Tao Yuen Pastry

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Dim Sum Restaurant in Downtown Oakland, Oakland, California, US
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Featured Review:

  • Jeffrey Rissman
  • 8 months ago
Despite having "pastry" in the name, this is essentially a dim sum place, including steamed, stir-fried, and baked items. No seating, take-out only. Most items are savory, though they do have sweet sesame balls and custard buns. Reasonably popular and crowded on a Saturday morning, but the line moves fast because the items are already cooked, so they only have to serve them up and accept payment.

Contact and Address


Address: 816 Franklin St, Downtown Oakland, Oakland, California  94607, US
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Opening Hours:

  Saturday 8AM–6PM
  Sunday 8AM–6PM
  Monday 8AM–6PM
  Tuesday 8AM–6PM
  Wednesday 8AM–6PM
  Thursday 8AM–6PM
  Friday 8AM–6PM

About the Business:

Tao Yuen Pastry is a Dim sum restaurant located at 816 Franklin St, Downtown Oakland, Oakland, California  94607, US.

The business is listed under dim sum restaurant, wedding bakery category. It has received 300 reviews with an average rating of 4.4 stars. Their services include Takeout, Delivery . Accepted payment methods include Cash-only .

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Reviews:

  • Jeffrey Rissman
  • 8 months ago
Despite having "pastry" in the name, this is essentially a dim sum place, including steamed, stir-fried, and baked items. No seating, take-out only. Most items are savory, though they do have sweet sesame balls and custard buns. Reasonably popular and crowded on a Saturday morning, but the line moves fast because the items are already cooked, so they only have to serve them up and accept payment.
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  • 9 months ago
Prices went up. Bought over $40 in dim sum, the clerk short changed me and didn't give change even when I asked. Before I got to the counter, an elderly Chinese woman was complaining that they overcharged her too. Count your change before you leave because it seems they are keeping the change lately. Dim sum is good. The glutinous rice skins are thicker if you are watching your carb intake. I don't order the Char Siu Bau/Pork Buns anymore because they use fatty pork. I would find pieces of char siu that was pure fat in the bun. I used to love this item. The dumplings are large. Har Gow - I used to love these but they had a practice of mixing fish paste as a filler for years that I stopped ordering them. In the most recent visit, I accidentally ordered it and the filling is better now back to shrimp and bamboo shoots--more consistent with other recipes. Good but the quality might fluctuate on this depending on the chef. I usually order steam dumplings. Shark fin dumpling -...
  • Marco Traversa
  • 10 months ago
There's a few good things, just doesn't seem to have the same flavor it used to as far as most of the items. The baked pork bow is very good.
  • Kenn Fong
  • 1 year ago
Great takeout no-frills Cantonese-American steamtable food. You point and the nice ladies pile your food into the takeout tray. I love their Beef Chow Fun, which is a tad on the greasy side. Their Eggplant Tofu is excellent, close to the best I've ever had. They have Giant Prawns and Battered Chicken Breast which doesn't taste greasy at all. The Mixed Vegetables With Pork is very tasty. I never tried the other things because I like my choices so much. Please tip. Many Chinese customers don't tip, and these ladies deserve it. If you drop folding money in the tip jar before you order, I think they're more generous.
  • Steve Clemmons
  • 1 year ago
Inexpensive place to get expensive tasting food. Love the mixed vegetables, with green beans carrots tofu onions and mushrooms. They make a delicious fried chicken from dark meat. It's kind of like grown-up chicken nuggets. Also enjoy the chow mein, chow fun and really good dim sum. One of the other stars of the show are the baked barbecue pork buns.

Health and Safety:

  • Mask required

Services:

  • Takeout
  • Delivery

Offers:

  • Comfort food
  • Quick bite
  • Small plates

Short Features:

Quick stop for Chinese dim sum & snacks Bustling, basic counter-serve stop turning out dim sum & Chinese pastries, such as sesame balls.

Payments:

  • Cash-only

Plannings:

  • Usually a wait

FAQ:

Tao Yuen Pastry is open the following days:

Saturday :  8AM–6PM
Sunday :  8AM–6PM
Monday :  8AM–6PM
Tuesday :  8AM–6PM
Wednesday :  8AM–6PM
Thursday :  8AM–6PM
Friday :  8AM–6PM

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Here are some reviews from our users.

"Despite having "pastry" in the name, this is essentially a dim sum place, including steamed, stir-fried, and baked items. No seating, take-out only. Most items are savory, though they do have sweet sesame balls and custard buns. Reasonably popular and crowded on a Saturday morning, but the line moves fast because the items are already cooked, so they only have to serve them up and accept payment."

"Prices went up. Bought over $ in dim sum, the clerk short changed me and didn't give change even when I asked. Before I got to the counter, an elderly Chinese woman was complaining that they overcharged her too. Count your change before you leave because it seems they are keeping the change lately. Dim sum is good. The glutinous rice skins are thicker if you are watching your carb intake. I don't order the Char Siu Bau/Pork Buns anymore because they use fatty pork. I would find pieces of char siu that was pure fat in the bun. I used to love this item. The dumplings are large. Har Gow - I used to love these but they had a practice of mixing fish paste as a filler for years that I stopped ordering them. In the most recent visit, I accidentally ordered it and the filling is better now back to shrimp and bamboo shoots--more consistent with other recipes. Good but the quality might fluctuate on this depending on the chef. I usually order steam dumplings. Shark fin dumpling - Good. There is no shark fin in it, but they put in clear noodles to mimick shark fin after a customer complaint. The folds on the top resemble a shark fin. Ground pork, mince carrot. Chives dumpling - ground pork and chives. Ok. Spinach dumpling - spinach and ground pork. Ok. Pumpkin dumpling- kobucha squash & pork with a glutinous rice shell. Round shaped. Slightly sweet. OK. Siu Mi - Pork. Ok. Like a big meatball. Fun gow - Good. Ground pork, shrimp, green onion, wood ear, carrot, cilantro. Crescent shaped. Skin is thicker than i have seen relative to other estabslishments. Taro dumpling - Good. Ground pork, taro root with a five spice seasoning. Triangle shaped. Scallops dumpling - Good. Real scallops with a glutinous rice shell. Triangle shaped. My favorite is the taro root dumpling with the fun gow a close second. The Siu Mi and Shark Fin are similar in texture and taste. Dried shrimp chong fun - Good. this used to be a $1 a roll but has gone up to 2. each. It has bits of green onions, dried shrimp, green onion and turnips in the rice noodle. Turnips make it slightly sweet crunchiness to it. Chow mein - too greasy for my tastes. It is hearty and comes with char siu."

"There's a few good things, just doesn't seem to have the same flavor it used to as far as most of the items. The baked pork bow is very good."

"Great takeout no-frills Cantonese-American steamtable food. You point and the nice ladies pile your food into the takeout tray. I love their Beef Chow Fun, which is a tad on the greasy side. Their Eggplant Tofu is excellent, close to the best I've ever had. They have Giant Prawns and Battered Chicken Breast which doesn't taste greasy at all. The Mixed Vegetables With Pork is very tasty. I never tried the other things because I like my choices so much. Please tip. Many Chinese customers don't tip, and these ladies deserve it. If you drop folding money in the tip jar before you order, I think they're more generous."

"Inexpensive place to get expensive tasting food. Love the mixed vegetables, with green beans carrots tofu onions and mushrooms. They make a delicious fried chicken from dark meat. It's kind of like grown-up chicken nuggets. Also enjoy the chow mein, chow fun and really good dim sum. One of the other stars of the show are the baked barbecue pork buns."

Accepted payments methods at Tao Yuen Pastry include

  • Cash-only

Tao Yuen Pastry has 4.4 stars from 300 reviews.

The address of Tao Yuen Pastry is 816 Franklin St, Downtown Oakland, Oakland, California, US.

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