Hong Kong Island Restaurants
Where to Eat in Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong Island restaurants are of course famous for specialising in some of the best Chinese food you’ll find anywhere in the world, but the area has also become famous for its fine-ding scene, with many critically acclaimed diners earning Michelin stars and serving up gastronomic masterpieces which foodies all over the world fly in to sample.
As well as a booming scene centred around Chinese and modern European cuisine, Hong Kong Island also has hundreds of quality, middle of the road restaurants where you dollar will go much further and you’ll still be in for a treat.
Many of these restaurant listings are located near the popular nightlife area of Lan Kwai Fong near Central Station, whilst we have also included plenty of choice spots in Sheung Wan, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay. Scroll down to see all of our favourite restaurants in Hong Kong Island.
All Restaurants in Hong Kong Island
Agnes b Le Pain Grille, Cubus
Going along with European modern simplicity, agnès b. LE PAIN GRILLÉ at Cubus aims to create a contemporary dining house in warm and relaxing ambiance. The menu of the restaurant emphasizes on a blend of authentic European cuisine with a modern twist, and offers a carefully selected list of fine wine and whisky.
- Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 12:00 - 23:00 (22:00 last order),
Fri & Sat & Public Holiday Eve 12:00 - 23:30 (22:30 last order)
- Address: 15/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2577 2718
- Cuisine: French
For sumptuous Western cuisine that is a joy to behold as well as taste Amber Hong Kong takes some beating. Bold but light, and fantastically plated, the dishes served here are on the cutting edge of the culinary arts with reimagined classics available in a range of degustation menus. Located on the seventh floor of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong you couldn’t really get more downtown. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Breakfast 07:00 – 10:30, Lunch 12:00 – 14:30 and Dinner 18:30 – 22:30 (daily)
- Location: Central – Western
- MRT: Central
- Address: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central
- Tel: +852 2132 0188
There are few fining dining spaces in Hong Kong as cool as Ammo, with the whole metallic-industrial them inspired by the restaurant’s location in a former British explosives magazine compound. A vast metal art installation looms over the bar, whilst the chrome lighting and sleek glass tables also help to create a space that’s simply needs to be seen. You can come for a full slap-up meal and enjoy modern bistro dishes such as their recommended crab salad (with couscous, orange, grapefruit, avocado and lemon cream), fassone beef tartare or warm seafood broth – or just grab a seat at the swanky bar to enjoy some excellent cocktails in the stunning setting.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-24:00 daily
- Address: 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2537 9888
This Central Hong Kong spot serves up light, modern European cuisine with an emphasis on using fresh, often locally sourced produce. The restaurant only opened in 2014 so decor is modern and contemporary, with floor to ceiling windows letting light flood in from the outside. They also have an elegant alfresco terrace where you can tuck into dishes such as marinated scallops in lime with avocado crème fraiche as well as charred new season onion salad with celery, truffle and Jerusalem artichokes – all whilst sitting next to herbs and spices growing in the garden used to make your food. Easy to find too, on Lan Street, a few minutes’ walk from Central Station.
- Opening Hours: 12:00-14:00; 18:30-22:30 (closed Sundays)
- Address: 3/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central
- Tel: +852 2728 0178
Three Michelin-stared head chef Alvin Leung – who calls himself the ‘Demon Chef’ - is known throughout Hong Kong to be a rock star of the city’s culinary road, thanks both to his appearance and apparent disregard of the rules defining how Chinese food should be cooked. True to the restaurant’s name, Bo Innovation serves up some of the most creative molecular gastronomic dishes around, such as oie gras ‘mui choy’ (preserved mustard green), pigeon and shitake mushroom cake, French quail baked in clay and their signature Molecular Xiao Long Bao – an unusual take on traditional Chinese pork dumplings. Lunch sets, although light, start at HK$390 – very reasonable considering this was rated as Asia’s 15 best restaurants. Those coming for dinner need to book in advance and expect prices to be more like HK$1,500 per person.
- Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:30, 19:00-00:00; Sat 18:00-00:00 (closed Sunday)
- Address: Shop 13, 2/F, J Residence, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
- Tel: +852 2850 8371
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
Part of a chain of 30 restaurants, the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company has fantastic views from the top of Victoria Peak Tower. Dixie-style baby back ribs and grilled fish with Cajun shrimp are some of the menu's specialties.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Address: Shop 304 & 305, Level 3 The Peak Tower, 128 Peak Road The Peak, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2849 2867
- Cuisine: Grill
Bulldog's Bar & Grill
A busy place doubling as a pub, with real tummy-filling dishes and lashes of beer. A home away from home for many expats, but don't expect a quiet meal with white tablecloths and fawning waiters. Roughish stuff, but value for the money.
- Address: G/F, 17 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2523 3528
Hong Kong's only authentic Scottish restaurant and bar, Caledonia also boasts Asia's largest selection of single malt whisky. From its amazing 'Wall of Whisky' in The Whisky Bar, through its Scottish and house ales in the Lounge Bar, to The Argyll Room, an a la carte seafood outlet, Caledonia excels, as well as presenting an interesting insight into the history of the territory.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 02:00
- Address: Hutchison House, 10 Harcourt Road, Central
- Tel: (852) 2524 1314
- Cuisine: Scottish
For fine Spanish food served up in rustic, cozy, yet overwhelmingly modern setting, look no further than Catalunya, located in between Wan Chai and Causeway Bay. Signature tapas such as the suckling pig tapa and jamon Iberico croquettes are delightful, although the inevitably small portion sizes (it is tapas after all) makes the HK$100-200 price tag per dish seem a little excessive. For heartier servings, go for Catalunya’s stuffed chicken or lamb shoulder (HK$450 per person) and don’t forget to explore their excellent (but again pricey) cocktail and wine list.
- Opening Hours: 12:00-02:00 daily
- Address: Guardian House, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2866 7900
Celebrity Cuisine - Lan Kwai Fong Hotel
The curiously named Celebrity Cuisine restaurant serves classic Cantonese food in some rather fancy surroundings, and now has two Michelin stars to its name. We can only guess they got their name from the decor; the walls a draped in soft purple fabric, whilst spotlights illuminate round tables with plush black leather chairs, almost creating a V.I.P lounge feel. Away from the questionable interior design, food here is fantastic, with signature dishes to go for including the bird’s nest soup and steamed crab claw stuffed with minced meat. A dinner for two with wine will be over $1000, putting this up there with the pricier Hong Kong Island restaurants, yet not completely breaking then bank.
- Opening Hours: 12:00-15:00; 18:00-23:00
- Address: 1/F Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, No. 3 Kau U Fong, Central
- Tel: +852 3650 0066
This refined Chinese dining venue is the work of Sir David Tang, a Hong Kong entrepreneur who has restaurants to his name across the island as well as a prestigious spot at the Dorchester in London. His latest venture is located at the Landmark hotel in Central, and specialises in elegant, elaborate Cantonese decor and small portions of classic Chinese food which are all given a modern twist – perhaps in an attempt to justify the often astronomical price tags. Expect starters such as barbecued pork to start at $230, whilst a relatively light dim sum lunch can set you back over $1000. Inevitably, the crowd is mostly made up of city works and big bosses taking out their clients on company expenses.
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 12:00-14:30; 18:00-22:30
- Address: Shop 411-413, 4/F., Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central
- Tel: +85 2522 2148
Don’t be fooled by the name, Chino restaurant in Sheung Wan serves up some of the best Mexican food around, and has been the talking point of many foodies across Hong Kong since its opening in 2014. Chino wouldn’t have been able to generate so much attention by dishing out your everyday tacos and chilli con carnies, and you can expect Asian influences in their inventive menu, such as tortilla soup, grilled sweet corn with spicy chipotle kewpie and pork neck tacos. Decor is sleek and simple, with a clean black-on-white theme allowing the unusual Mexican-Asian crossover flavours to do all the talking.
- Opening Hours: Tues-Fri 18:00-14:00; Sat 12:00-15:00, 18:00-24:00; Sun 12:00-18:00
- Address: 1B-1C New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2606-0588
Club Bacchus is a cool spot for wining and dining after a shopping spree at Pacific Place or in the local markets. The food is Mediterranean – Greek, Spanish and Italian – and the prices are reasonable. Club Bacchus combines a cool atmosphere with fruity red wines, and if you fancy some plate-smashing routines, no problem: Greek-style destruction of crockery is encouraged.
- Address: Hop Hing Centre, 8 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2529 9032
- Cuisine: Mediterranean
Conveniently located at Lan Kwai Fong, this tiny restaurant is well-known across Hong Kong for its traditional Chinese delicacies and refined dining atmosphere. The quaint dining room feels more like somebody’s living room rather than a restaurant, and is adorned with old Cantonese artwork, antique furniture and the ceiling is washed in bright red to really set the mood. There are only four round tables (for groups) in the room, and you’ll need to reserve one at least a week in advance.
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 13:00-23:00
- Address: 8-11 Lan Kwai Fong, 10th floor, Cosmos Bldg, Central
- Tel: +852 2536 9773
Eighteen Sharp is the work of veteran Hong Kong chef Andy Chan, who made a name for himself for his playful Chinese fusion dishes during his time as head chef across town at the popular Qing Club restaurant. His latest venture at the Franck Muller building in Causeway Bay follows the same concept of combining bold, often unusual flavors and all dishes come elaborately constructed on the plate. Recommended mains include the deep-fried, rose-flavoured bird’s nest, with a blood orange and ginger cocktail, whilst the heartier Iberico pork cutlet with li-shan source or the roasted chicken with black truffles and porcini are a bit more substantial – and better value for money.
- Opening Hours: 12:00-15:00; 18:00-24:00
- Address: 2/F, 15 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2153 3366
Fat Angelo's Italian Restaurant
A family style Italian restaurant serving generous portions, this place is bustling, loud, and slightly chaotic, making it sometimes hard to flag down your waitress. Still, all in all, this place is good for a fun outing with a group.
It offers good value with its hearty renditions of Italian food, including pastas ranging from traditional spaghetti marinara to fettuccine with salmon and main courses like rosemary roasted chicken, grilled salmon with pesto, and eggplant Parmesan, all of which come with salad and homemade bread. The emphasis here is on quantity, not quality, though the food's not too bad.
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 – 00:00
- Address: 102, 1/F Elizabeth House,, 250 Gloucester Road, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2574 6263
- Cuisine: American/Italian
Foxtail & Broomcorn
In Hong Kong, you don’t have to look hard if you want to find a decent bowl of noodles. But then again, not many places come as well packaged as Foxtail & Broomcorn, a modern take on the traditional noodle shop house located just steps away from Sheung Wan MTR Station. The space looks fresh, modern and hip with ample seating options either at a bar or set-out table. Also, unlike many restaurants that specialise in one type of noodles, Foxtail & Broomcorn covers it all, from egg noodle broths, to laksa and even ramen. Set lunches start at a reasonable $70.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-late
- Address: 84 Jervois St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2415 2555
Francesco by Franck Muller
The luxury Swiss watchmakers Frank Muller recently bought up a mammoth four-storey space at Hong Kong’s famous Causeway Bay, and on the third floor you’ll find this bright, lively and highly recommended restaurant. Francesco specializes in a mix of Italian and Japanese cuisine, although in reality their short but sweet menu reads more like a modern European bistro’s, with the likes of Boston lobster, slow cooked salmon and grilled steaks sitting next to the Italian-Japanese inclusions such as pastas, risottos, miso soup and black cod saikyo yaki.
- Opening Hours: 12:00-24:00 daily
- Address: 2/F, 15 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2153 3136
Anybody who loves their steak and has been to London will know all about Gaucho. The Argentine steak house has taken the English capital by storm in recent years, and this Central spot is their first opening in Hong Kong. All the meat here is imported from South America, grass-fed and cooked to perfection using their in-house open-fire ‘asado’ grill. A whole host of different breeds and cuts of beef are available on the menu alongside seafood, salads and bistro-style mains. Find this stylish spot on the fifth floor of the LHT Tower near Central Station.
- Opening Hours: 12:00-15:00; 18:00-23:00 daily
- Address: 5/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2386 8090
Ho Lee Fook
Inspired by the retro Chinese hangouts of 1960’s New York, this cheekily named restaurant serves up inventive Chinese flavours (with some dishes bordering on fusion) in some fun and funky surroundings. Dumplings, beef ribs, fried calamari and barbecued pork top the list of recommendations, although it’s really the jovial atmosphere and hipster-friendly props scattered around the place that put Ho Lee Fook on the map (as well as that name). If you’re claustrophobic be warned too: the basement dining room has no windows, which either creates a sense of intimacy or makes you feel like you’re sat in the middle of a dingy nightclub, depending on how you look at it.
- Opening Hours: Daily 18:00 – late
- Address: G/F No. 1-5 elgin st, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2810 0860
A chain of restaurants, Itacho Sushi deals in seafood galore with jumbo scallop sushi, sea urchin suchi, sweet shrimp sushi, sea eel sushi, salmon sushi, scallop sashimi, salmon sashimi, shrimp tempura, fried softshell crab all served up efficiently with no fuss in a modern setting.
The beauty of it all is that Itacho Sushi is eminently affordable and with a dash of trendiness thrown in. The chef adds a dash of wasibi then the wait staff will ask again if you’d like some more.
- Address: Shop B, G/F, W Square, No.314-324 Hennesy Road, Wan Chai
- Tel: (852) 2834 3181
- Cuisine: Japanese /Sushi
- Price Range: Affordable
A huge floating restaurant based in Aberdeen, the famous pier of Hong Kong Island, Jumbo Kingdom has hosted royalty, movie stars and about 30 million other visitors. Jumbo Kingdom has been established in October 1976, and is today world famous due to its magnificence and originality. Millions of dollars have been spent in the design and construction of this culinary and entertainement floating empire. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:30, Sun & Public Holidays 09:00 - 23:30
- Address: Shum Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2553 9111
- Tour Available: Night of Delights Tour
Kau Kee Restaurant
This is beef brisket noodle soup at its best but with absolutely no frills attached. It’s worth getting bullied by the short-tempered staff here at this noodle stand because the fare is sumptuous but don’t imagine for a minute that you won’t be encouraged to eat up and be on your way. The turnover here is incredibly fast. There’s a good reason that Kau Kee has been featured in both the Michelin Guide and Time Magazine. And it’s the food.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 12:30 – 22:30
- Location: G/F 21 Gough Street, Central
- Remarks: Accept cash only
- Cuisine: Noodle
- Price Range: Budget
Khana Khazana is the only Indian vegetarian restaurant on Hong Kong Island and has been featured on local TV channels, magazines and newspapers. Combining North Indian, South Indian and Fusion Food, the restaurant's chefs constantly experiment, offering guests new culinary delights. North Indian, South Indian and fusion, along with Italian and Chinese dishes cooked Indian style.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 23:30
- Address: 1/F Dannies House, 20 Luard Road, Wan Chai
- Tel: (852) 2520 5308
- Cuisine: Indian vegetarian fusion
Kyo Hachi Japanese Restaurant
Kyo Hachi offers tempting cuisine complemented by stunning scenery. The open design, incorporating massive windows and a glass ceiling, not only introduces natural light, but also brings the spectacular views in to form part of the restaurant’s ambience. Kyo Hachi’s colourful menu marries fresh Japanese and local produce with international ingredients. In addition to the main restaurant, Kyo Hachi has several special features, including an open teppanyaki counter as well as a central sushi bar.
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:30 - 23:30
- Address: Shop 205, Level 2, The Peak Tower, 128 Peak Road, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2907 2888
- Cuisine: Japanese
L’Atelier Joel Rubuchon
Superstar chef Joel Robuchon has racked up an incredible 28 Michelin stars from his collection of fine dining restaurants around the world, so what he doesn’t know about French haute cuisine isn’t worth knowing. His three Michelin starred ‘Atelier’ Hong Kong takes on the same ‘workshop’ theme as his other branches with most of the chairs surrounding the central kitchen adding some lively theatre to your meal.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - late
- Location: The Landmark Hotel, Central
- Tel: +852 2166 9000
Lin Heung Tea House
Lin Heung Tea House does dim sum the way they did it in the ‘50s. Old aunties push the freshly steamed dumplings around on a cart and you just stop her and point. Tables are packed and piled high with bamboo baskets, fans whirl overhead and the whole vibe harks back to days gone by. If you want something in particular there is a huge order sheet although you will need some help unless you can read Cantonese. Thanks to the number of tourists on a nostalgia trip, they do speak a bit of English here, although the famously abrupt service style means you won’t have long to chat even if you wanted to.
- Opening Hours: 06:00 - 23:00
- MRT: Sheung Wan
- Address: Tsang Chiu Ho Building, 160 Wellington St, Sheung Wan
- Tel: +852 2544 4556
Lung King Heen is one of the most critically acclaimed Cantonese restaurants in the world. It doesn’t come cheap, but the food, ambiance and stunning dining room will surely impress. Translated as ‘view of the dragon’, Lung King Heen is located in the Four Seasons Hong Kong on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island.
The dining room is classically designed with silver and glass features, particularly the silver-leaf ceiling which flows like a gently lapping shore. It reflects the smoothness of the service at Lung King Heen which runs effortlessly and further contributes to the ambiance. Despite its fourth-floor location, the full-length windows offer incredible views of Victoria Harbour and Kowloon on the other side of the bay. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Lunch: Mon - Sat 12:00 – 14:30 (Sundays and public holidays 11:30 – 15:00), Dinner: 18:00 – 22:30 daily
- MRT: Central
- Address: Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance St, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +(852) 3196 8880
This gorgeous venue on Hong Kong Island takes its name from New York’s first ever Chinese convenience store, and the concept of both decor and menu both follow in suite with this east meets west philosophy. As you make your way down the stairs you almost feel like you’ve enter a basement prohibition bar, with broody lighting, exposed iron pipes and stylish installations that all really enhance that underground feeling. Cantonese signature dishes include sliced Peking duck and dim sum, whilst that western influence is represented with imported ingredients such Iberico pork used in their char siu ($295), as well as the garoupa and truffle cheung fun rice noodles ($130). It’s not cheap, but the memorable interior and inventive food make a visit to Mott 32 well worth the money.
- Opening Hours: 12:00-00:00 daily
- Address: Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2885 8688
Even before you’ve stepped inside Mrs. Pound, you almost know already how hip this cute little Vietnamese-Chinese restaurant is going to be. In fact, from the outside it resembles more of a traditional Chinese medicine shop rather than a place you can come for lunch. Once inside, take one of the booths or sit at the uber-cool bar with lavish green chairs and a long list of inventive cocktails. Food wise, the bulgogi pork belly skewers ($38) are melt in the mouth heaven, whilst their Hainan chicken ($148) and Mrs P’s signature chilli crab ($468) are also both recommended mains. Recently opened, Mrs. Pounds has been widely heralded as one of Hong Kong Island’s most exciting new eateries.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-22:30 daily
- Address: 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
- Tel: +853426 3949
This fancy French-European diner is located on the ever-popular Hollywood Road in Central, Hong Kong. We could describe the menu to you in more detail if they didn’t insist on changing it every week – something of a novelty it must be said. Seasonal ingredients are strictly used to create modern takes on French classics, such as artichoke barigoule, bouillabaisse and beef tartare. Unlike many of Hong Kong’s fine-dining venues where decor is overly elaborate or overly refined, things are kept simple at Neighbourhood, with minimal table settings, sleek dark seating and moody low lights. Certainly one of the more recommended Central Hong Kong restaurants for those planning to blow the best part of $1000 on dinner.
- Opening Hours: 18:30 – 22:30 (closed Sundays)
- Address: B/F, 61-63 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +85 2617 0891
ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge
Exquisite southern European and Mediterranean creations are what ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge, a trendy restaurant in Central Hong Kong named after the street it sits on: ‘On Lan Street’. Philippe Orrico is in the kitchen, formerly of Michelin-stared Upper Modern Bistro, and he works his magic using fresh seasonal vegetables combined with simple, wholesome produce to create non-pretentious, affordable and utterly delicious modern European food. The trendy restaurant occupies the 28th and 29th floor of a skyscraper, meaning views from both the restaurant and fancy lounge area (which boasts one of the largest collections of Champagne in Hong Kong) are worth coming for too.
- Opening Hours: 11:30 – 24:00 daily
- Address: 28-29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2174 8100
One Harbour Road at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong takes Cantonese classic dishes and presents them in a ‘home-cooked’ style. Dishes here feature a lot of premium ingredients such as crab claw, wagyu beef and the finest fish from across the world, and let their inherent flavours shine through. This means you won’t find molecular foam or dry ice steaming off the plate; this is all about the taste! Read More...
- Opening Hours: Lunch 12:00 – 14:30 Dinner – 10:30 pm
- Location: 7-8/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2584 7722
Pearl on the Peak
With Hong Kong's most spectacular panoramic views of Central, Victoria Harbour and Kowloon from The Peak Tower, Pearl on the Peak offers western & grill cuisine along with huge high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and jaw-dropping views of Hong Kong. Wine cellars alongside the dining room showcase a broad selection of vintages, many served by the glass. As well as being one of the signature outlets at the Peak Tower it is also the flagship for Maxim's Caterers.
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 - 23:00
- Address: Shop 2, Level 1, The Peak Tower, 128 Peak Road, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2849 5123
- Cuisine: Grill
This popular Hong Kong Island restaurant is located in the busting Central district, and although sounded like your generic Chinese takeaway, has actually been at the forefront of fine Cantonese dining in Hong Kong for decades. Opened originally in 1978, Peking Garden house speciality is of course the Duck, which is available as whole for around $300 and is sliced directly in front of you. Elsewhere on the menu are al la carte duck-based selections, as well as all the usual Chinese classics like stir fried prawns and sweet and sour fish. Find it in the basement floor of Alexander House.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 23:30 daily
- Address: Basement floor, Alexander House, 16-20 Chater Road, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2526 6456
Penthouse by Harlan Goldstein
This gorgeous Hong Kong restaurant delivers stunning harbor views alongside an impressive New York-style Penthouse interior and some feel good modern European cuisine. The wide-spanning menu takes on a whole range of flavors, from black ink paella with scallops, to handmade pastas, premium steaks and even Asian influences such as their baked miso cod. Restaurants in Hong Kong as pretty as this - not forgetting the views you can enjoy from your table – don’t come cheap, so expect to pay between HK$100-200 for starters and HK$200-500 for mains.
- Address: 30/F, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2970 0828
Taking over a large space on Fenwick Pier in Wan Chai, this sophisticated waterside diner offers a range of international favourites as well as a few French-inspired dishes (thanks to the Brittany-born head chef) such as Niçoise Salad, beef tartare, and profiteroles. Unlike many quayside and harbor-side restaurants in Hong Kong Island, prices are kept sensible, with most starters and deserts around HK$80 and mains for less than HK$150. Choose to sit inside the bright and lively dining room or grab a table on the breeze alfresco terrace when it’s not too hot.
- Opening Hours: 11:30-23:30 (11:00-18:00 Sundays)
- Address: G/F, Fleet Arcade, Fenwick Pier, 1 Lung King Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2661 6708
Queen’s Street Cooked Food Market
One feature of local dining in Hong Kong is the many hawker centres with stall after stall of little restaurants, which in Hong Kong are called Cooked Food Centres. You can find a cooked food centre in almost every district of Hong Kong, usually close to a fresh market. The one on Queen’s Street next to Sai Ying Pun MTR Station caters to the residents of this growing area with many dinnertime treats including Italian, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, as well as Chinese and Cantonese stalls. Quick, convenient and very cheap, this is a local food experience everyone can afford! Find it on the second floor of a government building next door to Ibis Hong Kong Central and Sheung Wan hotel.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 24:00
- MRT: Sai Ying Pun
- Address: 38 Des Voeux Rd West, Sai Ying Pun
Seasons by Olivier E.
Executive chef Oliver Elzer works his magic in the kitchen at Seasons, creating exquisitely presented modern French cuisine. Although the rather formal interior is a little hotel restaurant-esque, there is a range of seating options, including at the bar, on a plush cushioned in the main room, or around the back in one of the secluded areas – although these need to be reserved in advance. Three-course set lunches start from HK$288, whilst you can enjoy the likes of red deer stew, seared Obsiblue prawns and pan-seared-scallops with mandarin sauce on their four-course dinner menu for HK$588.
- Opening Hours: 12:00-14:30; 18:22:30
- Address: Shop 308, 3/F, Lee Gardens Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2505 6228
Stack is a hip little restaurant, taking over the ground floor of a renovated shop house on the corner of a block in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong Island. The unique concept here is simple and delicious: savory ‘tapas’ style pancakes paired with original cocktails. Go for the slow cooked ribs, which are succulent and sweet and paired nicely with vodka and fruity cocktail, or the salmon tartare served on a layer of thick, but relatively bland pancake mix. Prices are kept sensible (around HK$100 for a main) and the ultra-modern industrial décor also impresses too.
- Opening Hours: 18:00-23:30
- Address: G/F, 1 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2549 9787
Stone Nullah Tavern
American cuisine is usually associated with quantity rather than quality, so it might seem a bit strange to come to a restaurant specializing in this kind of food when you’re surrounded by some of the best restaurants and street food options in the world. However, Stone Nullah Tavern has refined their menu, focusing on ‘New American Fare’ which includes the likes of veal steak, tuna tartare, freshly shucked oysters and smoked cauliflower alongside more comforting American classic like mac n’ cheese, biscuits & gravy and a massive ‘chicken dinner’ set for HK$1,300. Lots of wood throughout, as well as cask ales flowing up from the basement both help to create the authentic tavern feel too.
- Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 17:30-01:00; Sat and Sun 12:00-01:00
- Address: G/F, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 3182 0128
The Boat House
This three-storey colourfully painted building has great views out over Stanley Bay and its rooftop section is where to head for if you’re after atmosphere and a memorable dining occasion. The international a-la-carte menu spotlights the freshest seafood, appetizers, salads and dishes from African chicken, tandoori swordfish to barbequed baby back pork ribs. Other menu highlights include a seafood platter, a bucket of black mussels, prawns, or clams.
- Opening Hours: 06:00 - 18:30
- Address: 88 Stanley Main St, Stanley
- Tel: +852 2813 4467
- Cuisine: Chinese & International
The Chili Club
Predominantly Asia cuisine, this upstairs restaurant in the heart of the bar area wastes little money on décor, with the only nod to fine dining apparent in its white tablecloths. But the seafood, curries, and noodles, which include all the Thai favourites, are as spicy as this national cuisine is renowned to be. The good thing about Chili Club is the price is right, making this one of Hong Kong's best dining venues and extremely popular. Try to get a seat near the window, where you can watch the action on the street below. Best for evening dining.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 22:30
- Address: 1/F, 88 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2527 2872
- Cuisine: Asian
If you love luxurious world cuisine, but prefer to stay away from stuffy, formal dine spaces where the whole restaurant will hear you if you drop your folk, then The Continental would be a great option. The large, open plan dining room takes advantage of the floor to ceiling windows overlooking a cute terrace, and the green seating and iconic wavy ceiling also help make this relatively new restaurant one of the best looking on Hong Kong Island. Food wise, expect modern European bistro using some of the finest ingredients about, such as snow fish, oysters, fois gras and scallops. Main dishes are around the $200 mark.
- Opening Hours: 11:30-23:30 daily
- Address: Unit 406, L4, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
- Tel: +85 2704 5211
The Flying Pan
If you can picture 'nouveau retro' you'll have a good idea of how the Flying Pan is fitted out. Formica table tops, chequered floors and walls awash in cool blues, the Wan Chai branch also boasts a full-size jukebox with an eclectic collection, board games and coffee table books to look good over. The food is good too, with a vast menu with over a dozen different omelettes with fillings aplenty, an inventive variety of Eggs Benedict, challah bread French toast, Belgian waffles and pancakes with a wide range of toppings.
- Address: Wanchai: 3F/L 81-85 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2528 9997
Central G/F 9 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2140 6333
- Cuisine: Western
The Lawn at Upper House
Occupying a pleasant, outdoor space on the sixth level of Upper House, The Lawn is exactly what its title suggests: a green lawn where you can chill, eat, drink and enjoy the cool breezes sweeping over this hip garden space. Food is limited but the light dishes that they do serve are simply superb, including the popular foie gras bruschetta with cracked black pepper and fig jam, as well as a range of sandwiches, bar snacks and cheeseboards. You can also come just to lay back in one of the comfy garden sofas and knock back of few cocktails such as Elderflower Collins (sagatiba cachaça, elderflower, grapes, lime, apple and lemonade).
- Opening Hours: 10:00-23:00 daily
- Address: The Lawn, 6/F, The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 3968 1106
Tien Yi Chinese Restaurant
The name means 'The Pinnacle of the World', and the restaurant lives up to this description by virtue of its location in Hong Kong’s loftiest landmark. Tien Yi is renowned for the brilliance of its cuisine that encompass speciality dishes such as bird’s nests, shark’s fins and abalone, as well as classic items like roasted meats and dim sum. Its impressive wine cellar is noteworthy and contains 3,000 bottles of the finest wines to accompany its choice array of culinary delicacies.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00, Sat - Sun & Public Holidays 10:00 - 23:00
- Address: 128 Peak Road Shop 3A-3B, 2-3/F Peak Tower
- Tel: (852) 2907 3888
- Cuisine: Chinese
Tsui Wah Restaurant
Tsui Wah is a great example of a ‘cha cha teeng’, the name given to Hong Kong style local cafes. There are several Tsui Wah branches dotted around but the Wellington Road branch is ideal for all day and all night snacking as it is just steps from Central MTR and the party zone of Lan Kwai Fong. In fact, this is one of the ‘go to’ restaurants after a drinking session on Lan Kwai Fong one block up the hill and it is open all night so it’s a great place to satisfy your late night cravings. The Hong Kong milk tea is served deliciously thick, creamy and bitter, while dishes such as noodle soup, pork cutlet or even a simple Hong Kong style sandwich gives visitors a real sense of what locals eat on a daily basis.
- Opening Hours: 24 hours a day
- MRT: Central
- Address: G-2/F, 15-19 Wellington Street, Central
- Tel: +852 2525 6338
Under Bridge Spicy Crab 橋底辣蟹
Visited by Anthony Bourdain is just one claim to fame of this exceedingly popular local restaurant. Picture of local and international celebrities adorn the walls, all coming to sample the deliciously fresh and spicy crab topped with deep fried garlic and chilli, along with other seafood offerings such as mussels, shrimp and garoupa. In recent years, the price of a meal at Under Bridge Spicy Crab has increased with its popularity, but that is the common trend among Hong Kong restaurants that make their way into travel guides. There are actually three restaurants all owned by the same group located on Jaffe Road and Lockhart Road between Causeway Bay and Wan Chai.
- Address: G/F-3/F, Ascot Mansion, 421-425 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
- Tel: +852 2893 1289
Accumulating two Michelin starts to their name in 2014 and 2015, this critically acclaimed Japanese restaurant is tucked down a quiet road in Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island. The awkward moment when you look down a long list of unpronounceable Japanese specialties and have no idea what to order isn’t a problem here as there is no menu. Instead, the expert team of chefs create their masterpieces based around whatever produce is fresh and in season. The menu-less set dinner here comes close to HK$2,000 per head.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 24:00 daily
- Address: The Oakhill, 28 Wood Road, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2574 1299
WasabiSabi offers excellent modern Japanese cuisine with superb service in a stunning layout. The menu holds such exotic items as sushi, sashimi, and temaki and includes tuna, prawns and anago. The avocado and smoked eel temaki is a special dish on offer and is a must try. Centrally situated booths face one way for dining, so once you've eaten and want to watch the action at the main bar you can swivel around. Drinks are exotic; try the sake lychee mojitos.
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 - 00:00
- Address: Shop 1301, Times Square 1 Matheson Street Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2506 0009
- Cuisine: Japanese
Recently making it on to San Pellegrino’s list of the 50 best restaurants in Asia, Yardbird serves a modern Japanese cuisine with obvious European influences, all set in a trendy modern shop house in Shueng Wan. Hailing from Canada, just some of head chef Matt Abergel’s exciting creations include a whole roast chicken, cut up and skewered (including heart, knees, tail and neck – which are sold separately), Korean Fried Cauliflower (affectionately labeled ‘KFC’ on the menu) and ox tongue. Other reasons to love Yardbird include its laidback, almost café like atmosphere, sensible prices (most of the small dishes are around HK$40) and also the fact there are no reservations – so you can just walk straight into one of the best restaurants in Hong Kong!
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 18:00 - 00:00
- Address: 33 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2547 9273
Although Yat Lok does a variety of roasted meats, it is the roast goose that brings people from far and wide to sample the rich and juicy offerings from the huge ovens out back. The dining experience as a whole is entirely mundane, with a cranky owner and so-so service, this is fairly typical of local Hong Kong joints. The barbequed pork (char siu) is passable although a bit chewy and dry compared to other places. But if you are looking for a fill of delicious roast goose, head to Yat Lok in Central – you won’t be disappointed.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 10:00 - 21:00, Sunday and public holidays 10:00 - 17:30
- Location: Central
- Address: 34-38 Stanley Street, Central
- Tel: +852 2524 3882
One of the best-known restaurants in Hong Kong, Yung Kee serves unabashed Chinese cuisine. It’s pretty much busy every day so get there early if you want a good table. The roast goose here is legendary (the restaurant serves up to 300 of these birds a day) but you may just want to request good old-fashioned cutlery instead of tackling it with chopsticks. Yung Kee was the only Chinese restaurant chosen by Fortune Magazine as one of the Top 15 Restaurants in the World.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Address: 32-40 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2522 1624
- Cuisine: Chinese