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Posted by Picky Luncher on 06/14/2010
The constant deluge of lunch customers every day, should tell you how good this place is. In case you have not been by to see that for yourself, I'll give you the a quick summary. The place is amazing in all respects. The food will stand up to -- and beat, in my estimation -- any asian food in the city. The staff is friendly, the service is fast, the prices are right, and the food quality is very high. A sure bet winner every time.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/10/2009
Sais is a clean establishment for the type of restaurants. They are very crowded at lunchtime that sometimes there is a line out the door. The waiters are fast at taking your orders, but my concern is with the lady that gives you the tea. She needs to get the ball rolling. I have asked for tea at least six times and she will ignore your request. That is the only problem i have is that tea lady who's only job seems to be pouring and delivering tea to the tables and she is so slow at doing that (which is why I rate the service here at a 3.5). The food is excellent. I love their curry fish, ginger & basil beef, and their imperial rolls. Most of the items on their menu are tasty! The price is decent for the financial district/embarcadero area. The do serve alot of dishes that is not typical of other Vietnamese restaurants. I say unique tasty food is the best way to describe it...
Posted by Staple on 08/29/2008
Don't know what the last poster was talking about..though it is a bit of a hole in the wall kind of place...most of the best restaurants in SF are it is clean and decent with adequae service. This isn't four star dining...and I beg to differ that it is clean for the type of restaurant it is which is an affordable lunch and dinner place that you get great value for the food. The food is tasty and more importantly if you want a quick lunch to go...it's perfect...eating there it is packed so you may not get in quick, but you'll get out pretty quick as most dishes don't take that long to preare. Try the Imperial Rolls or the Beef Cubes, delicious.
Posted by C C on 04/14/2008
I'm forced to go to Sai's because it's the only choice for Vietnamnese food in the Embarcadero area (besides that outrageously overpriced Pho Hoa place in Embarcadero 3?) First of all the waitor forgot to give me tea. I waited 17 minutes for my curry noodle beef stew (I sat across from their clock and therefore timed the service). I was very mad by the time my soup finally came. Noodle soup - big bowl but small portion and very oily. Compared to the less pretentious, 5-minutes waiting time Pho spot (Golden Star) @ 11 Walter U Lum Pl | Btwn Washington & Clay St , this place is below average and overpriced for its quantity. Please, for those who rated 5 stars, give other Pho places a try.
Posted by Cookie on 09/12/2007
If you want a good quality meal inexpensively then Sai's is a great place for lunch or an early dinner. The Imperial rolls are excellent and the noodle dishes are varied and tasty. The garlic beef cubes is one of my favorites and the service is friendly and fast. Located in the financial district near Chinatown and Northbeach, it is a convenient place to take clients or coworkers for a quick efficient tasty meal. But it isn't a bad place to linger if you have the afternoon off. Take out is even better. A place you can frequent and not get tired of if you have a chance to try it out and you'll keep going back.
Posted by smitty on 03/10/2007
Inexpensive. Great food. Lots of vegetarian options. Good service.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/27/2006
Sai's has been at this location for years and the quality is what keeps it in business for so long. This place gives you a lot of bang for your buck. Food is great and service is friendly. The crowd packs in there at lunch so either get there earlier or later. You may want to consider going for dinner when there is no crowd and the food is equally as good and inexpensive.