Best Soup Dumplings in San Francisco

Slurp in style
March 21, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Hit up these San Francisco spots for authentic soup dumplings. 

Yank Sing (Stevenson Street)
Asian · SoMa · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

There’s always a "rolling cart" coming ’round the corner at these dim sum palaces featuring an "unrivaled" selection of "exceptional" tidbits – including some of the "best damn dumplings around" – in a white-tablecloth setting; despite weekend and lunchtime mobs, service is "wicked fast" , and though prices are rather "upscale" , you "get what you pay for" here.
Shanghai Dumpling Shop
Dumpling · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.5

Fans "love" the "must-have" soup dumplings ( "gingery with delicate skins" ) at this "busy" Millbrae destination where the other "super-tasty" items on the menu are also "worth trying" ; forget the "ho-hum" interior and "always packed" scene – the "price is right."
Shanghai House Restaurant
Chinese · Outer Richmond · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.3 · Service 3.5

"The real deal" for "traditional" Chinese eats, this cash-only Outer Richmond joint is known for "very good xiao long bao" (Shanghai soup dumplings) "as well as dishes from other regions" ; granted, the service and decor are lacking, but few mind since it’s "nice and cheap."
Chinese · SoMa · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.7

"Forgo the menu" and put yourself in the hands of Peter Fang and chef (and 'Chopped' winner) Kathy Fang at this more "upscale" SoMa sibling of the "long-standing" House of Nanking; you "won't be disappointed" by the "large portions" of "modern" Chinese chow, even if service can be "a bit stoic" – and at least you "don't have to wait on line" like at the Chinatown original.
Kingdom of Dumpling
Dumpling · Parkside · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 2.8 · Service 3.5

This "tiny" Parkside "hole-in-the-wall" rewards fans with "darn-good dumplings" and other "cheap, delicious" Chinese eats; just be prepared for "plain" surroundings and "huge waits" for the "crammed" seating – though "takeout is easy."
Bund Shanghai Restaurant
Chinese · Chinatown · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.6

Fans of this no-frills Chinatown spot say "yes, yes, yes" to its "genuine" Shanghai fare, including dim sum, soup dumplings and other affordable regional specialties; as it's still off tourists' radars, "there's usually not a long wait" except perhaps at lunch when "the FiDi types show up."