Best Chinese Restaurants in Oakville

Oakville, a vibrant town in Ontario, Canada, offers a rich culinary landscape with a diverse range of cuisines. When it comes to Chinese food, Oakville boasts an impressive array of restaurants that cater to every taste bud. From flavourful dim sum to mouthwatering stirfry dishes, the town’s Chinese restaurant scene is a culinary adventure waiting to be explored. Check out the Best Chinese Restaurants in Oakville below! However don’t forget about the best bakeries and restaurants in Oakville.

Best Chinese Restaurants in Oakville Everyone in my Supper Club raved about the food at Orda Chinese Restaurant
Everyone in my Supper Club raved about the food at Orda Chinese Restaurant

This article will delve into the best Chinese restaurants in Oakville, each offering unique flavours and dining experiences. So, prepare to embark on a journey of delectable Chinese cuisine that will leave you craving more.

Best Chinese Restaurants in Oakville

best Chinese restaurants in Oakville dine-in and take-out

Orda Uyghur Cuisine

Orda Best Chinese Restaurants in Oakville Photo Credit: Orda
Orda is one of the best Chinese Restaurants in Oakville. Photo Credit: Orda

I almost didn’t find this amazing restaurant because it’s not listed in the typical Chinese Restaurant listings. Once found, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of exceptional 5/5 reviews. Clearly, Orda is a beloved restaurant in Oakville.

They specialize in Uyghur cuisine, bringing the unique flavours of the Uyghur people to the heart of the town. The menu at Orda features a variety of dishes inspired by the culinary traditions of the Uyghur people, who hail from the Xinjiang region in Northwestern China.

I brought my supper club to this restaurant, and the group favourites included Lamb Kebabs, Fried Lamb with chewy, delicious fried bread, and the Stir-Fried Lahman. From their aromatic hand-pulled lamb noodles and flavorful Uyghur-style kebabs to their hearty dumplings and fragrant rice dishes, Orda offers an authentic taste of Uyghur cuisine.

Noodle Dish at Orda Restaurant
Altogether, my large supper group ordered 80% of Orda’s menu and all of it was delicious!

Online reviews for Orda rave about the restaurant’s commitment to showcasing the vibrant and rich flavours of Uyghur cuisine. Customers appreciate the use of traditional spices and seasonings, which give the dishes their distinct and aromatic profiles. The friendly staff provides warm and welcoming service, ensuring a memorable dining experience. Whether you’re a fan of Uyghur cuisine or looking to explore a new culinary adventure, Orda in Oakville is the perfect destination to savour the flavours of this unique cuisine.

Pearl Chinese Restaurant

Outside of Pearl Restaurant Oakville Best Chinese Restaurants in Oakville
Selected as one of the best Chinese Restaurants in Oakville: Pearl Restaurant at the Oakville Place Mall

Pearl Oakville Restaurant: Pearl Restaurant is the place to go for large gatherings. It has a gorgeous seating area with teal chairs, a sizeable pinkish ceiling feature and a carpeted floor. The waiters and waitresses wear black suits, and the tables look fancy, adorned with white tablecloths.

I found the ambiance contributed to the feeling of a “special night out.” The extraordinary menu featured
seafood, duck, dim sum and other wonderful Chinese dishes. (Check out my article about Pearl Restaurant)

Pineapple Duck stirfry at Pearl Restaurant in Oakville
I had almost forgotten to take this photo of the Pineapple Duck Stirfry at Pearl Restaurant in Oakville

But if you don’t want to take my word for it, you’ll find that reviews for Pearl Restaurant highlight dishes such as their amazing dim sum, Chinese broccoli, duck and other great options. The service is excellent and the fact that there is plenty of free parking (mall parking lot) makes this place convenient to go to. Whether you’re looking for a casual lunch or an elegant dinner, Pearl Restaurant promises an unforgettable Chinese dining experience.

Cynthia’s Chinese Restaurant

Cynthia's Chinese Restaurant Dining Room, Photo Credit: Cynthia's Restaurant
Cynthia’s Chinese Restaurant dining room, Photo Credit: Cynthia’s Restaurant

Cynthia’s Chinese Restaurant is a hidden gem in Oakville. I recommend eating in (rather than taking out) because the room is ornately decorated, with a lovely waterfall at the entrance. The atmosphere here feels divine! With a focus on traditional Chinese cuisine, the restaurant offers a menu filled with delectable dishes that showcase the rich culinary heritage of China. From their flavourful Kung Pao Chicken and Mongolian Beef to their mouthwatering Sweet and Sour Pork and Peking Duck, Cynthia’s Chinese Restaurant ensures a memorable dining experience.

A Server Cuts a Full Peking Duck at Cynthias Restaurant
A server cuts a whole Peking duck at Cynthias Restaurant

I was impressed by Cynthia’s Egg Foo Young. I’ve tried this dish from several different restaurants, and Cynthia’s was the first restaurant that had one I’d go back for.

Customers often praise Cynthia’s Chinese Restaurant for its attentive service, cozy ambiance, and high-quality execution of each dish. Whether you’re dining in or opting for takeout, Cynthia’s Chinese Restaurant is a worthy addition as one of Oakville’s best Chinese restaurants.

Celadon House Authentic Asian Comfort Food

Outside of Celadon Chinese Restaurant in Oakville
Outside of Celadon Chinese Restaurant in Oakville

Celadon House is a dine-in or drive-through Asian Restaurant. It is a hidden gem in Oakville, offering an exquisite culinary journey through the flavours of Chinese cuisine. With a focus on Southwest Asian home cooking, the restaurant presents a menu that showcases the richness and depth of Chinese culinary traditions. From their Beef and Mushroom Salpicado to their Cha Beehon (Chicken, shrimp, mushroom) noodles, Celadon House tantalizes the taste buds with its authentic flavours. Interestingly, Caledon House offers frozen dim sum meal kits to enjoy at home. That is something I have not seen in other Chinese restaurants.

Online reviews for Celadon House rave about the restaurant’s exceptional quality, attentive service and convenient location (near the Ford exit, QEW). Many feel like they are “part of the family” when visiting Celadon House. Overall, Celadon House Chinese Restaurant offers a true taste of China in the east end of Oakville and deserves a spot as one of the best Chinese Restaurants in Oakville.

Shanghai Alley Gourmet Chinese Restaurant

Shanghai Alley Gourmet Chinese Restaurant downtown Oakville
Shanghai Alley Gourmet Chinese Restaurant downtown Oakville

Shanghai Alley Gourmet, located in downtown Oakville, is a traditional Shanghainese-style restaurant. The menu at Shanghai Alley Gourmet showcases traditional dishes that capture the essence of Shanghai’s vibrant food scene. From their signature, Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) and savoury Scallion Pancakes to their comforting Braised Pork Belly and flavorful Wonton Noodle Soup, every dish at Shanghai Alley Gourmet is a treat for the taste buds.

We tried the dishes listed above, plus their fried rice and noodle dishes and we would definitely go back to try other things from their delicious looking menu.

When this Asian restaurant was first opened in March 2023, it was featured in New Asian Restaurant News. You can read the full article about them here.

Online reviews for Shanghai Alley Gourmet praise the restaurant’s unique menu items, such as the Shanghai Lion head, shepherd’s purse big wontons and Shanghai scallion pancakes. Reviewers love that they make their food and sauces fresh in-house and consider Shanghai Alley Gourmet a top choice for those seeking an authentic taste of Shanghai in Oakville.

best Chinese restaurants in Oakville dine-in and take-out

The Take Out Chinese Food Options

While there are relatively few sit-down Chinese places in Oakville, there are plenty of take-out options. Some of the best-ranked include:

Halton Dragon Chinese Restaurant

Although Halton Dragon offers take-out and delivery only, it is a popular Chinese restaurant in Oakville. It has an extensive menu that includes a wide selection of styles, including Hunan, Mandarin, Szechwan, and Cantonese. From some of the classic favourites like General Tso’s Chicken and Sweet and Sour Shrimp to authentic Cantonese dishes like Roast Duck and Steamed Fish, Halton Dragon offers a wide range of options to satisfy every palate.

Online reviews for Halton Dragon commend the restaurant’s flavourful dishes, generous portions, and efficient service. Customers appreciate the wide variety of choices available, accommodating everyone from meat lovers to vegetarians. With its inviting atmosphere and consistent quality, Halton Dragon is a go-to spot for Chinese food enthusiasts in Oakville.

Dragon House Chinese Cuisine

Dragon House Chinese Restaurant in Oakville
Dragon House Chinese Restaurant in Oakville

Dragon House is a “humble take-out” and delivery spot. It is a well-established Chinese restaurant in Oakville, known for its authentic dishes from Cantonese to Szechuan and Hunan. The menu offers a variety of Chinese classics, ranging from savoury stir-fries and aromatic noodles to delectable seafood dishes.

We went there after a softball practice and ordered enough for the whole family and some for leftovers. I didn’t expect much from this strip mall restaurant in River Glen Mews; however, I was pleasantly surprised!

Online reviews for Dragon House commend the restaurant’s prompt service, fresh and delicious food and the friendliness of the staff. They have a uniquely large menu for a small family business which is appreciated by many of their steady customers. Overall, Dragon House promises a satisfying Chinese meal.

China Chopsticks Restaurant and Grill

China Chopsticks Restaurant in Oakville
China Chopsticks Restaurant in Oakville

China Chopsticks is a popular Chinese take-out restaurant in Oakville that offers a wide range of dishes to satisfy every palate. From classic favourites like Orange Chicken and Beef with Broccoli to their delectable seafood options like Salt and Pepper Shrimp, China Chopsticks brings the flavours of China to Oakville. The menu also features vegetarian and gluten-free options, ensuring that there’s something for everyone.

Online reviews for China Chopsticks highlight the reasonable prices and the restaurant’s flavorful dishes. China Chopsticks is a go-to spot for a satisfying Chinese food experience.

Golden Leaf Chinese Food

Golden Leaf Restaurant in Kerr Village, Oakville
Golden Leaf Restaurant in Kerr Village, Oakville

Golden Leaf Restaurant is a well-regarded Chinese restaurant in Oakville, offering a diverse menu of Cantonese and Szechuan dishes. From their mouthwatering BBQ Pork and Honey Garlic Ribs to their flavorful stir-fries and noodle dishes, Golden Leaf ensures a satisfying dining experience. The restaurant also features an extensive dim sum menu, allowing diners to indulge in a variety of bite-sized delights.

Online reviews for Golden Leaf praise the restaurant’s quality of the food and the unbeatable price. Whether you’re craving classic Cantonese favourites or exploring the bold flavours of Szechuan cuisine, Golden Leaf delivers a memorable Chinese dining experience in Oakville.

Oaks Garden Chinese Restaurant

Outside of Oakvs Gardens Chinese Restaurant in Oakville
Outside of Oaks Garden Chinese Restaurant in Oakville

Oaks Garden is a no-frills Chinese restaurant that is take-out or dine-in on Speers Rd in Oakville. The menu features a variety of dishes, including Malaysian-style dishes as well as Chinese stir-fries and noodle dishes. With its cozy and welcoming ambiance, Oaks Garden provides a relaxed setting for diners to enjoy a blend of flavours from both cuisines.

Inside of Oaks Garden Restaurant
Inside of Oaks Garden Chinese Restaurant

Reviews for Oaks Garden commend the restaurant’s flavorful dishes and fast and friendly service. Customers appreciate the unique combination of Chinese and Malaysian flavours. And many comment on the large portions for good value. Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty curry or a comforting plate of noodles, Oaks Garden offers a delightful culinary experience in Oakville.

Note: While the outdoor sign in the photo above reads “Oaks Gardens,” online, you’ll find the restaurant is called “Oak’s Garden” singular.

New Chinese Restaurant to Oakville (Unranked but looks promising)

Royal Garden Authentic Indo Hakka Cuisine

Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant in Oakville
Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant in Oakville

Royal Garden is a renowned Chinese restaurant that has expanded its culinary excellence to the Oakville area. With its origins in the successful Royal Garden located in Milton, this restaurant brings a taste of Hakka Chinese cuisine to Oakville. The menu at Royal Garden showcases a wide range of dishes inspired by the Hakka culinary traditions. From their flavorful Hakka-style Chilli Chicken and fragrant Hakka Noodles to their succulent Manchurian Beef and mouthwatering Hakka-style Tofu, Royal Garden offers an authentic and tantalizing Hakka dining experience.

In Conclusion…

Since the Oakville location has only been open for three months at the time of this article, I felt it was too early to rank this restaurant according to online reviews. However, online reviews for Royal Garden in Milton praise the restaurant for its commitment to showcasing the unique flavours of Hakka Chinese cuisine. Customers appreciate the rich and robust flavours in each dish and the generous portion sizes. With the introduction of the Royal Garden to Oakville, residents now have the opportunity to savour the distinct and delicious flavours of Hakka Chinese cuisine.

Special Mention

Little Saigon 88 Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese

Wonton Soup
Generous portions at Little Saigon 88. We got 12 Wonton in our Wonton soup! (This Photo 23816200 © Tab1962 |

This restaurant is actually a Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese Restaurant. It is a sit-in or take-out establishment and from experience, I can tell you that the food is very good. I wrote more about this restaurant on my blog called “One Restaurant – 2 Cuisines.”

In Conclusion …

Overall, while there are many good Chinese restaurants in Oakville, I’ve discovered that the 5 best Chinese restaurants in Oakville are:

  1. Orda
  2. Pearl
  3. Cynthia’s
  4. Celadon House, and
  5. Shanghai Alley Gourmet

So, there you have it, folks! Oakville’s Chinese culinary scene is a treasure trove of flavours waiting to be explored. Whether you’re in the mood for traditional dim sum, mouthwatering Peking duck, or some seriously spicy Sichuan delights, this town has got you covered. As we bid farewell to this gastronomic journey, remember that the best way to truly appreciate these Chinese restaurants is to grab your chopsticks and dive right in.

By Julie Misquitta

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