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Restaurants in Beijing

Many of the city's best restaurants are in Chaoyang district in the east of the city. Here you will find places like Green T. House as well as the budget Xinjiang Red Rose. Closer to the centre, in Dongcheng district, are Beijing duck stalwarts Made In China and Dadong Kaoya, as well as Yunnanese Dali. In the centre, overlooking the Forbidden City, is romantic favourite The Courtyard. Head north to the hutongs near the Lama Temple to find the relaxed Vineyard Cafe.

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  1. 1. Aria - Top-end: (More than RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Aria, Beijing. © Aria

    Aria in Chaoyang is hung with velvet curtains and filled with wooden alcoves, creating the atmosphere of a gentleman's club. Specialities include dishes like seafood tapas and wild halibut served on pistou whipped potato, clam and fennel escabeche and olive tapenade. The rhubarb three ways dessert is delightful. Reservations should be made in advance.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm & 6pm-10pm; Sat & Sun 6pm-10pm

    Address

    1 Jianguo Men Wai Dajie, Chaoyang district, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6505 2266

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Aria Restaurant Website

  2. 2. The Courtyard - Top-end: (More than RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The Courtyard, Beijing. © The Courtyard

    Regularly voted Beijing's best venue for a date, this sophisticated restaurant overlooks the Forbidden City and surrounding hutongs. Inside, the decor is white walls, glass and modern art. Dishes include black cod with tomato marmalade and foie gras brûlée. There's an extensive wine list and a cigar lounge upstairs. Reserve a table in advance.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 6pm-10pm

    Address

    95, Donghuamen Dajie, Dongcheng district, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6526 8883

    Transport

    Taxi; Metro Tiananmen East

    Website

    The Courtyard Website

  3. 3. Hatsune - Top-end: (More than RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Hatsune, Beijing. Photo by Matthew Sills, http://www.meridiangrouphk.com

    Famous for its unique selection of California-style handmade sushi rolls, Japanese minimalist décor and friendly staff, Hatsune is the jewel in the crown of restaurateur Alan Wong's mainland empire. Also a popular place for drinks, the sake cocktails are legendary. Reservations are recommended.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.30am-1.45pm & 5.30pm-9.45pm

    Address

    2/F, Heqiao Building C, 8A Guanghua Dong Lu, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6581 3939

    Transport

    Taxi; Metro Guomao

    Website

    Hatsune Sushi Website

  4. 4. Maison Boulud (Bulu Gong Fa Canting) - Top-end

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    Housed in the former pre-1949 American Embassy, New York celebrity chef Daniel Boulud's first Eastern outpost provides top-notch french food in an elegant atmosphere. Boulud's refined "soul" food includes updated versions of classic dishes like coq au vin and French twists on contemporary American food like the signature "DB Burger".

     

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    Cost

    Meal for 2 ¥1,000-¥1,200

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-2:30pm and 6-10:30pm

    Address

    Qianmen Dong Da Jie 23 Ch'ien Men 23, Beijing, China

    Telephone

    010/6559-9200

  5. 5. Green T. House - Top-end: (More than RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Green T. House, Beijing. © Green T. House

    Probably Beijing's most stylish restaurant, the minimalist decor Green T. House in Chaoyang has a high wow factor and attracts a seriously fashionable crowd. Much of the cuisine is tea-infused, and there are dishes like black sesame veal and fennel dumplings, all beautifully presented by master chefs. The service is attentive and reservations advisable.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.30am-2.30pm & 6pm-12am

    Address

    6, Gongti Xilu (behind Worker's Stadium), Chaoyang district, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6552 8310

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Green T. House Website

Mid-range

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  1. 6. SALT - Mid-range: (RMB120-RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    SALT, Beijing. © SALT

    This Lido area restaurant, opened in November 2007, has created a stir with its quality food at low prices. SALT uses only fresh organic ingredients and a three-course dinner costs just RMB198. Dishes include tender pork loin with a tangy raspberry sauce and ruccola with passion fruit vinaigrette. Reserve a table in advance.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm & 6pm-10.30pm; Sun 12pm-4pm

    Address

    Level 1, TRIO Building, Jiangtai Xi Lu, Lido area, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6437 8457

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Salt Restaurant Website

  2. 7. Dadong Kaoya - Mid-range: (RMB120-RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Dadong Kaoya, Beijing. © Dadong Kaoya

    A favourite in Dongcheng, Dadong Kaoya is nestled in a beautifully-restored Ming dynasty granary but it's the quality of the Beijing duck that draws the crowds. The crispy and succulent duck (kaoya means roast duck) is served with wheaten sauce, granulated sugar, crushed garlic, scallion, red turnips and cucumber. Reserve a table in advance.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-10pm

    Address

    22a, Dongsishitiao, 1-2 Nanxincang Guoji Dasha, Dongcheng, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 5169 0329

    Transport

    Taxi

  3. 8. China Lounge - Mid-range: (RMB120-RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    China Lounge, Beijing. © www.davidclee.us

    This elegant restaurant by the Worker's Stadium serves dishes from all across China which taste authentic and delicious. The Beijing duck and steamed turbot are ever-popular with an upmarket crowd. China Lounge's dining room is quiet and the service attentive without being overbearing. Make reservations in advance.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-12am

    Address

    Workers' Stadium South Gate, Chaoyang district, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6501 1166

    Transport

    Taxi

  4. 9. Made In China - Mid-range: (RMB120-RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Made In China has for a long time been considered one of the best places in Beijing for Chinese food. Dishes like Beijing duck and dumplings are simple but perfectly crafted with top quality ingredients. The open kitchen in the contemporary restaurant in Dongcheng lets diners watch the culinary magic. Reserve a table in advance.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.30am-2.30pm & 5.30pm-10.30pm

    Address

    Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1 Dong Chang'an Jie, Dongcheng district, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 8518 1234

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Beijing Grand Hyatt Website

  5. 10. My Humble House - Mid-range: (RMB120-RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    My Humble House, Beijing. © My Humble House

    Possibly Beijing's most inappropriately-named restaurant, My Humble House in Dongcheng serves Chinese cuisine with a twist. A huge arching glass ceiling towers over the chic restaurant and decorative pool. The food almost matches the surroundings, with succulent prawns and a delicious beef and potato stew on the menu. Reserve a table in advance.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm & 5.30pm-10.30pm

    Address

    1, Dongchang'an Jie, W307 Oriental Plaza, Dongcheng district, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 8518 8811

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    My Humble House Website

  6. 11. The Tree - Mid-range: (RMB120-RMB400 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Beijing residents flock to Sanlitun for a relaxed feel and wood-fired pizzas, which many say are the best in the city. Ingredients such as smoked salmon, feta cheese and olives are simple but they are cooked to perfection. The Tree also sells Beijing's widest range of Belgian beers, including Trappist specialities.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-late

    Address

    43, Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang district, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6415 1954

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    The Tree Website

Budget

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  1. 12. Xinjiang Red Rose - Budget: (Less than RMB120 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    This lively restaurant, opposite the Worker's Stadium in Chaoyang district, packs in the crowds for nights of music and belly dancing. Diners often get dragged up to dance, so avoid Xinjiang Red Rose if you want a quiet night. The food is good quality, with kebabs and legs of lamb on the menu.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-11pm

    Address

    7, Xingfu Yicun alley (opposite Worker's Stadium north gate), Chaoyang district, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6415 5741

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 13. Nyonya Kitchen - Budget: (Less than RMB120 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Nyonya Kitchen, Beijing. © Nyonya Kitchen

    Nyonya Kitchen in Chaoyang serves authentic Baba Nyonya food, importing Malaysian seasonings and spices to create unique curry pastes. Specialities include Nyonya achar, pickled vegetables served up in a spicy peanut chilli sauce. The atmosphere is intimate, with Peranakan cloth decorating the walls. The waiting staff are friendly and attentive.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-10pm

    Address

    Next to Gaojiayuan Middle School near Lido Hotel, Chaoyang District, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6433 7377

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Nyonya Kitchen Website

  3. 14. Vineyard Cafe - Budget: (Less than RMB120 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Vineyard Cafe, Beijing. © Vineyard Cafe

    Situated in a hard-to-find hutong near the Llama Temple in Dongcheng, Vineyard Cafe is full of hip young things lounging on comfortable sofas, playing games and feasting on comfort food. The highlight is the big breakfast, which draws hordes of hung-over devotees every weekend. There are also weekly film nights.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm

    Address

    31, Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius Temple), Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6402 7961

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Vineyard Cafe Website

  4. 15. Dali - Budget: (Less than RMB120 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Dali, Beijing. © Dali

    Dali in Dongcheng serves classic Yunnan cuisine in a charming courtyard, which captures the laidback feel of the south-western province. The restaurant has no menu. For 100RMB, the chef will bring out a delicious range of local specialities. Expect food like tasty Yunnan sausage, crumbled chilli fish and spicy mushrooms.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 12pm-10.30pm

    Address

    67, Xiaojingchang Hutong, Gulou Dong Dajie, Dongcheng, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 8404 1430

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    China National Tourism Website

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