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The Best Dim Sum Restaurants in Atlanta

Published On 04/14/2016 Published On 04/14/2016
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Canton House Chinese

Canton House

Chamblee

Canton House is a favorite among Atlanta’s Chinese community, so you know it's good. The menu is expansive, and has everything from shrimp dumplings to vegetable sides and barbecue-stuffed sweet rolls. Don’t miss the pork shu mai and lotus leaf rice. Come hungry and early, as the parking lot fills up fast.

Hong Kong Harbour

Atlanta

Hong Kong Harbour is near the city, off Cheshire Bridge RD, and is a good stop for any dim sum novice in the area. The staff aims to make everyone feel comfortable and is happy to explain any and all of the choices featured in the menu. Some can't-miss options include the fried sesame balls and crab claws.

East Pearl Seafood

Duluth

East Pearl Seafood is an anomaly. In an unassuming corner of a Home Depot parking lot, EPS boasts some of the best dim sum in the city, but looks like every other Chinese restaurant you'd likely never pay attention to. Yes, it’s outside of the perimeter, but its large variety of dumplings, side dishes, and buns make it worth the drive. Bring your crew and sit at one of the lazy Susan-equipped tables. Order one of everything, including the baked BBQ pork buns, pork shu mai, egg custards, and vegetable sides.  

Golden House

Golden House

Duluth

While its dumplings are steamed to perfection, Golden House shines with its whole Peking duck -- although the sesame balls are not to be missed, either. While it’s outside the perimeter, it's 100% worth the trek.

Oriental Pearl

Chamblee

While its dim sum menu is available all day, its carts (half the fun) are only available until 3pm. It's located in the Atlanta Chinatown Mall and has been a local favorite for more than 25 years... plus, its shrimp dumplings are top notch. If you’re feeling adventurous, grab a basket of chicken feet. They may look strange, but they pack a ton of flavor.

Royal China

Chamblee

Royal China is a staple in Atlanta and boasts one of its best dim sums. Arrive around 10:30am to get a table early, as the weekends are slammed. Pick from the steaming baskets filled with dumplings, hot soups, barbecue pork-stuffed sweet buns, or rice noodles, and more -- Royal China has over 30 items during its dim sum. Then pair your feast with hot tea and you're all set.

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1. Canton House 4825 Buford Hwy, Chamblee, GA 30341 (Chamblee)

This casual Cantonese dim sum house in Chamblee is a favorite among Atlanta's Chinese community. The menu is expansive and has everything from shrimp dumplings to vegetable sides and barbecue-stuffed sweet rolls. The dumplings are some of the best in the city, and the food is served as it should be: on rolling carts.

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2. Hong Kong Harbour 2184 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Hong Kong Harbour is near Atlanta, off Cheshire Bridge Rd, and is a good stop for any dim sum novice in the area. The staff aims to make everyone feel comfortable and is happy to explain any and all of the choices on the menu. Plus, if you’re craving something specific, just ask and the staff will bring out a fresh serving. Can't miss options include the fried sesame balls and crab claws.

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3. East Pearl Seafood 1810 Liddell Ln, Duluth, GA 30096 (Duluth)

In an unassuming corner of a Home Depot parking lot in Duluth, East Pearl Seafood looks like every other strip mall Chinese restaurant, except it has some of the best dim sum in the area. Its large selection of dumplings, vegetable sides, and buns make it worth the drive outside the parameter. Equipped with Lazy Susans, the tables are practically inviting you to bring a large group and order everything on the menu.

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4. Golden House 1600 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth, GA 30096 (Duluth)

Duluth’s Golden House serves destination-worthy dim sum outside the perimeter. The dumplings are steamed to perfection, but the star of the menu is the Peking duck -- although the sesame balls are pretty up there too. Service is quick, attentive, and accommodating for large groups. Golden House gets particularly busy during the weekend brunch rush, so plan to get there early.

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5. Oriental Pearl Seafood Restaurant 5399 New Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341

Oriental Pearl is located in the Atlanta Chinatown Mall and has been a local favorite for more than 25 years. While the dim sum menu is available all day, cart service (which is half the fun) is only available until 3pm. The shrimp dumplings are top notch and if you’re feeling adventurous, grab a basket of chicken feet. They may look like, well, chicken feet, but they pack a ton of flavor.

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6. Royal China 3295 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341 (Chamblee)

Royal China in Chamblee is one of Atlanta's best dim sum spots. The menu has over 30 dim sum items, from steaming baskets of dumplings to hot soups and BBQ pork sweet buns. Weekend afternoons bring out the busiest crowds, so the earlier you get there, the better.

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