Hong Kong is one of the world's biggest port cities and fishing and Cantonese-style seafood are Hong Kong traditions. Some of Hong Kong's top seafood restaurants are classy and known around the world; others are lesser-known but still special travel highlights.
Hong Kong has some of the world's best seafood restaurants for:
- Excellent quality and service: Hong Kong is the gastronomical capital of the Asian mainland with 63 Michelin starred restaurants in 2019. On this list, 5 are Michelin starred in 2019.
- Diversity: There are Chinese, Japanese, and American seafood styles to choose from.
- Excellent Cantonese cuisine: Hong Kong's traditional local style of food, Cantonese cuisine, is popular all over the world, and Hong Kong's Cantonese restaurants are considered the world's best. Seven of this list are Cantonese.
These 10 seafood restaurant recommendations and are arranged by price, most expensive first. Look for a restaurant that matches your tastes, mood, and budget...
1. Sushi Shikon for Gourmet Japanese
This Tokyo style sushi seafood restaurant received three Michelin stars in 2014 and every year since including 2019. Sushi connoisseurs who expect the best flown direct from Japan can get it at this small restaurant, but the price is very high: about 400 to 600 USD for a meal.
For most tourists, a meal will be an education on what the best Japanese style of seafood is like. Expect eating delicious things from the sea you have never heard of and maybe the best meal of your life.
- Average price per person: 4,000 HKD
- Hours: Mon. to Sat. noon–2pm and 6–8pm (these are the two set entry times for sitting with the chef).
- Tel: 2643 6800 - Call ahead for reservations: it is a tiny restaurant.
- Address: Citadines Mercer, 29 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong (上環蘇杭街29號尚圜)
2. Sky High Tenku Ryu Gin Japanese
Very good seafood, the location on the 101st floor of the ICC Tower like the Sky100 observation deck, and 2 Michelin stars in 2019 all make this a tourist dining highlight.
It is expensive, but considering that the ticket for the Sky100 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.
- Average price per person: HKD 800 and up. A kaiseki (懐石) of sashimi and other seafood in a 10 course meal starts at about 2,200 HKD (285 USD).
- Hours: Mon to Sat: 6–9:30pm; Sun: noon–3pm; 6–9:30pm
- Tel: 2302 0222
- Address: 101/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀柯士甸道西1號環球貿易廣場101樓)
3. Ming Court for Gourmet Cantonese Seafood
Ming Court was selected as a Michelin 2-star restaurant for 2010, retained it in 2016, but in 2018 and 2019, it is rated 1 star. It features Cantonese cuisine and is in the 5-star Cordis Hotel. The exquisite traditional Chinese decoration provides relaxing atmosphere. It has had a long and successful career.
- Average price per person: HKD 700
- Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11am–2:30pm, 6–10:30pm
- Tel: 3552 3028
- Address: 6/F, Langham Place Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok (旺角上海街555號朗豪酒店6樓)
4. Jumbo and Tai Pak - Landmark Cantonese Restaurants in Aberdeen Harbour
Jumbo: Hong Kong's best known seafood restaurants are next to each other in the Aberdeen harbor and called Jumbo and Tai Pak. They are recognized around the world as a Hong Kong landmark and are owned by the same company.
You've probably seen the two ships already in James Bond, Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee movies. Famous visitors include John Wayne, Queen Elizabeth, and Tom Cruise. Tai Pak seats 400, and Jumbo seats 2,000.
Scenery and activities: People enjoy the scenery, a variety of food and decor, and the bright lights and color. Victoria Peak is part of the backdrop, and Ocean Park is nearby. Part of the fun is the short free boat ride to the restaurants. There are also sampan rides for an additional charge (~70 HKD, ~30 minutes).
Tourist spot: Expect high prices and tourist crowds, but less than high quality food and service compared to the others on this page. People go mainly for the novelty and scenery.
- Types of seafood: Cantonese style and Western style. Both of these restaurants also offer many non-seafood dishes.
- Average price per person: 600 HKD or more. The seafood is expensive. Main dishes, HK$100 to HK$1000+ (for the choicest seafood); dim sum HK$25 – HK$48 for a meal.
- Hours: 11:00am–11:30pm, Sun. and public holidays 9am–11:30pm (notice: from about April 22 to May 7, 2019, the Jumbo and Tai Pak will be closed for maintenance.)
- Tel: 852-2533 9111
- Address: Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen (香港仔黃竹坑深灣碼頭徑)
- Transportation: You have to take a free boat ride to reach them. To reach a pier for the boat, from the MTR Central Station, Exit D, go to the Exchange Square Terminus and take bus 70 (1 USD). Other buses to the pier are 91, 93, 93A, 94, 94X, and 971. (If you take a taxi, keep the receipt, and at the restaurant, you might get up to 10 USD per table taken off your bill.)
5. Lei Garden for Cantonese Dim Sum and Great Imported Seafood
Lei Garden isn't specifically a seafood restaurant, but one of their specialties is seafood. It is a dim sum chain known for being one of the world's lowest priced Michelin restaurants. In 2019, a total of 3 branches received 1 star ratings: the Mong Kok, Kwun Tong, and North Point branches. This one in the IFC didn't make it on the list this year. The dishes are so exquisite that they look like artworks.
Signature seafood dishes include items flown in from around the world such as Australian Lobster, Australian Abalone, and Canadian Geo-Duck.
- Average price per person: HKD 370 (46 USD)
- Hours: 11:30–3:00pm lunch and 6:00–11:30pm dinner. Reserve early.
- Tel: 00852-2295 0238 (Central branch)
- Address: Unit 3008, Shopping Mall of International Financial Center, 1 Harbour View Street, Central (中环港景街1号国际金融中心商场3008号.
- Chinese name: 利苑酒家
- MTR: MTR to Central Station or Hong Kong Station and then walk upstairs. It is very conveniently located for tourists. Hong Kong Station is about 26 minutes from the airport.
6. Loaf On for Low Priced Cantonese Gourmet Seafood
Loaf On has been a Michelin starred restaurant for years and received one for 2019 too. It is special for tourists because not only is the seafood unusually good and fresh, but the prices are very low for a starred restaurant. You can enjoy a meal for the equivalent of what you'd pay in the city for even a low priced common restaurant dinner.
Reputation: The quality of the food is very good, but the restaurant's décor isn't ritzy. It's simple, and the food is fresh. Many selections are swimming in tanks.
Activities: It is in Sai Kung near some favorite beaches and natural country parks with hiking paths that hikers and campers like.
- Types of seafood: Hakka and Cantonese styles
- Average price per person: starts around 300 HKD for a good meal.
- Hours: 11am to 10:30pm (reservations required)
- Tel: 2792 9966
- Address: G/F, 49 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung (西貢市場街49號地舖)
- Transportation: Take the MTR to Choi Hung (Kwun Tong line). Exit through at Exit C2. Take Bus 92 or 96R at the bus stop (arrives every 5 minutes). Get off at the end of the line (25 minutes).
7. Under Bridge (Qiao Tei) Spicy Crab Cantonese Seafood
This restaurant is well known in Kong Kong and gets many tourists. It is known for its seafood as per its name. Tourists want their spicy, burning crab and lobster dishes. But the restaurant is also popular for dim sum, both seafood and non seafood. The seafood is a little pricey.
Convenient for shoppers: It is in a good location for tourists who want to shop in that it is in between the Causeway Bay and Wanchai retail centers near Wanchai Station. There are actually three venues near each other, so you have a choice.
- Average price per person: For a meal, it costs about 335 HKD. It is having the crab namesake that makes their meals pricey. A full meal including crab comes out to 40 or 50 USD per person. But if you order less expensive seafood or non-seafood dishes, a meal can cost about 24 per person.
- Hours: noon–6am in the morning
- Tel: 2893 1289 for the Lockhart Road restaurant, 2834 6268 for Jaffe Road branch
- Chinese name: 桥底辣蟹海鲜馆
- Address: G/F-3/F, Ascot Mansion, 421-425 Lockhart Road, Wanchai District (灣仔駱克道421-425號雅閣大廈地下至3樓) or Shop 1-2, G/F, Chinaweal Centre, 414-424 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai.
- MTR: From Wan Chai Station Exit A1, walk down Lockhart Road. You'll land there in about 12 minutes. Or Causeway Bay Station Exit C.
8. Harvest Seafood Buffet in Noah's Ark Theme Park
Excellent food in an interesting scenic environment
Harvest Restaurant stands out as interesting. The sea scenery is excellent, and it has a public beachfront all to itself at the region's newest theme park called Noah's Ark. It is a special treat for children and tourists. You'll find an excellent selection of good quality food, good views, a pleasant environment on a public beach, and a relatively low dinner price.
Scenic setting and activities: The scenery is unusually beautiful and epic. It is right on Tung Wan beach next to the free Ma Wan Park and in the ark in Noah's Ark theme park on Ma Wan Island. Guests may dine "under the stars" as special outdoor "Al Fresco" dining on the beach.
There is a wonderful view of the water and islands. It is under Tsing Ma Bridge, and Ting Kau Bridge and more beautiful scenery is a short walk away. Ma Wan Park has a free historical museum that would make for a fun family outing as does the excellent public beach.
- Average price per person: Seafood buffet prices in 2019: Monday to Thursday HKD 380 and Friday to Sunday HKD 430. There is also a fine menu selection. You don't need a ticket for the theme park to enter. Prices are low for the value.
- Hours: 8:00am–9:30pm
- Tel: 852-2849 2867
- Address: 33 Pak Yan Road, Ma Wan Island (馬灣荃灣珀欣路33號挪亞度假酒店(E1區))
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9. Bubba Gump American Seafood Restaurant in the High Peak Tower
This isn't at all a Michelin star restaurant, and it doesn't aim to be. But it is a fun tourist restaurant for tourists who want to visit something like an American bayou country restaurant. It has one of Hong Kong's best views from the top of Victoria Peak It is a theme restaurant based on Forrest Gump.
Variety of food: Shrimp take the "leading role" there. Other non-seafood American food is served too such as steak, salad, bread, and red wine.
Tourist favorite: It overlooks Victoria Harbour with an amazing view of the colorful nighttime skyline. These are Hong Kong' favorite tourist spots.
Sightseeing: There are walking paths and sightseeing overlooks on top of the peak. So this is a place to stop in for refreshments or a meal after a walk.
- Average price per person: HKD 300
- Hours: 11am–11pm (from Monday to Saturday); 11am–midnight (public holiday eve)
- Tel: 852-2849 2867
- Chinese name: 阿甘虾餐厅
- Address: Unit 304-305, Floor 3, the Peak Tower, 128 Peak Road (山顶道128号凌霄阁3楼304-305号铺)
- Transport: The Peak Tram, Bus 15 from the Central piers.
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10. The London Restaurant for Old-Style
If you want to experience a noisy, crowded restaurant popular with locals, this is the place to go. The large dining area holds masses of people, and so prices are kept down. During the day, the restaurant is crowded with people who want their good dim sum, and there is a big variety of choices.
Seafood: The restaurant specializes in seafood dinners, but they also serve good seafood dim sum.
It is convenient for tourists: It is near Mong Kok Station. It is a little bit up Nathan Road from the shopping and sightseeing section of Nathan Road Golden Mile.
If you are in Mong Kok or Tsim Sha Tsui, you might consider going there for an "old fashioned" Cantonese experience. They have an English menu. But don't expect high class service.
- Price range: A filling dim sum meal starts at about HKD 100 (13 USD)/person. Dinner starts at about 25 USD per person, and the seafood dinners cost more.
- Hours: 7:00am–11:00pm. To avoid crowds and get a better value for breakfast and dim sum, go before 10:30 am.
- Tel: 852 2771 8018
- Chinese name: 倫敦大酒樓
- Address: 612 Nathan Road, Mong Kok (九龍旺角彌敦道612號好望角大廈)
- MTR: MTR to Mong Kok Station on Nathan Road.
Taste Hong Kong's Seafood with China Highlights
Having good dining experiences is an important part of touring. It would be helpful to have a local guide who can give you recommendations on what to eat and where.
Our guides ensure that you order the best Chinese seafood or other seafood styles for you. Dining and food orientated tours include:
- The Flavor of China - a 12-Day Beijing – Xi'an – Chengdu – Guilin – Hong Kong Cuisine Tour - Travel across the country and explore these popular destinations in China and savor five different regional cuisines.
Our local tours are relatively inexpensive, and we can escort you to the best seafood restaurants that will suit you.
- Half-Day Hong Kong Island Tour - including Victoria Peak with one-way Peak Tram and Aberdeen with sampan ride
- One-Day Lantau Island Tour
Feel free to contact us to tailor-make a Hong Kong tour for Dim Sum and Yum Cha experiences.