15 Best Chinese Restaurants In Austin
Chinese cuisine has a long history in Austin. Lung’s Chinese Kitchen (Austin’s first Chinese Restaurant) and other local shops have been satisfying locals for more than half a century. Today, Austin boasts a wide variety of Chinese cuisine from traditional Cantonese Dimsum and Taiwanese Boba to Szechuan and BBQ Fusion. Looking for a place to start? We’ve got you covered with these 15 local hotspots!
15 Austin’s the Best Chinese Restaurants
Here’s a quick list of Chinese restaurants to help you decide which one is best for you.
- Fat Dragon
- Asia Cafe & Asia Market
- Rice Bowl Cafe
- TC Noodle House
- First Chinese BBQ
- House of Three Gorges
- Din Ho Chinese BBQ
- Julie’s Noodles
- Coco’s Cafe
- China Family Restaurant
- Xian Sushi and Noodle
- Bao’d Up
- Tso Chinese Delivery
- Chef Hong Food Trailer
- Old Thousand II – “Dope Chinese”
1 – Fat Dragon
Famous for their Xiaolongbao, Fat Dragon has perfected the art of handmade dumplings. Arriving at your table in a steamy bamboo basket, these carefully-folded delicacies immediately coat your taste buds with their fragrant broth and umami-packed filling. Once you’ve tasted one of Fat Dragon’s signature dumplings, you are sure to be craving more!
Location: 8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #109, Austin, TX 78759
2 – Asia Cafe & Asia Market
Asia Market might seem like a regular food market, but tucked away in a little corner, you’ll find a hidden treasure: Asia Cafe! Don’t let the ‘food court’ atmosphere fool you, this restaurant serves some of the best authentic Chinese and Taiwanese food in Austin. Regulars rave about their sweet Fried Turnip Cakes and Xiao Long Bao Dumplings. My favorite? The classic, crispy -yet-sweet street food dish: Fried Dough with Soymilk (Youtiao)!
Location: 8650 Spicewood Springs Rd # 115, Austin, TX 78759
3 – Rice Bowl Cafe
Rice Bowl Cafe serves up modern renditions of classic, heart-warming Chinese dishes. With over 100 items to choose from, there’s always something new to try: from their sizzling Szechuan Beef Noodles to their wonderfully chewy Pig Ears!
Location: 11220 N Lamar Blvd Ste C 306 Austin, TX 78753
4 – TC Noodle House
TC Noodle House is more than a neighborhood eatery, it’s a one-of-a-kind culinary experience, showcasing staple noodle dishes from Teochew cuisine! Fan-favorites include their Singapore Noodles, Satay Noodles, and Pan-fried Lo Mein. With a long menu (including 20 vegetarian dishes) to choose from, you are guaranteed to find yourself coming back for more!
Location: 10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753
5 – First Chinese BBQ
You’ve probably heard of Texas Barbecue… but have you ever tried Chinese Barbecue? Located in North Austin’s suburbs, First Chinese BBQ serves some of the best Roast Duck in the city! Their family-style dining allows for large groups, so grab a few friends or take out the family. This place is sure to impress with the perfect combination of tender and savory in every bite!
Location: 10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753
6 – House of Three Gorges
Looking for bold flavors? House of Three Gorges will not disappoint, with their authentically spicy, Szechuan cooking. Their Yangtze Red Braised Pork Belly promises to deliver ‘melt-in-your-mouth goodness’ and the tender Cumin Lamb will tingle and burn in all the right ways! They truly live (and cook) by their motto #KeepAustinSpicy!
Location: 8557 Research Blvd Suite 144, Austin, TX 78758
7 – Din Ho Chinese BBQ
Din Ho Chinese BBQ is an Austin staple. Having won Austin Chronicle’s Readers poll award for the Best Chinese Restaurant multiple years in a row, this local eatery has a long menu of fresh seafood and meat to choose from. Try their famous Beijing duck, mouth-wateringly tender Sweet and Sour Pork Chops, or even a whole roast pig!
Location: 8557 Research Blvd #116, Austin, TX 78758
8 – Julie’s Noodles
A beloved North Austin lunch spot, Julie’s noodles is a great option for quick, freshly-made noodles. Locals rave about the perfectly chewy hand-pulled noodles and their signature rich, fatty broth. Popular recommendations include the Spicy Beef Noodle and Lamb Stewed Noodle. Each arrives at your table steaming hot and ready-to-be-devoured!
Location: 8557 Research Blvd #110, Austin, TX 78758
9 – Coco’s Cafe
Situated in West Campus, Coco’s Cafe is a popular destination for both college students and Austinites alike! Whether you’re looking for a small snack or a large lunch, this Coco’s is sure to please with bestsellers like their Green Onion Pie and Spicy Peppercorn Chicken. Looking for an afternoon pick-me-up? This cafe also features a wide selection of different boba tea flavors. Give the Avocado or Hot Ginger boba a try! You won’t regret it!
Location: 1910 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
10 – China Family Restaurant
China’s Family Restaurant at Highland is synonymous with classic Chinese-American dining! Their art-rich dining room features vibrantly painted murals, decorative lanterns, and traditional Chinese opera masks. This brightly-colored aesthetic makes stepping through the entrance feel like you’re being transported across the world! In addition to beautiful views, China Family Restaurant serves a tongue-numbing Mapo Tofu and a brilliantly spicy Chongquing Chicken you won’t want to miss!
Location: 1914 Guadalupe St Suite B, Austin, TX 78705
11 – Xian Sushi and Noodle
Literally translating to “fresh”, Xian specializes in their made-to-order wheat flour noodles, hand-pulled to your desired shape and thickness! Customize your own bowl with your choice of soup broth (from Tom Yam Chicken to Shoyu Ramen) or one of their dry noodle options. Either way, you’ll want to catch the show, as the chefs hand-pull your noodles in the kitchen!
Location: 1801 E 51st St C370, Austin, TX 78723
12 – Bao’d Up
As a place dedicated to their craft, Bao’d Up serves, as you might have already guessed: Baos! With a variety of Texas-inspired fillings, toppings, and sauces, you can customize your bao in an infinite number of combinations. Can’t pick just one? Try a combo or share a four-pack with friends! From the Egg Cream Bao to the classic Juicy Pork, Bao’d Up is sure to bring your palate on a rich and mouth-watering adventure.
Location: 1911 Aldrich St a1, Austin, TX 78723
13 – Tso Chinese Delivery
“Fast-service and Delicious Chinese food” – that is the motto of Tso Chinese Delivery. Their revolutionary, delivery- and carry-out only concept leverages the power of the “virtual kitchen” (aka ghost kitchen or cloud kitchen) to bring affordable, fresh dishes to your home! And it doesn’t just stop there, Tso Chinese offers free delivery and has a no tipping policy! Wondering which of their dishes to try first? Their best sellers include their intoxicatingly delicious Drunken Beef Noodles, world-famous crispy Blue Crab Rangoons (made with fresh-caught blue crab), and, of course, the tried-and-true General Tso’s Chicken.
Location: 3909 N Interstate Hwy 35 Ste E-5, Austin, TX 78722
14 – Chef Hong Food Trailer
Situated on West 24th Street, Chef Hong’s food trailer brings authentic (and affordable!) Chinese fare to UT’s West Campus. From their mouth-watering $4 Chinese Hamburgers (Roujiamo) to their steaming-hot $7 noodle dishes (Liangpi, Chowmein), this food truck is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. Looking to bring some of their wonderful flavors home? Chef Hong even sells their own signature, tongue-numbing chili oil… by-the-jar!
Location: 907 W 24th St, Austin, TX 78705
15 – Old Thousand II – “Dope Chinese”
With its vibrant, retro-futuristic facade (and cheeky panda mascot!), Old Thousand II is sure to catch your eye while in Rosedale. Not only does this spot serve up good vibes, but also creative, modern takes on traditional Chinese American dishes. Some must-trys include their crispy Mala Fried Chicken Sandwich and delightful Kung Pao Brussels! Craving something sweet? Finish off your meal with their one-of-a-kind 5-Spice Chinese Churro!