Bay Area stalwarts like Ton Kiang and East Ocean Seafood have long set the standard for juicy dim sum, where friends leisurely sip tea over plump dumplings of the steamed, baked, or fried variety. But this stellar and storied scene continues to expand, with newly opened restaurants offering tableside theater nearly as compelling as the food itself. Here are seven of our favorite spots for dim sum in San Francisco right now.

China Live
Is the new 30,000-square-foot space on Broadway a teahouse? Market? Bar or restaurant? This all-in-one venture from culinary hot couple George Chen and Cindy Wong-Chen sports sumptuous food visuals that are as strong as the tea-infused drinks. Duck is artfully sauced then tucked into a sesame pocket—a light spin on a treasured dish. Any seat near the dumplings and dim sum station rocks true sizzle, and saving room for creamy yet tangy durian soft-serve is an exciting and adventurous way to end your meal. – Blackboard Eats (09.19.17)