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The Top 10 Restaurants in Beijing

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 10 amazing restaurants that you will not regret visiting — with a variety of China’s top cuisines.

1. Qianmen Quanjude

Beijing roast duckBeijing roast duck — the most popular of Beijing dishes

When in Beijing, you mustn’t forget to try Peking roasted duck, and you won’t forget the experience. One of the most renowned restaurants to do so is Qianmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant.

This is one of the oldest restaurants in the capital, dating back to 1864, and they prepare a great Peking duck. Serving an annual 2 million Peking ducks to over 5 million customers, you know it is bound to be amazing.

  • Chinese name : 全聚德烤鸭店 Quanjude Kaoya Dian /chwen-jyoo-der kaow-yaa dyen/ ‘Quanjude [name] Roast Duck Restaurant’
  • Price : from CNY120/person
  • Open : 11am–1:30pm and 4:30pm–8pm
  • Address : 30 Qianmen Street, Chongwen District 崇文区前门大街 30 号
  • Tel : 010-65112418
  • Transportation: If you are taking the subway get off at Exit B at Qianmen Station on Line 2.

2. Din Tai Fung Restaurant

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Din Tai Fung is part of a worldwide chain specializing in dumplings. The quality of the service and food is high, and its Taiwanese origins ensure that it is foreigner friendly and the prices are reasonable.

The menu has English translations, featuring loads of pictures for easy browsing if this is one of your first experiences with dumplings.

  • Chinese name: 鼎泰丰 Dintaifeng /din-teye-fnng/
  • Address : 24 Xinyuanxili Zhongjie, Chaoyang District 朝阳区新源西里中街 24 号
  • Open : 11am-10pm
  • Price : from CNY100/person
  • Tel : 010-64624502
  • Transportation : Get off at Dongzhimen Station ( 东直门站 ) on line 2, and take Exit C. From there it is a 150-meter walk.

3. Hai Di Lao

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For the best, and safest, hotpot in town, Hai Di Lao 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)!

  • Chinese name: 海底捞 Haidilao /hi-dee-laow/ ‘sea bottom fish-up’
  • Address : 2 Baijiazhuang Road, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District 朝阳区三里屯白家庄路 2 号
  • Open: 11am-9pm
  • Price : from CNY150/person
  • Tel : 010-6595 2982
  • Transportation : Use subway Line 6 to get to Dongdaqiao Station ( 东大桥 ).

4. Shanshui Jian Yang-Xiezi Hotpot

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This restaurant, located in Longtan Park, is a great place to check out Sichuan cuisine if you want to have hotpot, but also some regular dishes.

Their hotpot broth is cooked using an array of local ingredients, and the atmosphere is one traditional of restaurants like these, making for an authentic experience.

  • Chinese name : 山水间羊蝎子火锅 Shanshui Jian Yangxiezi Huoguo /shan-shway jyen yang-sshyeah-dzuh hwor-gwor/ ‘hill-water (scenery) among lamb-scorpion hotpot’
  • Price : from CNY70/person
  • Open : 11am–2pm and 5pm—9:30pm
  • Address : 8 Longtan Road, Chongwen District 崇文区龙潭路 8 号
  • Tel : 010-67149700, 010-67165970
  • Transportation : Get off at Guangqumenwai station ( 广渠门外 ) on subway Line 7.

5. Dadong Roast Duck

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Dadong Roast Duck is renowned for being one of the best duck restaurants in the city, and Chef Dadong is known internationally for his incredible skills.

Apart from their tasty duck, which is carved in front of you, even their other dishes will have you come back for more. Dadong is busy, and reservations are recommended as a result.

  • Chinese name: 大董烤鸭 Da Dong Kaoya /daa-dong kaow-yaa/ ‘Old Dong [name] roast duck’
  • Address : F1-F2, Nanxincang Business Building, 22 Dongsitiao Jia, Dongcheng District 东城区东四十条甲 22 号南新仓商大厦 1-2 楼
  • Open: 11am-10pm
  • Price : from CNY150 / Person
  • Tel : 010-51690329, 010-51690328.
  • Transportation :
    By subway, get off at Dongsishitiao Station on Line 2, and take Exit D. Fr om there it’s a 400-meter walk.

6. Jin Ding Xuan

Established in 1998, Jin Ding Xuan Restaurant is somewhat of an iconic restaurant, serving Cantonese cuisine, as well as some Sichuan and Shandong dishes.

It is open 24/7, and you’ll have to queue if you choose to go during lunch or dinner times, but the delicious food and buzzing atmosphere make it a worthwhile experience.

Don’t forget to grab a picture of the outside, as its designed to look like a large Chinese temple.

  • Chinese name: 金鼎轩 Jin Ding Xuan /tjin-ding-hsywen/ ‘gold pot pavilion’
  • Address : 77 Hepingli Street, Dongcheng District 东城区和平里西街 77 号
  • Open: 24 hours
  • Price : from CNY 100/person
  • Tel : 010-64296699
  • Transportation : Using the subway, get to Yonggegong Lama Temple Station ( 雍和宫站 ) using either Line 2 or Line 5. Exit through Entrance A and you’ll have to walk for about 360m.

7. Duck de Chine

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Duck de Chine has a reputation for excellence in terms of both dining experience and the atmosphere. It features traditional Beijing duck done with their own special touch.

They also feature French roasting styles to compliment traditional Beijing style, if you’d like to try something new. The exposed wooden beams on the ceiling add to the chic atmosphere.

  • Chinese name: 全鸭季 Quanyaji /chwen-yah-jee/ ‘all duck season’
  • Address : Courtyard 1949, 4 Gongti Bei Road, Chaoyang District 朝阳区工体北路 4 号院 1949 内
  • Open : 11am-2:30pm; 5:30pm-10:30pm
  • Price : from CNY150/person
  • Tel : 010-65018881, 010-65011949.
  • Transportation : Get off at Tuanjiehu Station ( 团结湖站) on Subway Line 10. Exit through Entrance D of Subway Route 10 and the walk is about 750m.

8. Dali Courtyard

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This charming little courtyard restaurant is one of the city’s most unique outdoor venues. It brings the fresh flavors of Yunnan Province all the way to Beijing.

It serves dishes like rubing (traditional grilled goat cheese), grilled chilli fish, spicy stir-fried mushrooms, “crossing-the-bridge noodles” (guoqiao mixian), fried shrimp and stir-fried wild vegetables (yecai).

The menu is fixed, so you don’t need to think about what to order. Cocktails and wine are available too. Advanced reservations are recommended, especially for the candle-lit outdoor terrace during the warmer months.

  • Chinese name: 大理院子 Dali Yuanzi /daa-lee ywhen-dzuh/ ‘Dali [place] courtyard’
  • Address : 67 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Gulou Dong Street, Dongcheng District 东城区鼓楼东大街小经厂胡同 67 号
  • Open : Noon-2:30pm; 6pm-10:30pm
  • Price : from CNY 160/person
  • Tel : 010-84041430.
  • Transportation : Take Subway Line 2 to Guloudongdajie Station ( 鼓楼东大街 ).

9. Huajia Yiyuan — Hua’s Restaurant

Hua Jia Yi Yuan has three branches each with their 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. This is thus a great option for Beijing’s colder months.

  • Chinese name: 花家怡园 Huajia Yiyuan /hwah-jyah ee-ywhen/ ‘flower family harmony garden’
  • Address : 235 Dongzhimennei Street, Dongcheng District 北京市东直门内大街
  • Open: 10am-4am
  • Price : from CNY 100/person
  • Tel : 010-51283315.
  • Transportation : Get the subway to Yonghegong Lama Temple Station ( 雍和宫站 ) on Line 2, or if you want to get a little closer you can use Beixinqiao Station ( 北新桥站 ) on Line 2 or Line 5.

10. Lily Vegetarian Restaurant

Baihe (Lily) Vegetarian Restaurant is a great place to enjoy vegetarian cuisine. It is a courtyard-style house in a traditional Hutong neighborhood, which includes both indoor and outdoor seating.

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An English menu is available. Great dishes to try are the suchang — ‘vegetarian sausage’; baochao sanding — a stir-fry of diced carrots, faux meat, and cashews; jiangxiang candou — a stir-fry of lima beans with minced faux meat; and qiancengbing — layered pancake with thyme.

  • Chinese name: 百合素食 Baihe Sushi /buy-her soo-shrr/ ‘lily vegetarian food’
  • Address : 23 Caoyuan Hutong, Zhimen, Dongcheng District 东城区直门草园胡同 23 号
  • Open : 11:30am-10:00pm
  • Price : from CNY 100/person
  • Tel : 010-64052082, 010-64054282.
  • Transportation : Take the subway to Beixinqiao Station ( 北新桥站 ) on Line 2 or Line 5.

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Further Reading on Beijing Restaurants

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Best for Dietary Restrictions

Western Food and Drink in Beijing

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