Restaurants in Beijing

Dean Kaufman

The most fabulous of the restaurants in the sprawling China World Hotel, Aria attracts a hip, well-dressed, and largely Western-expat crowd. The... Read More

This small shop was originally intended to sell handmade crafts, but the owner found so many people stopping in looking for coffee that he decided to... Read More

Designed by a New Yorker, this edgy lounge and restaurant is definitely not for the whole family. Bold canvases, antique opium beds, and polished... Read More

Irish-born chef Brian McKenna was something of a Continental wunderkind—by his early 20s, he’d already worked in several Michelin-starred... Read More

Following a recent expansion, this Gulou fixture, a long-standing cafe and restaurant, now features a large courtyard space and rooftop Read More

Founded by Michelle Garnaut of Shanghai’s M on the Bund fame, Capital M serves high-end European cuisine with Beijing’s best views of Qianmen's... Read More

Perched atop the 66th floor of the Park Hyatt hotel, China Grill provides diners an unparalleled vantage point of the city that includes views of the... Read More

Located on the first floor of the Sichuan representative office in Beijing, Chuan Ban is reputed to be one of the most authentic Chengdu restaurants in... Read More

The convivial atmosphere and tender duck pancakes make it one of the top places to try Beijing's most famous dish, peking duck. Read More

For an authentic Peking Duck experience, locals swear by Dadong, just a 10-minute walk from Chaoyang Park Beach. After a complex process of inflating... Read More

Hidden among the back alleys of Beijing and within the Dongcheng neighborhood, the Dali Courtyard offers a quaint outdoor setting and authentic... Read More

The chief attraction at this venerable Taiwanese chain is the xiaolongbao—small, delicately-wrapped dumplings filled with hot soup. The restaurant is a... Read More

To a college student, “hot pot” might mean its ramen night again. But in Asia, it takes on an entirely different meaning: Ding Ding Xiang... Read More

This Mongolian hotpot restaurant takes open kitchen to the whole new level, putting the diners in charge of adding ingredients to the simmering pot at... Read More

Housed in a former factory compound in Sanlitun, Duck de Chine marries French and Chinese cuisines in chic industrial wood-and-concrete surroundings... Read More

A two-story lounge, gallery, and restaurant from Danish silverware and jewelry brand Georg Jensen, the Georg has become the talk of the town since it... Read More

Don’t expect a traditional “t” house at this Chaoyang district restaurant; it defies categorization. Artist and musician Jin R founded... Read More

Meat lovers flock to this local favorite for brisket, pulled pork, baby back ribs, and BBQ chicken. Don't miss out on the fried okra, hush puppies,... Read More

With an interior modeled after that of an historic Beijing courtyard home, this Cantonese restaurant offers one of the city’s most elegant dining... Read More

In & Out may be decked out like Yunnanese village, complete with wait staff dressed in costumes, but the food is the real focus here, with delicious... Read More

"This is a 24-hours restaurant that serves Cantonese cuisine, mainly in small dim sum portions. It's a great place for people-watching, too. The shrimp... Read More

“Father of the Nation” Sun Yat-Sen was a member of the “Hakka” people, migratory Han Chinese who speak their own language and... Read More

Famed Chinese author Lu Xun wrote a short story about a student/vagrant named Kong Jiyi whose love of the bottle kept him from earning his degree.... Read More

Despite the Gallic name, this restaurant is unmistakably and indelibly Chinese—from its courtyard-style entryway to its menu of fine, time-tested... Read More

Treat yourself to an over-the-top dinner at the Philippe Starck-designed LAN, full of Baroque accents and crowd-pleasing dishes (oysters in spicy-sauce;... Read More

A real slice of old Beijing, this atmospheric restaurant is set along one of the city’s quickly disappearing hutongs. ... Read More

Some say this restaurant in the Grand Hyatt rests atop Beijing’s food pyramid. Made in China's ground-floor Dongcheng neighborhood location... Read More

Daniel Boulud’s French-American outpost with a Beijing twist housed in the former U.S. Embassy. The goose egg en cocotte with smoked potato and... Read More

Passersby wouldn't know by looking at it, but this eight-table eatery in the hutongs serves Beijing's most authentic Italian food. Read More

The Mosto Group's latest venture is all about simple, healthy on-the-go dishes. Lunch on one of the nutrient-packed power bowls of whole grains and... Read More

With its burnished red tables, hanging lanterns, converted-cyclo chairs, and silk-clad waitresses, Nuage is a little slice of old Saigon in downtown... Read More

Diners won't find any pots of wasabi or soy sauce here; the focus is on fine cuts of fish expertly selected to complement each other. Read More

Korean and Mexican fusion may be all the rage in the U.S., but the concept only arrived in Beijing when Palms LA Kitchen opened. Now with two locations,... Read More

Here, the plump bird is presented in heated rosewood boxes in an intimate dining room. Read More

If you must eat a meal before you get on the plane, choose carefully as the Beijing Airport’s options are middling at best. Prik Thai is the top... Read More

When counting in Chinese, “qi” means “seven,” and this intimate restaurant offers fare from seven provinces, including Sichuan.... Read More

Wheat buns toasted on a griddle and filled with braised pork are served from a take-out window at this popular restaurant. The restaurant is decorated... Read More

Qu Nar Restaurant (the name means "Where are you going?" in Mandarin) is well hidden down an alley off a main Beijing road: It looks like a bunker on... Read More

As the name implies, it’s all about the roast Peking duck at this Chongwen district restaurant. The Quan Ju De brand (government-affiliated) began... Read More

Graffiti art covers the walls of Ireland-born chef Brian McKenna's 2010-opened restaurant/lounge, which turns out whimsical, Chinese-inflected creations... Read More

“Fine cuisine” is not usually the first thing that pops to mind when talking about the government. In this case though, the Sichuan... Read More

The menu at Source changes every two weeks, but it can be relied on for one thing: tongue-numbing Sichuan fare. Housed in the former home of a Qing... Read More

“Upscale with a kick” is one way to describe this Dongzhimenwai neighborhood restaurant, which opened in 2003 and is one of many locations... Read More

Spice lovers, get your fix at this newcomer to the hip Dashilar area specializing in fiery Hunanese cuisine. Call ahead to book one of the nine tables... Read More

Wake up with coffee and green tea ice cream! Starbucks’s comfy booths and free Wi-Fi are welcome before a long flight. Buy a Starbucks-branded... Read More

Though Susu is hard to locate the first time around, its creative take on delicious Saigon dishes and its serene courtyard seating space are well worth... Read More

Reservations are essential here where a traditional 10-dish menu highlights classic regional ingredients (sea cucumber, abalone) in a 700-year-old... Read More

The stunning Temple Restaurant Beijing is helmed by Ignace Lecleir, who once managed the dearly departed Maison Boulud. Here, European cuisine is served... Read More

Near the Forbidden City, this restored siheyuan (multi-building structure surrounding a courtyard) is home to one of American lawyer Handel Lee’s... Read More

Order a trio of tacos, share one of many appetizers (like cheese dip with chorizo), and wash it all down with a cocktail or Rocky's High Life, Taco Bar... Read More

The story goes like this: three painters from Guizhou, a poor south central province, came to Beijing seeking to earn a fortune with their brushes. They... Read More

Set right on the eastern edge of the Forbidden City, this restaurant is appropriately imperial in theme. Once you’ve stepped through the grand... Read More

This high-design hot spot in a converted siheyuan (courtyard home) is the latest offering from chef Jereme Leung—already well known in Shanghai... Read More

With a name that translates roughly to "the fillings are huge," look no further than Xian Lao Man for authentic northern-style, delicious dumplings. Read More

While in the big city, some feed the ducks, while others like to feed on the ducks. Those in the latter persuasion need look no further than this... Read More

Chinese artist Fang Lijun dips his brush into both the culinary and visual arts, and this Lotus Lane restaurant is an example of his work as a... Read More

This tiny eatery in Andingmen serves some of the most authentic, delicious Sichuan food in the city, but travelers should be prepared for cramped... Read More

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