The 8 Best Chinese Restaurants in St. Louis

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When you think of the Midwest, Chinese food is probably the last thing that comes to mind. But that’s how we get you!

As a major Midwestern city, St. Louis has a surprising number of fantastic Chinese eateries!

Whether you are looking for authentic Szechuan fare or your standard Chinese takeout favorites, St. Louis’s Chinese joints have something for everyone.

Here are my top picks for the 8 best Chinese restaurants in St. Louis.

Map of My Best Chinese Restaurants in St. Louis

Best noodle dishes: Corner 17

Corner 17, located in the bustling Delmar Loop neighborhood, is a family-owned restaurant specializing in dumplings, wontons, bubble tea, and, best of all, homemade noodles. 

The hand-pulled noodle bowl is one of this joint’s most popular items, and for good reason! While sitting in the restaurant, a massive kitchen window lets you see the chef making the noodles by hand – so you know they have to be good!

Corner 17’s bright green interior, green chairs, and green lighting fixtures make this one of the most lively Chinese restaurants in the city. Between the incredible food and the fun interior, you’ll definitely want to return again.

  • Address: 6623 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
  • Website: Corner 17

Best Chinese takeout in the city: West End Wok

In my opinion, the best Chinese takeout joints have three key factors – they’re fast, affordable, and delicious. West End Wok happens to be a shining star in all of these categories. And more!

While West End Wok may look like a cozy hole-in-the-wall, this is one of the Central West End’s best spots for Chinese delivery and takeout. The menu has all of the classics; crab rangoon, egg rolls, fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, lo mein, and more.

Plus, this restaurant’s portions are enormous, so you can easily pick up dinner for the whole family for cheap!

  • Address: 4577 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
  • Website: West End Wok

Best Chinese buffet in St. Louis: Joy Luck Chinese Buffet

If you want to sample a little bit of everything, Joy Luck is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat. In addition to traditional Chinese favorites, sushi, hot pot, and hibachi, this restaurant also boasts a large selection of authentic Szechuan fare. The Szechuan menu includes specialties like cumin beef, boiled fish, eggplant with garlic sauce, mapo tofu, and more. 

Besides the dine-in buffet, Joy Luck also offers takeout and delivery. With an extensive menu, great prices, and fresh food, this spot is a St. Louis go-to!

Best for those with food restrictions: Lona’s Lil Eats

Lona, one of the owners of Lona’s Lil Eats, is originally from Xishuangbanna, a “hill tribe” area of southern China. Her homeland was the inspiration for Lona’s Lil Eats. Just like this region of China specializes in a range of Asian cuisine, Lona’s menu is best-known for inclusive Asian fusion dishes. 

Menu specialties include wraps, tofu plates, shrimp, chicken, and more, and you can build your own plate or wrap from various protein, rice, noodle, veggie, and sauce options.

P.S. – Everything on the menu is clearly labeled for people with food allergies. Lona’s also has options for vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and gluten-free diets, so anyone with food restrictions is welcome!

  • Address: 2199 California Ave, St. Louis, MO 63104
  • Website: Lonas LiL Eats

Best Chinese bakery in St. Louis: Wei Hong Bakery

Located in the vibrant Tower Grove neighborhood, Wei Hong Bakery specializes in authentic Cantonese cuisine. This bakery bakes its bread fresh daily and also prepares cakes for birthdays and weddings. 

In addition to baked goods, the restaurant portion of this joint has incredible Chinese barbecue, dim sum, pork buns, roasted duck, and more.

With large quantities and fantastic prices, Wei Hong is one of the best spots in St. Louis for authentic Chinese food and baked goods.

Best Chinese takeout in the suburbs: Wan Fu Chinese Restaurant

While this relaxed, strip-mall joint may not look like anything extraordinary, don’t let its humble appearance fool you! Located in Des Peres, Wan Fu Chinese Restaurant serves up some of the best Chinese takeout in the suburbs.

Wan Fu’s menu is themed around authentic Hong Kong cuisine, but the menu still offers all your Chinese takeout favorites like Mongolian beef, crab rangoon, pot stickers, sesame chicken, orange chicken, and fried rice. Boasting fresh ingredients and massive portions, Wan Fu is one of the best spots to pick up dinner on the way home from work!

Best authentic Chinese food: Wonton King

The name “Wonton King” may sound like your typical Americanized Chinese food, but this restaurant actually has some of the most authentic Hong Kong-style Chinese cuisine in St. Louis. (Many folks, my friends included, claim that the food is comparable to Chinatown areas in New York City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.)

Wonton King’s menu is vast, but some local favorites include their dim sum, hot and sour soup, chicken entrees, and potstickers. Several menu options are served with an authentic black bean sauce, which is incredibly tasty! 

  • Address: ​​8116 Olive Blvd, University City, MO 63130
  • Website: Wonton King

Best Northern Chinese cuisine: Cate Zone Chinese Cafe

Cate Zone Chinese Cafe is one of St. Louis’s best hidden gems. Not only is Cate Zone’s atmosphere fun and charming, but they happen to serve some of the most authentic Szechuan and Northeast Chinese dishes in the city. 

Some of the best menu items include sweet and sour pork, sizzling eggplant, lamb skewers, and fried fish, but anything you order will be super fresh and bursting with flavor!