The Best Chinese Food in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

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 the Tastemaker 19. 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.

Restaurants:Shanghai Terrace, Dolo Restaurant, Duck Duck Goat
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Chinese, Asian
Neighborhoods:Gold Coast / Streeterville, China Town, West Loop
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Shanghai Terrace

$$$$·Chinese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,586 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 fourtRead more
87% recommended

Dolo Restaurant

$$$$·Asian·
China Town
56 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic
  • Great for Brunch
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 Read more
Asian in Chicago / Illinois

Duck Duck Goat

$$$$·Chinese·
West Loop
3,306 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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 inRead more
91% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
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TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago

$$$$·Asian·
River North (Chicago)
1,093 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 arcRead more
91% recommended
Asian in Chicago / Illinois
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Lao Sze Chuan - Downtown

$$$$·Chinese·
River North (Chicago)
542 reviews
  • Spicy
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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 aRead more
81% recommended

Big Bowl - Chicago

$$$$·Chinese·
River North (Chicago)
918 reviews
  • Spicy
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
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 venRead more
100% recommended

P.F. Chang's - Chicago

$$$$·Asian·
River North (Chicago)
75 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Kid-friendly
Familiar Chinese-American favorites and pan-Asian creations made from scratch characterize P.F. Chang’s, the beloved restaurant chain that’s grown to almost 300 international locatRead more
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Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge

$$$$·Chinese·
Evanston
818 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
Koi Fine Asian Cuisine and Lounge is the brainchild of chef Sandy Chen, who learned traditional cooking as a child living just outside Shanghai. She opened her restaurant in downtoRead more
90% recommended
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P.F. Chang's - Northbrook

$$$$·Asian·
Northbrook
216 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
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 Read more
88% recommended

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 originaRead more
81% recommended

Big Bowl-Lincolnshire

$$$$·Chinese·
Lincolnshire
2,102 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
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’sRead more
99% recommended
Most Booked in North Suburbs

PL8 Restaurant

$$$$·Chinese·
Barrington
791 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 Read more
100% recommended
Healthy in Northwest Suburbs

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 fullRead more

Moon Palace Restaurant

$$$$·Chinese·
China Town
230 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Anniversaries
Moon Palace Restaurant has presented its classic Shanghainese cuisine in generous portions to Chicago diners for more than 50 years. The longevity of this Chinatown fixture is certRead more
100% recommended
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The Dream Place

$$$$·Chinese·
Palatine
7 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Kid-friendly
  • Good for Groups
The Dream Place, an authentic Chinese fine-dining restaurant, opened in Palatine in 2018. The venue is modern and spacious, with an electronic tablet ordering and payment system inRead more
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Furama Restaurant

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Uptown
Furama, an institution of Uptown Chicago’s dining scene since 1985, is old-school in appearance and authentic in its cuisine, albeit with a few westernized and fusion items dottingRead more
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Cai

$$$$·Grill·
China Town
Critics and local foodies agree that Cai on Chinatown Square offers some of the best Chinese food in Chicago, especially when it comes to dim sum. Cai’s authentic, Hong Kong-style Read more
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Han 202

$$$$·American·
Bridgeport
The four-course prix fixe-only menu at Han 202 in Bridgeport is an exceptional showcase of refined and modern Chinese cuisine with pan-Asian influences. Pretty plating, impeccable Read more
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Phoenix Restaurant

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
China Town
Glorious views of the Chicago skyline augment the dim sum-focused dining experience at Phoenix Restaurant in Chinatown. Silver carts laden with bamboo baskets of steaming dumplingsRead more
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