A selection of dumplings at Q by Peter Chang in Bethesda. Photo courtesy of Q by Peter Chang

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The Resy Guide to Dim Sum in Washington, D.C.


Delicately made, beautifully presented and bursting with sweet or savory fillings, there is nothing not to love about dim sum. And there are extensive options throughout the greater D.C. area, thanks to robust Chinese American communities in suburban Maryland and Virginia as well as the city’s historic Chinatown.

This means you can enjoy dim sum everywhere — tiny bright yellow egg tarts at Da Hong Pao on 14th Street in D.C., pan-fried veggie buns at A&J Restaurant in Rockville, and adorable snow pea dumplings at Vinh Kee in Falls Church. Yes, you may have to drive to some of these venues, but the irresistible selections are enough of a draw.

Here’s an essential dim sum map for the DMV (hint: bookmark it) with options for casual dim sum dining at places like Hollywood East Café and trendy dim sum bars like the Sparrow Room.