The Best Chinese Food in San Diego

The OpenTable Team

A visit to San Diego, California, means spectacular coastal views, whale watching, naval museums and strolls along seaport patios. When you get hungry, the city's food scene showcases the best elements of Chinese cooking, from spicy Szechaun to hot pot and dumplings. But where do the smartest, savviest diners eat Chinese food in San Diego? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the best Chinese in San Diego, chosen from OpenTable's most experienced and discerning diners. From local favorites to elegant dining-out experiences, reserve a spot at the best Chinese food in San Diego!

Restaurants:Del Mar Rendezvous, P.F. Chang's - La Jolla, P.F. Chang's - Chula Vista
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Chinese, Asian
Neighborhoods:Del Mar, La Jolla, Chula Vista / Bonita

Del Mar Rendezvous

$$$$·Chinese·
Del Mar
1,008 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
This elegant spot in North San Diego comes from the creator of the city's celebrated Dumpling Inn. Del Mar Rendezvous continues the owner's streak of creating some of the best ChinRead more
92% recommended
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P.F. Chang's - La Jolla

$$$$·Asian·
La Jolla
138 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Creative Cuisine
One of the San Diego outposts of this celebrated Chinese chain is in the La Jolla Crossroads neighborhood of San Diego. It's a perfect place to go for a family-style dinner or a fiRead more
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P.F. Chang's - Chula Vista

$$$$·Asian·
Chula Vista / Bonita
96 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Quiet Conversation
This upscale installment of the national Chinese chain is a perfect place to go after visiting the highlights around the San Diego Bay or the Otay Open Space Preserve. It's also anRead more
100% recommended
Kid Friendly in San Diego
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P.F. Chang's - Carlsbad

$$$$·Asian·
Carlsbad
114 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Kid-friendly
The Carlsbad location of the national Chinese favorite called P.F. Chang's is in a prime location. It's a quick walk from the beaches of Carlsbad and McClellan - Palomar Airport. TRead more
88% recommended
Kid Friendly in San Diego
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Steamy Piggy

$$$$·Chinese·
Kearny Mesa
57 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
The Steamy Piggy features some of the unique ambiances in the entirety of San Diego. Diners can stop into this hot spot by Miramar and marvel at the restaurant's signature pink walRead more
89% recommended
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Mandarin Wok Restaurant

$$$$·Chinese·
Pacific Beach
In the heart of the happening Clairemont area of San Diego, Mandarin Wok features one of the coolest menus of Chinese classics in the entirety of San Diego. These traditional disheRead more
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Hong Kong Restaurant

$$$$·Chinese·
Hillcrest
Hong Kong is a legendary and lively late-night destination spot for locals to enjoy classic Chinese dishes. Head out here after a night on the town or make a reservation for lunch Read more
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P.F. Chang's - Temecula

$$$$·Asian·
Temecula
35 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
For some of the best Chinese food in San Diego, go for one of the standby favorites in Temecula. This suburban hot spot is in the Temecula Promenade, delivering plenty of great oppRead more
100% recommended

P.F. Chang's - San Diego

$$$$·Asian·
Mission Valley
110 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Lunch
The San Diego location of this chain favorite is a perfect spot to go after traveling to the University of San Diego or strolling by the nearby San Diego River. On one of San DiegoRead more
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in San Diego

Isabel's Cantina

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Pacific Beach
246 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
This Felspar Street favorite boasts one of the most intriguing menus in the city. Isabel's lively restaurant brings together an electric crowd and an unbeatable mix of cuisine. HerRead more
86% recommended
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Cherrywine modern Asian cuisine

$$$$·Asian·
La Jolla
10 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good Vegetarian Options
La Jolla is one of the nicest spots in the area, and it boasts some of the best Chinese food in San Diego. A short walk from Seal Rock, the waterfront of La Jolla, and the Museum oRead more
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Sam Woo Restaurant

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Irvine
There are not many modern flourishes at Sam Woo's - just great food in a straightforward setting. This cash-only spot in Kearny Mesa has excellent barbecue and a lively weeknight aRead more
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China Max Seafood Restaurant

$$$$·Chinese·
Kearny Mesa
This upscale, two-story seafood spot in the Convoy Pointe Shopping Center is one of the city's most bustling seafood spots. With a sleek and modern look inside and superb patio dinRead more
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Trieu Chau Restaurant

$$$$·Chinese·
Kensington
This neighborhood favorite is a hot spot for University of San Diego students, faculty, and teachers. They head in for some of the city's best Cambodian / Chinese food, with a menuRead more
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