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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.
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:
Perhaps the best Cantonese restaurant in the world...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Michelin listed hamburger restaurant in Hong Kong in 2015/2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
See also: The Best 10 Western Restaurants in Hong Kong.
For more multicultural places to eat see Top Places to Experience Multicultural Hong Kong.
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.
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.
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.
For tourists, Victoria Peak, where the Peak Lookout and Bubba Gump are, is the best of the Best Photography Places in Hong Kong.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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