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Din Tai Fung Dumpling Madness Descends Upon Santa Clara

Today's first Bay Area opening brings predictably long lines

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The line Tuesday afternoon.
The line Tuesday afternoon.
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As foretold by the flurry of social media activity around Din Tai Fung's first Bay Area location, the lines for dumplings started forming around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning in Santa Clara's Westfield Valley Fair mall. Even with 200 seats and a handsome bar in the 8,500 square-foot space, those lines are reportedly three to five hours long and don't appear to be letting up anytime soon (at the very least, though, the restaurant will text you so you can shop while you wait).

Din Tai Fung Pat Y./Yelp

A look inside the new location

While the focus here is obviously the dumplings — especially the exemplary xiao long bao and an upgraded truffle version — the extensive menu includes a range of Taiwanese and Shanghainese specialties like shrimp and pork shao mai, Shanghai rice cakes, as well as more standard fare like fried rice and noodle soups. On the sweet side, you'll find desserts like boba tea, matcha smoothies, and red bean dumplings.

The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

While you wait (and wait), here's another look at the line — which extends all the way to the mall bathrooms — plus a shot of those XLBs waiting for you at the end:

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And "social media coach" Lee Lonitz has been on the scene all day, dutifully livestreaming the whole event on Facebook:

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐

2855 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050 (408) 248-1688