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“Best Chinese”

Gourmet Dumpling House
Ranked #160 of 3,227 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Etna
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“Best Chinese”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We have been to this restaurant about 10 times. Our family found this when our daughter went to college in Boston. It was recommended by her roommate. This is a small restaurant with a menu variety for large that I could try a new item for many years. Many people come to this restaurant and often during busy times, there is a line of people waiting. You will never be disappointed here. The name is Gourmet Dumpling House so don't forget to try the great dumplings as an appetizer before your meal. The portions are very generous for the prices. We always have leftovers and sometimes we order several dishes to share and have planned leftovers to take home. Best food in Chinatown.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Ronald G
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Think twice before you try”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

I went with my family a few months ago. The place was crowded so we thought, maybe this is a good place to try. So many people cant be wrong! Well, boy were we in for a surprise! The quality of the food was less than desirable and the service, if you can call it service, was terrible. We had to ask the server numerous times for napkins to wipe down the table after he wiped it down with a dirty cloth. I can not stress this enough, the place was dirty, crowded and lousy. There are lots of other places to eat in Boston's Chinatown without worrying about getting sick and being treated like a second class citizen. If you never had good Chinese food, you may think this place is the bomb. I wont go here if I was starving to death! ;P

  • Visited April 2013
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2 Thank 8umble8ee
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Cologne
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Lekker Chinese Food”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

When we approached China Town we asked a local business man for the direction and mentioned to look for a nice Chinese lunch. As he pointed us the right way he mentioned that he cannot recommend any places there anyhow. Indeed, Chinatown in Boston seems to be an awkward quarter compared to those in London or San Francisco. We cruised through Chinatown and spied out those restaurants that were crowded by Bostonians and especially people of Chinese descent. That’s how we found this place. We took the lunch offer of three mains for a discounted price and it was very lekker, indeed. Our table neighbour of Chinese origin was a visitor from Canada, who came here for the food that cannot be found in her home town. She took so much she could never finish: clams, fish in a soup bowl and dumplings. She seemed to be so happy about the food of her childhood and photographed everything. It is a humble place with great food.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank DCTS
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“King of Boston's Chinatown”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

I have eaten at most of the restaurants in Boston's Chinatown and I have to say GDH is by far the best. All of my meals there have been lunch. It's a small place and is always crowded so best to get there 10 mins or so before noon to get a spot. The beef with long horn peppers, the fried pork and leek dumplings and the fried schezuan chicken are superb, however, my absolute favorite is the pork fried rice. This is white rice and cabbage fried with smoky pork. None of that brown soy colored rice that you typically see. This is a simple dish, yet one of the best dishes I have ever tasted. The scallion pancakes, and sautéed veggies are also pretty good.

Again the place is small and crowded and it is busy. Food comes in the order that the chef feels like preparing it. Service is fine given the incentive is to feed you and clear the table for the waiting masses.

I go there at least a couple of times a month and have NEVER regretted my decision.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Eruch1
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Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Been there twice, and loved it both times!”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

From the street this place is nondescript except for the hordes of people waiting outside. Once inside, you're squeezed into a table by a server, who quickly darts away to serve another patron. The dining room is cramped and loud, but in a fun way, it creates an atmosphere that turns your dinner into an event.

We've eaten here twice and sampled dumplings, noodle dishes, and the scallion pancakes. All were served quickly and we're piping hot. The food is delicious and super cheap. Dinner for two was less then 25 bucks. It actually felt like we were robbing them.

If you're visiting Boston and are at the Commons or the Public Garden, do yourself a favor, and take the five minute walk into Chinatown. The experience is absolutely worth it!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Jeff L
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