The 8 Best Chinese Restaurants in Chicago

June 18, 2020
GiftYa
jason wolfe

Every foodie has a soft spot for Chinese food. These are the best of the best in Chicago.

Chinese food is a bit of a staple all over the United States. Most people who’ve tried it at least once consider it one those favorites that they’ll be going back again and again. Luckily for Chicagoans, Chicago is home to some of the best Chinese restaurants you can find - so you’ll have no trouble satisfying those cravings the next time they roll around.

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The people at GiftYa understand how difficult dining out can be. It can become an expensive habit, and when you’re short on cash and starving for that Chinese cuisine, it can put you in a tough spot. Unless you’ve had the privilege of learning how to make this food yourself, there has to be a way for you to buy your favorite food. That’s why they offer personalized e-gift cards for local Chicago vendors. Take the stress out of paying for your next meal with a gift card to cover the cost of that authentic Chinese food you’ve been craving.

Here are the 8 best Chinese restaurants in Chicago:

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Duck Duck Goat

Fulton Market, West Loop

857 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 | duckduckgoatchicago.com

Dim sum, fresh noodles, veggies, and dessert all in one place? Consider your cravings satisfied. 

Satisfy your dim sum craving with a delicious spread from Duck Duck Goat. Image courtesy of Duck Duck Goat Instagram.

Dim sum is a staple here at Duck Duck Goat. With a fresh, adaptive take on Chineses culinary classics, you won’t want to miss out on what Chef Stephanie Izzard has to offer.

This restaurant is very vegetarian friendly and boasts some of the best flavors that you’ll find in all of Chicago. They have plenty of vegetarian dishes, but they are also more than happy to adjust any of their recipes to fit your dietary needs.

Stop in soon to try some of the most beloved Chinese food in all of the Windy City.

“To be honest... we had a hard time picking a favorite...I will continue to be a fan as long as these dishes continue to stay incredible. And so far, they really, really have.” - Yelp Review




MingHin Cuisine

South Loop

1234 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 | minghincuisine.com

Fresh ingredients and classic Cantonese cuisine are the hallmarks of this mini-chain.

Image courtesy of MingHin Cuisine Instagram.

Love authentic Chinese food, beautiful presentation, and bold flavors? MingHin Cuisine has been heralded as “one of the best and biggest dim sum mini-chains in the Midwest.”

They offer authentic Cantonese food that will have your mouth watering from the moment you step through their front door.

All of their food is made fresh and in-house, so you know that you won’t be compromising on quality when you come here. The variety of dim sum options is enough to keep you coming back again and again just to try them all.

“Perfect location for people who live in south loop who want authentic Chinese food but don't want to drive to Chinatown. The atmosphere is great. Plenty of spaces there. Food is delicious.” - Yelp Review




Imperial Lamian

North Side

6 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654 | imperial-lamian.com

Treat yourself to a meal made from scratch - with all of those classic Chinese flavors that make your mouth water.

Image courtesy of Imperial Lamian Instagram.

If you’ve ever wondered what really goes into the preparation, cooking, and plating of a fantastic Chinese meal, Imperial Lamian is your chance to find out. Tucked inside a modern and stylish environment is this Chicagoan treasure that you won’t want to miss out on. 

Imperial Lamian prides themselves on their fresh ingredients - including special Lamian noodles that are made in-house, along with their dim sum. 

Stop in soon to see everything they have to offer to Chicago’s Chinese food scene. And if you like it enough, try out one of their cooking classes where you can learn how to make this delicious food for yourself.

“Going in, I anticipated good food but had no idea the dining experience we would have. The kitchen has a glass window where you watch everything made from scratch.” - Yelp Review



Shanghai Terrace

North Side

108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611 | peninsula.com

Little portions don’t mean little flavor. Check out these gorgeous authentic Chinese cuisine plates.

Image courtesy of The Peninsula Chicago Instagram.

If you love fine dining and Chinese food, Shanghai Terrace is the place to sit down and stay for a while this weekend. Located inside The Peninsula hotel, you’ll feel like royalty when you eat here.

Though the portions are small, they’re also incredibly filling, and you can sit through seven full courses if you’d like - so don’t be put off by what they put in front of you. 

The Cantonese and Shanghainese food here is world class. It will look incredible and taste even better. If you appreciate service that goes above and beyond and phenomenal Chinese food, this is the place for you.

“Most amazing service here! Everyone is so nice. When you get too cold, they bring you a red cashmere scarf!! The restaurant is also gorgeous with an amazing rooftop.” - Yelp Review


Furama Restaurant

Uptown 4936 N Broadway St, 

Chicago, IL 60640 | furamachicago.com

Great food and even better prices - this might be your new favorite late night bite!

Image courtesy of Furama Instagram.

Do you adore Chinese food but hate the high prices, living in the city? Furama offers fully authentic Cantonese and Mandarin dishes for an incredibly low price.

Their extensive dim sum menu offers enough options for you to try something new every day for two months straight if you want to. They also have plenty of vegetarian dishes to please your meat-free friends, so everyone can be happy with what they order from Furama.

Within their building, they have two large banquet halls that are perfect for the next party you plan to host with an authentic Chinese menu.

“This place is my go-to restaurant for authentic and reasonably priced dim sum...Furama is definitely a hidden gem, and they validate parking right next to the restaurant!” - Yelp Review



Moon Palace Restaurant

Neighborhood: Chinatown

Address: 216 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616 | moonpalacechicago.com

Szechuan sauce has never looked so good.

Image courtesy of Moon Palace Restaurant Instagram.

If you love the classics but wouldn’t mind seeing them adapted into something different, just to try it, Moon Palace Restaurant might be your new favorite foodie heaven. Their shtick is a modern interpretation of some of the most classic Chinese recipes.

The menu at Moon Palace Restaurant has so many options you won’t really know what to choose, but once you settle on something, you’ll be sure to love it. They take classic dishes and incorporate modern ingredients to alter them - and they are yummy.

Swing by for excellent service and a great new take on some of your oldest, most memorable favorites.

“The hands down best best best Chinese food yet I've had in Chicago. The perfect amount of flavor and spice. The restaurant is spotless clean. Quick service and great serving portions. Everyone who comes to Chinatown must try Moon.” - Yelp Review



Cai

Chinatown

2100 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616 | cairestaurant.com

Take things to the next level with these color-loving foodies.

Image courtesy of Cai Restaurant Instagram.

For a place that switches up its menu enough to give you something new to try each time you come in, you won’t want to miss Cai. Their ingredients are always fresh - so fresh that you can even pick your seafood right out of a tank located in house for the chef to cook then and there.

At Cai, they’re big on color. A colorful meal is the mark of a well-made meal, so be prepared to see an array of bright colors on the table when you go there. It’s kind of their specialty. Dim sum has never been this colorful - or delicious, for that matter.

“Our fav dim sum place in Chicago. 2nd floor of Chinatown Square - nearby elevator in the center courtyard if you need it. Menu has seasonal new items and items that you don't typically find elsewhere.” - Yelp Review



Sun Wah Bar-B-Que

Uptown

5039 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640 | sunwahbbq.com

Chinese food + Bar-B-Que? Yes please!

Image courtesy of Sun Wah BBQ Restaurant Facebook.

If you like fresh meat and barbecue sauce, you’re going to love your stay at Sun Wah Bar-B-Que. Their Hong Kong style BBQ offers some of the only Peking duck that’s made in house in the entire city!

If you order it, you’ll receive an entire duck, as well as bao buns, hoisin sauce, and veggies, and it is oh-so good. And when you dine in, they’ll cut the finished product up for you right at your table, which is a show in and of itself!

You won’t want to miss out on this hidden Chicagoan treasure.

“Sun wah serves delicious and classic Chinese cuisine. Their Peking duck dinner is one of the best In Chicago. If you're looking for a great Chinese restaurant on the north side look no further than Sun wah.” - Yelp Review

When you’ve got a hankering for Chinese food, it can be difficult to make a decision on where you order it from. Hunger can make you all sorts of disoriented. But these restaurants are the best of the best, so you can be sure to find something you like when you try them.

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