Mission Chinese Food

Chinese, American, Asian
$ $
2234 Mission St (btwn 18th & 19th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
11:30am - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 10:30pm
5:00pm - 10:30pm
5:00pm - 10:30pm
11:30am - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 10:30pm
11:30am - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 10:30pm
11:30am - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 10:30pm
11:30am - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 10:30pm

The past two years were tough ones for wunderkind Danny Bowien. The Lower East Side iteration of his San Francisco success Mission Chinese was shut down by the health department for sanitary violations (it has since reopened in a new location), he became involved in lawsuits with his landlord, and his Mexican endeavor, Mission Cantina, was met with a relative critical shrug. But meanwhile, the Korean-born, Oklahoma-raised chef’s original San Francisco Mission Chinese keeps plugging along, serving the kung pao pastrami, cumin lamb breast, and riff on ma po tofu that earned him praise for doing to Chinese food "what Led Zeppelin did to the blues.”

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015



  • The cumin lamb belly? Fiery and addictive. Warm egg custard with duck confit and sea urchin? Brilliant. Hot-and-sour pork dumplings made to order? Further proof that MCF is no accident.
  • Try crossing the studied, Sichuan-laced creations of a workhorse young chef with a kickback dive atmo pumped up by ghetto rap and a 60-foot dragon. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Serving classic Chinese recipes and some of Chef Dannys own creations. As recommended by Travel Channel host, Anthony Bourdain.
  • The dining room may not be much, but dishes like salt cod fried rice and lion's head meatballs are amazing. 75 cents of each main course goes to charity.
  • Don't be shocked if you're the ONLY Asian person in there...
  • Salt cod fried rice is SUPER good. Tea smoked eel is also great!
  • The thrice cooked bacon, general tso's veal rib, and salt cod fried rice are not to be missed. Also, the mix of 90s rap and Beatles/Hendrix/Queen is pretty unbeatable.
  • The General Tso's veal rib is the kind of dish that's delicious enough to convince you to utterly compromise any vestige of dinner table etiquette you may have been foolishly maintaining until now.
  • Some of the best food you'll ever put in your facehole. Order a Tsing Tao to help cool off after the spice explosion!
  • Ma po tofu is spicy good and a big order. Mongolian beef cheek, thrice cooked beef, and sizzling cumin lamb are other reasons why this is a top Chinese eat
  • Try the Saly Cod Fried Rice with Ma Po Tofu
  • Stealthily enclosed within Lung Shan Restaurant, if offers "insanely tasty" "updated Sino small plates" (thanks Ramon C)
  • Try the Peking duck "chinito" or a succulent whole roasted chicken in ginger & wine sauce. Eat-in, take-out or have it delivered - no matter how you get it, the food is crazy good.
  • Thrice cooked bacon and cumin lamb ribs are awesome! Better food and shorter wait than the one in NYC.
  • Best food I've ever had!!
  • It's been said 100 times before, but get the thrice cooked bacon...Immediately. Seriously.
  • The Kung Pao Pastrami was amazing!!!!
  • Critics' darling Mission Chinese Food has A+ vegan options, but the Tiger Salad always wins. This roll packs Chinese herbs and crunchy lettuces, drizzled with hot chili oil and turnip vinegar.
  • The dishes served here are simply amazing! I highly recommend the Chicken Wings with Explosive Chili Pepper, the Sizzling Cumin Lamb and the Ma Po Tofu.

Nearby places

3692 18th St (at Dolores St)
2790 Harrison St (at 24th St)
3491 19th St (at Valencia St)