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Dim Sum King.
Dim Sum King.
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Seattle's Delightful Dim Sum Restaurants

You don't even have to read a menu

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Dim Sum King.
| Cat S./Yelp

Dim sum is a longtime staple of traditional Chinese cuisine, known for its affordability and convenience. It tends to draw long lines of antsy customers — what did you expect? It's still a form of brunch, perhaps Seattle's most popular meal.

The typical dim sum experience, available from morning until early afternoon, consists of rolling carts piled with inexpensive, small plates of food, presented directly to you at your table. The beauty of it lies in its simplicity: Rather than thumbing through a menu imagining what sounds good, you can simply point at what looks good and say, "That, please." Most dim sum dishes are steam-cooked, so the meal is generally less greasy and filling than what you might find on Chinese dinner menus.

Fortunately for Seattleites, there are some satisfying dim sum options in town. This map represents the top spots to satiate your bite-sized cravings.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Foo Lam

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7101 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 453-3498
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Good dim sum outside of the Chinatown area can be hard to find, but Foo Lam fits the bill for those in the Rainier Valley/Beacon Hill region. The green beans are freshly crisp, the ha gow (shrimp dumplings) are a must-try, and if you’ve never had lightly toasted sesame balls before, this would be a great place to start.

2. Dim Sum House

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4860 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 725-1867

Beacon Hill is a veritable treasure trove of cultural diversity in Seattle, and its restaurants reflect that character. You won’t find any carts at this no-fuss spot, as it is quite cozy, but you will find all of the dim sum mainstays. The honey walnut prawns are crisped to perfection, and the siu mai are mouthwateringly plump.

3. Harbor City Restaurant

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707 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 621-2228
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Perhaps the crown jewel of the International District's dim sum spots, Harbor City's popularity is catching quickly, so you might have to wait a while to get your food. The portions are shockingly large compared to most restaurants', and there isn’t a below-average dish to be found. The shrimp and chive are freshly steamed, and the honey walnut prawns are impeccable.

4. Jade Garden

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424 7th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-8181
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Jade Garden is a tried and true staple of Seattle's dim sum community, located in the heart of the International District. Everything on the carts is consistently solid, from the delicately steamed pork and shrimp shumai to the lightly salted pork spare ribs.

5. Dim Sum King

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617 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 682-2823
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When you don't have time to wait, Dim Sum King is amazingly fast and efficient. The best part is the option to order by piece, instead of by plate. You can choose from the entire dim sum repertoire here, from pillowy coconut buns and flaky egg tarts to pan seared potstickers. It’s cheap and ready to go.

6. Regent Bakery & Cafe

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1404 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 743-8866
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Regent Bakery and Cafe originated in 2000 as a quaint, unassuming shop right off the 520 in Redmond. With a second location in trendy Capitol Hill, the company's following has grown. The ambiance here is a bit snazzier than many of its dim sum counterparts, and the food is on point. Known more for its delicious pastries, Regent's fried salt and pepper calamari and garlic green beans are as good as you’ll find in the city.

7. Monsoon

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615 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 325-2111
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Tucked away in the quieter side streets of Capitol Hill, Monsoon brings an upscale Vietnamese twist to the typically Chinese dim sum experience. Go for the shrimp dumplings as well as the shrimp and chive wontons, and finish things off with some of the tastiest duck congee you’ll ever experience.

8. Din Tai Fung Dumpling House

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2615 NE 46th St
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 525-0958
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Based in Taiwan and now expanding to seemingly every crevice of the map, world-renowned Din Tai Fung is one of those rare commodities whose quality matches its hype. From the moment you step in the doors, you bear witness to a team of dumpling engineers meticulously marrying morsels of meat to wrappers of dough with focused precision. While the restaurant is famous for its pork dumplings, the shrimp and pork wontons in a spicy sauce is the killer dish that is so good, it will keep you up at night. However long you have to wait to get a table, it will be well worth it.

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9. Chiang's Gourmet

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7845 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 527-8888
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Chiang’s Gourmet offers Szechuan-style Chinese dim sum, exemplified by the bold use of garlic and chili peppers for a sophisticated spiciness. The must-have dish here is the hand-rolled, pan-fried minced pork noodles.

10. JB Garden

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10410 Greenwood Ave N Ste A
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 297-8090
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On the northern side of Seattle’s city limits lies tiny JB Garden, a hidden gem you're almost guaranteed to miss on your first approach. You won’t find any roaming dim sum carts here, just a display of freshly made dishes that are probably best taken home to enjoy. The fried dumplings are a perfect blend of crunchy and chewy, with a satisfying filling of minced pork; the savory, wallet-friendly barbecue pork buns are a steal at only 99 cents each.

11. Fu Man Dumpling House

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14314 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 364-0681
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These dumplings could be Seattle's ultimate sleeper hit. They're hand-packed with garlic, chives, and minced pork, and so juicy you’ll need a spoon. Make sure to dip them in the hopelessly addicting garlic soy sauce. If you want to round out your meal, go for the stir-fried barbecue pork fried rice — topped with more garlic sauce, of course.

1. Foo Lam

7101 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118

Good dim sum outside of the Chinatown area can be hard to find, but Foo Lam fits the bill for those in the Rainier Valley/Beacon Hill region. The green beans are freshly crisp, the ha gow (shrimp dumplings) are a must-try, and if you’ve never had lightly toasted sesame balls before, this would be a great place to start.

7101 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118

2. Dim Sum House

4860 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

Beacon Hill is a veritable treasure trove of cultural diversity in Seattle, and its restaurants reflect that character. You won’t find any carts at this no-fuss spot, as it is quite cozy, but you will find all of the dim sum mainstays. The honey walnut prawns are crisped to perfection, and the siu mai are mouthwateringly plump.

4860 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

3. Harbor City Restaurant

707 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

Perhaps the crown jewel of the International District's dim sum spots, Harbor City's popularity is catching quickly, so you might have to wait a while to get your food. The portions are shockingly large compared to most restaurants', and there isn’t a below-average dish to be found. The shrimp and chive are freshly steamed, and the honey walnut prawns are impeccable.

707 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104

4. Jade Garden

424 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Jade Garden is a tried and true staple of Seattle's dim sum community, located in the heart of the International District. Everything on the carts is consistently solid, from the delicately steamed pork and shrimp shumai to the lightly salted pork spare ribs.

424 7th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

5. Dim Sum King

617 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

When you don't have time to wait, Dim Sum King is amazingly fast and efficient. The best part is the option to order by piece, instead of by plate. You can choose from the entire dim sum repertoire here, from pillowy coconut buns and flaky egg tarts to pan seared potstickers. It’s cheap and ready to go.

617 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104

6. Regent Bakery & Cafe

1404 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122

Regent Bakery and Cafe originated in 2000 as a quaint, unassuming shop right off the 520 in Redmond. With a second location in trendy Capitol Hill, the company's following has grown. The ambiance here is a bit snazzier than many of its dim sum counterparts, and the food is on point. Known more for its delicious pastries, Regent's fried salt and pepper calamari and garlic green beans are as good as you’ll find in the city.

1404 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122

7. Monsoon

615 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Tucked away in the quieter side streets of Capitol Hill, Monsoon brings an upscale Vietnamese twist to the typically Chinese dim sum experience. Go for the shrimp dumplings as well as the shrimp and chive wontons, and finish things off with some of the tastiest duck congee you’ll ever experience.

615 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

8. Din Tai Fung Dumpling House

2615 NE 46th St, Seattle, WA 98105
Jay Friedman for Eater

Based in Taiwan and now expanding to seemingly every crevice of the map, world-renowned Din Tai Fung is one of those rare commodities whose quality matches its hype. From the moment you step in the doors, you bear witness to a team of dumpling engineers meticulously marrying morsels of meat to wrappers of dough with focused precision. While the restaurant is famous for its pork dumplings, the shrimp and pork wontons in a spicy sauce is the killer dish that is so good, it will keep you up at night. However long you have to wait to get a table, it will be well worth it.

2615 NE 46th St
Seattle, WA 98105

9. Chiang's Gourmet

7845 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Chiang’s Gourmet offers Szechuan-style Chinese dim sum, exemplified by the bold use of garlic and chili peppers for a sophisticated spiciness. The must-have dish here is the hand-rolled, pan-fried minced pork noodles.

7845 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

10. JB Garden

10410 Greenwood Ave N Ste A, Seattle, WA 98133

On the northern side of Seattle’s city limits lies tiny JB Garden, a hidden gem you're almost guaranteed to miss on your first approach. You won’t find any roaming dim sum carts here, just a display of freshly made dishes that are probably best taken home to enjoy. The fried dumplings are a perfect blend of crunchy and chewy, with a satisfying filling of minced pork; the savory, wallet-friendly barbecue pork buns are a steal at only 99 cents each.

10410 Greenwood Ave N Ste A
Seattle, WA 98133

11. Fu Man Dumpling House

14314 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133

These dumplings could be Seattle's ultimate sleeper hit. They're hand-packed with garlic, chives, and minced pork, and so juicy you’ll need a spoon. Make sure to dip them in the hopelessly addicting garlic soy sauce. If you want to round out your meal, go for the stir-fried barbecue pork fried rice — topped with more garlic sauce, of course.

14314 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133

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