365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA | Directions 9401537.665994 -122.466836
Open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner served nightly from 5 to 9:30 p.m. (until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday)
Great Dim Sum/ Flaky service – The dim sum is excellent here. But you have to order from the menu to get the best selection or your favorites. Service is flaky. You have to forcefull with the waiters to get any kind of service. Be prepared to wait as this place is exteremely popular on Sundays. Cost is reasonable. Canal street LV flaire.
Food not service – This is my forth time going to Koi Palace. The only reason that keeps me coming back is the food not the service. They have the worse dim sum service by far. Our waiters are not very attentive and you have force them to get any service. Oh yeah, you have to wait for an hour or more to get a table and no reservations. So, good luck on Sunday.
Authentic Dim Sum – Great dim sum- very very authentic. If you prefer "Americanized" Chinese food/dim sum, you may not be accostomed to the food served here. BIG place. Only downside- the wait to be seated for dim sum on the weekends. I only go during the week- and the wait is MUCH shorter (but the service is combination dim sum and ordering from the menu).
heavenly food, but super long wait – The dim sum is the best I've had, and the variety is great. They have dim sum dishes that other places don't have, such as the duck wrap, eel pastry. If you are a duck lover, you've got to try the duck wrap. But be mentally ready for the hour long wait and crowed waiting area. The waiting area feels and looks like a trading floor, and people are pushing and shoving to get in and out of the restaurant. One advice though; call ahead and put your name down on the waiting list. It will save you from the waiting at the restaurant.
Horrible service, food not worth it! – Even when compared with the low standard in many Chinese restaurants, the obnoxiousness of Koi Palace hostesses is astounding. What kind of upbringing did these people possess to behave in such odious manner is beyond me. They have a few good dishes. But not good enough for the indignity they inflict upon their customers.
Giant delicious suburban dim sum – The title sums it up but an explanation and some patience are in order for those other than Chinese-American Silicon Valley tycoons and inlaws thereof on extended family Sunday brunches (together, 95% of the crowd). It's all about fresh, delicious food, nothing else. Service is whatever it takes to get the food to the table. Decor is a strip mall mostrosity. If you are adventurous and want great food just point at whatever looks good and enjoy. It's all good (far better than average dim sum) and unless you order the $138 per piece imported abalone from the front display counter the price is incredibly reasonable. We ate for $20 per person, including tax, tip, and shark's fin soup!
Try it and you won't regret – Excellent food and pretty good service from most of the waiter/waitresses. Hostesses tend to be a little stuck up (I think they think they look good). Dim sum is great and so is the seafood. Food is definitely on the expensive side, but hey, you DO get the good stuff. No pain no gain!!
Paradise by the Bay – First of all I would like to say that the Koi Palace Restaurant is the best restaurant I have ever been to. Well I live in New York and I came upon this restaurant when I was on vacation during spring break. At first I thought it was just another normal Chinese restaurant but it turned out to be something very memorable. It sounds very unbelievable but it's true. My family and I ordered crab and it was big. At first I thought it wouldn't be so fresh but when the food came out, the smell was mouth-watering. When I took the first bite, it was so fresh and scrumptious. I also ate at other Chinese restaurant and it wasn't the same. The food wasn't as fresh or flavorful. To this very day, I still think about Koi Palace and think about the day I can come back.
Disappointing – Food was tasty; service was OK but not great; waiting time was ridiculously long. My biggest complaint is the staff speaks very poor English so they can't explain what the dishes are. It's a difficult place to go to if you aren't fluent in Chinese.
Un Believable !!! ;) – I have had dim sum everywhere since I first bit into a dumpling in 1977. And I thought I'd seen it all. . . .well, I did until Koi Palace. Their dim sum offerings I've never seen before. Ok a few of the dumplings are ho-hum, but Har Gao (shrimp dumplings) are great! Big fat piece of de-veined (thank goodness) shrimp. Normally I hate Chinese sweets - but the thousand layer cake awesome . . .we were blown away. We were also stunned by their dim sum version of Unagi . . .picture BBQ eel in pastry which looks like a cute little snake thingy. Cute and tasty. When you enter please look at the tea offerings, they have very usual teas. this place is worth every penny and every calorie! PS - even if you arne't Asian they will be polite to you ( a rare treat! ) Eliz.
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