Restaurants in Beijing


From dirt-cheap street food to opulent multi-course dinners, this is a foodie’s haven, and the best restaurants in Beijing span the spectrum, from tr... Read More

From dirt-cheap street food to opulent multi-course dinners, this is a foodie’s haven, and the best restaurants in Beijing span the spectrum, from traditional to modern. Having served as the capital of China for centuries, its local cuisine is heavily influenced by other culinary traditions, like Hui (Chinese Islamic) and Shandong cooking. As a northern city, Beijing also excels at staples like buns (stuffed and plain), noodles, all manner of bing (pancakes), and jiaozi (dumplings).

The city is famous for Peking roast duck, a specialty at many Beijing restaurants. There is often street food sold from carts (to try with discretion) that open early and late for breakfast and late-night meals.

In recent years, there’s been a steady increase in quality western restaurants among places to eat in Beijing. Fine dining establishments like Capital M remain rare, but casual eateries like Moka Bros, Palms LA Kitchen and Bar, Taco Bar, and Home Plate BBQ have found a foothold with locals and expats alike.

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  • Cafe Zarah

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

  • Capital M

    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

  • Chuan Ban

    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

  • Din Tai Fung

    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

  • Duck de Chine

    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

  • Home Plate BBQ

    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

  • In & Out

    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

  • Mercante

    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

  • Moka Bros

    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

  • Okra

    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

  • Palms L.A. Kitchen & Bar

    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

  • Susu

    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

  • Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB)

    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

  • The Taco Bar

    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

  • Xian Lao Man

    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

  • Zhang Mama

    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

  • Georg

    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

  • Southern Fish

    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

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