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Sam Wo's

Sam Wo's
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Type of Attraction
Buildings & Monuments
Interests That Apply
Local Culture, Culinary Arts, History
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Price: $5-$10
Sam Wo's is famous for its cheap meals.
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: Partial
Mobility Obstacles: Stairs
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Dinner Lunch Breakfast
Restrooms: Available
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Sam Wo's

Dirt-Cheap Eats

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Address: Phone:
813 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94108
+1 415 982 0596


A Chinatown institution for over 100 years, Sam Wo's is a ramshackle speakeasy of a restaurant where you are more likely to get yelled at and berated rather than unctuously served. As you walk directly into the kitchen, a waiter yells at you, already exasperated, to come up the rickety stairs to the meager dining area. Saw Wo's was the home of the legendary Edsel Ford Fong until he passed away recently--this surly, rude "waiter" would treat you like a recruit at his own private Chinese restaurant boot camp. The tradition continues: you are most likely told what to eat, instead of choosing the food yourself--but its eternal redeeming quality is the fact that Sam Wo's is some cheap, cheap eats.

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Times & Dates

Open Hours: 11am-3am, Mon-Sat
Visit Time: 30min-1.5hr
Average Wait Time: 0-15min
Notes: Sam Wo's is busiest at lunchtime.
Price: $5-$10
Price Notes: Sam Wo's is famous for its cheap meals.


Indoor with climate control.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Bus Walking
Parking Availability: Limited
Average Price per Hour: $0-$5
Parking Safety: Somewhat Safe
Notes: There is metered and garage parking in the vicinity.

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