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Fried Chinese dumplings served on a black plate with ramekin of chili dipping sauce and chopsticks.



Dumpling shops and dim sum spots are nothing new to California. But more recently, dumplings are having a moment nationwide. If you have yet to jump on the bandwagon (or are a longtime fan jonesing for a fix), there’s no better time than now to try the best places for dumplings near Irvine.

Little Pan-Fried Bun

Women-owned and operated, it’s no wonder Little Pan-Fried Bun is so perfect. Soupy on the inside and crispy on the bottom, their Xiao Long Bao-style buns are impressively authentic and incredibly tasty. Warning: Yelpers say they are served so freshly cooked, the filling is literally steaming hot – proceed with caution!

Location: 2 Hutton Centre Drive, Unit 204, Santa Ana

Hours: 9 AM - 6 PM every day except Tuesday

Din Tai Fung

Dumplings, wontons, noodle soup, cucumber salad – you can’t go wrong at Din Tai Fung. Their menu is what dreams are made of, and they’re kindly open 7 days a week. Start your day off proper with dim sum for breakfast, or visit at dinnertime and indulge in chocolate and mochi Xiao Long Bao for dessert.

Location: 3333 Bristol St., Unit 2071, Upper Level, Costa Mesa

Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 AM - 9 PM, Friday 11 AM - 9:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 9:30 PM, Sunday 10 AM - 9 PM

AnQi Bistro

With almost 200 Tripadvisor reviews averaging just under five stars, trust that you’re going to have a good experience at AnQi. A modern take on dumplings, buns, and more, the menu features filet mignon potstickers, pork belly bao, and langoustine squash blossom dumplings with black truffles.

Location: 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa

Hours: 12-9 PM every day except Monday

Read about more eats, drinks, events, and activities in and around Irvine on Fusion Apartments’ blog.