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Shanghai Dumpling King
Chinese Restaurant$
Today 11AM–9:30PM
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3319 Balboa St San Francisco, CA 94121
3319 Balboa StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94121
$Chinese RestaurantToday 11AM–9:30PM
Monday 11AM–9:30PMTuesday ClosedWednesday 11AM–9:30PMThursday 11AM–9:30PMFriday 11AM–9:30PMSaturday 10:30AM–9:30PMSunday 10:30AM–9:30PM
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No-frills Chinese fixture furnishing a traditional Shanghainese lineup with a focus on dumplings.- Google
"Soup dumplings, BBQ pork buns, green beans and the szechuan fish were all great."
"Anyway, the xiao long bao were pretty mediocre."
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STEVEN VONG
in the last week
Average and disappointing xiao long bao and vegetables. I came here for brunch and although service was quick (but rude and stereotypically Asian), the food was not really worth the price. The dumplings had a pretty thick skin, not a lot of soup, and were lacking in flavor. I also tried string beans and they were pickled rather than just steamed or fried, I never tried anything like that in Shanghai and it was not my cup of tea. Also the place is pretty grungy. Overhyped and the XLB in SoCal is millions of light years better.
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Sherry Li
a month ago
Surprisingly good. And not for the xiao long bao. I'm pretty skeptical of "Shanghainese" restaurants in SF since most of them are not truly authentic. The XLB craze has brought lots of imposters, unfortunately. Anyway, the xiao long bao were pretty mediocre. But I really liked the chili oil wontons and the minced pork clay pot. It's a small place and cash only.
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Michael Walker
3 months ago
Total hole in the wall: linoleum floors and not much decor, but the food was amazing! Soup dumplings, BBQ pork buns, green beans and the szechuan fish were all great. The BYOB policy is pretty cool too and helps keep the cost down
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Chris Stratton
2 months ago
Super delicious, super cheap, and generally a great place. Parking is terrible, the place gets crowded, and it's borderline dirty but the cheap tasty food keeps the stars in place for me.
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Sam Estenson
a month ago
The traditional Shanghai style steamed dumplings are the best I've had outside of Asia! Ten of them for ~$7. Great deal in my opinion. Also try the shrimp option and the meat/chives pastry! This place is also BYOB for drinks, fun fact
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Samantha Berg
a month ago
Hole in the wall dumpling place. Some items are better than others, but the price is right! 3-stars: Scallion pancake - no flavor, overly dense and very fried XLB - literally no soup inside these, though the flavors were good 4-stars: BBQ pork buns, pan fried - about half the size of the pork buns you normally find in SF, but I actually appreciate this... same amount of meat as the ones you normally get but half the dough distracting from it. These were great. 5-stars: Pot stickers - crispy and delicious Spicy shrimp and chive - AWESOME. Chili oil is fantastic. Pro move: this place is BYOB. You're welcome.
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Warren Stannard
a week ago
Great dumplings and don't leave without trying the sweet buns for dessert.
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Hugh Geiger
3 months ago
I feel like this place used to be better. Flavor is still ok, but the dumplings weren't particularly delicate. Soup dumplings were dry.. Without soup.