The Top 20 Restaurants in Beijing

The Top 20 Restaurants in Beijing

By Kimi HuangUpdated Sep. 23, 2021

If you're only in Beijing for a limited amount of time, there might not be time to explore the dining scene by yourself. To save your thinking/research time, this guide gives you a list of 20 famous Beijing restaurants that you will not regret visiting.

Whether you're desiring delicious Peking duck, refined vegetarian cuisine, authentic halal cuisine, regional Chinese recipes, or top-notch global gastronomy, this city has it all. Our 20 recommendations are grouped by cuisine style.

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Peking Duck Restaurants

There is no doubt that Peking duck is the most famous dish in Beijing's restaurants, and it can be found in most of Beijing's large restaurants. But it is not easy for visitors to pick a suitable one when facing so many roast duck restaurants in Beijing. Read our recommendations to get inspiration and some can’t-go-wrong options.

1. Quanjuede

Quanjuede is the most famous Peking Duck brand in China

There is a saying in China: “If you don’t reach the Great Wall, you’re no hero; if you don’t eat Quanjude duck, you’ll be really sorry!” It boasts the authentic Peking duck cooking technology found at this time-honored chain. You can never go wrong when you choose Quanjude.

With branches spanning the globe, Quanjuede is the most well-known Beijing duck restaurant in the world. Over a hundred years old, the art of roasting the duck and selecting the ideal condiments and dishes to be paired with it is taken from one degree of perfection to the next. Its mid-range pricing has helped to make Quanjuede the quintessential duck restaurant of the city.

  • Recommended dishes: Quanjude roast duck, roast duck bone soup, fried mushroom, and shrimp balls
  • Price: from 120 yuan per person
  • Open: 11:00am–2:00pm and 5:00–10:00pm
  • Address: 30 Qianmen Street, Dongcheng District (near Tian’anmen square)
  • Booking tel.: 10 6511 2418

2. Dadong

Dadong restaurant

Dadong is a Peking duck restaurant that has an international perspective and a very good reputation among foreigners. Besides the Peking duck, it has lots of creative dishes that fuse with Western dishes. It is also a family-friendly restaurant.

Dadong uses international technology for cooking that has been lauded by CNN and other local media outlets. Dadong’s exclusive roast duck craft is different from the traditional ways, which makes its roast duck exceptionally crisp but not greasy. Book in advance for this gem of Beijing cuisine.

  • Recommended dishes: Dadong “super-lean” roast duck, black pepper beef, Chef Dong’s fried prawns with spicy sauce
  • Price: from 350 yuan per person
  • Open: 11:00am–10:00pm
  • Address: Floor 6, Wangfu Shopping Center, 301 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District
  • Booking tel.: 10 65288802

3. Siji Mingfu

Siji Mingfu Peking Duck

Siji Mingfu is a Beijing locals’ favorite, using old roasting craft, giving a classic Beijing flavor. If you want to experience locals’ dining atmosphere and eat like a local, Siji Mingfu is the option for you.

All ducks are selected carefully and hooked up in the stove over flaming fruit-tree wood. The meat tastes tender and crispy.

  • Recommended dishes: specially selected crispy and tender roast duck, Beijing-style noodles with soybean paste, imperial snack combination
  • Price: from 150 yuan per person
  • Open: 10:30am–10:30pm
  • Address: 11 Nanchizi Street, Dongcheng District (near the east gate of the Forbidden City)
  • Booking tel.: 10 6526 7369

4. Made in China

Made in China restaurant dishes

Located in Grand Hyatt Beijing, Made in China is a well-known high-end Chinese restaurant in Beijing that provides an excellent dining environment and top service. This restaurant is the high-budget preferred option. This restaurant is famous for specialties from northern China, including Peking duck and beggar's chicken.

  • Recommended dishes: Peking duck baked on fruit tree wood, sautéed spinach with sesame seeds, sweet and sour mandarin fish, beggar’s chicken
  • Price: from 400 yuan per person
  • Open: 11:30am–2:30pm and 5:30–10:30pm
  • Address: 1F Grand Hyatt Beijing, 1 Dong Chang’an Avenue, Dongcheng District (6 minutes’ walk from Wangfujing Street)
  • Booking tel.: 10 6510 9024
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Michelin-Starred Restaurants in Beijing

5. Xin Rong Ji (Xinyuan South Road)

Xin Rong Ji famous for sea food dishes

Xin Rong Ji (Xinyuan South Road) was awarded the status “2021 Three Michelin Stars Restaurant”. Adjacent to the Bulgari Hotel Beijing, Xin Rong Ji (Xinyuan South Road) is the flagship restaurant of Xin Rong Ji Restaurants Inc., which was opened in 2019.

Xin Rong Ji is committed to providing diners with a perfect gourmet experience. It focuses on the selection of quality ingredients, and its cooking focuses on the ingredients' original flavor, nutrition, and health.

The decoration is based on a classical Chinese style with modern elements, including a bar and an open kitchen. Its personalized service includes dish customization.

  • Recommended dishes: salted bean curd pot, Dongpo braised pork, golden crisp hairtail, roast spring pigeon, honey sweet potato
  • Price: from 860 yuan per person
  • Open: 11:30am–2:00pm and 5:00–9:00pm
  • Address: 101, Floor 1, Qihao Building, 8 Xinyuan South Road, Chaoyang District (not far away from the United States embassy)
  • Booking tel.: 10 6501 3667

6. Shanghai Cuisine

Salted Pork in Jelly

Shanghai Cuisine is a 2021 Two Michelin Stars Restaurant. The restaurant is decorated in a refined manner. The old gramophone in the corner makes space for a little retro charm, and proper table distance brings the diner a feeling of closeness without imposition.

The restaurant mainly serves Shanghai cuisine. Cooking with thick oil and red sauce is a feature of Shanghai cuisine, which makes all kinds of foods taste mellow, sweet, and non-greasy. 

  • Recommended dishes: deep-fried fish Shanghai style, fresh and salted pork with bamboo shoot soup, pan-fried steamed buns, Shanghai beef granules
  • Price: from 350 yuan per person
  • Open: 11:00am–2:00pm and 5:00–9:30pm
  • Address: The first floor of the Yingke Center, 2A Beijing Workers' Stadium North Road (10 minutes’ walk from Sanlitun’s Taikoo Li)
  • Booking tel.: 10 6539 8660

7. Cui Hua Lou

Cui Hua lou

Cui Hua Lou is a 2021 One Michelin Star Restaurant. This restaurant is one of the favorites of locals. It is famous for all kinds of Shandong cuisine including fried,  stewed, and cooked dishes. The dishes are exquisite, beautiful, fragrant, and fresh. using quality ingredients for cooking, including fish, shrimp, sea cucumber, and other dried fresh seafood.

Western-Style Restaurants in Beijing

8. The Georg

The standard menu at The Georg includes around 12 dishes

Nestled in Beijing's hutongs, the Georg is the newest and hottest upscale contemporary European restaurant opened by Danish design brand Georg Jensen, which is also a lifestyle space that combines art, design, and food.

A single-page menu sticks to about a dozen Nordic-style dishes, in pursuit of the finest natural ingredients and the taste of the food itself, the menu changes by month or season, ensuring that customers eat quality food in season.

  • Recommended dishes: no fixed dishes; the menu changes regularly
  • Price range: from 1,000 yuan per person
  • Open: 12:00pm–10:00pm, except Monday. Call ahead to book!
  • Address: 45 Dongbuyaqiao Hutong, Dongcheng District (near the Nanluoguxiang hutong)
  • Booking tel.: 10 8408 5300
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9. Bottega

One of the best pizzerias in Beijing.

Set up by two Italian brothers, this Italian family-style restaurant dishes out some great pizzas and pasta as well as meat and fish dishes. To make an authentic Neapolitan pizza, the pizza oven and wood were air delivered from Italy. We highly recommend their lunch menu, which includes two courses for less than 100 yuan. Bottega is also family-friendly.

  • Recommended dishes: pizza, pork with potato balls, ravioli, mushroom risotto, pesto spaghetti
  • Price range: from 180 yuan per person
  • Open: 12:00pm–12:00am
  • Address: 20 Xinyuan Xili, Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District
  • Booking tel.: 10 6410 9800

10. FLO

FLO French-style baked snail

FLO is a restaurant that specializes in French cuisine. It is affiliated with the France FLO Group. The decoration of Beijing FLO Restaurant is extremely exquisite, making people easily imagine they are in Paris’s Terminus Nord.

The authentic French cuisine uses high-quality ingredients combined with original French seasoning, which is cooked by a French chef. It brings customers an amazing taste buds' trip.

  • Recommended dishes: smoked flounder salad, French oysters, steak, mushroom soup, foie gras sauté
  • Price range: from 750 yuan per person
  • Open: 11:30am–2:30pm and 5:30–9:00pm
  • Address: 18 Xiaoyun Road, Chaoyang District (north of Chaoyang Park)
  • Booking tel.: 10 6595 5135
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11. Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB) Hutong

TRB Hutong is located in a Temple

Repeatedly voted as one of the best Western restaurants in Beijing, eating out at Temple Restaurant is a great experience. The restaurant has award-winning chefs and is set in an exquisite setting — an ancient Tibetan temple that was only recently discovered. The restaurant (and connecting hotel) have won preservation awards, and the temple itself is also recognized by UNESCO.

Chinese-Style Restaurants in Beijing

12. Haidilao

Haidilao hot pot

For the best, and safest, hotpot in town, Haidilao is a no brainer. It’s a huge chain with multiple branches, has excellent-quality ingredients, makes the country’s most famous hotpot sauce, and has great service.

We recommend ordering the fresh noodles — they’re stretched right at your table for great entertainment (and a photo opportunity)!

  • Recommended dishes: crispy meat, smooth shrimp, needle mushrooms, fresh noodles, mango sticky rice
  • Price: from 150 yuan per person
  • Open: 9:00am–12:00am
  • Address: 8 Gongti North Road, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District
  • Booking tel.: 10 6595 2982
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13. Bai Jia Da Yuan

The dining environment in Bai Jia Da Yuan

Bai Jia Da Yuan is a garden restaurant of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912) serving mainly imperial cuisine and also Bai ethnic cuisine.

Traditional Chinese pavilions dot the gardens and Chinese lanterns illuminate the complex at night. All the staff wear traditional Qing Dynasty costumes, which further adds to the unique atmosphere. The food served is outstanding, not only for the flavors but also for the unique presentation of the dishes. We won't spoil the surprise here, but this is a restaurant you should try!

  • Recommended dishes: Chinese toon seedlings mixed with croaker, court barbecued pork, Bai Family fried shrimp, crispy fried duck
  • Price: from 360 yuan per person
  • Open: 10:30am–10:30pm
  • Address: 15 Suzhou Street, Haidian District (southeast of Haidian Park)
  • Booking tel.: 10 6265 8851

14. Hua Jia Yi Yuan

The restaurant is located in a courtyard houses

Hua Jia Yi Yuan has three branches, each with its own specialty. The Guijie (Ghost Street) Restaurant is simple and unsophisticated. The giant transparent ceiling in the front courtyard is unique, and makes you feel as if you are in a garden while still being indoors. It is therefore a great option for Beijing's colder months.

Vegetarian Restaurants in Beijing

15. King’s Joy Beijing

This stylish restaurant opposite the Lama Temple is one of the best Vegetarian Restaurant in Beijing

King's Joy Beijing is undoubtedly one of the best vegetarian restaurants in town, which was also awarded the status 2021 Three Michelin Stars Restaurant. Yin Dawei, the boss of King's Joy, is a fan of sustainable and healthy lifestyles, so his restaurant attracts lots of celebrities, vegetarians, and businessmen.

What's more, it provides a fantastically tranquil dining experience. The interior of the restaurant is comfortably lit and filled with philosophical sentences about vegetarianism.

The dishes are made using the freshest vegetables and ingredients, generally from close by organic farms or from the special regions they hail from.

The restaurant is conveniently located close to Yonghegong Lama Temple and thus conveniently follows a visit to the temple.

  • Recommended dishes: sweet and sour lotus root, stir-fried termite mushrooms, asparagus and Chinese yam, matsutake soup, mung bean cake with jujube paste
  • Price: from 1,000 yuan per person
  • Open: 11:00am–10:00pm
  • Address: 2 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District (next to the Lama Temple)
  • Booking tel.: 10 8404 9191
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16. Tian Chu Miao Xiang

“steak”* with mushroom sauce

The staff of the restaurant regularly study Confucian literature, so the atmosphere of Buddhism and Confucianism is very strong in the restaurant. They use quality natural ingredients for cooking without artificial additives.

The restaurant has a free cooking class available for housewives or foreign guests (or anyone else interested) every month. Participants can come to the kitchen and cook with their own hands under the guidance of the chef.

  • Recommended dishes: sweet and sour “pork”*, “steak”* with mushroom sauce, crispy durian cake (*meat replacements are used)
  • Price: from 120 yuan per person
  • Open: 10:00am–10:00pm
  • Address: F2, Chaowai SOHO, B6 Chaowai Street, Chaoyang District
  • Booking tel.: 10 5900 1088

17. Gong De Lin

Gong De Lin Vegetarian Restaurant

Gong De Lin Vegetarian Restaurant is a restaurant based on the Buddhist vegetarian tradition and was originally set up in Hangzhou decades ago. It is the same as many other Chinese vegetarian restaurants in the sense that it serves “normal” looking meat dishes, but actually everything is skillfully made using vegetarian ingredients, particularly tofu.

This restaurant is perfect if you want to try “Peking duck”, but are a vegetarian. You'll be surprised how much the tofu duck looks like an actual Peking duck!

Halal Restaurants in Beijing

18. Hong Bin Building

Hong Bin Building Halal Restaurant

Founded in 1853, Hong Bin Lou is a time-honored Muslim restaurant and stands out for its many distinguished visitors, such as the former Chinese leader Zhou Enlai and former British Prime Minister Edward Heath. The pleasant ambiance, unique decorations, and tasty and nutritious food and snacks attract visitors from all over the world.

Hong Bin Building mainly offers a variety of Muslim dishes, such as braised oxtail and sautéed ox tripe with coriander.

  • Recommended dishes: braised beef tendon in brown sauce, fried fruit roll with sugar, fried peeled prawns with chili and peanuts, mutton kebab, sautéed sea cucumber with green onion, deep-fried squirrel-shaped mandarin fish in sweet and sour sauce.
  • Price: from 160 yuan per person
  • Open: 11:00am–2:00pm and 5:00–9:00pm
  • Address: 11 Exhibition Road, Xicheng District
  • Booking tel.: 10 6899 4560 / 2569
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19. Dong Lai Shun (Wangfujing)

Dong Lai Shun mutton hot pot

Dong Lai Shun Muslim restaurant has dozens of branches around Beijing city and is famous for its hundred-year-plus history. It primarily serves Muslim food and people come here to enjoy its rendition of Mongolian hotpot in particular.

The restaurant is also popular because of its perfect combination of Muslim architecture and a quadrangle courtyard, the beautiful antique ornaments, and the soft lighting that creates a comfortable atmosphere.

  • Recommended dishes: mutton kebab, mutton cut by hand, pickled sweet garlic, sesame seed cake, plum juice, sliced tripe, beef hot pot, fried chopped rice cake
  • Price: from 120 yuan per person
  • Open: 11:00am–9:00pm
  • Address: Floor 5, Beijing APM, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District
  • Booking tel.: 10 6528 0932

20. Baikui Old Brand (Baikui Laohao)

This popular restaurant, with a history of more than 100 years, is famed for its braised mutton. The dishes there have an authentic taste and the restaurant serves nearly 200 types of Muslim food from all over the country. Those who love Muslim snacks will enjoy a variety of fine colors and flavors.

The main restaurant branch at Jiaodaokou has a Tibetan-like appearance, is brightly colored, and has huge windows.

  • Recommended dishes: fried butter cake, sweetbread soup, sautéed tripe, pea flour cake, seasoned millet mush, fried cake, and fermented bean drink
  • Price: from 50 yuan per person
  • Open: 6:00am–9:00pm
  • Address: 158 Jiaodaokou South Avenue, Dongcheng District
  • Booking tel.: 10 6406 3611

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