Since San Francisco started opening up data a few years back, it’s become a lot easier to access the health records of restaurants as well as a ton of other information. TBI readers ate up Hana Nobel’s recent article about visiting the city’s restaurants with the worst Yelp reviews, so we figured that adding the government’s official data to the mix would be good food for thought. How well do Yelp scores correlate with health scores, you ask? It’s a weak link, which kind of grosses us out. Below you will find a list of the lowest-scoring restaurants based on health score (on a scale of 0 to 100). Anything below 70 is considered poor. 

** Updates - Les Joulins underwent a new health inspection two weeks ago and is now up to a 77, and off the list. Karachi Chicken is closed. Updated neighborhoods to reflect conflicts between city data/Yelp data. 

You’ll quickly notice the almost nonexistent relationship between the health-score rating and the Yelp rating. Here are some of the highlights from the commentary within the health inspections (many of the violations have been corrected, but some remain outstanding). Yuck!
Imperial Palace:

—Unclean or degraded floors, walls, or ceilings [date violation corrected: 11/4/14]

—Improper cooling methods [date violation corrected: 10/24/14]

—High-risk food-holding temperature [date violation corrected: 11/4/14]

—Unapproved or unmaintained equipment or utensils [date violation corrected: 10/24/14]

—Permit license or inspection report not posted [date violation corrected: 10/24/14]

—Inadequate and inaccessible hand-washing facilities [date violation corrected: 10/24/14]

—Insufficient hot water or running water [date violation corrected: 11/4/14]

—Inadequately cleaned or sanitized food-contact surfaces [date violation corrected: 10/24/14]

—Unclean nonfood-contact surfaces [date violation corrected: 10/24/14]

—Food-safety certificate or food-handler card not available [date violation corrected: 10/24/14]

—High-risk vermin infestation [date violation corrected: 11/4/14]

—Improper thawing methods [date violation corrected: 10/24/14]

—Foods not protected from contamination [date violation corrected: 11/4/14]

—Improper food storage [date violation corrected: 11/4/14]

Yummy Dim Sum:

—Permit license or inspection report not posted

—Improper food storage

—Foods not protected from contamination [date violation corrected: 5/20/14]

—Unclean hands or improper use of gloves [date violation corrected: 5/20/14]

—High-risk food-holding temperature [date violation corrected: 5/20/14]

—Insufficient hot water or running water [date violation corrected: 5/20/14]

—Unauthorized or unsafe use of time as a public-health control measure [date violation corrected: 5/20/14]

—Improper or defective plumbing

—Contaminated or adulterated food [date violation corrected: 5/20/14]

—Inadequately cleaned or sanitized food-contact surfaces [date violation corrected: 5/20/14]

—Improper thawing methods [date violation corrected: 5/20/14]

Yee’s Restaurant:

—Unapproved or unmaintained equipment or utensils [date violation corrected: 7/9/14]

—Foods not protected from contamination [date violation corrected: 7/9/14]

—Inadequately cleaned or sanitized food-contact surfaces [date violation corrected: 7/9/14]

—Insufficient hot water or running water [date violation corrected: 7/9/14]

—Inadequate ventilation or lighting [date violation corrected: 7/9/14]

—Unclean or degraded floors, walls, or ceilings [date violation corrected: 7/9/14]

—Unclean nonfood-contact surfaces [date violation corrected: 7/9/14]

—Improper food storage [date violation corrected: 7/9/14]

—Inadequate and inaccessible hand-washing facilities [date violation corrected: 6/27/14]

—High-risk food-holding temperature [date violation corrected: 7/9/14]

—Improper cooling methods [date violation corrected: 6/27/14]

—High-risk vermin infestation [date violation corrected: 7/9/14]

And just for fun, here is every restaurant with a 4+ star Yelp rating with a health score below 65:

The takeaway: eat at your own risk. All this data is available, and if you care about sanitary conditions within restaurants, you can always find this information publicly. 

Photo courtesy of vhines200