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Canberra’s best Chinese restaurants

Canberra's best Chinese restaurants

With its deep-rooted traditions and constant evolution, Chinese cuisine embodies a rich spectrum of tastes, textures, and aromas. Spanning thousands of years of history, Chinese food has evolved over the journey to be one of the most popular and respected cuisines across the world. Canberrans are no exception when it comes to enjoying delicious dishes from China, so we have put together a list of the best Chinese restaurants in Canberra.

Skip to the list of Canberra's best Chinese restaurants

  • 1980 Chinese Restaurant
  • CBD Dumpling House
  • Happy’s Chinese Restaurant
  • Ginseng at Hellenic
  • The East Kitchen
  • Timmy's Kitchen

What makes a quality Chinese restaurant?

A great Chinese restaurant stands out through a combination of factors that contribute to an exceptional dining experience. Here are some key elements that make a Chinese restaurant worth a visit:

  • Quality ingredients: High-quality ingredients are the foundation of any excellent restaurant. Fresh vegetables, meats and other ingredients contribute to the flavors and textures of the dishes.
  • Authenticity: A top Chinese restaurant maintains the essence of Chinese cuisine, using authentic ingredients, cooking techniques, and recipes.
  • Diverse menu: A great Chinese restaurant offers a varied menu that includes an assortment of regional Chinese dishes. This allows customers to explore different flavors and styles of Chinese cuisine.
  • Efficient service: Attentive and friendly staff contribute to a positive dining experience. The food should also arrive in good time as to not keep the customer waiting.
  • Inviting atmosphere: The restaurant's ambiance plays a significant role in creating a pleasant dining experience. A clean, well-maintained, and culturally appropriate atmosphere adds to the overall appeal.

When these elements come together, they create a dining experience that is truly worthwhile.

The best Chinese restaurants in Canberra 2024

To be listed as one of Canberra’s bestCanberra Daily requires them to have maintained a track record of positive reviews on Google and Facebook, with a minimum average of 4/5 stars. The Google ratings shown were updated August 2023.

When looking for delicious Chinese food in Canberra, check out our list of Canberra Daily’s best local restaurants below.

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Happy’s Chinese Restaurant

Happy’s opened their doors in 1962 and have now been serving up delicious, traditional Cantonese cuisine for over 50 years.

The city restaurant has been family owned for three generations and promises a family friendly environment. The menu is varied and features many Chinese favourites along with a range of different banquet options for larger groups to enjoy.

Kate Banasik left this Google review: “We loved this cozy spot for casual dinner full of delicious dishes. Service was great and fast. Recommend for a friendly night out or a quick bite!”

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Ginseng at Hellenic

Located within the Hellenic Club in Won, Ginseng offers a vast selection of innovative and fresh Chinese cuisine and efficient service.

The award-winning restaurant has a great range of dine in or takeaway options, while the eatery also includes multiple rooms for larger functions or bookings.

Pia wrote this five-star review on Google: “Great service, friendly and efficient. The food was delicious and serves were generous. The fried rice was the best I’ve had in a long time. You can tell it was wok fried.”

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Timmy's Kitchen

Since opening in 1985, Timmy’s Kitchen has set a high standard for Chinese and Malaysian cuisine in Canberra.

Located in Manuka, the restaurant creates an array of delicious specialty dishes as well as many old favourites. Some of their most popular menu items include shantung chicken, sizzling butterfly king prawns and their variety of laksas.

David Willard left this five-star review on Google: “Quick and friendly service and excellent food at a very good price. The small restaurant is plain but clean and well organised. We enjoyed our meals so much we came back the next night to do it all again, and we were not disappointed. Highly recommend this great little Chinese restaurant.”

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1980 Chinese Restaurant

Formerly known as Spicy Ginger Cafe, 1980 Chinese Restaurant has a new look and menu that caters to the tastes of a variety of customers.

They continue to serve favourites like cumin lamb, dry chilli chicken, but also have new options to try. They are known for their delicious seafood dishes featuring lobster, crab, prawns and fish. The menu also has a range of other offerings, such as dumplings, chicken sang choy bao, satay beef as well as vegetarian options.

On Google, Kaye Sun left this positive review: “Delicious lunch, good portions and efficient service. Would recommend!”