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Where to Eat and Drink in San Francisco’s Chinatown

A guide to the neighborhood’s most beloved noodle joints and dim sum parlors

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The pandemic hasn’t spared any cuisine or any neighborhood in San Francisco, but the city’s Chinatown — and its Chinese restaurants in general — bore the brunt of the burden.

Even so, Chinatown proved resilient and this month celebrated Lunar New Year with weeks of festivities that could signal the area’s long-awaited rebound from the darker days of 2020. These days you’ll find most of the restaurants have reopened if not for indoor dining, then at least for takeout and/or delivery, including some of the neighborhood’s most beloved, long-enduring spots.

Here are 19 new and classic Chinatown spots, perfect for satisfying your dim sum or barbecue rice plate cravings.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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George Chen’s massive, multi-venue complex is back in action. Downstairs you’ll find a full menu Chinese specialties, including customer favorites like its crisp-bottomed sheng jian bao and its Peking duck sesame pockets, while the more upscale Eight Tables upstairs serves a $250 tasting menu. There’s also the swanky Cold Drinks Bar for cocktail fans, and don’t forget to peruse the marketplace’s selection of housemade condiments and snacks on your way out.

My Canh

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A neighborhood go-to for Vietnamese comfort food, My Canh is still serving up banh xeo and tubs of bun bo hue for takeout. Normally a popular late-night spot, the restaurant is currently operating at reduced hours — Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

V.I.P. Coffee & Cake Shop

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V.I.P. features the kind of eclectic menu that’s typical of a Hong Kong-style cafe: everything from baked pork chops over rice (or red-sauce spaghetti) and hot, sweet milk tea to stir-fried noodles and fried chicken wings. It’s also a bakery, with a full selection of cakes and pastries.

Dim Sum Bistro

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The popular takeout dim sum spot is open for takeout daily from 9 a.m. to around 3 or 4 p.m. The steam table is fully stocked with hot foods — so come load up on rice rolls, turnip cakes, pork buns, and assorted dumplings.

Hing Lung Company

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This Cantonese barbecue shop’s crackly-skinned roast pig and succulent, honey-brushed char siu make for some of most luxurious bites in the whole city. For most of Hing Lung’s existence, delivery was never an option, but to add another revenue stream, co-owner Eric Cheung finally signed onto Uber Eats under the moniker “Go Duck Yourself.” Old school Cantonese comfort food is the name of the game here: superlative roast duck and other barbecue meats, served either on their own or as part of a rice plate.

Chong Qing Xiao Mian

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Chong Qing Xiao Mian specializes in thin, springy noodles dressed up in tongue-tingling sauces, plus other Sichuan classics like wontons in spicy chili oil and spicy numbing beef tendon.

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Bund Shanghai Restaurant

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Everyone orders the xiao long bao, as you do at a Shanghainese restaurant, and few diners will feel sorry about devouring a steamer’s worth of Bund Shanghai’s very respectable version. But the rest of the menu is just as strong: The tender lion’s head meatball is another favorite, as is the jiggly red-braised Dongpo pork belly (available in a conveniently small, one-person portion).

Wing Sing Dim Sum

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One of Chinatown’s most popular quick-serve dim sum specialists, Wing Sing offers all of the usual standards — dumplings and buns galore, plus an unusually robust lineup of steam table trays loaded with more entree-like stews and stir-fries. But the main reason to come are the big chicken buns, which are a full meal in and of themselves, crammed full of chicken, sausage, shiitake mushroom, and hard-boiled egg.

Wong Lee Bakery

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Chinatown’s most legendary egg tarts can be found at Golden Gate Bakery but since it’s still yet to reopen from its pandemic slumber, you can get your fix at Wong Lee Bakery, an itty bitty counter on Jackson Street. The egg tarts are everything you could want and more with a flaky crust – no soggy bottoms – and a smooth custard inside. If you’re particularly lucky, they’ll still be warm when you inhale them, which might be as soon as you step back out onto the sidewalk.

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New Lun Ting Cafe

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This old-school diner serves solid comfort food in the form of homey Chinese and American rice plates topped with everything from braised oxtails to hamburger patties or gravy-soaked pork chops. It even serves a decent prime rib plate (over rice!).

New Woey Loy Goey Restaurant

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This Chinatown basement restaurant — whose history goes back some 90 years — serves some of the heartiest and most inexpensive Cantonese food in town. Customer favorites include old-school dishes like tomato-and-beef chow mein, salt-and-pepper fried pork chops, and steamed pork hash. The rice plates are an especially good deal, at just $7 or $8 a pop.

Z & Y Restaurant

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Favorites at this hugely popular Sichuan restaurant — though it was recently embroiled in a wage theft lawsuit — include tongue-numbingly spicy Sichuan standards like chilled beef tendon, chicken with explosive chili pepper, and one of the better versions of wontons in red chili oil around.

New Golden Daisy

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This is your prototypical Cantonese takeout deli with roast meats hanging in the window and big vats of prepared dishes sitting on the steam table. But the best reason to hit up New Golden Daisy is to get a big carton of its excellent fried chicken wings — drumettes, specifically.

Good Mong Kok Bakery

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During normal times, this dim sum takeout joint is where you’ll find some of the longest lines in Chinatown. The main attractions are the giant steamers filled with every kind of bao (or bun) you can imagine, including a super-savory pork-and-vegetable bao and one of the best steamed charsiu (roast barbecue pork) buns in town.

Sam Wo Restaurant

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The iconic, century-old restaurant is still open and serving its popular fish jook and barbecue pork rice rolls — including for takeout and app-based delivery. Those feeling a little more adventurous can go for the deluxe raw fish salad, with its mix of preserved vegetables and candied citrus rinds.

Hon's Wun-Tun House

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Ordering at this decades-old legacy business is about as straightforward as it gets. You’re going to want noodles, probably the soupy ones with bite-size wontons, served in the same style you’ll find at the bustling little noodle shops found on countless Hong Kong street corners — and at a similarly affordable price point. Toppings run the gamut from stewed beef brisket and tendon to pig’s feet, and the housemade chile oil is a must.

Capital Restaurant

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Capital remains a prime destination for large groups and rambunctious get-togethers in Chinatown. Whatever you do, don’t skip the salt-and-pepper fried chicken wings.

R & G Lounge

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Known for its the salt-and-pepper Dungeness crab and other elegant Cantonese dishes, R & G is a Chinatown staple, especially for seafood lovers and connoisseurs of Chinese-style roasted poultry. The dining rooms at this bustling, three-story restaurant have reopened, plus takeout and app-based delivery are available.

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City View Restaurant

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High-end places like Yank Sing and Dragon Beaux may get all the SF dim sum glory, but City View should share the spotlight for its very solid cart-style dim sum. The restaurant is open dine-in, with a wide selection of both classic dim sum items and larger entrées. For those not doing indoor dining, walk up, call in, or order online — with delivery available through all of the major third-party apps.

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China Live

George Chen’s massive, multi-venue complex is back in action. Downstairs you’ll find a full menu Chinese specialties, including customer favorites like its crisp-bottomed sheng jian bao and its Peking duck sesame pockets, while the more upscale Eight Tables upstairs serves a $250 tasting menu. There’s also the swanky Cold Drinks Bar for cocktail fans, and don’t forget to peruse the marketplace’s selection of housemade condiments and snacks on your way out.

My Canh

A neighborhood go-to for Vietnamese comfort food, My Canh is still serving up banh xeo and tubs of bun bo hue for takeout. Normally a popular late-night spot, the restaurant is currently operating at reduced hours — Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

V.I.P. Coffee & Cake Shop

V.I.P. features the kind of eclectic menu that’s typical of a Hong Kong-style cafe: everything from baked pork chops over rice (or red-sauce spaghetti) and hot, sweet milk tea to stir-fried noodles and fried chicken wings. It’s also a bakery, with a full selection of cakes and pastries.

Dim Sum Bistro

The popular takeout dim sum spot is open for takeout daily from 9 a.m. to around 3 or 4 p.m. The steam table is fully stocked with hot foods — so come load up on rice rolls, turnip cakes, pork buns, and assorted dumplings.

Hing Lung Company

This Cantonese barbecue shop’s crackly-skinned roast pig and succulent, honey-brushed char siu make for some of most luxurious bites in the whole city. For most of Hing Lung’s existence, delivery was never an option, but to add another revenue stream, co-owner Eric Cheung finally signed onto Uber Eats under the moniker “Go Duck Yourself.” Old school Cantonese comfort food is the name of the game here: superlative roast duck and other barbecue meats, served either on their own or as part of a rice plate.

Chong Qing Xiao Mian

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Chong Qing Xiao Mian specializes in thin, springy noodles dressed up in tongue-tingling sauces, plus other Sichuan classics like wontons in spicy chili oil and spicy numbing beef tendon.

Stefanie Tuder

Bund Shanghai Restaurant

Everyone orders the xiao long bao, as you do at a Shanghainese restaurant, and few diners will feel sorry about devouring a steamer’s worth of Bund Shanghai’s very respectable version. But the rest of the menu is just as strong: The tender lion’s head meatball is another favorite, as is the jiggly red-braised Dongpo pork belly (available in a conveniently small, one-person portion).

Wing Sing Dim Sum

One of Chinatown’s most popular quick-serve dim sum specialists, Wing Sing offers all of the usual standards — dumplings and buns galore, plus an unusually robust lineup of steam table trays loaded with more entree-like stews and stir-fries. But the main reason to come are the big chicken buns, which are a full meal in and of themselves, crammed full of chicken, sausage, shiitake mushroom, and hard-boiled egg.

Wong Lee Bakery

An egg tart from Wong Lee Bakery Lauren Saria

Chinatown’s most legendary egg tarts can be found at Golden Gate Bakery but since it’s still yet to reopen from its pandemic slumber, you can get your fix at Wong Lee Bakery, an itty bitty counter on Jackson Street. The egg tarts are everything you could want and more with a flaky crust – no soggy bottoms – and a smooth custard inside. If you’re particularly lucky, they’ll still be warm when you inhale them, which might be as soon as you step back out onto the sidewalk.

An egg tart from Wong Lee Bakery Lauren Saria

New Lun Ting Cafe

This old-school diner serves solid comfort food in the form of homey Chinese and American rice plates topped with everything from braised oxtails to hamburger patties or gravy-soaked pork chops. It even serves a decent prime rib plate (over rice!).

New Woey Loy Goey Restaurant

This Chinatown basement restaurant — whose history goes back some 90 years — serves some of the heartiest and most inexpensive Cantonese food in town. Customer favorites include old-school dishes like tomato-and-beef chow mein, salt-and-pepper fried pork chops, and steamed pork hash. The rice plates are an especially good deal, at just $7 or $8 a pop.

Z & Y Restaurant

Favorites at this hugely popular Sichuan restaurant — though it was recently embroiled in a wage theft lawsuit — include tongue-numbingly spicy Sichuan standards like chilled beef tendon, chicken with explosive chili pepper, and one of the better versions of wontons in red chili oil around.

New Golden Daisy

This is your prototypical Cantonese takeout deli with roast meats hanging in the window and big vats of prepared dishes sitting on the steam table. But the best reason to hit up New Golden Daisy is to get a big carton of its excellent fried chicken wings — drumettes, specifically.

Good Mong Kok Bakery

During normal times, this dim sum takeout joint is where you’ll find some of the longest lines in Chinatown. The main attractions are the giant steamers filled with every kind of bao (or bun) you can imagine, including a super-savory pork-and-vegetable bao and one of the best steamed charsiu (roast barbecue pork) buns in town.

Sam Wo Restaurant

The iconic, century-old restaurant is still open and serving its popular fish jook and barbecue pork rice rolls — including for takeout and app-based delivery. Those feeling a little more adventurous can go for the deluxe raw fish salad, with its mix of preserved vegetables and candied citrus rinds.

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Hon's Wun-Tun House

Ordering at this decades-old legacy business is about as straightforward as it gets. You’re going to want noodles, probably the soupy ones with bite-size wontons, served in the same style you’ll find at the bustling little noodle shops found on countless Hong Kong street corners — and at a similarly affordable price point. Toppings run the gamut from stewed beef brisket and tendon to pig’s feet, and the housemade chile oil is a must.

Capital Restaurant

Capital remains a prime destination for large groups and rambunctious get-togethers in Chinatown. Whatever you do, don’t skip the salt-and-pepper fried chicken wings.

R & G Lounge

Crab at R & G Lounge R & G Lounge

Known for its the salt-and-pepper Dungeness crab and other elegant Cantonese dishes, R & G is a Chinatown staple, especially for seafood lovers and connoisseurs of Chinese-style roasted poultry. The dining rooms at this bustling, three-story restaurant have reopened, plus takeout and app-based delivery are available.

Crab at R & G Lounge R & G Lounge

City View Restaurant

City View Stefanie Tuder

High-end places like Yank Sing and Dragon Beaux may get all the SF dim sum glory, but City View should share the spotlight for its very solid cart-style dim sum. The restaurant is open dine-in, with a wide selection of both classic dim sum items and larger entrées. For those not doing indoor dining, walk up, call in, or order online — with delivery available through all of the major third-party apps.

City View Stefanie Tuder

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