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The 11 Best Chinese Restaurants in Wilmington [2023 Update]

February 13, 2023
Food & Drink
jason wolfe
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So you are looking for Chinese restaurants in Wilmington huh? Probably searched for something like “Chinese restaurants in Wilmington North Carolina” or What’s that? How did I know that? Well I mean this is on your phone or computer so this article will only show up for so many Chinese restaurants that you searched in Google so I know it had to be something like that. Either that, or you got here from another GiftYa post or article in which case thank you for reading two today! 

Well today, just like everyday we have exactly what you are looking for. This is a list of the best Chinese restaurants in Wilmington and where you can find them. And listen I know I fudge the rules a little bit on what counts as a “Chinese restaurant” here and there, but I wanted to offer you some variety in your menu choices. I also include links anytime one of these restaurants accept our super convenient virtual gift cards!

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Since GiftYa cards are sent directly to your phone you never have to worry about misplacing them or forgetting to take them with you. In most instances you are going to have your phone with you so in most instances you will have your GiftYa cards right in your pocket. In addition to that, your GiftYa also keeps track of the balance for you. Which is so much nicer than having to try to remember how much was left over on those antiquated plastic gift cards. I mean you can’t write it on them very easily so idk what you’re supposed to do if you don’t use the total value the first time? Just guess the next time you are in town? 

Indochine

7 Wayne Dr | Wilmington | indochinewilmington.com

If you are looking for the fanciest Chinese restaurant you can find in Wilmington then Indochine is going to be your best choice.  They have a lotus pond that you can enjoy, Thai huts that you can enjoy small gatherings in, as well as an exquisite dining room that has room for plenty if indoor seating is more your vibe. And listen, Indochine isn’t even technically Chinese food, it’s a Thai-Vietnamese fusion restaurant. But it’s so hard to offer any kind of menu diversity when you are writing a list of the best Chinese restaurants that I am fudging the rules a little bit. 

Which I wouldn’t do if Indochine didn’t have such an outrageously positive reaction from their customer base. They boast a four and a half star rating with over one thousand reviews on their Yelp page. That means that time after time after time, they are leaving their customers with a feeling of having their expectations not only met, but exceeded in almost every aspect of their evening. And it’s for this reason I feel so comfortable fudging the rules to include Indochine on my list today. 

“This was one of the highlights of my trip to North Carolina. Five star service package in one of the most interesting dining experiences I've seen in a while. Heck, the bathroom is enough to make you wanna stop by this location. I mean it. Even if you don't have to go to the bathroom, go check it out.” - Yelp Review 

Indochine isn’t accepting GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check here for all the other GiftYa available for Chinese restaurants in Wilmington

Cafe Chinois

Best Priced Portions For A Chinese Restaurant In Wilmington

3710 S College Rd | Ste 123 | www.cafe-chinois.com

Cafe Chinois is going to have all the classic Chinese dishes that you expect. But what you won’t expect, or I guess now you will expect it since I told you about it, is there very generous portion sizes. Let’s face inflation is hitting everybody these days so I’m sure the price of take out has gone up where you live and it is certainly going to go up in Wilmington. So I would take advantage of Cafe Chinois ample portions sizes now while they last before inflation takes the opportunity away from the owners. 

“I stopped in for the first time today during a weekday lunch.  I was absolutely blown away by the reasonable prices of their lunches. $8.95 for basically everything on the menu… The portion size was ginormous!  This is a must eat!” - Yelp Review

There aren’t GiftYa digital gift cards available for Cafe Chinois as of the date of this writing, but there might be now! Be sure to check GiftYa itself for all the gift cards available for Chinese restaurants  in Wilmington.

Double Happiness

4403 Wrightsville Ave | Wilmington| chinesedoublehappiness.com

Double Happiness seems to be the best restaurant in Wilmington for what I would refer to as your stereotypical Chinese restaurant. They aren’t going to have anything that crazy on the menu but they are going to have all the staples that you love served up in one convenient location. So if you are eating in a group that just might happen to have a picky eater in the crew, then Double Happiness is going to be the best Chinese restaurant in Wilmington for you. Their menu, while good, isn’t overly exotic or daring. I think that anybody with even remotely reasonable sensibilities would have a delightful time here and enjoy the food whether they eat at the establishment, or whether they opt for the take-out option. All in all, I think it is the most balanced option for a Chinese restaurant in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

“I've been enjoying the deliciously unique food and friendly service for many years… I'll certainly be back. Delicious food. Excellent hospitality in a lovely clean environment that feels relaxing and welcoming.” - Yelp Review 

Double Happiness doesn’t offer GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check back soon because we are always adding Chinese restaurants and attractions in Wilmington!

Bdobo Mongolian Grill

419 S College Rd | Wilmington | facebook.com/Bdobo-Mongolian-Grill

I like to get as much variety as I can on this list but it can be hard to do so when you can only write about one specific type of cuisine. But not to worry, because China is such a large and unique culture, there are actually all kinds of food that fall under the umbrella of Chinese food. And Bdobo Mongolian Grill is just that. It is a specialty type of cuisine from China that is a little bit different from your average Chinese restaurant. 

What a mongolian grill is, is basically a Chinese barbeque. Which I mean come on. If you are a red blooded American you can't say that doesn’t sound delicious. Two of the best types of cuisines, Chinese food, and BBQ coming together in one place just for you? That’s what you’ll find at Bdobo Mongolian Grill.

“Lots of options to choose from.  Food was really great quality.  I loved that there were several options for sauces and oils to use.  Wait staff was super friendly.  Looks like a dive inside,  but clean enough and tasty.” - Yelp Review 

You can’t get a digital GiftYa gift card to Bdobo Mongolian Grill at the moment but be sure to check back soon as new Chinese restaurants and locations in Wilmington are added all the time!

Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant

419 S College Rd | Ste 41 | szechuan-132.com

Szechuan 132 might not be the most daring or inventive entry on my list today. But the cool thing about them is they have been around since 1988 so they have a proven track record. They are a locally owned independent Chinese restaurant that has really been a staple of Wilmington since 1988. I mean they have weathered three recessions (I think, it’s getting hard to keep count) and have come out not only on top, but boasting high user ratings across the board.

“This is a great restaurant! Always fresh always hot! Totally recommend this place! Give it a try you won't be sorry!” - Yelp Review 

Unfortunately Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant isn’t one of the Chinese restaurants in Wilmington participating with GiftYa just yet, but check back soon cause they might be any day now.

Ming Yao Chinese Restaurant

5120 S College Rd | Ste 106 |mingyaowilmington.com

Ming Yao Chinese restaurant rounds out my list of best Chinese places you can find in Wilmington, North Carolina. And it isn’t so much that there is anything wrong with Ming Yao, or that it does something worse than the other restaurants, it is just that there were so many highly rated Chinese restaurants in Wilmington that it got bumped down the list. But you can expect all the classics like egg rolls and noodles served up in a calming atmosphere with a smile. Their service, food, and hospitality make them as worthy as another other entry on this list. 

“The food has always been great every time I've had it, I haven't had anything I haven't liked. My favorite go to Chinese restaurant” - Yelp Review 

As always we’re busy adding attractions and Chinese restaurants in Wilmington to GiftYa all the time but you can’t get one for Ming Yao Chinese Restaurant just yet. Check back soon.

There you have it! All the best rated Chinese restaurants you can find in Wilmington. It’s difficult to get a whole lot of variety on a list of the best types of Chinese restaurants. So I fudged the rules a little bit and featured some Thai-Vietnamese fusion, and even some Mongolian barbeque. So I hope no matter what you are in the mood for, this list has something to offer you. 

And every restaurant on the list today had a four star rating from their customers at a minimum so you can be sure that no matter which Chinese place you chose in Wilmington you will get exactly what you are craving. You wouldn’t think there would be so much great Chinese food in some random city in North Carolina, but  it turns out not only can you find fantastic Chinese food in Wilmington, you can also find plenty of other delicious Asian cuisines as well!

7.  Jade Garden

Serving Some of Wilmington, NC’s Favorite Chinese Food for Decades

Image courtesy of Michael Torbitt on Google.

2601 Castle Hayne Road | Wrightsboro | zmenu.com/jade-garden

Jade Garden isn’t anything fancy – but then again, it doesn’t have to be. For well over a decade, they’ve stuck to a simple recipe for success. Counter service, check. All of your favorite Chinese dishes, check. If you’re looking for a tasty, no frills option, this is it.

From reasonably priced appetizers, to lo mein and fried rice, to chef’s specialities and bigger plates, you’ll find it here at Jade Garden.

“I have been going to Jade Garden for more than 15 years.  They have the best cream cheese wontons hands down that I've ever tried!” - Yelp Review 

8. Uncle Lim’s Kitchen

Affordable Chinese Food with Plenty of Vegetarian Options

Image courtesy of Yelp.

3905 Independence Blvd | Southgate | www.facebook.com/UncleLimsKitchens

Like many of the restaurants on this list, Uncle Lim’s Kitchen may not look like much from the outside. Tucked in a strip mall alongside sub shops and hair salons, you’ll find another one of Wilmington’s top Chinese food establishments. 

Locals love that the staff here is quick and efficient – even long delivery orders will arrive on time and carefully packaged. Some restaurants in Wilmington seem to be putting less effort in lately – which is understandable. It’s hard to offer stable service during uncertain times. However Uncle Lim’s Kitchen has never faltered in providing tasty food at affordable prices, firmly cementing its spot on this list. 

“Not too impressive of a building , but the food is DELICIOUS. Definitely my favorite Chinese joint in proper Wilmington. The half moon dumplings and chow fun are amazing and so flavorful. Instantly became my new favorite Chinese delivery!” - Yelp Review 

9. Lucky Star Chinese Restaurant

The Self-Proclaimed Best Chinese Food in Town

Image courtesy of Yelp.

3926 Market St | Wilmington | myluckystar.net

Chinese food can sometimes be hit or miss, but not at Lucky Star Chinese Restaurant. Located at the Market Street Office Park, Lucky Star is a lucky find for anyone who happens to walk through its doors. The high-energy establishment is dedicated to serving up high-quality meals, so whether you’re craving Szechuan chicken or beef fried rice, you’ll certainly leave satisfied. 

“THE BEST CHINESE FOOD IN WILMINGTON!!!! My wife and I absolutely love this place! It is the best Chinese food we've had outside of China Town in NYC! Go here. You won't be disappointed!!” - Yelp Review 

10. Kyoto Asian Grill

Grab Some of Wilmington’s Best Asian Fusion Grub

Image courtesy of Yelp.

4102 Market St | Wilmington | allmenus.com/kyoto-asian-grille

Kyoto might not be a name you’d expect to see in an article about Chinese food, but rest assured there’s a good reason Kyoto Asian Grill is on this list. Whether you’re craving Japanese, Thai, or Chinese, Kyoto Asian Grill has plenty of perfectly-cooked options for you. Enjoy orange chicken or shrimp fried rice right alongside your sushi and thom yum soup.

Whether you prefer to mix and match flavors yourself or you’re just looking for something that will satisfy a group with different tastes, Kyoto Asian Grill is a great way to go.

“Amazing Thai food. I started with the Thai food and haven't made it into the Japanese or Chinese yet but am looking forward to it. The wait staff is so much fun too, they are SO excited about the food and more than happy to help you out. They were easy to talk to, VERY helpful and quite attentive. I just couldn't get over how excited they seemed to be about the food.” - Yelp Review 

11.  Peking Gourmet Chinese Kitchen

A Hole in the Wall Local Favorite in the Heart of Downtown

Image courtesy of Judy Y. on Google.

120 S Front Street | Wilmington | pekinggourmetnc.com

Considered one of Wilmington’s hidden gems, this tasty Chinese restaurant is hidden in plain sight. Peking Gourmet Chinese Kitchen is in the heart of downtown, just steps away from the Children’s Museum, the Riverwalk, and countless other attractions. With a menu that boasts plenty of options – from flavorful sesame chicken to classic egg drop soup to spicy general tso’s – you’re sure to find something for everyone at Peking Gourmet Chinese Kitchen.

“This checks all my boxes for an Asian takeout spot. Quality, timing, and especially right now: price! Peking has your classic Chinese food, plus sushi and sashimi. Everything we have tried has been wonderful. They offer customization too so you'll definitely enjoy exactly what you're looking for. Just the spot downtown needs – within walking distance of everything!” - Yelp Review 

There you have it, the best-rated Chinese restaurants in Wilmington!

It’s difficult to get a whole lot of variety on a list of the best Chinese restaurants – after all, good Chinese food is good Chinese food. But you’ll still find some interesting options here, from Mongolian barbeque to Thai-Vietnamese fusion. So I hope no matter what you are in the mood for, this list has something to offer you. 

Every restaurant on the list today had at least a four star rating from their customers, so you can be sure that no matter which Chinese place you chose in Wilmington, you will get exactly what you are craving. You wouldn’t think there would be so much great Chinese food in some random city in North Carolina, but it turns out not only can you find fantastic Chinese food in Wilmington, you can also find plenty of other delicious Asian cuisines as well!

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