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Xiao long bao at Mount & Bao
Gabe Guarente

Fantastic Frozen and Freshly Made Dumplings in the Seattle Area

From larger chains to local shops

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Xiao long bao at Mount & Bao
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Whether steamed, boiled, pan-fried, or even deep-fried, dumplings make for an excellent comfort food. The dish doesn’t always travel well, but many shops in Seattle are adjusting to takeout and delivery realities, offering limited menus of the most sturdy types and even including some frozen option. Here are a few of the best options around the area, listed from north to south. Since services shift often now, it’s best to call ahead to confirm hours.

All places offer takeout, some delivery, and a handful have onsite seating, with services noted. This should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on local coronavirus cases, please visit the official King County’s COVID page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Kathmandu Momocha

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Shoreline’s stellar Nepalese food purveyor has been a hit at local farmers market stands and a variety of local pop-ups, selling dumplings stuffed with chicken, beef, or pork (vegan and gluten-free options are also available, plus frozen versions can be ordered in bulk). Open for takeout through the commissary kitchen’s website and delivery via DoorDash.

Little Tings Dumplings

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The boiled dumplings at this Greenwood spot (with another outpost in Bellevue) are juicy and excellent. Also available as pan-fried pot stickers, they come in many varieties, from pork and fennel to chive and scallop to sea cucumber and pork. Available for takeout and delivery through GrubhubDoorDash, and Postmates.

A plate full of boiled dumplings from Little Ting’s.
Boiled dumplings at Little Ting’s
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Mount and Bao

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This newer restaurant in Lake City has built buzz since it opened in late 2019 for its spicy hand-pulled noodles and xiao long bao, which have been compared favorably to the venerable Din Tai Fung. It has takeout with orders accepted through the official website, and limited dine-in service before 5 p.m. each day.

Xiao long bao in a bamboo container
Xiao long bao at Mount & Bao
Gabe Guarente

Din Tai Fung

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The two Seattle locations and the Bellevue outpost of this well-known international chain are still open for takeout and no-contact delivery, as well as limited dine-in service. The xiao long bao and shrimp and pork shao mai are some of the most popular choices on the menu.

Korochka Tavern

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Known as a retro cocktail den slinging a variety of stuff drinks, Wallingford’s Russian bar Korochka (which moved from Lake City in 2020) also serves up some mean meat-stuffed pelmenis and potato-filled varenikis. Open for takeout through the website, delivery through DoorDash, GrubHub, and Caviar, and limited onsite dining.

Annapurna Cafe

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This Capitol Hill restaurant serves Tibetan, Nepalese, and Indian food, and is the place to go for spinach momo. The dumplings are vegan, filled with spinach and aromatic spices. They come with peanut (slightly spicy), sesame (slightly sweet), and tomato (slightly tangy) chutney sauces, offering a variety of flavors to enjoy. Open for takeout and delivery via Uber Eats.

Plenty of Clouds

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The Sichuan- and Yunnan-leaning menu at this Capitol Hill restaurant offers tongue-numbing Sichuan pork dumplings (there are vegan versions as well), as well as sauce for the pantry on its takeout menu. There’s also a selection of wine and beer to go, as well as limited seating on a covered and heated patio.

Dough Zone

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The local mini chain is known for its soup dumplings, tangy pickled string beans, and crispy and juicy jian buns, now for takeout and delivery. It’s now offering packages of frozen dumpings sold in bulk, with delivery available via DoorDash and Caviar.

Xiao Chi Jie

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One of Bellevue’s best dumpling specialists is focusing home kits, available for nationwide delivery on its official website (but locals can also do pickup). Diners can even order steamer trays for the frozen versions, and a selection of sauces (classic, umami, and spicy).

This popular bakery located near the waterfront downtown recently is known for both khachapuri 

and wonderfully plump Khinkali (Georgian dumplings filled with a choice of shredded beef, mushrooms, or a cheese blend). Open for takeout through the official website and delivery via third-party apps such as GrubHub, Postmates, and Caviar.

Szechuan Noodle Bowl

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Though this International District spot might be best known for its big bowls of soup, there’s also a solid selection of steamed dumplings on hand (including frozen versions), plus some excellent pot-stickers, which are unusually long and perfectly pan-fried. Some are now available for takeout, and delivery via Uber Eats and DoorDash.

Mama Dough

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Those focused on soup dumplings outside some of the larger chains like Din Tai Fung may want to check out this low-key Kent spot located in a shopping mall. The frozen varieties can be delivered in bulk, but even the made-to-order ones hold up well for dining at home. It’s open for takeout and delivery via GrubHubDoorDash, and Postmates.

A wooden bowl containing 10 soup dumplings
The soup dumplings at Mama Dough are some of the best in the South End.
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Kathmandu Momocha

Shoreline’s stellar Nepalese food purveyor has been a hit at local farmers market stands and a variety of local pop-ups, selling dumplings stuffed with chicken, beef, or pork (vegan and gluten-free options are also available, plus frozen versions can be ordered in bulk). Open for takeout through the commissary kitchen’s website and delivery via DoorDash.

Little Tings Dumplings

A plate full of boiled dumplings from Little Ting’s.
Boiled dumplings at Little Ting’s
Jay Friedman

The boiled dumplings at this Greenwood spot (with another outpost in Bellevue) are juicy and excellent. Also available as pan-fried pot stickers, they come in many varieties, from pork and fennel to chive and scallop to sea cucumber and pork. Available for takeout and delivery through GrubhubDoorDash, and Postmates.

A plate full of boiled dumplings from Little Ting’s.
Boiled dumplings at Little Ting’s
Jay Friedman

Mount and Bao

Xiao long bao in a bamboo container
Xiao long bao at Mount & Bao
Gabe Guarente

This newer restaurant in Lake City has built buzz since it opened in late 2019 for its spicy hand-pulled noodles and xiao long bao, which have been compared favorably to the venerable Din Tai Fung. It has takeout with orders accepted through the official website, and limited dine-in service before 5 p.m. each day.

Xiao long bao in a bamboo container
Xiao long bao at Mount & Bao
Gabe Guarente

Din Tai Fung

The two Seattle locations and the Bellevue outpost of this well-known international chain are still open for takeout and no-contact delivery, as well as limited dine-in service. The xiao long bao and shrimp and pork shao mai are some of the most popular choices on the menu.

Korochka Tavern

Known as a retro cocktail den slinging a variety of stuff drinks, Wallingford’s Russian bar Korochka (which moved from Lake City in 2020) also serves up some mean meat-stuffed pelmenis and potato-filled varenikis. Open for takeout through the website, delivery through DoorDash, GrubHub, and Caviar, and limited onsite dining.

Annapurna Cafe

This Capitol Hill restaurant serves Tibetan, Nepalese, and Indian food, and is the place to go for spinach momo. The dumplings are vegan, filled with spinach and aromatic spices. They come with peanut (slightly spicy), sesame (slightly sweet), and tomato (slightly tangy) chutney sauces, offering a variety of flavors to enjoy. Open for takeout and delivery via Uber Eats.

Plenty of Clouds

The Sichuan- and Yunnan-leaning menu at this Capitol Hill restaurant offers tongue-numbing Sichuan pork dumplings (there are vegan versions as well), as well as sauce for the pantry on its takeout menu. There’s also a selection of wine and beer to go, as well as limited seating on a covered and heated patio.

Dough Zone

The local mini chain is known for its soup dumplings, tangy pickled string beans, and crispy and juicy jian buns, now for takeout and delivery. It’s now offering packages of frozen dumpings sold in bulk, with delivery available via DoorDash and Caviar.

Xiao Chi Jie

One of Bellevue’s best dumpling specialists is focusing home kits, available for nationwide delivery on its official website (but locals can also do pickup). Diners can even order steamer trays for the frozen versions, and a selection of sauces (classic, umami, and spicy).

Skalka

This popular bakery located near the waterfront downtown recently is known for both khachapuri 

and wonderfully plump Khinkali (Georgian dumplings filled with a choice of shredded beef, mushrooms, or a cheese blend). Open for takeout through the official website and delivery via third-party apps such as GrubHub, Postmates, and Caviar.

Szechuan Noodle Bowl

Though this International District spot might be best known for its big bowls of soup, there’s also a solid selection of steamed dumplings on hand (including frozen versions), plus some excellent pot-stickers, which are unusually long and perfectly pan-fried. Some are now available for takeout, and delivery via Uber Eats and DoorDash.

Mama Dough

A wooden bowl containing 10 soup dumplings
The soup dumplings at Mama Dough are some of the best in the South End.
Mama Dough/Facebook

Those focused on soup dumplings outside some of the larger chains like Din Tai Fung may want to check out this low-key Kent spot located in a shopping mall. The frozen varieties can be delivered in bulk, but even the made-to-order ones hold up well for dining at home. It’s open for takeout and delivery via GrubHubDoorDash, and Postmates.

A wooden bowl containing 10 soup dumplings
The soup dumplings at Mama Dough are some of the best in the South End.
Mama Dough/Facebook

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