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The Best 20 Hong Kong Restaurants — Something for Everyone in 2019

dim sumHong Kong has excellent restaurants that serve everything from tasty local dim sum to high-quality Western food.

Hong Kong is the gastronomical capital of the Asian mainland with about sixty Michelin starred restaurants. So expect high quality and service. Hong Kong restaurants receive far more Michelin stars than any other Asian city except for those in Japan, and they have more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than any city in Asia. Updated 2019.

HK Restaurant Highlights

  • Good quality and service: The population has the highest IQ and wealth of any city and so demand good quality and service.
  • Diversity: In this international city, there are dozens of kinds of restaurants: from the various styles of Chinese cuisine to South Asian, East Asian, European, Muslim, American, and Australian.
  • Cantonese food HK's local style is popular all over the world, and Hong Kong's Cantonese restaurants are considered the world's best.
  • Economical: Hong Kong has the least expensive Michelin-starred restaurants in the world.

Here are our suggestions for the 20 best restaurants for tourists ranging from high-priced gourmet to moderately-priced popular restaurants. For easier browsing, our information below is split into these five categories:

Cantonese Restaurants

1. Super Luxurious Lung King Heen Cantonese Restaurant

Perhaps the best Cantonese restaurant in the world...

The Lung King HeenThe Lung King Heen's ethereal dining area during dinner is ideal for watching the light show outside from the windows.

If you can afford the best Cantonese cuisine and service, then this one in the Four Seasons Hotel might be the best in the world and has excellent scenery too. It is one of only two Cantonese restaurants in the city that are rated 3 stars. The Michelin Guide is published annually, and the 2019 guide only rates seven restaurants as 3-stars in Hong Kong.

The service, food and dining atmosphere is among the best in the world. You might reserve a Victoria Harbor view that affords a seat at 8 pm for the Symphony of Lights. Seafood and dim sum are the house specialties. So it is worth a special journey.

  • Price per person: 1,200 to 2,000 HKD (150 to 250 USD) for dinner
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday noon to 2:30 pm, Saturday, Sunday, public holiday 11:30am-2:30pm
  • Dinner: 6pm–10pm
  • Tel: 3196 8888
  • Address: 4/F Four Seasons, 8 Finance Street, Central.
  • Transport: MTR to Central Station or Hong Kong Station.

2. Ming Court Cantonese Restaurant

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 is a luxury Chinese restaurant featuring Cantonese cuisine in the 5-star Cordis Hotel. The exquisite traditional Chinese decoration provides relaxing atmosphere. It has had a long and successful career. Ming Court was also named as one of Hong Kong’s best restaurants in 2005 by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

  • Price per person: HKD 700
  • Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11:00-14:30, 18:00-22:30
  • 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)

3. Lei Garden for Cantonese Dim Sum

The Lei Garden in the IFC MallThe Lei Garden in the IFC Mall features fine dim sum.

Lei Garden restaurant mainly serves Cantonese style dishes and several branches have received 1 star for years. In 2019, a total of 2 branches received 1 star ratings. The one in the IFC didn't make it on the list this year, but it is recommended for tourists for the ritzy central location. The dishes are so exquisite that they look like artworks. There is crackling chicken (脆皮鸡), roast goose (烧鹅), and seafood. Dim sum is what makes them famous.

  • Chinese name: 利苑酒家 Liyuan Jiujia /lee-ywen jyo-jyah/
  • Average price per person: HKD 369
  • Address: Unit 3008, Shopping Mall of International Financial Center, 1 Harbor View Street, Central (中环港景街1号国际金融中心商场3008号. The Mong Kok, Kwun Tong, and North Point branches are the 1 star branches in 2019.
  • Tel: 00852-2295 0238 (Central IFC branch), book early.

See How to Have Dim Sum and Yum Cha in Hong Kong.

4. Tim Ho Wan, The Dim Sum Specialist

Tim Ho Wan is internationally distinguished as the cheapest 1 star restaurant in the world. It was selected as a Michelin 1-star restaurant for 2010, and as of 2019, only the Sham Shui Po branch received a star. It is ideal for most tourists and backpackers who want to taste excellent Cantonese food, but pay less. A good meal costs 10 USD. The suggested dish popular with foreigners to try is the Pork Bun.

  • Price per person: HKD 75
  • Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-10pm, Saturday to Sunday 9am-10pm
  • Tel: 2788 1226
  • Address: Shop B, C, & D, G/F, Seaview Building, 2 Wharf Road, North Point (北角和富道2-8號嘉洋大廈地下B,C及D). G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po (深水埗福榮街9-11號地舖). There are five branch locations.

Other Chinese Cuisine Styles

5. Bo Innovation for Creative Chinese Molecular Gastronomy

Bo Innovation is surprising because the food isn't traditional Chinese, but it is rated 3-Michelin stars in 2019. Visitors might find their selections surprising or be mystified. Some diners give low marks perhaps because their meal didn't fit their expectations about what Chinese food should be like. But experts rate the "X-treme cuisine" highly for the creativity, surprises, and fun as well as for the delicious, sometimes novel, flavors.

  • Price per person: above 800 HKD
  • Hours: Mon–Thu noon-3pm, 6:30pm-midnight; Fri noon-3pm, 6pm - midnight; Sat 6pm-midnight, Sun closed
  • Tel: 2850 8371
  • Address: Shop 8, 1/F, The Podium, J Residence, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai (灣仔莊士敦道60號 J Senses 2樓13號舖)

6. Hu Tong for Beijing Style

Hu Tong mainly stands out for its 28th floor harbor view. The harbor view and decor is what people appreciate, but the food isn't rated so highly. Hu Tong was selected as a Michelin 1-star restaurant for 2010, but for 2019, it isn't starred. It was selected for tourists mainly for the great views and a change of pace from Cantonese. The restaurant features traditional "ma la" Northern Chinese cuisine.

  • Price per person: 600 HKD
  • Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12:00-15:00, 18:00-00:00
  • Tel: 3428 8342
  • Address: 28/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀北京道1號28樓)

7. Din Tai Fung for Taiwanese Style

dingtaifeng  restaurantDin Tai Fung

The Din Tai Fung chain once had a Michelin starred restaurant locally, but they lost the star as of 2019. But it still is a good place for tourists to try Taiwanese style cuisine that is different than mainland style. It also serves Shanghai style dishes.

Dim sum and all kinds of steamed stuffed buns are two highlights. The signature dish is steamed meat dumplings "xiaolongbao" (小笼包). Two branches are in a main tourist area at Nathan Road and Canton Road. For the quality, it is inexpensive.

  • Chinese name: 鼎泰丰 Ding Tai Feng /din teye feng/
  • Average price per person: HKD 150
  • Hours: 11:30am–10:30pm
  • Tel: Tel: 852-2730 6928
  • Address: Number 306, Floor 3, Silvercord, 30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (九龙尖沙咀廣東道30號新港中心3樓306舖)

Seafood Restaurants

seafood

You can expect among the world's finest seafood of several styles such as Japanese, Cantonese, French, or American.

The top seven suggested restaurants are Sushi Shikon for gourmet Japanese (8.), Ming Court for gourmet Cantonese seafood (mentioned above), Lei Garden for Cantonese seafood and dim sum (mentioned above), Loaf On for low priced gourmet seafood (9.), and Under Bridge Spicy Crab for Cantonese seafood (10.). 

Harvest House Seafood Buffet in Noah's Ark is particularly good for families (11.) and Bubba Gump American Seafood Restaurant in the High Peak Tower (12.) is a theme restaurant based on Forrest Gump.

See Best Hong Kong Seafood Restaurants.

International Restaurants

13. Caprice French Restaurant

The open kitchen in CapriceThe open kitchen in Caprice

Caprice was rated 3 star by Michelin for several years, dropped to 2 stars, and in 2019, it is back to 3 stars. It stands out for an excellent window-side view, elegant setting, and the best quality food. There is a large selection of cheese and wine. Tourists appreciate the charming scenery of Victoria Harbor from the Four Seasons next to the IFC Mall.

  • Average price per person: HKD 823
  • Hours: 12pm–2:30pm (for lunch) and 6pm–10:30pm (for dinner, and closing time for last order)
  • Tel: 3196 8860
  • Address: Floor 6, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Financial Street, Central (中环金融街8号四季酒店6楼)

14. For among the Best American Hamburgers in Hong Kong: The Butchers Club Burger

A Michelin listed hamburger restaurant in Hong Kong in 2015/2016

The new Butchers Burger branch in the K11 MallThe new Butchers Burger branch in the K11 Mall near Chung King has a more American feel than other branches.

Forget McDonald's and Burger King. If you want among the best, most authentic and delicious American-style hamburgers available in Hong Kong, and at a low price, this is it. They received a Michelin street food listing in 2016 but lost it as of 2019. But it is still recommended for good quick burgers and fries lowest priced.

The 2016 Michelin listing isn't a Michelin star. The publication added a special category for "street food" for Hong Kong in 2015 to recognize the high quality of comparatively inexpensive food. The branches have more of a take-out or street food feel.

The hamburger might be one of the quintessential American foods. Their Tsim Sha Tsui and Central branches are conveniently located for tourists.

  • Rated 1,068/9,820 on TripAdvisor in 2018
  • Price per person: about 170 HKD for burger, fries, and a drink.
  • Hours: open from breakfast to late dinner 8:00 am – 11:00 pm, 11:00 am – 10:30 pm TST branch.
  • Tel: Wan Chai 2528 2083, Central 2347 0755, TST 2897 7522
  • Addresses: G/F, Rialto Building, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai, G/F Sunwise Building; 82 Stanley Street, Central; Shop G34-35, G/F, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, TST; and (new) G/F, Westland Gardens, 12 Westlands Road, Quarry Bay (灣仔蘭杜街2號麗都大廈10號地舖; 中環士丹利街82號地舖; 尖沙咀河內道18號K11購物藝術館地下G34-35舖; 鰂魚涌華蘭路12號惠安苑地下)
  • MTR transport: For the Central branch, take the MTR to Central Station or Hong Kong Station. It is next to the Mid-Levels Escalator for ease of transport. For the Tsim Sha Tsui branch, you could exit via Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Exit N5 or D2 and get to it in a minute.

15. Jashan Celebrating Indian Cuisine

If you like Indian food, then this is higher class Indian cuisine. You'll pay more than at Chung King Mansions, but the environment is definitely better. There are polished wood tables, and there is a romantic atmosphere in the evenings. There is a buffet at lunchtime. Entertainment is available in the evening. The food is certified Halal.

  • Lunch Buffet: about 120 HKD
  • Average price per person: HKD 150
  • Hours: 12:00-14:00, 18:00-23:00
  • Tel: 3105 5311
  • Address: 1/F, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Road, Central (中環荷李活道23號金珀苑1樓)

16. Islam Food for Qing Zhen Xinjiang Style

This Xinjiang-style restaurant has a good reputation among both foreigners and Chinese considering that the prices are economical and they serve take-out. This Uyghur food isn't gourmet, but it is ok for a regular lunch or dinner. Xinjiang is a province in northeast China, and their delicious food is distinctively different from both Chinese and central Asian food. A low-cost specialty at this restaurant is Beef Bread Bun (牛肉餅) for about 22 HKD or 3 USD.

  • Average price per person: HKD 60
  • Hours: 11am–11pm
  • Tel: 2382 2822, 2718 3809
  • Address: 1 Lung Kong Rd, Kowloon City, Ground Floor (九龍城龍崗道1號).

17. IKEA for Swedish and Organic Food at Low Prices

dessertDessert

Hong Kong has a Swedish department store in Shatin, and IKEA's Swedish restaurant has earned a reputation for quick service, good value, healthy food, and family friendliness. The diner is popular with local kids. It is good for tourists in the Shatin area and for health conscious/budget conscious people.

  • Average price per person: HKD 80
  • Hours: Mon–Fri 8am–10pm, Sat–Sun 9:30am–10pm
  • Tel: 3125 0888
  • Address: L6, Home Square, 138 Sha Tin Rural Committee Road, Shatin (沙田鄉事會路138號新城市中央廣場3樓).
  • Transport: MTR Shatin Station Exit B, next to New Town Plaza.

See also: The Best 10 Western Restaurants in Hong Kong.

For more multicultural places to eat see Top Places to Experience Multicultural Hong Kong.

Panoramic High Altitude Views

18. Sky High Tin Lung Heen Cantonese

The Ritz-Carlton Hong KongTin Lung Heen and Tenku Ryu Gin have fine views on the 101st and 102nd floors of the ICC Tower

Two things makes this restaurant stand out for tourists: its location on the 102 floor of the ICC Tower, just above the Sky100 observation deck, and 2 Michelin stars in 2019. It is rapidly moving up the ranks of gourmet Cantonese restaurants but hasn't yet reached the level of Lung King Heen across the harbor in gourmet appreciation. Its view is spectacular and much better than its rival.

  • Average price per person: HKD 600
  • Hours: 12:00 noon–2:30pm, 6:00–10:30pm
  • Tel: 2263 2270
  • Address: 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West (尖沙咀柯士甸道西1號環球貿易廣場(ICC)香港麗思卡爾頓酒店102樓)

19. Sky High Tenku Ryu Gin Japanese

This 2019 2 Michelin star Japanese restaurant ranks high with tourists for the view and quality. It is expensive, but considering that the ticket for the Sky100 observation deck 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
  • Hours: Mon to Sat: 18:00–21:30; Sun: 12:00–15:00; 18:00–21:30
  • 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)

20. The Peak Lookout on Victoria Peak

It is the view through the wide windows and the outside terrace that customers most appreciate. The setting is appreciated as well. It is in an old Colonial building nestled in a green garden. While appreciating the beauty of Victoria Harbor and skyline, you can enjoy a wide selection of Asian, Western and international dishes.

Victoria Peak is the best sightseeing area for tourists, and the restaurant is near Harlech Road that will take walkers to Lugard Road and completing on an excellent hour-long 360° after meal stroll for both stimulating sightseeing and satisfying digestion.

  • Chinese name: 太平山餐廳 Taipingshan Canting /teye-ping-shan tsan-ting/
  • Average price per person: HKD 600
  • Hours: 10:30am–11:30pm (Monday to Thursday); 10:30pm–1am (Friday); 8:30am–1am (Saturday); and 08:30am–11:30pm (Sundays and public holidays)
  • Tel: 852-2849 1000
  • Address: 121 Peak Road (山頂山顶道121号)

For tourists, Victoria Peak, where the Peak Lookout and Bubba Gump are, is the best of the Best Photography Places in Hong Kong.

How Dining is Done in Hong Kong

Go at the right time and reserve seats.

The long and narrow dining room with harbor view in the CapriceThe long and narrow dining room with harbor view in the Caprice

In Hong Kong, breakfast time is from 6:30am to 10:30am, lunchtime is from 12:30pm to 2pm, and dinnertime is from 7pm to 9pm. Make a reservation if you plan to dine in popular restaurants, otherwise be prepared to queue.

The Environment

In smaller restaurants, sharing a table is a common practice, so if your party is small and a bigger group shows up, you may be asked to share your space or move to another table.

Many traditional restaurants tend to be noisy and crowded affairs — the patrons are usually interested in eating quick and chatting lots. However, smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places, including restaurants and bars.

Ordering

In some restaurants, it is common for waiters to automatically bring tea, condiments, and non-ordered snacks that will be charged to your bill. Please check with the waiter about such additional charges before being seated.

You don’t need to worry about ordering as many restaurants have English menus and the waiters can speak English.

Paying

A 10% service charge will be added to your bill in most restaurants.

Credit cards are acceptable in most restaurants. Please double-check the bill before signing it, and take your receipt.

Tipping

The 10% service charge is regarded as the normal tip for the waiter or waitress, so you are not expected to tip extra. But if you think the waiter or waitress has provided unusually good service or want to give them a gift, you are free to do so. You might be surprised that they decline it.

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