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Eight Tables By George Chen


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We take inspiration from the historic dining style, Si Fang Cai or ‘Private Chateau Cuisine,’ which has been revitalized in the great cities of China. Si Fang Cai is a personal experience, as if you were coming into our home for an elaborate meal prepared in an intimate setting. Our tasting menu is created using the finest seasonal ingredients and is prepared with the utmost respect and care.

8 Kenneth Rexroth Pl. (Intersection of Vallejo St. & Columbus Ave.), San Francisco CA 94133

  • Open Tuesday Through Saturday 5:30pm-9pm
  • Reservations are required

An Unforgettable Experience

You may at first think you’ve lost your way walking through a wrought iron gate to a mysterious alley approaching 8 Kenneth Rexroth Place. But you are exactly where you should be. Continue forward and you will spot an entranceway guarded by two fu dragons with a singular elevator to their right transporting you up to the restrained old-world elegance of Eight Tables. Imagine you are attending a decadent banquet at George’s and his wife Cindy’s home, as this is exactly their intention. Treasured black and white portraits of Chen’s family decorate many a wall further adding a warm welcome into his dining den, along with the sound of jazz from a bygone era playing on a vintage turntable. And then there is the extravagant mobile barcart likened to the most extravagant version of a home bar.

“Worlds Greatest Places”

-Time Magazine

Welcome Home

Eight is considered one of the luckiest numbers in Chinese. Phonetically, the number in Mandarin, “ba”, rhymes with “fa”, the word for fortune or wealth. George Chen creates a unique dining experience around this auspicious number at Eight Tables, celebrating the best of Chinese cuisine. The restaurant is also aptly named for the number of dining tables inhabiting intimate, yet comfortably spacious, nooks in the restaurant.

The feast that awaits you is Chen’s homage to Si Fang Cai, or private chateau cuisine, a dining style of the Qing dynasty that has been revived in recent years across China’s cosmopolitan cities. It is Chinese cuisine through and through with a modern whimsy, style, and boldness, not to be confused as fusion.

“Most Beautiful Restaurant in The Americas.”



For Your Most Precious Occasions

Chef Chen’s vision is to elevate Chinese to the level of any other cuisine as perceived in the West.  At Eight Tables, Chen creates a hyper-seasonal menu that respects the long deep culinary history of Greater China but interprets cuisine in modern innovative and sustainable manner. 

The décor is liken to coming to Chef Chen’s understated elegant home with superior personal service. The beverage program helmed by Somm Genaro Gallo overseas 800+ rare wine selections. 

Come and Experience Eight Tables! 

About George Chen

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George Chen since his teens, has worked in more than a dozen restaurants before creating award winning Betelnut restaurant in 1995. Since then, Chef Chen has created and operated 16 restaurants worldwide and now is primarily focused on the entire culinary China Live experience, especially Eight Tables. Chef Chen is responsible for the creative menu development of all his restaurants and continues his mission to bring fine Chinese food to the forefront of worldwide culinary recognition.


Menu And Reservations

We currently offer three Tasting Menu Experiences, in addition to Special Holiday Experiences.  Our tasting menus. change monthly and feature seasonal flavors with each rendition.  Please call for up to date menu information, and with advance notice we are happy to adjust the menu to accommodate certain dietary restrictions. 

  • Imperial Degustation Long Menu – 帝国品味. $300/person  
  • Culinary Explorations – 烹饪探索. Medium Menu: $185/person
  • Seasonal Short Story – 时令小食.  Short Menu: $105/person  

The above pricing is not inclusive of beverages, 20% Service Fee, SF Mandate and Sales Tax.  

Enhance your dining experience with a wine pairing from our extensive 1000+ bottle reserve, serviced by advanced certified sommeliers.  

Reservations: Reservation deposit is $125 per person for the Imperial Degustation Menu and $85 for the Culinary Explorations Menu.  Reservation deposits secure your reservation and will be full applied to your final bill.  Please contact us 415-788-8788 or email if you need. further assistance. 

Corkage Policy: $75 per bottle, with a maximum of 2 bottles per part

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