Great Eastern Restaurant serves up some of the city’s best seafood-centric dim sum. Sit down to deep-fried seaweed rolls with fish, salt-baked octopus, and mushrooms stuffed with fish paste -- or do as President Obama did back in 2012, and order half of the menu! The white tablecloth atmosphere also makes GER a great place to take visitors for a quality brunch in the heart of Chinatown.
This restaurant in the heart of SF’s Chinatown is well known for a surprise visit from President Obama in 2012, but also its classic menu and ambiance. Be sure to order the Zhu Zhou Dumplings, which are plump with pork and peanuts. This is also the place to rock the seafood side of dim sum: do any of the shrimp dumplings or rolls and the Deep-Fried Salt and Pepper Octopus. And definitely don’t skip the Golden Pumpkin Fries—sliced pumpkin fried tempura-style in a salty egg yolk batter. Reports say our former POTUS ordered basically half the menu, so probably just follow his lead and do the same.
How to enjoy: Walk in (no reservations), call 415-986-2500 for takeout, or get takeout or delivery via delivery apps.