Best Chinese Restaurant in Boston

2015 Best Chinese Restaurant

Qingdao Garden

Cambridge

Boston reps several styles of Chinese cuisine well—we have fiery Sichuan specialists, Taiwanese soup-dumpling pros, and temples to luxurious Cantonese seafood in Chinatown. For the floury, dumpling-heavy cuisine of the…Read More

2015 Best Chinese Restaurant

Dumpling Cafe

Boston

This was a winner in our 2015 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2015 winners…Read More

2014 Best Chinese Restaurant

Taiwan Café

Boston

The brothy xiao long bao (or soup dumpling) has long been the darling of the food world. We get it, sure, but we’d also like to turn your attention to…Read More

2013 Best Chinese Restaurant

Jo Jo Taipei

Allston

Long before every trendy restaurant was putting pork-stuffed bao on the bar menu, this Allston stalwart was serving up a (perfectly) traditional version of the Taiwanese specialty: a fluffy steamed…Read More

2012 Best Chinese Restaurant

Jo Jo Taipei

Allston

One bite of this Allston beauty’s crisp, pillowy scallion-and-roast-beef pancakes, and you’ll never order those sad, green-flecked cardboard slabs from your local Chinese takeout joint again. Here, it’s all authentic…Read More

2011 Best Chinese Restaurant

Jojo Taipei

Allston

The finest Chinese around, it turns out, isn’t anywhere near Chinatown. JoJo specializes in Taiwanese cuisine, but there are enough options for every level of taste and bravery, from the…Read More

2009 Best Chinese Restaurant

FuLoon

Malden

Chinese eateries have long been stuck between a wok and a hard place: hew to the Americanized hit parade, or risk alienating the crowds craving kung pao. Thankfully, a coup…Read More

2008 Best Chinese Restaurant

Mary Chung

Cambridge

Canny gastronomes make it a habit to trail MIT’s international students to the area’s top home-style Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American spots. So when we heard that Mary Chung…Read More

2007 Best Chinese Restaurant

New Jumbo Seafood

Boston

Last year a new owner added “New” to the name of this steadfastly excellent Chinatown joint. Happily, that appears to have been his only real change. The spicy salt calamari…Read More

2006 Best Chinese Restaurant

East Ocean City

Boston

A good gourmet always appreciates knowing where his food comes from. And at East Ocean City, where lobster, fish, shrimp, and king crab swim happily in large tanks before being…Read More

2005 Best Chinese Restaurant

Jumbo Seafood

Boston

Select a sea bass or blackfish from a giant tank, watch the waiters skillfully net it, and wait. Just 20 minutes later, said fish arrives steamed with scallions and ginger….Read More

2004 Best Chinese Restaurant

Peach Farm

Boston

Check the specials before ordering at Peach Farm—the seafood is always right from the tank, the clams in black bean sauce taste fresh from the sea, and the lobster with…Read More

2003 Best Chinese Restaurant

New Shanghai Restaurant

Boston

Sure, you’ll find General Gau’s chicken, lo mein, fried rice, and other Chinatown favorites on New Shanghai’s endless menu, but it’s unexpected details like a decent wine list, polished flatware,…Read More

2002 Best Chinese Restaurant

Taiwan Café

Boston

Taiwan Café’s light-as-a-feather handmade pan-fried dumplings, delicious tilapia braised with scallions and spicy bean curd, or garlicky sautéed watercress are a welcome change from the heavy-handed dishes found at many…Read More

2001 Best Chinese Restaurant

Jumbo Seafood Restaurant

Boston

On any given night you’ll find some of the city’s top chefs here after work with chopsticks waving. The eight water tanks filled with live seafood make fish and shellfish…Read More

2000 Best Chinese Restaurant

Jumbo Seafood

Boston

It stands to reason that seafood is the speciality of the house at this bright little spot near the Chinatown gate. To wit: The restaurant is decorated with tanks of…Read More

1999 Best Chinese Restaurant

New Shanghai

Boston

Nestled near the Chinatown gate, New Shanghai is, literally and figuratively, a step up from its neighbors. The decor is passable—it won’t depress you like some Chinese restaurants, and there’s…Read More

1998 Best Chinese Restaurant

Grand Chau Chow

Boston

No matter whom we ask, Grand Chau Chow is the first place people mention for authentic Chinese fare. In addition to such adventurous dishes as Fish Head with Ginger and…Read More

1997 Best Chinese Restaurant

Grand Chau Chow

Boston

Don’t let the illusion of space from the many mirrors fool you—Chinatown’s Grand Chau Chow, at least from the perspective of room to move, is not much grander than the…Read More

1996 Best Chinese Restaurant

New Shanghai

Boston

Chinese food doesn’t get any better than the Crispy Eels with Sweet Sauce, Vegetarian Goose, Crispy Scallops with Black Pepper Sauce, and General Gao’s Sphrimp, washed down with a cold…Read More

1995 Best Chinese Restaurant

Peach Farm Restaurant

Boston

Order from the fish tank by the entrance of this Hong Kong-style seafood palace, and ask the waiters to translate the specials posted on the walls. Don’t miss the spicy…Read More

1990 Best Chinese Restaurant

Chau Chow

Boston

Chau Chow stays open until 4 a.m. most nights, which makes it the best restaurant in Boston after midnight. The rest of the time (from 6 a.m.), it’s just the…Read More

1988 Best Chinese Restaurant

Carl’s Padoga

Boston

Tiny, open only for dinner, and BYOB, but Carl’s steamed fish has a legion of devotees…Read More

1985 Best Chinese Restaurant

Sally Ling’s

Newton

While the Boston Waterfront location is fancier, the Newton outpost of Ling’s gives better overall value…Read More

1984 Best Chinese Restaurant

Chef Chang’s House

Brookline

Where else can you get Peking duck without calling ahead?

1983 Best Chinese Restaurant

Moon Villa

Boston

Regardless of the Globe Spotlight Team’s investigation into after-hours clubs and unlicensed premises serving alcohol, Moon Villa is a superlative restaurant. The waiters aren’t surly anymore, either. But know that…Read More

1982 Best Chinese Restaurant

Mary Chung

Cambridge

In recent years, Cambridge has become a cornucopia of good Chinese cooking. And Mary Chung, a newcomer, is the best…Read More

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