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 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 CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersFeb 06, 2013
With its flagship restaurant in Taiwan—selected as one of the top 10 restaurants in the world by The New York Times—this Shanghai-style small-plates chain has branched out to Los Angeles and Seattle. The juicy pork dumplings in paper-thin wrappers, simultaneously delicate and intense, are so melt-in-your-mouth delicious that the Arcadia location in Los Angeles opened a second restaurant down the street just to handle the demand. Perhaps best known for its stellar customer service and spotless interiors, Din Tai Fung almost always has a long wait, but those five-spice fried pork chops are worth every minute.
- 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 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 HouseMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 1Apr 22, 2013
Legendary dumpling house in Arcadia. Super long lines so come in as early as you possibly can. Go for dumpling soup, pork or beef dumplings or something more creative, like the one with green melon.
- Din Tai Fung Dumpling HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Feb 27, 2013
Yummy yummy yummy! Whenever I need a dose of xiao long bao, I come here. I have never eaten XLB so delicately and perfectly wrapped - the texture makes the experience of eating so much better. Plus, they pay attention to tons of little details in everything they make - it's all evenly diced, thinly sliced, and beautifully cooked.
Their regular dumplings are wonderful too, and I looove the thin slices of veggies in their hot & sour soup. I could finish the entire bowl (meant to feed about 4-6). There's pretty much always a line and wait times can get pretty long, so make sure you arrive well ahead of your anticipated eat time. They now have this great text message system so you can wander around while waiting.
Be sure to try both sides! The one facing the parking lot is Chinese style, with a big room filled with round tables. Lots of hustle and bustle there. The one on the backside by the bank (closer to the bowling alley) is Western style, with sleeker decor, a long dining area (and some bonus room upstairs), and a more peaceful atmosphere.
- Din Tai Fung Dumpling HouseMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 7Feb 25, 2013
Oh this is dumpling heaven! If you've never tried xiao long bao, this is the place! The first US outpost for the Taiwanese chain, there are actually two restaurants right next to each other. Try the xiao long bao (juicy dumpling), the pork shao mai with shrimp, and the pork chop with fried rice. So good!!!
- Din Tai Fung Dumpling HouseMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersJul 04, 2012
Everything here is amazing. Don't miss the Shanghai Soup Dumplings - and if you get there early, get the limited quantity small soup dumplings - they sell out within the first hour or 2 of opening. Also for vegetarians, the vegetarian dumplings are amazing.