After all these years, Sea Harbour is still a crowd favorite; the cozy dining room has been offering made-to-order dishes since 2002. Dare to visit on a weekend morning and you’ll find a line that formed long before opening. With a menu of more than 100 items, you’ll do best to stick to the well-executed basics, like crystal shrimp dumplings and pork dumplings. The vibrant pork soup dumplings are hot and juicy in their tins on arrival, while the springy rice noodle rolls nail the ideal filling-to-rice-paper ratio and are some of the best in the city. Highlights beyond the basics include fried whole smelt, steamed black fungus in vinegar, and celery-and-fungus dumplings.
There’s no question that Los Angeles has one of the largest offerings of dim sum in America. In the San Gabriel Valley—a place that was once advertised to would-be immigrants as the “Chinese Beverly Hills”—dim sum restaurants are the de facto brunch spots, drawing lines of people attracted to the hustle and bustle of this culinary tradition. But dim sum has become a part of the entire city’s culture, too, with viable options tucked away in metropolitan Westside L.A. Whether you flag down dumplings from a push cart or check off boxes on a menu, we have your guide to the best dim sum restaurants in L.A.
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