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Chili House

4.3
4.3
303 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese
Chili House Chinese Restaurant is an award winning San Francisco Chinese restaurant located on dynamic Clement Street in San Francisco which prepares all your favorite authentic Chinese cuisine, Szechuan regional specialties including spicy and non-spicy dishes, Mandarin style dim sum and family dishes.

Chef Han has served two Chinese Presidents and was the previous Executive Chef in the office of the Consulate General of China in San Francisco.

San Francisco residents, as well as tourist and dignitaries from all around the world come to Chili House for business lunch, dinners, special events and to order our fast and reliable Chinese take out.

At Chili House Chinese Restaurant, we prepare delicious Chinese cuisine that is full of flavor. We consider ourselves to be the best Chinese food restaurant around and with one bite from our amazing menu, we are confident you will feel the same. We invite you to come in and become a new loyal customer.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Dim Sum, Chinese (Sichuan)

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Mon, Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 387-2658

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Han

What 303 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Came for Thanksgiving. They definitely need more staff and update their reservation/waitlist system. They still use pen and paper when tablets would keep things more organized. We had a reservation, but still ended up waiting over an hour for a table because they accidentally skipped us on the paper. It was busy, so this was understandable, but they can make our lives (guests) and the limited amount of staff’s lives a whole lot easier if they just upgraded with the times.
  2. RC

    RyanC

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We had heard really good things about Chili House so we were a bit disappointed by our experience. Nothing was particularly bad per se, but nothing wowed us either. The food was a bit too greasy although maybe we just happened to order the wrong set of dishes. Also, we had hoped to have the Peking duck but when we got there, we found out we had to reserve one in advance! Don’t forget to reserve a duck when you are making a reservation!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Make sure to reserve your duck. On Thanksgiving, the later in the day you make your reservation, you might have to wait longer than you expect. Plan ahead and eat a snack, give them a break they are working really hard and their food is worth the wait. They have done so much to improve the holiday flow. It’s the best duck in town, so go with the flow or go somewhere else. Shout out to the staff for making our holiday meal so special every time we go!
  4. F

    Food

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent and the waiter was hustling and friendly!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Guam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a picky teenager and three adults that all loved the food here. Highly recommend the basil chicken.
  6. KD

    KDog

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    It was freezing in the restaurant, food was extremely greasy and tasteless, quick service and friendly staff.
  7. JP

    JPB65

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whenever I am in San Francisco, I always go to the chili house. It is a favorite of mine and my family’s. The food is delicious, we have never had a bad dish. I highly recommend it.
  8. F

    Frequenttraveler

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    It was booked as best duck, however it was ok but nothing special. I am a regular at Peking Duck in Chinatown in nyc and it’s far superior. Also the dumplings were mushy and tasteless. I would not recommend Chili House!
  9. k

    kadidiac

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This place definitely deserves its name. More than half the items on the extensive menu are spicy. So if that's not your thing, this is not the place for you. The service was good and the food was good as well. From the hype online (i.e. famous chef with VIP clientele, we had definitely expected a bigger place with more different décor but in the end the food is all that counts. The place was packed, and many of the guests were Asians so that's a good sign. The only disappointment was that we had specifically searched for dim sum and the menu had a limited amount of dumplings.
  10. L

    Lyndie

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We called ahead and order the duck based on all the reviews. We were certainly NOT led astray. So if you’re reading these reviews and thinking “wow, people love the duck” you’re right! Call now and order yours today. Also great dumplings!
  11. f

    foodieandmermaid

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Chili House is amazing. I've had several items and they've all been great - my favorite was obviously the duck (which you have to order in advance) and the string beans. I'll be going back for exactly that meal again soon!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I made the reservation for my son’s birthday. I made sure to reserve the Peking Duck special which we all enjoyed. I’m glad that the restaurant gives the option to make soup or another dish of the duck pieces with bones. Nothing is wasted. The rest of the entrees we ordered did not disappoint either. The servers are very attentive and nice. A good place for a family meal. Or, any occasion.
  13. A

    Ahieng

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Guess what, Chili didn't honor my Open Table reservation because they didn't have it on this blood re my reservation from Opentable. I showed the proof of my reservation with Opentable. It should have been a Zero rating for our meal went downhill from there with service, food, costs, etc., etc. This may dissuade me from making a reservation with OpenTable, going forward!
  14. s

    stan43

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exciting night, lots of happy diners, great and unique cuisine, special place for an international visito!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Not too happy. A restaurant special on Peking duck and you require to special order it !!!!!
  16. G

    Groupie

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Four of us, all local, had never been to this restaurant and were pleasantly surprised. We had a great meal. The duck was as advertised and everything else was delicious, too.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. The service was excellent. The atmosphere was great. Peking duck is a must! A must if you're visiting S.F.
  18. l

    laurenm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an amazing restaurant. Great food and great environment. I'm so glad I found it.
  19. K

    Krista

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Excellent food! Peking Duck was amazing, make sure you order ahead—they sell out! We were seated 30 minutes after our reservation time, be prepared for that. Still definitely worth it!!
  20. a

    anthony

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! I saw a couple of negative reviews and got iffy but after trying it we absolutely loved everything we ordered and service was even better!
  21. t

    tanyaf

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Definitely overpriced but maybe because it’s in SF. A bit too oily for my taste. The Explosive Chicken was all chilies and very little chicken which was more like little chicken nuggets. Probably won’t go again.
  22. TA

    TheAlaskans

    Anchorage

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Was a bit Put out that they would charge me $.25 for a cheap bag after requesting a box also charged $.25 for our leftovers. Not so much the price but the fact that they would actually charge me for a bag that cost them may be a nickel. Don’t think we’ll be back
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Way too Salty - had to send most of the food back
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    We had a reservation for 6pm and we waited for 20 minutes without being able to speak to anyone. There were so many people in line before us and no open tables. We had 3 small children with us, which is why we made a reservation. Please don’t call it a “reservation” if it’s really just a spot in line.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was good
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was one of the best Chinese food I have had! My whole family enjoyed their meals very much!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    I love Chili House but had a poor experience. I arrived for my reservation but had to wait 15 minutes to chat with someone. Then was told that I had to wait for about 45 min for my reservation. We ended up not eating here due to this.
  28. BH

    BrianH

    Yucatán

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were here for the Peking duck and it didn’t disappoint.
  29. T

    Terrible

    Houston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Don't waste your time. We called on Wednesday morning and made a reservation for Thursday 7:30 pm and we ordered the duck. 24 hour notice. They said everything would be ready. We arrive early and are seated after 7:30 pm and we notice several tables being served duck ... we can't wait. Finally get seated and gentleman comes up to us and says... "Sorry our oven broke and your duck was not cooked." Several tables have duck and you can see the kitchen slicing duck for another table.. I asked about the duck being prepared? Gentleman sayes... sorry that is not your duck! We don't have your duck... I had to laugh! It was like a Monty Python skit. I asked if he was serious? He said so sorry.. free tea for the able. Can you believe this? HILARIOUS! Miraculously the oven broke for our duck only! And likely was working fine the next day... is it possible they sold our duck and ran out? AWFUL and FUNNY! What a bunch of fools! Don't waste your time. Plenty of better options right down the street. Terrible.
  30. J

    J685

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great place, would give it 4.5 if I could. great value as well, we couldn't finish everything we were enjoying
  31. s

    stan43

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service yum yum
  32. AS

    AndreaS

    Czech Republic

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The duck was undercooked.
  33. t

    tascerbo

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Best Peking Duck we've ever had... you just need to tell them a day ahead. So many other tasty, delicious items on an extensive menu. Not sure what to order?... Just ask any of the servers, they're happy to make suggestions. Can't say enough good things about this place. We'll definitely be going back.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Need to be assertive about ordering or the service will almost never come by. Tad difficult to get seated even after reservations, can’t blame them for having no open tables though. Food was excellent and came out in nice waves. Highly recommend this seemingly hidden gem.
  35. K

    Kevin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food at a reasonable (by SF standards) prices.
  36. BS

    BerkleyS

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    No need to order anything except the Peking duck and string beans. So yummy! Service is fine but they are always very rushed/ busy.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Dishes were great, service was the typical like most Chinese restaurants. The host was a bit rude but worth over looking that point for the food.
  38. RB

    RichardB

    Singapore

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great value. Excellent Peking Duck and Dim Sum just like you get in China and Singapore (where we used to live).
  39. BF

    BrianF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We went for the Peking Duck, which was fantastic. Our 8:30 reservation was just before the restaurant closed. They took care of us and had the Duck ready for us upon arrival. Nice little place.
  40. f

    fianna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Peking duck is very authentic and roasted perfectly with crispy skin. The chef who sliced our Peking duck is so skilled and made two beautiful sliced duck platter out of the duck we ordered. The fish in chili oil is also very very on point. The staff at the restaurant are all very friendly and attentive. Over all 10/10 experience! Will definitely go again bringing friends!

FAQs

Chili House does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Chili House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 387-2658.

Chili House is rated 4.3 stars by 303 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Chili House

726 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond District

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Mon, Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Dim Sum, Chinese (Sichuan)

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Han

  • Additional

    Beer, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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