Beijing Restaurant Guide: Dining and Eating Out in Beijing

Chinese Restaurants in Beijing

Below is a sample of restaurants specializing in a variety of cuisines from around China: Cantonese dim sum, Sichuan cuisine, Taiwanese, Guizhou and pan-Chinese food.

Jin Ding Xuan Restaurant Editor Pick!
Jin Ding Xuan Restaurant, Beijing An excellent, bustling dim sum restaurant, you can stuff yourself stupid at Jin Ding Xuan at any time of the day or night.
Jin Ding Xuan provides a feast for all the senses, not only taste. The vast dining hall is packed with patrons at all hours creating a noisy clutter of cutlery and conversation. Over-worked waiters hustle about serving baskets of delectable dishes to the hungry masses. You can eat like a king here for a maximum of ¥60 per person. There is no English on the menu but pictures are provided so those who don’t speak Chinese can’t go too far wrong. Jin Ding Xuan is the place to go for an authentic atmosphere and great food.
Ph. (010) 6429 6888 Open: 24 Hours
Address: 77 Heping Xi Jie Subway: Yonghegong (Lama Temple)
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去金鼎轩酒楼,谢谢。地址:和平里西街77号 (雍和宫桥北)。
The Source
The Source Restaurant, Beijing The Source is a delightful Sichuanese restaurant set in a charming, historical courtyard house.
The Source serves scrumptious Sichuan cuisine from an ever-changing set menu. Ordering is an easy process – you choose either the smaller or larger set meal (around ¥160 and ¥210 respectively at dinner), say how spicy you want your food, whether there are any dishes you can’t eat and the waiter takes care of the rest. From then on you will be bombarded with plates, each served with a short introduction from the waiter. To accompany the meal you can choose beer (¥15) or wine. When the weather’s good it’s best to sit in Source’s courtyard and enjoy the good Feng Shui brought by the 100-year-old pomegranate tree. But the interiors of the various rooms are also very attractive.
Ph. (010) 6400 3736 Web:
Address: 14 Banchang Hutong (off Nanluogu Xiang) Open: 10:30-14:00; 17:30-23:30
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去都江源,谢谢。地址:交道口大街板厂胡同14号 (交道口附近)。
South Beauty
South Beauty Restaurant, Beijing A chain of Sichuan restaurants that dot Beijing, South Beauty is the easiest introduction to the fiery cuisine for foreigners.
The tastefully decorated interiors feature lanterns, comfortable booths, wicker chairs and every table comes complete with a dining companion in the form of a goldfish. South Beauty boasts fine-dining fittings and waiters usually have at least a basic grasp of English. The menu is also careful to point out which of the dishes will truly test your ability to stomach spicy food. You can buy a delicious meal here for around ¥40 but there is also a range of far more expensive offerings. Specialties include Sliced Sze Chwan Pork and various spicy crab dishes. Beer ranges from ¥20 for local brews to ¥40 for imported brands. 17 locations in Beijing – see website for details.
Ph. (010) 6505 0809 Web: Open: 11:00-22:00
Address: 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie (World Trade Center west wing), 2nd Floor Subway: Guomao
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去俏江南,谢谢。地址:建国门外大街1号国贸西楼2层L220。
Three Guizhouren Restaurant
Three Guizhouren Restaurant, Beijing A small chain of restaurants serving classic recipes from Guizhou Province, Three Guizhouren boasts an extensive menu.
Some must try dishes include the sour fish soup, the ultra-tender ribs that seem to melt in your mouth and the Guizhou style mashed potatoes. An average bill could run anywhere from ¥50 to ¥150 per person depending on how many delicacies you wish to sample, but you can eat very well at Three Guizhouren for around ¥70. The large dining area is decorated with shrubs and lights while an army of waiters lurk around the fringes waiting to top up drinks and serve more dishes.
Ph. (010) 6551 8517 Open: 24 Hours
Address: 86 Gongti Xi Lu, 3rd Floor Subway: Dongsishitiao
Directions: Located inside the west gate of the Workers Stadium, above Coco Banana nightclub.
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去三个贵州人,谢谢。地址:工体西路8号楼 (鹿港小镇旁)。
Drum and Gong Restaurant
Drum and Gong Restaurant, Beijing Drum and Gong is a very cheap pan-Chinese restaurant on Nanluogu Xiang serving down-to-earth, tasty meals.
While the interior downstairs is uninspiring, the roof-top terrace is a wonderful place to sit. The surrounding hutongs give the place a quaint charm. Main courses cost as little as ¥12, though the average price is ¥20-25. The portions are particularly generous given the price. Beers range from ¥4 for Yanjing up to ¥22 for some of the cheapest Baltika in Beijing. Attentive service and a care-free vibe create a soothing dining experience.
Address: 102 Nanluogu Xiang Ph. (010) 8402 4729 Open: 10:00-0:00
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去锣鼓,谢谢。地址:南锣鼓巷104号。
Before and After (Fan Qian Fan Hou)
Before and After Restaurant, Beijing A cross between a busy Chinese eatery and a more up-market restaurant, Before and After offers appetizing Taiwanese dishes at reasonable prices.
White table cloths and proper dinner settings give the restaurant a classy feel, but the bustle of people and the service style are reminiscent of any local diner. Most main courses cost ¥40-45 while seafood dishes (especially those using rare fish) are more expensive at ¥90-120. Kirin beer is offered at a mere ¥18 for a 640mL bottle, while other alcohol is equally cheap. A pleasant interior features numerous plants and even birds (housed in cages behind glass windows – not in the restaurant proper). A good place to go when you’re seeking a more fashionable atmosphere but don’t want to blow the budget.
Ph. (010) 6405 9598 Web: Open: 11:00-22:00
Address: 22 Dongsishitiao, A13 Nanxincang Warehouse Complex Subway: Dongsishitiao
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去饭前饭后,谢谢。地址:东四十条22号南新仓古仓群A13。