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Tourists in Hong Kong have limited time for traveling around and want places to eat close to the sights and main attractions. We think you'll like these the best for convenient location, views, tourist friendliness, scenery, memorable experiences, and value for money. Here is our list of 10 recommended restaurants for tourists for low, medium and high budgets.
Most of these restaurants get top ratings on Michelin for taste, quality, and service. The food is quite authentic as well because these restaurants have chefs from the respective countries or owners who aim for authenticity. Their large clienteles of expats and tourists also ensures that the food stays authentic and doesn't taste like Chinese food.
If you are looking for gourmet food of the best quality, Hong Kong's are great in their style of cuisine. Victoria Harbor and its skyline is the best local scenery, and these Michelin-starred restaurants have it.
This restaurant is quite popular with tourists for the amazing views from one of the world's 10 tallest buildings, the ease of getting there, and service. For tourists who can afford it, the convenient access from the airport and Central saves time too.
High Victoria Harbor/Victoria Peak View: You can enjoy one of the best views in the whole city. Many tourists pay about 24 dollars to see the view from the Sky100 observation deck, but you could enjoy a meal there instead.
Excellent Sunday brunch: Their gourmet Italian buffet is appreciated. Their service can be pushy towards adding more to your bill, but you get a wide selection of food during their brunch at a set price if you choose the brunch.
Caprice was rated 3 star by Michelin for several years, but in 2016, it is 2 stars. It stands out for an excellent 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.
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Do you love simple hearty American food and Australian steaks? There are no Michelin-starred restaurants here of this type, but these restaurants are tourists favorites for the quality, views, and convenient travel.
Fun tourist restaurant: It is for people who want to eat at something like an American bayou country restaurant and have some entertainment. The scenery, tourist satisfaction, and convenience makes it popular with tourists.
The spectacular views and the location are the highlights: The view is one of the best in the whole city. You can see Victoria Harbor down below if you book a window seat. The harbor is often called one of the most beautiful in the world, and it is one of the top three most popular places. It is particularly beautiful in the evening especially during the 8 pm light show.
This traditional American style restaurant is is known for quality steaks and a lunch buffet at a medium price for Hong Kong. It is also especially appreciated for its position on the harbor in the Bay Harbour Mall.
Its convenient location almost can't be matched. It only about 100 meters from the Star Ferry to its pier-facing entrance. The Star Ferry is one of the top five most popular tourist attractions, and it is about 120 meters from the Avenue of Stars that is also one of the top 10 biggest attractions. It sits at the entrance of the Bay Harbour Mall, the biggest mall in the region.
Harbor views: Whether sitting next to the windows or out on their patio, you can see the ships the 8 pm Symphony of Lights. But there are not many window tables. So it is best to reserve one.
This is another American restaurant in Bay Harbour Mall. Like BLT Steak, it is near the pier entrance of the mall, so it is very easy to get to from the Star Ferry pier. There are windows on the harbor side, but since the restaurant is so big, most tables don't get a good window view.
It is more of a sports and bar restaurant instead of fine dining. It is like an American truck stop restaurant with big portions served and a variety of dishes.
Value: It is the large portions along with convenient seating since there are no lines but many tables along with the convenient location that makes this restaurant a value for tourists money and timewise.
This is a tourist favorite Australian style restaurant that also has a good 31st-floor harbor view. It is known for its casual rooftop dining and bar and views of the horse race track as well.
Except for fast food, prices for Western food in Hong Kong higher than the rest of the world, and you can't expect much authenticity except in these restaurants especially chosen for their low prices and convenience.
One of two Michelin-listed hamburger restaurants in 2015/2016
Forget McDonald's and Burger King. If you want among the best, authentic and most delicious American-style hamburgers available in Hong Kong, and at a low price, this is it. They just received a Michelin street food listing in 2016, and for Michelin-listed or Bib Gourmands meals in Hong Kong, it is among the lowest priced.
For a more American taste conveniently, tourists could go to their lesser-known Tsim Sha Tsui or Central branches. It was the Wan Chai branch where the Michelin taster went to, but Michelin didn't specify that only that branch was recognized, so they all share in the recognition probably.
Michelin street food listing in 2016: The experienced gourmet dining ranking publication praises their burger highly. The Michelin Guide director, Michael Ellis, said that their hamburgers were “some of the best” he's had, and he's been around the world at the best places.
The Michelin listing isn't a Michelin star though. They are listed in the Hong Kong "street food" guide for high quality inexpensive food. The Bib Gourmand rating for less expensive restaurants in Hong Kong wasn't given to them perhaps because their restaurants have more of a take-out feel. The food is wrapped in paper.
Friendly, delicious, and inexpensive: This restaurant comes out a close second to Butchers Club Burger on this list, but the location isn't as convenient. But you might think that the hamburgers taste even better because they serve grass fed beef from Tasmania.
Bib Gourmand Michelin rating: In 2015, they were listed in the Bib Gourmand listing of about 67 restaurants for Hong Kong as an excellent place for a meal under 300 HKD. But they are not on the 2016 listing. They get similarly high ratings on TripAdvisor and are liked by Americans.
Regular southern diner style: It seats about 120 and serves fresh salads and tasty deserts on regular plates. It is child friendlier because of the size of the tables and the clientele.
Pizza and fun local kids like...
They serve a variety of pizzas and other Italian-style dishes and salads. It is a little pricey (about 500-HKD-and-up/per family, 65 USD), but the upside is that the food tastes better than usual.
It isn't fast food. They cater to middle range diners and serve wine etc. There is a special kid's menu featuring smaller portions. They also serve children's parties.
It is easy for tourists to go to because it is close to the IFC Mall and next to the famed Mid-levels Escalator that provides quick and free transport.
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About the lowest prices of these all...
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.
However, Shatin is not a place most tourists would go though the New Town Plaza Mall is popular. It is good choice for tourists in the Shatin area and for health conscious/budget conscious people.
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For more multicultural places to eat see Top Places to Experience Multicultural 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. But you won't find this to be so much of a problem in these Western restaurants except IKEA.
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. Be firm about no additional charges or food up front.
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