Best Chinese in Boston

Boston Chinese Options Range from Outside the Box to Americanized Fare

To the ruler, the people are heaven; to the people, food is heaven.-Ancient Chinese Proverb 

Boston proper, as well as the outskirts, are filled heavenly Chinese cuisine that will wow your taste-buds with their winning Chinese fare. Some serving simple, basic, American standards like Brookline's Golden Temple, as well as those taking a more adventurous route like Allston's Jo Jo Tai Pei, and others that go super upscale like Ming Tsai's Blue Ginger in Wellesley. Of course, Chinatown is not to be overlooked because some of the more authentic experiences lie within. From the simple surroundings that focus more on food than ambiance, like Jumbo Seafood and its many tanks of live sea-life to New Shanghai's always perfectly prepared, never greasy meals, Chinatown can meet your culinary needs on every corner. 


This Chestnut Hill Mall Chinese paradise is raved about all around town. With its delicate script and unassuming decor, you may think twice before entering because from the unusual name for a Chinese restaurant to the subtle mall entry, Bernard's is a bit out of the ordinary. This thinking spans their menu where food is prepared with modern flair and although many traditional items appear, they are anything but expected. Dive into the peking duck or black bean shrimp, and you won't be disappointed! An outdoor dining area is available during the warmer months.

Local Expert tip: Occasionally, guests are treated to live music and contemporary art shows, call the restaurant to see what is going on when you plan to visit.

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In the mood for basic Americanized Chinese? Make a trip to the Golden Temple where you'll find a pleasant wait staff serving up exceptional cuisine in a pleasantly upscale setting. The interior is lavishly decorated and the menus, drink and food, are quite lengthy. Seafood, chicken, vegetable, noodle, and beef options line the menu. Items contain no MSG. Be prepared to pay for your visit here, but regulars say you'll be glad you did.

Local Expert tip: Parking is tough in Washington Sq. Take advantage of the Green Line

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A nod to the grandeur of the Ming Dynasty, this Chinese restaurant between Harvard and Porter Squares is an eye-pleaser thanks its sharp, clean lines and temple-inspired elements. Changsho is far more than a pretty scene, though, and its meticulously-prepared regional dishes have bedazzled palates from all over the city. On Sundays, the buffet brunch is not to be missed – if for no other reason than sampling what may just be Cambridge's most delicious dim sum.

Local Expert tip: This Cambridge outpost of the Lotus Cuisine chain is easily enjoyed, but pop in on Sunday's to indulge in their spectacular selection of Dim Sum.

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North End dwellers rave about Billy Tse's because it offers a little something for everyone. Their menu samples cuisine from both China, and Japan. Sushi lovers swear by Billy Tse's sashimi and those craving Chinese love this place. Food is full of flavor not weighed down by excess grease. The laid back vibe allows time to linger. Billy Tse's is one place locals return to long after they've made the move to the 'burbs.

Local Expert tip: Free valet parking makes finding a spot in the busy North End easy.

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Jumbo Seafood prepares fresh, fabulous Chinese food from tank to skillet in no time. Making the quality of the food they serve well beyond that of the competition. The Hong Kong-style menu is filled with everything from standard favorites like pork, chicken and shrimp to exotic dishes based around more exotic sea life like abalone. One thing is for certain, seafood or land lover, you're sure to walk away happy any time of day or night. Jumbo Seafood is open late for folks seeking some Chinese for their midnight snack.

Local Expert tip: The giant tanks filled with live seafood create a unique ambiance. Kids will love watching the "food" swim around.

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Dining at Jo Jo Tai Pei is almost as good as going to China. Ok, maybe not that good, but pretty darn close. The food preparation here is spot on and the exotic dishes are well outside the box of what you'd ordinarily find on a Boston Chinese menu. Pig Intestine prepared crispy or steamed and duck tongue grace the pages of this Taiwanese menu, but no worry for you more cautious eaters, Jo Jo Tai Pei has plenty of more traditional fare to please your palate like shredded pork with garlic sauce and chicken with black bean sauce.

Local Expert tip: Worth leaving Chinatown, this Allston spot is just a green line ride away from the center of the city.

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Outside the City

Lotus Blossom is a suburban gem serving Chinese food that is filled with flavor and low on grease. You'll enjoy the upscale setting where you won't feel rushed while you savor each bite of the Chinese delights offered on their menu. The real lure is their lunch and Sunday buffet, Lotus Blossom easily prepares large quantities of food without sacrificing their quality.

Local Expert tip: Lotus Blossom is a popular restaurant with locals and gets crowded come 5pm, go a bit later for a shorter wait.

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