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Jun 6, 2014 05:42 PM

Dim sum Koi Palace (Daly City) on Saturday mornings?

Hello, I'm planning an outing with a couple friends (4 of us total) and we are craving dim sum. What's the chance of getting a table on a Saturday morning without wait at Koi Palace? Do we need to get there first thing 10 AM opening time? Or can we get there by 10:30 AM and still get the first sitting? Any advice will be appreciated.

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  1. We have always been seated in the first seating when getting there just before opening. There will be a Queue but they seat at least 250, probably more.

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    1. re: chefj

      Thanks chefj. I just called and they open at 10am on Saturdays, so my plan is to get there by 9:45am. Thanks!

      1. re: yumyumcity

        You'll be safe arriving 10 min till opening. Don't know what it's like if you arrive at 10:30 am, but I recall seeing some small parties already waiting for a table at 10:30 am in the lobby while some very big tables (10+) remained empty until 11 am.

        General consensus is Saturday is better than Sunday (regarding less of a crowd). Downside about going early is no suckling pig yet.

        1. re: tofuflower

          We went last weekend at 10:30 and the wait was just under 1/2 hour.

    2. My family and I go at least once a month. We always arrive 10 to 15 minutes before they open and are seated immediately.

      1. Thanks for all the replies! We are on a mission to get there on time and eat well. :-)

        1. Everyone's given great replies, but I thought I'd chime in: we went a few weeks ago and arrived in the parking lot 20 minutes before opening.

          No line! Imagine my amazement!

          Since it was freezing, we stayed in the car and I dozed off. At about 10 minutes before opening, hubby shook me awake saying "OMG, we need to get in line."

          Basically, at about 10 minutes before opening, everyone jumped out of their cars and swarmed the front door. It was scary, hilarious, and eye opening all at the same time.

          Lesson: don't get their too early, but be ready to make a dash for the door.

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          1. re: Pei

            That is hilarious! Thanks for the tip. Will plan to show up at exactly 15 minutes, get in line in the cold, and be the first one there (hopefully).