22 Splendid Chinese Restaurants in San Francisco
Enjoy the best soup dumplings, Cantonese barbecue, and hand-pulled noodles at home

The history of Chinese food in San Francisco goes back for about as long as there has been Chinese food in the US — back to the days of the gold rush, the intercontinental railroad, and, of course, the start of the country’s oldest (and still vibrant) Chinatown. These days, San Francisco is still home to the kind of robust dim sum scene that befits its Cantonese roots, but over the years the city has also seen a burgeoning of China’s other regional cuisines, especially out west in the Richmond and Sunset neighborhoods.

The 22 restaurants on this collection of greatest hits — spanning soup dumplings, hand-pulled noodles, red-cooked pork belly, and more — are all open for takeout or delivery. Eat your way through the list for a taste of why SF is still one of America’s preeminent Chinese food cities.

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China Live: The casual first-floor market restaurant in George Chen’s massive, multi-venue complex is offering its entire menu for takeout (and delivery via Caviar, Grubhub, and Uber Eats), including customer favorites like its crisp-bottomed sheng jian bao and its Peking duck sesame pockets. Also available: to-go cocktails from its upstairs bar, Cold Drinks; China Live-branded condiments; and 8- to 10-person party portions for those who like leftovers or are sheltering in place with a larger crowd. The restaurant is now also serving customers outside starting at 4 p.m. every day. – Eater San Francisco (09.14.20)