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Shanghai Dumpling King
Chinese Restaurant$
Today 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
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3319 Balboa St San Francisco, CA 94121
3319 Balboa StUSCASan Francisco94121
$Chinese Restaurant, Asian RestaurantToday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmTuesday ClosedWednesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
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3.5
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2 star
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No-frills Chinese fixture furnishing a traditional Shanghainese lineup with a focus on dumplings.- Google
People talk about xiao long bao, green onion pancakes, sugar egg puffs, hot and sour soup and eggplant with garlic sauce
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Chris Kraynik
reviewed a month ago
This hole in the wall would have gotten five stars from me if they were regularly polite and would seat a party instead of inexplicably making them wait and ignoring them (they're just incredibly busy due to their reputation), but the amazing soup dumplings definitely earned them three stars alone. Very fast service once you get a table, and unfortunately they're quite eager to get you back out the door as soon as you look like you might be almost done eating. If you want the five star experience, just have someone pick up and deliver your food via Postmates or something.
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Jim Lui
reviewed 4 months ago
It may not be the cleanest, but it's definitely a good place to get your dumpling fix. Parking around is usually easier than the rest of the city. Get xiao long bao... several baskets, if nothing else. Food comes out quickly and if there is a line, it's usually pretty short.
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Erik Maser
reviewed a year ago
This place is amazing. The best soup dumplings I've ever had in an authentic, small, and fun atmosphere. This place feels like a slice of Shanghai right in the middle of the Richmond. The prices are excellent and the food is great. Make sure to get a sampling of a bunch of different dumplings and vegetable dishes. You won't be disappointed. Also, it's BYOB and the waitstaff is very patient with large parties. Birthday celebration perhaps?
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Jason Lee
reviewed 3 months ago
The original Shanghai Dumpling King in San Francisco. I love this place for the XLB. The soup, the meat, and the skin for the XLB is made perfectly. The skin didn't break like other xlb i've had at other restaurants, which was impressive.The onion pancake is super delicious at this restaurant too. The shanghai chow mein is another good dish to order with the XLB. The restaurant is small but always has long lines. Parking may be difficult but I normally park in the residential area up the block. The XLB is definitely a crowd favorite of this restaurant and worth a try.
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AGNES Z.
reviewed 6 months ago
Born and bred in Shanghai, I would say this is the best dumplings you can get in Bay Area. I would say the dumplings may be better than those you can get in Shanghai. Needless to say, the meat is reliable here. However, do not order anything else. The place is not that clean. All other dishes are not at the same standard as the dumplings. I usually order some dumplings to go and get a boba drink at purple kaw.
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Jennifer Hartel
reviewed 5 months ago
Came specifically for the famous soup dumplings (#4 on the menu) and was not disappointed. We were seated immediately and enjoyed the our experience thoroughly. Definitely worth the trek to the Outer Richmond!