Best Chinese Restaurants In Pittsburgh

August 13, 2011 6:05 AM

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From dumplings to sweet and sour chicken, nothing beats really good Chinese food. So where can you get the freshest and most authentic meal? Pittsburgh has quite a few places to choose from.
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House of Chen

101 Brandt Dr.
Cranberry Twp., PA 16066
(724) 776-6760

House of Chen in Cranberry has been open since 1995. Visitors are greeted by the koi pond and, once inside, a wall of salt-water aquariums. It is not only the decor that will draw you in though. Their food gets rave reviews. “You get a ton of food for the price and it’s all fantastic. Best of all is that it turns into a nightclub after hours,” said one KDKA staffer. Their late night happy hour is dubbed “Club Chen” and they also have a patio and outside bar.

Sesame Inn

Four Locations:
Mount Lebanon–715 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228 (412-341-2555
Downtown–Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (412) 281-8282
North Hills–711 Browns Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (412) 366-1838
McMurray–2975 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317 (724) 942-2888

Sesame Inn has been serving Pittsburghers in four locations since 1987. They offer more than 100 entrees on their menu and pride themselves on serving authentic Chinese cuisine, gourmet style. Appetizers range from $2-$9, or try a sampler for $14 that includes egg rolls, barbecued spareribs, coconut shrimp, crab rangoons and teriyaki chicken. There are also plenty of cocktails if you are looking to let loose. Try their Flaming Volcano, which serves two and features an eruption of the finest rums fired with sacred nectars served aflame. Their portions are huge, so it is a good thing they were listed in Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2008 Best Takeout List.

Osaka Sushi & Chinese Restaurant

Scott Towne Center
2101 Greentree Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Osaka Sushi & Chinese Restaurant located in the Scott Towne Center on Greentree Road offers fresh food at a price you are looking for. You can dine-in or get take-out from their attentive staff. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. “Everything they serve is outstanding,” said one KDKA staffer. One review said the Peppercorn Ahi Tuna is a must try.


1025 Waterdam Plaza Drive
McMurray, PA 15317
(724) 942-1160

From their unassuming storefront inside the Waterdam Plaza off Route 19 in McMurray, you would never know that inside Benichopsticks is a clean and bright restaurant with some of the best sushi around. They serve both Chinese and Japanese dishes, but where they really shine is the sushi bar. One diner said her meal came over a small ice box allowing the fish to stay the correct temperature throughout the meal. A KDKA staffer described it as “unassuming and laid-back.” They went on to say that “the portions are huge and the menu is endless.” One recommended dish is the Lemon Scallops.

Wai Wai

417 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 621-0133

Wai Wai, in Bloomfield, is relatively new to Pittsburgh, but its owner has been working in the restaurant business since she was a child in Hong Kong. Wai Wai (pronounced way-way) means tasty, which makes it a great name to describe the dishes offered at this restaurant. Inside, the shop has granite-top tables, authentic Asian art, and a modern design. Instead of offering an endless list of entrees, Wai Wai focuses on 75 of the most popular Chinese menu items and makes them from scratch. They offer catering, and a unique take-out option. Order their lunch box for $5.95 or their dinner box for $7.95. Each box combines two dishes with fried rice and an egg roll.

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  • Jack Beiber

    you left out china palace.

  • ChineseFoodFanatic

    Wow, what an incomplete Job. Any list of Chinese restaurants in the burgh is woefully incomplete without:

    Jimmy Wan’s Restaurant and Lounge (In Cranberry and Old Freeport Rd)

    Tai Pei Restaurant, also located in Fox Chapel

    Rose Tea Cafe, on Forbes in Squirrel Hill: some of the best authentic Taiwanese food for the price anywhere in the city. A favorite of many Chinese and Taiwanese international students who attend Pitt and CMU.

    • Natalie

      The list was Chinese, not Taiwanese… and Jimmy Wan’s is one of the most over-priced, Americanized Chinese restaurants that I’ve seen. I am inclined to try your one good suggestion. I do hear it is delicious.

    • LuLu

      Tai pei is in O’Hara Township

      • luLu

        Plus, Tai Pei is hardly one of the best anymore.

      • lisa

        tai pei is fox chapel i live there and go there all the time.

  • Jasmina

    What? No way.

    R.I.P. Jimmy Tsang’s yinz was the best, hon!

  • Katie

    Tong Garden in Brookline!

  • Gilli

    Yinz totally right, Jasmina! R.I.P. Jimmy’s :(

    There is no contest who’s cuisine now reigns supreme, but they ain’t on this list and I’m not saying nothing cos the lines for takeout are long enough as is.

    Try harder!

  • homecooking

    Cook a good dish at home and stay away from the chinese poisons and you wonder why there is so much cancer these days… ugh… best resturant is my kitchen table do you people remember those??? haha

  • Lee

    New Dragon Express in Bridgeville isAWESOME!

  • Connie

    Wai Wais is the best I have tried so many and ALWAYS come back to Wais. The best service and Wai and her family really put pride in all they do. Please try Wai Wai food you will not be disappointed. Connie and Bob from Bloomfield

  • Anonymous

    jimmy wans and jimmy tsangs are not the same place

  • dr michael

    I dont know, to me they all taste the same

  • Louis Napolitano


  • tc123

    I tried Sesame Inn yesterday and it was awful!!!! I could have made better Chinese food myself and I’m Italian. The best I’ve had since moving to Pittsburgh a year ago is at China Star on McKnight Rd.

  • Amazed

    Szechuan Express in Oakland! $5 for 2 meals worth of food in 2 minutes. “We are also have fun food you are never had before.”

  • Kim

    House of Lee on 65 in Emsworth… yum!!

  • brenda

    Silver Palace on Rte 88

  • Anonymous

    china town inn…..downtown

  • pcn

    What about Chan’s in West View? Good food and friendly atmosphere.

  • Anonymous

    China Park in Glassport..

  • Dave

    China Park in Glassport

  • Chopstix Mama


  • Anonymous

    Sesame Inn at Station Square is nothing. The waitress didn’t ask me if I wanted rice or fried rice and the food was average. It is dimly lit in there. I like Chinatown Inn myself…try the chicken egg rolls.

  • General Tso

    Zaw’s on Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill. Take out only.

  • Anonymous

    Lins Garden in Gibsonia at Route 8 and 910 is the best around the city.

    • Food lover

      Yes, truly fantastic egg rolls. Best egg rolls we’ve had. All the rest it good, but the egg rolls stand above all the others we’ve tried in Pgh.

  • LMM

    Ya Fei in Robinson Twp

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