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Shanghai Dumpling King

Dumpling Restaurant and Shanghai Restaurant$$$$
Outer Richmond, San Francisco
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  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedApril 20
    These guys do a really good job with their dumplings. All of their selections are good, but my favorites are the xiao long bao as well as the spicy chive and pork ones. Read more
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 8, 2014
    This Outer Richmond spot boasts some of the best Shanghai soup dumplings in the Bay Area. While not the, er, freshestlooking place in the city, it sure is one of the tastiest. Read more
  • Sean Chunky N.
    Sean Chunky NguyenMarch 18, 2013
    Get the Shanghai Dumplings, crab and shrimp along with the beef one. You will not regret it! Also try the Egg sugar puff, its one of the 100 things to try before you die.
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    The names says it all. This Outer Richmond spot boasts some of the best Shanghai soup dumplings in the Bay Area. While not the, er, freshest, looking place in the city, it sure is one of the tastiest. Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Shanghai's famous soup dumplings, are king at this Outer Richmond dive. Priced at $5.95 for 10, they feature thin, delicate wrappers, steamed just enough to hold the liquid. Read more
  • Carlos G.
    The best Chinese restaurant in SF and not just for the great dumplings.Try the Shanghai style noodles, Mongolian beef, lions head meatballs. Small & cramped dining room, but the food is worth it.
  • Nicki F.
    Nicki FinbergSeptember 8, 2015
    One word. Amazing. Cash only so make sure you bring enough. Get the #5 for soup dumplings! Out of this world. Long beans were amazing and the Shanghai Dumplings should not be missed!
  • Gemma m.
    Gemma mmmMarch 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best soup dumplings in bay area!- I'm on a mission to try them all! house special green stuff (is it pea shoots?) eggplant, dessert donuts great too! put name on list and order while waiting key.
  • Athena C.
    Try the Crab And Pork Soup Dumplings - Pretty solid soup dumplings. Homemade dough and plenty of meat. Still think Ding Tai Fong makes the best ones. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰October 20, 2011
    The scallion pancake is on point. Green beans are nice and not soaking in sauce. Lion's head meatballs are HUGE and def the size of a cat's head. Soup dumplings are good.
  • timoni w.
    timoni westApril 17, 2013
    Go ride your bikes on out to the park, and after it gets foggy and chilly and you're hungry, go here and eat every single dumpling.
  • Eddy C.
    Eddy ChenAugust 12, 2014
    Best XLB's I've had in SF. Large portions with lots of flavor and delicious broth.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 31, 2012
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Winner – Editorial Pick – Best Movie/Dumpling Combination. Here’s something purportedly fun: going to the movies. Here’s something that’s actually fun: skipping the exha... Read more
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky Sherrill2 weeks ago
    Take-Out is always the move here. The pan fried dumplings are the best around so be sure to order extra because they go quickly.
  • Jimmy H.
    Jimmy HookerAugust 7, 2014
    It's not much to look at, but the food is phenomenal and deserves the love it gets. The waiters are great at suggesting good things to try if you're lost.
  • Michelle O.
    Michelle O'RiordanAugust 11, 2014
    So. Many. Dumplings. They even have a few vegetarian options! Scallion pancake is fantastic too.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacMarch 29, 2015
    Chive and meat wontons and soup dumplings are amazing. Had it to go 2x :) skip the spicy bok choy but pea shoots are great.
  • Alice O.
    Alice OhJuly 17
    Green onion pancakes, Shanghai wonton soup, shrimp dumplings were amazing. The XLB was NOT good. It tasted instant - don't get it.
  • Adisak P.
    Adisak PochanayonMarch 18, 2014
    Get the Hong Zhou Crab Xiao Long Bao. They taste just like the ones I had in Shanghai.
  • Shawna M.
    Shawna MarieSeptember 15
    Best vegetable fried rice ever! Also try the BBQ pork bun, it's so good! Get their early because there's always a line
  • Denaya D.
    Denaya DaileyApril 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The BEST soup dumplings in the city!!! (and I have tried so many). Order the Shanghai Dumplings and melt away into bliss.
  • Jon F.
    Jon FooseJune 8, 2013
    I'm all about the black bean sauce chicken. And of course, you can't go wrong with the shanghai steamed dumplings.
  • Christine B.
    Christine BrynnJuly 7, 2015
    The spicy shrimp dumplings were surprisingly even better than the famed soup dumplings. I'd come back just for those!
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WSeptember 7, 2014
    XLB all day long.. $5.50 for 10?? So awesome. My favorite place for xiaolongbao (shanghai soup dumplings). Potstickers were below average.
  • sF B.
    sF BeASTJuly 15, 2012
    XLB is cracking ONLY when they freshly made...had a few experience when it was just ok or "ehhh" when its not fresh..I Love this place n XLB so I speak the truth.
  • Katarina T.
    Katarina TJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the xiao long bao, spicy chive and pork dumplings, veg and pork dumplings, spicy pork rice dumplings!
  • Francis L.
    Francis LopezDecember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy chive and pork dumplings is a must! This place is hands down the best in the city. Fresh and hand made.
  • Kidhack
    KidhackJuly 9, 2012
    Unfortunately they only have pork soup dumplings. On the other hand they have many other vegetarian options including pot stickers and steamed dumplings.
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissNovember 10, 2014
    The soup dumplings and green onion pancake are superb - and everything is very reasonably priced!
  • Molly C.
    Molly CSeptember 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Probably better to go outside normal dinner hours... We went last night when it was really busy and like half our dumplings didn't have soup! It wasn't our fault either, we were very careful!
  • Enrout
    EnroutDecember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the green beans with some xiao long bao! Your waistline and taste buds will thank you! www.enrout.com
  • Kia L.
    Kia LamSeptember 7, 2013
    Eat the shanghai dumplings right away otherwise the soup gets re absorbed back into the filling!
  • Rico A.
    Rico Altman MerinoOctober 7, 2012
    Spicy pork and chive dumpling is wonderfully aromatic and my favorite item on this menu.
  • Martin E.
    Martin EsslFebruary 25, 2012
    2 People + Xiao Long Bao + Spicy Chives Pork + the #1 Vegetable Dish (Garlic Spinach) = Full Bellies
  • Carolyn M.
    Carolyn MOctober 18, 2014
    Pork and veggie steamed dumplings were great! The spicy potato dish was also a winner.
  • Enrout
    EnroutOctober 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the xiao long bao, green beans, green onion pancakes, and puff pastry. You're welcome! www.enrout.com
  • Kemp M.
    Kemp MullaneyDecember 3, 2015
    The dumplings are awesome. Be sure to also get the scallion pancake.
  • takishido n.
    takishido nekoSeptember 7, 2014
    Braised green beans are the perfect compliment to the various wontons and buns.
  • Max K.
    Max KJuly 26, 2015
    The secret about this place is out... Prepare yourself for a wait to get a table then a rushed dining experience.
  • Cara H.
    Cara HirschSeptember 25, 2013
    Spicy bok choy is cold pickled happiness. Vegetable dumplings are also tasty.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BaumJanuary 3, 2013
    Order the two kinds of soup dumplings and throw in the fried dough as dessert!
  • Donald W.
    Donald WilsonFebruary 2, 2012
    Super small place. Voted one of the best dumping houses in the city. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Claire P.
    Claire PedersenJanuary 16, 2015
    If you are visiting SF you must go here! Try the Soup Dumplings :)
  • Michael P.
    Michael PorterFebruary 7, 2015
    Steer clear of the salt duck unless you just like bits of bone and cartilage.
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LAugust 22, 2014
    Best soup dumplings. Very small and gets crowded; try ordering for pick up or delivery.
  • Adam W.
    Adam WinskiJanuary 12, 2014
    Soup dumplings are off the charts! Also garlic eggplant and cucumber salad.
  • Joseph J.
    Joseph JacobsenAugust 7, 2013
    Steamed dumplings are the best in California and we have a lot of Chinese restaurants.
  • Christian N.
    Christian NilesJanuary 22, 2012
    The server recommended the spicy pork & chive dumplings and I love him for it.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 21, 2014
    Opt for the pillowy Pan-Fried Pork Buns—they're crazy delicious.
  • Judy N.
    Judy NguyenAugust 19, 2011
    The shanghai dumpling have broth inside them... don't make my mistake and stab em with your chopstick lol
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