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The 15 best Chinese restaurants in Austin

Our guide to the best Chinese restaurants in Austin features authentic Szechuan cuisine, dim sum, pork buns and more

By Kelly Stocker

When craving something a bit more exotic than the unequivocally delicious pasta dishes at the best Italian restaurants in Austin, explore the local ethnic cuisine scene. From the best Korean restaurants in Austin to the best Indian restaurants in Austin, the city clearly knows how to tackle foreign food. Below, check out our guide to the best Chinese restaurants in Austin, serving delicious pork buns, dim sum and authentic Szechuan cuisine. 

Best Chinese restaurants in Austin

Shu Shu’s Asian
Photograph: Courtesy Shu Shu’s Asian

11. Shu Shu’s Asian

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Chinese North Shoal Creek

Known for its excellent lunch special (under $10) and for its humanely sourced meats, this is a neighborhood gem and an office lunch spot. The staff is dedicated to making each dish fresh, fast and (somewhat) healthy.

New Fortune
Photograph: Courtesy New Fortune

12. New Fortune

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Seafood North Lamar

Originally named T&S Seafood, New Fortune found its new home in the Chinatown shopping center. During the week, the restaurant offers a full menu of Chinese seafood specialties like Dungeness crab, crispy sole and fresh squid. During the weekend, the fare is served from carts and ranges from dumplings to turnip cakes, shrimp leek cake to stuffed tofu.

First Chinese BBQ
Photograph: Courtesy First Chinese BBQ

13. First Chinese BBQ

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Chinese North Lamar

Located in the Chinatown shopping center and surrounded by other Asian restaurants, First Chinese BBQ is one of few Chinese BBQ hotspots around town. You’ll be immediately greeted by the sight of duck and pork hanging in a window. What it lacks in atmosphere, the space makes up for in flavor and portion sizes. Crowd pleasers include the seafood hot pot, beef crispy noodle and specialty fried rice.

Shanghai Chinese
Photograph: Courtesy Shanghai Chinese

14. Shanghai Chinese

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Chinese Greater Austin

Fast cart service and a totally obscure location characterize this original dim sum spot. The cell service tends to be a little spotty but it’s a small price to pay for the abundance of options. If you’re an adventurous eater, this is the place for you: try the chicken feet with black bean sauce, beef tripe with ginger and green onions and curried squid.

Din Ho Chinese BBQ
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Din Ho Chinese BBQ

15. Din Ho Chinese BBQ

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Chinese Wooten

Offering both an “Americanized” menu and a Chinese one upon request, Din Ho Chinese BBQ is lauded by Asian food aficionados all around town. Pro tip: The extremely lean and caramelized pork sells out real fast, so give the restaurant a call before heading there.

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