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Top Chinese Restaurants in Berkeley


If you are a resident of the east bay, you are lucky enough to have a great variety of Chinese restaurants to choose from. Though many may believe that a trip across the bay to Chinatown is a must to indulge in some tasty, authentic offerings, Berkeley is home to many establishments that are worth a visit. From restaurants with a lengthy family history to those featuring spectacular views of the bay, Berkeley residents are spoiled with many wonderful options. Read on to learn about three of the best Chinese restaurants in Berkeley.

Great China Restaurant

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For over 35 years, Great China has been serving their delicious fare on Bancroft Way. It is a local favorite and the many times I've been, there's always a line to get in. I always start out with the salt and pepper calamari as an appetizer. For a main dish, you just can’t go wrong with a serving of their Chinese string beans with beef and mushrooms. If you're feeling particularly fancy, go with some Peking duck. It is a bit pricey but the quality of their duck is unmatched. When it comes to ordering just the right drink for your meal, skip the tea and ask for a wine recommendation. Great China boasts an award-winning wine program. I always ask the pros for their suggestions as to what will pair best with my meal, and they never disappoint.

What I recommend: Peking duck, walnut prawns, Mongolian beef

Location: 2190 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA 94704

Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood Restaurant

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With such a wonderful view of the bay, I sometimes forget that the reason I love this place is thanks to their awesome seafood offerings. If you have a special occasion to celebrate, and you would like to do so over Chinese food, this is the place to do it. They offer everything from barbecued meats to dim sum. For a starter, I enjoy their minced seafood lettuce cups. If you feel so inclined as to indulge, then treat yourself to such delicacies as empress fish fin soup or a braised whole fresh abalone. I had my graduation dinner here and they took very good care of us, superb customer servie to very high quality dishes. They also offer a wide variety of dessert options from chilled mango pudding to a traditional steamed sponge cake if you have room after their delicious dishes.

What I recommend: fresh abalone and fish fin soup is a must

Location: 3199 Powell St Emeryville, CA 94608

China Village

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Located on Solano Avenue, China Village is open five days a week for lunch and dinner. When I visit, I like to start with their five-spice rolled bean curd sheets and a cup of their classic wonton soup. If you like spicy foods, I suggest trying their country-style spicy pork spareribs. If you are looking for something a little but more adventurous, give the leaf tripe with blood pudding a try. For anyone who Is not a fan of the spicy or the exotic, they have many noodle dishes that are sure to please even the fussiest of diners.

What I recommend: five-spice rolled bean curd sheets

Location: 1335 Solano Ave Albany, CA 94706

Whether you are looking for takeout, dine in, or a fancy dinner to celebrate a special occasion, you will find something for every occasion in the Berkeley area. The above restaurants will have you covered no matter what your preferences. You may choose to keep it simple with a bowl of noodles, or you may want to venture out and try some Chinese delicacies. I encourage you to try all of the above Chinese restaurants. I am sure one of them is certain to be your new favorite.

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