The Best Chinese Food in San Francisco

The OpenTable Team

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!

Restaurants:China Live, Eight Tables by George Chen, Harborview Restaurant & Bar
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Chinese
Neighborhoods:Chinatown, Financial District / Embarcadero

China Live

$$$$·Chinese·
Chinatown
1,480 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
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, anRead more
86% recommended
Best Food in San Francisco
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Eight Tables by George Chen

$$$$·Chinese·
Chinatown
200 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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 cockRead more
86% recommended
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Harborview Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Chinese·
Financial District / Embarcadero
253 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Groups
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, HarbRead more
96% recommended
Good for Groups in San Francisco
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Z & Y Restaurant

$$$$·Chinese·
Chinatown
193 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
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 Read more
100% recommended
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FANG

$$$$·Chinese·
SOMA
1,964 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Authentic
  • Business Meals
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 Read more
89% recommended
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Yank Sing - Stevenson Street

$$$$·Dim Sum·
SOMA
1,241 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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 Read more
89% recommended
Great for Lunch in San Francisco Bay Area
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Yank Sing - Rincon Center

$$$$·Dim Sum·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,036 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Sunday 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. Read more
90% recommended
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Grand Harbor

$$$$·Dim Sum·
Burlingame
113 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Waterfront
  • Authentic
Grand Harbor has it all — incredible food, great service, and unbeatable views. This bayside restaurant also specializes in dim sum, as well as other Chinese classics. However, in Read more
100% recommended
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Crouching Tiger Restaurant

$$$$·Chinese·
Redwood City
208 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Casual
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 localRead more
100% recommended
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Yucca De Lac

$$$$·Chinese·
Palo Alto
164 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
Taking a different spin on traditional Chinese food, Yucca De Lac has been serving up Asian-fusion dishes for more than 50 years. The interior space is modern and elegant, and dineRead more
100% recommended
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Uncle Yu's at the Vineyard

$$$$·Pan-Asian·
Livermore
1,452 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 tRead more
90% recommended
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P.F. Chang's - Emeryville

$$$$·Asian·
Emeryville
59 reviews
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for Birthdays
Located in Emeryville, this family-friendly chain offers Asian-inspired, made-from-scratch recipes using the freshest ingredients. Using traditional techniques, chefs hand-roll dimRead more
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Begoni Bistro

$$$$·Dim Sum·
Chinatown
91 reviews
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Good for Groups
Bright and airy, this San Francisco Chinese eatery is modern and welcoming in terms of its atmosphere, yet highly traditional in regards to its extensive menu. The restaurant itselRead more
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Chili House

$$$$·Chinese·
Richmond District
202 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Spicy
  • Casual
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 bRead more
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Tai Pan

$$$$·Chinese·
Palo Alto
773 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
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 everythRead more
100% recommended
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Teo Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Chinese·
SOMA
38 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
As soon as diners walk into Teo Restaurant & Bar, they immediately notice the industrial-chic decor, before discovering the flavors of Southern Chinese-style dishes. Sharing their Read more
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Brandy Ho's Hunan Food

$$$$·Chinese·
North Beach
289 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
Brandy utilize the infamous chili pepper, transforming this ingredient through various cooking techniques. While dining at Brandy Ho’s Hunan Food, guests can enjoy their house smokRead more
83% recommended
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Hakkasan - San Francisco

$$$$·Chinese·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,291 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
When searching for the best Chinese food in San Francisco, this spot has it all. Located on the second floor of the iconic One Kearny building in downtown San Francisco, Hakkasan fRead more
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Sino Restaurant & Lounge

$$$$·Chinese·
San Jose
1,454 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Bar Seating
Located in San Jose, Sino Restaurant & Lounge is both an eatery and lively nightclub space. Featuring dishes of Cantonese origin made with traditional cooking techniques, the menu Read more
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M.Y. China - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Chinese·
SOMA
1,290 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
When diners have a craving for hand-pulled noodles, M.Y. China is the place to go. This Chinese eatery features a fast-paced open kitchen, offering guests a memorable experience. HRead more
91% recommended
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