Restaurants in Hangzhou
Hangzhou, along with Shanghai, is an important part of the Eastern School of Chinese cuisine. It's particularly famous for its xiao long bao (soup-filled steamed dumplings), just look for the bamboo steamer baskets piled up at the entrances to small, hole-in-the-wall restaurants. But you can also dine out in style. The city has a number of quality restaurants, many of which are beside, or close to West Lake. There are also plenty of Western-food options these days, if you fancy a break from Chinese dishes.
The Hangzhou restaurants below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three different pricing categories:
Expensive (over RMB 200)
Moderate (RMB 100 to RMB 200)
Cheap (up to RMB 100)
These prices are for a meal for one, including drinks. Tipping is not expected in Hangzhou and a service charge (usually around 15%) is only added at the very top establishments, or at the restaurants of top hotels.
28 Hubin RoadCuisine: Hangzhou
The signature restaurant of the Hyatt Regency is beautifully designed with slate walls, antique furnishings, and an ancient Chinese imperial courtyard ambience with a contemporary twist. It serves exquisite Hangzhou specialities and cuisines from neighbouring cities. The braised dong po pork with chestnut pancakes is so good, your taste buds will never get over it. Perfect for dining to impress, the wine cellar is held in illustrious esteem.Address: Shangcheng, 28 Hu Bin Lu, Hangzhou, 310003
Telephone: +86 571 8779 1234
With a choice location on Bai Causeway, and fine lakeside views, the city's most famous restaurant has been going since 1848. It serves up expensive but delicious Hangzhou favourites such as Longjing shrimp and braised pork as well as reasonably priced standard Chinese dishes. There is an English menu available too, but expect to wait for a table.Address: Xihu, 30 Gushan Road, Hangzhou, 310000
Telephone: +86 571 8796 9682
Madam Zhu's KitchenCuisine: Chinese
If you don't have time to visit Beijing on this trip, then come here for the capital's signature dish, Peking duck. Nestled in the manicured greenery along the north side of the Grand Canal, this upscale restaurant serves the most authentic roast duck in the city. If you don't want to wait about an hour for your duck to roast, ask someone at your hotel to call ahead and reserve one for you, so it's ready for your arrival. There's an English menu here, plus plenty of other delicious dishes, but not too much English spoken.Address: Gongshu, 100 Lishui Road, Hangzhou, 310000
Telephone: +86 571 8802 1288
Panorama Signature Restaurant & BarCuisine: International
Found in the Azure Qiantang luxury hotel, this restaurant features a lovely view of the Qiantang river. Perhaps the most expensive buffet in Hangzhou, the hefty price tag comes with the excellent service equally excellent food.
Address: Shangcheng, 39 Wangjiang East Road, Hangzhou, 310016
Telephone: +86 571 2689 6317
Din Tai FungCuisine: Taiwanese
This world famous Taiwanese dumpling chain never fails to delight, and the Hangzhou branch, housed inside Mixc Mall about 4km (2.5 miles) east of West Lake, is no exception. The dumpling skin is especially thin and delicate on Din Tai Fung dumplings, allowing you to savour the sumptuous fillings fully. There's an English menu, but if you're stuck for choice, you can't go wrong with the Special Xiaolongbao - five delicious delicate dumplings with pork and vegetable fillings.Address: Jianggan, 701 Fuchun Road, Hangzhou, 310016
Telephone: +86 571 8886 9511.
Haidilao HotpotCuisine: Hot Pot
Haidilao Hotpot stands out from the crowd thanks to its superior service. You can't reserve, so you'll probably have to wait to be served, but there are complimentary snacks, shoe shines, manicures, computers and board games to pass the time. Once shown to your table, you'll be given an apron to protect your clothes from any unwanted hotpot splashes. Waitresses will then patiently help you through the menu, which although in Chinese only, is categorised with pictures. We recommend the yuanyang guo (split pot) which is half spicy, half not, plus a bunch of raw ingredients to cook in your pot at the table.Address: Shangcheng, 135 Yan'an Rd, Hangzhou, 310001
Telephone: +86 571 8708 8050
Omar Cafe Indian KitchenCuisine: Indian
A broad menu of reliable, flavourful Indian curries and rice dishes is served in this friendly restaurant. There are plenty of vegetarian options available as well, with soft, warm naan breads to soak up anything your fork can’t manage. A little extra atmosphere is provided by the video screens showing Bollywood movies, and by staff occasionally singing along. You might even be lucky enough to get a belly dancer turn up before desert.Address: Shangcheng, 61 Nanshan Road, Hangzhou, 310000
Telephone: +86 571 8707 4777.
Ajisen RamenCuisine: Japanese
An array of spicy noodle dishes guaranteed to make your eyes water and huge fried-rice servings make this affordable Japanese chain an excellent lakeside Hangzhou restaurant choice. The service is quick and the setting is casual, but an English picture menu and free tea will help with any dining dilemmas. If stuck, try the Nanyang sour beef pho or crispy pork chop noodles. Pay up front.Address: Shangcheng, 10 Hubin Lu, Hangzhou, 310003
Telephone: +86 571 8717 2496
BaiLu Restaurant (XiaoShan Yin Long)Cuisine: Chinese
A great choice for lovers of Chinese food, this restaurant is close to a number of bus stops as well as a shopping mall and the Post Office. Bailu is known for being cheap and full of traditional Chinese flavours. Arriving early is a must, as reservations do not guarantee a spot during peak hours.
Address: XiaoShan, 288 Shixin Middle Road, Hangzhou, 311203
Telephone: +86 571 8282 5587
Grandma's RestaurantCuisine: Hangzhou
With all the Hangzhou classics at unbeatable prices, this superb restaurant chain is a huge favourite with the locals. There's an English menu with photos of every dish, but if you can't decide for yourself, the braised pork and the chicken in Longjing Tea are both delicious. There's also a handy branch at the main train station for that final taste of Hangzhou cuisine before setting off.Address: Xihu, 6-1 Macheng Road, Hangzhou, 310000
Telephone: +86 571 8805 1987
Oriental RestaurantCuisine: Central Asian
Specialising in food from China's Muslim Hui minority, this friendly down-to-earth restaurant is located on one of Hangzhou's liveliest restaurant strips, Gaoyin Jie, and is just a stone's throw from the souvenir shops on Qinghefang Old Street. With a bit of a Turkish twist, the English menu includes juicy lamb skewers, freshly baked naan bread, hummus (a rare find in China) and falafel.Address: Shangcheng, 101 Gaoyin Jie, Hangzhou, 310002
Telephone: +86 571 8780 5163