Dol Ho

★★★☆☆
  • 808 Pacific Ave

    San Francisco, CA 94133

    Cross street: at Stockton

    Map & Directions
  • 415-392-2828

About Dol Ho

Hours
Thursday To Tuesday From 07:00 AM To 05:00 PM

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My husband and I often eat in "hole in the wall" restaurants when we travel and we like local color, but this restaurant takes the prize for being filthy, with poor service. On a Saturday afternoon, at lunch, we were seated at a table with others- who no manners- spitting chicken bones on the table- eating rice with their hands instead of chopsticks- disgusting habits. Not only that, the bathroom lacked soap so how do the employees even wash their hands? The walls and floors were filthy- nothing looked like it had been cleaned in years. I have traveled around the world and this is one of the more nauseating restaurants I have eaten in and I was relieved I dd not get sick from the food. The atmosphere is enough to make you sick anyway. If you want down and dirty, cheap food- go to this place. Otherwise, save your money for the dim sum splurge at Yank Sing or if you want a Chinatown dim sum traditional inexpensive lunch go to Lichee Garden.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I often eat in "hole in the wall" restaurants when we travel and we like local color, but this restaurant takes the prize for being filthy, with poor service. On a Saturday afternoon, at lunch, we were seated at a table with others- who no manners- spitting chicken bones on the table- eating rice with their hands instead of chopsticks- disgusting habits. Not only that, the bathroom lacked soap so how do the employees even wash their hands? The walls and floors were filthy- nothing looked like it had been cleaned in years. I have traveled around the world and this is one of the more nauseating restaurants I have eaten in and I was relieved I dd not get sick from the food. The atmosphere is enough to make you sick anyway. If you want down and dirty, cheap food- go to this place. Otherwise, save your money for the dim sum splurge at Yank Sing or if you want a Chinatown dim sum traditional inexpensive lunch go to Lichee Garden.

Pros: cheap; local chinatown character

Cons: dirty; poor service; dim sum carts slow in arriving

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great rice plates. cheapest there is in chinatown. quick service, but sometimes the meat or ingredients are not fresh.

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★★★☆☆

great rice plates. cheapest there is in chinatown. quick service, but sometimes the meat or ingredients are not fresh.

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Folks, you don't go to Chinatown to have dim sum for "atmosphere". If you want good dim sum at a great price, this is the place to be. There is no service (notice most patrons "regulars" just go get their own tea or whatever they need), you may have to share a table...but so what? There are basically 3 carts of dim sum that will roll out every 15 minutes or so - the steamed one, the fried ones and the rice ones. If you like chili sauce, theirs is one of the best - it's not very spicy but very tasty, they make their own there. You can buy it too - I do!

Some of my personal must have there are: beefballs (BEST), tofu with shrimp stuffing wrapped in silver noodles, rice noodles (I like the beef filling), spareribs in plum sauce (they are one of the few places that make it!).

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★★★★☆

Folks, you don't go to Chinatown to have dim sum for "atmosphere". If you want good dim sum at a great price, this is the place to be. There is no service (notice most patrons "regulars" just go get their own tea or whatever they need), you may have to share a table...but so what? There are basically 3 carts of dim sum that will roll out every 15 minutes or so - the steamed one, the fried ones and the rice ones. If you like chili sauce, theirs is one of the best - it's not very spicy but very tasty, they make their own there. You can buy it too - I do!

Some of my personal must have there are: beefballs (BEST), tofu with shrimp stuffing wrapped in silver noodles, rice noodles (I like the beef filling), spareribs in plum sauce (they are one of the few places that make it!).

Pros: Cannot beat the price

Cons: None if you don't have the wrong expectations

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They have the worst dim sum in town. You do get what you pay for. Any other place in Chinatown is better.

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★☆☆☆☆

They have the worst dim sum in town. You do get what you pay for. Any other place in Chinatown is better.

Pros: None

Cons: Bad food, service

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I'm pretty much echoing other reviewers. Yeah, it's run-down, and kinda dirty. All the Chinese people that come here pour tea on their plates/cups/chopsticks and wipe them off.. The lighting is provided by some dusty chandeliers in which most of the bulbs are burnt out. The health inspector website gives it a 60-something percent score. So why come here?

Because the dim sum is AWESOME and CHEAP! My gf and I come here almost every weekend, because even if you have to wait a bit, the dim sum is good, and we usually spend less than $10 and get completely stuffed! Gotta get the lo mai kai (don't know how to spell it, but it's the sticky rice with meat wrapped in a leaf), it's the best I've had. All the standards are good too, xiu mai, har gow, etc.

If you aren't a neat freak, and you like dim sum, you'll love this place!

2
★★★★★

I'm pretty much echoing other reviewers. Yeah, it's run-down, and kinda dirty. All the Chinese people that come here pour tea on their plates/cups/chopsticks and wipe them off.. The lighting is provided by some dusty chandeliers in which most of the bulbs are burnt out. The health inspector website gives it a 60-something percent score. So why come here?

Because the dim sum is AWESOME and CHEAP! My gf and I come here almost every weekend, because even if you have to wait a bit, the dim sum is good, and we usually spend less than $10 and get completely stuffed! Gotta get the lo mai kai (don't know how to spell it, but it's the sticky rice with meat wrapped in a leaf), it's the best I've had. All the standards are good too, xiu mai, har gow, etc.

If you aren't a neat freak, and you like dim sum, you'll love this place!

Pros: dim sum, value

Cons: dirty, can wait awhile

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Dol Ho is not for the faint of heart. The place is a mess. The English skills of the staff and customers are limited at best. It's hard to find parking. However, patrons willing to brave the underbelly of Chinatown and show a little patience will be rewarded with great dim sum at rock bottom prices. If you're having problems communicating with the staff, try to find a sympathetic Cantonese speaker at your table to help. Oh, did I mention that you'll be sharing a table?

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★★★★★

Dol Ho is not for the faint of heart. The place is a mess. The English skills of the staff and customers are limited at best. It's hard to find parking. However, patrons willing to brave the underbelly of Chinatown and show a little patience will be rewarded with great dim sum at rock bottom prices. If you're having problems communicating with the staff, try to find a sympathetic Cantonese speaker at your table to help. Oh, did I mention that you'll be sharing a table?

Pros: dim sum, dim sum, dim sum

Cons: no parking, run down interior, service

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The food is good and cheap, no doubt. This is the real stuff, and you can tell the locals love this place. The dining room is small and lacks any athmosphere. Food comes out pretty regularly on carts, but the staff is not the best at explaining what everything is to the unitinitated like me. Not a huge selection of items. If you want good food and super low prices, check it out.

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★★★☆☆

The food is good and cheap, no doubt. This is the real stuff, and you can tell the locals love this place. The dining room is small and lacks any athmosphere. Food comes out pretty regularly on carts, but the staff is not the best at explaining what everything is to the unitinitated like me. Not a huge selection of items. If you want good food and super low prices, check it out.

Pros: Authentic Food, Cheap!

Cons: Crowded, Service disappointing

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Three of us went at lunchtime on a Saturday during the Chinese New Year Street Faire. The place was BUSY! Being it was our first time at this place, we didn't know if we should wait in line or just jockey for a table. Don't wait...there is no line! We ended up being invited to share a table with two locals. They made sure we got good service. The dim sum portions were larger than most places & it was good. The 3 of us ate for $12. At this place, you have to be a little agressive. Our new "friends" even showed us a great bakery down the street!!

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★★★★☆

Three of us went at lunchtime on a Saturday during the Chinese New Year Street Faire. The place was BUSY! Being it was our first time at this place, we didn't know if we should wait in line or just jockey for a table. Don't wait...there is no line! We ended up being invited to share a table with two locals. They made sure we got good service. The dim sum portions were larger than most places & it was good. The 3 of us ate for $12. At this place, you have to be a little agressive. Our new "friends" even showed us a great bakery down the street!!

Pros: big portions, inexpensive

Cons: too busy, lack of service

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I tried Dol Ho with a group of six. They actually moved a couple who were already seated so that we could be seated quickly. There was a large, though not amazing, selection of dim sum on the carts, so we asked for a few favorites by name; each was delivered steaming from the kitchen. There wasn't much else to the service (we had to ask three times for water), but all the food was excellent -- fresh and hot. Don't have unrealistic expectations about the service -- they do dim sum well, and that's about it, and most of the staff don't speak much English. The prices are amazingly inexpensive.

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★★★★☆

I tried Dol Ho with a group of six. They actually moved a couple who were already seated so that we could be seated quickly. There was a large, though not amazing, selection of dim sum on the carts, so we asked for a few favorites by name; each was delivered steaming from the kitchen. There wasn't much else to the service (we had to ask three times for water), but all the food was excellent -- fresh and hot. Don't have unrealistic expectations about the service -- they do dim sum well, and that's about it, and most of the staff don't speak much English. The prices are amazingly inexpensive.

Pros: Inexpensive

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Don't be put off by the atmosphere. Having eaten here many times over the past 13 years, I can attest that the food is excellent, great value and (if you treat them right) great service! If you go in with attitude, the servers will avoid you. They are way too busy to deal with fussiness. Know what you want, point at it and get it. Let them do their job. Four people can easily eat a great dim sum lunch for under $30. If you have money to burn, go to Yank Sing or Jade Villa.

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★★★★☆

Don't be put off by the atmosphere. Having eaten here many times over the past 13 years, I can attest that the food is excellent, great value and (if you treat them right) great service! If you go in with attitude, the servers will avoid you. They are way too busy to deal with fussiness. Know what you want, point at it and get it. Let them do their job. Four people can easily eat a great dim sum lunch for under $30. If you have money to burn, go to Yank Sing or Jade Villa.

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Honestly, there are MUCH better places to enjoy Dim Sum in the city. Mediocre dim sum, poor service, and certainly NO ambiance! Don't waste your time.

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★★☆☆☆

Honestly, there are MUCH better places to enjoy Dim Sum in the city. Mediocre dim sum, poor service, and certainly NO ambiance! Don't waste your time.

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Poor service

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As a frequent visitor to San Francisco, I am always looking for good hole in the wall restaurants. So I thought that I would give Dol Ho a try based on the above evaluation. After a wait, my dad and I selected a few dishes that looked good, and I asked the woman if there were going to be more dim sum, which she said yes. So we waited patiently for another cart to come around. Needless to say, we never got the chance. Since after waiting for the woman to finally come to our table, she spat something in chinese to us and pushed her cart and served other customers who have been seated after us,after ten minutes we decided to leave. Next time, I think that I would rather spend a couple of dollars more, and go to someplace that appreciates the business.

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★☆☆☆☆

As a frequent visitor to San Francisco, I am always looking for good hole in the wall restaurants. So I thought that I would give Dol Ho a try based on the above evaluation. After a wait, my dad and I selected a few dishes that looked good, and I asked the woman if there were going to be more dim sum, which she said yes. So we waited patiently for another cart to come around. Needless to say, we never got the chance. Since after waiting for the woman to finally come to our table, she spat something in chinese to us and pushed her cart and served other customers who have been seated after us,after ten minutes we decided to leave. Next time, I think that I would rather spend a couple of dollars more, and go to someplace that appreciates the business.

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Mostly Chinatown locals and a few folk in the know flock to Dol Ho for good, dirt-cheap dim sum. The stark interior, painted in hospital white and salmon with cheap crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, is a bit depressing, but the…

 

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