At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Chicago's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for Cantonese food in Chicago, we head to Pine Yard Restaurant - a reader favorite - or we count on Emperor's Choice's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Cantonese cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant Chinatown area.
3 Emperor's Choice
Piping hot, tasty Cantonese-Mandarin seafood dishes consistently please at this great restaurant. The place has gained a loyal following, particularly on weekends. Lobster is served a variety of ways, and Pacific oysters are a must. Beef tenderloin and porterhouse steaks are also good options. Vegetarian dishes are available, along with a full bar. (312-225-8800)
2 Pine Yard Restaurant
This welcoming dining room features large windows, light wood floors, dark green accents, and recessed lighting. The menu features an abundance of chicken, beef, seafood, noodle, rice, and vegetable dishes. Try sesame chicken, orange peel beef with red chilies, or Mongolian beef. All are spiced just right and come recommended by the chef. Bargain specials during lunch include a spring roll, tea, soup, and rice. (847-475-4940)
1 Shanghai Terrace
Located on the hotel's fourth floor, this serene, elegant restaurant serves consistently delicious pan-Asian cuisine in a dining room that hearkens back to Shanghai in the early 20th century. Try dim sum at lunch or Cantonese steamed fish or wok-fried lobster for dinner. Outdoor seating on a lovely terrace is available seasonally. (312-573-6695)