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24 Splendid Chinese Restaurants in San Francisco

The best soup dumplings, Cantonese barbecue, and hand-pulled noodles across SF

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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 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the Chinese restaurant community, but the 24 restaurants in this collection of greatest hits — spanning soup dumplings, hand-pulled noodles, red-cooked pork belly, and more — are all still open for business, at least 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.

As of publication time, some of these restaurants offer seated, outdoor dining. However, their inclusion should not be taken as endorsement for sit-down dining, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that COVID-19 infection rates are lower for outside activities, but the level of risk involved with outdoor dining is contingent on restaurants and their patrons following strict social distancing, face covering, and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hakka Restaurant 客家山莊

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4401 Cabrillo St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 876-6898

Often described as a kind of soulful cousin to Cantonese food, the cuisine of China’s migratory Hakka people abounds with pickled vegetables and slow-cooked meats. This homey Outer Richmond restaurant is a great place to get hooked on these rustic, comforting flavors. Must-order dishes include the salt-baked chicken, clams stir-fried with basil, and braised pork belly with preserved mustard greens.

2. Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant 老北京

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3132 Vicente St
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 564-3481
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On cold nights, prior to the pandemic, many of the regulars who’d crowd the small, scruffy dining room at Old Mandarin Islamic would order one of the spicy Beijing-style hot pots. That won’t be an option again until dine-in service resumes, but there’s still plenty of deliciousness to be had. In general, the restaurant, which specializes in Chinese Muslim cuisine, is a great place to feast on lamb — stir-fried with cumin, braised, or boiled in a claypot. Chili-heads will want to test their endurance against the side dish/condiment known as la si ni, or “spice you to death.” Call in for takeout, or get delivery via the third-party apps.

3. Shanghai House Restaurant 家家福

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3641 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 831-9288

San Francisco is gifted with an abundance of solid Shanghainese restaurants, and Shanghai House is one of the most consistently enjoyable, known for its steamers of thin-skinned, appropriately broth-laden soup dumplings. It also serves a classic Shanghainese breakfast on weekends, including one of the city’s best renditions of salty soy milk, or xian dou jiang — perhaps the only version in SF that incorporates the pungent dried baby shrimp that Chinese and Taiwanese expats crave. The restaurant recently reopened for takeout and curbside pickup; call in to place your order.

4. Jiangnan Cuisine 江南蘇味館

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3420 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 702-9931
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As its name indicates, this Outer Richmond restaurant specializes in the food of Jiangnan — or, to be specific, the sweet but balanced flavors of Wuxi, a city north of Shanghai. Try the show-stopping stewed duck, which comes covered in pitch-black, syrupy sauce; the fatty red-braised pork belly; or the best-in-class lion’s head meatball. Call in or order delivery via DoorDashGrubhub, or Postmates.

Lion’s head meatball at Jiangnan Cuisine Thien Pham

5. Terra Cotta Warrior 老家陕西

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2555 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 681-3288

Head to this Outer Sunset gem for Shaanxi cuisine, which many Americans became acquainted with thanks to Xian Famous Foods in New York. The menu’s highlights include lots of lamb dishes; stretchy, semi-translucent cold noodles (or mian pi); Shaanxi-style pita bread; and the meat-stuffed sandwiches known as rou jia mo, or “Chinese burgers.” Call in for takeout during dinner hours only, Tuesday through Sunday, 5:30–9:15 p.m.

6. Dumpling Alley 小巷餃子坊

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2512 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 753-9617

Once a strong contender for the title of San Francisco’s xiao long bao king, this Outer Richmond newcomer isn’t currently serving its signature offering. Fortunately, the rest of the restaurant’s to-go menu is still well worth your time, including its entire slate of boiled dumplings (available in both cooked and frozen versions), its noodle dishes, and its sesame seed-studded pan-fried pork buns. Call in for takeout Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m., or get delivery via Grubhub or DoorDash.

Xiao long bao at Dumpling Alley in the Outer Richmond Luke Tsai

7. Ken Kee Cafe

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2109 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 702-6602

A relative newcomer to the Richmond, Ken Kee has emerged as one of the city’s most reliable for the mix of Western and Chinese dishes that are characteristic of a traditional cha chaan teng (Hong Kong-style coffee shop) — braised beef tendons in a noodle soup; Hainanese chicken rice; and gigantic baked pork chops served in a oozy pool of tomato sauce and melted cheese, over either spaghetti or white rice. Call in or walk up for takeout, 11 a.m.–9 p..m every day except Thursdays.

8. Yuanbao Jiaozi 元寶餃子

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2110 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 702-6506
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Yuanbao Jiaozi is all about the dumplings, freshly made by hand, boiled, and served straight-up or in soup. The wonderfully textured wrappers hold a variety of delicate fillings, like fish with green pepper or shrimp with zucchini. After staying closed for the bulk of the shelter in place, the restaurant recently reopened for takeout and is now offering bags of frozen dumplings as well for the first time. Call in your orders, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, or get delivery via DoorDash.

9. Dragon Beaux 俏龍軒

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5700 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 333-8899
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San Francisco’s reigning queen of fancy, innovative dim sumis open for takeout and delivery 11 a.m.–3:00 p.m. and 5–8 p.m., with a fairly extensive menu of to-go dim sum: classic siu mai, but also more modern offerings like sugar-crust-topped baked pork buns, bright-red rice crepe rolls stuffed with batter-fried fish, and a mushroom-and-chicken bao made to look like an actual mushroom. The restaurant is also offering a fairly extensive selection of frozen dim sum for customers who prefer to steam their har gow or chicken feet at home, with 10 percent off orders over $100. Call in or order for delivery via Uber EatsGrubhub, or DoorDash.

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10. Dumpling Specialist 嵐翔生煎饅頭

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1123 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 640-1403

Run by Paul Yu, the chef who used to operate Dumpling Kitchen a few blocks down on Taraval, this pint-sized restaurant’s most popular dish is actually its juicy, pan-fried sheng jian bao. Otherwise, the real finds here are the northern Chinese breakfast specialties, including the city’s richest, creamiest version of salty soy milk (xian dou jiang). The entire menu is available for takeout — call in to place your order.

Salty soy milk with Chinese doughnuts at Dumpling Specialist Luke Tsai

11. House of Pancakes 餡餅之家

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937 Taraval
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 681-8388

This no-frills northern Chinese spot in Parkside specializes in flaky scallion- and sesame seed–flecked pancakes, often rolled with up with thinly sliced beef or scrambled eggs. It’s a carb-fest here: The dumplings and hand-pulled noodles are also pretty great. House of Pancakes had been closed for the duration of the shelter in place, but it’s reopening for takeout on June 19 with slightly reduced hours, 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m. every day except Wednesdays. Call in or walk up to order.

12. Mamahuhu 馬馬虎虎

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517 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

Chef Brandon Jew’s most casual and accessible restaurant yet is this counter-service operation in the Inner Richmond that specializes in Chinese-American takeout classics: sweet-and-sour chicken, beef and broccoli, egg rolls, and the ubiquitous stir-fry medley known as “happy family.” Everything dish is made with well-sourced ingredients, abundant vegetables, and precise Chinese technique — which means that chicken, for instance, isn’t cloyingly sweet and has a satisfying crunch. Order online for pickup, or get delivery via Caviar.

13. Beijing Restaurant 北京小館

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1801 Alemany Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 333-8182
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How lucky San Francisco is to have a Beijing restaurant whose whole reason for being isn’t its Peking duck. Instead, regulars at this Excelsior mainstay mostly come for the kitchen’s northern Chinese dough-based dishes: chewy hand-made noodles; big, Beijing-style crepes and pancakes; and little stir-fried flour balls. During the pandemic, it’s selling bags of frozen dumplings too. Call in your takeout order, and while you can get delivery via the third-party apps, if you call the restaurant directly and order at least $25 of food, they’ll do in-house delivery for free.

14. Dumpling Home

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298 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 503-1666
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Trendy Hayes Valley has not previously had a reputation for destination-worthy Chinese food, but this homey newcomer is worth a special visit for its freshly handmade, supremely soupy xiao long bao and crispy-bottomed sheng jian bao. The xiao long bao, in particular, are available in six different versions, including one filled with numbingly spicy broth.

15. United Dumplings

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525 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 658-7363
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This dumpling-focused spinoff of the Excelsior’s Beijing Restaurant serves stellar, by-the-books renditions of staples like xiao long bao and shengjian bao, Beyond that, however, chef and co-owner Sandy Zheng’s stretches the boundaries of what’s considered “proper” to put in a Chinese dumpling. Her Mission chicken potsticker, filled with ground chicken, sweet corn, and cheese, is a true SF original.

16. Hing Lung Company 興隆燒臘肉食公司

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1261 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 397-5521

This Cantonese barbecue shop’s crackly-skinned roast pig and succulent, honey-brushed char siu — served either on their own or as part of a rice plate — make for some of most luxurious bites in the city. For most of Hing Lung’s existence, delivery was never an option, but to add another revenue stream during the pandemic, co-owner Eric Cheung signed onto Uber Eats under the moniker Go Duck Yourself, though of course customers can still walk up and order takeout.

17. China Live

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644 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 788-8188
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The casual first-floor market restaurant in George Chen’s massive, multi-venue complex is offering its entire menu for takeout (and delivery via CaviarGrubhub, 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.

18. Z & Y Restaurant 御食園

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655 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 981-8988
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This is the spot to seek out in Chinatown when a craving for tongue-numbingly spicy Sichuan fare hits. Favorites include standards like chilled beef tendon, chicken with explosive chili pepper, and one of the better versions of wontons in red chili oil around. Z & Y is open for takeout or delivery via CaviarDoorDash, or Uber Eats.

19. Bund Shanghai Restaurant 上海飯店

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640 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 982-0618

Everyone orders the xiao long bao, as you do in a Shanghainese restaurant, and few diners will feel sorry about devouring a steamer’s worth of Bund Shanghai’s very respectable version. The tender lion’s head meatball is another favorite here, as is the jiggly red-braised Dongpo pork belly (available in a small, one-person portion). The restaurant reopened for takeout at the beginning of June. Call in your order, or get delivery via Postmates.

20. Sam Wo Restaurant 三和粥粉麺

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713 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 989-8898
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The iconic, century-old restaurant is open, with reduced hours, serving its popular fish jook and barbecue pork rice rolls — and raw fish salad with preserved vegetables, for those looking for something unique — for takeout and delivery.

21. R&G Lounge 嶺南小館

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631 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 982-7877
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Perhaps best known for its salt-and-pepper Dungeness crab, an aggressively seasoned, deep-fried version of the local delicacy, this bustling, three-story restaurant serves plenty of other great Cantonese fare. The restaurant is now open for takeout daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call in or get delivery via Caviar.

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22. Hon's Wun-Tun House

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648 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 433-3966
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This decades-old legacy business serves the same style of wonton noodles you’ll find at the bustling little shops located on countless Hong Kong street corners, at a similarly affordable price point. Toppings run the gamut from stewed beef brisket and tendon to fish balls and pig’s feet. You can get other Hong Kong specialties like curry fish balls, and the housemade chile oil is a must. During the pandemic, the restaurant is also selling uncooked noodles and wontons for customers to prepare at home.

23. Harborview Restaurant & Bar 凱悅匯

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4 Embarcadero Center, Street Level
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 399-1200
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Run by members of the R&G Lounge crew, Harborview is more than just a swanky banquet space with nice views of the water. It’s also serving some of the tastiest dim sum in the city, turning out consistently solid versions of all the standards, from har gow to siu mai to baked barbecue pork buns. The restaurant now has an extensive takeout menu that includes dim sum, family-style entrees and prix-fixe meals, and even a whole or half roasted suckling pig. Order online for pickup or delivery. The restaurant is also now seating diners on its patio.

24. Yank Sing 羊城茶室

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101 Spear St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 957-9300
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Sure, it's expensive for dim sum, but you mostly get what you pay for at Yank Sing, whether you’re talking about the egg tarts, the scallop dumplings, or the notably excellent vegetarian dumpling options. The downtown SF institution was closed for much of the shelter in place, but it has now reopened for both takeout and outdoor dining (at the Stevenson Street location only). Order online for pickup or delivery.

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1. Hakka Restaurant 客家山莊

4401 Cabrillo St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Often described as a kind of soulful cousin to Cantonese food, the cuisine of China’s migratory Hakka people abounds with pickled vegetables and slow-cooked meats. This homey Outer Richmond restaurant is a great place to get hooked on these rustic, comforting flavors. Must-order dishes include the salt-baked chicken, clams stir-fried with basil, and braised pork belly with preserved mustard greens.

4401 Cabrillo St
San Francisco, CA 94121

2. Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant 老北京

3132 Vicente St, San Francisco, CA 94116

On cold nights, prior to the pandemic, many of the regulars who’d crowd the small, scruffy dining room at Old Mandarin Islamic would order one of the spicy Beijing-style hot pots. That won’t be an option again until dine-in service resumes, but there’s still plenty of deliciousness to be had. In general, the restaurant, which specializes in Chinese Muslim cuisine, is a great place to feast on lamb — stir-fried with cumin, braised, or boiled in a claypot. Chili-heads will want to test their endurance against the side dish/condiment known as la si ni, or “spice you to death.” Call in for takeout, or get delivery via the third-party apps.

3132 Vicente St
San Francisco, CA 94116

3. Shanghai House Restaurant 家家福

3641 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

San Francisco is gifted with an abundance of solid Shanghainese restaurants, and Shanghai House is one of the most consistently enjoyable, known for its steamers of thin-skinned, appropriately broth-laden soup dumplings. It also serves a classic Shanghainese breakfast on weekends, including one of the city’s best renditions of salty soy milk, or xian dou jiang — perhaps the only version in SF that incorporates the pungent dried baby shrimp that Chinese and Taiwanese expats crave. The restaurant recently reopened for takeout and curbside pickup; call in to place your order.

3641 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121

4. Jiangnan Cuisine 江南蘇味館

3420 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Lion’s head meatball at Jiangnan Cuisine Thien Pham

As its name indicates, this Outer Richmond restaurant specializes in the food of Jiangnan — or, to be specific, the sweet but balanced flavors of Wuxi, a city north of Shanghai. Try the show-stopping stewed duck, which comes covered in pitch-black, syrupy sauce; the fatty red-braised pork belly; or the best-in-class lion’s head meatball. Call in or order delivery via DoorDashGrubhub, or Postmates.

3420 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121

5. Terra Cotta Warrior 老家陕西

2555 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Head to this Outer Sunset gem for Shaanxi cuisine, which many Americans became acquainted with thanks to Xian Famous Foods in New York. The menu’s highlights include lots of lamb dishes; stretchy, semi-translucent cold noodles (or mian pi); Shaanxi-style pita bread; and the meat-stuffed sandwiches known as rou jia mo, or “Chinese burgers.” Call in for takeout during dinner hours only, Tuesday through Sunday, 5:30–9:15 p.m.

2555 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122

6. Dumpling Alley 小巷餃子坊

2512 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Xiao long bao at Dumpling Alley in the Outer Richmond Luke Tsai

Once a strong contender for the title of San Francisco’s xiao long bao king, this Outer Richmond newcomer isn’t currently serving its signature offering. Fortunately, the rest of the restaurant’s to-go menu is still well worth your time, including its entire slate of boiled dumplings (available in both cooked and frozen versions), its noodle dishes, and its sesame seed-studded pan-fried pork buns. Call in for takeout Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m., or get delivery via Grubhub or DoorDash.

2512 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

7. Ken Kee Cafe

2109 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

A relative newcomer to the Richmond, Ken Kee has emerged as one of the city’s most reliable for the mix of Western and Chinese dishes that are characteristic of a traditional cha chaan teng (Hong Kong-style coffee shop) — braised beef tendons in a noodle soup; Hainanese chicken rice; and gigantic baked pork chops served in a oozy pool of tomato sauce and melted cheese, over either spaghetti or white rice. Call in or walk up for takeout, 11 a.m.–9 p..m every day except Thursdays.

2109 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

8. Yuanbao Jiaozi 元寶餃子

2110 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Yuanbao Jiaozi is all about the dumplings, freshly made by hand, boiled, and served straight-up or in soup. The wonderfully textured wrappers hold a variety of delicate fillings, like fish with green pepper or shrimp with zucchini. After staying closed for the bulk of the shelter in place, the restaurant recently reopened for takeout and is now offering bags of frozen dumplings as well for the first time. Call in your orders, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, or get delivery via DoorDash.

2110 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

9. Dragon Beaux 俏龍軒

5700 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
Dragon Beaux/Abraham&Paulin Photography

San Francisco’s reigning queen of fancy, innovative dim sumis open for takeout and delivery 11 a.m.–3:00 p.m. and 5–8 p.m., with a fairly extensive menu of to-go dim sum: classic siu mai, but also more modern offerings like sugar-crust-topped baked pork buns, bright-red rice crepe rolls stuffed with batter-fried fish, and a mushroom-and-chicken bao made to look like an actual mushroom. The restaurant is also offering a fairly extensive selection of frozen dim sum for customers who prefer to steam their har gow or chicken feet at home, with 10 percent off orders over $100. Call in or order for delivery via Uber EatsGrubhub, or DoorDash.

5700 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

10. Dumpling Specialist 嵐翔生煎饅頭

1123 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116
Salty soy milk with Chinese doughnuts at Dumpling Specialist Luke Tsai

Run by Paul Yu, the chef who used to operate Dumpling Kitchen a few blocks down on Taraval, this pint-sized restaurant’s most popular dish is actually its juicy, pan-fried sheng jian bao. Otherwise, the real finds here are the northern Chinese breakfast specialties, including the city’s richest, creamiest version of salty soy milk (xian dou jiang). The entire menu is available for takeout — call in to place your order.

1123 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116

11. House of Pancakes 餡餅之家

937 Taraval, San Francisco, CA 94116

This no-frills northern Chinese spot in Parkside specializes in flaky scallion- and sesame seed–flecked pancakes, often rolled with up with thinly sliced beef or scrambled eggs. It’s a carb-fest here: The dumplings and hand-pulled noodles are also pretty great. House of Pancakes had been closed for the duration of the shelter in place, but it’s reopening for takeout on June 19 with slightly reduced hours, 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m. every day except Wednesdays. Call in or walk up to order.

937 Taraval
San Francisco, CA 94116

12. Mamahuhu 馬馬虎虎

517 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Chef Brandon Jew’s most casual and accessible restaurant yet is this counter-service operation in the Inner Richmond that specializes in Chinese-American takeout classics: sweet-and-sour chicken, beef and broccoli, egg rolls, and the ubiquitous stir-fry medley known as “happy family.” Everything dish is made with well-sourced ingredients, abundant vegetables, and precise Chinese technique — which means that chicken, for instance, isn’t cloyingly sweet and has a satisfying crunch. Order online for pickup, or get delivery via Caviar.

517 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

13. Beijing Restaurant 北京小館

1801 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94112

How lucky San Francisco is to have a Beijing restaurant whose whole reason for being isn’t its Peking duck. Instead, regulars at this Excelsior mainstay mostly come for the kitchen’s northern Chinese dough-based dishes: chewy hand-made noodles; big, Beijing-style crepes and pancakes; and little stir-fried flour balls. During the pandemic, it’s selling bags of frozen dumplings too. Call in your takeout order, and while you can get delivery via the third-party apps, if you call the restaurant directly and order at least $25 of food, they’ll do in-house delivery for free.

1801 Alemany Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94112

14. Dumpling Home

298 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Trendy Hayes Valley has not previously had a reputation for destination-worthy Chinese food, but this homey newcomer is worth a special visit for its freshly handmade, supremely soupy xiao long bao and crispy-bottomed sheng jian bao. The xiao long bao, in particular, are available in six different versions, including one filled with numbingly spicy broth.

298 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102

15. United Dumplings

525 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

This dumpling-focused spinoff of the Excelsior’s Beijing Restaurant serves stellar, by-the-books renditions of staples like xiao long bao and shengjian bao, Beyond that, however, chef and co-owner Sandy Zheng’s stretches the boundaries of what’s considered “proper” to put in a Chinese dumpling. Her Mission chicken potsticker, filled with ground chicken, sweet corn, and cheese, is a true SF original.

525 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

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16. Hing Lung Company 興隆燒臘肉食公司

1261 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

This Cantonese barbecue shop’s crackly-skinned roast pig and succulent, honey-brushed char siu — served either on their own or as part of a rice plate — make for some of most luxurious bites in the city. For most of Hing Lung’s existence, delivery was never an option, but to add another revenue stream during the pandemic, co-owner Eric Cheung signed onto Uber Eats under the moniker Go Duck Yourself, though of course customers can still walk up and order takeout.

1261 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

17. China Live

644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

The casual first-floor market restaurant in George Chen’s massive, multi-venue complex is offering its entire menu for takeout (and delivery via CaviarGrubhub, 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.

644 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

18. Z & Y Restaurant 御食園

655 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

This is the spot to seek out in Chinatown when a craving for tongue-numbingly spicy Sichuan fare hits. Favorites include standards like chilled beef tendon, chicken with explosive chili pepper, and one of the better versions of wontons in red chili oil around. Z & Y is open for takeout or delivery via CaviarDoorDash, or Uber Eats.

655 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94133

19. Bund Shanghai Restaurant 上海飯店

640 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Everyone orders the xiao long bao, as you do in a Shanghainese restaurant, and few diners will feel sorry about devouring a steamer’s worth of Bund Shanghai’s very respectable version. The tender lion’s head meatball is another favorite here, as is the jiggly red-braised Dongpo pork belly (available in a small, one-person portion). The restaurant reopened for takeout at the beginning of June. Call in your order, or get delivery via Postmates.

640 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94133

20. Sam Wo Restaurant 三和粥粉麺

713 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

The iconic, century-old restaurant is open, with reduced hours, serving its popular fish jook and barbecue pork rice rolls — and raw fish salad with preserved vegetables, for those looking for something unique — for takeout and delivery.

713 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

21. R&G Lounge 嶺南小館

631 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Crab at R & G Lounge R & G Lounge

Perhaps best known for its salt-and-pepper Dungeness crab, an aggressively seasoned, deep-fried version of the local delicacy, this bustling, three-story restaurant serves plenty of other great Cantonese fare. The restaurant is now open for takeout daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call in or get delivery via Caviar.

631 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108

22. Hon's Wun-Tun House

648 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

This decades-old legacy business serves the same style of wonton noodles you’ll find at the bustling little shops located on countless Hong Kong street corners, at a similarly affordable price point. Toppings run the gamut from stewed beef brisket and tendon to fish balls and pig’s feet. You can get other Hong Kong specialties like curry fish balls, and the housemade chile oil is a must. During the pandemic, the restaurant is also selling uncooked noodles and wontons for customers to prepare at home.

648 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108

23. Harborview Restaurant & Bar 凱悅匯

4 Embarcadero Center, Street Level, San Francisco, CA 94111

Run by members of the R&G Lounge crew, Harborview is more than just a swanky banquet space with nice views of the water. It’s also serving some of the tastiest dim sum in the city, turning out consistently solid versions of all the standards, from har gow to siu mai to baked barbecue pork buns. The restaurant now has an extensive takeout menu that includes dim sum, family-style entrees and prix-fixe meals, and even a whole or half roasted suckling pig. Order online for pickup or delivery. The restaurant is also now seating diners on its patio.

4 Embarcadero Center, Street Level
San Francisco, CA 94111

24. Yank Sing 羊城茶室

101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Sure, it's expensive for dim sum, but you mostly get what you pay for at Yank Sing, whether you’re talking about the egg tarts, the scallop dumplings, or the notably excellent vegetarian dumpling options. The downtown SF institution was closed for much of the shelter in place, but it has now reopened for both takeout and outdoor dining (at the Stevenson Street location only). Order online for pickup or delivery.

101 Spear St
San Francisco, CA 94105

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