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If you're touring Hong Kong, you probably want a good dim sum experience that's in your price range and at a convenient location so that you don't need to go out of your way or use up time for transport.
These 10 dim sum restaurants are ranked by price and quality (most expensive and classy first), are close to the main tourist attractions, and have the best combination of views, friendliness, scenery, memorable cultural experiences, and value for money.
Most of these restaurants get top ratings on Michelin and TripAdvisor for taste, quality, and service.
It is helpful to know what the HK dim sum cultural phenomenon is and how it is done when you go. See How to Have Dim Sum and Yum Cha in Hong Kong.
Perhaps the best Cantonese dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong or the world...
This Cantonese dim sum brunch in the Four Seasons Hotel might be one of the best in the world and has excellent scenery too through the wide windows. It is one of only two Cantonese restaurants in the city that are rated 3 stars by the Michelin Guide.
Dim sum lunch: Between noon and 2:30 is when they feature their dim sum. Dim sum isn't served after lunch.
Their dim sum is top rated. The Michelin Guide says that Chef Chan Yan Tak's dim sum is "gaining legendary status – every dish is delicately crafted and enticingly presented, and the quality of the ingredients is of the highest order. The delightful serving team describe dishes with care and obvious pride."
The service, food and dining atmosphere are among the best in the world. You might reserve a Victoria Harbor view. It is in the center of the places tourists go.
Two things make 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.
Along with the view, tourists rank as one of the best in Hong Kong because of the convenient location in a popular tourist area. It is over the West Kowloon Cultural District and adjacent to the West Kowloon HSR Station for bullet trains. For the excellent dining view, prices are fairly low too.
Yan Toh Heen is known as one of the best Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong. It is in the 5-star Intercontinental Hotel, and the location on Salisbury Road gives it a good harbor view. It is rated Michelin 2 stars in 2019.
Excellent dim sum and yum cha: The have a selection of expensive, but very good quality teas that cost about 13 USD or more. Traditionally, good Chinese tea is a big part of a good dim sum meal, and they emphasize the gourmet tea in this restaurant. House Jasmine tea costs about 3 USD. Seafood dim sum is a specialty.
The Intercontinental Hotel is convenient for travelers and tourists near Hong Hum Station in Tsim Sha Tsui, and the Hong Kong Museum of History and Science Museum are nearby. People can't wear shorts, sandals, or sleeveless shirts. Jade tableware is a surprise.
In 2018 and 2019, Ming Court rated 1 Michelin star. It is a luxury Chinese restaurant featuring Cantonese cuisine in the 5-star Cordis Hotel. It has exquisite traditional Chinese decoration.
It has had a long and successful career. The location is convenient above Mong Kok Station.
Lei Garden restaurants often get Michelin star ratings. There are several branches. The one in the picture is in the same IFC complex as Lung King Heen. It is in the IFC Mall.
Because it is centrally located for tourists, we recommend the IFC branch. 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.
High demand: One problem with the IFC Lei Garden restaurant is that it is so popular during lunch hours that it is crowded. They schedule tightly and give diners a comparatively short time to eat. It is right in the middle of Hong Kong's finance district, and business people crowd in during their tight lunch schedules.
The Luk Yu Tea House is traditionally decorated with Chinese calligraphy and lots of wood and stone tiles. It’s quite an old restaurant and has a regular clientele of famous and rich people. It is conveniently located on Stanley Street close to the IFC Mall in Central.
The authentic diverse menu includes many of hard-to-find dishes and traditional dishes. The restaurant has appeared in movies and novels, so it is well known in Hong Kong. It opened in 1933 and moved to its current location in 1976. The building has a British colonial style, and that helps make it a tourist attraction.
Tables are reserved in advance and first time visitors may find themselves on the third floor. Expect to pay two to three times prices paid in most dim sum restaurants, but the food is good and old Hong Kong style. Warning: The service may be bad especially if you are a foreigner and they don't know you.
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 and Cantonese style. It also serves Shanghai style dishes.
Dim sum and all kinds of steamed stuffed buns are highlights. The signature dish is steamed meat dumplings "xiaolongbao." It is in a main tourist area near Nathan Road on Canton Road. For the quality, it is inexpensive.
If you want to experience a noisy, crowded dim sum restaurant popular with locals, this is the place to go. The large dining area holds masses of people, and so prices are held down for their good dim sum and there is a big variety of choices.
On the other hand, if you want to ensure a private table, a view, and attentive service, this isn't the restaurant to go to. Instead, hurried servers push around carts, and the more the people, the faster they move.
Excellent seafood dim sum: The restaurant specializes in seafood dinners, but they also serve good seafood dim sum.
It is convenient for tourists near Mong Kok Station. It is a little bit up Nathan Road from the Golden Mile shopping and sightseeing section of Nathan Road. If you are in Tsim Sha Tsui, you might consider going there for an "old fashioned" Cantonese dim sum experience. They have an English menu.
Tim Ho Wan is internationally distinguished as among the cheapest 1 star restaurants in the world. One branch was selected as a Michelin 1-star restaurant for 2010, and afterwards, other branches received the rating. But in 2019, only the Sham Shui Po branch received a star.
Of the various branches, we suggest the one in the Hong Kong MTR Station (part of the IFC complex) since it is the most convenient for tourists.
Tim Ho Wan 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.
Rated high by tourists, but low priced, good location, vegetarian and organic/healthy food at low prices....
This dim sum restaurant in Central near the IFC has a good Cantonese environment and good food. But service isn't very snappy, but the prices are right so the value is very good overall.
Tourists love it. The food is presented artistically, but you can go in shorts. So it is excellent for backpackers. This is probably why it is so tourist popular. Jasmine tea is free. It is a little crowded.
Tip: If you go during regular Cantonese dim sum brunch hours when it opens, you will find a crowd and might not get a seat. But if you go later, say at 12:30 pm or even a little later after lunch hour (noon to 1 pm)…
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