Beijing Restaurants

Since imperial times, Beijing has drawn citizens from all corners of China, and the country's economic boom has only accelerated the culinary diversity of the capital. These days, diners can find food from the myriad cuisines of far-flung regions of China, as well as just about every kind of international food.

Highlights include rare fungi and flowers from Yunnan, chili-strewn Hunan cooking from Mao’s home province, Tibetan yak and tsampa (barley flour), mutton kebabs and grilled flatbreads from Xinjiang, numbingly spicy Sichuan cuisine, and chewy noodles from Shaanxi. And then there are ethnic foods from all over, with some—notably Italian, Japanese and Korean—in abundance.

You can spend as little as $5 per person for a decent meal or $100 and up on a lavish banquet. The variety of venues is also part of the fun, with five-star hotel dining rooms, holes-in-the-wall, and refurbished courtyard houses all represented. Reservations are always a good idea, especially for higher-end places, so ask your hotel to book you a table.

Beijingers tend to eat dinner around 6 pm, and many local restaurants will have closed their kitchens by 9 pm, though places that stay open until the wee hours aren’t hard to find. Tipping is not the custom although some larger, international restaurants will add a 15% service charge to the bill, as do five-star hotel restaurants. Be aware before you go out that small and medium venues only take cash payments or local bank cards; more established restaurants usually accept credit cards.

Yanjing, the local beer, together with the ubiquitous Tsingtao, is available everywhere in Beijing. A growing number of imported beer brands have entered the market, and Beijing has a burgeoning craft beer scene of its own. And now many Chinese restaurants now have extensive wine menus.

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  • 1. Da Dong Roast Duck

    $$$ | Chaoyang | Chinese

    You won't go wrong with the namesake dish at this world-famous eatery. Dadong's version features crisp, caramel-hued skin (over meat that's...Read More

  • 2. Dali Courtyard

    $$ | Dongcheng District | Chinese

    This beautiful courtyard restaurant serves refined Yunnan food. What's more, the menu is fixed, so this is an excellent choice for those who...Read More

  • 3. Din Tai Fung

    $$ | Chaoyang | Chinese

    This Taiwanese restaurant specializes in beautifully crafted xiaolong bao— steamed dumplings that are filled with piping hot, aromatic soup...Read More

  • 4. Made In China

    $$$ | Dongcheng District | Chinese

    Inside the glassed-in kitchen of this Grand Hyatt restaurant, white-robed chefs artfully twirl floury noodles and efficiently hook beautifully...Read More

  • 5. Baijia Dayuan

    $$$$ | Haidian District | Chinese

    Staff dressed in richly hued, Qing-dynasty attire welcome you at this grand courtyard house, the Bai family mansion. Featured delicacies (ordered...Read More

  • 6. Baoyuan Dumpling

    $ | Chaoyang | Chinese

    This cheerful, homey joint offers dozens of creative dumpling fillings alongside classics such as pork and cabbage. The colorful purple, green...Read More

  • 7. Bellagio

    $$ | Chaoyang | Chinese

    Like other branches in this popular chain of glitzy, see-and-be-seen restaurants, this one dishes up Taiwanese favorites to a largely young...Read More

  • 8. Cai Yi Xuan

    $$$ | Chaoyang | Chinese

    Asian-style orbs bounce light across the gold and marble furnishings and plush rouge carpets of this dining room at the Four Seasons hotel....Read More

  • 9. Crescent Moon

    $ | Dongcheng District | Chinese

    Heaping platters of grilled-lamb skewers, house-made flatbreads, and other hearty fare feature greatly on the menu here. It's also less flashy...Read More

  • 10. Crystal Jade Palace

    $$$ | Chaoyang | Chinese

    At Beijing's only outlet of a successful Singaporean restaurant brand, you'll find some of the city's most reliable Cantonese, a cooking style...Read More

  • 11. Deyuan Roast Duck

    $ | Xicheng District | Chinese

    Just because this restaurant offers excellent value for the money, doesn't mean you'll have to forego the celebratory experience of having your...Read More

  • 12. Ding Ding Xiang

    $$ | Haidian District | Chinese

    Hotpot restaurants are plentiful in northern China, but few do it better than Ding Ding Xiang, a self-proclaimed "hotpot paradise." Diners order...Read More

  • 13. Ding Ding Xiang

    $$ | Dongcheng District | Chinese

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  • 14. Dong Lai Shun

    $ | Dongcheng District | Chinese

    Founded in 1903, this classic Beijing Hui (Chinese Muslim) restaurant now has branches all over the city. Their specialty is mutton hotpot famous...Read More

  • 15. Feiteng Yuxiang

    $ | Chaoyang | Chinese

    Be warned: Sichuan spices can be addictive. This restaurant's signature dish is shuizhuyu , sliced fish cooked in an oily broth brimming with...Read More

  • 16. Hai Wan Ju

    $ | Chaoyang | Chinese

    Haiwan" means "a bowl as deep as the sea," a fitting name for an eatery that specializes in big bowls of hand-pulled noodles. A xiao er (a...Read More

  • 17. Haidilao

    $ | Chaoyang | Chinese

    Snacks and various forms of entertainment make the long waits to get into this hotpot restaurant almost enjoyable. Once inside, expect bubbling...Read More

  • 18. Hani Geju

    $$ | Dongcheng District | Chinese

    More familial than fancy, this cozy restaurant serves Yunnan staples such as Bai-minority goat cheese with bacon (smoked in-house), potato balls...Read More

  • 19. Huang Ting

    $$$ | Dongcheng District | Chinese

    Beijing's traditional courtyard houses provide an exquisite setting at this elegant hotel restaurant. The walls are constructed from gray hutong...Read More

  • 20. In and Out

    $ | Chaoyang | Chinese

    On a tree-lined street in the heart of Beijing's embassy district, this large, Yunnan restaurant, adorned with decorative crafts and paintings...Read More

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