Dragon Beaux, San Francisco

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Dragon Beaux

5700 Geary (At 21th Ave)

San Francisco, CA 94121

415-333-8899

Dragon Beaux Website

Fab Chinese in SF.

Dragon Beaux San Francisco Exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Dragon Beaux is a new restaurant from the folks who run our favorite Chinese restaurant, Koi Palace. This location is in the Outer Richmond district and focuses on Dim Sum during lunch and Hot Pot/Cantonese food at dinner.  We came here when it first opened in 2015, and recently returned in the Spring of 2019.

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Dragon Beaux San Francisco interior decor

Decor is modern Chinese with some gaudy ornaments and modern touches.

The dim sum menu is fairly concise and include some modern dishes inspired by trips to Hong Kong. This definitely shows.

Insider Tip – Reservations during lunch are a must on the weekend.

Cuisine – Chinese Cantonese
Location – Richmond District
Opened – 2015

Service – Dragon Beaux was better than many Chinese restaurants. People are roaming around more frequently than other places.

Verdict – Dragon Beaux hits the mark with many modern takes on classics. They retain some classic items on their menu, that their sister restaurant specializes in. We feel the quality is a touch lower than Koi Palace, but still very good. All in all this is a great place to go for dim sum in the City.  HL Peninsula is also better.

The dim sum in Hong Kong is still on another planet, check out some of our reviews.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Maybe. 1 Hour? Maybe.

Dragon Beaux Signature Dishes – Five Guys Xiao Long Bao, Fish Chip Rose Red Rice Crepe roll, Durian Puff, Hot Pot

Menu

Dragon Beaux’s Menu is much different than Koi Palace’s at lunch. Dim sum list includes many with interesting touches. It reminds us of menus from top notch HL Peninsula. Lots of noodle dishes too.

Dragon Beaux Food Picks:

Dragon Beaux San Francisco siu mai

Crab Roe Shu Mai ($4.68) is a classic with a nice crunch from the roe topping.

Dragon Beaux San Francisco spinach beef siu mai

Spinach Beef Shu Mai ($2.98) is a cool looking derivative. Almost like a meatball wrapped in a little spinach.

Dragon Beaux San Francisco chicken feet

BBQ Chicken Paw ($4.68) is another staple that is done just right.

Dragon Beaux San Francisco shrimp dumplings har gow

Classic Shrimp Dumplings ($6.75) had 4 medium sized dumplings that hit the spot. Medium sized shrimp. Very good quality.

Dragon Beaux San Francisco pea shoot dumplings

Pea Shoot Dumplings ($5.68) looked great and possessed a slight kick. Several flavors intermingled with each bite.

Dragon Beaux San Francisco pork rice rolls

BBQ Pork Rice Roll ($6.88) had a nice crisp vermicelli noodle to kick it up a notch. Shrimp Rice Crepe Roll ($7.75) was a bit better.

Dragon Beaux San Francisco glutinous rice in lotus leaf

Abalone, Chicken sticky rice in Lotus Leaf ($7.75) was a bit better than the usual version. The abalone was small but a welcome effort.

Roast Duck ($9.50) was juicy and tender, some of the best in the City.

Dragon Beaux San Francisco sesame balls

Sesame Balls ($2.98) were pretty average, but satisfying. Places like Champagne seafood have fresh out of fryer versions. They ran out on our visit in 2019.

Dragon Beaux San Francisco durian puffs

Durian Puffs ($6.88) included 3 smelly, crisp puffs. Well done.

Goji Berry Osmanthus Coconut Jelly Cake ($3.75) was a decent dessert. Not too sweet, not too herbal.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)

Dragon Beaux San Francisco Squid ink dumplings

Squid Ink Dumplings ($5.68) was a chao zhao dumpling with a black wrapper. Nothing special.

Dragon Beaux San Francisco xiao long bao

Juicy Dumplings ($5.68) is their version of Xiao Long Bao or Shanghai steamed dumplings. They cheat by placing them on serving dishes along with a carrot on the bottom. Flavor was subdued and meat was a bit large. Yank Sing has the best in the City, Din Tai Fung is better in Santa Clara.

Five Guys Xia Long Bao ($10.88) has 5 different colored ones.  More of a try one time gimmick if you ask us.  The porcelain holder get so hot, it is really hard to eat them.

Classic Steamed BBQ Pork Bao ($4.75) was average and large sized.

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Dragon Beaux Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes

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