Food people in the know are going to tell you that if you want the best Chinese food in the Bay Area, these days you have to leave the city. This may be true in the broadest strokes, and there are big fan bases for Young Can Wok in Burlingame and China Village in Albany. For this list, we’re only going as far as Daly City, but that being said, there’s still great Chinese food here! And just in the last year we’re seeing a potential renaissance in Chinatown itself with the openings of Mister Jiu’s and China Live. So, whether you want dim sum or a full banquet, this list should have you covered.

China Live
The newest entry on this list is George Chen’s big, bustling Market Restaurant at his multi-floor China Live complex. The more upscale Eight Tables on the second floor hasn’t opened yet as of this writing, but the main floor restaurant is a fun experience in and of itself, if not necessarily one that’s bent on authenticity. You’ll find Peking Duck reimagined here as a few petit buns with tender meat inside, and chicken wings made with shrimp paste and dubbed “Chicken of the Sea” wings. You shouldn’t miss the Three Treasure claypot rice or any of the dim sum options, and the place also has a great bar with mixed drinks and excellent wines to pair with the food. – SFist (06.15.17)