Hangzhou Restaurants & Dining

Where and What to Eat in Hangzhou

Hangzhou is one of the major cities in China and the capital of the Zhejiang province. It is also a popular destination owing to its well-known location, the breathtaking natural scenery, and the popular West Lake. Hangzhou is also one of the premier places to eat in China, offering tourists a fine blend of traditional and international cuisine.

A trip to China, especially to Hangzhou, is incomplete if you do not try out the authentic Chinese delicacies that this old city has to offer. Hangzhou has a number of great restaurants where you can treat your palate to some of the finest culinary delights from all over the region.

Be it international flavours, upscale dining rooms, or simple authentic Chinese restaurants serving authentic Hangzhou cuisine also known as Zhejiang cuisine, the city features a number of options to satiate every tourist's taste buds.

Here is a list of recommended restaurants that you should visit on your trip to Hangzhou:

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Chuan Wei Guan

Popular for its hot pot cuisine, Chuan Wei Guan has been accredited for having some of the most famous Sichuan dishes and it is highly recommended that patrons try out their fish fillets in hot chili oil and their infamous specialty – the hot pot.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Qing Chun Branch: 161 Qing Chun Lu, Xiacheng District.
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Da Niang Dumplings

Da Niang Dumplings is a great Chinese fast food restaurant offering visitors an amazing selection of dumplings. You will find branches of this dumpling restaurant all over Hangzhou. However the only disadvantage is the menu -- it is available only in the native language.
If you are willing to overlook this and try out their delicious dumplings, you won't be disappointed. All you need to do is just point to the menu item you want and place your order without really having to read Chinese. Recommended dishes are vegetable dumplings, sea food dumplings, and pork and vegetable dumplings.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
  • Location: 343, Tiyuchang Road
  • Cuisine: Dim Sum
  • Price Range: Starting from CNY 10 per person
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Fei Teng Yu Xiang

Another hot pot kitchen that serves up the best of Hangzhou cuisine, definite recommendations are boiled fish with bean sprouts in hot chili oil and the sautéed bullfrog in chili sauce. Their sliced beef and ox tongue are also delicacies that cannot be missed.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Yan An Nan Lu Branch: 18 Yan An Nan Lu, Wu Shan Square, Shangcheng District
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Grandma’s Kitchen

Grandma’s Kitchen offers the best of Hangzhou cuisine at really affordable prices. This popular restaurant daily attracts many tourists as well as locals and it is subsequently difficult to get a table at this restaurant without having to wait for it first. Book your table in advance if you plan to visit Grandma’s Kitchen. A must-have at this restaurant is the red cooked chicken with tea flavour, and fried shrimp with chili.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 14:00, 16:00 – 21:00
  • Location: 6-1 Macheng Road
  • Cuisine: Hangzhou
  • Price Range: Starting from CNY 50 per person
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Gu Lan Xuan Restaurant

Gu Lan Xuan Restaurant has two branches in Hangzhou and both are famous for their Dongbei cuisine. They also have a vast assortment of Xinjiang delicacies which have become recent favourites with local diners. Must-try dishes and specialties include stewed chicken with mushrooms, caramelized potatoes and eggplant varieties.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Wen San Xi Lu Branch: 512 Wen San Xi Lu, Xihu District
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Hatsune Japanese restaurant is the place to go if you are a sushi lover. With a large menu, this place offers California-style sushi and has well-defined areas for sushi, dining, bar, and teppanyaki.
The interior of the restaurant has a sleek and ultra-modern look with a hint of the Japanese about it and the bar has an exotic collection of all kinds of Japanese liquors and international wines. It also has three teppanyaki rooms where you can relax after your huge sushi meal.

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 – 14:00, 17:30 – 22:00
  • Location: 100-2 Qingsha Guzhen Park, Lishui Road
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Price Range: Starting from CNY 200 per person
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If Indian food is what you fancy you should visit Haveli located by the beautiful West Lake. Decorated and furnished with sheer pastel curtains, exquisite hand-carved wooden beams, and rich and vibrant colour schemes, this place is as charming as they come. The cozy and warm interiors of this restaurant coupled with the Indian dancing hour ever day from 19:30 – 20:00 makes it worth the cost. Vindaloo and beef curry are the house specialties.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 02:00
  • Location: 77 Nanshan Road
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Price Range: Starting from CNY 120 per person
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Huo Hong Nian Dai

Huo Hong is an authentic Hunan cuisine restaurant that serves up the best fried kidney beans with preserved ham. The ambience is a perfect blend of traditional Mandarin culture along with western infusions. Some of the must-have items on the menu include fish with bamboo and the Chinese famous hot and sour shredded potato.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Jian Guo Bei Lu Branch: 100 Jian Guo Bei Lu, Xiacheng District
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Kui Yuan Guan

This restaurant was founded back in 1867 and is a popular noodles outlet. In fact, it is so popular in that a visit to the city is really incomplete without sampling the noodle recipes. Kui Yuan Guan has also earned the moniker ‘King of Noodles in Southern China’ due to the variety of delicious dishes. Recommended dishes are the xiabo shanmian -- noodles with fried eel slices and shrimp and painer chuanmian -- noodles with sliced pork, preserved vegetables and bamboo shoots in soup.

  • Opening Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
  • Location: Wenhui Branch, 348 Wenhui Road
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Price Range: Starting from CNY 30 per person
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Lou Wai Lou

Lou Wai Lou is a popular restaurant located at the foot of Solitary hill, Gu Shan, giving it its name which means ‘a house set near another building.’ Set in by of West Lake, the restaurant offers the most authentic Hangzhou dishes along with great views of the lake. Do not miss out on their specialties such as West Lake fish in sweet and sour sauce, beggar’s chicken, and fried shrimps with Longjing tea leaves.

  • Opening Hours: 10:30 – 14:30, 16:30 – 20:30
  • Location: 30 Gushan Road
  • Cuisine: Hangzhou
  • Price Range: Starting from CNY 150 per person
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West Lake Spring

Set in a happening location on Nanshan Road, West Lake Spring offers a great mix of Cantonese and local delights and stays open until late at night. West Lake Spring takes its name from the beautiful West Lake and also offers a great scenic view of the lake. Recommended delights are the Cantonese pu’er tea, spicy fish head in sauce served with a bowl of rice, and dim sum.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 03:00
  • Location: 101-2 Nanshan Road
  • Cuisine: Cantonese
  • Price Range: Starting from CNY 86 per person
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Xiang Yuan Fan Dian

Another authentic Hunan cuisine restaurant that comes recommended. Although it may look simple on the outside, do not let the appearance fool you; top dishes to try out at Xiang’s are stir-fried fairy tofu and the braised chicken.

  • Opening Hours: 09:30 – 21:30
  • Location: 254 Gu Dun Lu, Xihu District
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Ya Xuan Ju Shi Fu

Ya Xuan is a Dongbei cuisine restaurant that offers fine dining for those on the go. Recommended dishes include green pepper and eggplant, braised pork and sautéed potatoes.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Gao Sha Shang Ye Jie, Jianggan District

Yee Chino

Decorated mainly in red, Yee Chino is a popular restaurant that offers the best of Japanese, Chinese, and western food. The well-divided spaces are just right for people who want privacy. Soft sofa chairs, soft music, soothing red interiors, and soft lighting at this restaurant create a very comfortable and warm atmosphere.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
  • Location: 171, Zhongshan North Road, Xiacheng District
  • Cuisine: Fusion
  • Price Range: Starting from CNY 200 per person
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Yu Xiang Long Chongqing Hot Pot

Hot Pot refers to a simmering pot of stock placed at the centre of the dining table. At a hot pot restaurant you can place the ingredients of your choice into the pot and it is cooked right in front of you. In other words, you can enjoy your very own hotpot meal and cook yourself some delicious sliced meat, vegetables, seafood, wantons, or dumplings at Yu Xiang Long Chongqing Hot Pot. The hot pot available here has two basic choices -- one for people who love spicy food and the other for people who prefer milder food.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00
  • Location: 106 Baochu Road
  • Cuisine: Chinese / Hot Pot
  • Price Range: Starting from CNY 55 per person
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Zhi Wei Guan

With a 100 years of serving residents and tourists, the Zhi Wei Guan restaurant is just the place to go if you want to enjoy local snacks and dishes - noodles, desserts, and amazing dim sums – in a great ambiance. Zhi Wei Gaun offers all of the popular traditional Hangzhou dishes such as dragon well tea shrimp, West Lake water shield soup, cat’s ear noodles, West Lake vinegar fish, beggar’s chicken, Zhiweiguan steamed buns, and Dingsheng cakes.

  • Opening Hours: 10:30 – 21:30
  • Location: 83 Renhe Road
  • Cuisine: Hangzhou
  • Price Range: Starting from CNY 100 per person
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