Hong Kong Lounge
5322 Geary Blvd (Near 17th Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94121
Great choice for reasonably priced, solid dim sum in San Francisco.
Hong Kong Lounge is a popular Chinese Restaurant located in San Francisco’s Outer Richmond district that opened in late 2008. They serve dim sum at lunch time and are quite busy. We ate here last in 2010, so it was great to catch up with the changes in 2023.
There was once an unaffiliated Hong Kong Lounge II that burned down and is now known as HK Bistro. We found HK Bistro expensive and inferior in quality in early 2023. Hong Kong Lounge’s sister restaurant is Lai Hong Lounge at 1416 Powell, San Francisco.
Decor, Vibe – Hong Kong Lounge consists of 2 medium sized rooms stuffed full of tables. Clean but simple decor with large mirrors on the walls to make the place look bigger. Hong Kong Lounge was packed with locals, both Asians and some other folks. The restaurant gets busy during the weekends, so come during the week for shorter waits.
Hong Kong Lounge Menu
Hong Kong Lounge’s Dim Sum Menu is extensive and has all the classic old school dishes along with a more modern and instagrammable specialty dishes like a character dim sum sampler.. Specialty noodle, chinese BBQ, and rice dishes are available. Prices are very reasonable compared to places like Yank Sing. Prices have doubled since 2010. They do not have as modern a menu as HL Peninsula.
The waitress suggested that we order dessert items when we were ready for them, not at the same time with everything else.
Signature Dishes – Dumplings, Baked Pork Buns, Coffee pork ribs, Character dim sum
Hong Kong Lounge Dim Sum Picks:
Coffee pork ribs ($11) is a new school classic with deep fried boney ribs coated with a sweet coffee flavored glaze. No more Cool whip on the side. Koi Palace does a better version, but this is cheap. 8/10
Salt & Pepper Calamari ($10) was a huge plate of overly breaded, deep fried artery clogging goodness. A bit salty but acceptable. 8/10
Shrimp Noodle Roll ($8.50) or Shrimp Rice Noodle Roll was big and had lots of real shrimp. Solid rendition. 7.5/10
Cilantro noodle roll ($6.95) – vegetarian was even better than the shrimp version. 9/10.
Bunny Shrimp Dumpling ($7.80) is in a rabbit shape or traditional size. We found this disappointingly pretty average. 6/10
Har Gow – Shrimp Dumpling ($7.80) is the normal traditional one. We found this pretty average but better than the bunny one. 7.5/10
Chiu Zhou Dumpling ($5.95) or Chiu Chow Steamed dumplings were huge translucent steaming hot balls filled with peanuts, pork, mushrooms and the like. A bit of zestiness was present. 8/10
Abalone Sticky rice in lotus leaf ($6.95) were 2 pretty sizable portions of glutinous rice with lots of minced pork, shrimp, and mushrooms. More an exercise in size than quality. 8/10
Pan Fried Tofu Skin Roll ($6.50) were lined with bits of shrimp inside. Nice crispy skin contrasted well with the soft internals. 7.5/10
Crab Porridge is on the tabletop menu. Pretty decent flavors. 8.5/10
Turnip Cake ($5.50) is pretty average, nothing special. 7/10
Black Sesame Roll ($6.50) – vegetarian – is a classic old school dish not found in many restaurants any more. Subtle sesame flavor and hints of sweetness accent this dish. 8/10
Deep Fried Pork Puff or Dumplings ($5.95) had 3 smaller sized ones that while tasting fine are a bit greasy. 8/10
Fried Green tea balls ($6.50) included 3 small balls filled with a tame lotus seed paste. Nice crunchy skin. A fun variation on the traditional sesame ball. 9/10
Sesame balls ($5.95 v) are old school with coarse black sesame filling. Okay but we’d get the green tea balls. 7/10
Baked Pork Buns ($6.95) are better than average. Reasonably big. 8/10
Service – Hong Kong Lounge had passable but not great service with servers running around in this small space. They are overloaded and need to be flagged down. You check off what you want and the food starts to appear in a couple minutes.
Value – Prices are reasonable, quantity high, quality solid, making Hong Kong Lounge a very good value.
Alternatives – Nearby restaurants include really cheap but marginal Good Luck. Yank Sing, Great Eastern. Koi Palace. Asian Pearl Peninsula
Our favorite is still HL Peninsula
Verdict – Hong Kong Lounge is one of the few places in this area serving up solid traditional Chinese dim sum with reasonable prices. No wonder they are so busy. See Chinese Restaurants of San Francisco for our favorite San Francisco dim sum places which include Koi Palace and Yank Sing.Restaurant Map: