The Best Chinese Food in San Francisco

Known for its colorful Victorian houses, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, laid-back culture and world-class restaurants, the northern California city of San Francisco buzzes with culture and technology. With more than 20 percent of the local population of Chinese descent, San Francisco offers some of the best Chinese cuisine in America. So where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out when in the mood for Chinese food? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. San Fran has no shortage of authentic Chinese restaurants, and this list presents the absolute best Chinese food in San Francisco. Break out the chopsticks and book a table!

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:China Live, Eight Tables by George Chen, Harborview Restaurant & Bar
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Chinese
Neighborhoods:Chinatown, Financial District / Embarcadero
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

China Live

$$$$·Chinese·
Chinatown
1,945 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot

This unique, modern marketplace offers artisan teas and snacks, as well as multi-course Chinese fare. Located in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown, it is a restaurant, bar, and market. With a goa...

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Eight Tables by George Chen

$$$$·Chinese·
Chinatown
204 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tasting Menu

Located on China Live’s second floor, Eight Tables dishes up some of the best Chinese food in San Francisco. Here, diners can enjoy elaborate tasting menus and highly creative cocktails. Known for off...

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Harborview Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Chinese·
Financial District / Embarcadero
411 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
  • Scenic View

This elegant restaurant focuses on Cantonese Chinese cuisine while offering diners panoramic views of San Francisco's Bay Bridge. Known for their luxurious approach to dining, Harborview Restaurant & ...

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Great for Brunch in San Francisco

Z & Y Restaurant

$$$$·Chinese·
Chinatown
220 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual

Known for their full-flavor, spicy dishes, Z & Y Restaurant serves some of the best Chinese food in San Francisco. Both this restaurant and its chefs are well-known throughout the city, attracting vis...

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5 people mentioned the Chili Oil
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FANG

$$$$·Chinese·
SOMA
2,017 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies

This trendy and modern establishment focuses on Chinese staples in a more upscale setting. Since 1988, the Fang family has offered a new approach to food that is unique from other area Chinese restaur...

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71 people mentioned the Dumplings

Yank Sing - Stevenson Street

$$$$·Dim Sum·
SOMA
1,513 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch

When searching for the best Chinese food in San Francisco, as well as a unique dining experience, Yank Sing won't disappoint. Offering diners a highly interactive experience, Yank Sing specializes in ...

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Great for Lunch in San Francisco
147 people mentioned the Dumplings
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Yank Sing - Rincon Center

$$$$·Dim Sum·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,349 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

At Yank Sing's second location, situated in the Rincon Center, diners will find white linen tablecloths and napkins, as well as floral centerpieces and bright lighting throughout. Their approach to di...

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Great for Brunch in San Francisco
229 people mentioned the Dumplings
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Crouching Tiger Restaurant

$$$$·Chinese·
Redwood City
208 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

This casual eatery features bright lighting, a large dining space, and wood accents. Specializing in spicy Sichuan and Hunan dishes, Crouching Tiger Restaurant is certainly a local favorite. No matter...

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6 people mentioned the Chow Fun
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Uncle Yu's at the Vineyard

$$$$·Pan-Asian·
Livermore
1,608 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

Situated in Livermore, Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard is a classy bar and eatery, offering diners a “zen-like” experience. Independently owned and operated, the goal at Uncle Yu’s is to create an experien...

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13 people mentioned the Hot Sour Soup

P.F. Chang's - Emeryville

$$$$·Asian·
Emeryville
78 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
  • Fun

Located in Emeryville, this family-friendly chain offers Asian-inspired, made-from-scratch recipes using the freshest ingredients. Using traditional techniques, chefs hand-roll dim sum, hand-cut all m...

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Good for Groups in San Francisco Bay Area
3 people mentioned the Mongolian Beef
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Chili House

$$$$·Chinese·
Richmond District
243 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for Groups
  • Spicy

While the interior of Chili House is fairly modest, their menu is anything but. Offering local diners Mandarin-style dim sum, as well as Sichuan-style cuisine, this restaurant is both authentic and cr...

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Tai Pan

$$$$·Chinese·
Palo Alto
758 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

Tai Pan offers diners an elegant atmosphere, featuring white-linen tables and contemporary decor. This 168-seat restaurant presents over 60 dishes to choose from, including everything from honey-smoke...

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19 people mentioned the Dumplings
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