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Foreigners like Sichuan cuisine because it is a spicy change from Chinese cuisine in most provinces. Most Chinese food is sort of salty but not red hot or tangy. Sichuan food in restaurants is often both tangy and red hot. Typical “Chinese food” in the west is most often Cantonese cuisine. Cantonese food matches the palate of Westerners because like American food and food in northern Europe the food it is rather bland. Cantonese cuisine is something you might want to eat every day, and there are good quality Cantonese restaurants you can choose from in Xian. Sichuan food is something you might want for a change on regular food, but unless you like lots of spices and a slightly bitter flavor, it isn’t something to eat every day. If you like Thai and Mexican food, then this might be your favorite style. Here is an introduction to 7 Sichuan restaurants in Xian along with directions, prices, specialties, or other relevant information.

Bai Xing Chu Fang (百姓厨房)

There are several branches of this inexpensive Sichuan restaurant in various places in Xian. They specialize in wonton and tofu dishes. There is a branch in Beilin near major attractions like the Bell Tower and the Beilin Museum. It is four kilometers northeast of the Beilin Museum and 6 kilometers northeast of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Another branch is in the Gaoxin district. Since they are less expensive, it is best to call in for a reservation.

  • Beilin location: No. 40, Hu Zhu Lu Street, Beilin District (陕西省西安市碑林区互助路40号).
  • How to to there: A lot of buses go there including 8, 10, 27, 37 and 43. You can show the above address to a taxi driver.
  • Reservation phone:029-83245333.
  • Gaoxin location:No. 6, Guang De Lu, Gaoxin District.
  • How to go there: Bus No. 14, 28, 218, 604, and 608 (get off at Ya Mei Da Sha).
  • Reservation phone:029-88350333.
  • Price per person: About 40 RMB or about 6.5 USD per person.
  • The specialties of the restaurants: wonton and tofu dishes.

Tian Hui Zhen :(天迴镇)

This restaurant is fairly inexpensive, but it serves a variety of styles of food and not only Sichuan cuisine. So it is a place to mix and match spicy food with other dishes. It is a large, decorated restaurant. The restaurant is in the Yanta district and close to big attractions. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is 2 kilometers to the west, and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is 2 kilometers to the southwest. The Shaanxi Natural History Museum is 3 kilometers or about 2 miles to the southwest.

  • Location: No. 18, Yan Xiang Lu, Yanta District (陕西省西安市雁塔区雁翔路18号).
  • How to get there: Bus No. 31, 33 and 612 go there. It is near where Yan Xiang Road intersects with Qing Long Bei Lu. In Chinese: 青龙北路东口. You can show the above address to a taxi driver.
  • Price per person: 50 RMB or about 7.60 USD.
  • The specialties of the restaurants: Sichuan, Cantonese, and Shanghai cuisine
  • Reservation phone:029-83155316.

Su Ji (苏记川菜)

This restaurant’s specialty is Sichuan noodles. The price is inexpensive. You can get a small bowl of noodles for 16 RMB or about 2.50 USD and large bowls of noodles for 28 RMB or 4.50 USD. Its highlight is the Tiao Shui Yu cooked at a price of CNY16 per small bowl and CNY28 per big bowl. It has a central location nar big attractions in the city of Xian. The Bell Tower and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda are about 3.3 kilometers or a little more than two miles to the northeast.

  • Location: 26, Ke Ji Lu Street, Yanta District (陕西省西安市雁塔区科技路26号).
  • How to get there: A lot of buses such as No. 14, 34, 210, 218, 220, 322, 400 and K400 go there. You can show the above address to a taxi driver.
  • Price per person: 25 RMB or about 3 USD.
  • The specialties of the restaurant: Sichuan noodles and bowls of noodles.
  • Reservation phone: 026-88262227.

Sichuan Hui Guan 四川会馆

This is a big multi-storied restaurant that can seat about 1,000 people, and there is parking on site. It is a little upscale and is geared for formal dinners with friends, and private rooms are reservable. The place is decorated in a traditional Sichuan style. The food has an authentic flavor, and the service is good. Since the flavor is more authentic, it will be spicier than at other Sicuan restaurants in Xian. It has a central location near big attractions. It is 1.5 kilometers or about a mile north of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda.

  • Hours: lunch 10-2:30; dinner (5:30-10 pm).
  • Location: No. 8, Nan Guang Ji Jie Street, Beilin District (朱雀门里路西; 陕西省西安市碑林区南广济街8号).
  • How to get there: A lot of buses such as No. 6, 16, 18, 23, 29, and 204 go there. It is about 200 meters or 500 feet north of Zhu Que Gate (朱雀门). You can show the above address to a taxi driver.
  • Price per person: 60 RMB or about 9.50 USD per person.
  • The specialties of the restaurant: Traditional Sichuan cuisine. Fuqi Fei Pian (Beef and Ox Tripe in Chili Sauce) and Duck’s Blood in Chili Sauce (Mao Xue Wang).
  • Reservation phone: 86 298763 3888.

Ren Ren Ju (人人居) (Lao Dong branch)

This restaurant is a place for both Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine. It is in the Beilin district where a lot of attractions are. The Lao Dong branch is about 5 kilometers southwest of the Bell Tower.

  • Lao Dong Location: 127 You Yi Xi Lu, Beilin District, Xian City (陕西省西安市碑林区友谊西路127付45号).
  • How to get there: Bus No. 10, 24, 29, 40 and several others go there. You can show the above address to the taxi driver or guide.
  • Reservation phone: 86-029-88485100.
  • Price per person: starting at 40 RMB or about 6 USD.
  • The specialties of the restaurant: less spicy Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine.

The Da Wan Cheng Restaurant

The Da Wan Cheng Restaurant is near the Terracotta Warriors and the Huaqing Hot Springs. A lot of other attractions are in the area. It is about 2 kilometers southwest of the Qinling Palace. The specialties are Hunan and Sichuan cuisine. There are lots of kinds of noodle dishes. The restaurant is in the Da Wang Cheng Hotel.

  • Location: Dongguan Street, Lintong, Xian (临潼区, 东关街).
  • How to get there: Bus No. 5, 307, 914 and 915. You can ask your driver or guide to call the reservation number.
  • The specialties of the restaurant: Sichuan and Xian noodles.
  • Reservation Phone: 029 83881888.

Chuan Yu Ren Jia 川渝人家

This Sichuan restaurant is adapted for the people in Xian, so the food is less spicy and Westerners might like the taste more. There are several others with the same name in the city. This branch is near big attractions. It is about 1 kilometer east of the Beilin Museum and about 2 kilometers or about 1.2 miles southeast of the Bell Tower.

  • Location:No. 78, Yan Ta Lu Street, Beilin District (陕西省西安市碑林区雁塔路(北段)78号(金座大酒店内)).
  • How to get there: A lot of buses such as No. 5, 25, 27, 30, 41, 221, and 410. You can show the above address to a taxi driver.
  • Price per person: 50 RMB or about 8 USD per person.
  • The specialties of the restaurant: less spicy Sichuan food. Nuo Mi Pai Gu (ribs with rice), Fuqi Fei Pian, and Tang Cu Xiao Pai (sweet and sour ribs).
  • Reservation phone: 029-8852222.

Cantonese Restaurants

Typical “Chinese food” in the west is most often Cantonese cuisine because the people who started the restaurants were most often from Guangdong Province. Cantonese food matches the palate of Westerners because like American food and food in northern Europe the food it is rather bland compared to other styles of Chinese food. The Cantonese style of food is the cuisine of Guangdong Province and Hong Kong. This type of food is popular in the rest of China, and you can find Cantonese restaurants in Xian. What people like about the food is that it is colorful, it isn’t all that spicy, and lots of seafood is usually on the menu such as shrimp and seaweed. Guangdong Province is a coastal province, so seafood dishes are popular. Little fresh ingredients are used, but the emphasis is on bringing out the natural flavor of the food by steaming and lightly stir-frying instead of flavoring food with spices. The typical dishes are steamed and stir-fried by using a wok. Cantonese cuisine is something you might want to eat every day. In contrast to Cantonese food, Sichuan food is spicy. Sichuan food is something you might want for a change on regular food, but unless you like lots of spices and a slightly bitter flavor, it isn’t something to eat every day. Here is an introduction to 7 Cantonese restaurants in Xian along with directions, prices, specialties, or other relevant information.

Guohua Restaurant (国花) Restaurant

It is near the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The restaurant is famous for its seafood. It is an old restaurant. It is popular with locals and is nicely decorated. It is only about a kilometer or .4 miles north of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

  • Location: 86 Beidajie Street(北大街)
  • How to get there: Buses that go on Beidajie Street such as Bus No. 6, 10, 36 and Tourist Bus No. 4 go there.
  • Price per person: 100 RMB or about 15 USD.
  • The specialties of the restaurant: seafood and snacks.

Yue Zhen Xuan (粤珍轩) Cantonese Restaurant

yipinyuezhenxuanA dish of Yue Zhen Xuan

The restaurant is reasonably priced so reservations are needed for dinner time. The restaurant seats about 200 people. It is near the Hanguang Gate of Xian. The restaurant is popular for the Ye Cha (night tea snacks) dishes such as dim sum that are served after 8:30 pm. Entertainment is provided. It has a central location south of the Xian Train Station and is near most of the big attractions in the city of Xian. The Xian Bell Tower and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda are both less than 2 kilometers away.

  • Hours: 10:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 – after midnight.
  • Location: 142 Huan Cheng Nan Lu, Beilin District (陕西省西安市环城南路142号含光大厦1-2层)
  • How to get there: Bus No. 6, 16, and many others go there. You can show the above address to a taxi driver.
  • Price per person: 20-100 RMB or about 3 to 15 USD.
  • The specialties of the restaurant: Ye Cha snacks, seafood, refreshments, entertainment.
  • Reservation Phone: 8629 88411333.

Grand Hong Kong Abalone and Shark Fin Restaurant (大香港鲍翅酒楼).

This is a place to go for seafood and wine and beer. It is an upscale restaurant, and some of the dishes like Shark Fin are expensive. There is a main restaurant at the Gaoxin district and a branch restaurant in the Beilin area where many attractions are.

  • Beilin Location: 1 Huan Cheng Dong Lu, Beilin District (陕西省西安市环城东路中段1号)
  • How to get there: Bus No. 29, 104, 102 and many others go there. You can show the above address to a taxi driver. The main train station is near the Beilin district.
  • Reservation phone:02981226785

  • Gaoxin Location: 3 South 2 Huan Xi Gao Xin Street (南二环西高新路3号)
  • How to get there: Bus No. 308, 608, and 28 go there. You can show the above address to a taxi driver.
  • Price per person: 30-200 RMB or about 5 to 30 USD.
  • The specialties of the restaurants: Ye Cha snacks after 8:30 pm, seafood, alcoholic drinks.

Prince Restaurant (王子西餐厅).

This is a place to go in central Xian for Cantonese food. It is near the Bell Tower. It is an upscale restaurant in a hotel. It is a big restaurant, and they can accommodate 800 people in various rooms. There is a buffet, and the restaurant features seafood.

  • Location: 2F, Prince Hotel, #5, Fen Xiang, South Avenue (南大街粉巷5号 王子酒店2层-王子西餐厅)
  • How to get there: Bus No. 501, 706, and 707 go there. You can show the above address to a taxi driver.
  • Price per person: 50-200 RMB or about 8 to 30 USD.
  • The specialties of the restaurants: Seafood and buffet.
  • Reservation phone:029-87282888

Sheng Hao Xuan (圣豪轩) Gao Xin Dian

This big restaurant is west of the Beilin District where many Xian attractions are. Unlike most of the other Cantonese restaurants on this page, it is not in walking distance to major attractions. It is about 5 kilometers or three miles from the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. There is a big parking lot in front of it, and it is multi-storied.

  • Location: Ke Chuang Lu, Yanta District, 陕西省西安市雁塔区科创路
  • How to get there: A lot of buses go there including Bus No. 35, 207, 211, and 212. You can show the above address to a taxi driver.
  • Price per person: 30-200 RMB or about 5 to 30 USD.
  • The specialties of the restaurant: The Ye Cha (night snacks) are featured from 8:30 pm to about 2 am.
  • Reservation phone: 029-88221177

Shun Feng Shan Zhuang (顺峰山庄)

This is a good quality restaurant. The decoration is entensive.

  • Location: 22 Nan Er Huan Dong Duan, Yanta District (陕西省西安市雁塔区二环南路 (东段)22号).
  • How to get there: Bus No. 242, 308, and 716 go there. You can show the above address to a taxi driver.
  • Price per person: about 150 RMB or about 22 USD.
  • Reservation phone:029-82233211.

Yue Gang Ao (粤港澳)

It is a simple Cantonese restaurant that is centrally located near the Xian Train Station and the Bell Tower and other attractions. So what is lost in decoration is made up in price and convenience.

  • Location: 220 Wen Yi Bei Lu, Beilin District. It is near the Xian Beilin Museum.
  • How to get there: A lot of buses go there including Bus No. 14, 23, 40, and 118.
  • Price per person: about 50 RMB or about 7.60.
  • The specialties of the restaurant: simple delicious and less expensive Cantonese food.
  • Reservation phone:029-87804796

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