Best Los Angeles Chinese Restaurants Well Worth Discovering

Alison Widdoes

By , Los Angeles Local Expert, Los Angeles
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Chinatown isn’t the only place for top notch Chinese in Los Angeles- although Yang Chow Chinatown’s infamous Slippery Shrimp certainly fits the bill.  From Rosemead to Redondo Beach, there's something for everyone in Los Angeles from traditional dim-sum to elegant Chinese fare.  Try traditional dim-sum at some of LA’s finest including Ocean Star, Sea Harbour, and Lake Spring Shanghai but be sure to arrive early as waits are typically out the door. Sea Harbour serves you directly from the menu and is a bit quieter than the usual raucous family style dim-sum atmosphere given no wheeled food carts are used.  Celebrity haunts like...  Read more »

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    Mr. Chow

    "Seen-and-be-seen" celebrity ambience and sublime menu options combine to make this a true Los Angeles experience.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the green shrimp, a consistent clientele favorite."


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    W's Chinese Bistro

    • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
    • Average Main Course Price: $20
    • Neighborhood: Redondo Beach

    A modern Chinese experience a step above P.F. Chang's with an even more elegant atmosphere.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try Zen Hour Mon-Thu 4-7pm, Fri 4-6, Sat-Sun 12-6 offering discounted appetizers, $8 entrees and $4 wine. Check-in on Yelp (mobile application) using your smartphone to receive free goat cheese wontons. "

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    New Moon

    • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
    • Average Main Course Price: $13
    • Neighborhood: Montrose

    Inventive Chinese dishes and a relaxed atmosphere make this a popular destination- not to mention the chocolate dipped fortune cookies.

    Local Expert Tip: "Happy Hour on weekdays starting 5pm and weekends all day long offer amazing value with prices of $3 or $4 per item. "

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    Sea Harbour

    Sea Harbour is one of the most popular dim sum destinations in Los Angeles for good reason- as the food, service and freshness do deliver.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make a reservation or arrive early, as typical wait times are 45 minutes."

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    Din Tai Fung

    • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
    • Average Main Course Price: $7
    • Neighborhood: Arcadia

    Din Tai Fung is is renowned for having some of LA's tastiest Shanghai-style dumplings.

    Local Expert Tip: "If parking is packed in the Plaza, try the back lot behind the claw game area. "

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    Lake Spring Shanghai

    • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
    • Average Main Course Price: $10
    • Neighborhood: Monterey Park

    Lake Spring stands out for its stalwart Shanghai-style menu.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the eight-treasure glutinous rice cake, a rare asian dessert. This is also known as Sticky Rice or in Chinese, Ba Bao Fan. "

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    Empress Pavilion

    Enjoy some of the freshest and most delicious seafood in the city as well as excellent dim-sum.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pork buns, pork and shrimp dumplings and mango pudding consistently get rave reviews."

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    Ocean Star

    • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
    • Average Main Course Price: $12
    • Neighborhood: Monterey Park

    Ocean Star features top-notch, delicious dim-sum at an excellent price.

    Local Expert Tip: "Arrive before opening or expect to wait."

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    Yang Chow — Chinatown

    Famous for its slippery shrimp, this popular Chinese eatery with an extensive authentic menu is a must-visit.

    Local Expert Tip: "Portions are huge so order conservatively. Bring at least $1 cash for parking."

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    WP24 by Wolfgang Puck

    WP24 is the Bentley of Chinese dining, offering modern Chinese fare in the luxurious stylings of Wolfgang Puck at the Ritz-Carlton.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Angry Lobster for your next decadent dinner splurge- and be ready to get your hands dirty."



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