We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Authentic Chinatown” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chinatown

Chinatown
388 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607
510 893 8979
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #25 of 114 things to do in Oakland
Attraction details
Outside Basingstoke
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
46 attraction reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Authentic Chinatown”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

While it's not as exciting or commercial as San Francisco, this is the real thing. We were the only Westerners wandering round, finding the shop selling tea with the old man who claimed to be a doctor advising on which was most medicinal, the fish shop with the fresh fish, crabs and lobsters swimming around and the vegetable shops numerous enough to keep prices down if only one knew what the products were. And good cheap eateries.

Visited May 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

92 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    25
    40
    20
    3
    4
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Tehachapi, California
Top Contributor
361 reviews 361 reviews
58 attraction reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
“Where do ya park during day?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Still fairly good chinese restaurants around, but you have to park, and look hard. Then hope your car wasn't broken into. I am older now, but this was once piece of history. Not now.

Visited May 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mexico City, Mexico
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“I love it, I love it, I love it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

I'm mexican-chinese (yep... we exist) and I love this big Chinatown not just because the regular unexpensive shops along Grant, but because all the FRESH vegetables nearby the turistic venues. You can almost eat in every restaurante here and it will be authentic. I specially love Broadway Dim Sum and Yuet Lee. Everytime I go, I spend Half day shopping and end my day in the Buda Bar, Where one can relax with a Tsing Tao hearing Teresa Teng's music from the mostly Taiwanese pop music.

Visited September 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
168 reviews 168 reviews
48 attraction reviews
Reviews in 77 cities Reviews in 77 cities
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
“The real deal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Took me right back to China, for the most part. Several shop keepers didn't speak English, so you have to point to the fruits and vegetables you want to buy. Fun, welcoming place to visit in Oakland.

Visited April 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good, but not great!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Very small size China town in Oakland, CA. Maybe a little more than two long. Pay the toll fee to go to San Francisco China town.

Visited March 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Chinatown? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Chinatown, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.