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Shanghai Dumpling King

Dumpling Restaurant and Shanghai Restaurant$$$$
Outer Richmond, San Francisco
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  • 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
    Upvoted Jun 11
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedApril 20, 2016
    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 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Carlos G.
    Carlos GutierrezJuly 6, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
    Athena ChangJune 6, 2016
    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
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillNovember 15, 2016
    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.
  • 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
  • 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, 2016
    Green onion pancakes, Shanghai wonton soup, shrimp dumplings were amazing. The XLB was NOT good. It tasted instant - don't get it.
  • Shawna M.
    Shawna MarieSeptember 15, 2016
    Best vegetable fried rice ever! Also try the BBQ pork bun, it's so good! Get their early because there's always a line
  • Adisak P.
    Adisak PochanayonMarch 18, 2014
    Get the Hong Zhou Crab Xiao Long Bao. They taste just like the ones I had in Shanghai.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 21, 2014
    Opt for the pillowy Pan-Fried Pork Buns—they're crazy delicious.
  • 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.
  • Brian L.
    We did a same-day side-by-side with Kingdom of Dumpling, and Shanghai Dumpling King took the best soup dumpling crown!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Kia L.
    Kia LamSeptember 7, 2013
    Eat the shanghai dumplings right away otherwise the soup gets re absorbed back into the filling!
  • Carolyn M.
    Carolyn MOctober 18, 2014
    Pork and veggie steamed dumplings were great! The spicy potato dish was also a winner.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Alex D.
    Alex Dobyan2 weeks ago
    Great xiaolongbao - even by Shanghai standards. Shengjianbao were less authentic, but still good.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Nick B.
    Nick BaumJanuary 3, 2013
    Order the two kinds of soup dumplings and throw in the fried dough as dessert!
  • Cara H.
    Cara HirschSeptember 25, 2013
    Spicy bok choy is cold pickled happiness. Vegetable dumplings are also tasty.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelJanuary 11, 2016
    Some of the best XLBs in the city. Fun place to come with a bunch of friends.
  • 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.
  • Joseph J.
    Joseph JacobsenAugust 7, 2013
    Steamed dumplings are the best in California and we have a lot of Chinese restaurants.
  • Adam W.
    Adam WinskiJanuary 12, 2014
    Soup dumplings are off the charts! Also garlic eggplant and cucumber salad.
  • Donald
    DonaldFebruary 2, 2012
    Super small place. Voted one of the best dumping houses in the city. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LAugust 22, 2014
    Best soup dumplings. Very small and gets crowded; try ordering for pick up or delivery.
  • martina s.
    martina souradaJuly 21, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    there isnt anything you can order here that doesnt taste fabulous, be adventurous!
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinDecember 14, 2014
    Soup dumplings, eggplant, green onion pancakes, other dumplings, noodles.
  • Christian N.
    Christian NilesJanuary 22, 2012
    The server recommended the spicy pork & chive dumplings and I love him for it.
  • 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
  • Chris M.
    Chris MullerApril 2, 2015
    Dumplings are fantastic - the rest of the food was really good but the dumplings all shined.
  • aubree f.
    aubree fairchildMarch 28, 2016
    XLB is fantastic & mandatory! Service is always lackluster. Cash only.
  • Bloompy B.
    Bloompy BonvivantJuly 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    To avoid the always extremely hectic lunch crowd, come promptly at opening, at 11:00. Oops, now that I've shared this, I might not be able to get a table at 11 myself . . .
  • Anna L.
    Anna LahtiJanuary 24
    Awsome food! Especially loved the eggplant and spicy wontons!
  • Madeleine D.
    Madeleine DouglassJune 21, 2014
    The pan fried pork buns are amazing. And bring cash!
  • Ping
    PingJune 23, 2014
    Taste and service changed quite bit since the "old dumpling king" and his family sold the business.
  • Kansinee A.
    For vegan, try vegetarian dumplings, veg goose, and vegetarian noodle soup. Yum!
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiDecember 3, 2015
    Xiao long bao are mediocre but I liked the chili oil wontons and the minced pork claypot
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PlemmonsAugust 7, 2014
    Love the shanghai style noodles and shanghai dumplings.
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinAugust 14, 2015
    The Shanghai dumplings of course but also get those donut things
  • Henry M.
    Henry MDecember 24, 2013
    Really small and cramped inside. Fast service. Tasty nibbles. I'll be back.
  • Katherine
    KatherineApril 14, 2012
    Share a table, and if the cook wanders out and says "hey, I just made this, anybody want?" GRAB IT.
  • Les W.
    Les WJune 5, 2016
    Try the Lion's Head Casserole - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Jennifer O.
    Jennifer OrmerodJune 6, 2015
    It's all about the soup dumplings and the sugar egg puff here!
  • Tyler B.
    Tyler BurgettJuly 20, 2015
    The soup dumplings are amazing!
  • Rico A.
    Rico Altman MerinoOctober 7, 2012
    Pea shoots are heavenly to eat while you wait for dumplings.
  • E X.
    E XDecember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Most delicious shanghai dumplings ever. Get ALL the dumplings!
  • Liz C.
    Liz ChengNovember 1, 2010
    Call them to make sure they're open. They go on vacation quite a bit and I've tried to go when it was closed twice in the last 6 months.
  • Zoe E.
    Zoe E.August 6, 2010
    get the soup dumplings and gan bian si ji dou (dry fried string beans). you will thank me.
  • Donald H.
    Donald HuangMay 28, 2016
    service is bad enough that we waited forever to get a tea refill, but food is decent and more importantly, cheap
  • paul f.
    paul fApril 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Braised string beans, green onion pancake and the vegetable dumplings. You'll be very happy.
  • Felipe O.
    Felipe OliveiraFebruary 4, 2012
    Scallion pancakes and soup dumpling are heavenly good
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaAugust 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't leave without trying the sugar egg puffs.
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 14, 2016
    Loved the sugar egg puff and scallion pancakes.
  • Brenden M.
    Brenden MulliganMarch 4, 2013
    Soup dumplings and pea shoots = amazing. Walnut shrimp, not so much.
  • Agatha Y.
    Agatha YuNovember 1, 2015
    Know what you want before sitting down. They like to be efficient 😊
  • Wilson F.
    So, so, so disappointing 😫 Xiao Long Bao were too doughey and hardly contained any soup. Rest of the food was passable. Maybe a bad day!?
  • Tim G.
    Tim GolfballMarch 6, 2014
    Had the crab dumplings. Not great. U get what u pay for. Nice staff.
  • Meredith
    MeredithOctober 9, 2014
    Famous for their soup dumplings. A must try!
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaMay 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Limited vegetarian options but the preserved egg with tofu is silky and salty. Umami for sure.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Christopher Thompson, chef of A16, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Xiao long bao. Read more
  • Lisa K.
    Lisa KotowskiNovember 7, 2015
    The steamed soup dumplings! Amazing
  • Amy Y.
    Amy YFebruary 28, 2015
    Pretty good xiaolongbao. The price is even better
  • Marc D.
    Marc DavisDecember 26, 2009
    The vegetarian goose is awesome. Fried yuba (bean curd sheet) wrapped around vegetables with sweet and sour sauce.
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterFebruary 11, 2013
    Sugar egg puffs are on 7x7's Big Eat 2013.
  • ivy♥
    ivy♥December 24, 2011
    If you have balls, try cow stomach! It's served cold. Not that gross like what they have to swallow on Fear Factor but it sure has strong flavor.
  • Les W.
    Les WJune 5, 2016
    Try the Green onion pancakes - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Jim P.
    Jim ProsserAugust 13, 2014
    Pan seared pork dumplings are awesome
  • Danielle P.
    Danielle PJanuary 24, 2016
    Scallion pancakes and soup dumplings. Enough said.
  • Angelo S.
    Angelo S.October 25, 2009
    what's not to love?? There's a dumpling with fresh crab in it--DO NOT MISS. FYI do not expect glamour here. Divey realness.
  • Shirley T.
    Shirley TsangFebruary 4, 2015
    Cheap food, pretty tasty. Soup dumplings lacked soup though.
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.July 20, 2015
    Every one of my xiao long bao came broken. No soup for me! Beef fried rice was good though.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CoblentzDecember 10, 2011
    Get the greens and the spicy dumplings!
  • Drew T.
    Drew ThomasJuly 11, 2016
    The Shanghai dumplings are amazing
  • Les W.
    Les WJune 5, 2016
    Try the Shanghai Noodels - (via @Foodspotting)
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