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23 Excellent East Bay Brunch Spots

Start your weekend right with eggs, beignets, and dim sum

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Split in Oakland
| Nader Khouri

Whether weekend brunch serves as your reward after tackling a long hike in the Berkeley Hills or just a chill way to ease into a lazy Sunday, East Bay restaurants have you covered. There’s a brunch spot for just about every mood from homey mom-and-pop spots where the menu brims with American classics to buzzy destinations where big groups can dig into shareable plates. Craving dim sum? There are plenty of great options on this side of the bridge.

And if you’re looking for brunch options in the city, here’s our guide to the hottest brunches in San Francisco.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant

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3150 Pierce St
Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 559-9388
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Saigon Harbor remains one of the East Bay’s strongest weekend dim sum options — the fried taro dumplings, steamed rice rolls, and sticky rice in lotus leaf all rank among the tops in the area.

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2. Sam's Log Cabin

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945 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA 94706
(510) 558-0502
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The historic San Pablo Avenue brunch spot, set in an actual log cabin, is offering its entire menu — pancakes, scrambles, hashes, and all — for takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery. Keep an eye out for the daily blue plate specials, which run the gamut from a classic Monte Cristo to a carnitas torta.

3. Viks Chaat

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2390 Fourth St
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 644-4412
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The popular West Berkeley chaat house, known for its huge crowds on weekend mornings, is open for takeout, curbside pickup, and both indoor and outdoor dining — and still serving all of its customer favorites, including its dosas and its bhatura cholle (aka the “big puffy bread”), which almost everyone orders.

4. Lulu

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1019 Camelia St
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 529-4300
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This bright Berkeley spot does a bountiful weekend brunch, when diners can order table-sized mezze platters piled high with all sorts of fresh-baked breads, dips, and pickled vegetables. There’s a cozy outdoor patio and an airy indoor dining room which a view of the kitchen, where you may even spot chef Mona Leena artfully building each of the many platters for guests.

A platter of food including hummus, baba ganoush, pickled vegetables, fruit salad, and fresh breads. Lauren Saria/Eater SF

5. Sistory Thai Kitchen

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1233 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94706
(510) 705-1635
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Sistory Thai Kitchen serves a menu that appeals to those who want the standardest of standard breakfasts — i.e. a proper buttermilk pancake or an eggs benedict — but it’s when the menu branches out that the food truly shines. For instance, the Get Up N Fly features crisp russet potato wedges (topped with a fried egg, it’s breakfast after all) with a yellow curry sauce perfect for re-dipping bites of potato. On the sweeter side, the pancakes with the Thai tea syrup might be up your alley.

6. Standard Fare

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2701 Eighth St #118
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 356-2261
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Perhaps best known for its weekday focaccia sandwich brown bag lunches, Chez Panisse alum Kelsie Kerr’s West Berkeley breakfast and lunch spot also serves up a mean Saturday brunch — a weekly tradition that the restaurant revived after staying closed on weekends for the bulk of the pandemic. The menu changes every day, but keep an eye out for sticky buns, sourdough waffles, and picture-perfect fried eggs.

7. La Santa Torta

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95 Linden St
Oakland, CA 94607

Now that quesabirria food truck La Santa Torta has landed in its brick-and-mortar home, there’s weekend brunch to enjoy: there’s chile rellenos, chilaquiles with La Finca Tortillas, French toast with cajeta goat milk caramel and pecans, and a new creation: breakfast sopes on the the list. Wash it down with a beer or a beer-mosa from Old Kan Brewery.

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8. Nibs Restaurant

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3112 Market St
Oakland, CA 94608
(510) 250-9272
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Huge classic American breakfasts are the calling card of this West Oakland diner, a newly reborn version of a beloved El Cerrito spot. Well-stuffed omelets and fluffy, buttery pancakes are the way to go here, but the Asian-leaning dishes (teriyaki plates and such) are worth trying too: The Spam-and-egg rice bowl really hits the spot.

9. Lois the Pie Queen

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851 60th St
Oakland, CA 94608
(510) 658-5616
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This North Oakland institution serves a mean fried chicken breakfast plate, with or without the waffle, but the real star of its breakfast and brunch menu is what’s probably the creamiest, most delicious side of grits you can find in the East Bay. No one will blame you if you finish your morning meal here with a slice of pie.

10. Peony Seafood Restaurant

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388 9th St STE 288
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 286-8866
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You’ll find all the classics here, but also slightly more contemporary and hard-to-find options: Buried in the restaurant’s vast menu are gems like pan-fried daikon cake with XO sauce; crispy-garlic-topped “typhoon style” taro cake; and cute, Instagram-ready piggy-faced steamed custard buns.

11. Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen

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1475 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 848-3354
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For decades, Saul’s has been the East Bay’s gold standard for Jewish deli classics like (house-smoked) pastrami sandwiches, latkes, and matzo ball soup. It’s now also one of the area’s best options for a weekend bagel brunch: perhaps the East Bay’s finest bagels (now boiled and baked in house), plus an assortment of smoked fish options. Other morning staples include a classic salami-and-egg scramble and a pastrami and corned beef hash.

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12. La Note

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2377 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 843-1525
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The classic downtown Berkeley brunch spot, a favorite for generations of Cal students, is still welcoming long lines of diners to enjoy pain perdu, French-style omelettes, and combo plates like the “Cote Ouest”: a three-egg omelette with ratatouille, homefries, and a choice of toast. The garlicky breakfast potatoes alone are worth a visit.

13. Split

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2301 Broadway ave
Oakland, CA 94612

Split has finally branched out to Oakland, and it’s possibly one of the best brunch menus to satisfy the varying appetites of a group. Not only is there a good selection of sweet and savory breakfast options, but now your “I don’t really eat breakfast” friend has some decent burger and sandwich choices — a buffalo crispy chicken sandwich being just one example — and your “I try to eat healthy at all times” friend will thank you for picking this spot.

14. FOB Kitchen

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5179 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 817-4169
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FOB Kitchen has resumed its three-day-a-week brunch hours, which means you can snag one of their silogs (garlic rice breakfast plates) — say the one with tocino or a Filipino eggplant omelette — on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.

15. Alem's Coffee

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5353 Claremont Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 655-6003

This cozy coffee shop across from the Temescal DMV serves some of the tastiest Eritrean breakfast dishes around. The shahan ful, a spicy fava bean dip that comes with two warm, crusty French rolls, is the must-order dish, but the cafe’s excellent Eritrean-style frittata (like an onion-y scramble) also has its fair share of devotees.

16. Brenda's Oakland

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4045 Broadway #101
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 929-0510
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San Francisco Cajun institution Brenda’s is serving the restaurant’s time-tested classics including a flight of beignets, a po’ boy, or a hearty plate of shrimp and grits from 8 a.m to 8 p.m., Thursdays through Mondays.

17. Kitchen Story

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5422 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 922-9443
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This Rockridge restaurant is serves its brunch dishes every day. The menu aims to offer something for everyone, from pancakes and Benedicts to morning fare with Korean and other international influences: omurice, morning tacos with kalbi, and Korean fried chicken and waffles.

18. Bar Comal

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550 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

Bar Comal recently debuted its brunch menu and along with serving the hits you’ve learned to love from Comal Next Door, now you can have chilaquiles in a chipotle chile salsa and huevos a la Mexicana, a soft scramble made with green beans, tomatoes, and cheese.

19. Grand Lake Kitchen

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576 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 922-9582
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By far the most popular brunch spot in the vicinity of Lake Merritt (the weekend lines are legendary), Grand Lake Kitchen has its all-day brunch menu that includes both sweet and savory versions of French toast. The restaurant has a second location in the Dimond that’s also open.

20. Rick & Ann's Restaurant

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2922 Domingo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 649-8538
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Indulge in classic American breakfast and lunch fare at this homey little spot, where the dining room winds past the kitchen and a patio wraps around the side. The menu stars big platters of pancakes, eggs, hash browns, and the usual breakfast meats — think, sausage patties and bacon. Everything is cooked with attention and care and there are some unexpected options worth exploring such as the corn waffle and orange rice flour pancakes.

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21. Sequoia Diner

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3719 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619
(510) 482-3719
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The chic Laurel District diner is open for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch, Wednesday through Sunday. The waffles and biscuits are spectacular, as are the breakfast sandwiches, and there are plenty of vegetarian-friendly options — and mimosa and bloody maria kits to boot.

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22. Bull Valley Roadhouse

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14 Canyon Lake Dr
Port Costa, CA 94569
(510) 787-1135
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If you’re looking for a destination brunch spot, this one is it. If you’re feeling adventurous, follow the meandering roads to Port Costa, where Bull Valley Roadhouse is hosting its “Sunday Service” brunch on, well, Sundays. The selections rotate, but a recent option included the hangtown fry, that locally-famous scrambled egg dish featuring fried oysters, bacon, and hash browned potatoes.

23. Koi Palace

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4288 Dublin Blvd #213
Dublin, CA 94568
(925) 833-9090
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Of course it’s wonderful to eat your dim sum freshly cooked at the restaurant, but it does feel like an extra treat to be able to take home some frozen versions — you know, just in case hunger strikes late at night — like you can at all the Koi Palace locations, including the Dublin spot. Koi Palace offers a selection of frozen dim sum for customers to steam (or bake) at home — everything from har gow to chicken feet to Portuguese egg tarts.

1. Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant

3150 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804
takeout dim sum containers Luke Tsai

Saigon Harbor remains one of the East Bay’s strongest weekend dim sum options — the fried taro dumplings, steamed rice rolls, and sticky rice in lotus leaf all rank among the tops in the area.

3150 Pierce St
Richmond, CA 94804

2. Sam's Log Cabin

945 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

The historic San Pablo Avenue brunch spot, set in an actual log cabin, is offering its entire menu — pancakes, scrambles, hashes, and all — for takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery. Keep an eye out for the daily blue plate specials, which run the gamut from a classic Monte Cristo to a carnitas torta.

945 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA 94706

3. Viks Chaat

2390 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

The popular West Berkeley chaat house, known for its huge crowds on weekend mornings, is open for takeout, curbside pickup, and both indoor and outdoor dining — and still serving all of its customer favorites, including its dosas and its bhatura cholle (aka the “big puffy bread”), which almost everyone orders.

2390 Fourth St
Berkeley, CA 94710

4. Lulu

1019 Camelia St, Berkeley, CA 94710
A platter of food including hummus, baba ganoush, pickled vegetables, fruit salad, and fresh breads. Lauren Saria/Eater SF

This bright Berkeley spot does a bountiful weekend brunch, when diners can order table-sized mezze platters piled high with all sorts of fresh-baked breads, dips, and pickled vegetables. There’s a cozy outdoor patio and an airy indoor dining room which a view of the kitchen, where you may even spot chef Mona Leena artfully building each of the many platters for guests.

1019 Camelia St
Berkeley, CA 94710

5. Sistory Thai Kitchen

1233 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94706

Sistory Thai Kitchen serves a menu that appeals to those who want the standardest of standard breakfasts — i.e. a proper buttermilk pancake or an eggs benedict — but it’s when the menu branches out that the food truly shines. For instance, the Get Up N Fly features crisp russet potato wedges (topped with a fried egg, it’s breakfast after all) with a yellow curry sauce perfect for re-dipping bites of potato. On the sweeter side, the pancakes with the Thai tea syrup might be up your alley.

1233 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94706

6. Standard Fare

2701 Eighth St #118, Berkeley, CA 94710

Perhaps best known for its weekday focaccia sandwich brown bag lunches, Chez Panisse alum Kelsie Kerr’s West Berkeley breakfast and lunch spot also serves up a mean Saturday brunch — a weekly tradition that the restaurant revived after staying closed on weekends for the bulk of the pandemic. The menu changes every day, but keep an eye out for sticky buns, sourdough waffles, and picture-perfect fried eggs.

2701 Eighth St #118
Berkeley, CA 94710

7. La Santa Torta

95 Linden St, Oakland, CA 94607
A paper plate with two quesabirria tacos Ls Santa Torta

Now that quesabirria food truck La Santa Torta has landed in its brick-and-mortar home, there’s weekend brunch to enjoy: there’s chile rellenos, chilaquiles with La Finca Tortillas, French toast with cajeta goat milk caramel and pecans, and a new creation: breakfast sopes on the the list. Wash it down with a beer or a beer-mosa from Old Kan Brewery.

95 Linden St
Oakland, CA 94607

8. Nibs Restaurant

3112 Market St, Oakland, CA 94608

Huge classic American breakfasts are the calling card of this West Oakland diner, a newly reborn version of a beloved El Cerrito spot. Well-stuffed omelets and fluffy, buttery pancakes are the way to go here, but the Asian-leaning dishes (teriyaki plates and such) are worth trying too: The Spam-and-egg rice bowl really hits the spot.

3112 Market St
Oakland, CA 94608

9. Lois the Pie Queen

851 60th St, Oakland, CA 94608

This North Oakland institution serves a mean fried chicken breakfast plate, with or without the waffle, but the real star of its breakfast and brunch menu is what’s probably the creamiest, most delicious side of grits you can find in the East Bay. No one will blame you if you finish your morning meal here with a slice of pie.

851 60th St
Oakland, CA 94608

10. Peony Seafood Restaurant

388 9th St STE 288, Oakland, CA 94607

You’ll find all the classics here, but also slightly more contemporary and hard-to-find options: Buried in the restaurant’s vast menu are gems like pan-fried daikon cake with XO sauce; crispy-garlic-topped “typhoon style” taro cake; and cute, Instagram-ready piggy-faced steamed custard buns.

388 9th St STE 288
Oakland, CA 94607

11. Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen

1475 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
four bagels on a wooden pizza board Luke Tsai

For decades, Saul’s has been the East Bay’s gold standard for Jewish deli classics like (house-smoked) pastrami sandwiches, latkes, and matzo ball soup. It’s now also one of the area’s best options for a weekend bagel brunch: perhaps the East Bay’s finest bagels (now boiled and baked in house), plus an assortment of smoked fish options. Other morning staples include a classic salami-and-egg scramble and a pastrami and corned beef hash.

1475 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709

12. La Note

2377 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

The classic downtown Berkeley brunch spot, a favorite for generations of Cal students, is still welcoming long lines of diners to enjoy pain perdu, French-style omelettes, and combo plates like the “Cote Ouest”: a three-egg omelette with ratatouille, homefries, and a choice of toast. The garlicky breakfast potatoes alone are worth a visit.

2377 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

13. Split

2301 Broadway ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Split has finally branched out to Oakland, and it’s possibly one of the best brunch menus to satisfy the varying appetites of a group. Not only is there a good selection of sweet and savory breakfast options, but now your “I don’t really eat breakfast” friend has some decent burger and sandwich choices — a buffalo crispy chicken sandwich being just one example — and your “I try to eat healthy at all times” friend will thank you for picking this spot.

2301 Broadway ave
Oakland, CA 94612

14. FOB Kitchen

5179 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

FOB Kitchen has resumed its three-day-a-week brunch hours, which means you can snag one of their silogs (garlic rice breakfast plates) — say the one with tocino or a Filipino eggplant omelette — on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.

5179 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609

15. Alem's Coffee

5353 Claremont Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

This cozy coffee shop across from the Temescal DMV serves some of the tastiest Eritrean breakfast dishes around. The shahan ful, a spicy fava bean dip that comes with two warm, crusty French rolls, is the must-order dish, but the cafe’s excellent Eritrean-style frittata (like an onion-y scramble) also has its fair share of devotees.

5353 Claremont Ave
Oakland, CA 94618

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16. Brenda's Oakland

4045 Broadway #101, Oakland, CA 94611

San Francisco Cajun institution Brenda’s is serving the restaurant’s time-tested classics including a flight of beignets, a po’ boy, or a hearty plate of shrimp and grits from 8 a.m to 8 p.m., Thursdays through Mondays.

4045 Broadway #101
Oakland, CA 94611

17. Kitchen Story

5422 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

This Rockridge restaurant is serves its brunch dishes every day. The menu aims to offer something for everyone, from pancakes and Benedicts to morning fare with Korean and other international influences: omurice, morning tacos with kalbi, and Korean fried chicken and waffles.

5422 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618

18. Bar Comal

550 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

Bar Comal recently debuted its brunch menu and along with serving the hits you’ve learned to love from Comal Next Door, now you can have chilaquiles in a chipotle chile salsa and huevos a la Mexicana, a soft scramble made with green beans, tomatoes, and cheese.

550 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

19. Grand Lake Kitchen

576 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

By far the most popular brunch spot in the vicinity of Lake Merritt (the weekend lines are legendary), Grand Lake Kitchen has its all-day brunch menu that includes both sweet and savory versions of French toast. The restaurant has a second location in the Dimond that’s also open.

576 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

20. Rick & Ann's Restaurant

2922 Domingo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
Lauren Saria

Indulge in classic American breakfast and lunch fare at this homey little spot, where the dining room winds past the kitchen and a patio wraps around the side. The menu stars big platters of pancakes, eggs, hash browns, and the usual breakfast meats — think, sausage patties and bacon. Everything is cooked with attention and care and there are some unexpected options worth exploring such as the corn waffle and orange rice flour pancakes.

2922 Domingo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705

21. Sequoia Diner

3719 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619
Sequoia Diner

The chic Laurel District diner is open for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch, Wednesday through Sunday. The waffles and biscuits are spectacular, as are the breakfast sandwiches, and there are plenty of vegetarian-friendly options — and mimosa and bloody maria kits to boot.

3719 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619

22. Bull Valley Roadhouse

14 Canyon Lake Dr, Port Costa, CA 94569

If you’re looking for a destination brunch spot, this one is it. If you’re feeling adventurous, follow the meandering roads to Port Costa, where Bull Valley Roadhouse is hosting its “Sunday Service” brunch on, well, Sundays. The selections rotate, but a recent option included the hangtown fry, that locally-famous scrambled egg dish featuring fried oysters, bacon, and hash browned potatoes.

14 Canyon Lake Dr
Port Costa, CA 94569

23. Koi Palace

4288 Dublin Blvd #213, Dublin, CA 94568

Of course it’s wonderful to eat your dim sum freshly cooked at the restaurant, but it does feel like an extra treat to be able to take home some frozen versions — you know, just in case hunger strikes late at night — like you can at all the Koi Palace locations, including the Dublin spot. Koi Palace offers a selection of frozen dim sum for customers to steam (or bake) at home — everything from har gow to chicken feet to Portuguese egg tarts.

4288 Dublin Blvd #213
Dublin, CA 94568

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