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R & G Lounge, San Francisco

631 Kearny Street
San Francisco , California
Tel: 415 982 7877's insider take:

The look is pure Chinatown: neon signs and fish tanks in the ground-floor bar, Chinese characters and red tassels in the upstairs and downstairs dining rooms. But the crowd—everyone from families and tourists to local chefs and Asian celebrities—knows that the Hong Kong-style cooking at R & G is far from ordinary. The fresh, impeccably prepared seafood includes head-on, peel-your-own salt-and-pepper shrimp and whole, deep-fried garlic crab—the best way to sample the Bay Area's famed crustaceans. For a real San Francisco treat, call 24 hours ahead and order the house special, chicken stuffed with sticky rice and then deep-fried whole.

Open daily 11:30 am to 9:30 pm.

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