Our Legacy & Vision
Moongate Lounge is situated in a historic restaurant banquet space in San Francisco's Chinatown above Mister Jiu’s restaurant. We're proud to continue operating the space and its’ legacy has inspired our renovation, from the decor to the drinks to the banquet menus we serve.
Back in the 1890s, the space housed Hang Far Low ('Almond Blossom Fragrance'). It was an opulent restaurant referred to as the 'delmonico of Chinatown'.
Decades later in the 1960s, it was bought and reopened as the Four Seas restaurant. While it was Four Seas they hosted many celebratory events in the banquet space: weddings, red egg ginger parties, political and community events.
Mister Jiu's took over the space in 2015 and launched Moongate Lounge in 2019.
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This is all placeholder copy. Operationally we have viewed Moongate as a destination for people that are looking for a drink first, whereas at Mister Jiu's will be more designed for a full dinner experience. Moongate will be a little more casual (no reservations) than Mister Jiu's but is our contemporary vision of a lounge. Colorful, balanced cocktails in a airy, lofty space with comfortable and stylish furniture. The inspiration of the design comes from 'moongates', which are the circular doorways in Chinese courtyards and from the mural left from the previous restaurant Four Seas. The mural symbolizes prosperity, longevity and celebration.
Cocktails will be crafted with the inspiration of the Chinese lunar agrarian calendar and will have classic cocktails interpreted with Chinese ingredients. Our natural wine list consists on a focus of biodynamic and organic producers. Our food menu is an offering of appetizers, bar snacks, desserts and a couple of our interpretations of dim sum.
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