Las Vegas' 10 Best Chinese Restaurants: Serving Traditional Favorites and New Trends

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

With an international clientele on the Las Vegas Strip, it’s no wonder that the city has a plentiful number of Chinese restaurants. Although the restaurants on the Strip tend toward a more refined atmosphere and expensive dishes, there’s a good balance of casual eateries to give diners a wide range of choices.

Perhaps the most well-known Chinese restaurant on the Strip is Hakkasan at the MGM Grand. While the name might bring the nightclub to mind, the restaurant wows diners with its fine Cantonese food. This is one Chinese restaurant where you’ll want to be sure to make reservations.

Although Las Vegas has plenty of neighborhood take-out style Chinese, the best restaurants in town offer a more upscale atmosphere, with the selections reflecting a keen knowledge of the cuisine. Sure, you’ll find the standard sides of rice and noodles, but those dishes--along with the rest of the menu--will be memorable at these fine restaurants.

If the thought of Chinese food brings to mind a more casual style of food for you, don’t despair. Ping Pang Pong at the Gold Coast blends some of the newer and more inventive dishes with standards that Americans will recognize (for those who’d like to see some familiar names on the menu).

For those diners still pondering where to find the best dim sum, fresh seafood or noodles, read on for our list of Las Vegas’ best Chinese restaurants.

10. Joyful House Chinese Cuisine
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Joyful House's location in Chinatown stands out because of its brightly decorated exterior, but its food is the real attention getter. The restaurant specializes in authentic Hong Kong Chinese food, and regularly pops up in local reader surveys and on television as a hidden gem. The dinner menu covers every type of meat and seafood, including live seafood, abalone, sea cucumber and shark fin. The range of dishes is impressive. For poultry, diners have a choice of selections that range from Peking Duck to Orange Chicken. Since you're off the Strip, prices here are more reasonable and it's not a very long drive from the Strip.

9. Wazuzu
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Encore classifies Wazuzu as a casual dining restaurant, but its elegant red dining room and the white Chinese dragon feel all upper class. The dishes take inspiration from Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines. Start your meal off with steamed edamame, miso soup or a Maine lobster spring roll. Dim Sum, salads and sushi are also offered. Wazuzu's specialties span Asian flavors with Korean short ribs, Cantonese sea bass and Panang curry with a choice of roast duck, shrimp, beef or chicken. Three types of ramen are also served with bases of either pork, chicken or vegetable broth. A vegan and vegetarian menu is also available and includes vegan sushi.

8. Jasmine
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Guests at Jasmine will find a menu full of Cantonese, Szechwan and Hunan dishes. The restaurant enjoys spectacular views of Lake Bellagio with its legendary dancing fountains providing a thrilling background. The upscale setting features a classic ambiance and prices tend to lean toward the expensive, but the setting and upscale Chinese food are a great combination. Appetizers include barbeque spare ribs, a dim sum trio and vegetable spring rolls. Barbeque dishes as well as live tank options are available. Premium meats include prime beef tenderloin, flank steak and spareribs, and a nice selection of chicken dishes like lemon chicken and jasmine roasted chicken round out the menu. Noodles and rice are also offered, along with several choices for sides.

7. District One
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District One is a Las Vegas Chinatown favorite. Its food isn't strictly Chinese, instead taking inspiration from a handful of Asian regions: Vietnam, Thailand, China and Japan. The small menu features a variety of plates, like edamame, spring rolls, chicken wings, grilled whole squid, fried calamari, fresh oysters, deep fried soft shell crab and a host of other dishes. If you like pho, you'll find a whole section of the menu for this Vietnamese soup--the restaurant is well-known for it. The District One Rice Combo Platter gives you a choice of short ribs or pork chop, fried egg and Chinese sausage, and one of the newer dishes, Clay Pot Chicken Rice, is a delicious combination of chicken, Chinese sausage, Bok Choy, poached egg, red onion and cilantro.

6. Phoenix
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Phoenix at the new Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino brings the newest Chinese dining trends to Las Vegas. The Lucky Dragon was designed to be an authentic Asian experience, from gaming to dining, and Phoenix's modern dishes showcase today's cutting-edge Chinese cuisine. The 14 House Specials offer a lot of wonderful and unique options to consider, like the wok-seared tenderloin beef cubes drizzled with lemon sauce, the braised fresh abalone with chicken in a clay pot or the crispy squab. A sashimi platter is offered, and the chef's specials include abalone, whole sea cucumber and sauteed lobster and morels with black truffle. Phoenix's fine Chinese food is both authentic and modern, a refreshing combination.

5. Ping Pang Pong
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At first, Ping Pang Pong at the Gold Coast feels like a typical casino restaurant, with rows of gaming machines just steps away. But that's only until you sit down and start reading over the extensive menu. You'll find familiar favorites like Mongolian Beef, Orange Chicken and sweet and sour, as well as dishes you wouldn't expect, like lamb tenderloin or stir fried jelly fish and slicked roast duck. The recently re-decorated restaurant is casual and welcoming, offering a large enough menu that both American favorites and more traditional Chinese dishes can co-exist. Frequently winning reader awards from the local press, Ping Pang Pong continues to be one of Las Vegas' most popular Chinese restaurants.

4. Blossom
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The beautifully decorated Blossom provides the perfect background for the restaurant's fine Chinese food. Both traditional Chinese dishes and Americanized plates are served here, with the menu featuring 100 items to choose from. Appetizers range from egg rolls to tempura-fried tofu, with the Crisp Fried Shrimp on White Toast being a favorite. Seafood selections are numerous and include lobster, crab, prawns, clams and live fish served steamed, fried, braised or garlic pickled. Chicken and beef dishes cover a range of styles and spice levels, but with a menu this large, you'll also find veal, duck, pork and more. Noodles include chow mein, vermicelli, chow fun, and the fried rice comes in many varieties.

3. Flock & Fowl
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Flock & Fowl isn't your average Chinese restaurant. The menu here is tightly focused, with an emphasis on Hainanese Chicken Rice (to use their words, they have an "obsession" with perfect chicken rice). This unassuming small restaurant keeps attracting attention and fans because of the flavor-filled food. Sauces are made in-house, including the soy. No MSG is used, and they strive to use organic ingredients as much as possible. The menu is succinct and features chicken dishes like Thai Caramel Chicken Wings, Night Market Fried Chicken Bao--in addition to the ever-present chicken rice. Side orders include Chinese sausage and buttermilk fried chicken skin.

2. Wing Lei
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Offering guests refined Chinese cuisine in an equally elegant and stylish setting, Wing Lei is one of the city's best restaurants. In the first Las Vegas editions of the Michelin Guide (2008, 2009), Wing Lei was recognized with one star, making it the only Chinese restaurant in North America to receive this distinction. In 2013, it was awarded the prestigious Four Stars award from Forbes Travel Guide. Guests can dine on a variety of mouthwatering menu options, including the Imperial Peking Duck, carved tableside. Other delectable dishes include the Wok-Fried Maine Lobster, served with scallions, ginger and a sherry sauce; the Sweet & Sour Pork, served with golden pineapples, onions and heirloom bell peppers; and the Garlic Beef Tenderloin, served with heirloom bell peppers, sugar peas, mushrooms and black pepper sauce.

1. Hakkasan Restaurant
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In Las Vegas, many people associate Hakkasan with its nightclub, but it also includes a noted Cantonese restaurant. Hakkasan has outposts in cities throughout the world and offers an array of signature dishes like Peking duck with caviar, Jasmine tea-smoked ribs, and crispy duck salad. In Las Vegas, the menu also includes dishes exclusive to Vegas, like Mongolian style beef tenderloin, crispy roasted duck with kumquat and Chinese mustard and crispy quail with Chinese wine and chili sauce. Hakkasan is fine dining, and the eye-catching interior design gives diners an appropriate setting to enjoy the remarkable food. A Michelin-starred chef is at the helm in the kitchen, creating dishes that offer a refined version of a classic cuisine. An extensive selection of wines and cocktails is also offered.