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Our Top 20 Recommended Hong Kong Restaurants of Various Styles

IFC TowerThe tourist-popular IFC Towers has Lung King Heen, Caprice, and Lei Garden restaurants.

Hong Kong is the gastronomical capital of the Asian mainland with about sixty Michelin starred restaurants. So expect high quality and service. Hong Kong restaurants receive far more Michelin stars than any other Asian city except for those in Japan. 

HK Restaurant Highlights

  • Good quality and service: The population has the education and wealth to expect for good quality and service.
  • Diversity: It is an international city, so there are dozens of kinds of restaurants ranging from the various styles of Chinese cuisine to South Asian, East Asian, European, Muslim, American and Australian.
  • 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.

Here are our suggestions for the twenty best restaurants for tourists ranging from high-priced gourmet to moderately-priced popular restaurants. For easier browsing, our information below is split into these five categories:

Cantonese Restaurants

Super Luxurious Lung King Heen Cantonese Restaurant

Perhaps the best Cantonese restaurant in the world...

If you can afford the best Cantonese cuisine and service, then this one in the Four Seasons Hotel might be the best in the world and has excellent scenery too. Only two Cantonese restaurants in the city are rated 3 stars. The Michelin Guide is published annually, and the 2016 guide only rates six restaurants as 3-stars in Hong Kong.

The service, food and dining atmosphere is among the best in the world. You might reserve a Victoria Harbor view that affords a seat at 8 pm for the Symphony of Lights. Seafood and dim sum are the house specialties. So it is worth a special journey.

  • Price per person: above 800 HKD
  • Lunch: about 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm (last order)
  • Tel: 3196 8888
  • Address: 4/F Four Seasons, 8 Finance Street, Central.
  • Transport: MTR to Central Station or Hong Kong Station.

Ming Court Cantonese Restaurant

Ming Court was selected as a Michelin 2-star restaurant for 2010, and as of 2016, it retains the two stars. It is a luxury Chinese restaurant featuring Cantonese cuisine in the 5-star Cordis Hotel. The exquisite traditional Chinese decoration provides relaxing atmosphere. 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.

  • 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)

Island Tang Cantonese

Island Tang is a luxurious café serving all the authentic Cantonese dishes prepared in a traditional way, and it offers haute Chinese cuisine with abalone and shark fin. Signature dishes include braised whole abalone with premium oyster sauce, braised superior shark's fin soup imperial style, simmered imperial fish maw in fish broth, and Beijing roast duck.

  • Per person: HKD 600
  • Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12:00-23:00
  • Tel: 2526 8798
  • Address: 2/F, The Galleria Plaza, 9 Queen's Road Central, Central (中環皇后大道中9號嘉軒廣場2樓)

Lei Garden for Cantonese Dim Sum

Lei Garden restaurant mainly serves Cantonese style dishes and has received 1 star for years. The dishes there are so exquisite that they look like artworks. There is crackling chicken (脆皮鸡), roast goose (烧鹅), and seafood. Dim sum is what makes them famous.

  • Chinese name: 利苑酒家 Liyuan Jiujia /lee-ywen jyo-jyah/
  • Average price per person: HKD 369
  • 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.
  • Tel: 00852-2295 0238 (Central branch)

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

Tim Ho Wan, The Dim Sum Specialist

Tim Ho Wan was selected as a Michelin 1-star restaurant for 2010, and as of 2016, it retains the star. It is a small and busy dim sum restaurant, but is thought of as maybe the cheapest 1 star restaurant in the world. It is ideal for most tourists and backpackers who want to try excellent Cantonese food, but pay less. A good meal costs 10 USD. The suggested dish popular with foreigners to try is the Pork Bun.

  • Price per person: HKD 75
  • Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10:00-9:30
  • Tel: 2979 5608
  • Address: Shop B, C, & D, G/F, Seaview Building, 2 Wharf Road, North Point (北角和富道2-8號嘉洋大廈地下B,C及D). There are five locations, but only North Point and Sham Shui Po received a Michelin star in 2016.

Other Chinese Cuisine Styles

Bo Innovation for Creative Chinese Molecular Gastronomy

Bo Innovation is surprising because the food isn't traditional Chinese, but it is rated 3-Michelin stars in 2016. Visitors might find their selections surprising or be mystified. Some diners give low marks perhaps because their meal didn't fit their expectations about what Chinese food should be like. But experts rate the "X-treme cuisine" highly for the creativity, surprises, and fun as well as for the delicious, sometimes novel, flavors.

  • Price per person: above 800 HKD
  • Hours: Monday to Saturday, 12:00-14:00, 19:00-00:00; closed on Sunday
  • Tel: 2850 8371
  • Address: Shop 13, 2/F J Residence, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai (灣仔莊士敦道60號 J Senses 2樓13號舖)

Hu Tong for Beijing Style

Hu Tong mainly stands out for its 28th floor harbor view. The harbor view and decor is what people appreciate, but the food isn't rated so highly. Hu Tong was selected as a Michelin 1-star restaurant for 2010, but for 2016, it isn't starred. It was selected for tourists mainly for the great views and a change of pace from Cantonese. It features traditional "ma la" Northern Chinese cuisine.

  • Price per person: 600 HKD
  • Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12:00-15:00, 18:00-00:00
  • Tel: 3428 8342
  • Address: 28/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀北京道1號28樓)

Din Tai Fung for Taiwanese Style

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The Din Tai Fung chain once had a Michelin starred restaurant locally, but they lost the star as of 2016. But it still is a good place for tourists to try Taiwanese style cuisine that is different than mainland style. It also serves Shanghai style dishes. 

Dim sum and all kinds of steamed stuffed buns are two highlights. The signature dish is steamed meat dumplings "xiaolongbao" (小笼包). Two branches are in a main tourist area at Nathan Road and Canton Road. For the quality, it is inexpensive.

  • Chinese name: 鼎泰丰 Ding Tai Feng /din teye feng/
  • Average price per person: HKD 150
  • Hours: 11:30am–10:30pm
  • Tel: Tel: 852-2730 6928
  • Address: Number 306, Floor 3, Silvercord, 30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (九龙尖沙咀廣東道30號新港中心3樓306舖)

Seafood Restaurants

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You can expect among the world's finest seafood of several styles such as Japanese, Cantonese, or French.

The top five suggested restaurants are Sushi Shikon for gourmet Japanese, Ming Court for gourmet Cantonese seafood, Lei Garden for Cantonese seafood and dim sum, Loaf On for low priced gourmet seafood, and Under Bridge Spicy Crab for Cantonese seafood.

See Best Hong Kong Seafood Restaurants.

International Restaurants

Caprice French Restaurant

Caprice was rated 3 star by Michelin, but in 2016, it is 2 stars. It stands out for an excellent view, elegant setting, and the best quality food. There is a large selection of cheese and wine. Tourists appreciate the charming scenery of Victoria Harbor from the Four Seasons next to the IFC Mall.

  • Average price per person: HKD 823
  • Hours: 12pm–2:30pm (for lunch) and 6pm–10:30pm (for dinner, and closing time for last order)
  • Tel: 3196 8860
  • Address: Floor 6, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Financial Street, Central (中环金融街8号四季酒店6楼)

Jashan Celebrating Indian Cuisine

If you like Indian food, then this is higher class Indian cuisine. You'll pay more than at Chung King Mansions, but the environment is definitely better. There are polished wood tables, and there is a romantic atmosphere in the evenings. There is a buffet at lunchtime. Entertainment is available in the evening. The food is certified Halal.

  • Lunch Buffet: about 120 HKD
  • Average price per person: HKD 150
  • Hours: 12:00-14:00, 18:00-23:00
  • Tel: 3105 5311
  • Address: 1/F, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Road, Central (中環荷李活道23號金珀苑1樓)

Islam Food for Qing Zhen Xinjiang Style

This Xinjiang-style restaurant has a good reputation among both foreigners and Chinese considering that the prices are economical and they serve take-out. This Uigher food isn't gourmet, but it is ok for a regular lunch or dinner. Xinjiang is a province in northeast China, and their delicious food is distinctively different from both Chinese and central Asian food. A low-cost specialty at this restaurant is Beef Bread Bun (牛肉餅) for about 22 HKD or 3 USD.

  • Average price per person: HKD 60
  • Hours: 11am–11pm
  • Tel: 2382 2822, 2718 3809
  • Address: 1 Lung Kong Rd, Kowloon City, Ground Floor (九龍城龍崗道1號).

IKEA for Swedish and Organic Food at Low Prices

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Hong Kong has a Swedish department store in Shatin, and IKEA's Swedish restaurant has earned a reputation for quick service, good value, healthy food, and family friendliness. The diner is popular with local kids. It is good for tourists in the Shatin area and for health conscious/budget conscious people.

  • Average price per person: HKD 80
  • Hours: 10:30am–10:30pm
  • Tel: 2634 1688
  • Address: L6, Home Square, 138 Sha Tin Rural Committee Road, Shatin (沙田鄉事會路138號新城市中央廣場3樓).
  • Transport: MTR Shatin Station Exit B, next to New Town Plaza.

For more multicultural places to eat see Top Places to Experience Multicultural Hong Kong.

Panoramic High Altitude Views

Sky High Tin Lung Heen Cantonese

The Ritz-Carlton Hong KongTin Lung Heen and Tenku Ryu Gin have fine views on the 101st and 102nd floors of the ICC Tower

Two things makes this restaurant stand out for tourists: its location on the 102 floor of the ICC Tower, just above the Sky100 observation deck, and 2 Michelin stars in 2016. It is rapidly moving up the ranks of gourmet Cantonese restaurants and may overtake Lung Keen Heen across the harbor in gourmet appreciation. Its view is spectacular and much better than its rival.

  • Average price per person: HKD 600
  • Hours: 12:00 noon–10:30pm
  • Tel: 2263 2270
  • Address: 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West (尖沙咀柯士甸道西1號環球貿易廣場(ICC)香港麗思卡爾頓酒店102樓)

Sky High Tenku Ryu Gin Japanese

This 2016 2 Michelin star Japanese restaurants ranks high with tourists for the view and quality. It is expensive, but considering that the ticket for the Sky100 observation deck is about 150 or 200 HKD depending on the day, you may find that the excellent dining experience is a deal for tourists. It is about the best Japanese food available locally.

  • Average price per person: HKD 800 and up
  • Hours: Mon to Sat: 18:00–21:30; Sun: 12:00–15:00; 18:00–21:30
  • Tel: 2302 0222
  • Address: 101/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀柯士甸道西1號環球貿易廣場101樓)

Café Deco at the Peak Tower

The highlight of an evening at Café Deco is that customers can appreciate the beautiful views of Victoria Harbor and the colorful night scenery of Hong Kong. It is on top of Victoria Peak in the Peak Tower that is the best sightseeing area for tourists. Café Deco serves various kinds of food from many countries including western food, Hong Kong food and Indian food.

  • Chinese name: 峰景餐厅 Fengjing Canting /feng-jing tsan-ting/
  • Average price per person: HKD 600
  • Hours: 11:30am–12am (Monday to Thursday); 1:30pm–1am (Friday and Saturday) and 09:30am–12am (Sundays and public holidays)
  • Tel: 852-2849 5111
  • Address: Floor 1, Peak Square, 118 Peak Road (山顶道118号山顶广场1楼)

For tourists, Victoria Peak, where the Cafe Deco and Bubba Gump are, is the best of the Best Photography Places in Hong Kong.

How Dining is Done in Hong Kong

Go at the right time and reserve seats.

In Hong Kong, breakfast time is from 6:30am to 10:30am, lunchtime is from 12:30pm to 2pm, and dinnertime is from 7pm to 9pm. Make a reservation if you plan to dine in popular restaurants, otherwise be prepared to queue.

The Environment

In smaller restaurants, sharing a table is a common practice, so if your party is small and a bigger group shows up, you may be asked to share your space or move to another table.

Many traditional restaurants tend to be noisy and crowded affairs — the patrons are usually interested in eating quick and chatting lots. However, smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places, including restaurants and bars.

Ordering

In some restaurants, it is common for waiters to automatically bring tea, condiments, and non-ordered snacks that will be charged to your bill. Please check with the waiter about such additional charges before being seated.

You don’t need to worry about ordering as many restaurants have English menus and the waiters can speak English.

Paying

A 10% service charge will be added to your bill in most restaurants.

Credit cards are acceptable in most restaurants. Please double-check the bill before signing it, and take your receipt.

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