Dim Sum and Beyond: L.A.'s Best Chinese Eateries

When it comes to Chinese cuisine, Los Angeles has it all. From hole-in-the-wall mom-and-pop neighborhood joints to elegant, world-class dining establishments, Angelenos have their pick of some of the best Chinese food to be found on this side of the Pacific. Ready to rub shoulders with movie stars? Then head to Beverly Hills to visit Mr. Chow, where the chic meet to eat. Feel like taking a ride? Then visit Yang Chow in Chinatown, right in downtown L.A., or go even further to the east, into the San Gabriel Valley (to places like Monterey Park, El Monte, Alhambra, etc.) where much of the Chinese community lives. There you'll literally find nearly 800 Chinese restaurants! Favorites include Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant and Lake Spring Shanghai Restaurant, but it is hard to go wrong with most of the places along Valley Boulevard and beyond, for with so much competition, a bad eatery doesn't survive very long there. For dim sum, you cannot beat Shanghai Rose, centrally located in Studio City and featuring chefs direct from Hong Kong, who whip up all your favorites in a wide-open kitchen. So whether you stick with a local neighborhood favorite or decide to take a ride to the eastern reaches of the city, there's always a tasty bao or a spicy plate of General Tso's Chicken on offer here in Los Angeles.

Shanghai Rose
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Top quality dim sum is now easy to find in the San Fernando Valley, ever since the opening of Shanghai Rose in 2014. Restaurateur Rose Hu has staffed her restaurant's impeccable open kitchen with Hong Kong chefs (and one of Mr. Chow's top...  Read More

Xi'an Beverly Hills
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Xi'an Beverly Hills has long been a popular and heart-healthy Chinese eatery right in the heart of L.A.'s posh 90210 zip code. For more than 15 years, Xi'an (named for the ancient walled city in China that marks the beginning of the Silk Road...  Read More

Lake Spring Shanghai Restaurant
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If it's pork that makes you salivate, then Lake Spring Shanghai Restaurant is the eatery for you. Their two signature pork dishes are famed across the Southland, and the reason people flock to Monterey Park for a taste. The Noisette Pork Pump, a...  Read More



Don't expect to see women pushing wheeled carts groaning with dim-sum plates at Sea Harbour Seafood restaurant. Instead, you order from a photo menu, checking off your choices, which are then delivered straight from the kitchen. Top choices are...  Read More

Mandarette Chinese Cafe
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Mandarette Chinese Cafe prides itself on serving "traditional Chinese dishes with a modern twist," so expect to find classics including Won Ton Soup, Kung Pao Shrimp and Lemon Chicken. But then be surprised " and delighted " with this...  Read More



Mr. Chow arrived in Beverly Hills back in 1974 and has delivered a delicious Chinese dining experience with an overlay of art, style and celebrity clientele ever since. Everything on the menu is tried and true, and delicious; just be ready to...  Read More

Lukshon by Sang Yoon
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Lukshon by Sang Yoon has been winning accolades for both its food and design since opening in 2011 in Culver City's Helms Bakery area. Yoon was already famous in L.A. foodie circles for Father's Office, his gastropub just steps away, as well as...  Read More

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck
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For a high-in-the-sky Asian dining experience, make WP24 by Wolfgang Puck your next stop for Chinese in L.A. Located on the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel downtown (adjacent to L.A. Live and the Staples Center), Puck's place has views to...  Read More



This Arcadia branch of Din Tai Fung, the Taiwanese chain renowned for having some of the world's tastiest Shanghai-style dumplings, looks very unprepossessing. But don't be surprised to find a long line out front, so arrive early and be patient,...  Read More



Ask any local to name the best Chinese restaurant in town and Yang Chow is always included. This popular Chinatown eatery now has two more outposts, in Pasadena and Canoga Park. Known for its excellent Mandarin-Szechuan menu, Yang Chow's...  Read More


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