The Best Dim Sum Restaurants in Houston

The Best Dim Sum Restaurants in Houston

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Houston’s dim sum restaurants reflect the contemporary pan-Asian character of a community that relocated from the historic Chinatown downtown to the suburbs west of the Loop in the early 1980s.

While you will find familiar Cantonese-style tea houses on our shortlist of Houston’s best dim sum restaurants, it’s a collection of eateries unburdened by decades of tradition. You’re more likely to find strip mall storefronts, than pagoda rooftops.

>> Read more: Our Ultimate Dim Sum Menu Guide with Pictures and Translations

Reviewers note a particular Vietnamese influence on the city’s dim sum menus, along with inventive new recipes using gulf shore seafood that go beyond the steamed pork or shrimp dishes that usually dominate the menu.

From our vantage point, it all feels similar to the suburban communities found outside the major Asian community hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco. All found, in this case, deep in the heart of Texas.

>> Read more: The Best Teas for Dim Sum

Read on! Here are the five best dim sum restaurants to try in Houston, 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.

Fung’s Kitchen

A. Fung’s Kitchen — Classic
7320 Southwest Fwy., Suite 115
Houston, TX 77074

“…the dumplings are fresher, the seaweed is crunchier and you can get signature killed-to-order seafood items like scallops in their shells straight from the aquarium during dim sum service.” – Houston Press

Golden Dim Sum

B. Golden Dim Sum — Hole in the Wall
10600 Bellaire Blvd., Suite 105
Houston, TX 77072

“…expect to wait – likely outside – expect sketchy service, and expect to be sardined into a table with your back pressed next to someone behind you. But serious eaters will get everything they expect as well as something more.” – Houston Chronicle

Kim Son

C. Kim Son — Classic
12750 Southwest Fwy.
Stafford, TX 77477

“…Kim Son’s greatest strength has always been its presentation and reputation. To Houstonians, Kim Son is Coca-Cola, the Yankees, Nike, Pixar and Lee Kum Kee soy sauce.” – Chopstix Houston

Ocean Palace

D. Ocean Palace — Classic
11215 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, TX 77072

“…the food was sumptuous and inexpensive, service was good and overall the restaurant condition was neat and clean.” – My Wise Wife

Yum Yum Cha Cafe

E. Yum Yum Cha Cafe — Hole in the Wall
2435 Times Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005

“…it’s small and very casual (shorts and flip flops), and you don’t even need to venture outside [the Loop]. All the dumpling selections are great, as well as the turnip cakes and the shrimp stuffed eggplant.” – Eat Me Houston

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

8 Responses

  1. Twisty1965

    Yum Yum has not been managed well that last year or so. The last time we went the tables were sticky the floor, walls and windows were dirty and the food was not fresh. I am not sure what happened. It used to be such a fresh and cute place. Houston needs another dim sum place inside the loop!

    • Dim Sum Central

      Thanks for stopping by and letting us know! Sounds like Yum Yum is off the list. We’re working on updating this profile!

  2. Jason Wong

    The dim sum chef of yum yum cha is now at a restaurant called Ding Ding in china Town, I believe they open at 8:30 in the morning

    • Dim Sum Central

      Thanks for the tip, Jason. Love how the name of the restaurant (Ding Ding) references the trams in Hong Kong!

  3. Jason Wong

    Yes, this place is very Hong Kong, they just did a remodeling, the look is not as “Hong Kong” as before, but much cleaner and modern. But the menu is still very Hong Kong, as least to me is one of the most legit cha chen tang menu I have seen in the US. I am sure you know Hong Kong very well, a lot of my friends that are from there has no idea why they call it “ding ding” lol

    • Dim Sum Central

      Totally. You’ll find a few good cha chaan tengs here in the Bay Area with HK specialties like pork chops, french toast and a full tea hour menu with pineapple buns and milk tea…but sadly the best is still back at the source city! Honolulu Cafe, or similar, is a first stop after stepping off the Airport Express. 🙂

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