Austin is home to a wide range of Chinese restaurants - from Cantonese to Sichuan, and almost everything in between. Whether you want to keep your weekend dim sum tradition alive or numb your mouth (and maybe your mind) with some Mala chicken, here are 19 Chinese places to order takeout.
If you’ve ever had a friend mention Asia Cafe, you also probably heard them bring up the spicy fish fillet that’s developed a cult-like following. Besides that, we’re also big fans of the mapo tofu, the Sichuan Zhong dumplings, and the eggplant with garlic sauce (arguably the best in town). Portions here tend to be large, so plan your meal - and fridge space for leftovers - accordingly.
As one of the few options for Chinese food on the East Side, Old Thousand serves some creative interpretations of classic Chinese dishes, like brisket fried rice and scallion-pancake quesadillas. They’ve also got Chinese-American staples like General Tso’s Chicken and Mongolian Beef.
Din Ho is open for takeout and delivery, so start figuring out how many meals you’re going to want to replace with their excellent roast duck or barbecued pork. They’ve got a wide range of menu options available, as well as dinners for three, four, and six people so you can feed the whole family.
With a large selection of dumplings, noodles, and daily lunch combos, Sweet Chive is a great option for Taiwanese food on the East Side. We like to start with an order of pan-fried pork dumplings, and finish off with some beef noodle soup or lu rou fan (miso-braised minced pork over rice). They also have a rotating selection of weekly specials - if you come across the spicy chili wontons, do yourself a favor and place an extra order. It comes with five pieces, but you’re not going to want to share. They’re currently available for pickup and delivery, but recommend placing orders by phone at (512)-394-5557.
We love the mouth-numbing Chong Qing Mala Chicken at Sichuan River as much as anything, but the Dan Dan noodles come in at a close second. Fortunately, Sichuan River is currently open for takeout, so you never have to wonder what your life would be like without them.
Lin Asian Bar’s menu of upscale Chinese food and dim sum focuses on local and seasonal products, with lots of healthy offerings, like the cabbage salad with almond vinaigrette. While their jumbo soup dumplings are unfortunately not available for takeout, you can order just about everything else on their menu for your own living room dim sum experience.
Tso Chinese Delivery
As its name suggests, Tso Chinese Delivery has always operated as a delivery service, but curbside pickup is also an option. They mostly focus on Chinese-American dishes like honey walnut shrimp, broccoli beef, and sesame chicken, with a good selection of vegetarian options as well. All of their prices include delivery and tip, so you know exactly what you’re paying when you check out.
Wok 'N Express
There’s a chance you’ve driven by this Chinese restaurant-market hybrid without even realizing what it was. But the convenience store setup makes it perfectly optimized for curbside takeout and delivery, and you can pick up some beer or snacks while you’re there. They’re also the first place we’ve seen that puts pineapple in their General Tso’s chicken, which might not be super common, but we’re all for it.
China Family Restaurant
China Family Restaurant is the only restaurant we can think of where the fried green beans truly stand out. And that’s no slight to the rest of the menu - we love the griddle-cooked pork ribs and Sichuan chicken. They have online ordering for pickup at their drive-thru window or delivery.
All three locations of Austin’s Chinatown restaurant are open for takeout and delivery, and they’re offering 20% off select bottles of wine. The menu includes a wide range of Chinese classics and dim sum, as well as a large list of sushi rolls.
Bao’d Up specializes in Chinese comfort food, focusing primarily on steamed baos that you can pick up fresh or frozen. There’s a variety of fillings - from the savory ground pork or barbecue chicken to the sweeter egg cream bao. They also have a selection of noodles and other dishes, like fried chicken or pork belly. All three locations in Austin have online ordering available for pickup or delivery.
Chen's Noodle House
Chen’s Noodle House and sister restaurant, Chen Z, are open with online ordering available for pickup and delivery. They’ve got the full menu of favorites, including their handmade knife-cut noodles and lamb skewers.
Shanghai Chinese Restaurant
You might not be able to order off their rolling carts of dim sum right now, but Shanghai is currently open for online ordering and takeout. There’s also a lunch box option that changes daily, in addition to their full dim sum and Cantonese food menu.
There are over a dozen different varieties of dumplings at Fat Dragon, so you’ll never get tired of any of them (if that’s even possible). And while it’s not exactly Chinese, the ramen at Fat Dragon was previously only available for dine-in customers, but they’ve recently started to offer it for takeout and delivery.
The dining room at this popular downtown spot for dumplings and dim sum may have reopened, bu you can still place online orders for curbside takeout. They’re offering a limited menu of hot dishes, as well as a variety of frozen dumplings. Just make sure to plan ahead - online orders need to be placed at least two days in advance.
If you get the chance to walk past Xian’s kitchen, you’ll see a row of cooks hand pulling noodles with levels of precision that we can only dream of. These noodles make up the foundation of most of the dishes on the menu - from red braised beef noodle soup shoe ramen. You choose the thickness, ranging from the needle-thin vermicelli to the heftier pappardelle that works great with their stir-fried noodles. There’s also a few fried rice dishes and a whole menu of sushi offerings for those feeling less noodle-inclined.
House of Three Gorges has an extensive menu of classic Sichuan dishes. Make sure to order the cumin lamb, Sichuan dry stir-fried chicken, and the homemade pork wontons in spicy soup. They’re located near 183 and Ohlen, in the same shopping center as Din Ho and Ramen Tatsu-Ya.
Steamie’s has been selling handmade Chinese dumplings at local farmers markets for a couple of years now (both frozen and cooked). And recently they opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in the Crescent shopping center in the Highland neighborhood. There’s a tight menu of dumplings, including wontons, soup dumplings, barbecue pork buns, and potstickers (the Five-Spice Lemongrass Pork are very good). All the dumplings are frozen and come with easy-to-execute cooking instructions. There’s online ordering as well as seamless contactless pickup
New Fortune is a popular banquet-sized restaurant in Austin’s Chinatown Center - be prepared to wait for a table most weekends. They’ve got a super broad menu, including seafood like their salt and pepper double lobster for two, whole Peking duck, and Cantonese dishes. What they’re perhaps most well known for, however, is their dim sum, served via carts during weekend lunch/brunch. They’ve got probably one of the largest dim sum menus in town - our favorites are the soup dumplings, pan-fried turnip cake, and the crispy shrimp toast. You can order dim sum a la carte during dinner, and you can also get it to go.