Grand Harbor, Burlingame

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Grand Harbor

1492 Old Bayshore Highway

Burlingame, CA 94010

650-347-9988

Grand Harbor Website

Grand Harbor Burlingame Exterior Decor

Why did we dine here? – Grand Harbor is a Chinese restaurant in Burlingame, California, located right by the San Francisco Bay. (Next door to Benihana) It has a grand view of the Bay and the San Francisco Airport to the north. Leisurely watch planes landing all meal long.

Grand Harbor Burlingame Interior Decor

They have a dismal 2.5 star rating on Yelp. They mainly got dinged for the service.

We saw that the place was packed during the weekends and decided to give it a try. We dined for lunch on a Tuesday and still found the parking lot full at noon! Parking in the cramped lot is a pain. There must be a reason why so many people fight to eat here.

Hint, we are already looking forward to coming back for dinner. They have several dishes like pan fried rice noodle, coffee ribs, chicken in wine sauce, that others suggested.

Insider Tip – Arrive Early

Cuisine – Chinese Cantonese
Location – Burlingame by the Bay
Opened – 2017

Grand Harbor Signature Dishes – Their Top 10 Page

Website Grand Harbor Menu

Grand Harbor has a very extensive dim sum menu with both old classic dishes and inventive new ones. Dim sum hard core fans should order some of the items from the Grand Harbor Top 10 page. We ordered a mix of dishes from both categories. A good amount of options for vegetarians.

There are a couple dim sum carts with desserts and congee roaming around. Most of the ordering is done checking off the menu with pictures. Prices are not cheap but do not scare off the locals!

Service – Grand Harbor had slightly better service than a typical San Francisco Bay Area Chinese restaurant. Refills were reasonable, but you have to flag them down for most items. The servers were all connected with headsets.

Verdict – Grand Harbor’s dim sum was better than we expected, especially the modern dishes that they invented. If you are into dim sum, Grand Harbor deserves to be on your list to visit. We would rank this

Do not expect top notch service like you would get at Yank Sing or Hakkasan, this is a typical hectic Chinese restaurant. Definitely not a good place to try Chinese food for the first time.

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

Grand Harbor Food Picks:

Grand Harbor Burlingame Shrimp Dumplings Har Gow

Har Gow Shrimp Dumplings ($6 Large) are always a good way to see how a restaurant stacks up. The 4 dumplings had some skin breakage possibly meaning they were over steamed. They did possess good shrimp flavor.

Grand Harbor Burlingame Sesame Balls

Sesame Balls ($4) were done just fine. Not too much sweet filling and still warm.

Grand Harbor Burlingame Shrimp Rice Noodle Rolls

Shrimp Rice Noodle Roll ($6) hit the mark. Nothing special but good for those that must order it. Could have used more shrimp.

Sticky rice in lotus wrap ($6) was also fine, good size with soft rice, lots of meat, mushrooms inside.

Grand Harbor Burlingame Crispy Skin Red Rice Noodle Roll

Crispy Skin Red rice noodle rolls ($7) were on the Top 10 page and looked horrendous. They were bathed in a thick sauce and possessed a weird color. One bite and we knew they were on to something. Brave dim sum eaters should go for this.

Grand Harbor Burlingame Swan Durian Cake

Swan Durian Cake ($7) were on the special page and even had an edible neck to it. A little darker than the menu picture, but sure to satisfy any durian fan.

Grand Harbor Burlingame Fried Almond Puff

Fried Almond Puff ($7) was on the special page and was mislabelled as Apricot Juice. This is like a super sized sesame ball with a nice balanced flavor to it.

Sesame with purple Yam custard bun ($5 Medium) are another special dim sum dish that we recommend. The buns were on a roaving cart, but one that had a heater to keep them warm. The filling had yam and cheese. This reminds us of a sweet/savory action.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Deep fried pork dumplings ($5) were medium sized and a bit on the greasy side. Average.

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

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

Grand Harbor 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:Lot
Reservations:Yes

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