Restaurants

Top Choice Chinese in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Din Tai Fung

It's a testament to the SGV's ethnic Chinese community that Taiwan's most esteemed dumpling house opened its first US outpost here. The menu of dumplings, greens, noodles, desserts, teas and smoothies is as long as …
Top Choice Chinese in North Beach & Chinatown

Mister Jiu's

Ever since the gold rush, San Francisco has craved Chinese food, powerful cocktails and hyper-local specialties – and Mister Jiu's satisfies on all counts. Build your own banquet of Chinese classics with California …
Top Choice Dim Sum in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Dragon Beaux

Hong Kong meets Vegas at SF's most glamorous, decadent Cantonese restaurant. Say yes to cartloads of succulent roast meats – hello, roast duck and pork belly – and creative dumplings, especially XO dumplings with pl…
Top Choice Chinese in North Beach & Chinatown

Z & Y

Graduate from ho-hum sweet-and-sour and middling mu-shu to sensational Szechuan dishes that go down in a blaze of glory. Warm up with spicy pork dumplings and heat-blistered string beans, take on the house-made tant…
Top Choice Chinese in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

Joss Cuisine

With fans including Barbra Streisand, Gwenyth Paltrow and Jackie Chan, this warm, intimate nosh spot serves up superlative, MSG-free Chinese cuisine at non-celebrity prices. Premium produce drives a menu of exceptio…
Chinese in North Beach & Chinatown

China Live

San Francisco has steadily craved Chinese food since 1848, and this fancy food hall delivers regional Chinese taste sensations with Californian flair – it's San Francisco chef George Chen's Asian version of New York…
Dim Sum in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Hakkasan

Bootstrapping start-ups and venture capitalists alike hit Hakkasan for three-course lunch specials ($31) or elegant dim sum (get XO brandy scallop dumplings and prawn and chive dumplings). Celebrate birthdays and IP…
Dim Sum in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

NBC Seafood

Behind the rotunda facade, this SGV dim-sum institution seats 388 at a time. At peak hours (roughly 10am to 1pm on weekends) all seats are full, with a line out the door. Shrimp har gao, pan-fried leek dumplings and…
Chinese in Silver Lake & Echo Park

Fat Dragon

Lo-fi, counter-service Fat Dragon pumps out tweaked takes on old-school American Chinese to the sound of hip-hop and woks. Chow down hearty, flavor-packed dishes such as sweet-and-tangy eggplant with spicy garlic sa…
Noodles in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

Tsujita LA

This super-popular noodle joint is famed for its barbecued pork ramen, the broth of which is simmered for 60 hours to produce a heavier, more robust version than most in town. Indeed, the demand for the ramen became…