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Shanghai Dumpling King
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3319 Balboa St San Francisco, CA 94121
3319 Balboa StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94121
$Chinese RestaurantToday Closed
Monday 11:00 am – 9:30 pmTuesday ClosedWednesday 11:00 am – 9:30 pmThursday 11:00 am – 9:30 pmFriday 11:00 am – 9:30 pmSaturday 10:30 am – 9:30 pmSunday 10:30 am – 9:30 pm
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No-frills Chinese fixture furnishing a traditional Shanghainese lineup with a focus on dumplings.- Google
"Outstanding shanghai dumplings, green beans, and green onion pancakes."
"I would recommend one order of Shanghai Soup Dumpling per person to begin with."
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Eddie Quinn
a month ago
This place is legit. We ordered 6 plates, and every one was excellent. The Shanghai steamed dumplings were amazing, the green onion pancake was an excellent side, and the "suger" egg buns for dessert blew us away. I could have eaten a dozen by myself. Best part? Total tab was under $50 for this party of three to be completely satisfied. Well worth the Muni trip over to Balboa.
Patrick Tam
2 months ago
I come here for the xaio long bao.......dissapointed they were all flat. ...... the soup was all gone and became dry....
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Andrew Kaufman
a month ago
Don't come for the service or decor — come for the food. Which is delicious.
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Adam Kell
4 months ago
My favorite chinese dumplings in SF -- I can consistently go here and leave fuller than I intend to. Cool wait staff, who are starting to recognize me (I think this is a sign...)
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Denise Dang
a month ago
Came here on a Saturday and it was packed. Having heard Shanghai Dumpling King and Kingdom of Dumpling were the top places for Xiao Long Baos (soup dumplings) in SF, I trekked out to the Outer Richmond only to be greatly disappointed. My soup dumplings lacked soup, leaving them dry and flat as regular dumplings. If this weren't enough, I found hair embedded in the dumpling wrapper... My Shanghai fried noodles lacked flavor and the plate was rather small for what I had expected. My green onion pancake was soft and soggy, instead of the crispy pancakes I was expecting. Service was terrible. Perhaps this is the standard for authentic restaurants in Shanghai, but I am not accustomed to being berated and rushed to order and eat. Be prepared to look at the menu immediately after you put your name down on the clipboard, as the staff will promptly ask you what you are ordering so they can put the order in before you seat. Also note that it's cash only here. I would not recommend this place, especially for soup dumplings. Kingdom of Dumpling in the Outer Sunset has sold itself to me as the best place for soup dumplings that contain actual soup.
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Connie Oh
5 months ago
If you've not had XLB before, this is a great place to be introduced. I go for a couple orders of their standard XLB, cucumber side, and a soup. They also have great eggy sugar-coated doughnuts. I've gone w/a group of 10 comfortably, but it's easier to fit and to park a large group at their other location.
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Victoria P.
5 months ago
I finally got to try the famous soup dumplings from Shanghai Dumpling King. My friends who have tried it in the past weren't to crazy about it, and tried to lower my expectations. But I really enjoyed them! The broth was delicious as well as the pork. I also tried the string beans, noodles, veggie dumplings, pea shoots, and scallion pancakes. The string beans were salty, which was fine for me, but I can see why that might be a problem for some people. The scallion pancakes were good, but were really fried. Everything else was tasty. It's a mom-and-pop shop that focuses on the food and not the decor. You may feel rushed because they take your order before your table is called. But don't fret, it just means you get your food faster.
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lisbeth ortega
7 months ago
It's just so delicious, and the service is fast! It can get crowded during popular (dinner and weekends), so keep that in mind. I love the dumplings, rice cakes, and dessert egg puffs. Yum. I sometimes get dumplings to go to avoid having to wait.