The Best Chinese Food in Chicago

The Windy City is home to the second-largest Chinatown in the nation, and that buzzing, culturally rich community is certainly the premier place to go to dine on the best Chinese food in Chicago. Yet, with a dining scene as acclaimed across the board as Chicago’s, there’s amazing Chinese cuisine to discover in every neighborhood from the Magnificent Mile to River North. But where do the smartest, savviest diners eat out? This is our Tastemakers List. We've gathered data covering thousands of restaurants to determine the top spots among OpenTable's most experienced diners. These are the amazing eateries that Chicago locals and visitors who are in the mood for some top-notch Chinese cuisine should check out. We suggest booking a table at one of these Chinese restaurants for dinner tonight.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Shanghai Terrace, Dolo Restaurant, Duck Duck Goat
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Chinese, Asian
Neighborhoods:Gold Coast / Streeterville, China Town, West Loop
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Shanghai Terrace

$$$$·Chinese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,819 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

Along with promising some of the best Chinese food in Chicago, Shanghai Terrace also boasts some of the best views. From both the seasonal terrace and main dining room on the fourth floor of the five-...

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Dolo Restaurant

$$$$·Asian·
China Town
56 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual

Dolo Restaurant, a modern, stylish spot in Chinatown, specializes in from-scratch dim sum and live seafood with fusion-style dishes dotted across its menus. The hip space with TVs throughout and a sum...

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Duck Duck Goat

$$$$·Chinese·
West Loop
3,863 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot

Duck Duck Goat and its innovative Chinese-American cuisine is the brainchild of chef Stephanie Izard, a winner of television’s Top Chef. True to the restaurant’s name, its menus include a number of te...

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TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago

$$$$·Asian·
River North (Chicago)
1,157 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays

Tao Chicago opened with great fanfare in 2018, revealing an astonishing reimagining of a circa-1892 landmark in River North. The historic property, with its stone structure and architectural details p...

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Lao Sze Chuan - Downtown

$$$$·Chinese·
River North (Chicago)
590 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

Sichuan-born chef Tony Hu opened his first La Sze Chuan restaurant in Chicago’s Chinatown in 1998. He’s since expanded the concept into a chain of nine restaurants across Chicago and beyond, including...

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Good for Groups in Chicago

Big Bowl - Chicago

$$$$·Chinese·
River North (Chicago)
1,012 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date

Big Bowl, a mid-sized regional chain with three restaurants in Illinois, builds upon the concept of generously portioned bowls of Chinese and Thai cuisine. The downtown Chicago venue is just west of M...

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P.F. Chang's - Northbrook

$$$$·Asian·
Northbrook
299 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date

P.F. Chang’s is one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Northbrook thanks to its from-scratch pan-Asian-influenced cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients. Signature dishes like lettuce wraps, ...

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Good for Groups in North Suburbs

Lao Sze Chuan - Champaign

$$$$·Chinese·
Champaign
15 reviews
  • Spicy
  • Authentic
  • Casual

Diners in Champaign don’t have to venture to Chinatown or downtown Chicago to enjoy the world-class Chinese cuisine of Lao Sze Chuan. Travel and Leisure famously called the original Lao Sze Chuan the ...

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Big Bowl-Lincolnshire

$$$$·Chinese·
Lincolnshire
2,314 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion

The Big Bowl restaurant in City Park, not far from the Lincolnshire Commons, has been one of the region’s most popular Chinese restaurants since it first opened in 1998. Big Bowl’s signature is Chines...

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Healthy in North Suburbs

PL8 Restaurant

$$$$·Chinese·
Barrington
916 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

Pan-Asian cuisine reimagined for contemporary Midwestern diners is the signature of PL8 restaurant in Barrington. Both lunch and dinner menus are lengthy, with most of their space dedicated to small p...

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Kung Fu Wok Restaurant

$$$$·Chinese·
Norwood Park

Kung Fu Wok Restaurant specializes in Chinese-American cuisine with influences from all over Asia. It’s a casual BYOB eatery with top-notch food in generous portions. Expect a full repertoire of old-s...

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