Chinese Restaurants in Seattle

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Our mission at Chef Seattle has always been to find all the best restaurants in Seattle. With thousands of restaurants and only a handful of food critics, our task is challenging at best. That's why when we decided to find the best Chinese restaurant in Seattle, we decided to enlist some help.

To our rescue came the University of Washington's Chinese Students Association. The association consists of hundreds of active student members and thousands more in their alumni and friends network. We asked them if they would be willing to participate in our survey and they were more than delighted to. If the collective wisdom of this group couldn't tell us where the best Chinese restaurants are, then I don't who can.

Our surveys were sent out via email the following week and soon after, the results started pouring in. Tabulating through the results, quite a few restaurants came in where we expected, but there were still a few surprises on the list that defied our best guess work. We seemed to find some hidden gems and perhaps may have debunked the general wisdom on who are the best Chinese restaurant in Seattle. So without further adieu, the top ten list:

Best Chinese Restaurants in Seattle

(12450 SE 38th St, Bellevue)
A consistent favorite that once had a popular following in the International District before it was closed due to health violations. Top Gun is known for some of the best dim sum on the East side and is so popular that neighboring stores plaster 'No Parking' for Top Gun signs all over their lots.

(202 106th Pl NE, Bellevue)
A newcomer to the scene, Bamboo Garden only opened last year in downtown Bellevue but has already made a name for itself in the Chinese community. The menu is impressive in size and features a wide range of authentic Sichuan dishes. Not only that, the interior sports a modern look while still keeping to Asian influences.

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