West Meets East at These Chinese Restaurants Where Authentic Flavors Shine



At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Seattle's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in one specific cuisine. Thanks to its thriving Asian community, Seattle happens to be an excellent city in which to enjoy delectable cuisine from countries ranging from China to Vietnam. When we're in the mood for Chinese food in Seattle, we head to crowd favorite Din Tai Fung, or we count on Wild Ginger's solid track record (and the chance to hear live music after or while eating our meal). You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Chinese cuisine; if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start in the bustling International District neighborhood. Other zones that feature a variety of Asian eateries include Capitol Hill, Fremont, Ballard and the University District, as well as Bellevue (over on the "Eastside").

Regardless of whether you've ever actually walked the Great Wall or wandered the bustling Shanghai Bund (or have always dreamed of doing so), these Chinese restaurants will make you feel as though you've been magically transported. Be on the lookout for newcomers later this year, too, like HaiDiLao which will come to downtown's Pacific Place. An experience once described by famed Los Angeles Times Food Critic Jonathan Gold as the “Ferrari of Chinese hot pot restaurants," HaiDiLao will open here as only the second U.S. location. And if you're craving Chinese food this February, read up on Lunar New Year programming happening at The Bellevue Collection, where you'll enjoy food samples from Din Tai Fung and Baron’s Xi’an Kitchen & Bar.



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Uptown China
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Convenient to the Seattle Center, this understated little Chinese joint has made quite a name for itself in Queen Anne circles, thanks to its terrific prices and tasty Mandarin fare. At lunchtime, especially, the place stays packed with the...  Read More


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Highly regarded by local food critics, Judy Fu has firmly cemented herself in the company of the Puget Sound's finest Chinese chefs. Scintillating Mandarin and Szechuan dishes include shrimp or chicken mu shu, crispy tea-smoked duck with hoisin...  Read More


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Honey Court
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Ideal for those looking for something a bit different that won't break the bank, this Chinese standby in the International District earns high marks from regulars. Honey Court emphasizes quality food, fresh ingredients and friendly service over...  Read More


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One of the district's grand old-timers (open since the 1930s), Tai Tung capably keeps pace with the flashier, hipper establishments by keeping its focus on what's really important: the food. Indeed, menu stalwarts like Kung Pao shrimp,...  Read More


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P.F. Chang's China Bistro
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This fashionable Chinese bistro gets high marks with Seattle diners who like reliable, family-friend chains; loyal fans also adore the contemporary interior and eclectic menu. Start with do-it-yourself lettuce wraps; some say that these alone...  Read More


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Ask around, and you'll quickly discover that Wild Ginger is a definite Seattle favorite. The James Beard Award-winning restaurant that introduced the satay bar to the U.S. also welcomes an eclectic mix of business people, families and...  Read More


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Sichuanese Cuisine Restaurant
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Lovers of Asian cuisine delight in this Chinese restaurant in the International District that opened in 1992. Sichuanese cuisine is known for its spiciness and diversity of fresh ingredients. Flavors come from "three peppers: pepper, chili and...  Read More


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Baron's Xi'an Kitchen & Bar
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This fine dining Bellevue destination deems itself a "truly modern Chinese restaurant" that benefits from the bountiful Pacific Northwest harvest in its midst. Baron's proudly offers its signature Peking Duck, fresh local seafood, grass-fed...  Read More


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For diners with exotic palates, this is one of the most popular spots in the International District (or perhaps the entire city). If the crowded restaurant lobby doesn't deter you, then you're in for a treat. Choose from a wide selection of Hong...  Read More


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Din Tai Fung
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Din Tai Fung was founded in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1958 as a cooking oil retail shop, before transitioning in 1972 into a full-fledged restaurant. It has since become world-renowned for its soup dumplings and noodles, and Seattleites are thrilled to...  Read More


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Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne

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