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The Eight Best Places to Eat Seafood in Hong Kong

sea foodHong Kong has seafood galore!

Hong Kong is one of the world's biggest port cities. Cantonese-style seafood is a tradition. Some seafood restaurants are classy and are known around the world, and others are special for being travel highlights that tourists want to go to. 

What to Look For and Expect

  • Good quality and service: Hong Kong is the gastronomical capital of the Asian mainland with about sixty Michelin starred restaurants. On this list, four are Michelin starred in 2016.
  • Diversity: There are Chinese, Japanese and American styles to choose from.
  • Excellent Cantonese: The traditional local style of food, Cantonese cuisine, is popular all over the world, and Hong Kong's Cantonese restaurants are considered the world's best. Five of this list are Cantonese.

Out of hundreds of seafood choices, here is a list of Hong Kong's top eight seafood restaurant choices for tourists. Look for a restaurant that matches your tastes, mood, and budget.

1. Sushi Shikon for Gourmet Japanese

This Tokyo style sushi seafood restaurant received three Michelin stars in 2014 and has held them until 2016. Sushi connoisseurs who expect the best can get it at this small restaurant, but the price is very high: about 400 to 600 USD for a meal.

For most tourists, a meal will be an education on what the best Japanese style of seafood is like. Expect eating delicious things from the sea you never heard of and maybe the best meal of your life.

  • Average price per person: 4,000 HKD
  • Hours: Mon. to Sat. 18:00-20:00, 20:30-10:30 (these are the two set entry times for sitting with the chef).
  • Tel: 2643 6800 — Call ahead for reservations: it is a tiny restaurant.
  • Address: 29 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong (上環蘇杭街29號尚圜)

2. Ming Court for Gourmet Cantonese Seafood

This sophisticated and luxurious Cantonese restaurant is known for its large seafood selection. Ming Court was selected as a Michelin 2-star restaurant for 2010, and as of 2016, it retains them. It has had a long and successful career. Ming Court was also named as one of Hong Kong’s best restaurants in 2005 by Hong Kong Tourism Board.

  • Average price per person: HKD 600
  • Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11:00-14:30, 18:00-22:30
  • Tel: 3552 3300
  • Address: 6/F, Langham Place Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok (旺角上海街555號朗豪酒店6樓)

3. Lei Garden for Cantonese Dim Sum and Great Imported Seafood

Lei Garden is a favorite place for dim sum. It isn't specifically a seafood restaurant, but one of their specialties is seafood. It is a dim sum chain known for being one of the world's lowest priced Michelin restaurants. Most Lei Garden branches are 1 Michelin starred in 2016. The dishes are so exquisite that they look like artworks.

Signature seafood dishes include items flown in from around the world such as Australian Lobster, Australian Abalone, and Canadian Geo-Duck.

  • Chinese name: 利苑酒家 Liyuan Jiujia /lee-ywen jyo-jyah/
  • Average price per person: HKD 369
  • Tel: 00852-2295 0238 (Central branch)
  • Address: Unit 3008, Shopping Mall of International Financial Center, 1 Harbor View Street, Central (中环港景街1号国际金融中心商场3008号. There are four other 1 starred branches at Kowloon Bay, Mong Kok, North Point, Sha Tin, and Wan Chai in 2016.

See How to Have Dim Sum and Yum Cha in Hong Kong.

4. Loaf On for Low Priced Cantonese Gourmet Seafood

Loaf On has been a Michelin starred restaurant for years. It is special for tourists because not only is the seafood unusually good and fresh, but the prices are very low for a starred restaurant. You can enjoy a meal for the equivalent of what you'd pay in the city for even a low priced common restaurant dinner.

Activities: It is in Sai Kung near some favorite beaches and natural country parks with hiking paths that hikers and campers like.

  • Types of seafood: Hakka and Cantonese styles
  • Reputation: The quality of the food is very good, but the restaurant’s decor isn’t ritzy. It’s simple.
  • Average price per person: 300 HKD
  • Hours: 11am to 10:30pm
  • Tel: 2792 9966
  • Address: G/F, 49 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung (西貢市場街49號地舖)
  • Transportation: Take the MTR to Choi Hung (Kwun Tong line). Exit through at Exit C2. Take Bus 92 or 96R at the bus stop (arrives every 5 minutes). Get off at the end of the line (25 minutes).
  • Fresh: Many selections are swimming in tanks.

5. Under Bridge (Qiao Tei) Spicy Crab Cantonese Seafood

This restaurant is internationally famous and gets many tourists. It is ranked in the top 200 by TripAdvisor(2016). Tourists want their spicy, burning crab and lobster dishes. But they also have a basic (non seafood) lunch deal with a variety of selections for about 50 HKD (7.50 USD). Bifeng Tang Stir-fried Crabs (避风塘炒辣蟹) and Bifeng Tang Stir-fried Shrimps (避风塘炒濑尿虾) are recommended.

  • Chinese name: 桥底辣蟹海鲜馆
  • Average price per person: HKD 335
  • Hours: 6pm–6am
  • Tel: 2834 6268
  • Address: G/F-3/F, Ascot Mansion, 421-425 Lockhart Road, Wanchai District (灣仔駱克道421-425號雅閣大廈地下至3樓)

6. Harvest House Seafood Buffet in Noah's Ark

Excellent food in an interesting scenic environment

Harvest House stands out as unusual. The sea scenery is excellent, and it has a public beachfront all it itself at the region's newest theme park called Noah's Ark. It is a special treat for children and tourists. You’ll find an excellent selection of good quality food, good views, a pleasant environment and a relatively low dinner price.

Scenic setting and activities: The scenery is unusually beautiful and epic. It is right on Tung Wan beach next to the free Ma Wan Park and in the ark in Noah's Ark theme park on Ma Wan Island. Guests may dine "under the stars" as special outdoor "Al Fresco" dining on the beach.

There is a wonderful view of the water and islands, it is under Tsing Ma Bridge, and Ting Kau Bridge and more beautiful scenery is a short walk away. Ma Wan Park has a free historical museum that would make for a fun family outing as does the excellent public beach.

  • Average price per person: HKD 350 for seafood buffet; menu selection starts at about 130 HKD for a meal. You don't need a ticket for the theme park to enter.
  • Hours: 11:30am–10:30pm
  • Tel: 3411 8837
  • Address: 33 Pak Yan Road, Ma Wan Island (馬灣荃灣珀欣路33號挪亞度假酒店)

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7. Bubba Gump American Seafood Restaurant in the High Peak Tower

This isn't at all a Michelin star restaurant, and it doesn't aim to be. But it is a fun tourist restaurant for tourists who want to visit something like an American bayou country restaurant. It is a theme restaurant based on Forrest Gump.

Variety of food: Shrimp take the “leading role” there. Other non-seafood American food is served too such as steak, salad, bread, and red wine.

Tourist favorite: It sits on Victoria Peak overlooking Victoria Harbor with an amazing view of the colorful nighttime skyline. These are Hong Kong' favorite tourist spots. Tourists enjoy the walking paths and lookouts. It is rated 49 out of thousands on TripAdvisor (2016).

  • Chinese name: 阿甘虾餐厅 /ah-gan sshyah tsan-ting/
  • Average price per person: HKD 300
  • Hours: 10:30am–11pm (from Sunday to Thursday); 10:30am–midnight (during Friday, Saturday and public holidays)
  • Tel: 852-2849 2867
  • Address: Unit 304-305, Floor 3, the Peak Tower, 128 Peak Road (山顶道128号凌霄阁3楼304-305号铺)

8. Jumbo and Tai Pak — Landmark Cantonese Restaurants in Aberdeen Harbor

aberdeenBoats in Aberdeen Harbor

Jumbo: Hong Kong's best known seafood restaurants are next to each other in Aberdeen harbor and called Jumbo and Tai Pak. They are recognized around the world as a Hong Kong landmark and are owned by the same company. You’ve probably seen the two ships already in James Bond, Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee movies. Famous visitors include John Wayne, Queen Elizabeth, and Tom Cruise. Tai Pak seats 400, and Jumbo seats 2000.

Scenery and activities: People enjoy the scenery, a variety of food and decor, and the bright lights and color — like going to a Macau casino. Victoria Peak is part of the backdrop, and Ocean Park is nearby. Part of the fun is the short boat ride to the restaurants. There are also sampan rides for an additional charge (~70 HKD, ~30 minutes).

Tourist spot: Expect high prices and tourist crowds, but less than high quality food and service compared to the others on this page. People go mainly for the novelty and scenery.

  • Types of seafood: Cantonese Chinese style and Western style. Both of these restaurants also offer many non-seafood dishes.
  • Average price per person: 600 HKD. The seafood is expensive. Main dishes, HK$100 to HK$1000+ (for the choicest seafood); dim sum HK$30 - HK$48.
  • Hours: 11:00am–11:30pm, Sun. and Public Holidays 09:00–11:30pm
  • Tel: 852-2533 9111
  • Address: Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen (香港仔黃竹坑深灣碼頭徑)
  • Transportation: You have to take a free boat ride to reach them.

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