicken with Explosive Chili Pepper and Spicy Fish with Flaming Chili Oil. Pretty self explanatory.
  • Justin T.
    Justin TuretskyOctober 12, 2013
    Some things do not cater towards the American palette. Order carefully. Wasn't so into the flaming chili oil (beef). It was a a bowl of oil featuring some beef. Not that good.
  • Maya B.
    Maya BaratzSeptember 9, 2013
    Thousand pepper fried chicken. Do it.
  • Ni M.
    Ni MuSeptember 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Explosive chili chicken is great, but try the mala pig trotters! Super delicious.
  • Zoe W.
    Zoe WongAugust 29, 2013
    If you can take the spice, go for the Fish in Flaming Chili Oil! The Kung Pao Chicken, Hunan Beef and Sauteed String Beans are also good.
  • Sebastian P.
    Sebastian PitzlerAugust 19, 2013
    One of the most authentic and deliciously Chinese food I have ever had. Try it!!!
  • Patience L.
    Patience LeBlancAugust 9, 2013
    Dumplings and pot stickers were awesome, but the house sauce had to much vinegar.
  • Adam
    AdamJuly 22, 2013
    good sichuan food. but some waits. sister restaurant in the inner richmond chili house == nicer staff, same menu, and no waits.
  • akshaya m.
    akshaya muraliJuly 18, 2013
    Amazing Sichuan food! Go if you crave spicy authentic food!
  • Reds Place
    Reds PlaceJuly 6, 2013
    cash or credit. local or not, if you want spicy Chinese village style food. Then this is your destination. prepare to wait it least 15-30 for seating on a busy night. while your waiting grab a beer
  • River M.
    River MarsJuly 4, 2013
    Delicious!
  • Max C.
    Max CantorJuly 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Beef in flaming chili oil. Amazing. Order it.
  • Darwish G.
    Darwish GaniJune 29, 2013
    Surprised this place got the ratings it did. Not too impressed, seemed like cheaper Asian food to be honest
  • Jose P.
    Jose PalomaresJune 27, 2013
    Explosive chicken is good, a bit too scarce chickenwise. Tofu is good, as well as peanut dumplings. Hot chilli oil beef is fine, not awesome. Enjoy!
  • Rhonda B.
    Rhonda BarketMay 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Always busy for a reason..it's delicious!! Authentic food, and the best Szechuan in California!
  • Arthur
    ArthurMay 20, 2013
    My favorite southern Chinese restaurant in town. A little spicy watch out!
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JMay 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Szechuen Twice Fried Pork is pretty good too! ;)
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JMay 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the House cold noodles!
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JMay 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Spicy fish with flaming chili oil - yum! ♪( ´θ`)ノ
  • Rasheed G.
    Rasheed GorabFebruary 23, 2013
    Excellent food, especially the explosive chili chicken!
  • Mark M.
    Mark MellorJanuary 20, 2013
    long wait but worth the wait!
  • Leslie T.
    Leslie TJanuary 15, 2013
    Try the bitter mellon with honey over ice at least once.
  • Lewis K.
    Lewis KJanuary 13, 2013
    I've been to so many Chinese restaurants in SF and this has been this best. Fantastic balance of spice and flavor. Go for the chili chicken, hot and sour, and peanut dumplings.
  • Cristine A.
    Cristine AOctober 15, 2012
    Green onion pancake!
  • erin b.
    erin bidwell-giannoneSeptember 9, 2012
    The food here is very good. I suggest the chicken with explosive chili! The pork dumplings are good as well :)
  • Keith G.
    Keith GableAugust 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Kung Pao chicken was awesome.
  • Tiff T.
    Tiff TingAugust 12, 2012
    Try the Tea-smoked Duck - Really lean, hit the spot for my duck craving.
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FergusonJuly 19, 2012
    The spicy beef is amazing, also get the mu-shu pork and tea duck
  • Sara S.
    Sara StorerJuly 4, 2012
    If you're looking for a non-spicy option, the Orange Chicken is a good way to go.
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  • yo y.
    yo yoshidaApril 23, 2012
    Szechuan Cabage!
  • Gary K.
    Gary KelseyApril 23, 2012
    Spicy fish with.flaming chili oil!
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZissouApril 23, 2012
    Hot hot chile oil soup is good goof, boom.
  • Sean Y.
    Sean YuApril 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the mapatofu
  • Sean Y.
    Sean YuApril 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken with explosive chili peppers
  • Kapil D.
    Kapil DalwaniApril 1, 2012
    Get the Eggplant garlic veggie dish.
  • Tyke L.
    Tyke LewisDecember 5, 2011
    Sweat more here than at the gym
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JNovember 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't get the spicy wonton - so mushy... :P
  • Julian N.
    Julian NamOctober 21, 2011
    Chicken with explosive chili pepper (aka Explosive chili pepper with chicken). And the tan tan noodles. Hot/Sour soup.
  • Gwen D.
    Gwen DobsonSeptember 30, 2011
    Hot chili oil beef may be the best Chinese dish I've ever had. That mixed with the amazing steamed pork dumplings were more than worth the 20min wait for 1
  • Paul M.
    Paul MartinSeptember 5, 2011
    If you like it HOT try the Chef's Special Explosive Chicken - very tasty
  • Derek Q.
    Derek QuessenberryAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Orange Beef, a.k.a. Waffle Beef. Absolute delicious.
  • James M.
    James McNuttAugust 27, 2011
    One more time!
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the Szechuan Soy Bean Jelly - pretty hot though!
  • Shan L.
    Shan LuJune 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Steamed chicken with chilly sauce!!
  • PoP O.
    PoP OngsakornFebruary 13, 2011
    Fried squid with salt and pepper is to die for
  • Scot B.
    Scot BNovember 22, 2010
    Chicken with explosive chili pepper!
  • Scot B.
    Scot BNovember 22, 2010
    Hot and sour soup was great.
  • David Stephen K.
    David Stephen KalonickOctober 15, 2010
    This is true authentic Szechuan Cuisine! Everything is good. make sure and try the Green Onion Pancake, and the Hong Kong style Tan Tan Noodle.
  • Larry N.
    Larry NarachiOctober 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    steamed dumplings to die for
  • Jackson W.
    Jackson WangAugust 15, 2010
    Explosive chili chicken! Try to find the chicken among the peppers.
  • Jae R.
    Jae RamosMay 18, 2010
    Try the Dan-Dan Noodles and a chicken/beef/fish w/ peppers dish.
  • Larry N.
    Larry NarachiApril 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Lunches here are less expensive than dinners - the dumplings are yummy and the hot chili oil beef is super HOT
  • Nileshd D.
    Nileshd DJanuary 8, 2010
    Have the chicken with explosive chilli pepper for some hot times
  • Fabio d.
    Fabio de LizDecember 27, 2016
    Muito boa comida, recomendado pelo Guia Michelin em 2016, só a espera que é muito demorada... no mais tudo ótimo!
  • Longfei X.
    Longfei XingAugust 10, 2016
    just show this tip to the waiter/waitress: 我要点沸腾鱼,辣子鸡,干煸四季豆,麻婆豆腐,孜然羊,青岛啤酒每人一瓶。thank me later.
    Upvoted Sep 13
  • Amy W.
    Amy WangJuly 30, 2016
    Most authentic Szechuan food in the states! Order 沸腾鱼,辣子鸡,干煸四季豆
    Upvoted Sep 13
  • Jianyi K.
    Jianyi KouOctober 6, 2015
    水煮鱼和盐煎肉!超棒的!我这个四川人给予一个来自四川的肯定~🙆
  • Isc Paquito S.
    Isc Paquito SilvaDecember 5, 2014
    Comida muy tradicional, opcion de compartir mesa si no se quiere esperar. Buen trato.
  • Jimmy Chun-Hsien F.
    Jimmy Chun-Hsien FuAugust 9, 2013
    Great food, 辣子雞丁 is a must
  • Marina Z.
    Marina ZhaoJuly 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Spicy and authentic dishes that I almost always order: water boiled fish 水煮鱼, cumin lamb 孜然羊肉, 夫妻肺片, spicy string beans 干煸四季豆.
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