Nanjing Restaurants & Dining

Where and What to Eat in Nanjing

Also known as Jiang Su cuisine, Nanjing cuisine is famous for its unique flavours and careful selection of raw ingredients. Following culinary tradition, Nanjing dishes even today use a liberal amount of oil and restricted seasonings. Most surprisingly, you will find duck a lot more popular than pork and beef on a Nanjing restaurant menu. Freshwater fish and large shrimp are also used and a few other popular ingredients used for preparing various dishes include mushrooms, dates, bamboo shoots, melon and pears either boiled, braised or roasted.

However, the most popular Nanjing cuisine is the Yanshui ya or salted duck. Another extremely tasty and rare dish is the ‘eight delicacies soup’. It is carefully made with lotus seeds, arrowroot, parsley, lotus roots, water chestnuts, and fish. This preparation is mainly eaten during the Autumn Festival.

Nanjing restaurants serve up a collection of regional Chinese, local and foreign cuisines, and are a lot more reasonable in their prices when compared to neighboring Shanghai.

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10000 Buddhas Restaurant

Fresh vegan-friendly food is the speciality of this small but neatly organized restaurant. The food and atmosphere is good and the staff is great. Though the restaurant does not prepare a wide range of dishes, its simplicity adds a homely touch.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Pilu Temple, Changiang Lu
  • Remarks: Near to Presidential Palace
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Lacto, Vegan-friendly
  • Price Range: Budget

Aloha Buffet

This has proved to be an exceptional family restaurant offering delicious Hawaiian-style buffet.

The presence of Hawaiian band and a singer keeps the ambience lively. The excellent English speaking ability of the restaurant staff and acceptance of major credit cards here are some of the rare features that you would not usually find in Nanjing restaurants.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:00
  • Address: 50 Hongwu Road, Nanjing
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian
  • Price Range: Affordable


If you are in the mood for experiencing excellent Italian cuisine and a warm Mediterranean atmosphere then head down to Ciao Italia. The menu is extensive and they also offer you free ‘amuse bouches’ to start with. You will also find the variation in pizzas here really interesting. The restaurant is renowned for its service and the wine is excellent.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 20:30
  • Address: Shi Gu Lu 193-2
  • Tel: +86 (0)25 86608807
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: Pricey
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The Jiangsu restaurant is well liked for its Suzhou and authentic Beijing preparations. However, the restaurant is most renowned for its Nanjing duck and fried jinling sankao. Dishes like ‘colourful fish’ and ‘flavoured chicken’ also go down well with diners.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 278 Taiping Road (S)
  • Tel: +86 (0)25 86643970
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Price Range: Pricey

Ji Ming Temple Veggie Restaurant

Located on the top of Ji Ming Temple, Ju Ming offers great food and great views. The restaurant permits smoking and offers options for set meals. You will find the veggie lemon chicken, bean curds, and the mock meat here too good to resist.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Ji Ming Temple, Ji Ming Si
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Fast food
  • Price Range: Budget
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Les 5 Sens

Les 5 Sens is one of the oldest French restaurants in Nanjing. It has a friendly and cozy ambience. The wine here is good and the French chef is expert in preparing Burgundy beef, quiche Lorraine, crème brûlée, foie gras, Burgundy snails, and profiteroles.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 20:00
  • Address: 52-1 Hankou Lu, Nanjing 210008
  • Tel: +86 (0)25 83585958
  • Cuisine: French
  • Price Range: Affordable
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My Place

My Place is known for its international cuisines with a touch of Singaporean and Nanjing flavours. The Nanjing salted water duck mixed with colourful fresh fruits at My Place is simply mouthwatering. If you have a liking for curry then you can opt for Singaporean chicken/beef curry. My Place also offers excellent wine that goes well with the braised lamb shanks here.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 - 21:00
  • Address: No. 37-11 GaoYuLing Lane
  • Tel: +86 138 1337 1207
  • Cuisine: International
  • Price Range: Pricey

Shi Li He Feng (Vegetarian)

The food at Shi Li He Feng is simply delicious. The restaurant’s speciality lies in their vegetarian dishes and mock meat dishes. Unlike many other Nanjing restaurants, Shi Li He Feng offers a menu in English with illustrated pictures of their dishes. This is obviously a big plus for visiting diners.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 19:00
  • Address: 1F Xiyu Plaza, 2-12 Huju South Rd., Baixia District
  • Tel: +86 (0)25 86501212
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Swede & Kraut

Swede and Kraut is noted for its Western cuisine. High quality pizza, pasta, and German-style meat dishes are available here. Arguably the best Western restaurant in Nanjing, it also has a well decorated cozy atmosphere.

  • Opening Hours: 11:30-13:30, 17:30-22:00 (Monday closed)
  • Remarks: Adjacent to Nanjing University
  • Address: No.14, Nan Xiu Cun
  • Tel: +86 (0)25 86638798
  • Cuisine: Western
  • Price Range: Pricey
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Wu Shang (Vegetarian)

Wu Shang will provide you a unique dining experience. The food here is served in a buffet style and strictly adheres to the Asian theme. You will find the stir fries, soups, mock meats, sushi, and the dim sum selections simply irresistible. Even the taste of pizza here will surprise you. The desserts at Wu Shang are also amazing. And if you are a coffee lover, you would like it here more than any place.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00
  • Location: No.56 Yudao St., Baixia District
  • Tel: +86 (0)25 66619222
  • Cuisine: Buffet, Vegan, Chinese
  • Price Range: Affordable
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