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Shanghai House

Map & Directions 3641 Balboa
San Francisco, CA 94121
  • Chinese, Shanghainese
  • Sun, Sat 10:30am-9:30pm, Mon, Wed-Fri 11am-3pm, Mon, Wed-Fri 5pm-9:30pm
  • cash
  • Takeout, Delivery, Private Party, Kid Friendly, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Dinner, Lunch, Snack Food
  • BYOB
  • Not Accepted
  • Street


SF Weekly's Description

This small, white-walled, immaculately and brightly lit spot serves some of San Francisco's best Chinese food, from both its Shanghai and Cantonese menus, at very reasonable prices. Don't miss the Shanghai soup dumplings (here called Shanghai steamed baby dumplings), the fried silver-threaded roll, braised meat balls, braised fish with wine sauce, and Chinese doughnuts for dessert. The order-ahead salt-and-pepper pig knuckle is amazing, with crispy skin and succulent, tender meat. Very popular for Saturday and Sunday brunch. Cash only. BYOB.

Member Reviews

  • sfweeklybestof wrote a review for Shanghai House
    on 05/06/09

    Shanghai House is a tiny, gleaming white box, cash-only, that doesn't take reservations (except for large parties), doesn't offer alcohol, doesn't have a Web site, and is way the hell out on Balboa. But aficionados of Chinese cuisine should beat a path to its door to sample its fresh and exciting food, especially its Shanghainese specialties. Be sure to ask to see both of the... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • mat h. on 05/05/09

    Get the soup dumplings

  • Lan on 07/11/12

    Dry fry chicken wings are loaded with a thick garlic pepper sauce and still stay crunchy. Must order.

  • Donald W. on 02/01/12

    Ask for the Chinese menu to get the real authentic stuff. Decor sucks but food is spectacular (4 of 4 petals via Fondu)

  • Wayne L. on 03/07/10

    Come here if you discover Shanghai dumpling king is closed until March 23

  • Jonathan P. on 05/21/09

    13. Soup dumplings at Shanghai House (from 7x7's 100 Things to Try Before You Die | http://tr.im/7x7list)

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