Best Chinese in San Francisco

July 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here's the top rated Chinese restaurants in the city of SF. 

Yank Sing
Asian · SoMa · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

There’s always a "rolling cart" coming ’round the corner at these dim sum palaces featuring an "unrivaled" selection of "exceptional" tidbits – including some of the "best damn dumplings around" – in a white-tablecloth setting; despite weekend and lunchtime mobs, service is "wicked fast" , and though prices are rather "upscale" , you "get what you pay for" here.
R & G Lounge
Chinese · Chinatown · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.6

"Excellent" salt-and-pepper crab is a "must" leading the "first-rate" lineup at this "locally famous" Chinatown Cantonese; the servers "hurry you along" to make room for the "crowds" , but it remains a favorite for taking "out-of-town guests" – just "make sure you have reservations."
Ton Kiang
Chinese · Outer Richmond · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.8

"Order your heart out" at this two-floor Outer Richmond "institution" where a "dazzling" variety of dim sum is "served all day" , joined by "wonderful" Hakka-style fare at dinner; "it’s not the cheapest" and could use some "sprucing up" , plus there are "long" waits "weekend mornings" , but for "delectable" Chinese food without the "drive to Chinatown" , it’s "the place to go" ; P.S. closed Wednesdays.
Shanghai House Restaurant
Chinese · Outer Richmond · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.3 · Service 3.5

"The real deal" for "traditional" Chinese eats, this cash-only Outer Richmond joint is known for "very good xiao long bao" (Shanghai soup dumplings) "as well as dishes from other regions" ; granted, the service and decor are lacking, but few mind since it’s "nice and cheap."
Hong Kong Lounge
Chinese · Inner Richmond · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.8

Weekend lines recalling "the Great Wall" suggest these dim-sum parlors are among the most "authentic" around, with "yummy" dumplings and much more delivered "directly from the kitchen to your table" ; a full menu of "expertly cooked" Cantonese dishes adds to the possibilities.
Chinese · Lower Pacific Heights · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

"Generous portions" of Chinese chow are "beautifully prepared" at this Lower Pacific Heights Hunan haunt, where "quality ingredients" add up to an "excellent" meal; "reasonable" prices make it "a favorite for those in the know" (lunch is an "amazing deal" ), but some opt for takeout to avoid "the bum's rush" from the "fast" servers.
Asian · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

"Haute Chinese" dining lands Downtown at this "chic" outpost of the swank international chain purveying a "modern" , "well-executed" menu ferried by a "professional" crew; critics cite "super-expensive" pricing, though "trendy" types dig the "hopping bar" , "loud music" and "see-and-be-seen" scene.
Eric's Restaurant
Chinese · Noe Valley · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

For "flavorful" Chinese chow "without the hassle of Chinatown" , Noe Valley locals head to this "popular" neighborhood "go-to" ; it's "not fancy" , but "welcoming" staffers, "reasonable" pricing and a "homey" feel help make it "satisfying" for a "low-key" meal.