4 Best Restaurants in Qingdao, Beijing to Shanghai

Trio el Bistro

$$ Fodor's choice
Run by a young local guy who studied in Texas, this hole-in-the-wall taco bar serves up arguably the best Mexican food in town. All three of the hefty signature tacos are worth a try, and there’s a decent selection of sides and craft beers, too.
13 Laiwuer Lu, Qingdao, Shandong Sheng, 266000, China
Known For
  • strong cocktails
  • expat following
  • hip setting
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues.

Chuan Ge Fish Dumplings


A market-fresh spread of seafood, meats, and vegetables greets you at the entrance of this excellent eatery, a hit with well-heeled locals. Browse the live seafood (a small lobster, freshly steamed, will set you back about Y240), point at the dishes you want to try, and take your seat.

39 Qutangxia Lu, Qingdao, Shandong Sheng, 266071, China
Known For
  • signature moyu jiaozi (dumplings wrapped in dough blackened by cuttlefish ink)
  • fast turnover
  • transparent pricing

Din Tai Fung


Inside the posh Marina City Mall beside the Olympic Sailing Center, Din Tai Fung serves up its brand of precisely pleated dumplings to CBD execs and tourists staying at the InterCon nearby. The xiaolongbao dumplings from this renowned Taiwanese brand contain delicate fillings and scalding soup—the perfectly steamed crab dumplings pair well with the ocean view.

86 Ao'men Lu, Qingdao, Shandong Sheng, 266071, China
Known For
  • soup dumplings
  • kitchen viewing window
  • shoreside location
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

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Yumatou Seafood Restaurant


At this quintessential seafood place, one of many on or around Minjiang Lu, rows of tanks swarm with live sea creatures, with prices marked per jin (about 500 grams, enough for two to share). Order the Qingdao signature: clams fried with chilis and garlic (gala in the local dialect), which pairs perfectly with Tsingtao beer, or try the scallops served suanrong fensi (steamed with garlic and vermicelli noodles).

24 Yunxiao Lu, Qingdao, Shandong Sheng, 266071, China
Known For
  • huge dining space
  • welcoming staff
  • good prices