Shanghai Dumpling King

Chinese Restaurant and Dumpling Restaurant · Outer Richmond
3319 Balboa St (btwn 34th & 35th Ave), San Francisco, CA 94121, United States
Open until 9:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon, Wed–Fri
    • 11:00 AM–9:30 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 10:30 AM–9:30 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Visa & MasterCard)
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    Denaya D.
    "The BEST soup dumplings in the city!!! (and I have tried so many)."(59 Tips)
    Jennifer O.
    "It's all about the soup dumplings and the sugar egg puff here!"(4 Tips)
    "... long bao, green beans, green onion pancakes, and puff pastry. You're welcome!..."(4 Tips)
    Carolyn L.
    "Pork and veggie steamed dumplings were great!"(4 Tips)
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  • soup dumplings
  • green onion pancakes
  • spicy food
  • authentic
  • casual
  • good for a quick meal
  • pork
  • crab
  • great value
  • good for groups
  • wontons
  • BYOB
  • puff pastry
  • vegetarian food
  • desserts
  • fried spinach
  • family-friendly
  • dim sum
  • eggplant
  • biking
  • Ben E.

    Soup dumplings

    Ben Echols · 2 days ago
  • Pei 👻 W.

    Shanghai dumplings were disappointedly dry.

    Pei 👻 Wen · 2 weeks ago
  • Lisa K.

    The steamed soup dumplings! Amazing

    Lisa Kotowski · 2 weeks ago
  • Tingting S.

    It's a better one in the city.

    Tingting Song · 3 weeks ago
  • Agatha Y.

    Know what you want before sitting down. They like to be efficient 😊

    Agatha Yu · 3 weeks ago
  • Erich D.

    F'ing everything

    Erich Day · September 24
  • Nicki F.

    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!

    Nicki Finberg · September 8
  • Ray L.

    The Shanghai dumplings of course but also get those donut things

    Ray Lin · August 14
  • Max K.

    The secret about this place is out... Prepare yourself for a wait to get a table then a rushed dining experience.

    Max K · July 26
  • Jiexi C.

    Good dumplings but the rest of the menu isn't that great....

    Jiexi Cao · July 22
  • Tyler B.

    The soup dumplings are amazing!

    Tyler Burgett · July 20
  • Chris H.

    Every one of my xiao long bao came broken. No soup for me! Beef fried rice was good though.

    Chris H. · July 20
  • Christine B.

    The spicy shrimp dumplings were surprisingly even better than the famed soup dumplings. I'd come back just for those!

    Christine Brynn · July 7
  • Vivian W.

    It's alright. But you can find better boiled dumplings elsewhere in the city.

    Vivian Wang · July 5
  • Jennifer O.

    It's all about the soup dumplings and the sugar egg puff here!

  • Chris M.

    Dumplings are fantastic - the rest of the food was really good but the dumplings all shined.

    Chris Muller · April 2
  • Lauren M.

    Chive and meat wontons and soup dumplings are amazing. Had it to go 2x :) skip the spicy bok choy but pea shoots are great.

    Lauren Mac · March 29
  • Amy Y.

    Pretty good xiaolongbao. The price is even better

    Amy Y · February 28
  • Suraj A.

    The prices have stayed low over the years, but the quality has gone way down.

    Suraj Acharya · February 16
  • Michael P.

    Steer clear of the salt duck unless you just like bits of bone and cartilage.

    Michael Porter · February 7
  • Shirley T.

    Cheap food, pretty tasty. Soup dumplings lacked soup though.

    Shirley Tsang · February 4
  • Andrey K.

    Any kind of dumplings will do

    Andrey Klen · February 1
  • Runqiu C.

    生煎包一点也不好吃. Not authentic Shanghai pork buns. The dough was so soggy

    Runqiu Cai · January 25
  • Claire P.

    If you are visiting SF you must go here! Try the Soup Dumplings :)

    Claire Pedersen · January 16
  • Sarah A.

    Cash only but definitely worth it!

    Sarah Andaya · December 20, 2014
  • Jeff W.

    Soup dumplings, eggplant, green onion pancakes, other dumplings, noodles.

    Jeff Weinstein · December 14, 2014
  • Ros H.

    The soup dumplings and green onion pancake are superb - and everything is very reasonably priced!

    Ros Hodgekiss · November 10, 2014
  • Kate A.

    Egg puffs are to die for

    Kate Antonova · October 26, 2014
  • Jon F.

    Black bean sauce chicken, always.

    Jon Foose · October 25, 2014
  • Carolyn L.

    Pork and veggie steamed dumplings were great! The spicy potato dish was also a winner.

    Carolyn LM · October 18, 2014
  • Meredith M.

    Famous for their soup dumplings. A must try!

    Meredith Maimoni · October 9, 2014
  • Sarah W.

    XLB all day long.. $5.50 for 10?? So awesome. My favorite place for xiaolongbao (shanghai soup dumplings). Potstickers were below average.

    Sarah W · September 7, 2014
  • Ty W.

    Braised green beans are the perfect compliment to the various wontons and buns.

    Ty Wu · September 7, 2014
  • David S.

    Soup dumplings are great

    David Smith · August 25, 2014
  • Allie F.

    Soup Dumplings!

    Allie Fields · August 25, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    Christopher Thompson, chef of A16, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Xiao long bao. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
  • Stephanie L.

    Best soup dumplings. Very small and gets crowded; try ordering for pick up or delivery.

    Stephanie L · August 22, 2014
  • Anelya S.

    Hangover food. Fast!

    Anelya Saginova · August 19, 2014
  • Jim P.

    Pan seared pork dumplings are awesome

    Jim Prosser · August 13, 2014
  • Eddy C.

    Best XLB's I've had in SF. Large portions with lots of flavor and delicious broth.

    Eddy Chen · August 12, 2014
  • Michelle O.

    So. Many. Dumplings. They even have a few vegetarian options! Scallion pancake is fantastic too.

    Michelle O'Riordan · August 11, 2014
  • SFist

    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

    SFist · August 8, 2014
  • Daniel P.

    Love the shanghai style noodles and shanghai dumplings.

    Daniel Plemmons · August 7, 2014
  • Jimmy H.

    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.

    Jimmy Hooker · August 7, 2014
  • Frances B.

    FYI: BYOB :)

    Frances Berriman · August 4, 2014
  • SFist

    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

    SFist · August 3, 2014
  • Bommy C.

    Don't leave without trying the sugar egg puffs.

    Bommy Cha · August 2, 2014
  • SFGate

    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

    SFGate · August 2, 2014
  • Ping

    Taste and service changed quite bit since the "old dumpling king" and his family sold the business.

    Ping · June 23, 2014
  • Madeleine D.

    The pan fried pork buns are amazing. And bring cash!

    Madeleine Douglass · June 21, 2014

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