Fact: L.A. County is home to the most diverse, high-quality array of Chinese food in the country. While many of the area’s best Chinese restaurants are in the San Gabriel Valley—and technically outside city limits—you’ll still find plenty of excellent, more centrally located options in Chinatown, Historic Filipinotown, West L.A. and Silver Lake, among other neighborhoods. In recent years, a new generation of Asian American chefs have also expanded the definition of Chinese food, blending old family recipes with seasonal, high-quality ingredients and uniquely L.A. flourishes.
Whether you’re in the mood for Sichuan, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Hong Kong-style dim sum, Shanghainese or even Uighur cuisine, these restaurants more than solidify L.A.’s claim to the best Chinese food scene in the nation. From cash-only takeout joints to more formal dining establishments, here are the best Chinese restaurants in Los Angeles.