The Cincinnati food scene is always growing and changing, sometimes making it difficult for locals to keep up. While the city has always had a rich tradition of chili, Goetta, and towering sandwiches, Cincinnati is developing an authentic Chinese scene—more than just your typical takeout places. Today, you can find everything from elegant dim sum to authentic Sichuan.
If you want to send your taste buds on a culinary tour of China without leaving the city, check out our picks for the best Chinese in Cincinnati:
Oriental Wok: From their top-notch food to their five-star service, Oriental Wok in Hyde Park offers Seattle locals an upscale dining experience. Aside from the elegant decor, every dish is carefully prepared using fresh ingredients. The menu mixes Americanized Chinese classics like orange chicken and kung pao with authentic Cantonese lobster tails and Peking-style duck. The approachable menu and chic atmosphere make Oriental Wok equally suitable for a date or a family outing.
Tiger Dumpling: The Clifton Heights restaurant is a great little place to grab a quick, satisfying meal on a budget. You can fill up on pork, vegetable, or chicken dumplings for just $5. But you should take the name of this local spot seriously because if you’re not in the mood for potstickers, you’re out of luck! We love Tiger Dumpling’s use of fresh ginger, quality meat, and freshly made dough. Try one of their delicious edamame sides, which they serve up three different ways: sea salt, tiger style, and sweet chili garlic. Can't make it to the restaurant? Stay in and order delivery online!
Sichuan Chili Chinese Restaurant: On the outside, Sichuan Chili Chinese Restaurant looks like your typical strip mall eatery, but looks can be deceiving. This unassuming gem serves up some of the best authentic Sichuan cuisine in the entire city. We love the Mei ren-jiao fish, the fragrant eggplant with minced pork, and the Jiao’zhi beef tripe. If you’re tired of the old standbys like beef and broccoli and Ma-Po tofu, you’ll find the Sichuan Chili Chinese Restaurant menu exciting and enticing!
Tea ’n’ Bowl: Huge portions, quick delivery, and the expertly executed Chinese-fusion menu are what make Tea ’n’ Bowl stand out from the other eateries in Cincinnati. The focus of the menu is a successful blend of authentic Cantonese-style dishes with just a dash of Sichuan and South East Asian mixed in. The result has earned this Chinese restaurant several awards including Best Asian Food by Cincinnati A-List 2015, Best Asian Food & Bubble Tea 2014 by Cincinnati Award Program, and Best Asian Eatery 2013 in Best of Cincy Guide. So it's easy to see why we named it one of Cincinnati's best Chinese food restaurants!
Grand Oriental: The best place for dim sum in Cincinnati is undoubtedly Grand Oriental. If you’ve never been to dim sum before, know that it’s always more fun with a crowd! Instead of ordering off a menu, you’ll see waiters circulating the room with large carts piled high with everything from steamed pork buns to fried taro. Simply grab what you want as they pass by. At the end of the meal, they’ll tally up what your table has eaten. Grand Oriental delivers everything you want in a great dim sum place: fresh food, lots of different options, and, of course, opulent Chinese decor. Be adventurous and try the chicken feet!
If you’re getting tired of your go-to Chinese takeout place, switch it up and visit one of Cincinnati's best Chinese food restaurants. And check out our other NearSay guides on the best brunch spots and best cheap eats in the city!