We are big fans of Chinese food, both dim sum and dinner. San Francisco is home to a large Chinese population and with that, some of the best Chinese food outside of China. (Except for Vancouver and Los Angeles!)
Here is our Top 10 Best Chinese Restaurants in San Francisco:
Best Chinese Restaurants in San Francisco
The following are mostly classic Cantonese style spots.
All Seasons, Diamond Heights San Francisco – Traditional Chinese Dim Sum Lunch or Dinner. In case you are out this way.
Begoni Bistro, Chinatown San Francisco – A more modern spot with very good dim sum in the think of Chinatown. More traditional than modern
China Live, Chinatown San Francisco – The place for tourists to go, sample Chinese food, and not worry if they do not speak Chinese.
City View, Chinatown San Francisco – Chinese Dim Sum Lunch only. Also good for dim sum newbies. Solid Alternative to Yank Sing.
Grand Harbor, Burlingame – Very good dim sum with special top 10 inventive dishes. Not good for newbies.
Great Eastern, Chinatown San Francisco – Chinese Dim Sum Lunch or Dinner
Hakkasan – Upscale and Expensive Chinese restaurant in Downtown. An example of what you get in China or Hong Kong.
Harborview – Opened in Crystal Jade’s Four Embarcadero spot by the folks behind R&G Lounge. Dim sum was traditional not inventive but good.
HL Peninsula – An opulent Chinese restaurant in South San Francisco. Perhaps better than Koi Palace. Sister restaurant is HL Peninsula Pearl.
Hong Kong Lounge, Richmond District San Francisco – Chinese Dim Sum Lunch or Dinner. More budget friendly but lower quality. In case you are out this way.
Hong Kong Lounge 2, Richmond District San Francisco – Chinese Dim Sum Lunch or Dinner. OK, not great.
Lai Hong Lounge, Chinatown San Francisco – Chinese Dim Sum Lunch or Dinner. More budget friendly, full of locals, lower quality than those above.
Mission Chinese – Hipster favorite in the Mission. Bold robust flavors fused to Chinese dishes. Mostly Caucasians.
MY China – Martin Yan’s and Koi Palace restaurant in Westfield San Francisco Centre. Less intimidating for newbies.
R&G Lounge, Chinatown San Francisco – Lunch or Dinner – No Dim Sum Lunch.
Yank Sing, Financial District San Francisco – Chinese Dim Sum Lunch only – Overpriced but very friendly to dim sum or Chinese Restaurant newbies. Great soup dumplings, Good Service. Chef Chu’s in Los Altos is also good only for Chinese restaurant newbies.
Other Top Regional Chinese Cuisine Restaurants:
Beijing Restaurant, San Francisco – Beijing Cuisine
San Tung, San Francisco – Korean Influenced Northern Chinese food
Five Happiness, San Francisco – Northern Chinese food
Hakka Restaurant, San Francisco – Hakka Chinese Food
Shanghai Dumpling King, San Francisco – Shanghai Chinese Food, Shanghai Steamed Pork Dumplings
Best Chinese Restaurant located just outside San Francisco
5 Joy – Foster City – Taiwanese Chinese Food
ABC Seafood – Foster City – Chinese Dim Sum Lunch or Dinner – OK
Koi Palace, Dublin – For those in the East Bay
Fey, Menlo Park – Sichuan
Hong Kong Restaurant, Palo Alto – Reasonably priced Family style Cantonese restaurant. Not as high quality as the ones above.
Little Shanghai, San Mateo – Very good Shanghai Chinese Food
Little Sheep Mongolian Hot pot, San Mateo – Hot Pot in the traditional Chinese Style
Shanghai Dumpling Shop, Millbrae- Shanghai Chinese Food, For Steamed Pork Dumplings only.
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- Best Shanghai Steamed Dumplings in Shanghai, China
- South Sea Fishing Village, Guangzhou – Reference Quality Dim Sum from the place it started
- Tang Du Zoology, Taiyuan, China – One of the largest, craziest restaurants in the world