China Live is more than a restaurant. It's a shrine to Chinese cuisine and a celebration of San Francisco's Chinese-American community. Wherever you sit on the ground floor, you can see clear into the many busy kitchens where your delicious meals are prepared. What's popular: sheng jian bao. What you should get: dongbei vegetarian long pot stickers. Open for dine-in, take-out, and delivery.
City View Restaurant
33 Walter U. Lum Pl.
Recently reopened in a new location, City View is a hidden gem many travelers are happy to find. Bright, inviting, and serving generous portions, City View Restaurant is the perfect place to go if San Francisco's finicky climate turns on you. What's popular: pan-fried chicken bun, spinach dumpling. What you should get: Peking duck bao, custard salted egg yolk bun. Open for indoor/outdoor dining, take-out, and delivery.
Delicious Dim Sum
752 Jackson St.
Extolled by visitors as some of the best dim sum found outside of Hong Kong, Delicious Dim Sum clearly lives up to its name. What's popular: har gow. What you should get: shrimp and chive dumpling. Open for dine-in and take-out.
Good Mong Kok Bakery
1039 Stockton St.
If you are in Chinatown and in a hurry, Good Mong Kok is your place. Stroll by the window. Point at anything. Take it to a nearby park. Scarf it down in 5 minutes. Repeat. What's popular: sui mai. What you should get: har gow. Open for take-out.
Great Eastern Restaurant
649 Jackson St.
A Chinatown staple, visited by dignitaries including former president Barack Obama, Great Eastern excels in preparing old-school dim sum that is as tasty as it is genuine. What's popular: cilantro shrimp dumplings. What you should get: deep fried pumpkin and egg yolk custard balls. Open for dine-in, take-out, and delivery.
Hang Ah Tea House
1 Pagoda Pl.
By most accounts, this is the oldest dim sum establishment in the U.S. You have to know what you're looking for if you want to visit the Hang Ah Tea House. Keep your eyes peeled for the hand-painted sign at the corner of Sacramento St. What's popular: roast pork bun, steamed shrimp dumpling. What you should get: Shanghai soup dumpling, lamb dumpling. Open for dine-in, take-out, and delivery.
House of Dim Sum
735 Jackson St.
With a name like this, how could you go wrong? Specializing in homemade, Cantonese style dim sum, House of Dim Sum has earned quite a reputation over its nearly 20 years of business. It's great for groups and close to many local points of interest. What's popular: shrimp dumplings. What you should get: barbecue pork dumplings. Open for indoor/outdoor dining, take-out, and delivery.