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Dig Into Dim Sum at These 13 Houston Restaurants

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Home to some of the best Asian food in the country, it’s no surprise that Houston is also a destination for some of the best dim sum or “yum cha” in Texas. A Cantonese culinary tradition with a name that translates into “touch of the heart,” dim sum is traditionally a communal tea-filled brunch affair, involving friends and family around the table sharing plates of steamed dumplings and bite-sized fried items like crispy-crunchy shrimp balls.

These days, however, it’s easy to find places that go beyond lunch hours and serve an all-day dim sum that’s brimming with signature items like har gow and shu mai dumplings, steamed bao buns, and braised chicken feet. From the mom-and-pop spots and larger dim sum houses with old school pushcarts, to the newer spots that implement a contemporary take, here are 13 essential places to go for dim sum in Houston.

Note: Check your restaurant’s dim sum offerings online for pickup. Ordering delivery? Check delivery companies like GrubHub, UberEats, DoorDash, and Chowbus to see if your restaurant is listed.

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1. Dim Sum Box

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1223 Grand W Blvd Suite B-107
Katy, TX 77449
(832) 835-0981
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A project by Gilbert Fung from Houston’s beloved Fung’s Kitchen family, this new Katy jewel box is a modern and stylish fast-casual location, with plenty of Instagram-worthy eye candy. With more than 40 tried and true Fung’s favorites, get your fill of soup dumplings, Peking duck, and lava buns. Or try the newer items created specifically for Dim Sum Box, like the fried garlic dim sum, fried jalapeno har gow, and salted egg yolk soft shell crab. Order at the counter, then grab a seat and wait for the beautifully plated, color-coded morsels to arrive (Fried items are served on bright red plates while steamed items come in stylish silver baskets).

2. One Dim Sum

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510 Gray St D
Houston, TX 77002
(346) 293-9188
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The only bona fide dim sum restaurant inside the loop, One Dim Sum offers an elevated all-day dim sum experience in a small, bistro-like atmosphere with an extensive patio. Chef Jeff Mei, who worked at the now-closed Yauatcha, brings the former restaurant’s flair with colorful, almost-too-pretty-to-eat dim sum. There are pear-shaped har gow dumplings streaked with pink ham; fried pumpkin puffs shaped like mini pumpkins; and bright green, flower-shaped mushroom dumplings that are bound to blow up your Instagram feed. Be sure to try the bright orange black caviar and mushroom dumplings, or the shiny, jet black morel dumplings. Indulge in its various beer, wine, and sake cocktail options, or bring your own. Note: Parking can be a challenge, so carpooling or taking a ride-share service isn’t a bad idea.

black steamer baskets filled with dumplings, and plates with dim sum items, including pumpkin-shaped pumpkin puffs.
One Dim Sum goes by its name, being the only restaurant within Houston’s inner loop to offer a colorful plethora of dim sum.
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3. San San Tofu

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6445 Wilcrest Dr
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 988-5666
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Looking for vegetarian dim sum? The selection at this Vietnamese tofu house, market, and cafeteria may be meager with around 10 items to choose from, but it’s the only place in town that offers completely meat-free options. With the option to dine-in or take-out, items displayed behind a glass partition at a buffet-style counter help diners take their pick. Fried items come three to an order and include selections such as egg rolls, crispy taro puffs, and stuffed fried tofu skins. Steamed items, including the vegetarian har gow and shu mai, come in four pieces. All dim sum, priced at $5.50 an order, are available for most of the day.

San San Tofu’s vegetarian har gow dumplings in a tin steamer basket.
San San Tofu offers vegetarian dim sum, including meatless har gow dumplings.
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4. Dim Sum King

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9160 Bellaire Blvd # B
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 270-6788
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Tucked away in a dimly lit alley in the corner of the newly renovated Diho Square, Dim Sum King is a pioneer in the all-day dim sum format. Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (Monday offers delivery service only), regulars swear by the authenticity of this price-friendly, no-frills establishment, which turns out made-to-order, Hong Kong-style dim sum classics like pan-fried turnip cakes and sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf. Frequent diners who sign up for the free membership get a $10 reward for every $100 they spend. 

steamer tins of steamed bao buns, shu mai, har gow, and a plate of crispy shrimp balls at Dim Sum King.
Diho Square’s Dim Sum King is the pioneer of the all-day dim sum format.
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5. Shanghai Restaurant

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9888 Bellaire Blvd #106
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 360-6095
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Prominent signs out front that read “All Day Dim Sum” will let assure you that you’ve reached the right place. Known for its strong dim sum game, Shanghai serves up crazy-good ham sui gok, fried glutinous pork puffs, lava buns, and the equally delicious Cheung fun rice roll with crispy shrimp and chive. Kids will also love the adorably Instagrammable pig-shaped sweet milk buns.

tins of har gow, shu mai, braised chicken feet, and plates of greens and crispy shrimp balls sit atop a table at Shanghai Restaurant.
Shanghai Restaurant is known for its solid, all-day dim sum game.
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6. Arco Seafood Restaurant

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9896 Bellaire Blvd suite k
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 774-2888
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Family-owned and operated by chef Mr. Guo, this beloved Cantonese restaurant has served Houston for the past 15 years, offering moderately-priced dim sum daily until 4 p.m. in an elegant, crystal chandeliered setting. Regulars swear by the fresh, sweet taste and texture of the shrimp-based dim sum — from the fried shrimp egg rolls to fried crab claws. Desserts like sesame balls, custard tarts, and mango pudding are also excellent. As impressive as their 1,000 bottle wine inventory is, the restaurant also allows for BYOB with corkage. 

Arco Seafood Restaurant’s dining room features gold and red carpets, crystal chandeliers, and eager diners downing dim sum at multiple round tables.
Dim sum enthusiasts have flocked to Arco Seafood Restaurant since its opening 15 years ago. The Cantonese establishment offers affordable dim sum under elegant, crystal chandeliers.
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7. Crown Seafood

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10796 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 575-1768
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With what is undoubtedly the largest dining room in Chinatown, Crown Seafood can seem quite cavernous when it’s not full, but that’s the beauty of it: Plenty of lazy-susan-topped tables for large parties, easy-to-find parking, and minimal to no wait times, even during peak weekend dim sum hours. Offered daily until 3 p.m., dim sum is ordered from a small markup sheet, accompanied by a picture menu for easy ordering. Made fresh, the piping hot morsels, like the shrimp shu mai and plates of crispy shrimp balls, are delivered to the table via pushcart. Don’t miss out on the giant deep-fried crab claw (it’s massive!), or the special lobster dine-in steal for just $34.95 per order, with a limit of one per table. Indulge in the specialty teas, beer and wine, or take advantage of the BYOB with corkage policy and bring your own.

crispy shrimp balls, har gow, shu mai, egg tarts and more dishes fill a table at Crown Seafood.
Crown Seafood offers dim sum classics daily until 3 p.m.
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8. Q Mama Seafood House

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11810 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072
(832) 598-2911
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One of the newer entrants in Houston’s dim sum game, Q Mama’s green foliage, hanging chandeliers, and round table seating for larger parties make it an attractive choice for a family dim sum outing. Its quasi push-cart offering — allowing guests to order from a paper menu before their picks are delivered to the table via cart — also makes for a nostalgic experience, along with its bamboo steamer baskets, which are thought to produce a juicier, more flavorful dim sum. 

Q Mama Seafood House’s dining hall features multiple round tables filled with people eating dim sum below light fixtures draped in green foliage.
Guests at Q Mama Seafood House get their dim sum delivered on a pushcart after ordering their picks on paper.
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9. Golden Dim Sum

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10600 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 495-1688
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With more than 90 dim sum items on the menu — all of it photographed and prominently displayed on the restaurant walls — Golden Dim Sum offers one of the most expansive and affordable dim sum menus in the city. Home-run items include the magnificent pan-fried pork dumplings, salt and pepper squid, and the #51 fried egg custard ball with egg yolk and almond coating, but that’s not covering it all. Go hungry, bring friends, eat and repeat.

a hand with chopsticks picks up a dumpling from a tray, atop a table at Golden Dim Sum that’s filled with dumplings, bread, and fried goodies.
Golden Dim Sum features more than 90 dim sum items on its menu.
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10. Ocean Palace

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11215 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 988-8898
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Fresh off of a nearly $1 million renovation, Ocean Palace has become one of the most popular dim sum houses in Houston with wait times often exceeding an hour during the weekend rush. Patrons flock to this restaurant for its creative dim sum dishes like the truffle shrimp and pork shu mai, the ginseng har gow, and its soup dumplings, which include a truffle pork option and an oxtail soup version. And despite shifts during the pandemic, Ocean Palace is the only place to experience traditional pushcart dim sum on weekends. Beer and wine is available, but you can also BYOB with corkage.

fried crab claws, har gow, egg tarts, stuffed rice noodles and more on a table at Ocean Palace.
Ocean Palace serves up fried crab claws and three types of soup dumplings, including ones with truffle pork or oxtail.
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11. Kim Son

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12750 Southwest Fwy
Stafford, TX 77477
(281) 242-3500
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Offered until 3 p.m., this OG favorite is perfect for dim sum any day of the week. While steamed dumplings like har gow and shu mai never disappoint, fried items like crispy taro puffs, fried shrimp dumpling salad with mayo, and the giant, chewy-hot-glutinous goodness of the ham sui gok are most impressive. On weekends, dim sum is a joyous affair. The entire restaurant, including the banquet room, opens for dim sum seating, with $20 carafes of mimosas, and glasses of bloody marys and margaritas delivered from its full bar.

Kim Son’s dim sum spread of steamed dumplings and fried morsels.
Kim Son offers dim sum classics like har gow, shu mai, fried items like crispy taro puffs, and ham sui gok until 3 p.m.
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12. Regal Seafood House & Lounge

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1531 Hwy 6
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 494-8888
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Recently relocated from Stafford to Sugar Land, Regal Seafood is known among the Chinese food cognoscenti as the place for quality dim sum. Offered all day from 10:30 a.m. to close, Regal features show-stopping shu mai steamed in a square wooden bamboo steamer and topped with bright orange tobiko, har gow in ginseng broth, crispy shrimp balls, and Peking duck carved tableside. Hidden gems include steamed honey char siu bao, baked custard buns, and the double-layered milk pudding. Be sure to bring your own alcoholic beverage of choice. Regal is BYOB, with a corkage fee. Be sure to bring your own alcoholic beverage of choice. Regal is BYOB, with a corkage fee.

Regal Seafood’s plump juice dumplings, steamed in a square wooden bamboo steamer and topped with bright orange tobiko.
From open to close, Regal Seafood offers dim sum favorites like its plump shu mai dumplings topped with bright orange tobiko.
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13. Joy Dim Sum

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3412 Hwy 6
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 201-8517
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A mom-and-pop joint located inside Sugar Land’s Jusgo Supermarket complex on Highway 6, Joy Dim Sum offers the quintessential no-frills experience with just a handful of tables, freshly made dim sum, and affordable pricing, with a 5 percent discount if paying with cash. Though the short and sweet menu is not as extensive as other dim sum establishments, patrons will attest to the quality of the Cheung fun rice rolls, chicken feet, fried taro, crab claws, and more. Open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Monday.

1. Dim Sum Box

1223 Grand W Blvd Suite B-107, Katy, TX 77449

A project by Gilbert Fung from Houston’s beloved Fung’s Kitchen family, this new Katy jewel box is a modern and stylish fast-casual location, with plenty of Instagram-worthy eye candy. With more than 40 tried and true Fung’s favorites, get your fill of soup dumplings, Peking duck, and lava buns. Or try the newer items created specifically for Dim Sum Box, like the fried garlic dim sum, fried jalapeno har gow, and salted egg yolk soft shell crab. Order at the counter, then grab a seat and wait for the beautifully plated, color-coded morsels to arrive (Fried items are served on bright red plates while steamed items come in stylish silver baskets).

1223 Grand W Blvd Suite B-107
Katy, TX 77449

2. One Dim Sum

510 Gray St D, Houston, TX 77002
black steamer baskets filled with dumplings, and plates with dim sum items, including pumpkin-shaped pumpkin puffs.
One Dim Sum goes by its name, being the only restaurant within Houston’s inner loop to offer a colorful plethora of dim sum.
Mai Pham

The only bona fide dim sum restaurant inside the loop, One Dim Sum offers an elevated all-day dim sum experience in a small, bistro-like atmosphere with an extensive patio. Chef Jeff Mei, who worked at the now-closed Yauatcha, brings the former restaurant’s flair with colorful, almost-too-pretty-to-eat dim sum. There are pear-shaped har gow dumplings streaked with pink ham; fried pumpkin puffs shaped like mini pumpkins; and bright green, flower-shaped mushroom dumplings that are bound to blow up your Instagram feed. Be sure to try the bright orange black caviar and mushroom dumplings, or the shiny, jet black morel dumplings. Indulge in its various beer, wine, and sake cocktail options, or bring your own. Note: Parking can be a challenge, so carpooling or taking a ride-share service isn’t a bad idea.

510 Gray St D
Houston, TX 77002

3. San San Tofu

6445 Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX 77072
San San Tofu’s vegetarian har gow dumplings in a tin steamer basket.
San San Tofu offers vegetarian dim sum, including meatless har gow dumplings.
Mai Pham

Looking for vegetarian dim sum? The selection at this Vietnamese tofu house, market, and cafeteria may be meager with around 10 items to choose from, but it’s the only place in town that offers completely meat-free options. With the option to dine-in or take-out, items displayed behind a glass partition at a buffet-style counter help diners take their pick. Fried items come three to an order and include selections such as egg rolls, crispy taro puffs, and stuffed fried tofu skins. Steamed items, including the vegetarian har gow and shu mai, come in four pieces. All dim sum, priced at $5.50 an order, are available for most of the day.

6445 Wilcrest Dr
Houston, TX 77072

4. Dim Sum King

9160 Bellaire Blvd # B, Houston, TX 77036
steamer tins of steamed bao buns, shu mai, har gow, and a plate of crispy shrimp balls at Dim Sum King.
Diho Square’s Dim Sum King is the pioneer of the all-day dim sum format.
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Tucked away in a dimly lit alley in the corner of the newly renovated Diho Square, Dim Sum King is a pioneer in the all-day dim sum format. Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (Monday offers delivery service only), regulars swear by the authenticity of this price-friendly, no-frills establishment, which turns out made-to-order, Hong Kong-style dim sum classics like pan-fried turnip cakes and sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf. Frequent diners who sign up for the free membership get a $10 reward for every $100 they spend. 

9160 Bellaire Blvd # B
Houston, TX 77036

5. Shanghai Restaurant

9888 Bellaire Blvd #106, Houston, TX 77036
tins of har gow, shu mai, braised chicken feet, and plates of greens and crispy shrimp balls sit atop a table at Shanghai Restaurant.
Shanghai Restaurant is known for its solid, all-day dim sum game.
Mai Pham

Prominent signs out front that read “All Day Dim Sum” will let assure you that you’ve reached the right place. Known for its strong dim sum game, Shanghai serves up crazy-good ham sui gok, fried glutinous pork puffs, lava buns, and the equally delicious Cheung fun rice roll with crispy shrimp and chive. Kids will also love the adorably Instagrammable pig-shaped sweet milk buns.

9888 Bellaire Blvd #106
Houston, TX 77036

6. Arco Seafood Restaurant

9896 Bellaire Blvd suite k, Houston, TX 77036
Arco Seafood Restaurant’s dining room features gold and red carpets, crystal chandeliers, and eager diners downing dim sum at multiple round tables.
Dim sum enthusiasts have flocked to Arco Seafood Restaurant since its opening 15 years ago. The Cantonese establishment offers affordable dim sum under elegant, crystal chandeliers.
Mai Pham

Family-owned and operated by chef Mr. Guo, this beloved Cantonese restaurant has served Houston for the past 15 years, offering moderately-priced dim sum daily until 4 p.m. in an elegant, crystal chandeliered setting. Regulars swear by the fresh, sweet taste and texture of the shrimp-based dim sum — from the fried shrimp egg rolls to fried crab claws. Desserts like sesame balls, custard tarts, and mango pudding are also excellent. As impressive as their 1,000 bottle wine inventory is, the restaurant also allows for BYOB with corkage. 

9896 Bellaire Blvd suite k
Houston, TX 77036

7. Crown Seafood

10796 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072
crispy shrimp balls, har gow, shu mai, egg tarts and more dishes fill a table at Crown Seafood.
Crown Seafood offers dim sum classics daily until 3 p.m.
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With what is undoubtedly the largest dining room in Chinatown, Crown Seafood can seem quite cavernous when it’s not full, but that’s the beauty of it: Plenty of lazy-susan-topped tables for large parties, easy-to-find parking, and minimal to no wait times, even during peak weekend dim sum hours. Offered daily until 3 p.m., dim sum is ordered from a small markup sheet, accompanied by a picture menu for easy ordering. Made fresh, the piping hot morsels, like the shrimp shu mai and plates of crispy shrimp balls, are delivered to the table via pushcart. Don’t miss out on the giant deep-fried crab claw (it’s massive!), or the special lobster dine-in steal for just $34.95 per order, with a limit of one per table. Indulge in the specialty teas, beer and wine, or take advantage of the BYOB with corkage policy and bring your own.

10796 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072

8. Q Mama Seafood House

11810 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072
Q Mama Seafood House’s dining hall features multiple round tables filled with people eating dim sum below light fixtures draped in green foliage.
Guests at Q Mama Seafood House get their dim sum delivered on a pushcart after ordering their picks on paper.
Mai Pham

One of the newer entrants in Houston’s dim sum game, Q Mama’s green foliage, hanging chandeliers, and round table seating for larger parties make it an attractive choice for a family dim sum outing. Its quasi push-cart offering — allowing guests to order from a paper menu before their picks are delivered to the table via cart — also makes for a nostalgic experience, along with its bamboo steamer baskets, which are thought to produce a juicier, more flavorful dim sum. 

11810 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072

9. Golden Dim Sum

10600 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072
a hand with chopsticks picks up a dumpling from a tray, atop a table at Golden Dim Sum that’s filled with dumplings, bread, and fried goodies.
Golden Dim Sum features more than 90 dim sum items on its menu.
Mai Pham

With more than 90 dim sum items on the menu — all of it photographed and prominently displayed on the restaurant walls — Golden Dim Sum offers one of the most expansive and affordable dim sum menus in the city. Home-run items include the magnificent pan-fried pork dumplings, salt and pepper squid, and the #51 fried egg custard ball with egg yolk and almond coating, but that’s not covering it all. Go hungry, bring friends, eat and repeat.

10600 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072

10. Ocean Palace

11215 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072
fried crab claws, har gow, egg tarts, stuffed rice noodles and more on a table at Ocean Palace.
Ocean Palace serves up fried crab claws and three types of soup dumplings, including ones with truffle pork or oxtail.
Mai Pham

Fresh off of a nearly $1 million renovation, Ocean Palace has become one of the most popular dim sum houses in Houston with wait times often exceeding an hour during the weekend rush. Patrons flock to this restaurant for its creative dim sum dishes like the truffle shrimp and pork shu mai, the ginseng har gow, and its soup dumplings, which include a truffle pork option and an oxtail soup version. And despite shifts during the pandemic, Ocean Palace is the only place to experience traditional pushcart dim sum on weekends. Beer and wine is available, but you can also BYOB with corkage.

11215 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77072

11. Kim Son

12750 Southwest Fwy, Stafford, TX 77477
Kim Son’s dim sum spread of steamed dumplings and fried morsels.
Kim Son offers dim sum classics like har gow, shu mai, fried items like crispy taro puffs, and ham sui gok until 3 p.m.
Mai Pham

Offered until 3 p.m., this OG favorite is perfect for dim sum any day of the week. While steamed dumplings like har gow and shu mai never disappoint, fried items like crispy taro puffs, fried shrimp dumpling salad with mayo, and the giant, chewy-hot-glutinous goodness of the ham sui gok are most impressive. On weekends, dim sum is a joyous affair. The entire restaurant, including the banquet room, opens for dim sum seating, with $20 carafes of mimosas, and glasses of bloody marys and margaritas delivered from its full bar.

12750 Southwest Fwy
Stafford, TX 77477

12. Regal Seafood House & Lounge

1531 Hwy 6, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Regal Seafood’s plump juice dumplings, steamed in a square wooden bamboo steamer and topped with bright orange tobiko.
From open to close, Regal Seafood offers dim sum favorites like its plump shu mai dumplings topped with bright orange tobiko.
Mai Pham

Recently relocated from Stafford to Sugar Land, Regal Seafood is known among the Chinese food cognoscenti as the place for quality dim sum. Offered all day from 10:30 a.m. to close, Regal features show-stopping shu mai steamed in a square wooden bamboo steamer and topped with bright orange tobiko, har gow in ginseng broth, crispy shrimp balls, and Peking duck carved tableside. Hidden gems include steamed honey char siu bao, baked custard buns, and the double-layered milk pudding. Be sure to bring your own alcoholic beverage of choice. Regal is BYOB, with a corkage fee. Be sure to bring your own alcoholic beverage of choice. Regal is BYOB, with a corkage fee.

1531 Hwy 6
Sugar Land, TX 77478

13. Joy Dim Sum

3412 Hwy 6, Sugar Land, TX 77478

A mom-and-pop joint located inside Sugar Land’s Jusgo Supermarket complex on Highway 6, Joy Dim Sum offers the quintessential no-frills experience with just a handful of tables, freshly made dim sum, and affordable pricing, with a 5 percent discount if paying with cash. Though the short and sweet menu is not as extensive as other dim sum establishments, patrons will attest to the quality of the Cheung fun rice rolls, chicken feet, fried taro, crab claws, and more. Open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Monday.

3412 Hwy 6
Sugar Land, TX 77478

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