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Best Chinese food in San Francisco?

Best Chinese food in San Francisco?  

6 Answers

top answer by
Debbie from San Francisco

Mission Chinese Food is a super popular one. It's the one that celeb chefs rave about and the chef has been on Ellen. Also has one in NYC, but this is the original. Of course, it's in the Mission, which goes with your plans from your other question :)

If you're looking for dim sum, go to  New Asia Restaurant in Chinatown. You know a place is good when it's filled with Chinese grandmas and grandpas reading newspaper in the morning. It's a swanky place, too, but the prices are pretty good. 

For fried chicken, go to  San Tung Chinese Restaurant. So good! They're pretty renowned for their fried chicken so unless you go right at opening, be prepared to wait in line. Still dreaming of that fried chicken in that tangy sauce!

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  1. Mission Chinese Food (restaurant)
  2. San Tung Chinese Restaurant (restaurant)
  3. New Asia Restaurant (restaurant)
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answered by
JR from Manhattan Beach

I was just in Copenhagen, Denmark at a food symposium (MAD3) which had 600 chefs (some of the best known in the world as well as up and comers). The guys from Mission Chinese Food were invited out to feed this sophisiticated group. They did a 600 person lunch out of a circus tent! And it was AWESOME! They have a lot of cred in SF and now around the world...and it's well deserved. Check it out. 

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  1. Mission Chinese Food (restaurant)
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answered by
Stephanie from San Francisco

Hi Trevor,

I'm a HUGE fan of Chinese food and San Francisco has a plethora of choices ranging from authentic Chinese cuisines specific to location, to Asian Fusion restaurants with elements from different culinary traditions.

To answer your question thoroughly, there is no "best" Chinese food restaurant in SF. A lot of restaurants are known for certain "famous" dishes. With that said, I'll highlight some of my favorites.

San Tung Chinese Restaurant is known for their Dry Fried Chicken Wings which are absolutely to die for. It's pretty much unanimous that they're everyone's favorite and it's easy to see why.

Another one of my favorite dishes from San Tung is their Black Bean Sauce Noodles. This dish is so delicious and compliments the dry fried chicken wings quite well. The sauce is perfect and the little additions like shrimp, squid and zucchini make it even more amazing. 

2)  R & G Lounge It didn't show up to enter the location, but the address is: 631 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA.

The famous Salt and Pepper Crab is a little messy, but incredibly delicious. One whole crab costs about $40 and is sufficient for 2 people if you add an entree. I've tried about 60% of their dishes and they're all spot on. You won't be disappointed.

3)  Mission Chinese Food is by far the most famous in SF. It's not traditional Chinese, but the fusion of the different flavors is outstanding. Highlights were theTiki Pork Belly, Salt Cod Fried Rice, Kung Pao Pastrami, and their Peanuts. 

If you go here during the week, you won't wait as long, but be prepared to wait up to two hours to eat here on a Friday or Saturday. Trust me, it's worth every minute. 

I hope this helps. There are other "top" Asian/Chinese restaurants in San Francisco, but these three stood out to me. Have a wonderful time while you're here! 


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  1. San Tung Chinese Restaurant (restaurant)
  2. Mission Chinese Food (restaurant)
  3. R & G Lounge (restaurant)
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answered by
Tiffany from Corvallis

My family and I have been going to Yet Wah on Clement Street for years for dim sum, but their entire menu is great.  They recently changed ownership and name to Quan Ju Fu, but it's as good as ever.  We love it and my grandparents lived in China for years, so they know their stuff! 

Quan Ju Fu Restaurant
2140 Clement St. at 23rd Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121

(415) 221-8018

Open Everyday 10 A.M. - 10 P.M.

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  1. Quan Ju Fu (restaurant)
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answered first by
Janice from Golden, CO

If you're wanting dim sum, the best (and most renown) is Yank Sing Restaurant.  There's two locations in the financial district - one at Rincon Center, the other just off Market Street.  I've heard good things about Ton Kiang out in the Richmond District, but I've never been there.  

If you're thinking about the best overall, I've honestly never had a bad meal in Chinatown San Francisco or in the  Richmond Districtin any restaurant I've been to there.  Maybe I've just been lucky :)  The last place I went to that was pretty good was Brandy Ho's Hunan Food, which was actually in North Beach on Columbus.  

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Yank Sing Restaurant (restaurant)
  2. Market Street (attraction)
  3. Ton Kiang (restaurant)
  4. Richmond District (attraction)
  5. Chinatown San Francisco (metro area)
  6. Brandy Ho's Hunan Food (restaurant)
  7. North Beach (neighborhood)
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answered by
Vaughn from London

Mission Chinese Food is ok to good; i'd go for lunch to avoid the nutty crowds. i find the quality unfortunately variable.

in a class of its own, if you hit it on a good night, is Jai Yun Restaurant. get a largish party together, more than 4 is ideal. you could go with just 2 people but it will be more expensive. this is what you might think of as banquet dining, heavy on the cold dishes.

for something more quotidian, i agree with janice about going to the richmond and particularly Clement Street. some of the best homestyle southern chinese food there is made in vietnamese restaurants. minh's garden, now closed, was particularly good at whole fried fish. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mission Chinese Food (restaurant)
  2. Jai Yun Restaurant (restaurant)
  3. Clement Street (attraction)
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