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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more multicultural places to eat see Top Places to Experience Multicultural Hong Kong.
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.
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.
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.
For tourists, Victoria Peak, where the Cafe Deco and Bubba Gump are, is the best of the Best Photography Places in Hong Kong.
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.
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.
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.
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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