Chinese Restaurants in San Pablo

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A Time Out San Francisco Critics' choice, Imperial Tea Court provides leaf lovers with access to some of the world's most desirable teas as well as unrivaled expertise in the ways of steepery. Park your carcass in one of its highly regarded teahouses for a 45- to 60-minute primer on the world's most popular beverage and its steamy history, including its medicinal roots in ancient times as an alternative to Tommy John surgery. Pouring hot cups of tea and tepid earfuls of facts, the teahouses' resident sip savants will help guests understand tea's various categories and acquaint them with the traditional Chinese gaiwan, a covered teacup developed for use on turbulent dragon flights and birthday party bounce houses. The tasting includes two samples of your choice of teas, leaving you with a pleasant aftertaste as well as a fully brewed headpot of knowledge with which to douse tea-loving coworkers at the dream factory.

1511 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US

Amid traditional Chinese imagery of twisting dragons and carp, splashes of bright red bring Uncle Wing’s casual interior to life—and perhaps serve as a visual warning to diners who are about to dip into meals speckled with fiery peppers. The restaurant’s chefs specialize in seafood and duck entrees, which come stewed in a range of spicy, chili-filled sauces as well as curries as complex as a Rubik's Cube during its teen years. While they primarily cook Mandarin and Szechuan dishes, chefs channel the cuisine of various regions with plates such as Shanghai’s egg foo young; Shandong’s mu-shu meats, served inside thin, Chinese pancakes; and the small portions of dim sum popular in Hong Kong.

905 B St
San Rafael,
CA
US

The aromas of classic Asian cooking fill the air at Lily Kai Chinese Cuisine, providing diners with a hint of what to expect before they even crack a menu. Learn even more about what to expect by reading our list of pre-meal tips:

Five Tips for Your Visit to Lily Kai

  • Try dishes from across China: The menu includes everything from Cantonese-style dumplings to red snapper with a spicy Szechuan sauce.
  • Savor quality ingredients: It's not enough to just find fresh produce. The restaurant's chefs seek out organic vegetables and free-range chicken to use in their dishes.
  • Try one of the crowd favorites: The steamed barbecue-pork buns and the battered prawns with honey-glazed walnuts are two of the chefs' specialties.
  • Take advantage of vegetarian and vegan options: Dishes such as the stir-fried eggplant with green onions and spicy garlic sauce eschew meats, not flavors.
  • Don't miss out on the view: With tables positioned within sight of the nearby bay as well as the downtown skyline, the dining room gives patrons plenty to look at while they clean their plates.
1801 Tiburon Blvd
Tiburon,
CA
US

Since 1989, the chefs at Great Wall Chinese Restaurant have prepared an unexpected menu of authentic Chinese cuisine. The surprise lies along the pages of the menu, where the vast majority of dishes are strictly vegetarian?even those listed as "chicken" contain a faux-meat version. Dotted with little chiles to indicate a fiery level of spiciness, the menu lists favorites such as vegetarian "pork" with spicy garlic sauce, and Szechuan-style mapo tofu.

6247 College Ave
Oakland,
CA
US

With the simple motto “excellent Chinese cuisine,” the skilled chefs at Hai Sun Restaurant rev up appetites with an expansive menu, leading off with crispy fried appetizers such as wontons and egg rolls. Across the menu’s pages, entrees flock into categories including lamb, pork, and vegetables alongside seafood morsels such as sautéed scallops and cod. Dishes come laden with a fresh garden medley of veggies of baby corn and snow peas, in spicy ginger, curry, and Sichuan sauce. With pop available by the can or six pack, patrons can enjoy a soda rush without the hassle of going over Niagara Falls in a root-beer barrel.

3137 Laguna St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Abacus: A User’s Guide

Award-Winning International Cuisine | Celebrity Chef | Steak and Seafood | Extensive Wine List

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: lobster-scallion shooters in a chili-coconut-sake sauce
  • Entree: grilled Cervena venison
  • Side: black-truffle risotto
  • Dessert: raspberry-brown-butter tart with lemon-cardamom ice cream

Inside the Kitchen: Chef Kent Rathbun began his lifelong love affair with food at the tender age of 9, eventually earning an apprenticeship at a five-star French restaurant in Kansas City a few years later. When he finally became a full-blown chef, he honed his skills at a number of acclaimed restaurants in the United States and began traveling to Thailand every year to research ingredients and study new cooking techniques. He would later draw upon this eclectic, globe-spanning education when crafting Abacus's international-style cuisine, which takes influences from the American Southwest, Louisiana, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific Rim. Since beginning his celebrated career, he's been nominated several times for a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest, defeated Chef Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America, and cooked at President George W. Bush's 2001 inaugural ball.

High Praise

  • D Magazine lists eating the lobster shooters as something you must do in Dallas, saying "no meal at Abacus is complete without an order." The magazine also lists Abacus as one of Dallas's best 100 restaurants.
  • The Pegasus News blog praises the seasonal burrata-mozzarella salad, saying "the mozzarella melted in your mouth, and the balsamic caviar had an unexpected sweet flavor."
  • The restaurant's Asian influence is noted by Fodor's, which says "people come back for the sushi."
  • Zagat ranks it as having the Best Food and the Best Service in Dallas in 2013.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Browse local artists' contemporary pieces, as well as vintage furniture and handmade jewelry, at consignment shop Art Is Art (2811 N. Henderson Avenue).
After: Grab an afterdinner drink at Terreli's (2815 Greenville Avenue) and enjoy the live music that spans jazz, piano, and latin genres.

If You Can't Make It, Try This: Chef Rathburn operates a few other restaurants, including Rathburn's Blue Plate Kitchen, which serves upscale comfort food.

2078 Hayes St
San Francisco,
CA
US