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Shanghai House

The Richmond
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3641 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121-2603
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Wed - Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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San Francisco, California
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139 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

A local eatery located in the Outer Richmond area of SF. Close to Lands End, Seal Rock and the Cliff House. A great place to enjoy authentic Shanghai dishes in a local eatery. The outside looks worn out, but the inside is remodeled and is very clean looking. The seating area is quite small, maybe about 5 tables max, 3... More 

Thank takeahike66
Carmel, California
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338 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

The dumplings and pot stickers are truly amazing. We always wish we ordered more- no matter how many we actually order. The chicken wings are also very special. Cash only, so come prepared.

Thank rthau
San Francisco, California
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Don't go if you're hungry and want to eat right away. Saw this restaurant review on KQED Check Please. Service is extremely slow. All the reviews are NOT kidding about slow service. We waited almost 1-1/2 hours for our table for 5. If you have only two in your party, maybe the wait is about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes.... More 

Thank ANR26
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Ordered the dry fried chicken wings, it IS much more flavorful than San Tung. It's better. XLB, I've had better, the skin was thick yet fragile. Be careful when picking up. Vegetarian Goose. Delicious! Similar to a dim sum, rolled tofu skin dish, except this is crispy and vegetarian. Pig Knuckle, we opted for the salt & pepper variant. Really... More 

Thank Geordino
San Francisco
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Yes, it's a little off the beaten track unless you're a Richmond District resident, but if you love Shanghai cuisine like I love Shanghai cuisine, this is THE PLACE. Eventually I'll try everything on their very authentic menu, but here's my suggestion for a tried and true, "can't miss" dinner for four: start with an order of caged dumplings, aka... More 

Thank Jonathan T
San Francisco, California
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

We have been visiting every week for years, because they have consistent food (the husband is the chef). Try these authentic Shanghainese dishes: pork knuckle, salt & pepper (fried, but surprisingly it feels less fatty than the braised version which requires 24-hour notice - in my opinion it's better than the best haxen in Munich); stewed pork meatballs ("lion head"... More 

Thank C-Ali94025
Morristown, New Jersey
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Tiny storefront in a residential area with amazing food! We stopped here before heading to the Legion of Honor, and were pleasantly surprised by something called Dry Fried Chicken Wings. We saw three other tables getting something that looked strangely unlike anything we had seen before, so we asked what it was and decided to try it. We were so... More 

Thank nadine0420
San Francisco, California
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Their food is very reasonable and the portion is generous. I love their pot stickers and hot and sour soup... YUMMY...

Thank Mamafung888
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

Def check out shanghai dumpling king for a simple, delicious, hole-in-the-wall experience. I always get their shao long Bao (soup dumplings) because the soup inside is very delicious! A lot if places make the soup so oily and you can't taste the soup. Also, I love their lionhead casserole. It's a meatball soup that taste like my grandmother's home cooking!... More 

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San Francisco
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This husband-&-wife hole in the wall is nearly to the end of San Francisco, but it is worth the trip. Best dumplings this side of "the pond" plus superb treatment of vegetable dishes. They have two menus (which can get a little confusing) so suggest you stick to the Shanghainese menu.

Thank coxcmc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $20
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3641 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121-2603
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Richmond
  • Neighborhood: The Richmond
  • Phone Number: 415-831-9288

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?