• Reviewed by:   on: 11/23/2012 10:53:00 AM
    I have only ordered delivery from Big Lantern and was surprised the first time I tried their sauteed string beans. There was a tasty, light soy-like sauce with garlic. However, when I ordered the same thing two weeks later, the green beans were not as crisp but the flavor was still satisfying.If asked, they will give you a free veggie fried rice if you order two entrees. Both veggie and meatless chicken fried rice are decent. Either paired with the string beans and some chili oil/soy sauce makes for a satisfying, convenient, and not too greasy Chinese meal.You can also place your order online at Eat24Hours. However, I do not know if/how they'd honor the free fried rice with order of 2 entrees deal.
  • Reviewed by:   on: 11/21/2012 12:38:00 PM
    I'm here visiting San Francisco and was really craving Vegetarian Orange "Chicken". I tried it for the first time on a trip to LA and loved it so I did all I could to find a place that would deliver it to me in North Beach.I placed my Big Lantern order around 2:10 on a Saturday afternoon. I ordered Orange "Chicken", white rice and veggie dumplings. They said it would arrive by 3:05. So I waited, and waited. And then waited some more. When it got to be 3:15 I called and said its been more than an hour and asked about my order. The woman was nice and said she would call the driver but she was sure it was on its way. She said she would call me back. They never called back. I called back at 3:40 thinking ok it's been almost an hour and a half it should be here. She told me he was very close and that she was sorry for the delay. The driver then called me and said 5 minutes. He finally arrived about 10 minutes later. Like I said, I'm not from here so maybe this is the norm in terms of delivery in these areas.Clearly by the time the food arrived, it was not very hot but the orange chicken was good. It was pretty fried, which I somewhat expected, but it had good flavor and really good texture for fake meat. The dumplings were ok, they had good flavor but because of the delay in delivery they weren't very hot and started getting a little moist from the steam in the container.All in all, I would definitely eat at Big Lantern again but I think I would go into the restaurant rather than order delivery. Kudos on the orange chicken though!
  • Reviewed by:   on: 11/15/2012 5:11:00 AM
    Good, cheap food in a well decorated and vibrant setting. Great dim sum as well.
  • Reviewed by:   on: 1/8/2013 9:23:00 PM
    Oh man, good food. I'd tell you to go for the Honey Walnut Prawns, but then again, everything I've had here is delicious. Can't go wrong.
  • Reviewed by:   on: 1/4/2013 2:30:00 AM
    Big lantern is very good but can be a little hit or miss. I like that they have a lot of vegetarian choices but I'm not crazy about all of them. I love all the things they make with meatless chicken but I haven't been as delighted by the other meatless stuff. I haven't been crazy about the stuff on the dim sum menu but other people really like them so maybe it's just me. They deliver and that's awesome but we haven't gotten delivery from them since we discovered golden kim tar. We went there for Chrismas eve this year and I liked it but I kept thinking that the only reason we went there was because so many other places were closed and that I'd wished we had done better.
  • Reviewed by:   on: 1/21/2013 3:02:00 AM
    What happened to you Big Lantern? I always enjoyed ordering food from here(cause of the price and the taste) but im reconsidering it. Ordered twice already from this place and it took them 1.5 hours+. I actually have to call the place just to make sure the food is being delivered or not. Hello, isn't the whole point of the "online delivery" is supposed to make everything much faster? If they do this one more time, I'm pretty sure every customers who ordered online are not going to be happy.
  • Reviewed by:   on: 1/2/2013 5:15:00 PM
    I've been coming here for the last six years and its my number one choice for Chinese food in the city, the price and service are great and the food...hands down my last meal on earth. When you come here you can't go wrong with the sesame beef or the honey walnut prawns. Their meatless/tofu menu is also really good, though I haven't tried much of tofu items the generals meatless chicken is amazing. This is a must try Chinese restaurant. Enjoy!
  • Reviewed by:   on: 1/2/2013 10:48:00 PM
    I've only been here once but everything I ate was so-so. I tried the crispy chicken lunch special, mu shu veggies, dim sum combo (siu mai, shrimp dumplings, steamed BBQ bun), and taro puff. The dim sum stuff was kinda on the bland side but the other stuff was over seasoned. My dining partner did not digest it well. She ended up uncomfortable and in bed later in the day. I thought I tasted something in the mu shu veggies that might have been bad (expired). I also noticed it in the taro (there was some veggies in it). I was uncertain and continued to eat it. Fortunately, I am not that sensitive to food poisoning. I doubt I'll be back. I gave it 2 stars because the service was decent.
  • Reviewed by:   on: 1/18/2012 4:33:00 AM
    I used to rave about Big Lantern, but after they closed for remodeling and then reopened at the end of January 2012 the food just hasn't been the same -- and, in fact, a few times even the chicken in the chicken dishes has tasted off and strangely gamey.In the past it was stellar -- like no other. It's now sometimes good and sometimes mediocre and occasionally off-putting.After the last time we ordered from Big Lantern we both said let's take a break from them for awhile. It's too bad, because in the past I thought this the best Chinese food in town and recommended them highly to visitors and locals alike.
  • Reviewed by:   on: 1/13/2013 4:15:00 AM
    Pretty standard Chinese fare, but I love the fact that they have an entire page of vegetarian/ vegan options.I stuck with my usual meal, Kung Pao Tofu with brown rice. I also tried the Garlic Eggplant. Both were pretty yummy.I was on a first date, so I was kind of focused on the conversation, but the food was tasty, the prices were reasonable, and the service was exceptional.
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