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“Very Good Dim Sum, Moderate Prices”

Shanghai Chinese & Dim Sum
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Ranked #2,140 of 3,708 Restaurants in Austin
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Austin, Texas
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127 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Very Good Dim Sum, Moderate Prices”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

I have had dim sum in San Francisco, D.C., and elsewhere, and think that Shanghai Chinese & Dim Sum in Austin is among the best. Their variety is good and quality is very good. Go there either at 11 a.m. on Saturday or Sunday (opening time), or 1:30 or so. In other words, the closer to noon, the more likely it is to have a crowd, and early afternoons are when their variety is best. Prices are moderate.

  • Visited April 2013
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Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great food.”
Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

We don't get dim sun very often and were happy to find this place as we were passing through Austin. We will be back.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Wonderful dim sum in Austin - who'd a thunk it?”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

My family and friends go for dim sum here on Sundays whenever we can justify it, and we are always very happy. We never know what we'll eat because even if they make most of the same things, it happens that we fill up and only then see some of our favorites come by. Sad. But fun. One of my faves is fried eggplant stuffed with shrimp, and I don't like eggplant, so imagine how good it is. The shrimp and scallop dumpling is proportioned so beautifully that it's really delicious, and my other favorite steamed dumpling is the shrimp with cilantro. Now, I don't eat pork, but everyone else I go with does, and the steamed barbque pork dumplings are always consumed in large quantities. The chicken feet are delicious, but too much for one person. So, I'm looking for a companion who likes them. They also have more unusual things like beef tendon.

I am very sad that they stopped making the baked custard buns, but the desserts are pretty much what you'd expect at a dim sum place, with the exception of the creme brulee, which is quite the deal at $6.

  • Visited January 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Mediocre dim-sum, in a hurry stay away from this restaurant”
Reviewed May 20, 2012

We have had dim-sum in Hong Kong, Houston, San Francisco and LA. Although several reviewers have given rave reivews we rate the Shanghai restaurant in Austin as mediocre and expensive.

Sio-mai: The meat is purplish and the duck egg yolk is yellowish instead of bright orange. This indicates the sio-mai is not freshly made and may have previously been frozen.

Lo-pak-ko (turnip cake): The turnip cake is cold. In many parts of the world, the turnip cake is cooked to order and if it on a push cart, they cook it in front of you.

Fried tapioca dumpling (Wu kok): Greasy and the skin which is usually tempura like is soggy!!

Environment: Noisy. If you plan to have a conversation, plan on raising your voice!!

Seating: We were a party of four. Two of us have arrived prior to the 11 am opening on Sunday.
and two were a few minutes behind. Although the restaurant was somewhat empty and we were in a hurry rather than seat us so that we can get started we were asked to wait by the hostess and owner of the restaurant.

She believes that her customers are paying to serve their restaurant rather then a business is to serve customers.


So if you are in a hurry for mediocre dim-sum, take your business somewhere else.

  • Visited May 2012
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Danville, California
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150 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
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“Great Dim Sum in Austin, YX”
Reviewed December 18, 2011

Lots & Lots of variety, fairly priced, whatever you're looking for you will probably find on their Dim Sum menu. The restaurant has been very consistent food quality-wise even though it has moved locations at least three times over many years. The restaurant is pleasant & not too noisy and the service is first-rate. My friends in Austin tell me they regularly eat @ the Shanghai twice a week for many years. Sunday's get busy so go early (11am) if you can to avoid the rush.

  • Visited December 2011
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