Guilin is an eater's paradise, with hundreds of restaurants of all kinds standing on most street corners and with whole streets of restaurants. However, it is usually not so easy to find the food one is looking for, even for local people like us. The following restaurants are some of the best of their kind according to our own eating experiences in Guilin.
Best Guilin Restaurants Recommended by China Highlights
China Highlights have selected several great restaurants for you to eat at during your stay in Guilin. These restaurants are not tourist hot spots, but good local restaurants that serve authentic Chinese food and that are very popular with local Guilin people. Like most Chinese restaurants they will probably be filled with noise, activity and all of the things associated with Chinese people fulfilling one of their passions - eating.
For convenience, we are providing you with the menus now so that you can select the food that you would like to sample. Chinese menus, as you may know from Chinese takeaways, are usually long and sometimes it is difficult even for locals to know exactly what is meant by many items on the menu. These restaurants will probably not have any English speaking staff, so communication will be difficult. We have selected a number of dishes that are among our favorites. Please select from this menu and your guide will order the food for you and ensure that you receive what you want.
Opened in 1996, Mcfound Restaurant is a popular local chain restaurant in Guilin. The restaurant is famous for its Chinese northern food like pancakes, noodles and dumplings. Pizza is also served here. Locals like to eat here because of its tasty food and reasonable price. After meal, you are suggested ordering a piece of cake or some home-made cookies as dessert.
Chinese name:麦香坊 Mai Xiang Fang
Recommended dishes:sauteed meat shreds with soy bean paste (京酱肉丝), shredded potatoes rolled in pancake (土豆丝卷饼), roast duck with Mcfound sauce (麦香鸭)
Average price per person: 50 yuan
Opening hours: 10:30am–10pm
Address: 12, East Chuanshan Road, Qixing District (七星区穿山东路12号体育馆内)
Transportation: Take bus 100 and get off at Gym Center (体育中心）
Guilin Congee City is located at the north bank of Shan Lake in Downtown Guilin. It is characterized by its Li River Cuisine and its nice dining atmosphere. Most dishes are cooked with pickled sour and chili which have a strong Guilin flavor. But the seafood congee here is mild and fresh, it is suitable for those who have a lighter taste. The restaurant is nearby the Lijiang Waterfall Hotel, which has waterfall show every night at 20:30 for half an hour.
Chinese name:桂林粥城 Guilin Zhou Cheng
Recommended dishes:deep fried Li River shrimp (漓江虾), seafood congee (海鲜粥), steamed pork rib with taro (芋头蒸排骨), fried pumpkin with egg yolk (咸蛋黄南瓜条)
Average price per person: 60 yuan
Opening hours: 24 hours, breakfast served from 7 am
Address: 3, North Shahu Road, Xiufeng District (秀峰区杉湖北路3号）
Transportation: Take bus 10 or 11 and get off at Yang Qiao(阳桥）
Fo Long Xuan Restaurant is a new restaurant run in the Mulonghu Lake scenic area, where is famous for its unique sceneries. Surrounded by water and hills, guests will be pleased to enjoy the picturesque scene when having meals in the palace-shaped restaurant. In additional to its convenient location, the restaurant is credited with delicate local dishes such as stir-fried shrimps of Lijiang river with Guilin Sanhua, a kind of famous local rice wine. What strikes guests as an entertainment is its shows performed by cool girls in Tang Dynasty-style clothes.
Chinese name:伏龙轩 Fu Long Xuan
Recommended dishes:braised pit feet with orange (鲜橙烩猪手), tasty duck (香骨鸭), and poached sliced chicken (手撕鸡).
Average price per person: 30-60 yuan
Opening hours: 11:30 am–8:30pm
Address: Inside Mulonghu Lake Scenic Area, Dongzhen Road, Diecai District (叠彩区东镇路木龙湖景区)
Transportation: Take bus 18, 99, or 100, and get off at Dongzhenlu/Dongzhen Road.
As its name implies, Chunji Roast Goose Restaurant is famous for its roast goose with fine colors and flavors. The specialty is popular because of its crispy skin and fresh meat, and it tastes good, fat but not greasy. The restaurant is decorated simply but it provides a pleasant atmosphere through its clean and tidy environment and considerate service. What’s more, the deserts here are unique and delicious.
Chinese name:椿记烧鹅 Chunji Shao’e
Recommended dishes:sautéed goose liver in soy sauce (酱爆鹅肝), stir-fried goose intestines (爆炒鹅肠), honey-stewed bbq pork (蜜汁叉烧), steamed creamy custard bun (流沙包), sweet taro with sesame (拨丝芋头), crispy durian cake (榴莲酥), and fried rice with roast goose (烧鹅炒饭).
Average price per person: 54 yuan
Opening hours: 10am–9:30pm
Address: 2, Zhongshan Middle Road, Xiufeng District (秀峰区中山中路2号)
Tel: 0773-2806188, 0773-2856188
Transportation: Take bus 55 or 58 and get off at Nanmen Qiao/ South Gate Bridge. (南门桥）
Address: North Building of Nanxi Square, Chongxin Road, Xiangshan District (象山区崇信路南溪广场北楼）
Tel: 0773-3821668, 0773-3825668
Transportation: Take bus 11 and get off at Nanxi Park （南溪公园）
The restaurant got its name for its proprietress' family name: Gan (甘). The restaurant offers home style dishes, featuring sour and spicy (customers can ask the waitress/waiter to change the taste according to their favor). The dishes here are great and cheap make it an attractive option for the local people. as its specialty, stewed meat and cabbage (炖菜) is popular and highly recommended.
Chinese name: 阿甘酒家 Agan Jiujia
Recommended dishes:roast duck (烤鸭), eggplant en casserole (sautéed with spicy garlic sauce) (茄子煲), and duck tongues with spicy salt (椒盐鸭舌).
Average price per person: 46 yuan
Address:11 Pedestrian Street, Xicheng Road, Xiufeng District (秀峰区西城路步行街11号)
Tel: 0773-2887575, 0773-2808080
Transportation:Take bus 3, 10, 11, 16, 23, 33, 51, or 100, and get off at Xicheng Crossing (西城路口).
Taste Made Restaurant is an avant-courier of creating a new concept of cuisine in Guilin. Located at riverside, it is demonstrated in modern style, preparing the meals that are as pleasing the palate as the eye. It customizes for customers' taste by uniting Chinese and Western cookery, together with those relaxing music, which will leave you a fantastic memory of dining. Two highly recommended dishes are steamed creamy custard bun (流沙包) and beef cooked in clay pot (石锅牛肉).
Chinese name:味道制造 Weidao Zhizao /way-daoww zhi-zaoww/
Recommended dishes:flavored shrimps of Lijiang River (口味漓江虾), spicy boneless duck feet (去骨鸭掌), and liquor-soaked chicken (醉香鸡).
Average price per person: 64 yuan
Address: 19 East Lijiang Road, Qixing District (七星区漓江东路19号)
Transportation: Take bus 6, 16, 28, 32, or 54, and get off at Sanlidian Guangchang/Sanlidian Square (三里店广场).
This is a large up-market restaurant group with outlets spreading over the city and other places. Characterized by special food, warm service and the nice dining atmosphere, the group enjoys a good reputation around the area. Jinlong Zhai restaurant on the Wenming road is more popular than others due to its location near to the former residence of Li Zongren, who was a famous General during the War of Resistance.
Chinese name:金龙寨 Jinlong Zhai /jin-long zheye/
Recommended dishes: stewed glutinous rice with spareribs (糯香排骨), chicken cooked in a wooden bucket (木桶飘香鸡), shrimps of Lijiang River cooked in clay pot (漓江石锅虾), and steamed creamy custard bun (流沙包).
Pure Lotus Vegetarian Restaurantin that it offers vegetarians a wide variety of dishes with nice decor. Small as it is, the dishes are tasty, and highly recommended by numerous tourists, such as braised tofu with tea leaves (茶香豆腐), braised vegetable balls, beans steak with XO sauce, Buddaha's delight, vegetable curry and braised eggplant (红烧茄子).