Dumpling Express

2328 Bowditch St, Berkeley
(510) 204-9283

Recent Reviews

Yi H.

We were there last Saturday, ordered 2 sets of soup dumplings (12 total) and 1 chicken dumplings order and 1 pork dumplings order with few frozen buns to go. Due to COVID-19 they don't sell rice plate or other food only those dumplings, but those are good enough especially their soup dumplings. My 2 years old ate 5 of those and 2 pork dumpling. She loves the soup inside the dumping. Not like other restaurant. They put the cover under the soup dumpling so you won't miss the juice. I would definitely go back again to get more soup dumpling tans try other items once the restaurant fully functioning.

Geo Fucile

Amazing dumplings but has been closed for well over two months

Geo Dee L.

Dropped in here around midday one beautiful day in the mid-June. I have been pleased with the efforts that they try to emulate Shanghai and Taipei's signature food item? Except, what they copied sort of resulted in a first time error that gets repeated over time when your fellow editors don't know enough shit to BS the rest of the paper with plausible pieces of information. To break everything down to get the gist of it. I mean, this place is not the best of all worlds. It is the fast food version of a simple restaurant you would find in Shanghai. I personally think maybe some of the airport food that I had in Pudong had much more tastes packed for your nervous system. It is enough to pass off as a midnight snack unless you actually want to care so much about flavor, your mind starts to sink into your eyes' sclera. Xiao Long Baos or Siu Lung Bao (in my mother tongue) should be more than fast food style. Similar to bad behaved patients I see in the hospital at work, they should scream at your GI receptors and make you not want to eat anything else. The anatomy of small round pieces of beef, pork, or sometimes chicken in rich broth all packaged ready to go within a single layer of flour which will not leak out is the best description I can give there. Then with your merry time, choose between ginger, vinegar, soy sauce, or spicy red pepper for additional flavors. Dumpling Express's main drawback: There definitely wasn't enough broth in their servings, the skin was ice cold, and when it was time to pay the bill, I still felt famished. I have to put down my chopsticks, grab a to-go bag, and find something else for my stomach to feed on. I wear braces and I have to very picky about this to save money on my treatment to make sure I can get them off on time. Service: Felt like a large merchandise store, you paid the bill, but so much stuff gets racked up at the end, you sometimes do not know which item is yours. Most of the workers are pretty condescending I feel or perhaps do not have a strong grasp of the English language I believe. Just to make things clear, I actually bust out speaking more Mandarin to make sure I could get my order done without wasting any of my own time. As a matter of fact, people crave this place as if there is no sunny day tomorrow. I understand why, it is so darn difficult to get something that is sort of typical to a foreign country even when it fails to get a passing grade. College students are in a bubble, thereby trapped in this sphere for the sake of convenience. Thank the Lord that there are other better places for the Xiao Long Bao. Any Cantonese restaurant beats the make believe Shanghainese/Taiwanese style food here. 多謝!

Gio L.

Dropped in here around midday one beautiful day in the mid-June. I have been pleased with the efforts that they try to emulate Shanghai and Taipei's signature food item? Except, what they copied sort of resulted in a first time error that gets repeated over time when your fellow editors don't know enough shit to BS the rest of the paper with plausible pieces of information. To break everything down to get the gist of it. I mean, this place is not the best of all worlds. It is the fast food version of a simple restaurant you would find in Shanghai. I personally think maybe some of the airport food that I had in Pudong had much more tastes packed for your nervous system. It is enough to pass off as a midnight snack unless you actually want to care so much about flavor, your mind starts to sink into your eyes' sclera. Xiao Long Baos or Siu Lung Bao (in my mother tongue) should be more than fast food style. Similar to bad behaved patients I see in the hospital at work, they should scream at your GI receptors and make you not want to eat anything else. The anatomy of small round pieces of beef, pork, or sometimes chicken in rich broth all packaged ready to go within a single layer of flour which will not leak out is the best description I can give there. Then with your merry time, choose between ginger, vinegar, soy sauce, or spicy red pepper for additional flavors. Dumpling Express's main drawback: There definitely wasn't enough broth in their servings, the skin was ice cold, and when it was time to pay the bill, I still felt famished. I have to put down my chopsticks, grab a to-go bag, and find something else for my stomach to feed on. I wear braces and I have to very picky about this to save money on my treatment to make sure I can get them off on time. Service: Felt like a large merchandise store, you paid the bill, but so much stuff gets racked up at the end, you sometimes do not know which item is yours. Most of the workers are pretty condescending I feel or perhaps do not have a strong grasp of the English language I believe. Just to make things clear, I actually bust out speaking more Mandarin to make sure I could get my order done without wasting any of my own time. As a matter of fact, people crave this place as if there is no sunny day tomorrow. I understand why, it is so darn difficult to get something that is sort of typical to a foreign country even when it fails to get a passing grade. College students are in a bubble, thereby trapped in this sphere for the sake of convenience. Thank the Lord that there are other better places for the Xiao Long Bao. Any Cantonese restaurant beats the make believe Shanghainese/Taiwanese style food here. 多謝!

Jingyi Xu

Best dumpling I've had in the bay area. Taste super homemade, which for me is the most important thing for dumplings

Brandon Garcia

The BEST dumplings in the Bay area! Try the soup dumplings and the sweet and sour pork.

Suwin G.

Looks like that was a amazing flavor in soup dumpling. Carb is my flavor. Will come again shortly.

Bishal B.

This is the place if you want to grab quick dumplings. I always get chicken dumpling and taste has been consistently delicious. It's in a student area, it's all about quick food rather than ambience.

Julian Roque

The menu is everywhere. Make sure you look all around to see everything they have. Dining space is small, only fitting about 10 people total. The dumplings are pretty good.

John M

Quick and cheap

Andy M

Quick and cheap

****

Very disappointed. For a place that depends on student business it is pretty pricey. The quality of food isn't all that great either. Today was my second visit and I decided to try something different because the first time, I thought I might have ordered the wrong thing. This time I ordered Kung Pao over rice and you can tell their ingredients are old. The peanuts in my Kung Pao were stale. They had to be really old because they were not crunchy at all even after they fried them. It's a shame that we students allow these type of businesses to continue just because it's convinient for us since they are practically on campus. We need to hold them to higher standards, I mean we already depend on them to survive when we run from one class to the next and to pay allot of money for mediocre food at best is just diminishing our already low funds.

Greg Eckert

Great prices, good food.

Carolyn N.

I'd pass on the dumplings because they're absurdly priced and taste like the frozen ones from any Asian grocery store. The fried rice and beef chow fun are really good though and the portions are generous (I usually have leftovers for another meal) so this is what I usually get. I appreciate that they serve Vietnamese coffee here because it's hard to find within proximity to campus. Also, my friend tried the soup and liked it. I would have given less stars due to the outrageous prices, but the customer service is great and there aren't any glaring red flags other than the dumplings so I feel like at least an average rating is warranted. Overall this is an okay joint. I avoid the dumplings and only come here when I have a specific craving for porridge or chow fun.

Stephanie C.

Had a craving for dumplings and got a variety. My favorite were the pork kimchi and pork soup dumplings but even the vegetarian buns were good! Service was a bit slow when we went to pick up the order but the quality of the food made up for that!

Seth F.

I ordered door dash as I usually do to spice up my dreary office existence. I ordered Mongolian chicken and put in the note "steamed rice." It never asked if I wanted fried or steamed so I specified​ because what Asian​ food place dosen't come with rice. I mean even ​McDonalds gives out free ketchup, like come on. Well, as you can see from the bag they tactfully wrote "a la carte." I got the chicken with those sad crispy noodle things​ which are basically garnish but an entire tub, yet a boy can't get rice? I ended up going to three Asian restaurants​ (the ​first two were closed before dinner time) to get my rice, finally found it at a sushi bar, came back and enjoyed my chicken. The chicken was really good nicely sauced and spicy yet not over the top. The chicken was sliced thin and there was a good amount in the container, i'd rather​ fewer​ onions and peppers and more chicken but I'd also rather it come with rice, what are you gonna do? Overall, I would have​ given​ 4 stars but you can't give me half​ an entre, no rice?? Who doesn't​ provide rice?

Muchao

Actual good food at reasonable price. Amazed when I got my dumplings.

Justin Hartung

Food was really bad - soggy veggies, weird tasting meat. Really some of the worst Chinese I've ever ordered.

Alex G.

The #1 Banh Mi was pretty good!! The bread was very thick, and the meat had a different texture than expected, but overall the sandwich was a refreshing and a fulfilling meal.

Taylor Hutchinson

Delicious and cheap, especially if you have cash.

Michelle R.

No no no just like a lump of dough. This place oh my the dumpling was not seasoned bland and a lump of steamy dough. I ate if forced myself to eat a couple of pieces but it was the worst.No wonder you get to 12 please fix this you need seasoning and your dough needs to be thinner

Arlene Acuna

Great dumplings At great "student" prices!!! If you like Shanghai style, try those!!!

bethany freebird

The food may pretty good, and prices decent, but the wait times are ridiculous and waiting in that tiny restaurant feels like standing in a very small closet. There is really no parking nearby, and good luck finding any parking on a Friday or Saturday night. Better to call your order in advance if ordering in the evenings or on the weekends.

Liona Fan Chiang

Don't expect any small talk out of the workers. Always look at the special right next to the counter. Bring Cash!! Food is authentic and cheap. The Sichuan noodle soup is good. Curry noodles was standard. I go for the porridge.

Selena L.

Decided to leave a review after coming here a second time. The place seems kind of shady, but the food was authentic, delicious, and well worth the price. The staff was friendly and we got our food relatively fast. They do charge an extra fee for credit cards, which is a bit inconvenient, so bring cash if you don't want to pay the fee.

Aamna Pirzada

Kung Pao Chicken!!!!!!!!!

Monster Rose

It's good place and the food was delicious.

Ajinkya Patil

I had the Hong Kong style fried rice and it was amazing; perfectly fried chicken, right amount of ingredients and good quantity for the price. One of the best fried rice dishes I've had in the Berkeley. Its a small restaurant, not much of an ambience and from the looks of it, less hygienic than usual. But the food seems to be delicious. College crowd is common.

Michael Lawson

Incredible vegetarian dumplings and tofu

Samuel Mobley

Great flavors. Fast service I wasn't too take then home with me to Washington

Adriana Patti

Amazing and so low price

TaraMae Scott

I hate to give bad reviews...so I won't. I'll just be honest about what I didn't like and move on. I wish I hadn't seen the ROACHES on the walls. 😣😣😣😣😣

Surendra Kuwar

Very bad for online order. Never gets the food on time. Man is always in rush. Bad service.

Marisela Cuevas

Love the food.Great deals also for students

Niikii P.

Cute lil hole in the wall, food was fresh and delicious!! And the guy taking my order was super nice.

Oliver D.

I decided to give this place another try since Kiwibot had a promotion for this place. Ordered the sliced pork with garlic and spicy sauce. The food is just not great here. The sauce was overwhelming and very liquidy. The water chestnuts were also very undercooked. Ended up throwing away most of my food because I just felt sick afterwards. Only star comes from having a decent amount of sliced pork in there though. As for the service, it was even worse than the food. I arrived at around the stated time to pick up my food and gave the cashier the name of my order. He told they were really backed up and would take another 15 minutes. Lo and behold it ended up being an extra 30 minutes just standing there. Sure I get that the kitchen can get backed up at times, but being 30 minutes behind is a sign of bigger issues. When I finally got my food, the cashier instead of apologizing just told me to use this waiting time for future reference and to come in later, blaming the app for not allowing him to update waiting times. Side note, you can clearly see the cook making the food out of order as I saw tickets placed after me being made earlier than I was. Overall not great experiences the couple times I was here. Maybe the dimsum/porridge is better but who knows as I won't be returning.

Alex K.

Ordered soup dumplings, bbq pork buns and Mongolian Beef. The dumplings and buns are EXACTLY the same as what I used to see at the Lee's Deli near where I work in San Francisco (although they've gotten rid of the soup dumplings and changed their buns). This tells me that these are just purchased frozen from some distributor. It's not that they are terrible, it's just that they are...well, frozen dumplings and buns. The Mongolian beef was OK, although it lacked a certain depth of flavor I've experienced at other places. So, in all, it's just an OK place to get cheap food that tastes good (e.g. salty, fatty). I guess that's all it's really trying to be, considering that it's located up on campus.

Bruce C.

It's 11:14, says they're open "Maybe we'll open at 12:30" Don't bother unless you want to hang around outside. Super lame

Luis P.

The lady and I were once again back up in Berkeley. My favorite place, it's like a trap hobos paradise. Seriously tho, between the weird homeless hippie kids who listen to trap music and the students I always feel like I'm in a different nation. Anyway I remembered waking past this spot and decided to give it a shot, I usually crave bahn mi so any new place is a must. This is what they offer: Traditional bahn mi 5 Vietnamese turkey 5 Vietnamese beef 6 Add .50 for card Tofu for vegetarian Beef pho bo Chicken pho ga Pork pho thit I was pleasantly surprised, for the price and location the taste was pretty good. Recommend paying in cash, unless you want to pay the .50 fee

Jenny_in_Palo_Alto

For a quick dinner on a Saturday night, we loved this super casual spot. We had stir-fry (which was HUGE), and 3 dumpling orders, which was way more than enough food for 2 people. There's a little counter inside where you can eat, but mostly it's a carry-out (or maybe even delivery) spot.