Best Dim Sum in Chicago

Far East feasting
July 25, 2016
·
by Zagat Staff

From authentic Chinese shared plates to more contemporary dishes, check out Chicago's best spots for dim sum.

Fat Rice
Asian · Logan Square · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

A "tiny restaurant" with "big flavors" , this "unconventional" Logan Square "standout" offers an "exceptionally creative" Macanese menu ( "it’s every bit as exotic as it sounds" ) of "gorgeous" , "next-level" dishes, including a "fantastic" brunch; factor in "excellent cocktails" and a "convivial" , "boho-chic" setting and it’s "worthy of the hype" – the "only bad part is the wait."
Shanghai Terrace
Chinese · River North · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.6

A "stunningly beautiful" space with a "terrace that feels like a resort" sets the stage for "sophisticated" Chinese "fine dining" at this "exceptional" River North kitchen at the Peninsula Hotel, turning out "spectacular" plates from Peking duck to dim sum; factor in "superb service" from an "amazing" staff, and fans say it always "delivers" an "excellent" experience that’s "expensive and worth it."
Phoenix Restaurant
Chinese · Chinatown · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.9

"Yum, yum dim sum" chant diners at this Chinatown "standby" , a "popular" place to "stuff yourself" on "numerous" "authentic" offerings from the carts plus other "top-notch" Chinese dishes; sure, the "decor is pretty worn" and service can be "spotty" , but fans insist it "always works" for a "high-quality meal."
Three Happiness Restaurant
Chinese · Chinatown · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.9

"One steamed, one fried, one vegetable: eat, repeat" , say fans of this "real-deal" "dim 'yum'" spot in Chinatown, where the affordable menu includes "choices, choices and more choices" of "authentic" Chinese "snack food" ; despite decor that's "nothing special" and weekends that are "quite a scene" , it "brings customers back for more" ; P.S. it's not related to nearby New Three Happiness.
MingHin Cuisine
Chinese · Chinatown · $$

Hip and modern for the genre, these moderately priced Cantonese chowhouses serve up seafood specialties and daily dim sum in stylish surroundings. Beverage options go beyond the basics to include freezes, smoothies and signature cocktails from tiki classics to martinis, plus sake and Chinese wines.
MingHin Cuisine
Chinese · The Loop · $$

Hip and modern for the genre, these moderately priced Cantonese chowhouses serve up seafood specialties and daily dim sum in stylish surroundings. Beverage options go beyond the basics to include freezes, smoothies and signature cocktails from tiki classics to martinis, plus sake and Chinese wines.
Imperial Lamian
Chinese · River North · $$$

Handmade noodles, dim sum and wok-fired dishes are the specialties issuing from the open kitchen at this chic Chinese haunt in River North, the first U.S. outpost of an Indonesia-based chain. The bar pours artisanal, tea-infused cocktails and the striking, Asian-inspired decor features stylized abacus grates, roomy booths and ambient lighting from birdcage and globe fixtures.