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Where to Find Great Chinese Food in Austin

Dumplings, roasted duck, mapo tofu, and more

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Austin's Chinese scene might not be as robust as the city's more well-known cuisines (hello, barbecue and tacos). Despite that, the regional cuisine has grown stronger in the past few years. It’s easy to find noodles, dumplings, mapo tofu, Americanized Chinese options, and go-to delivery spots.

Here are Eater’s top Chinese restaurant recommendations, highlighting the best of the best, covering all of Austin, spread out from far north to way south. Downtown modern Chinese hot spot Wu Chow, Sichuan delights from China’s Family Restaurant, Chinese barbecue with Din Ho and First Chinese; South Austin spicy savior and Eater 38 restaurant Sichuan River, and others. This update adds Chef Hong, Fat Dragon, and Chen Z.

For related fare, check out Eater’s guide to dim sum, dumplings, and beef noodle soup, and for something hot, Austin’s spiciest dishes. For other nearby regional cuisines, scope out Eater's guides to Southeast Asian, Thai, and Indian food in Austin, as well as sushi.

Is there a favorite Chinese restaurant missing? Let Eater know in the tipline or comments below.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. A + A Sichuan China

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13376 N Highway 183 Ste 100
Austin, TX 78750
(512) 258-5445
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This Sichuan menu is full of fire, like the spicy fish and pork with red hot peppers. There’s plenty to explore on the expansive menu, like the Ants Climbing a Tree dish, which consists of a plate of “noodles” made from mung beans and ground pork.

2. Fat Dragon

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8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #109
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 258-7587
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The Barrington Oaks Chinese restaurant focuses mostly on juicy dumplings, from soup dumplings to steamed pork and chive dumplings to fried vegetable ones, plus other items like fried rice and lo mein and Chinese-American plates like General Tso’s chicken. The menu also ventures into Japanese dishes like ramen and udon.

3. Asia Cafe & Asia Market

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8650 Spicewood Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 331-5788
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Among the wide-ranging Asian menu of the North Austin strip mall restaurant, the mapo tofu and spicy fish are the standout dishes along with a soft eggplant with ground pork. Then there’s the Chinese food array at the grocery store’s small restaurant as well.

4. Rice Bowl Cafe

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11220 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 835-8888
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Rice and noodles are the heroes at Rice Bowl Café with huge portions and fast delivery. The pork chop noodle soup is a standout dish: spicy and crunchy with fresh, handmade noodles.

5. TC Noodle House

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10901 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 873-8235
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TC Noodle House is a gem within Austin’s Chinatown Center, with fresh vegetable dishes like snow pea leaves and a variety of dumplings including shrimp and leek. Flat rice noodles with beef and vegetables are satiating and flavorful.

6. First Chinese BBQ

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10901 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 835-8889
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A Chinatown Center staple, First Chinese BBQ’s wide Cantonese-style menu includes everything from noodle soups, hot pot, to barbecue. Adventurous eaters can embark on a marinated tour-de-piggy and sample everything from stomach, ear, and tongue.

Ducks at First Chinese BBQ
Ducks at First Chinese BBQ
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7. New Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant

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10901 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

New Fortune is a playground of classic fare in Austin’s Chinatown Center, including fresh seafood and dim sum cart service. Don’t be dissuaded by the influx of people on the weekend, service moves quickly inside of this enormous banquet-style dining room.

8. Din Ho Chinese BBQ

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8557 Research Blvd, Ste 116
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 832-8788
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Din Ho never disappoints, with Beijing duck, Chinese barbecue, and marinated meats like quail in special salt. The sea cucumber with duck web is the perfect for the diner looking to explore truly non-Americanized Chinese dishes.

9. Julie's Noodles

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8557 Research Blvd #110, Austin
TX, 78758

Now found in a physical restaurant space instead of its original campus food truck, Julie's still offers up expertly crafted handmade noodle soups and dumplings.

10. China Family Restaurant at Highland

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6801 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 520-4171
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The Highland Chinese restaurant features plenty of great Sichuan specialities, from fish fillets drenched in chili oil to spicy Chongqing chicken to pig blood cakes to a particularly great vinegar napa cabbage. Bonus: there are bookable karaoke rooms too. Those around campus can hit up the Guadalupe location as well.

11. Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

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6718 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 458-8088
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This family-run establishment serves dim sum on the weekends with traditional carts filled with a classic variety of goodies from dumplings to sticky rice.

12. Xian Sushi and Noodle

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C370, 1801 E 51st St
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 469-7878
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For hearty Chinese hand-pulled noodles and noodle soup dishes, Xian is the answer, especially those red-braised beef noodles

13. Bao'd Up

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1911 Aldrich St
Austin, TX 78723
(737) 717-3002
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Xian’s sibling shop Bao’d Up is dedicated to handmade Chinese steamed buns, with fillings from meaty and juicy (pork, brisket) to vegetarian and sweet (veggie, red bean, egg cream).

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Bao’d Up’s bao
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14. Chef Hong

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(678) 687-1167

The campus truck offers excellent, familiar, comforting Chinese dishes, from Chinese hamburgers (aka roujiamo, a more flattened-version of a burger with chewy bread and pork) to noodle soups to dumplings.

15. Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum

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1203 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 474-5107
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The founding dim sum chef of Wu Chow, Ling Qi Wu, opened her own Clarksville restaurant featuring plenty of her hit dumplings (yes, soup ones too), alongside other noodle and rice dishes, plus meat and veggie entrees. Yes, there’s Sunday dim sum.

16. Chinatown

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2712 Bee Caves Rd #124
Rollingwood, TX 78746
(512) 328-6588
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With three locations throughout Austin, Chinatown is a blend of American and classic Chinese, dim sum, and even sushi. Dumpling options abound, and chef specialties like the special beef are the stars.

Dim sum at Chinatown
Dim sum at Chinatown
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17. Old Thousand

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1000 E 11th St Ste 150
Austin, TX 78702
(737) 222-6637
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East Austin gets Chinese-American fare with Old Thousand. There are mala fried chicken, mapo eggplant, brisket fried rice, and dumplings. If you're dining in, take advantage of the solid cocktails.

Old Thousand’s mala fried chicken
Old Thousand’s mala fried chicken
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18. Wu Chow

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500 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 476-2469
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Wu Chow boasts some of the best soup dumplings in Austin housed in a buzzy downtown destination. The cocktails are seriously good, as are the wide variety of menu items from braised eggplant to beef hugging scallions. As a bonus, you can make reservations for dim sum dining on Sunday.

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Dishes at Wu Chow
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19. Chen Z Noodle House

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6705 US-290
Austin, TX 78735
(512) 892-8888
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Chen Z and sibling restaurant Chen’s Noodle House up in Spicewood is all about Chinese noodles, naturally, from spicy beef noodle soup to fried rice noodles, paired with excellent scallion pancakes.

20. Sichuan River

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4534 West Gate Blvd
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 892-6699
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Find great Sichuan food in South Austin with Sichuan River, full of hot and dry pot, noodles, excellent mapo tofu, and more.

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Sichuan River’s dishes
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21. First Wok

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603 W Stassney Ln
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 444-0077
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First Wok continues to reign as a classic Austin favorite with big reliable plates of American Chinese food dining in or carrying out.

Dishes at First Wok
Dishes at First Wok
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1. A + A Sichuan China

13376 N Highway 183 Ste 100, Austin, TX 78750

This Sichuan menu is full of fire, like the spicy fish and pork with red hot peppers. There’s plenty to explore on the expansive menu, like the Ants Climbing a Tree dish, which consists of a plate of “noodles” made from mung beans and ground pork.

13376 N Highway 183 Ste 100
Austin, TX 78750

2. Fat Dragon

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #109, Austin, TX 78759

The Barrington Oaks Chinese restaurant focuses mostly on juicy dumplings, from soup dumplings to steamed pork and chive dumplings to fried vegetable ones, plus other items like fried rice and lo mein and Chinese-American plates like General Tso’s chicken. The menu also ventures into Japanese dishes like ramen and udon.

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #109
Austin, TX 78759

3. Asia Cafe & Asia Market

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78759

Among the wide-ranging Asian menu of the North Austin strip mall restaurant, the mapo tofu and spicy fish are the standout dishes along with a soft eggplant with ground pork. Then there’s the Chinese food array at the grocery store’s small restaurant as well.

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78759

4. Rice Bowl Cafe

11220 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

Rice and noodles are the heroes at Rice Bowl Café with huge portions and fast delivery. The pork chop noodle soup is a standout dish: spicy and crunchy with fresh, handmade noodles.

11220 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

5. TC Noodle House

10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

TC Noodle House is a gem within Austin’s Chinatown Center, with fresh vegetable dishes like snow pea leaves and a variety of dumplings including shrimp and leek. Flat rice noodles with beef and vegetables are satiating and flavorful.

10901 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

6. First Chinese BBQ

10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753
Ducks at First Chinese BBQ
Ducks at First Chinese BBQ
First Chinese BBQ [Official]

A Chinatown Center staple, First Chinese BBQ’s wide Cantonese-style menu includes everything from noodle soups, hot pot, to barbecue. Adventurous eaters can embark on a marinated tour-de-piggy and sample everything from stomach, ear, and tongue.

10901 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

7. New Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant

10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

New Fortune is a playground of classic fare in Austin’s Chinatown Center, including fresh seafood and dim sum cart service. Don’t be dissuaded by the influx of people on the weekend, service moves quickly inside of this enormous banquet-style dining room.

10901 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

8. Din Ho Chinese BBQ

8557 Research Blvd, Ste 116, Austin, TX 78758

Din Ho never disappoints, with Beijing duck, Chinese barbecue, and marinated meats like quail in special salt. The sea cucumber with duck web is the perfect for the diner looking to explore truly non-Americanized Chinese dishes.

8557 Research Blvd, Ste 116
Austin, TX 78758

9. Julie's Noodles

8557 Research Blvd #110, Austin, TX, 78758

Now found in a physical restaurant space instead of its original campus food truck, Julie's still offers up expertly crafted handmade noodle soups and dumplings.

8557 Research Blvd #110, Austin
TX, 78758

10. China Family Restaurant at Highland

6801 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

The Highland Chinese restaurant features plenty of great Sichuan specialities, from fish fillets drenched in chili oil to spicy Chongqing chicken to pig blood cakes to a particularly great vinegar napa cabbage. Bonus: there are bookable karaoke rooms too. Those around campus can hit up the Guadalupe location as well.

6801 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78752

11. Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

6718 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

This family-run establishment serves dim sum on the weekends with traditional carts filled with a classic variety of goodies from dumplings to sticky rice.

6718 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX 78752

12. Xian Sushi and Noodle

C370, 1801 E 51st St, Austin, TX 78723

For hearty Chinese hand-pulled noodles and noodle soup dishes, Xian is the answer, especially those red-braised beef noodles

C370, 1801 E 51st St
Austin, TX 78723

13. Bao'd Up

1911 Aldrich St, Austin, TX 78723
Bao’d Up’s bao
Bao’d Up’s bao
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

Xian’s sibling shop Bao’d Up is dedicated to handmade Chinese steamed buns, with fillings from meaty and juicy (pork, brisket) to vegetarian and sweet (veggie, red bean, egg cream).

1911 Aldrich St
Austin, TX 78723

14. Chef Hong

Austin, TX 78705

The campus truck offers excellent, familiar, comforting Chinese dishes, from Chinese hamburgers (aka roujiamo, a more flattened-version of a burger with chewy bread and pork) to noodle soups to dumplings.

15. Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum

1203 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703

The founding dim sum chef of Wu Chow, Ling Qi Wu, opened her own Clarksville restaurant featuring plenty of her hit dumplings (yes, soup ones too), alongside other noodle and rice dishes, plus meat and veggie entrees. Yes, there’s Sunday dim sum.

1203 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

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16. Chinatown

2712 Bee Caves Rd #124, Rollingwood, TX 78746
Dim sum at Chinatown
Dim sum at Chinatown
Chinatown [Official]

With three locations throughout Austin, Chinatown is a blend of American and classic Chinese, dim sum, and even sushi. Dumpling options abound, and chef specialties like the special beef are the stars.

2712 Bee Caves Rd #124
Rollingwood, TX 78746

17. Old Thousand

1000 E 11th St Ste 150, Austin, TX 78702
Old Thousand’s mala fried chicken
Old Thousand’s mala fried chicken
Nicolai McCrary

East Austin gets Chinese-American fare with Old Thousand. There are mala fried chicken, mapo eggplant, brisket fried rice, and dumplings. If you're dining in, take advantage of the solid cocktails.

1000 E 11th St Ste 150
Austin, TX 78702

18. Wu Chow

500 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
Dishes at Wu Chow
Dishes at Wu Chow
Wu Chow/Facebook

Wu Chow boasts some of the best soup dumplings in Austin housed in a buzzy downtown destination. The cocktails are seriously good, as are the wide variety of menu items from braised eggplant to beef hugging scallions. As a bonus, you can make reservations for dim sum dining on Sunday.

500 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78701

19. Chen Z Noodle House

6705 US-290, Austin, TX 78735

Chen Z and sibling restaurant Chen’s Noodle House up in Spicewood is all about Chinese noodles, naturally, from spicy beef noodle soup to fried rice noodles, paired with excellent scallion pancakes.

6705 US-290
Austin, TX 78735

20. Sichuan River

4534 West Gate Blvd, Austin, TX 78745
Sichuan River’s dishes
Sichuan River’s dishes
Chance M./Yelp

Find great Sichuan food in South Austin with Sichuan River, full of hot and dry pot, noodles, excellent mapo tofu, and more.

4534 West Gate Blvd
Austin, TX 78745

21. First Wok

603 W Stassney Ln, Austin, TX 78745
Dishes at First Wok
Dishes at First Wok
Song F./Yelp

First Wok continues to reign as a classic Austin favorite with big reliable plates of American Chinese food dining in or carrying out.

603 W Stassney Ln
Austin, TX 78745

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