Having lived in Hong Kong, gathering a large group together for dim sum/Chinese tea is one of my favorite weekend lunch activities. I also like that Dragon Beaux offers creative dim sum dishes that are not found at other dim sum spots in the Bay Area.
Once you get a table, you choose the tea you’d like (note that there’s a per person tea charge at most dim sum restaurants). The server serves a pot of tea and a pot of hot water. When you run out of tea, leave the lid open and the server will refill your tea pot.
You get a menu in which you can mark up the items you want to order. For dim sum, items are priced based on size/complexity (XS, S, L, M, XL, Q), which is listed in the footer of the menu. Prices here are higher than your average dim sum restaurant. Dim sum is best with a larger group so you can try more dishes and split the costs.
If you prefer to see the dish first and do not want to order from the menu, they have servers that bring over a tray of dishes to each table that you can point to and order from as well. Each time a dish or basket arrives at your table, the server will stamp your card which is used at the end of the meal to calculate the bill. We ordered the Sea Bass Dumplings and the Baked BBQ Pork Baos (buns) from the servers walking around with the trays. The Sea Bass dumpling is a steamed meat dumpling topped with sea bass which was delicious. The pork buns were also good, especially their sweet, crispy crust similar to a pineapple bun. You can ask the server to use scissors to cut up the buns for your group to share.
Overall, if you’re looking for traditional dim sum, the original Koi Palace in Daly City may be a better bet for you. Dragon Beaux is a good option for those looking for non-traditional dim sum items. Dim sum is only served at lunch here. They offer hot pot during dinnertime which I have not yet tried.
Dragon Beaux (5700 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121 // 415.333.8899)