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Utopia Cafe

139 Waverly Pl. (Grant Ave.) Send to Phone
415-956-2902 | Menu
This spot tucked away in an alley and catering mostly to Chinatown residents remains one of the city's best kept secrets.
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Utopia Cafe Restaurant Review

: This unassuming spot tucked away in a little alley just off the bustling main drag remains one of Chinatown's best kept secrets, catering mostly to residents who come for the home-cooked Hong Kong-style cuisine. Utopia specializes in clay pots, but there's so much more than that---the calamari is fresh while the fried tofu has a crispy exterior that surrounds a marshmallow-soft inside. The salt-and-pepper chicken wings are big, meaty and flavorful and the small fish, thinly battered bite-size fried smelt, are as addictive as potato chips. The wonton soup---plump little dumplings filled with mostly shrimp and a bit of pork ---is also above average, and the coating on the sweet-and-sour chicken remains crunchy even in the thick sauce. Groups can order chef's choice for ten people for around $15 per person. Utopia uses only fresh seasonal ingredients and dishes are prepared using very little oil, further setting it apart from the neighborhood's many tourist traps.

User Ratings & Reviews for Utopia Cafe
Average rating    4.5
Reviews 1 - 2 of 21
Delicious food & quality, excellent food
by ktango on Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:31 pm
 
This is a gem waiting to be discovered. The restaurant is not fancy but their food is SO SO good! More important, the food quality is consistently good. Their salt & pepper chicken wings appetizer and clay pot dishes is famous. We have steamed crab that night and it is delicious too. Most of the dishes that we have are not greasy and not over seasoned. It is so much better that the average Chinatown restaurants.

I highly recommend people to go there. Their food is good, price is right, and service is excellent
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Nice atmosphere, good meals, friendly service, affordable
by mail4uli on Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:04 am
 
I have been in the Utopia Cafe for dinner. I had been in holidays and I was glad to find such a place: I liked it and I would recommend this restaurant.
 
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