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Delicious Dumplings: Where to Get Them in Montreal

Jiaozi, xiaolongbao and tang bao

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People love their wine bars, fresh pasta and izakayas, but pay equal attention to the Chinese dumplings in the city. Think bamboo steamers filled with pillowy bundles stuffed with any combination of meat, seafood, vegetables, eggs and/or herbs.

There's only one important distinction to make here: Jiaozi's contents are finely-ground and sealed in thinly-rolled pieces of dough, whereas xiaolongbao and tang bao are considered soup dumplings; bite them open only slightly, and suck out the broth inside the casing before chowing down if you don't want to burn your mouth on a fresh one.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mademoiselle Dumpling

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6381 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2L9, Canada
(438) 800-6666
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If you’re ever finding yourself on the Plaza St-Hubert strip, this is a good spot to stop in. While a small location, passersby can’t miss the sight of its dumpling makers working tirelessly at the street-facing window, making one piece of deliciousness after the next.

2. Étoile Rouge

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6707 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C8, Canada
(438) 386-9788
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Little Italy’s got more than choice Italian eats to boast when considering this fan favourite for deliciously packed bites of dough. Pork, lamb, chicken, beef, shrimp, and veggie choices form a sizeable chunk of the menu here, each ingredient having three to four mixtures to choose from.

3. Jiu Xiang Yuan Dumpling

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931 rue Jean-Talon Ouest, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 271-4888
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Tucked away in the part of Jean-Talon better known for Indian food, Jiu Xiang Yuan is a no-frills place with incredibly affordable dumplings. It also happens to be a bar, so you can get your drink on while feasting on dumplings (and, if it’s your thing, get a few rounds in on the video poker machines). Despite the strange atmosphere, the dumplings are respectable. The whole bar thing means no kids are allowed.

4. Café Mei

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5309 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1A5, Canada
(514) 271-5945
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This restaurant from Iranian-born Massoud Pourafzal first opened in 1987 and has grown to become a reliable standby in the Mile End. Its comforting polished wood and exposed brick interior is enjoyed that much more when popping one of their delicious dumplings in one’s mouth either during weekend dim sum service or throughout the week.

5. Harbin Dumplings

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4801 Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada
(438) 380-5607
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Dumplings here — pork, chicken, lamb, shrimp, fish and vegetarian — are boiled, fried or steamed fresh to order by the dozen. The kitchen cranks out soups and noodle dishes too.

6. Bar Suzanne

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20 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1G6, Canada
(438) 387-3007
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This upstairs bar at the corner Duluth and Saint-Laurent made a floral splash when it arrived in the summer of 2017 from a small supergroup of local bar people. Part cocktail bar, part swanky lounge, part restaurant, this restaurant ups the dumpling game through elaborately stuffed shui jiao-style options like rabbit and carrot or lamb and algae.

7. The Dumpling Hut

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3591 Rue Clark, Montréal
QC H2X 2R9, Canada
(514) 652-3897

A reliable standby of the southern half of the Plateau, The Dumpling Hut does just what the name implies with a just-like-mom-used-to-make informality and deliciousness. At 15 dumplings for $10, this spot’s got more than just an inviting quality to it.

8. Yi Pin Xiang

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735 Decarie Blvd, Montreal
QC H4L 3L3, Canada
(514) 748-8877
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Yi Pin Xiang serves dumplings native to Dalian, China. They’re shaped like little tubes, open on each end and fried, filled with pork, Chinese cabbage, and shrimp. The owner’s family runs similar restaurants back in China, so this place knows what's up dumpling-wise.

9. Mai Xiang Yuan

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1084, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 875-1888
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Mai Xiang Yuan is a crowd-pleaser that serves jiaozi style dumplings, made to order, fifteen at a time. They offer 25 different types of dumplings and they're well-priced — you can leave without paying more than $15 and be completely satisfied.

10. Oh! Dumplings

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1050 Rue Clark, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 861-1628
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Like many Chinese restaurants in the city that serve a range of dumplings alongside other menu options, Oh! Dumplings has a variety of options to choose from. Readers should take note that visitors often have difficulties when it comes to larger groups. Eater recommends that you call in to give the staff a heads-up; it's a gesture that goes a long way for your service.

11. Mei

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1425 Rue Mackay, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 288-1314
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Though its menu is extensive, Mei is best known for one thing — having the best xiaolongbao in town, and that’s not just the opinion of critics. They’re made carefully and with serious attention to detail. The wrapper is thin and light but magically holds a small flood of hot, savoury broth.

12. Qing Hua Dumpling

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1676 Avenue Lincoln, Montréal
QC H3H 2E7, Canada
(438) 288-5366
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Known for its cute anthropomorphic dumpling logo, Qing Hua started in a basement on Saint-Marc in 2009 and now operates two restaurants: one in Chinatown and this one on Lincoln. The dumplings are mostly jiaozi, with some xiaolongbao on the menu for good measure. The selection includes a few elegant options like oyster, pork and pickled cabbage dumplings. Don’t ignore the condiments.

13. Aunt Dai

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1448 Rue Saint Mathieu, Montréal
QC H3H 2H9, Canada
(514) 935-1067
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Bouncing back from a devastating fire at the beginning of 2018 with this new downtown location, Aunt Dai is a beloved spot not only for Sichuan cuisine, but its dumpling game’s on point as well with vegetable and pork jiaozi.

14. Sammi & Soupe Dumpling

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1909 Ste-Catherine Street West, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 846-8886
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This dumpling specialist from Qing Hua's owners is a staple in this strip that’s already well-served for Chinese cuisine — as the name suggests, expect xiaolongbao.

15. Le Lotus Bleu

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4847 Rue de Verdun, Verdun
QC H4G 1N2, Canada
(514) 691-3519
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Don't let its recreational room interior fool you: For inhabitants of more distant parts of the southwest, the Henanese restaurant Le Lotus Bleu serves large, exceedingly inexpensive and tasty platters of dumplings. 20 dumplings for $10 is quite the steal. Consider the lamb and Chinese cabbage option.

1. Mademoiselle Dumpling

6381 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2S 2L9, Canada

If you’re ever finding yourself on the Plaza St-Hubert strip, this is a good spot to stop in. While a small location, passersby can’t miss the sight of its dumpling makers working tirelessly at the street-facing window, making one piece of deliciousness after the next.

6381 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2L9, Canada

2. Étoile Rouge

6707 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2S 3C8, Canada

Little Italy’s got more than choice Italian eats to boast when considering this fan favourite for deliciously packed bites of dough. Pork, lamb, chicken, beef, shrimp, and veggie choices form a sizeable chunk of the menu here, each ingredient having three to four mixtures to choose from.

6707 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C8, Canada

3. Jiu Xiang Yuan Dumpling

931 rue Jean-Talon Ouest, Montreal, QC, Canada

Tucked away in the part of Jean-Talon better known for Indian food, Jiu Xiang Yuan is a no-frills place with incredibly affordable dumplings. It also happens to be a bar, so you can get your drink on while feasting on dumplings (and, if it’s your thing, get a few rounds in on the video poker machines). Despite the strange atmosphere, the dumplings are respectable. The whole bar thing means no kids are allowed.

931 rue Jean-Talon Ouest, Montreal
QC, Canada

4. Café Mei

5309 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1A5, Canada

This restaurant from Iranian-born Massoud Pourafzal first opened in 1987 and has grown to become a reliable standby in the Mile End. Its comforting polished wood and exposed brick interior is enjoyed that much more when popping one of their delicious dumplings in one’s mouth either during weekend dim sum service or throughout the week.

5309 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1A5, Canada

5. Harbin Dumplings

4801 Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, Canada

Dumplings here — pork, chicken, lamb, shrimp, fish and vegetarian — are boiled, fried or steamed fresh to order by the dozen. The kitchen cranks out soups and noodle dishes too.

4801 Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada

6. Bar Suzanne

20 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2W 1G6, Canada

This upstairs bar at the corner Duluth and Saint-Laurent made a floral splash when it arrived in the summer of 2017 from a small supergroup of local bar people. Part cocktail bar, part swanky lounge, part restaurant, this restaurant ups the dumpling game through elaborately stuffed shui jiao-style options like rabbit and carrot or lamb and algae.

20 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1G6, Canada

7. The Dumpling Hut

3591 Rue Clark, Montréal, QC H2X 2R9, Canada

A reliable standby of the southern half of the Plateau, The Dumpling Hut does just what the name implies with a just-like-mom-used-to-make informality and deliciousness. At 15 dumplings for $10, this spot’s got more than just an inviting quality to it.

3591 Rue Clark, Montréal
QC H2X 2R9, Canada

8. Yi Pin Xiang

735 Decarie Blvd, Montreal, QC H4L 3L3, Canada

Yi Pin Xiang serves dumplings native to Dalian, China. They’re shaped like little tubes, open on each end and fried, filled with pork, Chinese cabbage, and shrimp. The owner’s family runs similar restaurants back in China, so this place knows what's up dumpling-wise.

735 Decarie Blvd, Montreal
QC H4L 3L3, Canada

9. Mai Xiang Yuan

1084, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, Canada

Mai Xiang Yuan is a crowd-pleaser that serves jiaozi style dumplings, made to order, fifteen at a time. They offer 25 different types of dumplings and they're well-priced — you can leave without paying more than $15 and be completely satisfied.

1084, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada

10. Oh! Dumplings

1050 Rue Clark, Montreal, QC, Canada

Like many Chinese restaurants in the city that serve a range of dumplings alongside other menu options, Oh! Dumplings has a variety of options to choose from. Readers should take note that visitors often have difficulties when it comes to larger groups. Eater recommends that you call in to give the staff a heads-up; it's a gesture that goes a long way for your service.

1050 Rue Clark, Montreal
QC, Canada

11. Mei

1425 Rue Mackay, Montreal, QC, Canada

Though its menu is extensive, Mei is best known for one thing — having the best xiaolongbao in town, and that’s not just the opinion of critics. They’re made carefully and with serious attention to detail. The wrapper is thin and light but magically holds a small flood of hot, savoury broth.

1425 Rue Mackay, Montreal
QC, Canada

12. Qing Hua Dumpling

1676 Avenue Lincoln, Montréal, QC H3H 2E7, Canada

Known for its cute anthropomorphic dumpling logo, Qing Hua started in a basement on Saint-Marc in 2009 and now operates two restaurants: one in Chinatown and this one on Lincoln. The dumplings are mostly jiaozi, with some xiaolongbao on the menu for good measure. The selection includes a few elegant options like oyster, pork and pickled cabbage dumplings. Don’t ignore the condiments.

1676 Avenue Lincoln, Montréal
QC H3H 2E7, Canada

13. Aunt Dai

1448 Rue Saint Mathieu, Montréal, QC H3H 2H9, Canada

Bouncing back from a devastating fire at the beginning of 2018 with this new downtown location, Aunt Dai is a beloved spot not only for Sichuan cuisine, but its dumpling game’s on point as well with vegetable and pork jiaozi.

1448 Rue Saint Mathieu, Montréal
QC H3H 2H9, Canada

14. Sammi & Soupe Dumpling

1909 Ste-Catherine Street West, Montreal, QC, Canada

This dumpling specialist from Qing Hua's owners is a staple in this strip that’s already well-served for Chinese cuisine — as the name suggests, expect xiaolongbao.

1909 Ste-Catherine Street West, Montreal
QC, Canada

15. Le Lotus Bleu

4847 Rue de Verdun, Verdun, QC H4G 1N2, Canada

Don't let its recreational room interior fool you: For inhabitants of more distant parts of the southwest, the Henanese restaurant Le Lotus Bleu serves large, exceedingly inexpensive and tasty platters of dumplings. 20 dumplings for $10 is quite the steal. Consider the lamb and Chinese cabbage option.

4847 Rue de Verdun, Verdun
QC H4G 1N2, Canada

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