City View Restaurant
33 Walter U. Lum Place
San Francisco, CA 94108
City View Restaurant is a Chinese dim sum restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. that only serves lunch.. Our last visit was in the middle of 2023 when they moved in to a new location next to Portsmouth square.
Be sure to read our Introduction to Chinese Dim Sum
Decor, Vibe – Modern clean decor with nice ambience, a lot better than the old location. People of all ages, tourists, families, friend get togethers.
City View Menu
City View’s menu has the usual classic dim sum dishes. Pictures are next to each entry. Not much in the way of modern inventive dimsum.
City View Food Picks:
Black Bean Spare Ribs ($6.50) did not have any black beans but was edible. A little spicy with the green jalapenos. 7.5/10
Sesame Ball with Lotus ($5.50) were 3 medium sized balls filled with just a little sweet filling. The crust was unusual, pretty thick and doughy. 7.5/10
Shrimp Dumpling or Har Gow ($9) were 4 delicate and nicely done shrimp balls filled with fresh shrimp and a thick wrapper. 8.5/10.
Pork Siu Mai ($7.50) had 4 correct sized dumpling with good filling. 8/10
Green Onion Pancake ($7.50) were super thin, hot and crispy. 8.5/10
Chinese Broccoli with oyster sauce ($10) was a good sized portion of chopped gai lan. Oyster sauce was bland. 8/10
Sugar Cane Juice ($7) is an interesting menu item. Not too sugary. 8/10
Sticky Rice wrapped in Lotus Leaf ($9) were 2 average glutinous rice delights filled with lots of flavorful chopped pork. No egg or sausage. 8/10
Shrimp Rice Noodle Roll ($9.50) was a good version of the classic dim sum dish. Very fresh shrimp and not too greasy. 8/10
Deep-fried pork dumplings ($7.50) were fried correctly and looked fine, but simply didn’t contain much pork. Hot but greasy. 8/10
XO Pan Fried Noodles ($10) was just bad. Waiter said it was correctly made. 3/10
City View Restaurant had decent service with courteous staff that were patrolling all the time.
Prices are reasonable for a upper mid range Chinese restaurant, and the place is clean and modern, making it a good place for dim sum especially for newbies. It is probably the best dim sum in San Francisco’s Chinatown along with Great Eastern. You can find cheaper dim sum but the quality and service will not be as high. Head to Koi Palace in Daly City for the better stuff and a bigger selection.Restaurant Map: