The Far East in the Far West: San Francisco's Best Chinese Restaurants

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 for sure: San Francisco has a fantastic selection of Chinese restaurants.

When the urge to eat stand-out Chinese food grabs you, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of San Francisco's best Chinese restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in San Francisco. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like Dragon Well or tell you that Great Eastern gets good reader feedback, you can believe it.

From Chinatown to Richmond District, we'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.



Vegetarian restaurants can be expensive in the city, but Shangri-La is a good option if you want excellent Chinese food at a reasonable price. Shangri-La has been around since 1978 and doesn't do vegetarian as a gimmick; everyone who works there...  Read More

Lincoln Park


Tourists, locals, and critics alike sing Ton Kiang's praises. Ton Kiang features a specific cuisine, "Hakka" cuisine, which makes it a very unique restaurant in terms of Chinese cuisines. The Hakka people traveled all over China and picked up...  Read More

Nanking Road Bistro


When you need a break from Chinatown but still want yummy Chinese food, head to Nanking Road Bistro. Don't let the empty seats fool you - they do a tremendous catering business, so the restaurant is almost a side-venture. The consistent quality...  Read More



Although locally respected restaurant critic Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle feels the service and quality of Mission Chinese has slipped, this restaurant started at such a great height, it could afford some slippage. Founder Danny...  Read More



If you've been up and down the alleys of Chinatown, and the egg rolls and dim sum are all starting to taste the same, drop by Lucky Creation for a different take on Chinese. Their orange chicken alone will make you bite twice to believe it's...  Read More

Hunan Home's Restaurant
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Chinese food enthusiasts flock to Hunan Home's Restaurant for award-winning cuisine that's reputedly "the best kept secret in Chinatown." The extensive menu features all the traditional items you expect to find, including classic Kung Pao...  Read More

Marina District


Dragon Well creates comfort through simplicity. Owners Gary and Christina Tan offer pure, unadulterated Chinese dishes that ably satisfy, including kung pao chicken and steamed butterfish. If you like consistent, family-run establishments,...  Read More



Great Eastern is so appreciated for its authenticity that you're likely to find a large clientele of native Chinese folks enjoying the cuisine. Seafood is always top-rated, as you'll see with lobster sashimi and prawns prepared a number of ways....  Read More



A hidden gem of San Francisco's Sunset district, San Tung Chinese Restaurant boasts a menu that consistently impresses locals and visitors alike. The most popular item by far is the original dry-fried chicken wings, but other patron favorites...  Read More

Yank Sing


On the hunt for top-notch Chinese food? Check out Yank Sing, one of the city's most popular spots for authentic Asian fare. Although the restaurant serves many popular dishes, they are especially known for their deem sum. Yank Sing has over 100...  Read More


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