We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Dim Sum goodies galore!”

City View Restaurant
Ranked #150 of 5,981 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: Chinese
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Financial District
Reviewed 5 August 2017

We visited City View at 11:30 am on a Friday. We walked right in and got a nice table by the window. The restaurant wasn't yet crowded and the carts were full of hot, fresh choices. We went a little overboard with our party of five: pork dumplings, shrimp dumplings, bbq pork buns, scallion pancakes, chicken feet, and several sweet items. We picked about 15 dishes total and the bill was $100...a bit of a shock, thought it would be closer to $70, but maybe I'm still thinking about Hong Kong prices in the 1990s (I used to live there). By the time we were done, at 12:45, the place was full and there was a short line but nobody was pressuring us to leave and we finished our tea. Overall, the quality of the food was good, although my kids thought the chicken feet were a little soggy. Authentic, fun, and tasty.

    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
Thank MominMaryland08
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (471)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

62 - 66 of 471 reviews

Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Of course the place is somewhat spoiled due to being promoted in Lonely Planet and on TripAdvisor, but it is a nice and easy place to experience dim sum. Spacious, food on display on trolleys and presented to you at the table. I'm not a dim sum expert but i liked what i got. We were there on a weekday, and the line started to form outside around 11:45, so come early

1  Thank frankolsendk
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Good variety of standard dim sum dishes. Expect a wait, though. Once seated a parade of dishes flows past with regularity. Choose your dishes, get your ticket stamped, eat. The servers seemed to really push the dishes but once you choose the dessert dish, your ticket is dashed off in a flash with a return bill...they want you out of there to fill the spot you occupy. I'm not sure if you can even order off a menu but I did see tables with larger than dim sum plates, so I assume so. I would return. Very affordable for San Francisco.

    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
Thank SunriseAddicted
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We arrived at 11:00 on a Saturday and made it just in time as there was only a 5-minute wait. Just a half hour later the line was getting long but it did seem to move fast. This was recommended to us by a local as being the best dim sum in the Financial District and they weren't lying - it was fantastic and authentic!

The soup dumplings are not to be missed. We were told to order the eggplant as it is something different and not something you would see in most dim sum restaurants - it was a big bowl with tofu and shrimp cakes - great recommendation! All of their dumplings were fantastic. If you aren't seeing something come by on a cart, ask for it and they will bring it to your table in a few minutes.

When you see reviews of slow service, etc ... remember, this is a dim sum restaurant. The food comes out as it comes out from the kitchen. This isn't like a typical restaurant where you order off a menu. We have had a lot of dim sum over the years - try this place out, especially for brunch!

1  Thank Lance E
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

Good concept and tasty food, but overall poor dining experience. With a table still full of food, we have been asked about four times if we have finished. We had the feeling that they wanted us out of the restaurant asap and have the bill done. And this while we were still eating the main courses and considering having some desserts. At the end we just gave up and agreed for the bill.
What also bothered me was that the menu did not have prices on it. Only at the check out, we could see the amount to be paid. Overall price mid-rage.

2  Thank Wenting D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed City View Restaurant also viewed

San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA

Been to City View Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing