The Best Dim Sum Restaurants in Atlanta

The Best Dim Sum Restaurants in Atlanta

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Reviewers note that the fortunes of Atlanta’s dim sum restaurants rise and fall behind kitchen-hopping chefs and the northward migration of the local Chinese community from Buford Highway toward the Gwinnett County suburbs.

Venerable dim sum houses (Canton House and Oriental Pearl) near the original Buford Highway International Corridor faithfully turn out dim sum classics and collect local “Best of…” awards, but more exciting cooking may take place up the highway in Duluth.

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Local reviewers lament that innovative cooking frequently cools as a restaurant matures or loses its chef to another kitchen.

As Atlanta’s Chinese community moved northward in the early 2000s, fresh new restaurants opened in its wake. It’s notable then that a trio of Duluth restaurants (Best BBQ, East Pearl Seafood and Golden House) still draw raves for exciting cooking.

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Read on! Here are the five best dim sum restaurants to try in Atlanta, listed in alphabetical order.

Restaurant Key: Classic — big and boisterous, the full dim sum hall experience. Elevated — exceptional views or ambiance create a more refined dining experience. Modern — fusion or innovative takes on dim sum classics. Hole in the Wall — the food’s the only reason to go, and that’s a good thing.

Best BBQ Cantonese Cuisine

A. Best BBQ Cantonese Cuisine — Hole in the Wall
2300 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Duluth, GA 30096

“…this grocery store on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth holds the answer to my dumpling dreams: dim sum made fresh to order without waiting on carts.” – Creative Loafing

Canton House

B. Canton House — Classic
4825 Buford Hwy.
Chamblee, GA 30341

“…when you talk about dim sum in Atlanta, Canton House is one of the first names that comes up. The restaurant has consistently won awards for Atlanta’s best dim sum and their packed parking lot often demonstrates just how much it is loved.” – Red Tricycle

East Pearl Seafood

C. East Pearl Seafood — Classic
1810 Liddell Ln.
Duluth, GA 30098

“…East Pearl serves up some of the tastiest and most innovative dim sum that rivals some of the best. Instead of flashy décor, you get excellent food which is all that really matters anyway.” – Haute Living

Golden House

D. Golden House — Classic
1600 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Duluth, GA 30096

“…we asked for har gau, siu mai, and a plump variation containing shrimp and chives. Each was taut yet delicate. Jackpot.” – Atlanta Magazine

Oriental Pearl Restaurant

E. Oriental Pearl Restaurant — Classic
5399 New Peachtree Rd.
Chamblee, GA 30341

“…dim sum is a proud specialty here, and you’ll find all the standards. But Oriental Pearl also has the stuff you won’t always find elsewhere – platters of rapini in brown sauce, gelatinous, addictive radish cakes, [and] fist-sized fried shrimp balls.” – Georgia Trend

Let us know what you think! Do you have a better restaurant to recommend? Comment below!

2 Responses

  1. Tracy Marcano

    I do love the Dim Sum at Hong Kong Harbor on Cheshire Bridge. Lately, there has been less selection and less carts but they’ll bring you things upon request. The quality of the food is far better than Oriental Pearl so we alternate between the two restaurants.

    • Dim Sum Central

      Thanks for adding your perspective, Tracy! Good to know you think Hong Kong Harbor is a winner!

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