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Los Angeles is home to some of the best dim sum in the U.S., especially in the San Gabriel Valley.
Matthew Kang

17 Essential Dim Sum Restaurants in Los Angeles

Har gow, rice rolls, siu mai, pork buns, and more

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Los Angeles is home to some of the best dim sum in the U.S., especially in the San Gabriel Valley.
| Matthew Kang

Los Angeles is home to some of the best dim sum in the U.S., especially in the San Gabriel Valley neighborhoods of Rosemead, Arcadia, and Monterey Park. From fancy takes served in ornate dining rooms to traditional spots with old-school push carts, here now are the 17 essential dim sum restaurants in LA.

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1. Ixlb Dim Sum Eats

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5900 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 848-4766
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Ixlb Dim Sum Eats sits on the busy corner of Sunset Boulevard and Bronson Avenue. The restaurant is helmed by 77-year-old Tony Ying, a third generation Chinese restaurateur who can be seen working in the restaurant every day. The dim sum is made in-house, with the staff visible in the open kitchen rolling out dough, steaming, baking, and frying various dishes. The most popular item is the flaky French-style baked cha siu bao. Other favorites include egg custard tarts, pan-fried turnip cakes, scallion pancake, and xiao long bao dumplings. Dim sum is served all day until 9 p.m. except on Sundays when the shop closes at 8 p.m. The hip, to-go-only establishment has a wall lined with iPads for contactless ordering and also offers online ordering and curbside pick up.

2. Lunasia Dim Sum House

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239 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 793-8822
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Although dim sum is typically a breakfast or brunch meal, Lunasia serves it from morning until night. The ambiance is luxurious and showy. Tea is served in heavy iron kettles and dumplings are jumbo-sized. Although they have a number of items that are on the gimmicky side — like the truffle siu mai, caviar siu mai, lobster rice rolls, and the super-sized shrimp har gow dumplings — Lunasia’s traditional dishes are solid. There’s a number of modernized takes on dishes like the scallop dumpling with squid ink and the fried sweet potato mochi balls with salted egg yolk that cements Lunasia as the go-to for upscale dim sum. Lunasia offers online ordering, as well as curbside pick up but don’t expect to see push carts here.

3. Elite Restaurant

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700 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 282-9998
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Elite is another high-end dim sum restaurant. Ordering is done via paper menu. No carts here, but they do have staff walking around with trays of dim sum fresh from the oven sometimes. Whereas most dim sum restaurants only have beef, barbecue pork, or shrimp rice rolls, Elite has all three along with its own unique shrimp and asparagus rice roll. In addition to traditional buns and dumplings, Elite also has more modern dishes such as fried taro cake with pork, a pork- and wood ear mushroom-stuffed bean curd wrap in oyster sauce, scallop dumplings, and fried shrimp dumplings. The Macau roast pork is a must-order dish, but don’t forget the steamed turnip cake, baked durian pie, barbecue pork pastry puff, white almond fluffy bun, and the snowy mountain bun.  

4. Tang Gong Seafood Restaurant

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111 N Atlantic Blvd #350
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 888-5188
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Not many dim sum restaurants make dishes in-house these days — most serve frozen wares reheated for service. But that’s not the case at Tang Gong, which is home to the best crispy baked barbecue buns. Another unique item is the purple yam salted egg yolk balls — the exterior tastes like a crispy, hot mochi ball, while the inside oozes out steaming salty egg yolk. Other notable dishes include spicy fried garlic shrimp dumplings and crispy red rice noodle rolls. Dim sum variety during the pandemic is not as vast as it used to be, but the restaurant has been slowly trying to offer more items. 

5. Atlantic Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant

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500 N Atlantic Blvd Suite 200
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 872-0388
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Atlantic Seafood serves dim sum favorites like the egg white snow bun, mini pineapple salted egg yolk bun, egg tarts, mango pudding, and fried turnip cake. Although most of the dishes are above par, the star is the mini salted egg yolk pineapple buns that are carried out on trays fresh from the oven. The restaurant is among a select few left in Los Angeles that still uses push carts. Atlantic Seafood also sells a number of its dim sum frozen for takeout.

6. NBC Seafood Restaurant

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404 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 282-2323
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NBC Seafood is a landmark in the San Gabriel Valley. The restaurant has been around for decades and serves dim sum everyday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with push cart service. The best dish is the special “To To” ma lai go sponge cake, which is layered with salted duck yolk and made using a recipe from a famous Hong Kong chef and food personality (梁文韜). The dim sum offerings are vast, but don’t be alarmed as there’s a picture menu for the uninitiated.

7. Longo Seafood Restaurant

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7540 Garvey Ave
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 280-8188

Prices are on the higher side at Longo Seafood Restaurant, but the dim sum here is solid. The lobster noodles are always popular, as are the scallop dumplings with roe, flaky barbecue pork pastries, baked barbecue pork buns, snowcap oatmeal buns, XO spicy steamed chicken feet, and the roast pork and barbecue pork rice roll. Don’t forget to order the almond soufflé for dessert, which consists of hot almond milk with gingko nuts wrapped in a dome of puff pastry. Dip the pastry puff into the milk or push the puff into the hot milk to enjoy.

8. Lucky 1 Restaurant

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3001 7637, Garvey Ave
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 280-3718
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Lucky 1 is the go-to spot for no-frills and inexpensive dim sum takeout. The huge variety of fast-food dim sum offerings are not the most refined, but everything hits the spot when there’s a craving. Favorites include the fried yam dumpling, oatmeal snow durian bun, siu mai, har gow, and chicken feet — there’s also cute pig-shaped pork buns. Take a look at the online picture menu written in English and Chinese and order by phone to avoid waiting in line. Open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

9. Five Star Seafood Restaurant

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140 W Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 288-1899
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Five Star is a sit-down dim sum restaurant that’s been around for decades in the San Gabriel Valley. Located on the fourth floor of the landmark Focus Plaza on Valley Boulevard, the restaurant is known for its value, large portions, and push cart service. Prior to the pandemic, the wait on weekends would regularly be up to two hours. The menu is currently limited due to the pandemic, but expect the more unique, specialty dishes to return soon. Diners’ temperatures are taken at the door, while servers wear face masks and shields.

10. 888 Seafood Restaurant

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8450 Valley Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 573-1888

Opened in 1993, 888 Seafood seats up to 800 people and is one of the last Cantonese restaurants of its size to weather the pandemic. While many dim sum restaurants have switched from push carts to paper menus in recent years, you’ll still find aunties making their rounds at 888 Seafood.

The restaurant has an online ordering system and offers vacuum-sealed dim sum to-go.

11. Grand Harbor

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5733 Rosemead Blvd
Temple City, CA 91780
(626) 280-2998
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For great dim sum without the wait, head to Grand Harbour in Temple City. The prices are on the higher side for standard (har gow, siu mai, and pineapple buns) and more unique dim sum (fresh lobster congee, purple yam buns, and deep-fried chicken cartilage). There are no carts, so use the paper check list to order. Grand Harbour also has a number of lunch specials Monday through Friday and offers online ordering.

12. Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant

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3939 Rosemead Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 288-3939

There’s no avoiding a wait at Sea Harbour on weekdays and weekends. The dim sum, which is priced higher than competitors, is ordered using a menu. However, servers offer fresh-from-the-oven dim sum some times. Fan favorites include the French-style baked barbecue pork, durian pastries, sticky rice balls stuffed with salted egg yolk, salt and pepper calamari, charcoal skin har gow, and truffle siu mai. Also look for creative fusion dishes like the shrimp and roe dumplings, egg tofu in abalone sauce, green spinach pork buns, and deep-fried fish paste with chives.

13. Tong Tak House Seafood Restaurant

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1265 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 638-3388

Although Tong Tak used to have push carts, it has since switched to making dim sum fresh to order. The dim sum selection is not as large as other restaurants, but everyone loves the pig-shaped purple yam buns, pan-fried dumplings, jellyfish, egg tarts, rice rolls, claypot rice, and chicken feet. 

14. China Red

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855 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 445-3700

Even though China Red has reduced the variety of dim sum on the menu due to the pandemic, lines are still out the door for dine-in and takeout. The purple yam crispy bao is a must-order, with its salted egg custard center. China Red has both the traditional steamed barbecue pork bun, as well as the hard-to-find French-style baked barbecue pork bun. Also good are the chicken feet that slide off the bone and pan-fried turnip cake with XO sauce. The fried crushed peanut crepe and water chestnut cake make for a sweet ending.

15. Capital Seafood

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333 E Huntington Dr
Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 574-8889
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There are a number of Capital Seafood locations spread throughout Los Angeles and Orange County — each one with a different vibe, menu, and price. Capital Seafood Beverly Hills has the fanciest interior. Capital Seafood Monterey Park is the most affordable and still employs push carts, though the pandemic has temporarily reduced the variety dim sum. Capital Seafood Arcadia ranks as the supreme location with an upscale cart-less experience with favorites like spinach dumplings, mini egg tarts, and roast duck. And Capital Seafood Irvine is the most over-priced, but carries typical dim sum like har gow, siu mai, and a variety of buns. 

16. Ocean Bo

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3948 Peck Rd
El Monte, CA 91732
(626) 452-1818
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Service is fast and the dim sum is fresh at Ocean Bo. Dim sum is sold behind the counter and is served with such efficiency that the long lines move quickly. There’s also a picture menu for those who need help ordering. Find pineapple barbecue pork buns, coconut and taro cake, garlic spare ribs, deep fried taro pastries, among a long list of favorites. 

17. J. Zhou

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2601 Park Ave
Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 258-8833
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J. Zhou is a pricey favorite among Orange County residents. Don’t go looking for carts, simply order off the paper menu and wait for the dim sum to arrive. The shrimp and chive dumplings, egg tarts, and garlic spareribs are solid. The lotus leaf wrapped sticky rice, chicken feet, and steamed rice rolls are highly recommended as well.

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1. Ixlb Dim Sum Eats

5900 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Ixlb Dim Sum Eats sits on the busy corner of Sunset Boulevard and Bronson Avenue. The restaurant is helmed by 77-year-old Tony Ying, a third generation Chinese restaurateur who can be seen working in the restaurant every day. The dim sum is made in-house, with the staff visible in the open kitchen rolling out dough, steaming, baking, and frying various dishes. The most popular item is the flaky French-style baked cha siu bao. Other favorites include egg custard tarts, pan-fried turnip cakes, scallion pancake, and xiao long bao dumplings. Dim sum is served all day until 9 p.m. except on Sundays when the shop closes at 8 p.m. The hip, to-go-only establishment has a wall lined with iPads for contactless ordering and also offers online ordering and curbside pick up.

5900 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

2. Lunasia Dim Sum House

239 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

Although dim sum is typically a breakfast or brunch meal, Lunasia serves it from morning until night. The ambiance is luxurious and showy. Tea is served in heavy iron kettles and dumplings are jumbo-sized. Although they have a number of items that are on the gimmicky side — like the truffle siu mai, caviar siu mai, lobster rice rolls, and the super-sized shrimp har gow dumplings — Lunasia’s traditional dishes are solid. There’s a number of modernized takes on dishes like the scallop dumpling with squid ink and the fried sweet potato mochi balls with salted egg yolk that cements Lunasia as the go-to for upscale dim sum. Lunasia offers online ordering, as well as curbside pick up but don’t expect to see push carts here.

239 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

3. Elite Restaurant

700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Elite is another high-end dim sum restaurant. Ordering is done via paper menu. No carts here, but they do have staff walking around with trays of dim sum fresh from the oven sometimes. Whereas most dim sum restaurants only have beef, barbecue pork, or shrimp rice rolls, Elite has all three along with its own unique shrimp and asparagus rice roll. In addition to traditional buns and dumplings, Elite also has more modern dishes such as fried taro cake with pork, a pork- and wood ear mushroom-stuffed bean curd wrap in oyster sauce, scallop dumplings, and fried shrimp dumplings. The Macau roast pork is a must-order dish, but don’t forget the steamed turnip cake, baked durian pie, barbecue pork pastry puff, white almond fluffy bun, and the snowy mountain bun.  

700 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754

4. Tang Gong Seafood Restaurant

111 N Atlantic Blvd #350, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Not many dim sum restaurants make dishes in-house these days — most serve frozen wares reheated for service. But that’s not the case at Tang Gong, which is home to the best crispy baked barbecue buns. Another unique item is the purple yam salted egg yolk balls — the exterior tastes like a crispy, hot mochi ball, while the inside oozes out steaming salty egg yolk. Other notable dishes include spicy fried garlic shrimp dumplings and crispy red rice noodle rolls. Dim sum variety during the pandemic is not as vast as it used to be, but the restaurant has been slowly trying to offer more items. 

111 N Atlantic Blvd #350
Monterey Park, CA 91754

5. Atlantic Seafood & Dim Sum Restaurant

500 N Atlantic Blvd Suite 200, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Atlantic Seafood serves dim sum favorites like the egg white snow bun, mini pineapple salted egg yolk bun, egg tarts, mango pudding, and fried turnip cake. Although most of the dishes are above par, the star is the mini salted egg yolk pineapple buns that are carried out on trays fresh from the oven. The restaurant is among a select few left in Los Angeles that still uses push carts. Atlantic Seafood also sells a number of its dim sum frozen for takeout.

500 N Atlantic Blvd Suite 200
Monterey Park, CA 91754

6. NBC Seafood Restaurant

404 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

NBC Seafood is a landmark in the San Gabriel Valley. The restaurant has been around for decades and serves dim sum everyday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with push cart service. The best dish is the special “To To” ma lai go sponge cake, which is layered with salted duck yolk and made using a recipe from a famous Hong Kong chef and food personality (梁文韜). The dim sum offerings are vast, but don’t be alarmed as there’s a picture menu for the uninitiated.

404 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754

7. Longo Seafood Restaurant

7540 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

Prices are on the higher side at Longo Seafood Restaurant, but the dim sum here is solid. The lobster noodles are always popular, as are the scallop dumplings with roe, flaky barbecue pork pastries, baked barbecue pork buns, snowcap oatmeal buns, XO spicy steamed chicken feet, and the roast pork and barbecue pork rice roll. Don’t forget to order the almond soufflé for dessert, which consists of hot almond milk with gingko nuts wrapped in a dome of puff pastry. Dip the pastry puff into the milk or push the puff into the hot milk to enjoy.

7540 Garvey Ave
Rosemead, CA 91770

8. Lucky 1 Restaurant

3001 7637, Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

Lucky 1 is the go-to spot for no-frills and inexpensive dim sum takeout. The huge variety of fast-food dim sum offerings are not the most refined, but everything hits the spot when there’s a craving. Favorites include the fried yam dumpling, oatmeal snow durian bun, siu mai, har gow, and chicken feet — there’s also cute pig-shaped pork buns. Take a look at the online picture menu written in English and Chinese and order by phone to avoid waiting in line. Open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

3001 7637, Garvey Ave
Rosemead, CA 91770

9. Five Star Seafood Restaurant

140 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Five Star is a sit-down dim sum restaurant that’s been around for decades in the San Gabriel Valley. Located on the fourth floor of the landmark Focus Plaza on Valley Boulevard, the restaurant is known for its value, large portions, and push cart service. Prior to the pandemic, the wait on weekends would regularly be up to two hours. The menu is currently limited due to the pandemic, but expect the more unique, specialty dishes to return soon. Diners’ temperatures are taken at the door, while servers wear face masks and shields.

140 W Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776

10. 888 Seafood Restaurant

8450 Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

Opened in 1993, 888 Seafood seats up to 800 people and is one of the last Cantonese restaurants of its size to weather the pandemic. While many dim sum restaurants have switched from push carts to paper menus in recent years, you’ll still find aunties making their rounds at 888 Seafood.

The restaurant has an online ordering system and offers vacuum-sealed dim sum to-go.

8450 Valley Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770

11. Grand Harbor

5733 Rosemead Blvd, Temple City, CA 91780

For great dim sum without the wait, head to Grand Harbour in Temple City. The prices are on the higher side for standard (har gow, siu mai, and pineapple buns) and more unique dim sum (fresh lobster congee, purple yam buns, and deep-fried chicken cartilage). There are no carts, so use the paper check list to order. Grand Harbour also has a number of lunch specials Monday through Friday and offers online ordering.

5733 Rosemead Blvd
Temple City, CA 91780

12. Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant

3939 Rosemead Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

There’s no avoiding a wait at Sea Harbour on weekdays and weekends. The dim sum, which is priced higher than competitors, is ordered using a menu. However, servers offer fresh-from-the-oven dim sum some times. Fan favorites include the French-style baked barbecue pork, durian pastries, sticky rice balls stuffed with salted egg yolk, salt and pepper calamari, charcoal skin har gow, and truffle siu mai. Also look for creative fusion dishes like the shrimp and roe dumplings, egg tofu in abalone sauce, green spinach pork buns, and deep-fried fish paste with chives.

3939 Rosemead Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770

13. Tong Tak House Seafood Restaurant

1265 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

Although Tong Tak used to have push carts, it has since switched to making dim sum fresh to order. The dim sum selection is not as large as other restaurants, but everyone loves the pig-shaped purple yam buns, pan-fried dumplings, jellyfish, egg tarts, rice rolls, claypot rice, and chicken feet. 

1265 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007

14. China Red

855 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

Even though China Red has reduced the variety of dim sum on the menu due to the pandemic, lines are still out the door for dine-in and takeout. The purple yam crispy bao is a must-order, with its salted egg custard center. China Red has both the traditional steamed barbecue pork bun, as well as the hard-to-find French-style baked barbecue pork bun. Also good are the chicken feet that slide off the bone and pan-fried turnip cake with XO sauce. The fried crushed peanut crepe and water chestnut cake make for a sweet ending.

855 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007

15. Capital Seafood

333 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91006

There are a number of Capital Seafood locations spread throughout Los Angeles and Orange County — each one with a different vibe, menu, and price. Capital Seafood Beverly Hills has the fanciest interior. Capital Seafood Monterey Park is the most affordable and still employs push carts, though the pandemic has temporarily reduced the variety dim sum. Capital Seafood Arcadia ranks as the supreme location with an upscale cart-less experience with favorites like spinach dumplings, mini egg tarts, and roast duck. And Capital Seafood Irvine is the most over-priced, but carries typical dim sum like har gow, siu mai, and a variety of buns. 

333 E Huntington Dr
Arcadia, CA 91006

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16. Ocean Bo

3948 Peck Rd, El Monte, CA 91732

Service is fast and the dim sum is fresh at Ocean Bo. Dim sum is sold behind the counter and is served with such efficiency that the long lines move quickly. There’s also a picture menu for those who need help ordering. Find pineapple barbecue pork buns, coconut and taro cake, garlic spare ribs, deep fried taro pastries, among a long list of favorites. 

3948 Peck Rd
El Monte, CA 91732

17. J. Zhou

2601 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92782

J. Zhou is a pricey favorite among Orange County residents. Don’t go looking for carts, simply order off the paper menu and wait for the dim sum to arrive. The shrimp and chive dumplings, egg tarts, and garlic spareribs are solid. The lotus leaf wrapped sticky rice, chicken feet, and steamed rice rolls are highly recommended as well.

2601 Park Ave
Tustin, CA 92782

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