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East Coast Asian Bistro

4.3

5410 NC-55
Durham, NC 27713
Phone: (919) 806-8899
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Photo of Falling323 Falling323
Oct 5, 2019 5

Great selection of dim sum, including crispy pan fried pork dumplings, black bean sesame buns, and chicken feet. They also offer standard American Chinese dishes and traditional Chinese dishes. The food is always delicious.

Photo of Dianne Sine Dianne Sine
Sep 13, 2019 5

This place is not much to look at but don't let that stop you. The dim sum is out of this world. The mei fun was freshly made and the two girls who waited on us made us feel like royalty. The family run business is a place you can feel at home. I highly recommend stopping by for a bite. You will not be disappointed. The price is very reasonable as well.

Photo of Lester Haaz Lester Haaz
Aug 26, 2019 4

Only go here in the afternoon weekdays and not lunch time. The morning staff are a bit rough and racy to the customers who bring baby strollers. I would give this place a one star for the morning staff but the afternoon staff to closing are excellent. The good is great.

Photo of Jason Chamberlain Jason Chamberlain
Sep 16, 2019 5

This is a very authentic Chinese dim sum experience. A Chinese friend took us here and did all the ordering. I wasn't wild about the chicken feet, but I'm glad that I tried them. Yes, they have fried chicken feet. I definitely will go back here if I want a dim sum meal. Fortunately, there's also a menu with pictures so when you fill out the sheet you can what you want.

Photo of Edward Bachman Edward Bachman
Sep 2, 2019 5

The best Asian restaurant I have been to in the triangle. Fresh food and authentic options. Friendly and prompt service. I go here with my family once a month or so.

Photo of Chrissy Claypool Chrissy Claypool
Nov 3, 2019 5

Excellent cream cheese wontons and sesame chicken. I wasn’t too brave because it was my first time eating there but it looks like they have tons of options for buns and small plates. Service was a bit slow but the kids that are serving are so sweet. The bathrooms were slightly blocked because there’s a table close to the entryway. I think they need to move it because people shouldn’t have to shimmy between diners to get to the restrooms.

Photo of jaime goldberg jaime goldberg
Nov 20, 2019 5

Clean, delicious and friendly staff! Really awesome quality Chinese food.it wasn’t greasy or overly saucy. Will definitely go back!

Photo of daydayupnow . daydayupnow .
Dec 11, 2019 3

I have to say, revisited one year later it's not as good as before. We ordered a dozen dishes, only the chicken feet, BBQ rib, pork and preserved egg congee and beef tripe are satisfactory. Others just didn't taste right. Portion is small. The waitress was quite pushy, rushing us to pay the bill. When she laid down the dishes they were all on one side of the table, and she over fill the Soy sauce on the noodle it spill some on the table and she didn't wipe it clean. Not much of a service. I'd give 3 star to the food, 2 star to the service.

Photo of Jeffrey Wubbenhorst Jeffrey Wubbenhorst
Dec 28, 2019 5

Great food. Local vibe. Service was good, plan to come back. Nice for families.

Photo of Grace Itchon Grace Itchon
Jan 12, 2020 5

My first time going today. I've been craving authentic and good Chinese food. I was definitely not disappointed. The food was delicious and fresh. I am very sensitive to salty foods and a lot of restaurant food can be very salty. Their food was perfect for me. I thoroughly enjoyed eating there. I will be going back!

Photo of Rishi Kumar Rishi Kumar
Jan 18, 2020 3

Ok dim sum, I’ve had far better. Everything was slightly off, though not terrible. The choices are rather limited for a dim sum place. Will not be a go to Chinese place for me.

Photo of B. Bowen B. Bowen
Jan 27, 2020 3

Normally really like this place but this time left a little left to be desired. I order the wonton Soup and the Large crab wontons. The soup was definitely not as much food and substance as one would have thought for $8.25. But hopefully this was just a bad experience. But definitely left more to be desired!

Photo of Jessica Shick Jessica Shick
Feb 1, 2020 5

A real family restaurant with a truly authentic dim sum experience! The service was impeccable and so was the food. Can’t wait to come back :)

Photo of Maleka Walker Maleka Walker
Feb 20, 2020 5

There's a bit of a wait for the food but don't let that turn you away. It's great! So worth it! Family owned business. I have become a regular customer and they are nice and welcoming and remember my name and order. Never had Chinese food this good! Nothing more to say the food speaks for itself.

Photo of Yvo Davis Yvo Davis
Mar 14, 2020 5

I was pleasantly surprised to find authentic dim sum for the first time since moving to Raleigh. Everything is made to order, so there can be a bit of a wait. It's worth it. My husband ordered curry since he's not a fan of traditional dim sum offerings, and it was delicious. The tiny hostess was so sweet, I had accidentally left my to-go chicken feet behind- she ran out and found me in an adjacent shop to return them.

Photo of Brian Lin Brian Lin
Jul 6, 2019 5

Good service, nice restaurant, and of course, really good dim sum. Egg tarts and chang fen were especially good. I appreciate that they still use the push cart system, which I personally prefer to ordering off a sheet of paper. I've had plenty of dim sum in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and around the US, and this place is legit!

Photo of Hanlu Ying Hanlu Ying
Feb 10, 2019 5

Serious authentic Chinese Dim Sum. Being a Chinese myself, I was surprised to find such good dim sum in NC. Not Americanized at all. The owner is super friendly and is. a Chinese too. All the dim sum were serving fresh, not like some other place. They cook them to order. I can tell from the texture and the temperature. Definitely will come here every time we visit Durham. You should check it out!

Photo of Dillon Bolding Dillon Bolding
Feb 16, 2020 5

Update: I have been there over and over for the past 9 months, and the quality is consistent. The staff is courteous, efficient, and helpful. I love coming in and being welcomed and treated so warmly and kindly. Also, they have some new items on the menu! Now, I had never before had authentic Chinese food, but it was amazing! I really went out on a limb and tired lots of new things. I love that you can order a bunch of little dishes and try lots of things! It was a fun and tasty experience for me. I will be back. :)

Photo of Samantha Reid Samantha Reid
Mar 8, 2020 5

While at Glass Jug, we realized we were hungry and ordered some takeout. We were not disappointed! We ordered several different items off the menu, and it all tasted great. Not only was it hot, but it also tasted fresh and cooked to order, not like it had been sitting out for hours. $44 got us 2 different types of dumplings, crab rangoons, 2 chicken dishes, and 2 servings of rice. It was a great value and worth every penny! The ladies working there were very kind and welcoming as well.

Photo of WG Harris WG Harris
Mar 25, 2020 5

This place is great and the service is top notch. The food is amazing and they go out of their way to make sure you enjoy everything. I would highly recommend going, you won't regret it.

Photo of Samantha Lee Samantha Lee
May 22, 2020 5

This is hands down the best dim sum I’ve ever had in my life, and this is coming from someone that lives in NYC. I love this place. It’s a small, family owned restaurant that has your usual dim sum cart delicacies. It’s always delicious, and never too oily or greasy as some dim sum tends to be. Everything tastes clean and fresh and has always been good every time I’ve come.

Photo of Toni Bost Toni Bost
Jul 1, 2020 5

Absolutely delicious. It's lucky to find a good dumpling place, and I was lucky today. I ordered six different menu items and all of them were good.

Photo of Kelly Penke Kelly Penke
Jul 5, 2020 5

Friendly staff, efficient pick-up order method and delicious home made food! Would highly recommend to anyone and especially recommend the chicken dumplings.

Photo of David Vasta David Vasta
Jul 31, 2020 5

Oh my god, the food was amazing! Wife and I had the Dimsum!! You Must try it. Don't miss out!!

Photo of Chris Conangla Chris Conangla
Aug 16, 2020 5

Want to get GREAT chinese food AND support a LOCAL restaurant, not a chain? Dimsum is the perfect choice. A small, family owned restaurant next to the DMV on Hwy55 in south Durham, they turn out amazingly good, flavorful, beautifully cooked food. Tonight, we enjoyed some homemade dumplings (pork in Red Chili Sauce) along with Sesame Chicken and Kung Pao Chicken. Heaven on a plate! With Mom in the kitchen, and her absolutely charming young daughter out front, they consistently turn out lovely meals to go during the pandemic. I can honestly say we have never had a bad meal from Dimsum. Love this place!

Photo of RymanF350 RymanF350
Aug 30, 2020 5

The food is always great - dined here frequently before quarantine but take-out dim sum is just as good. Friendly management and good service!

Photo of BJ Slater BJ Slater
Sep 15, 2020 5

Inexpensive and reasonably good dim sum. Will be back again.

Photo of Meredith Earl Meredith Earl
Oct 8, 2020 5

We got take out from Dimsum Asian Bistro last night and enjoyed it over at the beer garden at Glass Jug. The food was delicious - we had steamed pork dumplings, pan seared chicken pot stickers, pork pancake, edamame, and the pan fried pork bun. One of our original order items was out but the replacement they suggested was quite tasty. I ordered online, paid over the phone, and picked up at the door - all practices were very COVID-19 friendly which was much appreciated. We will be back!

Photo of Maria Cecilia Salazar Maria Cecilia Salazar
Sep 13, 2020 5

Best of the best. Love the owners and their kids, everyone is super friendly. I’ve been living in nyc for almost two years now and I still crave the dim sum from this place more than any of the dim sum out there. Will always come here when I’m visiting!

Photo of James Chen James Chen
Oct 25, 2020 5

Delicious dim sum compared to the other two local dim sum restaurants. The portions were kind of small but in comparison they’re also cheaper. Will come back again for sure.

Photo of Chad Chad
Nov 1, 2020 5

Best dim sum (travels well for pickup) and General Tsos (perfect spice level) in Durham. Desserts are delicious and the family that runs the restaurant are very kind, they always remember our family.

Photo of Laura Badovinac Laura Badovinac
Dec 27, 2020 5

This was our second time going to Dinsum Asian Bistro and we, once again, had an amazing experience. The food is amazing. We love getting to try a bunch of small plates (hence the Dimsum in the name). We also usually get a chicken dish and it is a much larger portion. We would recommend the steamed BBQ pork buns, Shanghai Red Bean Paste Pastry, Deep Fried Chinese Donuts and the General Tso’s Chicken. We are happy to support a local, small business such as this, particularly during COVID. We can’t wait to get to try their unique in-person dining style when we can all safely do so.

Photo of Angela White Angela White
Sep 21, 2020 5

Really great dim sum. Friendly people. We will be back soon.

Photo of Aaron Bolden Aaron Bolden
Jan 19, 2021 5

Very friendly. Incredible food. Although it took a while it was worth the wait👍

Photo of Wendy Liu Wendy Liu
Jan 16, 2021 5

Definitely the best dimsum in the RDU area!! Highly recommended!

Photo of Shan Bush Shan Bush
Feb 28, 2021 5

Best Chinese food in the triangle. Luckily I live close by and can get take out frequently here. The Eggplant Broccoli, veg fried rice and Mixed Veg Mei Fun are only a few of the dishes that are fantastic. Everything I order is is delicious. The sesame black bean dim sum and Chinese donuts are drool inducing. Yummmm

Photo of Susanna Brantley Susanna Brantley
Feb 3, 2021 4

Really tasty dim sum! Will definitely go back. Wish they opened a little earlier so you could go to the farmers market and then pick up food. As is, the market is sold out of most produce by 11.

Photo of Matthew Krevat Matthew Krevat
Mar 14, 2021 5

Best dim sum in the area. Family run and it shows in the care they give their food and their customers. COVID protocol is no dining on premises. Pickup only from outside through a half open door.

Photo of MA eatNtour MA eatNtour
Mar 14, 2021 4

Decent Dim Sum, but anticipate a 1hr to 2 hr wait for your order. They are short staff and popular

Photo of Michelle Louie Michelle Louie
Mar 14, 2021 4

Pros: - Great dim sum! Food is authentic and as good as any Chinatown dim sum restaurant, which is always impressive, but especially in this area which is lacking in good Chinese food. All the typical offerings and then some. - Nice staff; even though they were very busy, they were courteous and polite. Cons: - Very long wait - placed an order for pick up for 11:45am on a Sunday, waited an hour for the food to be ready - Multiple order items incorrect - comparing my online order sheet to what I received, multiple incorrect items - some missing/replaced with items I didn't order - Disorganized - their online ordering platform definitely leaves a lot to be desired; it's very cumbersome to use and many items can't be ordered online, but must be called in. There is no system for what to do when you arrive for pick up; it's pretty chaotic and frustrating.

Photo of Edgar Peña Edgar Peña
May 16, 2021 4

Good place for Dim Sum. I particularly enjoyed their pan-fried turnip cake and their egg buns.

Photo of Beth Waller Beth Waller
Jun 4, 2021 5

This place is excellent!! The food is the best Chinese in Durham. Last night we placed an order for takeout and received FREE sesame balls to try. They were sooo good! I’m glad I got to try them so I can order next time!

Photo of Valerie Luo Valerie Luo
Jun 24, 2021 5

Delicious and authentic dim sum! The chicken feet and stuffed tofu skin dishes are really good.

Photo of Allison Diachina Allison Diachina
Jun 27, 2021 5

Easy to order with pictures of every menu item. Food is absolutely delicious and staff is incredibly kind. Great prices for small plates. Should definitely give this place a try!

Photo of Rebecca Song Rebecca Song
Jul 12, 2021 5

Quick service! Very friendly server. Delicious food! Tables quickly filled up shortly after noon on a Sunday. Lots of good dim sum options!

Photo of Clarence Dillard Clarence Dillard
Jul 11, 2021 5

Wow! This place was so good! The staff is just one small family. Their daughter, our server, was adorable and so good at her job! Anyways, please be patient! It's worth it! Yum!

Photo of John Lee John Lee
Jul 31, 2021 5

Awesome place for Dim Sum! Go there on a weekend for farmers market Saturday morning and go to East Coast Asian Bistro for brunch/breakfast. Or you can just order beer from the glass jug, order and eat dim sum from the restaurant. Either way its great dim sum! The server is very cute and tries to be attentive but its hard sometimes due to the sheer number of customers. Great family business in the triangle area with quality dim sum!

Photo of Ren Kiritaizo Ren Kiritaizo
Sep 16, 2021 3

Food and ordering is accurate when ordering in person, but ordering to-go was not as accurate. They missed my house fried rice, and when I called, a manager was called to the phone and said I could redeem it on my next order. I ordered again later via phone, and the person said I couldn't redeem it. I still have the original receipt.

Photo of Wendy De Campos Wendy De Campos
Sep 28, 2021 4

Decent place but no carts, you have order and they bring out in a cart but no rolling carts with all you can grab. Not the best I’ve ever had but does a good job. Small portions, and pricier than other places. I wish I could give 3.5 stars, get there early or else you’re gonna wait a while.

Photo of bassim eledath bassim eledath
Jul 11, 2021 5

Fantastic food - great prices. Fast and friendly service. Will definitely come back.

Photo of Carol Rush Carol Rush
Oct 31, 2021 3

The food was good, but the restaurant was seriously understaffed. There were two people waiting on the entire clientele. One was seating folks and taking orders and (trying to) wait tables. The other was bringing around the cart of dim sum. We never did get hot tea. In the first attempt, one of our party was given a glass of water. There were a couple more attempts, but finally we just gave up. When it was time for the check, after a reasonable length of time with no check in sight, one of us went to the counter and waited to pay. And she waited for quite a while more. As opposed to another dim sum shop I've tried in Durham, here one places an order and waits for the specific order to come. The other shop sends a variety of items out on a cart, and folks choose from the current offerings. I now appreciate the other system, since one would presumably need fewer staff if ordering was eliminated. This shop might want to think about adopting that method if they aren't in a position to hire more people. There were a lot of Asians eating here, which I took as a sign that they serve authentic dim sum. It was okay for me, but I'm not sure I ordered very well. I don't think I'd want to go back here for dim sum again unless there are more than 2 wait staff minding the shop.

Photo of justin carpenter justin carpenter
Nov 18, 2021 5

Everyone once in a while you get that craving for good authentic Asian food. This is the spot. In a plaza with many other great restaurants and even craft beer next door it’s food is worth finding. The group favorites were the pork dumplings, steam pork buns, fresh tea, and scallion beef pancakes. Plenty of indoor seating and food to go or take out available. Happy camper that’s for sure. Cheers!!!

Photo of Michael Ramsey Michael Ramsey
Nov 25, 2021 5

The staff was extremely friendly. The food was very good and reasonably priced. I ordered online and was told when I arrived that the lunch menu items I had ordered were not being served today. Instead they replaced my lunch items with the dinner portions for no additional charge. First time ordering and I highly recommend you try them as well!

Photo of Amy Van Devender Amy Van Devender
Nov 18, 2021 4

We frankly didn't know what to order but the food was weird. My chicken/chive dumpling was oddly (but traditionally?) blue but tasty. Extensive menu and attentive service. We should have asked more questions as others seemed to be enjoying their selections.

Photo of T B T B
Nov 22, 2021 5

We ordered several dim sum plates and loved them all! My absolute favorite is the black bean sesame balls. The BBQ pork steamed buns were hot, fresh and delicious, as were the dumplings we had. Will be back again, for sure!

Photo of Tracy Mou Tracy Mou
Dec 12, 2021 3

Love their dim sum! Great customer service! 👆above three years ago. Today 12/122012 They do have good dim sum but If you have to wait for 1 hour take out. That means they need to hire more people. It seems the dining in people are waiting quit long too.

Photo of Brian -Galahad- Brian -Galahad-
Dec 15, 2021 5

This place is fantastic. I've tried a number of different items including most of the lunch menu. Everything is always Cooked perfectly and the staff are all welcoming and friendly. I 100% recommend checking this place out!

Photo of Juan Ramos Juan Ramos
Jan 6, 2022 5

First time here and we "accidentally" spent $100 because the food was so good. LIMITED SEATING. All the food - scallion pancake, buns, dumplings, fried rice, etc. - came out when it was ready which I prefer. We sampled the egg buns and pudding for dessert; delicious.

Photo of Larissa Kim Larissa Kim
Dec 26, 2021 4

Very good Dim Sum. We got takeout here and the shrimp dishes were excellent. Also enjoyed the crab ball and beef. The egg tart and pork rolls were OK. Overall very satisfied and will return.

Photo of Kevin Z Kevin Z
Mar 24, 2022 4

Anyone seeking authentic Asian dim-sum should come here. The dim sum had the homey feel of true Chinese food. The only problem I had were with its small portions - we had to order several dishes for a full stomach. The rice noodles we had was fine, it was pretty bland. Otherwise, it was a great dim sum dinner!

Photo of Karla Braddy Karla Braddy
Feb 26, 2022 5

The Dim Sum was amazing. This was our first time here and it was a great experience. Staff was very friendly and willing to answer any questions. Very clean restaurant. Will definitely visit again.

Photo of Kalli Smith Kalli Smith
Apr 3, 2022 5

This place is amazing! Plan to make a reservation for larger parties. There were 6 of us and we took some friends from out of town here. The staff was so kind and the food and tea were delicious! Our guests wanted to go back the next day. Will definitely be coming here again!

Photo of Sharath Pawan Sharath Pawan
May 18, 2019 5

Excellent food, especially on Saturdays where they have a cart running around and your pick your dishes off it. The shrimp dumpling, tea leaf sticky rice, taro, turnip cake were excellent! The sesame dumplings make a nice dessert! It can get busy during lunches, so beware.

Photo of katie rebich katie rebich
Apr 7, 2019 5

Absolutely delicious! Great quality and prices. Really enjoyed it. It was so wonderful that I feel compelled to actually leave a review online, which I have never done before for a restaurant. Will definitely be returning!

Photo of Christina Scales Christina Scales
Apr 5, 2019 5

I ordered take out and this place was amazing. The quality was amazing. I had the beef ribs with lemon and honey and loved it. I wish there was a larger portion but it was still great for the price. I also got the sesame rice balls. They are my new favorite. I always wanted to try them and I am in love. I love these sticky rice balls. They were the perfect crunch on the outisde and sticky on the inside.