Din Tai Fung

3333 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Din Tai Fung

Anne Marie Panoringan


  • Open Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • $$
  • Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese restaurant in Costa Mesa. When South Coast Plaza’s management enticed Din Tai Fung to open at the mall, they knew it would attract its huge fan-base, some of whom belong to a growing class of affluent Chinese spenders. In the new Riviera, the rich don’t eat caviar; they eat dumplings -- these dumplings. And what’s a better waiting area for those Din Tai Fung-loving whales than a mall with thousand-dollar purses and Jimmy Choo shoes for sale. Din Tai Fung isn’t even an expensive restaurant by South Coast Plaza standards. But in the Asian world, Din Tai Fung has as sterling a reputation as Louis Vuitton. The good news is the dumplings are just as good here as they are at the Arcadia branch -- the skin thinner, more delicate and elastic than those at Mei Long Village and Mama Lu’s, two of the most venerable Monterey Park xiaolongbao purveyors. And because Din Tai Fung is known for its consistency as much as its lines, the oil-blanched green beans are still crisp-tender and the pickled cucumbers garlicky and brisk. The pork chop fried rice is particularly perfect, a treatise on the clean, simple flavors that are hallmarks of Taiwanese cooking.

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