7 Chinese Restaurants in San Diego Your Tastebuds Will Thank You For
From the freshest Dumplings and Won Ton Soup, to the classic Orange Chicken, San Diego has amazing Chinese restaurants that your taste buds will thank you for.
There is rather a heavy debate to locals in San Diego when it comes to finding great Chinese restaurants. Some will say that there are none, and others will say that the restaurants here are the best on the West Coast. Whatever position you hold, you cannot deny that the Chinese food here in San Diego tastes great and stays true to the authentic Chinese dining experience.
It wasn't easy compiling this list, but here are the 7 best Chinese Restaurants in San Diego that your tastebuds will thank you for.
4227 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92117
Mandarin Wok has been in business since 1982 and serves up a delicious consort of Chinese classics that have made the Chinese menu so popular and very tasty. Locals choose to dine here due to the very relaxed setting and private atmosphere that comes from fast and friendly service. Many local businesses choose the Mandarin Wok for their business luncheons. Make sure that you try the highly-rated Cream Cheese Wontons and the delicious Sizzling Rice Soup.
Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday - 11:30am to 9:30pm
Friday and Saturday - 11:30am to 10:30pm
Monday - 4pm to 9:30pm
Open Christmas and New Years Day.
Golden House Chinese Restaurant
4370 Palm Ave
The Golden House Chinese Restaurant consistently serves up hearty portions of the best of Chinese food. All of the classics are here up to the highest of standards, from the Peking Duck to Sichuan Beef, and even a wide variety of vegetarian dishes. The Golden House Chinese Restaurant prides itself on using Ancient Chinese cooking methods and recipes to ensure that its patrons experience true Chinese dining. You can't miss the Kung-Pao Chicken, Mongolian Shrimp and Seafood Bird's Nest – some of the biggest sellers here. Take advantage of their fantastic lunch specials every day from 11am to 3pm.
Open 7 days from 11am to 10pm.
4690 Convoy Street, #107
Spicy City is a very popular and busy Chinese restaurant which has a strong focus on a delicious Sichuan menu filled with various types of chilies. Locals keep coming back to Spicy City for the very friendly staff and very prompt service. The crowd favourite is definitely the Won Ton Soup with Chili and twice-cooked Pork. Once you have tried the Chili Pepper Chicken, you can take home a sample of the chili and cook with it yourself. Definitely a great way to take home something truly authentic from your Chinese dining experience. Spicy City is also regarded to have some of the best tasting Mapo Tofu in all of San Diego.
Open 7 days from 11am to 9:30pm.
Dumpling Inn & Shanghai Saloon
4625 Convoy Street
Don't mistake the Dumpling Inn for a basic and typical strip-mall Chinese restaurant. The Dumpling Inn is very famous for its signature dumplings and fantastic Chinese dishes which can be accompanied by a choice of 30 different types of local craft beer. Alternatively, if you are not in the mood for beer, you also have the choice of many different types of whiskey and cocktails. The Dumpling Inn is definitely a true and complete dining experience. You can't go past the interior which has been decorated to reflect Shanghai City in the period between 1920 and 1945. The crowd favorite here is the Xiao Long Bao (soup dumpling) made fresh daily. Other great choices to satisfy your hunger for authentic Chinese cuisine include the Sea Bass in black bean sauce, and the Pork and chive dumplings.
Tuesday to Thursday - 11am to 3pm, 4pm to 8:30pm
Friday and Saturday - 11am to 3pm and 4pm to 9:30pm
Sunday - 11am to 8:30pm
Tuesday to Sunday - 4pm to 9:30pm
Chop Suey Peking Restaurant
2877 University Avenue
The Chop Suey Peking Restaurant is a simple establishment with very casual dining, however there is nothing simple about the food here. Be prepared for your tastebuds to melt with the whole array of stunning authentic Chinese flavors on offer at this amazing restaurant. Everything here is exactly what you would expect if you were sitting in Chinatown or even in Downtown Shanghai, and this atmosphere has been fantastically emulated. The service is prompt and friendly, and the best dish on offer has to be the Won Ton Soup with House-Fried Rice and Orange Chicken. You won't leave disappointed.
Monday and Tuesday Closed
Wednesday and Friday - 11am to 9pm
Saturday - 4pm to 9pm
Sunday - 11am to 8:30pm
2939 Alta View Drive
Rising Dragon Chinese Restaurant is at the top of this list of the top Chinese restaurants in San Diego. Stunning dishes such as their famous Cashew Chicken and Won Ton Soup are strong crowd pleasers. Despite its popularity, the dining experience remains quite intimate and very relaxing since most customers choose to order to go. The budget-conscious are also welcome here, and $30 can feed a family of 6! The entree's are large and hearty, and the Shrimp Noodle and Orange Chicken dishes are beyond words.
Open 11am to 9pm every day.
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