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Din Tai Fung Dumpling House

Din Tai Fung Dumpling House

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3333 Bristol St #2071, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 549-3388
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Located inside the mall. The place itself is quite larger than I expected but the food was average for me.

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Los Angeles

Location: Inside South Coast Plaza

Wait: Expect at least an hour on a weekend afternoon

Food:

-Pork chop fried rice: Really good. Just an FYI, the pork chop is more Asian style; it is a bit on the sweet but still really good.

-Garlic string bean: Fresh out of the pan. So good! It has the perfect blend of garlic with the greens and the cooked perfectly (not too hard or mushy, just the right amount for a good crunch)

-Spicy wonton: If you really can’t handle spicy, don’t get it BUT I think it’s still worth a try. I can’t really handle spicy but it was still really good (FYI, your tongue might be burning for a good minute or so lol).

-Pork XLB: It was good but I thought the Arcadia location tasted better. Normally, it would taste a bit juicy (more watery) but it wasn’t like that here.

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Los Angeles

Long waits, but you can always walk around while waiting and they will text you when ready. The dumplings are good. Portions are small.

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Los Angeles

Located inside the mall. The place itself is quite larger than I expected but the food was average for me.

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Boston

Solid place to get your xiao long Bao fix. Clean interior, food comes out in a timely fashion. They have a texting system, so you can jot your name down then go shop in South Coast, which is great!

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I'm freaky-naughty, because I just got XXX with 10 XLB's............and that was just for starters.

Seeing a show at the Segerstrom, pre-show dinner was automatically decided upon Din Tai Fung. I've been dying to go, experiencing their world renowned Xiao long bao for the first time. Reported long wait times and not being local to me factor in as to why I haven't been.

Till now!

Around 5:30pm, and a concurrent Lunar New Year Celebration event the same day at 6pm, no wait at all! We were seated in the rear dining area, with the al fresco seating behind the windows to our periphery. When there is a line, DTF will take down your mobile number & text when seating is available. Proceed to the text message line, in front of the walk-in line. If alone, sit at the bar to skip all the ruckus.

Chicken fried noodles-
Long noodles for long life! Can't celebrate Lunar New Year w/o a plate of noodles, now can you? The chewy noodles had the perfect bite to them. Not a lot, but sufficient enough. Clean & not heavy.

Pork XLB-
What put Din Tai Fung on the map, the XLB's were little sacks of happiness. Confused & stressed on how to eat them correctly? Have no fear! A little placard showing customers the proper way of eating XLB guides you through the process. Be careful, though, the soup is hot! Tip - ask for extra ginger. In my opinion, the XLB aren't overwhelming in flavor unto themselves. The mix of soy sauce, vinegar & ginger (along with chili oil, for those that like spicy) is what enhance the flavor profile. So, pile on that ginger!

Pork & shrimp wontons (spicy sauce on the side)-
Now this, this was the highlight for me! Stuffed wontons with succulent pork & juicy shrimp. As a guy who frequently consumes the frozen kind at home, these were far & away superior. Filled just to the right amount, I savored each bite of these bad boys. Order the spicy sauce on the side, if you're with someone that doesn't enjoy heat. But, really? Who doesn't like heat? Anyone who can't appreciate heat are probably missing their meds ;p The sauce is more sweet than spice, and a little lather (or a lot) on the wontons creates one of the world's great joys.

Service was excellent! Our attendant was bright, friendly & quick to check in on us, whether it was for drink refills or utensils. Seating is surprisingly ample, inside & al fresco, but a bit cramped. I noticed the food servers maneuvering in between the seats, which would drive me crazy if I had to that.

Parking is at the South Coast Plaza. Din Tai Fung is in front of Sears, so park near Bristol.

DTF? 'Cause I'm DTF anytime, baby! While a tad pricey, I do realize it's in the hoity toity South Coast Plaza, deep in the heart of the Orange Curtain. Great food, no wait for me & hospitable service, I look forward to having another go at Din Tai Fung & explore the rest of the menu. I can't wait!

Highly recommend!
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Local from Irvine

Got there early and didn't have to wait. My only comparison is the one in Arcadia and Shanghai. The Costa Mesa location is huge. Food is essentially the same. However service broke down a few times...wrong order and wrong bill...

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Los Angeles

Din Tai Fung in Costa Mesa isn't as big as the Arcadia branch but serves the same quality of food. There's usually a wait to eat here but if you come once they open, they have plenty of seating. Lunch and weekends are the most busiest.

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Los Angeles

Looking for Dim Sum? Look no further than to stop by at South Coast Plaza's Din Tai Fung :) typical crazy waits for a table, but our little party of three managed to find seats at the bar without waiting on a Sunday morning. I've learned to appreciate such fortuitous seating for it's proximity to the service staff and the extra attention thereby gained. I really liked their seafood dumpling with crab.

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Los Angeles

This is my second trip to Din Tai Fung, the first being in Arcadia. This version of DTF is fairly small but still has the great taste of a dumpling spot. Though all of it is a bit pricey, you get the Chinese dumpling experience. Focus on the dumplings themselves, and less on the soup, and you will get what you are looking for!

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Local from Irvine

This Din Tai Fung is just as good as the one in Arcadia. It's much bigger and better decorated. You give them your phone number and they will text you when your table is ready, so you can shop while you wait. The service is good, and the food still good.

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Los Angeles
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Location: South Coast Plaza, 2nd floor near Sears, Forever 21, Starbucks and the new Uniqlo.

Was returning an extra iPhone at the Apple Store so decided to check out the new DTF. We were quoted a 2 hour wait at 1:00PM on a Saturday. MADNESS! Luckily, we noticed some empty seats at the bar. We asked the host if it was okay to just grab a quick bite there. Sure enough, we were seated immediately.

The bar seating was nice but a little cramped. I wouldn't recommend sitting here if you plan to order multiple items. For us, we only wanted some juicy dumplings so it worked.
Service was okay. Bartender took our order and later food was brought out. Not much interaction since we didn't order cocktails.

The two of us shared 2 orders of the Juicy Pork Dumplings. Those were brought out hot and fresh and SO juicy! We loved it! Just as good as I remembered it.

This location in particular is huge. There's lots of tables in the back that includes outdoor seating. Still, not big enough to handle the amounts of people that come through this mall!

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Laguna Woods

Good XLB, good decor, and FINALLY AN OC location, but avoid if there's a long wait (longer than an hour)!

Food: 4
Ordered the infamous pork XLB as well as the silk squash with shrimp XLB. Pork XLB skin was excellent because they use bamboo steamers as opposed to the stainless steel ones at their Arcadia locations, however the filling was a little bland but they were still bursting with soup inside. As for the silk squash and shrimp XLB, the shrimp could be fresher but the silk squash wasn't bitter and the skin was fine.

Service: 4
Hostess skipped us and started to lead a party behind us into the restaurant so I had to remind her that we were first and she nicely apologized for her mistake. Server was prompt and attentive, as expected at any DTF.

Ambiance/Decor/Cleanliness: 4
Nice modern interior with touches of dark asian wood. Nice large glass windows in the dining area but the view is of the lovely parking lot and structure. Restaurant and bathrooms were clean, but I can't stand the new dyson sensor faucet & air dryer combo fixture which looks like a periscope handle with the water coming out of the middle and air blowing out fron the 'handles' when you place your hands under them (they've got these annoying combo fixtures at Seatac airport too and I hate how when you dry your hands, the air shoots down so forcefully that is sprays the water in the sink all over the place). Thank God they also have paper towels!

Side notes:
They serve alcoholic drinks at this location!

I've been to both DTFs in Arcadia, the original in Taipei and the DTF located in Super Brand Mall in Shanghai Lujiazui. Here's my ranking:
1. Shanghai - Great view of The Bund, great service, great pork XLB skin and flavor, but as expensive, if not more, than here at SCP.
2. Taipei - Tom Cruise practiced making XLB here! Long waits, old, packed and cramped inside but clean, good service, good pork XLB skin and flavor.
3. SCP - great decor but no view and long waits, good pork XLB skin but just OK flavor.
4. Arcadia locations - OK decor, OK pork XLB flavor but bad skin.

Stick to just the pork XLB as a snack! Everything is pricey but if you really have to have a full on meal here, the chicken soup, cucumber appetizer, shrimp fried rice with fried pork chop, and one of the veggies are decent choices. Avoid the shu mai (not like the cantonese dim sum ones), veggie cooked in wine, the hot & sour soup which is neither hot nor spicy enough, and all the nasty buns and desserts. DTF is known for XLB, not all their other overpriced items.

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I absolutely LOVE Din Tai Fung! From my first time in Arcadia to the many others at different locations, this place never fails me. It's a lot bigger than either one of the Arcadia locations and actually reminds me more of the Bellevue location. The decor is nice, and the staff is really personable here.

Let's start with the bad since this will be your initial impression of this place:

Cons:
-There's a wait to put your name in. WTF?!? It's about 45 minutes to get your name on the list. Something tells me this place is a lot less efficient than the other DTF's I've been too.
-The wait here AFTER the wait to put your name in is LONG! But no surprise though considering this place just opened, so unless you're willing to wait things out or go shopping in the meantime, brace yourself for at least a 2 hour wait from the time you wait in line to get your name in to the time you're seated. MAYBE 2 1/2 hours if they're really busy
-Let's be honest here: the wait sucks.

Pros:
-The food is BOMB! The dumplings are soupy and the most flavorful. You'll never look at dim sum the same way again!
-Order the Xiaolongbao! You won't regret it!
-While the wait to get in is long, the wait to get food is quite the opposite. They bring everything out as soon as it's done, so all their food is fresh right out of the making.
-The staff is very friendly AND good-looking. I couldn't believe my eyes. It's one of the few places you'll see a lot of good-looking Asians in one location. The service in general is so on top of it and extremely attentive. I never waited longer than a minute for a water re-fill and never given slack for ordering water either.
-Hardly ever a line at the bar if you come as a pair, so there won't be a wait if you don't mind not eating in the main dining room

Things you need to order if you have no idea what to get:
-Pork and shrimp xiaolongbao. The crab one just doesn't compare, and I'm a bonified crab-lover.
-Shrimp and pork shao mai
-Either mixed Pork wontons in spicy sauce
-Garlic bok choi
-Shrimp fried rice
-Chicken stir-fry noodles
-Pork dumplings

-Tip: If you come with just yourself or one other person there is hardly ever a line at the bar, so NO WAIT! That's what my mom and I did today when we went, and the service was still top-notch.

It's definitely a you-have-to-try-it-at-least-once type of place, so get going because that line is getting any shorter!

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It's all about the pork XLBs here. They also serve the truffle & pork XLB here as well. I'm not a fan of the wait so let me just break it down for you. There's a wait to put your name down if you show up anytime after 11 am. After putting your name down you have a few options: go shopping until they text your number or see if the wait for the bar is less than the wait for your table. When I went at 4:45 pm on Saturday, our wait to put our name down was about 30 minutes. At that point they said that the wait for a table for two was 2 hours and 45 minutes. Eff that. We stood in line for the bar as it was occupied. Our wait for the bar? Another 45 minutes but that beat the wait for the table by 2 hours. I know they must also get a lot of people who just give up because guess what? Our table was ready in an hour and 15 minutes. So don't give up hope, you might be seated sooner than you think. From start to finish, it took me an hour and 15 minutes to be seated at the bar. Maybe you'll have better luck, but this was opening weekend for them.

On to the food. We ordered the juicy pork XLB ($9), sauteed spinach in garlic, two small hot & sour soups, and the spicy sauce mixed (vegetable & pork or shrimp & pork) wontons. The food was as I expected since I had previously visited a DTF location in Bellevue, WA. The pork XLBs are good here but the skin is a tad thick and doesn't melt in your mouth as they should according to our new friends from the line. The small hot & sour soup ($5.50) is at least 2 servings. We ordered two thinking it was single servings but should have ordered one to share. At least we were able to take it home. The soup itself comes out with all the spices on top and they tell you to mix it. It's really good. The sauteed spinach was at least 2 lbs of (pre-cooked) spinach on a plate. It was bright green and perfect. The mixed wontons ($9) in spicy sauce were a delicious bite. The service is very friendly and the food came out fast considering we had worked up quite the appetite while we waited patiently in line. We also had two glasses of the Old Vine Zinfandel ($11). To end the meal we had the taro sweet buns for dessert. It's made fresh and served piping hot. So good!

Here's the thing, if you're not for waiting in line, I suggest that you go early in the morning when they open, that way, even if there is a line, the restaurant is empty and you'll be seated right away. That beats going at any other time during the day or evening. You might get lucky later in the evening after the dinner rush but then you risk not being seated at all. It's not worth more than an hour wait, so I'd wait a few months before trying again. 3.5 stars rounded up.

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Local from Fountain Valley

It's a pretty nice place. Food is good not excellent, but it's ok. Good day

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