Awesome Dim Sum!. You will not be disappointed with the food here. If you are party of more than 2, try and get there early on the weekend. However, my experience is that 2 people get seated quickly at any time.
Yum yum dim sum. City View has really great dim sum. I absolutely love their variety and it is always really fresh. The waiters are constantly walking around with carts, so you never have to wait very long for more food. It gets really busy during the lunch hour, so try to come early!
Best dim-sum in San Francisco. I'm tired of cheap dim-sum where the food might be good but the restaurant is dirty. Chinese myself, I always wonder why do we do this when everyone loves our food? So, thumps up for City View: the good is authentic, no cut down on spices (I don't like fusion style, when I want ethnic food, I want it to be real), no slim down on the menu either, chicken feet, tripes, every thing. My most favorite is the Pekin duck, the skin is thin like paper and just the right crunchiness, the bun is fresh. The taro root fried is also another of my favorites. Every thing is perfect. I come back again and again and recommend to everyone I know.
Not Worth the Price.
I tried City View after reading that it was great dim sum from another reviewer... have to say I don't agree. I tried a few different dishes. All of the steamed dumplings I had were a little overcooked, and their fried shrimp were greasy (nowhere near as good as Yank Sing's). There wasn't much selection, and I was there at 1:00 pm.
I'm all for cheaper dim sum, but it wasn't that cheap! For a little more money you could get way better quality, selection, and service at Yank Sing. And for much less $, you could go to Lichee Garden Restaurant on Powell... not as good quality, but a definite deal! I don't see the appeal of this place.
Best Dim Sum in SF! A must try! Great Food & Service. This is the best dim sum in SF. Lucky Fortune on Geary is also very good for very reasonable prices, but this place has got it going on (for a slightly higher price). Their service was fantastic, the restaurant was very clean and spacious (not super crowded like most SF restaurants are with tiny tables), and the dishes that they offer all taste authentic. There was this tofu/eggplant stuffed with shrimp paste dish that was really good. They used an X.O. sauce I think. Their Shanghai dumplings are pretty good, so was the siu mai & shrimp dumplings. I didn't really like their rice noodles with shrimp though. You have got to try the mini buns, I'm not sure what to call it, but it is yellow, has a crispy crumb layer on the top of it and creamy pudding (similar to) inside of it. DELICIOUS! Overall, great service, ambience, and chinese food. Not to mention validation for parking across the street!
Memorable Dim Sum. This is my favorite Dim Sum place. It is tucked on a narrow street, but worth seeking out. The food is always fresh and taste and the servers are very friendly.
Great food, with lovely spare decor. A great place to bring friends and family when they're visiting the city. Not a place for solo travellers. The food is wonderful, maybe a LITTLE expensive by Chinatown-standards, but well, what can you do? My friend and I arrived at 10 on Saturday - when it opens. A bit too early for a Saturday! I would say 10:30 - 11:00 AM is a good time on a Saturday to arrive. Before everyone arrives, but enough company in the room to feel convivial. Make a reservation to be safe. The waiters cart around their wares, maybe a bit too much, but you can always tell them that you have enough food! Get the sticky rice and the spring rolls. But everything seems to be good. With the two of us, it was $40 plus tip. And we ate a lot. If you've never eaten dim sum, this is the place to try it. And believe me, you must!
AWESOME. The food here is the BEST! It is clean and fresh and not greasy. It is best to go before it gets to closing time (2:30) to get the best food and service. LOVE this place.
Excellent Dim Sum in Comfortable Environment. I decided to try out City View this last weekend and really enjoyed my meal there. The ginger pork dumplings and barbecue pork dumplings were very tasty. The shrimp (I think they were glazed in honey) were to die for and came in a very generous portion. The barbecue chicken skewers were OK. The dumplings and hot dishes were nicely offset by sauteed chinese broccoli and a plate of cold peas. I saw other tables with plates of asparagus that also looked very good. The perfect dish to top it all off was the sesame balls, one of my personal favorites. The tab came to about $40 after tip for 2 people - I think we ordered about 7 or 8 dishes. I'm sure you can get cheaper dim sum in Chinatown, but the atmosphere and overall experience is worth the extra money.
Best Dim Sum in Chinatown/Financial District. While not the best HK style dim sum in SF, it is the best in Chinatown & the financial district. While there are other dim sum places in Chinatown that seems to popular with people from Hong Kong/Guandong, their charm escapes - they seem noisy & the food greasy while CITY VIEW is a classy establishment with top notch dim sum. It is a tad on the small side so get there at/before 11:30-11:45 on weekdays but it's great for client lunches and an easy walk from financial district.
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