Din Tai Fung Dumpling House
Open Hours:Lunch M-F 11am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-9:30pm
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- 78%Local Culture
- 70%Family Travelers
- 55%Business Travelers
- 55%Budget Travelers
- 55%Adventure Travelers
- 51%Luxury Travelers
Member Reviews (44)
- Din Tai Fung Dumpling HouseMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Feb 12, 2014
DTF is amazingggg..... in Taiwan.
As there are enough reviews here I'll keep it simple.
XLBs have the thin skins that make DTF so great. However, it lacked the juices and flavors that make it really pop. Doesn't make it bad, but doesn't make it amazing either.
Compound that with some of the worst service I've experienced and DTF just lost another star. Taiwan's DTF prides themselves in their amazing service. At one point one of my friends was taking our own dishes away because our waiters were slacking. When I get my dessert, the old dishes should be cleared! If we were in Taiwan, they'd all have been fired by now.
- Din Tai Fung Dumpling HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Dec 31, 2013
In love with their juicy pork dumplings and Shanghai ricecakes. The juicy pork never let me down, and have always been soupy in the middle. Umami flavors burst out of each dumpling into my mouth.
Be prepared to wait at least 1 hour for a table on weekends. Fill out the order form prior to seating to expedite food service. Great for families and groups.
- Din Tai Fung Dumpling HouseMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Dec 01, 2013
This is the busiest and most popular Dumpling House in California. There is always a line!
[PARKING] - Parking here can be challenging almost all the time. Park near the east west bank where you more than likely have a better shot finding a spot than you would in the 1108 location.
[DÉCOR] - Modern looking interior but nothing really stands out; they have wood tables and chairs.
[SERVICE] - Despite the fact that this is c an upscale Chinese restaurant service was very slow and I had to raise my hand several times to ask for a menu and refill my tea.
[FOOD] - We ordered 4 dishes total which took a long time to come out especially the rice cake.
Juice Pork Dumpling ($7.75) - One of the best pork dumplings I've tasted, but there was a piece there that was clearly dry and out of shape.
Shrimp & Pork Shao Mai ($9.50) - Sounded and looked like the Cantonese version of Shumai, but looks better, however the quality isn't as good especially when compared to high end Dim Sum places like King Hua or Sea Harbour. The shrimp was just at the top of the pork and wasn't mixed together like Shumai.
Pork Fried Rice ($6.50) - Small portion, but the fried rice was not bad at all and tasted similar to Newport Fried Rice, but their portion is like twice as big for the same price as lunch.
Rice Cake with Shrimp ($9.00) - Tiny portion just like the fried rice but the quality wasn't that good; the rice cake is disappointing due to lack of flavor.
Bottom line is this is a place to go if you want the best pork dumpling in town, you will pay more and expect a long wait, but for any other dish it is simply not worth it and overpriced for the quality and quantity. Service definitely needs to improve.
- Din Tai Fung Dumpling HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Nov 06, 2013
It is true. Din Tai Fung's Xiao Long Bao might be the very best you could get in US. It is just as good as those I had in their Asia branch. These XLBs are very delicate. Skin is thin but holds up the broth very well. The pork meat filling is finely chopped and well seasoned. Everything from the size to taste differs greatly from Joe's Shanghai's in NYC (which I also love).
Their regular pork XLB is the best. You will like them a lot if you prefer the lighter and more refined type of dumplings. But for the crab and pork version, Joe's Shanghai won by a mile. The crab ones at Din Tai Fung is just no where as rich as Joe's version. In fact, the crab filling distracted the pork flavor and made it even more mellow than the regular ones.
The menu is very simple compare to their Asia counterparts. A lot of the Taiwanese appetizer and small plates were not offered. Besides XLBs, their other kinds of dumplings are also excellent. Love their fish dumplings and spicy wontons. House chicken soup is decent too. Hot and sour soup should be skipped. It is neither hot nor sour enough.
Service is very efficient here. There is always a line but table turnaround is quick. Expect somewhere between 30mins to 45mins wait.
- Din Tai Fung Dumpling HouseOct 17, 2013
After reviewing the Din Tai Fung branch in Taipei, I felt it was only fair to review the stateside one as well....and this one definitely lives up to its Taiwan counterpart. I had the pork soup dumplings (a must), the spicy peanut noodles, broccoli in garlic sauce, and a red bean bun for dessert (again, a must). While everything was delicious, I have to admit that the portions are a bit smaller than the one in Taipei. One tray of dumplings is definitely not enough for two people, so load up!
- Din Tai Fung Dumpling HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Sep 14, 2013
So I finally went and ate at the 2 story side today. All I can say is that I truly love the pork dumplings and the pork&shrimp dumplings... The garlic green beans are awesome.
I dont know if you have been here but this is my favorite dumpling house around. The other side was as tasty as the first. I got the above usual dishes and this time also ordered the garlic spinach as well. I was a bit disappointed by the spinach as it wasnt very garlicky, and was in fact a bit watery.
Parking was perfect as I easily got a spot right in front. Service was simply fantastic. They brought what we requested in a timely manner without any questions and at a rate that we could have it on the table while we ate and were hanging out.
They brought us water at the start in a carafe and plastic lidded cups for the kids with fun super twisty straws! We also had a bit of tea that they refilled as needed.
I really like this place a lot. But I havent had a lot of stuff from their menu. But what I normally get is always very tasty!Recommended for:Family Travelers
- Din Tai Fung Dumpling HouseJul 09, 2013
Normally, this place is always on my raving foodie list. However, I felt that Seattle's location and Shanghai's were far better. I did try the OLD DTF. Not the new DTF. My recommended selections:
Shrimp & Pork Shao Mai
Juicy Pork Dumplings
Sweet Taro Dumplings
Red Bean Dumplings
Shanghai Rice Cake w/ Chicken or Pork or Shrimp
Sautéed String Bean w/ Garlic
- Din Tai Fung Dumpling HouseJun 07, 2013
I've been here a few times over the years.
One thing I've really noticed is their improved customer service.
Everyone is incredibly nice with the smiles and the greetings, which all feel genuine.
The food, this time, was better than I remembered!
The Missus and I enjoyed pork chop fried rice, spicy beef soup with noodles, and juicy pork and shrimp dumplings.
The soup tasted great with hints of star anise. The fried rice tasted well-balanced, and the dumplings were wonderful.
Post-dinner treats included taro dumplings and a sweet rice cake.
The only drawback was that they ran out of buns, but I suppose that can be overlooked.
There was no wait as we dined near closing. I was upset that JJ Bakery was closed across the way.
I guess I can't have it all.
- Din Tai Fung Dumpling HouseApr 25, 2013
Such a long wait... Waiting at Din Tai Fung made Disneyland and black friday look like a breeze... It took us 1 hour 45 minutes before our food arrived...
Pretty much after that long wait, I wanted to find every reason to hate on Din Tai Fung and to give it a bad review. First off, they give you the menu so that you can order as soon as you get seated. Additionally, they will text you when your table is ready. The decor is similar to other chinese restaurants, minus the glass display in the front of cute dumpling figurines. Now onto the food:
Xiao Lao Bang- Juicy pork. Apparently, I didn't know that there was a proper way to eat it by poking a hole in it and drinking the sauce. I've been popping these things into my mouth each time and burning my tongue in the past. It goes amazing with the vinegar and spicy oil. My buddy and I each had 10 each.
Stir fried beef noodle- Either this was really good or I was just really hungry. It is kind of oily and the proportions weren't huge. However, it was pretty good to me.
Green beans w/ garlic- I think slathering on garlic and oil defeats the whole purpose of the greens. However, I love garlic so I loved this plate.
Overall, our total came out to $32 for 2 people. Each plate is around $8 or less, so the prices are pretty decent. Trust me, I really wanted to hate this place but the food is actually really good. Is the wait worth it? I would say so. :).
I recommend you bring a portable dvd player with some long movie... like Benjamin Button (who has time to watch that movie) or Monopoly...