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Tanuki
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The best Chinese restaurants in Miami to try right now

The best Chinese restaurants in Miami are a mix of high-end and casual spots serving up tasty dim sum, duck and more.

By Virginia Gil
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Chinese restaurants in Miami aren’t what they used to be. In fact, they’re so much better. Instead of a string of nondescript takeout joints, the city now boasts a healthy mix of upscale restaurants and casual spots that cater to a range of tastes and cravings. Plus, they span the county so you know there’s always a place to score delicious Chinese food in Miami wherever you are—from South Beach to Wynwood to Brickell. Many of the restaurants on our list have been around for decades and represent Miami’s thriving small business community, but we’ve also got some newcomers worthy of braving those chopsticks for. Whether it’s for a meal to-go or a fancy, dine-in spread, these are the Chinese restaurants in Miami to look to for stellar dim sum, Peking duck, noodles and other Asian signatures. Keep in mind that current dining restrictions may have affected tableside service and dim sum experiences. If that’s what you’re going for, check with the restaurant to make sure it’s still available.

Best Chinese restaurants in Miami

Hutong
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1. Hutong

Restaurants Chinese Brickell

Hailing from Hong Kong by way of London and New York, this high-end Chinese restaurant serves fiery northern cuisine and boozy Asian cocktails in a warm, sophisticated setting. It offers an extensive menu of shareable dishes that skew vegetarian and pescatarian, including in the dim sum category where a ginger lobster bao awaits to blow your mind. Feeling something more traditional? Try the Peking duck, which takes 24 hours to cook and it shows. Order one for the table and grab your phones when it arrives: Hutong’s chef slices it tableside and artfully arranges the juicy slices for everyone to share. 

Palmar
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2. Palmar

Restaurants Chinese Wynwood

Commanding its own lively corner on the outer edges of a tightly packed Wynwood, this petite, dimly lit parcel serves up Chinese classics alongside a respectable wine list and just the right amount of scene. Its pink facade, hanging wicker lamps and elbow room only dining room make for a fun stop off before a night out, but Palmar’s blue crab fried rice topped with bean sprouts and a sticky 63-degree egg is reason enough to put in a reservation and brave the Wynwood crowds.

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Hakkasan
Photograph: Hakkasan/Paul Warchol

3. Hakkasan

Restaurants Chinese Miami Beach

This swanky Chinese restaurant inside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel has the look of a sexy Asian parlor, though far less nefarious (unless it’s late-night, then anything goes). The food, however, is an above-board experience of expertly executed Cantonese dishes with a twist—think crispy duck salad and jamine-tea-smoked ribs. Weekends bring a traditional dim sum lunch, with dumplings ranging from steamed squid ink har gau with caviar to wok-fried soft shell crabs.

Komodo
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4. Komodo Miami

Restaurants Chinese Brickell

David Grutman’s upscale Asian restaurant is crawling with celebrities at any given moment, which is partly why he can charge the big bucks for Peking duck, wagyu beef dumplings and Chilean seabass skewers. If it’s a party you want, the scene-y spot delivers in terms of flavor and quality. The Komodo Old Pal cocktail is no friend at all (especially after downing more than two) but it’s as tempting as they come. 

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5. Tropical Chinese

Restaurants Chinese Ludlam / Tropical Park

Family-owned and in business for more than 30 years, Tropical Chinese is the neighborhood favorite for Hong Kong-style Chinese food, and the best dim sum west of the Palmetto. It’s busy most of the day but nothing beats the lunch rush in crowd size and offerings. That’s when servers roam the dining room with push carts stacked with dim sum—from fried dishes, and steamer crates to Chinese desserts. Don’t miss the doughy sesame balls. 

Unsplash dumplings
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6. Gold Marquess Fine Chinese Cuisine

Restaurants Chinese

We wouldn’t send you to another county for just any Chinese restaurant. This family-owned Pembroke Pines institution has deep Asian roots and an extensive menu. There’s so much variety—from crowd favorites like shrimp dumplings and pork buns to some lesser-known classics such as crispy pork intestines and chicken feet. You’ll want to be whip-fast during lunch’s push-cart dim sum service, which is known to send first-timers into a tailspin of options. 

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1-800-Lucky
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7. 1-800-Lucky

Things to do Event spaces Wynwood

Wynwood’s Asian marketplace offers seven different restaurants to choose from, including two excellent Chinese spots, Lotus + Cleaver for Chinese barbecue dishes and Yip for dumplings. The latter is Miami’s outpost of Broward’s booming Chinese eatery, Gold Marquess, which also makes this list. Skip the drive north and get your fill of the restaurant’s signature dim sum close to home. The plump dumplings come in traditional bamboo steamer baskets and are made to order. Showed up famished? Hit up Lotus + Clever for ribs, duck and stir-fried dishes favorites. 

Tanuki
Photograph: Courtesy Tanuki

8. Tanuki

Restaurants Pan-Asian South Beach

A serviceable spot for lovers of Chinese and Japanese cuisine, this Pan-Asian spot has something for everyone in your party. Tanuki offers a ton of variety, especially in the dim sum department. Try dumplings stuffed with truffles, mushrooms, duck and other inventive fillings. Tanuki is about the only Chinese spot where you’ll want to save room for dessert. Order the green tea fondant with your main course (it takes about 25 minutes to prepare) and prepare to be wowed. Trust us.

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Blackbrick
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9. Blackbrick Chinese and Dim Sum

Restaurants Chinese Midtown

Chef and restaurant owner Richard Hales serves modern, Chinese Sichuan cuisine at this casual but inviting restaurant in Midtown. He sources ingredients locally and isn’t afraid to push the envelope when it comes to proteins, like the gong bao rabbit, and preparations, including handmaking the noodles you’ll inevitably find yourself slurping.

Novikov Miami
Photograph: Courtesy Novikov Miami

10. Novikov Miami

Restaurants Chinese Downtown

This buzzy Japanese-Chinese restaurant hails from London, but the vibe is thoroughly Miami—down to its clubby atmosphere and well-heeled crowds. Purists may not dig it but the cuisine combo makes it so there’s something for everyone on the menu. Novikov’s dim sum game is strong with more exotic and unique pairings than you’d find in most places, such as duck and foie gras and saffron and sweet corn. If you fill up on small plates before the entrée arrives, get the duck salad over the full Peking duck. It’s considerably light but has all the flavors you’re looking for.  

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Mr. Chow
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11. Mr Chow

Restaurants Chinese Midtown

Perhaps more notable for its glitterati crowds and over-the-top decor than its food, this international upscale chain does do several Chinese dishes exceptionally well. Much is still said about Mr Chow’s signature chicken satay, hand-pulled Singapore-style noodles and crispy duck, which are flavorful, delicately portioned and accompanied by a hefty price tag.

Jaya at the Setai
Photograph: Michael Pisarri

12. Jaya at the Setai

Restaurants Contemporary Asian South Beach

This glamorous restaurant inside the swanky Setai hotel serves all kinds of Asian cuisine, melding flavors from Thailand, India and China, which is well-represented on the menu. It’s worth a visit for the people-watching alone. Though the essential Cantonese dishes such as dim sum and Peking duck, plus tasty wok vegetables, do not disappoint.

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13. Tony Chan’s Water Club

Restaurants Chinese Omni

This nondescript, banquet hall-style restaurant does Chinese food for Americans, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if exotic cuisine isn’t your thing. Don’t miss Tony Chan’s Peking duck and its fried fish drizzled with the chef’s special sweet-and-sour sauce. General Tso’s chicken, a U.S. classic, is there, too, and it’s better than the takeout variety you might be accustomed to.

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