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Koi Palace

Dim Sum Restaurant and Chinese Restaurant$$$$
Serramonte, Daly City
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  • The Chinese food at Koi Palace 鯉魚門海鮮茶寮 is a can't miss
  • Rushil G.
    "Some of the best Shanghai dumplings I've had"(8 Tips)
    Yidrienne L.
    "For something different, try the coffee ribs and duck burrito"(5 Tips)
    Dailoc N.
    "Don't forget to try the dragon beard candy they make there too!"(3 Tips)
    Hana N.
    "Egg custard tarts"(5 Tips)
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  • Bikash M.
    Bikash MishraAugust 4
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best dim sum spots in the Bay Area. Everything is so fresh and tasty. Try the unique duck burrito and the many seafood dumplings!!
  • Vansi
    VansiJuly 23
    If you get in like by 10:30, it isn't a long wait.
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachJuly 17
    Best dim sum around. Worth the wait.
  • 板津 魁.
    Crowded but I love this place fancy dinner for Chinese food m!
  • Priscila d.
    Boooo 👎🏽 waited almost an hour to get our food and although looks nice it wasn't good 😡
  • Bikash M.
    Bikash MishraMay 9
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent dim sum!! Hong Kong style layout. Get there early to avoid a wait. Everything is so tasty!!
  • Jiafang J.
    Can't go wrong with Shanghai dumpling, fried dumplings, clam congee, 流沙包糯米鸡也超好吃!
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NgDecember 6, 2016
    Best Peking duck with buns
  • Jennifer N.
    Jennifer NgDecember 6, 2016
    Fancy Chinese food and really attentive service
  • chris p.
    chris puccettiAugust 14, 2016
    Still one of the best dim sum places around.
  • George Y.
    George YiuJuly 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    show up before opening or expect 1-2 hour waits
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaApril 9, 2016
    Solid dim sum
  • Andy C.
    Andy ChenMarch 27, 2016
    Dim Sums are great
  • katherine k. r.
    katherine k. robinsonMarch 22, 2016
    161. Vegetarian Tofu Roulette - made from yuba (tofu skins, kinda chewy) and stuffed with mushrooms. Served cold. I liked it but probably not everyone's cup of tea.
  • katherine k. r.
    katherine k. robinsonMarch 22, 2016
    204. Wild Mushroom & Black Truffle Buns - steam buns that look like mushrooms (so cute! 😍) and stuffed with mushrooms. 👍
  • katherine k. r.
    katherine k. robinsonMarch 22, 2016
    307. Vegetarian Rice Roll - fresh rice noodles stuffed with mushrooms in soy sauce broth. 👍
  • katherine k. r.
    katherine k. robinsonMarch 22, 2016
    Plenty of vegetarian options. We enjoyed 204. Wild Mushroom Buns, 161. Vegetarian Tofu Roulette (made from yuba), 157. Soy Marinated Tofu Cube, 407. Green Onion Pancake, and 307. Vegetarian Rice Roll.
  • Mat (Badger) L.
    Mat (Badger) LarsenMarch 22, 2016
    Always massively busy, always incredibly tasty and reasonably priced
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinFebruary 19, 2016
    Kale soup dumplings 😱😱😱
  • Escott H.
    Escott HayashidiazJanuary 16, 2016
    Good dim sum and dinner menus.
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony ChenDecember 30, 2015
    Molten salted duck egg buns are to die for
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony ChenDecember 30, 2015
    Come ~30 min early to get first in line.
  • Jimmy L.
    Jimmy LuDecember 26, 2015
    Awesome dim sum, when it's good. When it's not good, it's just average. Line is a bitch
  • Simon C.
    Simon ChanDecember 6, 2015
    Great Xiao long bao. Lobster is very good too.
  • jansen c.
    jansen cNovember 10, 2015
    Good variety of dim sum but the latest creative menus are kind of disappointing..
  • Ting S.
    Ting SOctober 16, 2015
    Everything on the menu are good.
  • Randy W.
    Randy WongAugust 29, 2015
    Luobogao, youtiao changfen
  • diane j.
    diane jungAugust 19, 2015
    Amazing food and service!! Super fast but not rushed.
  • diane j.
    diane jungAugust 19, 2015
    baked pork buns, hargow, shumai, GARLIC GREEN Beans, deep fried crab
  • Christine W.
    Christine WuAugust 17, 2015
    Delicious dim sum, the best soft tofu that I've ever had! Come early or be prepared for a wait-they have a nifty number system so you can pick up a number and get a call when you're next in line.
  • Arthur L.
    Arthur LamJuly 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best dim sum in the Northern California! They have all the traditional Hong Kong or Cantonese dim sum dishes. in addition, the chef over the years have created innovative dishes. Ck dim sum menu w pic
  • Jack Z.
    Jack ZawApril 16, 2015
    The most packed Dim Sum place that I have been to. Which means it's really good. Try their abalone egg tart its a must.
  • Rushil G.
    Rushil GoelApril 7, 2015
    Some of the best Shanghai dumplings I've had
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussMarch 22, 2015
    Bummed that dim sum is only at lunch but what should I expect? Fresh seafood is where this place excels in the dinner menu.
  • Eugene A.
    Eugene AeroFebruary 16, 2015
    Dim sum 7.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SJanuary 11, 2015
    Perfect dumplings
  • Chris S.
    Chris SJanuary 11, 2015
    Truly fantastic dim sum. Very likely the best I've ever had
  • John D.
    John DohertyDecember 21, 2014
    It doesn't get more legit than this. The best dim sum I've ever eaten.
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LiuDecember 17, 2014
    Fried taro dumpling is the must! Remember to get the small egg tart or u will regret it!
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongNovember 6, 2014
    Another popular venue popular for holding wedding ceremonies
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LiuSeptember 14, 2014
    Lunch time. Deep fried taro dumplings is awesome.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WilsonSeptember 11, 2014
    The horrendous wait is somehow completely worth it. Get the dragon's beard desserts by the entrance while you wait.
  • Don O.
    Don OkudaSeptember 7, 2014
    Pick up a fast pass and check out the other rides in the meantime. (Just kidding. You will be waiting at least 45 minutes for food.)
  • Staci T.
    Staci TurnerSeptember 5, 2014
    Dim sum, egg custard
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Adrian Hoffman, chef of Lark Creek Restaurant Group, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Crab xiao long bao. Read more
  • Tom M.
    Tom McGhanAugust 13, 2014
    Yes, Koi is most known for their Dim Sum, and it's excellent. But don't sleep on their dinner menu! Salt&pepper crab, smoked sea bass, and handmade dragon's beard candies in front shouldn't be missed!
  • Eddy C.
    Eddy ChenAugust 12, 2014
    The dim sum is good but the waits are horrific, especially when the "VIP" customers show up and cut the line. Your best bet is to go with a smallish group (i.e. 4-6 people) and show up early.
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 7, 2014
    This Daly City spot in the Serramonte strip mall is legit. It’s loud, overwhelming, and totally worth it. Dim sum is lunch only, but served every day. Read more
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    It’s always a good sign when generations of Chinese families spill out of mini vans to stand in line at a dim sum place. It happens every weekend at Koi Palace Read more
  • Brad T.
    Brad TAugust 3, 2014
    Really, is any dim sum worth an hour+ wait? I wonder?
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Seafood stars here, including sweet prawns simply steamed and served with a soy dipping sauce spiked with chiles. Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Specialties: Dim sum, including lobster and Shanghai crab dumplings; garlic pea shoots; all seafood, especially shrimp, abalone and geoduck; steamed whole fish; roast suckling pig. Read more
  • Kate A.
    Kate AntonovaMarch 31, 2014
    This is great dim sum place!
  • Luke M.
    Luke MccandlessFebruary 23, 2014
    Arrive early
  • Nathan Y.
    Nathan YangFebruary 3, 2014
    Get here early on the weekends. Stay for a long time.
  • Brian
    BrianFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Highly recommend the whole Dungeness crab dumplings and legs. The rice noodle with fried fish is a real stand out! Don't forget soup dumplings with meat and crab roe. Delicious!
  • Judy N.
    Judy NgaiFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you go there for dim sum, they have a fish prepared two ways, in porridge and wrapped in white rice noodles. Super good but u need 4 or more ppl to get a decent taste of diff dim sum.
  • Angel L.
    Angel LuoNovember 6, 2013
    They're very crowded so it's better to go early. Their food is very delicious.
  • Allison C.
    Allison CNovember 3, 2013
    Very good dim sum but there are Places in the outer sunset w 5min wait that are just as good.
  • Manuela B.
    Manuela Bastos FortesOctober 25, 2013
    Try the duck burrito.
  • Mikhail D.
    Mikhail DubovOctober 24, 2013
    It might be great for dim sum but dinner was not impressive at all.
  • Odd P.
    Odd PrycOctober 21, 2013
    Awesome Dim Sum. I was lucky to get an immediate seat at 1pm during the week. Totally packed. Food is excellent.
  • Norbert H.
    Norbert HuAugust 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Perhaps the best Bay Area dimsum. If you must visit on a weekend, do yourself a huge favor and line up 15 min before they open. Otherwise, you could be looking at a 1+hr wait.
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DongAugust 18, 2013
    Expect long waits. Dim sum is mediocre at best and its expensive. Not the best dim sum place I've been to so far.
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LimAugust 16, 2013
    Dirty bathroom...someone peed on the floor
  • Kevin Y.
    Kevin YienAugust 10, 2013
    Get there before opening for the first wave. Chinese doughnuts are a surprising must try.
  • Catherine C.
    Catherine CauilanJuly 27, 2013
    Dim sum heaven!!! What a surprise!
  • Adam
    AdamJuly 22, 2013
    best dimsum around. prepare to wait. like 1-2hrs.
  • ashley t.
    ashley tevatiaJuly 18, 2013
    Get there before 11 or be prepared for a 1-2 hour wait. Lunch favs - #223, #201, #307, and #510 for dessert.
  • Matteo F.
    Matteo FabianoJune 1, 2013
    On weekends you'd better come early! Huge line.
  • Jason N.
    Jason NgMay 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    There are not a lot options for these type of restaurants in the city.
  • Dailoc N.
    Dailoc NguyenApril 21, 2013
    The place is always packed but well worth the wait! Don't forget to try the dragon beard candy they make there too!
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WaltonMarch 16, 2013
    The ideal dinner for two: half roast duck, honey walnut prawns, shanghai steamed dumplings, Chinese broccoli, and egg puff pastries for dessert. Easy. Delicious.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuFebruary 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the duck with buns and suckling pig when here for dinner. Try to snag an invite to one of your Chinese friends' banquets ;)
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionJanuary 22, 2013
    Amazing gingko with pea tendrils in broth and coffee spare ribs. Give them your cell number when you check in, and they'll text you when you're getting close to the top of the list.
  • J-Bird
    J-BirdJanuary 13, 2013
    be sure to order at least 1 order of egg custards per person. this place gets the egg custard award!
  • Natta P.
    Natta PornpithayalertJanuary 12, 2013
    Better come early or come at the very last minute. The wait is ridiculously long.
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanNovember 19, 2012
    Both dim sum lunches and banquet dinners are tasty
  • Chris L.
    Chris LJuly 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get there early. Otherwise prepare for 30+ min wait
  • Roberto G.
    Roberto GarcesJuly 8, 2012
    Best Cantonese in N California.
  • jonathan g.
    jonathan gettingerJune 23, 2012
    One of the top Chinese restaurants in the bay area.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJune 20, 2012
    Brave the brutal lines and chaos for the juicy dumplings filled with crisp-skinned suckling pig: Read more
  • Paul P.
    Paul ParkJune 7, 2012
    Good sign....all Asians here!
  • Jess W.
    Jess WMay 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pretty empty during the week for dinner but definitely packed on the weekends for dim sum!
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NguyenMay 13, 2012
    Get here EARLY
  • Lesly T.
    Lesly TanApril 28, 2012
    THE to go place for dimsum in San Fran. Their menu practically consists of dimsum, and every other second their waiters will bring carts of them by your table for you to pick.
  • Alecs
    AlecsMarch 26, 2012
    Really great dim sum! Best place for tea in the Bay Area! Can e a bit pricy, but as a treat, it's a don't miss.
  • Tizia
    TiziaMarch 24, 2012
    Dim sum brunch is fantastic. Around 30 - 45 min wait on weekends
  • Jane C.
    Jane ChuMarch 16, 2012
    Hands down, best dim sum in the Bay Area
  • Kathleen
    KathleenFebruary 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They open at 9 on Sundays. Come early for no wait.
  • Kathleen
    KathleenFebruary 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    On weekends come at 10 am when they open to avoid waiting and get the xiao long bao!
  • Norris T.
    Norris TranFebruary 6, 2012
    They make dragons beard candy from scratch near the lobby! asiantastic clientele. Get the suckling pig or peking duck all else is hit or miss. Helps if you speak chinese (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • debz
    debzJanuary 8, 2012
    you can call ahead to get a number
    Upvoted Sep 4
  • Jenny J.
    Jenny JenOctober 9, 2011
    Come early on weekends to get a seat
  • Emily L.
    Emily LeungOctober 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Koi does dim sum best, esp #308 (crisp fish filet in rice roll), #288 (grilled chive & shrimp dumpling), #268 (baked egg custard bun)!
  • Wilbur W.
    Wilbur WongOctober 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to get the Sugar Egg Puff as your last dish for dessert.
  • Angela H.
    Angela HsiaoOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    best dim sum
  • Eric C.
    Eric ChanSeptember 12, 2011
    Unless you know someone who works here or get here early, be prepared to wait in long lines for dim sum.
  • S
    SAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    order the pinapple custards bun ahead of time. must have.
  • Laura O.
    Laura OppenheimerAugust 14, 2011
    Best dim sum in the Bay Area. Arrive before 11 if you don't want to wait more than an hour...
  • Danny N.
    Danny NguyenAugust 13, 2011
    Get the dim sum!
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChiangJuly 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go for the dim sum. Try to go during the weekday or when they first open on the weekends, otherwise be prepared for a wait of 45-60 mins!
  • Chesca R.
    Chesca RuedaJuly 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go for lunch, not dinner! Dimsum is available only during lunch!
  • steve m.
    steve medinaJuly 1, 2011
    Best Chinese food so far around SF. Go during the week with 3 friends and order the Duck Feast a superb deal at $69
  • CJ
    CJJune 19, 2011
    Dont let the people outside fool you. The line starts inside.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 13, 2011
    Don't miss out on a box of dragon beard candy! It's basically spun sugar with crushed peanuts inside, a lost art that you can see demonstrated here on the weekends.
  • Hana N.
    Hana NaMay 15, 2011
    Lamb buns in clay pot. So cute and tasty :)
  • Hana N.
    Hana NaMay 15, 2011
    Tasty duck burrito and XO rice noodles! :) Worth the wait.
  • Hana N.
    Hana NaMay 15, 2011
    Egg custard tarts take around 30min! Also get green onion pancakes, shrimp/chives pan fried dumplings, duck burrito, BBQ pork in crispy rice roll, layered indonesian style cake, xo rice noodle rolls!
  • Phillip V.
    Phillip VMarch 23, 2011
    Some of the best dim sum I've ever had
  • vandy M.
    vandy MearesMarch 12, 2011
    Best dim sum ever!
  • Ryan
    RyanJanuary 24, 2011
    Call in ahead to get a number. This will reduce your wait time.
  • Kim M.
    Kim MacNovember 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The dim sum is fabulous but dinner isn't too hot. Dinner is sort of a big rip-off.
  • Stefanie Y.
    Stefanie YanNovember 7, 2010
    If you like durian, you MUST try the durian paste puff pastry. And also stop by the counter to purchase the dragon beard candy--traditional chinese sweets. This place is quality dim sum you can taste!
  • Danny C.
    Danny ChaoOctober 17, 2010
    45 wait on Saturday but worth it. They have a fantastic variety of tea to choose from ($1 per person). Some of the best Dim Sum around.
  • Maria L.
    Maria LyAugust 9, 2010
    Coffee spare ribs!
  • Joseph Y.
    Joseph YangAugust 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Lobster stuffed dumplings at dim sum!
  • Yidrienne L.
    Yidrienne LaiJuly 24, 2010
    For something different, try the coffee ribs and duck burrito
  • CoEuS
    CoEuSJuly 18, 2010
    Get to know the hosts. They will get u a table in front of the line. Lol.
  • Isa
    IsaMay 18, 2010
    Go to Koi Palace. Delicious Peking duck in 3 tastes, Shanghai dumplings, fresh carb, fresh fish and fruit only at $69(mon-thurs) for 4 people. Choose Peking duck dinner.
  • Kapo T.
    Kapo TamMay 18, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    get their bbq pork neck. it looks like regular bbq pork but it's not. try it and it won't disappoint.
  • Alley G.
    Alley GzusMay 7, 2010
    The best chicken feet in daly city
  • John D.
    John DeLocheMarch 13, 2010
    Best Dim Sum in SF Bay Area
  • Maria L.
    Maria LyFebruary 1, 2010
    Wknd tip: get your wait number, DO NOT wait in line, go to Daiso & browse for 40min, come back ready for dim sum <3 Read more
  • Jay T.
    Jay TongDecember 31, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    For dim sum lunch, call in and get a ticket number before you come.
  • Hitoshi H.
    Hitoshi HokamuraDecember 19, 2009
    Probably best seafood Chinese in Bay Area... Avoid lunch time dim sum but go for dinner on weekday nights. Read more
  • David N.
    David NgJuly 22, 2009
    honey glazed salmon is a awesome or any seafood dishes. simply one of the best Asian seafood restaurant in town
  • Jessie
    JessieAugust 3, 2012
    Must orders: 1) 奶黃流沙包 Egg Yolk Lava Bun; 2) 脆皮魚肉腸粉 Crisp Fish Filet in Rice Roll; and 3) 桂花杞子糕 Osmanthus & Medlar Pudding
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