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SF’s Chinatown Grant Ave. Outdoor Dining Now Thru December

Enjoy dining under vibrant red lanterns along Grant Ave. every weekend, July through December
By - posted 9/23/2020 No Comment

The event San Francisco Chinatown’s iconic Grant Avenue will be closed off to traffic and cars for a pleasant open walkway under vibrant red lanterns every weekend from July through December.

Enjoy a historic street stroll, outdoor dining, and an Asian shopping experience.

Update: Originally scheduled to end on September 20th, the SF Chinatown Merchants Association announced on 9/20 that the “Walkway Weekends” will be extended every Saturday and Sunday through December 27th.

San Francisco Chinatown Walkway Weekends

Every Saturday & Sunday | 11am to 5pm
Grant Ave. btween California and Washington
Through September 20, 2020Extended to December 27th

SFMTA reports that Commercial will also be closed to traffic between Kearny and Grant

10 Outdoor Dining Options in Chinatown

Updated 7/24/20 – Please note that details and restaurant hours may change

Order takeout from any of the following restaurants and enjoy dining on outdoor tables set up along Grant Ave.

  • Boiling Shrimp Restaurant – Reasonably priced off the beaten path at 150 Waverly Place (near Washington) with authentic Northern Chinese comfort food and quick bites including Pot stickers, fried rice, wonton noodle soup, and fried seafood noodles.
  • Bow Han Restaurant – Known for Chinese comfort food, specialties include chicken, sausage and mushroom clay pot, curry chicken, Kung bow prawn, fresh oysters, fried eggplant and spring rolls. 850 Grant near Washington.
  • China Live! – A daily changing menu that often includes roasted peking duck with seasonal fruit glazes, taipei braised beef noodle soup, sheng jian bro dumplings, pan fried pork dumplings, lap cheong, chrysanthemum salad with starfruit vineyard, and sesame soft serve, and mango shaved ice. Outside dining, delivery and pickup only 4-8:30pm. 644 Broadway St.

  • Chinatown Restaurant – Open for outdoor dining and take-out Monday through Saturday 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Diners can enjoy balcony dining at this colorful restaurant, which serves dim sum, seafood, Peking duck and many traditional Northern and Southern Chinese dishes. 744 Washington across from Portsmouth Sq.
  • Dim Sum Corner – New restaurant at picturesque corner of California and Grant serves cooked-to-order dim sum dishes prepared as delectable bite-sized portions in bamboo bow steamer baskets. Boba drinks and fruit teas also available.
  • Far East Cafe – Iconic restaurant at 631 Grant serves popular Cantonese dishes including fried chicken wings, wonton soup with vegetables and sweet and sour spare ribs.
  • Grand Place Restaurant – Well known for hanging ducks in the window and specializes in rice porridge soups, Chinese donuts, roast duck, and wonton noodle soup. 737 Washington btwn Grant and Portsmouth Square.
  • Mr. Jiu’s – Contemporary Chinese restaurant in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, which celebrates the legacy of traditional Chinese recipes while embracing the California heritage of local and sustainable produce and pantry. In 2017 named one of Bon Appetite Magazine’s best new restaurants in the US. Tues-Sat. 1:00-6:30 pm, Friday and Saturday evening outdoor dining coming soon. Check their website or call ahead for hours. 28 Waverly Place
  • Spicy King – Spicy Szechuan and classic country style dishes including green onion pancakes, bbq chicken wings, hot pots, organic vegetables, spicy garlic prawns, fish fillet with chopped red pepper with spicy jalapeño. 65 Waverly Place.
  • Washington Bakery – Look for Hong Kong inspired dishes with a bistro flare serving hand-crafted drinks (pearl milk teas), pastries, cakes, Chinese Fried Bread plus dishes like Won Ton Soup, Pork Lion Porridge, and Shrimp Dumpling Braised Noodles. 733 Washington btwn Grant and Portsmouth Square.