San Francisco's Best Chinese Restaurants: Taste the Far East While Far West

Tom Molanphy

By , Local Expert, San Francisco
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Sometimes, the urge to have Chinese food strikes, and nothing will satisfy you until you get it. Whether it's the desire for a tangy sauce or the need for a crispy crunch, Chinese food is unique and often can't be resisted. Although there are many, many different cuisines in San Francisco, including the zesty Italian of North Beach and the sizzling Latino fare of the Mission, the history of Chinese cuisine is a long and prosperous one in San Francisco. Whether that's because of the relative proximity of San Francisco to China in comparison to the rest of the U.S. or the large local population of Chinese Americans, one thing's...  Read more »

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    San Tung Chinese Restaurant

    San Tung is the best Chinese restuarnt in the Sunset District of San Francisco.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Chicken with Black Bean sauce, which one of the best in the city."

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    Yank Sing

    Yank Sing makes the "Top Chinese Restaurant" list of San Francisco's restaurant critics almost every year.

    Local Expert Tip: "Gorgeous dim sum keeps folks coming back for more."

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    Dragon Well

    • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
    • Average Main Course Price: $12
    • Neighborhood: Marina District

    Dragon well is a model of consistency in the topsy-trurvy world of San Francisco restaurants.

    Local Expert Tip: "Simple atmosphere but the food surprises."

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    Great Eastern

    President Obama chose Great Eastern for dumplings when he visited San Francisco in 2012.

    Local Expert Tip: "Known for its seafood, start off with an appetizer from the "Spot Prawn" menu.."

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    Mission Chinese Food

    Locals swear this is the best Chinese food in the city.

    Local Expert Tip: "Start your meal off right with Grandma's Pork Dumplings appetizer"

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    Hunan Home's Restaurant

    Huna Home's Restaurant is one of the few Chinatown restaurants that's popular with both tourists and locals.

    Local Expert Tip: "Longstanding restaurant with well-earned reputation for excellent food."

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    Nanking Road Bistro

    Although its primarily known for catering, Nanking Road is definitely worth a visit, especially for lunch.

    Local Expert Tip: "Quality food in a quiet setting."

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    Lucky Creation Restaurant

    If you're a vegetarian but want to try Chinese food, Lucky Creations is a great choice in the city.

    Local Expert Tip: "Best Chinese vegetarian in the city"

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    Ton Kiang

    • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
    • Average Main Course Price: $20
    • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park

    Ton Kiang has the most unique Chinese food in the city, inspired by the Hakka people of North China.

    Local Expert Tip: "Hakka dishes and dim sum options shake up standard cookery."

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    Shangri-La Chinese Vegetarian

    Along with Lucky Creation, Shangri-La is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the city.

    Local Expert Tip: "Meat-eaters beware - a visit to Shangri-La could convert you...!"



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