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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. 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 dumplings. Other items include 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. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service and offers takeout and delivery through Favor.

2. 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. Place pickup orders in person.

3. 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 Cantonese North Austin restaurant Rice Bowl Café with huge portions and fast delivery. The pork noodle soup is a standout dish: spicy and crunchy with fresh, handmade noodles. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service and offers Grubhub pickup and delivery.

4. 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.

5. 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. Online ordering available for takeout.

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6. House of Three Gorges

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8557 Research Blvd Suite 144
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 953-8666
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This Chinese restaurant focuses on Sichuan fare, from pepper jumping fish to spicy boiled beef to mala fish with soft tofu. Pickup orders can be placed online and there are third-party deliveries.

7. 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 chicken baked in rock salt. The restaurant is open for pickups and Favor deliveries.

8. Julie's Noodles

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8557 Research Blvd #110, Austin
TX, 78758

The North Austin Chinese restaurant has lots of dumplings and hand-made noodles. Order online or in person.

9. CoCo's Cafe

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Suite #118, 8557 Research Blvd APT 118
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 833-6588
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The Taiwanese restaurant with two locations (the other just south of campus) is open for pickup orders and third-party deliveries, including bubble teas, noodles, rice, and meat-/vegetable-centric entrees, and more.

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 double cooked pork belly to a particularly great vinegar napa cabbage. The restaurant is open for dine-in or order online for pickups. There are two other locations: one by the University of Texas and another by Northcross Mall.

11. Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

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6718 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 458-8088
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The family-run establishment serves up a classic variety of dim sum and Chinese entrees. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

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. Both the Mueller and Domain locations of the Chinese noodle restaurant are open for pickups and deliveries placed online, and the restaurants have reopened for dine-in services.

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). There are five locations (the others in Sunset Valley, West Campus, Burnet Road, and Riverside). The restaurants are open for dine-in and accept online orders for pickups and deliveries.

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Bao’d Up’s bao
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14. Tso Chinese Delivery

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3909 N Interstate Hwy 35 Ste E-5
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 774-4876
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Tso focuses on delivery and pickup Chinese-American food, with items like fried rice, pan-fried noodles, and tofu lettuce cups.

15. Chef Hong

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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 cold-skin noodles to dumplings. Available for delivery with third-party apps like DoorDash and GrubHub.

16. 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 (including soup dumplings), alongside other noodle and rice dishes, plus meat and veggie entrees. There’s also Sunday dim sum.

The Clarksville restaurant is open for dine-in and pickup orders placed online.

17. Chinatown

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2712 Bee Caves Rd #124
Rollingwood, TX 78746
(512) 328-6588
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With two locations in Austin, Chinatown is a blend of American and classic Chinese, dim sum, and even sushi. Chef specialties like the special beef are the stars. Chinatown is open for dine-in services, and online ordering for pickup or delivery is available.

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Dim sum at Chinatown
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18. Old Thousand

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1000 E 11th St Ste 150
Austin, TX 78702
(737) 222-6637
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Old Thousand offers Chinese-American fare like mala fried chicken, mapo eggplant, brisket fried rice, and dumplings. If you're dining in, take advantage of the solid cocktails. It’s open for pickups and deliveries placed online, and both locations (the other on Burnet Road) have reopened for dine-in services.

Old Thousand’s mala fried chicken
Old Thousand’s mala fried chicken
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19. 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 to Sunday dim sum. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service, or order online for takeout.

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20. Chen Z Noodle House

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6705 US-290
Austin, TX 78735
(512) 892-8888
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Chen Z is all about Chinese noodles, naturally, from spicy beef noodle soup to fried rice noodles, paired with excellent scallion pancakes. (Look for and sibling restaurant Chen’s Noodle House up in Spicewood too.) The Oak Hill restaurant is open for takeout and delivery orders, and has reopened for dine-in service.

21. 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. The South Austin Chinese restaurant is open for pickups and deliveries (within a three-mile radius), and orders can be placed over the phone or via third-party apps. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

Sichuan River’s dishes
Sichuan River’s dishes
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22. 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. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone and the restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

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Dishes at First Wok
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23. Song La

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7800 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78745
(831) 254-7525
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The Taiwanese food truck at the Thicket is open for walk-up orders or advanced pickup orders placed through the phone, text messages, or its website. On deck are a variety of bento boxes and meals, featuring pork belly, pork chops, and chicken.

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1. 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 dumplings. Other items include 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. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service and offers takeout and delivery through Favor.

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #109
Austin, TX 78759

2. 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. Place pickup orders in person.

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78759

3. Rice Bowl Cafe

11220 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

Rice and noodles are the heroes at Cantonese North Austin restaurant Rice Bowl Café with huge portions and fast delivery. The pork noodle soup is a standout dish: spicy and crunchy with fresh, handmade noodles. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service and offers Grubhub pickup and delivery.

11220 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

4. 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

5. 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. Online ordering available for takeout.

10901 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78753

6. House of Three Gorges

8557 Research Blvd Suite 144, Austin, TX 78758

This Chinese restaurant focuses on Sichuan fare, from pepper jumping fish to spicy boiled beef to mala fish with soft tofu. Pickup orders can be placed online and there are third-party deliveries.

8557 Research Blvd Suite 144
Austin, TX 78758

7. 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 chicken baked in rock salt. The restaurant is open for pickups and Favor deliveries.

8557 Research Blvd, Ste 116
Austin, TX 78758

8. Julie's Noodles

8557 Research Blvd #110, Austin, TX, 78758

The North Austin Chinese restaurant has lots of dumplings and hand-made noodles. Order online or in person.

8557 Research Blvd #110, Austin
TX, 78758

9. CoCo's Cafe

Suite #118, 8557 Research Blvd APT 118, Austin, TX 78757

The Taiwanese restaurant with two locations (the other just south of campus) is open for pickup orders and third-party deliveries, including bubble teas, noodles, rice, and meat-/vegetable-centric entrees, and more.

Suite #118, 8557 Research Blvd APT 118
Austin, TX 78757

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 double cooked pork belly to a particularly great vinegar napa cabbage. The restaurant is open for dine-in or order online for pickups. There are two other locations: one by the University of Texas and another by Northcross Mall.

6801 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78752

11. Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

6718 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

The family-run establishment serves up a classic variety of dim sum and Chinese entrees. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

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. Both the Mueller and Domain locations of the Chinese noodle restaurant are open for pickups and deliveries placed online, and the restaurants have reopened for dine-in services.

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). There are five locations (the others in Sunset Valley, West Campus, Burnet Road, and Riverside). The restaurants are open for dine-in and accept online orders for pickups and deliveries.

1911 Aldrich St
Austin, TX 78723

14. Tso Chinese Delivery

3909 N Interstate Hwy 35 Ste E-5, Austin, TX 78722

Tso focuses on delivery and pickup Chinese-American food, with items like fried rice, pan-fried noodles, and tofu lettuce cups.

3909 N Interstate Hwy 35 Ste E-5
Austin, TX 78722

15. 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 cold-skin noodles to dumplings. Available for delivery with third-party apps like DoorDash and GrubHub.

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16. 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 (including soup dumplings), alongside other noodle and rice dishes, plus meat and veggie entrees. There’s also Sunday dim sum.

The Clarksville restaurant is open for dine-in and pickup orders placed online.

1203 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

17. Chinatown

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

With two locations in Austin, Chinatown is a blend of American and classic Chinese, dim sum, and even sushi. Chef specialties like the special beef are the stars. Chinatown is open for dine-in services, and online ordering for pickup or delivery is available.

2712 Bee Caves Rd #124
Rollingwood, TX 78746

18. 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

Old Thousand offers Chinese-American fare like mala fried chicken, mapo eggplant, brisket fried rice, and dumplings. If you're dining in, take advantage of the solid cocktails. It’s open for pickups and deliveries placed online, and both locations (the other on Burnet Road) have reopened for dine-in services.

1000 E 11th St Ste 150
Austin, TX 78702

19. 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 to Sunday dim sum. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service, or order online for takeout.

500 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78701

20. Chen Z Noodle House

6705 US-290, Austin, TX 78735

Chen Z is all about Chinese noodles, naturally, from spicy beef noodle soup to fried rice noodles, paired with excellent scallion pancakes. (Look for and sibling restaurant Chen’s Noodle House up in Spicewood too.) The Oak Hill restaurant is open for takeout and delivery orders, and has reopened for dine-in service.

6705 US-290
Austin, TX 78735

21. 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. The South Austin Chinese restaurant is open for pickups and deliveries (within a three-mile radius), and orders can be placed over the phone or via third-party apps. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

4534 West Gate Blvd
Austin, TX 78745

22. 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. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone and the restaurant has reopened for dine-in service.

603 W Stassney Ln
Austin, TX 78745

23. Song La

7800 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78745

The Taiwanese food truck at the Thicket is open for walk-up orders or advanced pickup orders placed through the phone, text messages, or its website. On deck are a variety of bento boxes and meals, featuring pork belly, pork chops, and chicken.

7800 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78745

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