Betelnut

★★★★★
  • 2030 Union St

    San Francisco, CA 94123

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  • 415-929-8855

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Betelnut is another one of my favorites in the San Francisco area. The Szechuan Green Beans are to DIE for. Everything else I've had there has been really good, too. The calamari combines the perfect amount of spice with sweetness.

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Betelnut is another one of my favorites in the San Francisco area. The Szechuan Green Beans are to DIE for. Everything else I've had there has been really good, too. The calamari combines the perfect amount of spice with sweetness.

Pros: Green Beans, fun atmosphere

Cons: crowded, noisy

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They are recommended on Michelin guide along Nopa and Burma Superstar, but I'm not sure if I can say that they are producing same kind of quality food.

Food/Beverage: 3.5 stars
Although they were all fairly good, nothing blew our mind. Thai noodles, Mee Goreng, Kalbi were all familiar, but made me think of 3 different restaurants where I could have them better and cheaper.

Plate presentation needs work. They really look like somebody just threw things on plates.

Bloody Mary they have there, with green onion and garlic and other spices in, was very good. I wasn't too excited about the beverage list presentation and the gimmicky drink list they had.

Service: 3 stars
Food came out quickly enough, but servers can be rude or just not proper and polite. Without a hello, they go right into "Do you know what you want to drink?" as soon as you sit down.

Atmosphere: 3.5 stars
The place is set up to look like old Shanghai, I guess. I think it's working for what it is. I'm not sure about the server uniform. That looks a bit cheesy. Great that they have an open kitchen, but if the cooks in the kitchen have to look at you up and down and keep staring your at butt as you are trying to go to the restroom, not a great restaurant experience.

I probably won't be back. If you experience them once, that might be enough.

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They are recommended on Michelin guide along Nopa and Burma Superstar, but I'm not sure if I can say that they are producing same kind of quality food.

Food/Beverage: 3.5 stars
Although they were all fairly good, nothing blew our mind. Thai noodles, Mee Goreng, Kalbi were all familiar, but made me think of 3 different restaurants where I could have them better and cheaper.

Plate presentation needs work. They really look like somebody just threw things on plates.

Bloody Mary they have there, with green onion and garlic and other spices in, was very good. I wasn't too excited about the beverage list presentation and the gimmicky drink list they had.

Service: 3 stars
Food came out quickly enough, but servers can be rude or just not proper and polite. Without a hello, they go right into "Do you know what you want to drink?" as soon as you sit down.

Atmosphere: 3.5 stars
The place is set up to look like old Shanghai, I guess. I think it's working for what it is. I'm not sure about the server uniform. That looks a bit cheesy. Great that they have an open kitchen, but if the cooks in the kitchen have to look at you up and down and keep staring your at butt as you are trying to go to the restroom, not a great restaurant experience.

I probably won't be back. If you experience them once, that might be enough.

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We decided to try this popular restaurant, and we were extremely disappointed. Our appetizer, a Mongolian Hoisin dish was innovative and extremely tasty, but the main courses just could not compare. The Indonesian noodle dish was

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We decided to try this popular restaurant, and we were extremely disappointed. Our appetizer, a Mongolian Hoisin dish was innovative and extremely tasty, but the main courses just could not compare. The Indonesian noodle dish was

Pros: Cool Decor

Cons: Food Quality

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I?ve been here before and each time, I have had a very pleasant dining experience. On top of that, did you know this restaurant is teaming up with StreetSmart4kids? It?s actually really cool what they?re doing. I just heard about how

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I?ve been here before and each time, I have had a very pleasant dining experience. On top of that, did you know this restaurant is teaming up with StreetSmart4kids? It?s actually really cool what they?re doing. I just heard about how

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Boo urns! My boyfriend wanted to take me some place fancy for my 25th birthday and had heard great things about this place. We make early reservations so we can enjoy a nice long meal before going out. So we show up at 6:30 I get all

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Boo urns! My boyfriend wanted to take me some place fancy for my 25th birthday and had heard great things about this place. We make early reservations so we can enjoy a nice long meal before going out. So we show up at 6:30 I get all

Pros: nice ambience

Cons: over priced food awful awful awful service

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Wow talk about horrible dining experience, I made reservations for a party of 13. I called weeks in advance and requested the room they have to be held for us, they agreed to make it so. They call a few days before to confirm, I tell them

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★★★★★

Wow talk about horrible dining experience, I made reservations for a party of 13. I called weeks in advance and requested the room they have to be held for us, they agreed to make it so. They call a few days before to confirm, I tell them

Cons: just a terrible experience

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The atmosphere, food and service are consistently fabulous. Betelnut has been around for quite some time on Union Street and you can see why. Great service with excellent management! We'll be back.

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The atmosphere, food and service are consistently fabulous. Betelnut has been around for quite some time on Union Street and you can see why. Great service with excellent management! We'll be back.

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This place is very popular, so you either need to eat early or make reservations. But you will not be disappointed with the experience! The food is delicious and creative, and never disappointing. The calamari is a must, but you can't

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This place is very popular, so you either need to eat early or make reservations. But you will not be disappointed with the experience! The food is delicious and creative, and never disappointing. The calamari is a must, but you can't

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After hearing what a great place this was, my boyfriend and I decided to go there for a nice dinner. Our waiter was quick to get us water, but that was where the promptness ended. Our drink (a "sake-collada") couldn't have had any

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After hearing what a great place this was, my boyfriend and I decided to go there for a nice dinner. Our waiter was quick to get us water, but that was where the promptness ended. Our drink (a "sake-collada") couldn't have had any

Pros: Sometimes clever food presentation

Cons: Service, seasoning, salt

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We've been going to San Francisco for Christmas for the past 3 years. This restaurant is a must for us. The staff is very polite and accommodating and the food is great. The calamari, salads, and dumplings were very good. We did have

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We've been going to San Francisco for Christmas for the past 3 years. This restaurant is a must for us. The staff is very polite and accommodating and the food is great. The calamari, salads, and dumplings were very good. We did have

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We went there for a birthday party. The service was good, considering we were a large group (12 people). We were seated promptly and the food came as fast as they could (about 20-25 minutes after the order) but since there were a lot of

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★★★★★

We went there for a birthday party. The service was good, considering we were a large group (12 people). We were seated promptly and the food came as fast as they could (about 20-25 minutes after the order) but since there were a lot of

Pros: ambience, food

Cons: difficult to make a reservation

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This place is overated and the staff is completely rude. We went on a Saturday afternoon for some drinks and appetizers and there were not any tables available in the bar area so we sat at the bar and waited for a table to open. When we

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This place is overated and the staff is completely rude. We went on a Saturday afternoon for some drinks and appetizers and there were not any tables available in the bar area so we sat at the bar and waited for a table to open. When we

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These are not your mom's greenbeans. Betelnut's signature chili greenbeans are a must order at this asian fusion hot spot on Union.

Always crowded, for good reason, It may be hard to get a table, but its worth it. If the sound of chili crusted calamari, seared scallop cakes, braised short ribs, and fresh mojitos sound like the perfect dinner, then you will love betelnut.

A definite must try

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These are not your mom's greenbeans. Betelnut's signature chili greenbeans are a must order at this asian fusion hot spot on Union.

Always crowded, for good reason, It may be hard to get a table, but its worth it. If the sound of chili crusted calamari, seared scallop cakes, braised short ribs, and fresh mojitos sound like the perfect dinner, then you will love betelnut.

A definite must try

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Time and time again the food is served to the standard that popularized Betelnut. However, if you are old and disabled or have soem one in your crowd who is this is a difficult restaurant given they push you out the door as fast as possible.

PROS: Food good quality decent value
CONS: Cattle pushing

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★★☆☆☆

Time and time again the food is served to the standard that popularized Betelnut. However, if you are old and disabled or have soem one in your crowd who is this is a difficult restaurant given they push you out the door as fast as possible.

PROS: Food good quality decent value
CONS: Cattle pushing

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The atmosphere makes this place. The food was delicious and had a large selection of excotic beverages. They do take reservations which will certainly cut down your wait time especially on the weekends. I highly recommed the green beans

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★★★★★

The atmosphere makes this place. The food was delicious and had a large selection of excotic beverages. They do take reservations which will certainly cut down your wait time especially on the weekends. I highly recommed the green beans

Pros: Great food at good price

Cons: Parking

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eating here the day after having dinner at the slanted door was a big no-no. i don't think there was anything they could have done or served to even be close to what i wanted. the food wasn't bad - it just didn't stand out. their spicy

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eating here the day after having dinner at the slanted door was a big no-no. i don't think there was anything they could have done or served to even be close to what i wanted. the food wasn't bad - it just didn't stand out. their spicy

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This is a fun little place on Union Street. It's a cute restaurant, the food is good, and there are tv's at the bar (for all you sports freaks). Sometime it takes a while to get seated but it's worth it. \r
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It is however a little

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This is a fun little place on Union Street. It's a cute restaurant, the food is good, and there are tv's at the bar (for all you sports freaks). Sometime it takes a while to get seated but it's worth it. \r
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It is however a little

Pros: Fun area, cute place.

Cons: A little pricey for what it is.

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Good thai/fusion food in a trendy, popular setting. The food is served family-style, which makes it a fun place for groups. It does get crowded though so be sure to call ahead - especially if you do go with a group. There i a bar where you can grab a drink while you wait, but space is limited and not great for chatting. Service is hit-or-miss, but overall it's a fun restaurant with yummy food.

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★★★★☆

Good thai/fusion food in a trendy, popular setting. The food is served family-style, which makes it a fun place for groups. It does get crowded though so be sure to call ahead - especially if you do go with a group. There i a bar where you can grab a drink while you wait, but space is limited and not great for chatting. Service is hit-or-miss, but overall it's a fun restaurant with yummy food.

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I agree with the two posts below. This place is overrated. I've definitely been to better restaurants in SF. If the food was just mediocre, the hostess that seated us was just plain rude and snobby! Not only did she pass right in front

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I agree with the two posts below. This place is overrated. I've definitely been to better restaurants in SF. If the food was just mediocre, the hostess that seated us was just plain rude and snobby! Not only did she pass right in front

Pros: nothing really

Cons: rude hostess, mediocre food, overrated

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Surprisingly enough, this Asian fusion was interestingly tasty. Appetizer was a samoas, which wasn't bad. Some folks would enjoy the mango chutney but I'm not fond of sweet dips. Emerald fire noodle with mint, Thai basil - was a bit

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Surprisingly enough, this Asian fusion was interestingly tasty. Appetizer was a samoas, which wasn't bad. Some folks would enjoy the mango chutney but I'm not fond of sweet dips. Emerald fire noodle with mint, Thai basil - was a bit

Pros: spacious , patio seating

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Anyone who is posting this retaurant as "Highly recommended" clearly has no idea what quality cuisine is! I don't know what it was but the food was terrible, flavorless, and bland.....I think it's all the hype people are giving this

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Anyone who is posting this retaurant as "Highly recommended" clearly has no idea what quality cuisine is! I don't know what it was but the food was terrible, flavorless, and bland.....I think it's all the hype people are giving this

Pros: Location, Location, Location

Cons: Food, Food, did I mention Food?

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I made a reservation for 6:30 and the three of us were promptly seated at a table right in front of the kitchen. I saw five empty booths around us and thought it'd be more comfortable since we wanted to have a little more privacy. I

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I made a reservation for 6:30 and the three of us were promptly seated at a table right in front of the kitchen. I saw five empty booths around us and thought it'd be more comfortable since we wanted to have a little more privacy. I

Cons: rude, snobby, elitist

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pretty good spot overall, dinner was good, drinks were good and place was hoping with a young crowd having a great time. our waiter was soso and didnt impress me too much, but that shouldnt stop you from going. i will definitely go back

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★★★★★

pretty good spot overall, dinner was good, drinks were good and place was hoping with a young crowd having a great time. our waiter was soso and didnt impress me too much, but that shouldnt stop you from going. i will definitely go back

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I've been to Betelnut plenty of times and love it on every visit. I'd recommend the pork spare ribs and orange firecracker chicken. Nice ambience, great food!!!

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I've been to Betelnut plenty of times and love it on every visit. I'd recommend the pork spare ribs and orange firecracker chicken. Nice ambience, great food!!!

Pros: yummy food, good value, people watching

Cons: parking, long wait at times

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I've visited Betelnut many times with my date, my friends, and my families. It's a place for all kinds of group. The cocktails here are interesting, too, especially those with Sake. I like the Tsunami. It's really good for girls!!!

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I've visited Betelnut many times with my date, my friends, and my families. It's a place for all kinds of group. The cocktails here are interesting, too, especially those with Sake. I like the Tsunami. It's really good for girls!!!

Pros: Ambience, Cocktail, Food

Cons: Parking, Busy

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Pejiu Wu Betelnut is fresh and exotic far eastern street food. For starters an order of short ribs, maybe the cabage roll and try the dumplings - all are sure to stimulate the palate. The green beans are a must. Entrees are generous and rich in flavor. The beverages from their bar are clean and honest to their titles. Try sitting at the counter in the kitchen/prep area as the activity is incredible. The atmosphere is generally loud & reservations are highly recommended. The restaurant is clean & well maintained.

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Pejiu Wu Betelnut is fresh and exotic far eastern street food. For starters an order of short ribs, maybe the cabage roll and try the dumplings - all are sure to stimulate the palate. The green beans are a must. Entrees are generous and rich in flavor. The beverages from their bar are clean and honest to their titles. Try sitting at the counter in the kitchen/prep area as the activity is incredible. The atmosphere is generally loud & reservations are highly recommended. The restaurant is clean & well maintained.

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When browsing I came across my favorite restaurant with bad reviews from 2 years ago. I am 28, and have enjoy (along with my friends) Betelnut Restaurant. We go to this restaurant not only to celebrate promotions, b-day's, engagements,

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When browsing I came across my favorite restaurant with bad reviews from 2 years ago. I am 28, and have enjoy (along with my friends) Betelnut Restaurant. We go to this restaurant not only to celebrate promotions, b-day's, engagements,

Pros: food, atmosphere, wine/liqour selection

Cons: parking, advanced reservation, crowded

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I've been to Betelnut many, many times since it's opening and still love it. The bloody mary is unbeatable, all dishes are delish. Favorites include the Little Dragon Dumplings, Mongolian Hoison Pork, and the Szechuan Green Beans. A new

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I've been to Betelnut many, many times since it's opening and still love it. The bloody mary is unbeatable, all dishes are delish. Favorites include the Little Dragon Dumplings, Mongolian Hoison Pork, and the Szechuan Green Beans. A new

Pros: Atmosphere, Food/Drinks, Service

Cons: Make reservations

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Still a great place after all these years. Love the menu and feel that the restaurant represents a pretty good value for some excellent food.

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Still a great place after all these years. Love the menu and feel that the restaurant represents a pretty good value for some excellent food.

Pros: Food, Fun drinks, Good value

Cons: Always busy, Noisy, Sometimes slow servic

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I've been to Betelnut three times, and have had good experiences. Be sure to try the lettuce leaf chicken wraps and the green beans. This place is *loud* so if you're planning to have a serious conversation you may want to go elsewhere.

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I've been to Betelnut three times, and have had good experiences. Be sure to try the lettuce leaf chicken wraps and the green beans. This place is *loud* so if you're planning to have a serious conversation you may want to go elsewhere.

Pros: Fun, Different, Tasty

Cons: Loud

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This place is NOT a place I'd take kids. It is noisy, crowded, loud - okay, so they might blend in, but I can't imagine them enjoying the interminable waits and the snooty staff!

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★★★★★

This place is NOT a place I'd take kids. It is noisy, crowded, loud - okay, so they might blend in, but I can't imagine them enjoying the interminable waits and the snooty staff!

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I have accepted the long waits for service, food, and drinks, but being called overweight by the hosts was too much. My boyfriend and I went there on a date and the host decided to refer to us as the large, overweight people rather than

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★★★★★

I have accepted the long waits for service, food, and drinks, but being called overweight by the hosts was too much. My boyfriend and I went there on a date and the host decided to refer to us as the large, overweight people rather than

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I really enjoyed the food, especially the appetizers. The spicy calamari and short ribs are fantastic. All the entrees are worth a try - the rib eye and green beans are great. The wait is consistently long, so know that going in.

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I really enjoyed the food, especially the appetizers. The spicy calamari and short ribs are fantastic. All the entrees are worth a try - the rib eye and green beans are great. The wait is consistently long, so know that going in.

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Perfect (inexpensive) place for a dinner-date. Avoid the chicken, which is large and awkward to eat with chop sticks. But everything else is fabulous.

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Perfect (inexpensive) place for a dinner-date. Avoid the chicken, which is large and awkward to eat with chop sticks. But everything else is fabulous.

Pros: Great ambiance

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I've been dragged their twice. The wait time is never ending, the service is horrible, the food OK. I have no idea what the draw there is, except to be "cool." If you go, be prepared for an hour wait to be seated, a half hour (plus) to

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★★★★★

I've been dragged their twice. The wait time is never ending, the service is horrible, the food OK. I have no idea what the draw there is, except to be "cool." If you go, be prepared for an hour wait to be seated, a half hour (plus) to

Pros: Trendy Scene

Cons: Service, Wait Time, Value

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This is the second time Ive been to Betelnut for lunch on a visit to San Francisco. The food is good and the service I had was great I sat at the counter. The Union Street Fair was on and the place was packed. It was great sitting at

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★★★★★

This is the second time Ive been to Betelnut for lunch on a visit to San Francisco. The food is good and the service I had was great I sat at the counter. The Union Street Fair was on and the place was packed. It was great sitting at

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I have been taking friends here for about 3 years and the Green Beans never fail! Fun, tropical setting, great food, nice breeze coming in open terrace.

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I have been taking friends here for about 3 years and the Green Beans never fail! Fun, tropical setting, great food, nice breeze coming in open terrace.

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We were a party of 7 with reservations. we were seated promptly, had terrific service and a wonderful meal. Although it was Thursday Betelnut was packed! Reservations really helped. My party had a great time and did not feel out of

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★★★★★

We were a party of 7 with reservations. we were seated promptly, had terrific service and a wonderful meal. Although it was Thursday Betelnut was packed! Reservations really helped. My party had a great time and did not feel out of

Pros: Great food, Fun Atmosphere

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The food is good. The service is horrible. I should have read the reviews before I went there. Apparently this restaurant has a horrible reputation for their service so don't be suprised when you go there. The worst thing that they did was

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The food is good. The service is horrible. I should have read the reviews before I went there. Apparently this restaurant has a horrible reputation for their service so don't be suprised when you go there. The worst thing that they did was

Pros: Food

Cons: Service, Service, Service

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That's what we call the hostesses - BETELSNOTS. The food we had was very, very good but the hostesses who just think they're too divine to be helpful...well, HELLO...anyone home? You're hostesses not moviestars! So if you're a brave soul

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That's what we call the hostesses - BETELSNOTS. The food we had was very, very good but the hostesses who just think they're too divine to be helpful...well, HELLO...anyone home? You're hostesses not moviestars! So if you're a brave soul

Pros: food, strong drinks, eye candy crowd

Cons: attitude, attitude, attitude

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well they were busy. but if you know ethnic food in the town, then there is no reason to go here. you can spend less money and usually get better tasting and seasoned authentic cuisine elsewhere. menu prices are fair, but the fact is you

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★★★★★

well they were busy. but if you know ethnic food in the town, then there is no reason to go here. you can spend less money and usually get better tasting and seasoned authentic cuisine elsewhere. menu prices are fair, but the fact is you

Pros: bar crowd, energy, people watching

Cons: service, food

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I don't know why there are all these negative reviews about this restaurant. I've been there twice and the service and food has been great. I arrived 15-20 minutes early for my reservation at 6pm (on a weeknight) and was able to be

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★★★★★

I don't know why there are all these negative reviews about this restaurant. I've been there twice and the service and food has been great. I arrived 15-20 minutes early for my reservation at 6pm (on a weeknight) and was able to be

Pros: yummy food

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Constantly crowded and buzzing with Union Street locals and other beautiful people from San Francisco and beyond, Betelnut's idea to re-create a Southeast Asian beer house has been a hit from the day it opened almost a decade ago. The…

 

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