Whether you’re in the mood for momos, pelmeni, or just feel like popping seven or more soup dumplings into your mouth, this guide has you covered. It has 18 spots you should try right now - or, at least, add to your Seattle dumpling checklist. They’re also all open for takeout, delivery, or dine-in.
This Lake City spot offers 25 different dumplings, from chicken xiao long bao to eggplant buns, and everything we’ve had here has been delicious - particularly the wontons in chili oil and the soup dumplings that are better than the ones from Din Tai Fung. But if you stop by for nothing else, make sure the beef and kimchi potstickers make their way into your order. The tart and spicy kimchi cuts through all the beef’s richness, and it’s the best dish on the (very large) menu.
Fighting over the last gyoza at Maneki is a favorite Seattleite pastime of mine, up there with drinking espresso and convincing out-of-towners that the rain really isn’t that bad. These plump potstickers at the oldest Japanese restaurant in Seattle are absolutely delicious, complete with a pan-seared crust, flavorful pork, homemade dipping sauce, and a sweet cabbage salad. Plus, the filling’s so juicy that getting tasty drippings in the sauce mid-dunk might just be the best part about the Maneki gyoza-eating experience.
Speaking of oversized gyoza, the ones at Ooink, a ramen shop on Capitol Hill, are also excellent. They’re crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, with chives adding a bright onion-y flavor and some diced celery for crunch. You could eat these on their own, or slide them right into your bowl of ramen.
For Russian dumplings, Korochka Tavern is the grand champion. This former Lake City bar is now open in Wallingford after changing locations, and a big bowl of their boiled pork dumplings covered in sour cream and a few drops of the incredible housemade hot sauce is one of the most comforting dishes you can eat. If you are still mourning the 2015 closing of Vostok Dumpling House (it’s a sore subject), know that these pelmeni are even better. Especially chased with a refreshing beet mule.
The prize of best chili oil we’ve had so far in Seattle goes to Chengdu Taste, a Sichuan staple near Los Angeles that recently made its way to the PNW. Their slightly-garlicky chili oil is pleasantly slick, gritty with flavorful crushed peppercorns, and seasons each bite of pork wonton flawlessly.
Nothing at Din Tai Fung will ever be as phenomenal as the garlic green beans, but their many different types of wontons, potstickers, and xiao long bao come close. Din Tai Fung is a great move if you want to order a big spread, especially when getting delivery.
Dough Zone is just as much of a household name in Seattle as DTF, with a similar menu of steamed, pan-fried, and boiled dumplings to choose from. Their Q bao (formerly known on Dough Zone’s menu as jian buns) are their greatest contribution to the world, but you also can’t go wrong with their pork and crab xiao long bao or chicken wontons in chili sauce.
Szechuan Noodle Bowl
The long and crunchy potstickers from Szechuan Noodle Bowl are great, especially because this ID spot cuts holes through their takeout containers to let the steam out. But if you’re in the mood for a softer dumpling, consider their pork and chive option. They’re wonderfully flavorful, juicy, and packed with an ideal amount of spring onion.
This Georgian bakery Downtown is known for serving giant khinkali soup dumplings stuffed with beef and coriander or mushrooms and dill. Skip those two in favor of the cheese khinkali. This filling is creamy, salty, and the perfect pair to Skalka’s thick black-pepper-topped dumpling wrapper. We’d tell you what kind of cheese is involved, but it’s apparently a proprietary secret. Grab a jar of their homemade adjika if you want to add some heat.
Annapurna’s stellar peanut chutney and Tibetan momos are a perfect combo - it’s something about the creamy, peanutty sauce doused on tasty ground chicken that does it for us. And while everything served out of this glorious basement on Broadway is amazing, our table (or takeout bag) is never complete without these round, meat- or spinach-stuffed momos.
Kastoori Grill also serves very excellent momos filled with chicken, but their dipping sauce is tomato-based. This bright chutney, along with some herbs in the momo filling, keeps these dumplings light and delicious.
Usually, we’re stopping by this Pike Place dim sum stand to snack on a delicious BBQ hum bao buns and wave hello to the staff as they spoon pork filling into dumpling wrappers. Mee Sum also serves some of the best siu mai in town, plump with well-seasoned shrimp, wood ear, and roe.
There’s a large variety of dumpling fillings at this Shoreline spot, from eggs and scallop to pork and fennel - not to mention you can order any of them in a potsticker, complete with a brittle and crunchy cornstarch crust that carpets the entire plate. We’re fans of the pork and chive, as well as anything that comes in a pan-seared bun.
Never underestimate the power of pork fat - it’s what makes New Luck Toy’s shrimp dumplings pretty superb. Some spicy Sichuan sauce, fresh cilantro, crispy shallots, and toasted sesame seeds balance out everything and add a bunch of texture, too.
This natural wine bar serves both pork and potato pelmeni, and we’re here to wax poetic about the potato version. The middle is fluffy, the wrapper is firm and chewy, and when tossed in adjika hot paste and butter, these dumplings are a little spicy, a little sweet, and a complete home run. Note that you can also buy either type frozen by the dozen.
This Sichuan spot in Queen Anne serves a great dumpling appetizer, coated with a tangy black-vinegar-spiked chili oil and stuffed with seasoned ground pork. It pairs perfectly with Tyger Tyger’s spicy rockfish and putting your feet up on the couch.
Little Duck’s dumplings are so good that they don’t need any soy sauce or vinegar. Filled with pickled sour napa and pork, they’re perfectly seasoned with just the right amount of fat and tang - no dip needed. And as an order of 15 for $12.99, it’s also not a bad value. Even though this guide is about dumplings, Little Duck happens to be one of our Best New Restaurants Of 2019, and you should definitely add on some double-cooked pork slices and dry-fried hot chicken to your order.
The buta dumplings at Tamari Bar are small yet mighty. There’s not a ton of pork filling, but it’s quite tasty, and the delicate wrapper ends are the best vehicles for pickled mustard greens, chili threads, and the black garlic oil drizzled on top. Just know that sometimes they’re on the menu as a special, and sometimes they’re not. So be sure to call the restaurant (206-979-8800) first to check on availability.