Chinese food means different things to different people. Whether it's knock-your-socks-off spicy Szechuan, comfort-food Cantonese or new-school fusion cuisine, Milwaukee is no slouch when it comes to fulfilling just about any craving.
Here's a list of some of our favorites, with the disclaimer that the wealth of Chinese restaurants in the area make it nearly impossible to cover them all. That said, if we've left off your favorite, share it in the comments!
1609 E. North Ave., (414) 273-6688
Don’t be fooled by the name. This restaurant serves up some of the best Chinese food in the city from scallion pancakes to Sichuan-style cumin lamb.
Bamboo House Chinese Restaurant
2937 S 108th St., (414) 564-1730
Another unassuming spot with a your typical Chinese menu.
1631 Miller Park Way, (414)-384-9000
If you are around Miller Park, Cheng Wong is a great option for Cantonese fare.
6810 W. State St.,(414) 456-9988
Service is quick and friendly at this Wauwatosa staple where you can find classic Chinese dishes at a reasonable price.
117 E. Wells St., (414) 272-1688
Located Downtown on the east bank of the Milwaukee River, China Gourmet offers a wide-ranging menu that showcases countless standards, plus unique takes from Taiwanese escargot in spicy Szechwan sauce to house specialties like Peking Duck.
5114 West Howard Ave, (414) 329-8288
China Hut has been a Milwaukee staple for over 18 years, offering carry-out and delivery of Cantonese and Chinese-American favorites.
2982 S Chase Ave, (414) 482-9180
Open seven days a week, China King’s menu offers a range of regional Chinese dishes, plus Chinese-American standards.
5125 W North Ave, (414) 871-0505
Head to China Town for large portions of classic Chinese-American fare, from egg rolls, chop suey and chow mein to sweet and sour shrimp.
7200 W. North Ave., (414) 774-8400
This restaurant has a long history in the heart of one of Wauwatosa's shopping districts and it boasts many devotees in the neighborhood.
749 N 27th St., (414)-933-7880
This hidden gem will fill your stomach with classic dishes like lo mein, cashew shrimp and sub gum chop suey.
1820 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 390-0570
This low-key eatery features contemporary takes on Chinese fare including soups, buns and a variety of vegetable, poultry, beef and seafood dishes. They also serve up bubble tea and offer late-night delivery.
360 E. Erie St., (414) 488-8036
Order up creative spins on Chinese-American and Asian inspired dishes from Chefs Daniel Jacobs and Dan Van Rite including dim sum, noodles, stir-fries and savory pancakes. Order the Peking duck to share among three or more diners for a special treat. (Closed on Christmas Day).
3600 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood (414) 962-7460
A long-standing favorite, East Garden is often the standard by which Milwaukeeans measure other area Chinese eateries. Their extensive dinner menu features Cantonese, Hunan and Mandarin specialties.
Egg Roll House
1507 S. 108th St., West Allis, (414) 771-3011
Enjoy a wide range of dishes from Egg Roll house, including specialties like sesame chicken, lobster kow and Singapore noodles
18900 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield (262) 784-1617
Emperor's Kitchen offers up traditional Chinese-American comfort food from chop suey to fried rice.
Emperor of China
1010 E. Brady St., (414) 271-8889
Head to this Brady Street staple for classic ambiance and an expansive menu of comforting Chinese favorites from egg drop soup and crab rangoon to pow pow sha. Gluten-free options are available.
Fortune Chinese Restaurant
2945 S. 108th St., (414) 328-9890
Delicious is the name of the game at Fortune, whether you opt for Chinese American staples like Mongolian beef and sesame chicken or consult the traditional Chinese menu for dishes like crispy skin chicken and duck feet with Chinese mushrooms.
Golden Gate Restaurant
1427 E. Racine Ave., Waukesha
Enjoy comforting, familiar Chinese fare at this longtime staple, which has been serving up a variety of Cantonese, Hunan and Szechuan dishes in the area since 1939.
Great Taste Chinese
6618 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 443-1638
This small, family-run place is a popular carry out option in Tosa, where it opened in 2006. Check out the super-priced lunch and dinner specials, which are a real bargain.
2428 N. Murray Ave., (414) 906-8888
From Chinese American standards to outstanding traditional dishes, Huan Xi is a go-to for great tasting dishes. Be sure to peruse the Chinese menu for selections that go outside the ordinary.
Harvey Moy's Chinese & American Food
N89 W16754 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls, (262) 255-3307
If you want that old school Chinese restaurant vibe, you'll find it at Harvey Moy's, a Falls classic which serves up classic Cantonese dishes like chow mein, subgum chop suey and more.
207 E. Buffalo St., (414) 271-7788
This classic nestled right inside the Marshall Building in the Historic Third Ward is still a staple for great Chinese American dishes, but don’t sleep on the more traditional fare from owner Jing Wang’s native city of Shanghai.
J.J. Chen's Eatery
10722 W. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 329-8333
Don’t overlook this little strip mall restaurant; there are big flavors coming out of their kitchen. Try the beef noodle soup, salt and pepper shrimp or braised chicken feet in black bean sauce. Don't neglect to sample a few of the dim sum options on the menu.
1256 Capitol Dr., Pewaukee, (262) 691-8699
King's Wok is a Lake Country favorite, offering classics like General Tso's chicken, Hunan beef and more.
9011 S Howell Ave., Oak Creek, (414) 768-8888
Always a solid stop for Chinese food, Lotus offers both a Chinese and Japanese menu, friendly service and a wide selection of dishes from which to choose.
1664 N. Van Buren St., (414) 223-1699
Long known as a solid choice for Chinese staples like egg foo yung and chow mein, Lucky Liu's offers both a Chinese and Japanese menu, so you can get your sesame chicken and sushi too.
7920 W. Layton Ave., (414) 281-8883
This classic South Side restaurant offers up both a buffet and a regular menu of Chinese American fare. It's a great spot to do it up old school in terms of both the cuisine and the atmosphere.
No. 1 Chinese Restaurant
6119 W. North Ave., (414) 771-6666
4501 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 332-2222
2678 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 482-2218
3260 S 27th St., (414) 384-3888
These no-frills Chinese restaurants are known for quick service, affordable fare, including a variety of affordable family meal packages.
206 W. Silver Spring Dr., Glendale, (414) 906-0998
For over 20 years, Royal Garden has been offering the North Shore a menu featuring Mandarin, Szechuan, Cantonese and Hunan selections, plus special offerings like Nepalese momo.
1721 W. Canal St., (414) 847-7335
Located inside the Potawatomi Bingo Casino, RuYi specializes in noodle dishes, plus Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai favorites served out of a modern, Asian-inspired space.
11102 W National Ave., (414) 885-0856
For Szechuan fare that will warm both your body and soul, look no further than Sze Chuan in West Allis. You can’t go wrong with dishes like Szechuan pork dumplings, grilled Szechuan lamb and vegetable dishes like mustard greens with tofu skin.
2901 S. Chicago Ave., South Milwaukee, (414) 571-6481
This unassuming storefront restaurant is run by the sweetest family you'll ever meet. The food is wonderful, reasonably priced and perfect for taking away.
1683 N. Van Buren St., (414) 220-4660
This no-frills outfit offers up a large menu of classic Chinese American fare, primarily for takeout and delivery.
7630 W. Good Hope Rd., (414) 353-6677
On the northwest side, Yen Ching has established itself as the Chinese restaurant of choice among Milwaukeeans, who are willing to drive out there from almost every corner of the city for its inexpensive lunch and delicious Mandarin dinners. Try the Mongolian Beef.