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Hangzhou Restaurants

Hangzhou Restaurants

Written by Ruru ZhouUpdated Aug. 25, 2023

Hangzhou has a vast range of restaurants catering not only to local palettes, but also serving dishes from all over China and all over the world.

Xihu District

1. Lou Wai Lou Restaurant Gushan Road Branch

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This is an old and famous restaurant, where you can taste a variety of delicious food such as beggars' chicken, fish cooked in vinegar gravy, and Aunt Song fish soup (a kind of thick soup cooked with mandarin fish, hams and winter bamboo shoots). 

Besides, many desserts there are also known to all, far and near; three desserts are even listed as "Chinese famous desserts": Wushan pastry, lotus root steamed with sticky rice, and vegetarian ham made from the skin of bean curd and red rice flour. 

What's more, while having meals, you are also able to appreciate the beautiful West Lake there. However, the price of the food is not cheap, but the excellent taste is worth the high price.

  • Chinese name: 楼外楼(孤山路店) Lou Wai Lou
  • Recommended dishes: Dongpo pork (东坡肉), shelled fresh shrimps cooked with the tender shoots of Longjing tea (龙井虾仁), brasenia schreberi soup (西湖莼莱汤), lotus root cooked with candy (糖藕), skin of bean curd fried with a pork burger (炸响铃), shrimp quick-fried with eels (虾爆鳝), lotus root cooked with sticky rice (糯米藕), crab meat cooked with tofu (蟹粉豆腐)
  • Average price per person: 125 yuan
  • Address: 30 Gushan Road, Xihu District 西湖区孤山路30号
  • Tel: 0571-87969682, 0571-87969023
  • Opening hours: 10:30am–2:15pm; 4:30pm–8:30pm
  • Transportation: Take Tourism Bus 10 or Bus Y10, get off at Xi Leng Bridge (西冷桥), and then walk about 240 meters.
  • Special services: A swiping card facility is available.

2. Lou Wai Lou Restaurant Jade Spring Branch

The restaurant is surrounded by picturesque scenery and enjoys an elegant environment. It is the biggest natural oxygen bar in the downtown area. Also, there are even tea houses inside the restaurant.

  • Average price per person: 116 yuan
  • Address: Inside Hangzhou Botanical Garden, 1 Taoyuan Mountain 桃源岭1号杭州植物园内
  • Tel: 0571-87999988
  • Opening hours: 10:30am–2pm; 4:30pm–8:30pm
  • Transportation: Take Bus 15, 28 or 82, get off at Quyuan Fenghe (曲院风荷) and then walk about 40 meters.
  • Special services: A swiping card facility is available.

3. Lou Wai Lou Restaurant Temple of General Yue Fei Branch

After or before visiting the Temple of General Yue Fei, you can take pleasure from a meal at the restaurant to satisfy your appetite. You can also enjoy a view of the West Lake there while having meals.

  • Average price per person: 116 yuan
  • Address: 3 Hukou Road, Shangcheng District 上城区湖口路3号
  • Tel: 0571-87999988, 0571-87996685
  • Transportation: Take Bus 6, 43, 64, 69, 75, 93, 101, 191, 208, 215, 274 or 380, get off at Desheng Dong Village (德胜东村) and then walk about 130 meters.
  • Special services: A swiping card facility is available.
Zhejiang Xizi Hotel Hangzhou The Chinese Restaurant in Xizi Hotel

4. The Chinese Restaurant in Zhejiang Xizi Hotel

The hotel is located at the foot of the Sunshine Mountain where there is one of the Ten Views of the West Lake, namely Sunlight Shines on the Leifeng Pagoda. 

The hotel enjoys a quiet and tastefully laid out environment where you can enjoy beautiful scenery while having meals. With considerate services, the restaurant offers first class dishes which are made from well-chosen ingredients. But the price is expensive. And it charges 15 % of the total meal cost for the service charge.

  • Chinese name: 浙江西子宾馆中餐厅 Zhejiang Xizi Binguan Zhong Canting
  • Recommended dishes: beef fillet cooked with peppers (尖椒牛柳), Dongpo pork (东坡肉), shelled fresh shrimps cooked with the tender shoots of Longjing tea (龙井虾仁), fish cooked in vinegar gravy (西湖醋鱼), large Yangzhou meatballs (扬州狮子头), sweet osmanthus-scented cooked lotus root (桂花糖藕), brasenia schreberi soup (西湖莼莱汤), "Beggars' chicken" (叫花鸡)
  • Average price per person: 180 yuan
  • Opening hours: 11am–2:30pm; 5:30pm–10pm
  • Address: Floor 1, Zhejiang Xizi Hotel, 37 Nanshan Road, Xihu District 西湖区南山路37号浙江西子宾馆1楼
  • Tel: 0571-87021888
  • Transportation: Take Bus 4, get off at Chang Bridge (长桥) and then walk about 210 meters.

Gongshu District

The Chinese Restaurant in Hao Lai Deng Hotel

The hotel is on the far side of the West Lake. And it takes only 15 minutes to drive from the downtown area to the hotel. The hotel offers various services such as accommodation, catering, entertainment, ticket sales and shopping.

It is equipped with advanced and complete facilities and the decoration there is splendid. It is unique in that there are rooms for a sauna and lavipeditum. Also, there is a central air-conditioning system, a digital television system, internet ports, a system for international direct distance dialing, an automatic elevator system…all of which will enable you to have meals and have a rest comfortably there.

  • Chinese name: 好来登大酒店中餐厅 Hao Lai Deng Dajiudian Zhong Canting
  • Recommended dishes: duck pot (老鸭煲), Hangzhou "chicken" roll, made from dried bamboo shoots, mushrooms and vegetables (杭州卷鸡), fried rice noodles (炒粉丝)
  • Average price per person: 102 yuan
  • Address: Floor 2-3, Hao Lai Deng Hotel, 121 Xiangji Temple, Gongshu District 拱墅区香积寺路121号好来登大酒店2-3楼
  • Tel: 0571-85355888, 0571-85357777
  • Transportation: Take Bus 22, 34, 41, 64, 72, 78, 82, 85, 88, 94, 206, 208 or 219, and get off at Santang Nan Village (三塘南村).
  • Special services: A swiping card facility is available and parking is free.

Shangcheng District

The Chinese Restaurant in Da Hua Hotel

The hotel is quite close to the West Lake which you can feast your eyes on if you choose to sit beside the French windows there. Meanwhile, it is quiet and peaceful inside the hotel. It offers popular light dishes. Also, the staff members there are thoughtful and enthusiastic which will make you feel comfortable.  

  • Chinese name: 大华饭店中餐馆 Da Hua Fandian Zhong Canguan
  • Recommended dishes: steamed large crab meatballs (蟹粉狮子头), shelled fresh shrimps cooked with dragon well tea (龙井虾仁), beef steak (牛排), celery cooked with lily (西芹百合), fish cooked in vinegar gravy (西湖醋鱼), shredded pork cooked with garlic sauce (鱼香肉丝)
  • Average price per person: 153 yuan
  • Address: 171 Nanshan Road, Shangcheng District 上城区南山路171号
  • Tel: 0571-87181888
  • Opening hours: 10am–6pm
  • Transportation: Take Bus 4, 12, 25, or 42 and get off at No.1 Park (一公园) and then walk about 140 meters.
  • Special services: Parking is free and a swiping card facility is available.

Upmarket Restaurants

To round off our excursion of Hangzhou's restaurant scene, here are three of the most upmarket restaurants from various localities in the city.

1. Dragon Well Manor

Dragon Well Manor specializes in 'slow food', an idea which originated in Italy but which now has a global reach. The principle of slow food, as opposed to fast food, is that it focuses upon traditional, regional dishes. It relies upon the idea of sustainability, with ingredients locally sourced and farmed in a manner that is kind to the ecosystem. For this you pay a premium.

The Dragon Well Manor may be expensive it comes with rave reviews and it's luxurious setting within a Chinese garden makes for the perfect eating experience. Feel free to ask the attendants, (no mere waiters, these), about where the food is sourced, they are a mine of information. Given its high rating and popularity, be sure to book in advance, this is 'reservation only'.

  • Chinese name: 龙井草堂 Lóngjǐng Cǎotáng
  • Average price per person: 1,500 yuan
  • Address: 86 Jilong Mountain, Longjing Road, West Lake District (near China Tea Museum) 西湖区 龙井路里鸡笼山86号(近中国茶叶博物馆)
  • Telephone: 0571 86916666
  • Opening hours: 10:00am–9:30pm
  • Transportation: Located outside the city and up in the hills, it's best to take a taxi.

2. 28 Hubin Road

Don't be fooled by the unimpressive name, this is one of the top-ranked Chinese restaurants in the nation, so much so that the number '28' alone is enough to signify it locally.

Associated with the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hangzhou, the restaurant specializes in the traditional cuisine of Hangzhou, as well as nearby Suzhou and Huaiyang. Its Beggar's Chicken, baked in lotus leaves and non-toxic clay, is a refinement of a traditional meal beloved in the area and is worth checking out.

  • Chinese name: 湖滨28餐厅 Húbīn 28 Cāntīng
  • Average price per person: 850 yuan
  • Address: 28 Hubin Road, Shangcheng District 上城区湖滨路28号凯悦酒店1楼
  • Telephone: 0571 87791234
  • Opening hours: 11:30am-2:00pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm

3. Jin Sha

Another restaurant associated with a hotel but with its own reputation for excellent cuisine, (and a price to match), is the Jin Sha. Located in the Four Seasons Hotel two or three minutes' walk from West Lake, it overlooks the hotel's scenic garden and small lakes.

Specializing in regional food once again, the menu there is perhaps broader than our other two offerings focusing on dim sum at lunchtime, a particular specialty. The Jin Sha comes in for rave reviews all round for food, location, and service.

  • Chinese name: 四季酒店金沙厅 Sìjì Jiǔdiàn Jīnshā Tīng
  • Average price per person: 550 yuan
  • Address: Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake, 5 Lingyin Road, Xihu District
  • Telephone: 0571 88298888
  • Opening hours: 11:30am-2:00pm, 5:30pm-10:00pm

Musilim Restaurants

Xinjiang Pamier Restaurant 新疆帕米尔餐厅
Address: No.9-5, Qiutao Bei Road, Jianggan District (江干区秋涛北路9-5号)
Average Price per person: 90 yuan
Tel: 0571-8652 0381

Yi Shun 东伊顺
Address: 99 Gaoyin Street, Shangcheng District (上城区高银街99号)
Average Price per person: 50 yuan
Tel: 0571-87805163

Check out more top Muslim restaurants in Hangzhou.

Vegetarian Restaurants

Botree Courtyard 菩提精舍
Address: No.45-47, Beishan Road, Xihu District (西湖区北山路45-47号)
Average Price per person: 60 yuan
Tel: 0571-8797 3602

Fuxing Guan Vegetarian Restaurant 福星观素菜馆
Address: No.1, Yuhuangshan Road, Xihu District (西湖区玉皇山路1号)
Average Price per person: 43 yuan
Tel: 0571-8707 2030

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