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14 Delightful Dim Sum Restaurants in the Seattle Area

Seattle’s dim sum scene is modest, but still impresses with a range of diverse options.

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Monsoon offers a hearty weekend dim sum brunch.
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Served from early morning into the afternoon, dim sum is like a Chinese brunch, featuring small dishes of fried or steamed dumplings, rolls, buns, cakes and other snack-sized items meant to be enjoyed with friends and family. The fun part is in choosing which delectable sweet or savory treat to pick next, like har gow (shrimp dumplings), sesame balls, or hom bow (a sweet, fluffy bread roll stuffed with meat or other fillings).

Traditionally, these filling and affordable options were wheeled right to your table on carts. Over the pandemic, those carts disappeared, along with dine-in service. Now that more restaurants are welcoming back dine-in guests, expect to see those same carts — loaded with dim sum options — making the rounds again. Here’s some of the best restaurants in Seattle to get your dim sum fix, listed from north to south.

All restaurants listed offer takeout and indoor dining. As of October 25, King County will require proof of vaccination for everyone ages 12+ at indoor establishments, restaurants, and bars. Studies indicate there is a lower exposure risk when eating outdoors, and the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Please visit King County’s COVID website for resources and current information.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fashion Dim Sum

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22923 Hwy 99
Edmonds, WA 98026
(425) 697-2886
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This small and unassuming restaurant in an Edmonds strip mall is a solid dim sum spot north of Seattle. It serves handmade dim sum with complimentary tea all day long. Its piggy buns — pig-faced steamed buns filled with sweet egg custard — is a crowd pleaser and Instagram hit, and the layered shrimp balls are equally as stunning. The latter features plump, juicy shrimp paste coated in mounds of thin, crispy, deep fried wonton strips, shaped to look like a bird’s nest.

2. China Harbor Restaurant

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2040 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 286-1688
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China Harbor recently acquired Peony Kitchen’s head chef, Danna Hwang, to launch its new dim sum menu. Traditional items, like the siu mai and the fried taro ball, are elevated with the addition of truffle and abalone. China Harbor’s pan fried chive dumplings also impress, but be sure to get them with the rice paper add-on. This wraps the outside of the dumpling with a delicately crisp, frilly rice paper, adding an extra layer of crunch to the experience. Those who dine in can enjoy the ornate dining hall, and sweeping views of Lake Union.

3. Monsoon Seattle

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615 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 325-2111
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Vietnamese restaurant Monsoon offers a weekend dim sum brunch in a neighborhood without many dim sum options. The drunken chicken is a go-to favorite, as well as the shrimp dumplings, pork buns, and crispy shrimp and chive wontons. Monsoon’s patio and rooftop seating areas are perfect for a sunny weekend. Eastsiders can also enjoy weekend dim sum brunch at Monsoon’s Bellevue location.

4. 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 WA-520 in Redmond. With a second location in Capitol Hill, the company's following has only 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.

5. Mee Sum Pastry

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1526 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-6780
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An essential Pike Place Market stop, Mee Sum is known for its fluffy, sweet hom bow selections (the barbecue pork is the most popular offering), pineapple bread, and other pastries and buns baked fresh daily. The green tea black sesame mochi ball has an emerald green exterior coated in black and white sesame seeds, fried, with sweet and savory black sesame paste at the center. Grab either (or both!) for a perfect, on-the-move snack at the market. Mee Sum also has a cafe in the University District.

6. Dim Sum King

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617 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 359-1628
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This small dim sum shop in the Chinatown International District (CID) sets itself apart by offering everything a la carte. Each piece of dim sum is sold individually, and all patrons have to do is mark a sheet of paper with the quantity of each item that they want and hand it to the cashier at the front. Some highlights include the thousand year egg congee — which typically sells out early in the day — as well as egg tarts, made with a thick cookie crust and generously filled with a silky smooth egg custard.

7. Jade Garden Restaurant

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424 7th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-8181
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Jade Garden is frequently packed and even more so now as the CID community has rallied behind it after a string of burglaries and vandalism hit the restaurant. The fried har gow is a pleasing deviation from the traditionally steamed variety, providing a satisfying crunch on the outside before hitting the snappy shrimp filling.

8. Harbor City Restaurant

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707 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 621-2228
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Harbor City is one of the few places in the CID that had previously served dim sum on carts rolled throughout the dining room. The carts have disappeared since the pandemic, but the taste and quality of the food still remains. The chicken feet are braised until incredibly tender, and the turnip cakes are pan fried to a perfect crisp on the outside, with a soft and meaty interior inside.

9. Hong Kong Bistro

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507 Maynard Ave S #511C
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 682-1922
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Hong Kong Bistro is perfect for anyone craving late night dim sum. The restaurant currently closes around midnight, but before the pandemic it was known to stay open even later. Here the dim sum is served all day, made fresh to order. The baked pork buns feature sweet barbecue pork stuffed in a fluffy bun and topped with a sweet, crumbly, crunchy coating. Pair this with a refreshing mango freeze — a mango smoothie combining coconut milk and sago pearls — for an indulgent meal.

10. Homestyle Dim Sum Restaurant

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664 S Weller St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 340-6122

Homestyle Dim Sum, formerly Duk Li, offers takeout Chinese pastries on one side of the restaurant and a dine-in area on the other. Its fried pork dumplings, often known as footballs, are not only huge, but are perfectly fried and offer a satisfying crunch. The baked, salted egg yolk custard bun stands out with a sweet, tender cookie crust on top.

11. Dim Sum House

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4860 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 725-1867
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The only dim sum restaurant in Beacon Hill, Dim Sum House offers a traditional menu, but you won’t find any carts at this no-fuss spot. The honey walnut prawns are crisped to perfection, and the siu mai are mouthwateringly plump. Try the zongzi — sticky rice dumplings stuffed with shrimp, pork belly, and salted egg yolks — wrapped in bamboo leaves. Dim Sum House also has barbecue pork pastries and egg tarts baked fresh everyday.

12. 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 CID can be hard to find, but Foo Lam delivers for those in the New Holly/Rainier Valley area. The green beans are crisp, the shrimp har gow are a must, and the lightly toasted sesame balls are perfect.

13. Macky’s Dim Sum

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28 E Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 391-7200
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Dim sum restaurants on the Eastside are few and far between, making Macky’s Dim Sum an essential choice. The spinach and shrimp dumplings look like little gems. The skins are a pale, translucent green, flecked with bits of spinach leaves. The filling in Macky’s pork siu mai is just that, only pork. It differs from the more common pork and shrimp combination, but these dumplings are nonetheless incredibly juicy and tender.

14. Triumph Valley 川粤

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3750 E Valley Rd
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 572-6612
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Dim sum restaurant by day, hot pot restaurant by night, Triumph Valley offers dim sum all day, and a limited selection in the evening. The menu includes creative items like the deep fried pork dumplings shaped to look like a pear, and the salted egg yolk mochi. The mochi is a must, featuring a fried, chewy exterior and a  golden, lava-like, sweet and savory salted egg yolk interior.

1. Fashion Dim Sum

22923 Hwy 99, Edmonds, WA 98026

This small and unassuming restaurant in an Edmonds strip mall is a solid dim sum spot north of Seattle. It serves handmade dim sum with complimentary tea all day long. Its piggy buns — pig-faced steamed buns filled with sweet egg custard — is a crowd pleaser and Instagram hit, and the layered shrimp balls are equally as stunning. The latter features plump, juicy shrimp paste coated in mounds of thin, crispy, deep fried wonton strips, shaped to look like a bird’s nest.

22923 Hwy 99
Edmonds, WA 98026

2. China Harbor Restaurant

2040 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

China Harbor recently acquired Peony Kitchen’s head chef, Danna Hwang, to launch its new dim sum menu. Traditional items, like the siu mai and the fried taro ball, are elevated with the addition of truffle and abalone. China Harbor’s pan fried chive dumplings also impress, but be sure to get them with the rice paper add-on. This wraps the outside of the dumpling with a delicately crisp, frilly rice paper, adding an extra layer of crunch to the experience. Those who dine in can enjoy the ornate dining hall, and sweeping views of Lake Union.

2040 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

3. Monsoon Seattle

615 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Vietnamese restaurant Monsoon offers a weekend dim sum brunch in a neighborhood without many dim sum options. The drunken chicken is a go-to favorite, as well as the shrimp dumplings, pork buns, and crispy shrimp and chive wontons. Monsoon’s patio and rooftop seating areas are perfect for a sunny weekend. Eastsiders can also enjoy weekend dim sum brunch at Monsoon’s Bellevue location.

615 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

4. 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 WA-520 in Redmond. With a second location in Capitol Hill, the company's following has only 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

5. Mee Sum Pastry

1526 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

An essential Pike Place Market stop, Mee Sum is known for its fluffy, sweet hom bow selections (the barbecue pork is the most popular offering), pineapple bread, and other pastries and buns baked fresh daily. The green tea black sesame mochi ball has an emerald green exterior coated in black and white sesame seeds, fried, with sweet and savory black sesame paste at the center. Grab either (or both!) for a perfect, on-the-move snack at the market. Mee Sum also has a cafe in the University District.

1526 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101

6. Dim Sum King

617 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

This small dim sum shop in the Chinatown International District (CID) sets itself apart by offering everything a la carte. Each piece of dim sum is sold individually, and all patrons have to do is mark a sheet of paper with the quantity of each item that they want and hand it to the cashier at the front. Some highlights include the thousand year egg congee — which typically sells out early in the day — as well as egg tarts, made with a thick cookie crust and generously filled with a silky smooth egg custard.

617 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104

7. Jade Garden Restaurant

424 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Jade Garden is frequently packed and even more so now as the CID community has rallied behind it after a string of burglaries and vandalism hit the restaurant. The fried har gow is a pleasing deviation from the traditionally steamed variety, providing a satisfying crunch on the outside before hitting the snappy shrimp filling.

424 7th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

8. Harbor City Restaurant

707 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

Harbor City is one of the few places in the CID that had previously served dim sum on carts rolled throughout the dining room. The carts have disappeared since the pandemic, but the taste and quality of the food still remains. The chicken feet are braised until incredibly tender, and the turnip cakes are pan fried to a perfect crisp on the outside, with a soft and meaty interior inside.

707 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104

9. Hong Kong Bistro

507 Maynard Ave S #511C, Seattle, WA 98104

Hong Kong Bistro is perfect for anyone craving late night dim sum. The restaurant currently closes around midnight, but before the pandemic it was known to stay open even later. Here the dim sum is served all day, made fresh to order. The baked pork buns feature sweet barbecue pork stuffed in a fluffy bun and topped with a sweet, crumbly, crunchy coating. Pair this with a refreshing mango freeze — a mango smoothie combining coconut milk and sago pearls — for an indulgent meal.

507 Maynard Ave S #511C
Seattle, WA 98104

10. Homestyle Dim Sum Restaurant

664 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104

Homestyle Dim Sum, formerly Duk Li, offers takeout Chinese pastries on one side of the restaurant and a dine-in area on the other. Its fried pork dumplings, often known as footballs, are not only huge, but are perfectly fried and offer a satisfying crunch. The baked, salted egg yolk custard bun stands out with a sweet, tender cookie crust on top.

664 S Weller St
Seattle, WA 98104

11. Dim Sum House

4860 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

The only dim sum restaurant in Beacon Hill, Dim Sum House offers a traditional menu, but you won’t find any carts at this no-fuss spot. The honey walnut prawns are crisped to perfection, and the siu mai are mouthwateringly plump. Try the zongzi — sticky rice dumplings stuffed with shrimp, pork belly, and salted egg yolks — wrapped in bamboo leaves. Dim Sum House also has barbecue pork pastries and egg tarts baked fresh everyday.

4860 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

12. Foo Lam

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

Good dim sum outside of the CID can be hard to find, but Foo Lam delivers for those in the New Holly/Rainier Valley area. The green beans are crisp, the shrimp har gow are a must, and the lightly toasted sesame balls are perfect.

7101 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118

13. Macky’s Dim Sum

28 E Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027

Dim sum restaurants on the Eastside are few and far between, making Macky’s Dim Sum an essential choice. The spinach and shrimp dumplings look like little gems. The skins are a pale, translucent green, flecked with bits of spinach leaves. The filling in Macky’s pork siu mai is just that, only pork. It differs from the more common pork and shrimp combination, but these dumplings are nonetheless incredibly juicy and tender.

28 E Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027

14. Triumph Valley 川粤

3750 E Valley Rd, Renton, WA 98057

Dim sum restaurant by day, hot pot restaurant by night, Triumph Valley offers dim sum all day, and a limited selection in the evening. The menu includes creative items like the deep fried pork dumplings shaped to look like a pear, and the salted egg yolk mochi. The mochi is a must, featuring a fried, chewy exterior and a  golden, lava-like, sweet and savory salted egg yolk interior.

3750 E Valley Rd
Renton, WA 98057

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