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“Better than expected” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Harbor City Restaurant

Harbor City Restaurant
Ranked #230 of 4,062 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian, Barbecue
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: International District
Richland, Washington
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194 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Better than expected”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

its fast, tasty and not to expensive

We went here because the line was a little smaller then across the street. I'm glad we did. Once we got in there were delsih hot Hum Bow and Shu Mai ... lots of shrimp options... not the biggest selection I've seen, but service was good and food was good.

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  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Helena, MT
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957 reviews
613 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 442 helpful votes
“Love dim sum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

Being from Montana you want to eat "ethnic" when in the city. I love to get to the Internaional District and hit the dim sum places late in the morning. And during the week if possible to miss the crowds.

This has become my favorite over the years. Often I'm the only gringo there and that is a good sign. If the Chinese are coming for the Chinese food that is good, they know more than I do. And they have not lead me astray here.

I always eat too much, but there is so much to try! Life is short and you should spend some of it here.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank vintagetrailer
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Seattle, Washington
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91 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Scrumptious Dim Sum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

Been here a few times with friends and family. Last visit on a Tuesday, which is great, since there's no weekend crowd. Had lunch there - our group of 4 was easy enough to fit in. The standard fare of 'har gao', 'siew mai', 'fun cheong' was as expected,....very fresh and tasty, without too much salt. There's soy sauce and chilli sauce on the table if one prefers more zest. The 'seen chook khuen' is a must try, absolutely love it.....so is the congee with century eggs and pork meat. The sweet stuff is just as good - recommend that one try the egg tarts. Highly recommended to sample their fare.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jon C
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Seattle
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Best Dim Sum Spot in Seattle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

You may wonder about the withheld fifth star. Objectively speaking, I know that decor and ambience are important for some people and certain occasions. This place is all well-tended formica and vinyl, and good clean tile floors. It's a happy, rowdy place (rowdy as in big groups of diners having a fun time, not drunk-rowdy; no bar). That said, it's our new go-to place for dim sum. But if you need a fancy place to pop the question to your honey-bunny, this isn't it.

And of course, you ARE going to wait. No reservations. We were fine with it today, but there is virtually no lobby, and like all of the International District, parking is wicked-bad, so in a downpour, this would be no fun at all. Not even an awning!

However, this is awesome dim sum, and we needed a new place. Our old dim sum fave, China Gate, tumbled under new management, and the darling of the upwardly mobile young, Jade Garden, was way too crowded. Word has gotten out about Harbor City, and we had to wait half an hour on a sunny Saturday in August. The good news? It was worth the wait!

When we got to our table, the dim sum--which by noon would usually (in other places) be growing cold and picked over by 11:50, when we were seated, came steaming hot straight out of the kitchen. The carts did not turn around and go back to reload as they do most places; the food came out of the kitchen and was piled instantaneously on their carts, hardly causing the servers to break their stride. When the carts were numerous enough that adding more would create traffic issues, more servers came out with laden trays extended.

Part of Harbor City's magic is that the dim sum goes on ALL DAY LONG! Most Chinese restaurants offer dim sum from 11 AM-1 PM, and sometimes they do a late night round for the party crowd dying for great snacks at midnight. Therefore, they stop making much fresh food well before 1 PM, knowing that they will have to toss anything that goes unsold.

Not so here. Since they'd be continuing to serve dim sum, the tasty hot food that wasn't even THINKING of slowing down when we got to our table. They kept it coming, and the customers kept coming. When we left at almost one o'clock, the pace had not even tapered off.

No part of the restaurant was neglected. We have noticed that in some dim sum places, there is a preferred traffic pattern, and if you are seated too far away from it, you almost need a bullhorn (orange traffic flags? A set of pompoms? We never did figure that one out) to entice a server to let you have some food! This place is small enough to serve everybody in one circuit without leaving anyone hungry and lonesome.

Also? For those of you who, like me, dislike tea, everyone got water, and everyone's was refilled repeatedly and promptly. For a dim sum place, this is nothing short of miraculous!

The vast majority of diners were of Asian descent, even during tourist season. For those wandering around looking for good eats, that's a good way to peg a place spontaneously, but we are natives and planners. We'd seen this place's good reviews and were waiting for a chance to try it. We'll be back.

The wait you go through for a table is off-set (to my way of thinking) with a bonus: Seattle's award-winning Wing Luke Museum is right next door! It's open five days a week, and is a great way to check out the history of the International District, and of Seattle Asians and Pacific Islanders in particular. Stuff yourself with great food, and then head to the museum to walk it off. It's a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon...and if it's raining, maybe everyone else will get discouraged and leave so you can get the next available table!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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275 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Great Dim Sum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

You know your at the right place for authentic Chinese food when your the only cracker there. We had great food and service. The real deal for Dim Sum at very reasonable prices. I suspect it helps when your wife speaks Cantonese. Non descript exterior open and busy inside with flavor packed goodies. We'll be back!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mraschio
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