The 10 Best Chinese Restaurants in the Denver Metro Area

Braised beef and noodles at the new Zoe Ma Ma next to Union Station.
Braised beef and noodles at the new Zoe Ma Ma next to Union Station.
Danielle Lirette

Chinese New Year falls on February 19 this year; celebrations and feasts traditionally last for two weeks (at least in China), making February the perfect month to sample your way through the city's best noodle houses, wok kitchens and dim sum eateries. Although two of our favorites, Chef Liu's Authentic Chinese Cuisine and East Asia Garden, closed in 2014, Denver still has plenty of great options for crisp-skinned duck, tender dumplings and tongue-buzzing Szechuan specialties.

Keep reading for the ten best Chinese restaurants in the Denver metro area, in alphabetical order. And since Chef Liu's, last year's best Chinese restaurant in Westword's Best of Denver 2014, is no longer with us, the category is wide open for a new winner. Cast your vote for your favorite in our 2015 Readers' Poll.

See also: Hasu Asian Bistro & Sushi Opens In Cherry Creek North

China Jade remodeled two years ago but still serves traditional dishes as well as American-Chinese favorites.
China Jade remodeled two years ago but still serves traditional dishes as well as American-Chinese favorites.
Lori Midson

10) China Jade 12203 East Iliff Avenue, Aurora 303-755-8518 China Jade's menu of standard American-Chinese dishes doesn't go above or beyond that of dozens of other restaurants serving fresh-cooked, if not exactly mind-blowing, fare. But peruse the traditional Chinese menu and you'll find build-your-own steaming hot pots awash in numbing Szechuan peppercorns; unusual but approachable dishes like Ants Climbing Tree (a simple spicy dish of ground pork and noodles) and basil eggplant; and rustic, adventurous plates of pork intestine with pickled cabbage or Szechuan-style eel.

Pork belly with pickled mustard greens at China Taipei.
Pork belly with pickled mustard greens at China Taipei.
Lori Midson

9) China Taipei 8100 South Quebec Street, Centennial 303-773-0155 China Taipei, tucked into the back corner of an unassuming suburban strip mall in Centennial, has been serving traditional Taiwanese cuisine for more than twenty years. Favorites like beef chow fun stand above the competition, while a second Chinese menu (just ask if you aren't offered one) hides bowls of thick squid and noodle soup, tea-smoked duck, pork belly with pickled mustard greens, and braised pork feet in dark soy sauce. It's a family-run affair, with friendly service from Danny and Amy Chou and their welcoming staff.

The owners of East Asia Garden opened Hasu Asian Bistro in Cherry Creek North last fall.
The owners of East Asia Garden opened Hasu Asian Bistro in Cherry Creek North last fall.
Danielle Lirette

8) Hasu Asian Bistro & Sushi 250 Steele Street 720-379-5868 While Denver lost one of the best Chinese joints in town when East Asia Garden closed last year, the restaurant's owners opened Hasu in Cherry Creek North with a menu nearly identical to that of the South Broadway original -- only with a sushi bar and other Japanese dishes tacked on. At lunchtime, Szechuan eggplant and Kung Pao shrimp offer more flavor and complexity than standard American-Chinese fare (without much of the typical sweetness), but the Chinese dinner menu, here bound in an opulent cork cover, is what makes Hasu special. Try the odd but surprisingly comforting tofu and black egg mixture (like a Chinese version of picnic-worthy egg salad), a spicy fish pot thick with dense slabs of fish and searing chiles, or a far-from-ordinary Chong Qing spicy chicken.

Keep reading for more of the best Chinese restaurants in Denver.



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