Christmas Chow Down: 8 Best Chinese Restaurants for Christmas in SF

During Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearing in 2010, Senator Lindsey Graham asked Kagan how she had spent Christmas. To great laughter, she replied:  “You know, like all Jews, I was probably at a Chinese restaurant.”

Senator Chuck Schumer offered his contribution to the banter, “If I might, no other restaurants are open.”

For those who don’t celebrate traditional Christmas, the holiday can be a tricky time as most businesses are closed. As such, many Jewish Americans participate in the tradition of dining at local Chinese restaurants during ChristmasFor over a century, Jewish families in the U.S. have been paying a visit to their favorite Chinese restaurant for a special annual meal, which has become a popular tradition in metropolitan hubs.

So if you’re in San Francisco on Christmas with no particular Santa-related festivities in order, we have accrued a list of our 8 favorite Chinese restaurants in San Francisco to eat your way through the Holiday:

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1. R & G Lounge

R&G Lounge | 631 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA | Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11AM–9:30PM, Friday & Saturday: 11AM–10PM | $$ 

2. San Tung

San Tung | 1031 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA | Hours: Thursday-Tuesday: 11AM-3PM, 5PM-9:30PM. Closed Wednesdays.| $$

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3. Koi Palace

Koi Palace | 365 Gellert Boulevard, Daly City, CA | Hours: Monday-Friday: Monday-Friday: 11AM-2:30PM, Saturday: 10AM-3PM, 5PM-10PM, Sunday: 9AM-3PM, 5PM-9:30PM | $$

4. Yank Sing

Yank Sing | 101 Spear Street, San Francisco, CA | Hours: 11AM-3PM, Saturday-Sunday & Holidays: 11AM-4PM  | $$$

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5. Eric’s Restaurant

Eric’s Restaurant 1500 Church Street, San Francisco, CA | Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11AM–9:30PM, Friday: 11AM-10PM, Saturday: 12PM-10PM, Sunday: 12:30PM-9:30PM | $$

Photo: Mona W, Yelp.

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6. Z & Y

Z & Y | 655 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA | Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11AM-9:30PM | $$

7. City View 

City View662 Commercial Street, San Francisco, CA | Hours: Monday-Friday: 11AM-2:30PM, Saturday-Sunday: 10AM-2:30PM | $$

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8. Hong Kong Lounge II

Hong Kong Lounge II | 3300 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA | Hours: Monday-Friday: 10:30AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-8:30PM. Saturday-Sunday: 9:30-2:30, 5:30-8:30PM. Closed Tuesdays. | $$

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