Our list of the best restaurants in Central Hong Kong reads like a list of the world’s most decorated chefs, thanks to this distirct's penchant for the finest things in life. Michelin-starred venues are commonplace here, and it’s true that you could go enjoy a luxurious meal throughout your stay in Hong Kong and never have to leave Central.

    If you're traveling on a budget, there are plenty of affordable Chinese restaurants that have been serving genuine Cantonese cuisine for decades. Whether you prefer an elegant degustation menu with wine pairing or a classic dim sum with the locals, Central Hong Kong's diverse dining scene has got you covered. 

    Lung King Heen at Four Seasons Hong Kong is known for its exquisite seafood dishes and dim sum. Located in Central, this Cantonese restaurant is one of the few restaurants in the world with a 3 Michelin Star status.

    Dishes are meticulously prepared and presented in an elegant manner. Lunchtime at Lung King Heen sees extensive dim sum selections and executive lunch sets. 

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    Location: 4F, Four Seasons, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong

    Open: Monday–Friday from 12pm to 2.30pm and from 6pm to 10pm, Saturdays–Sundays from 11.30am to 3pm and from 6pm to 10pm

    Phone: +852 3196 8880


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    L’Atelier Joel Robuchon Hong Kong

    L’Atelier Joel Robuchon is a 3 Michelin-starred gem within Landmark Hong Kong. It takes on the same ‘workshop’ theme as his other branches, with most of the chairs surrounding the central kitchen, adding a theatrical dining experience to your meal. 

    Superstar chef Joel Robuchon has racked up more than 25 Michelin stars with his collection of fine-dining restaurants around the world, so it's safe to say that French haute cuisine is his specialty. 

    Location: Shop 401, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong

    Open: Daily from 12pm to 2.30pm and from 6.30pm to 10.30pm

    Phone: +852 2166 9000


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    Ho Lee Fook

    Ho Lee Fook takes an irreverent approach to food, serving modern, Asian fusion cuisine in SoHo Hong Kong. Taiwanese Chef Jowett Yu has traveled the world, earning his stripes as an excellent chef and his creations are real treat for anyone who loves new, inventive flavors.

    Chinese-influenced dishes are certainly on the menu, such as dumplings and pork belly, as well as Hokkaido scallops and steak tartare, so just trust in Chef Jowett for a dining experience almost as memorable as the restaurant’s name.

    Location: 3-5 Elgin Street, SoHo, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 6pm to 10.45pm, Friday–Saturday from 6pm to 11.45pm

    Phone: +852 2810 0860


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    Tim Ho Wan

    Tim Ho Wan is a famous (and constantly packed) dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong, with branches in West Kowloon Station, Sham Shui Po, and Tseung Kwan O. It shot into international fame after becoming one of the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants. It’s foreigner friendly, though you may have to wait for up to 1 hour to secure a table.

    Choose your dim sum by ticking what you like on an order sheet – there are around 30 options, from har gao (crystal shrimp dumplings) to braised chicken feet. Tim Ho Wan has several outlets throughout Hong Kong, though most head for the one in Central for convenience.

    Location: Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall), Central, Hong Kong

    Open: Daily from 9am to 9pm

    Phone: +852 2332 3078


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    Pierre at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

    Pierre is a 2-Michelin-starred restaurant on the 25th floor of Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. It has all the requirements of a romantic restaurant, thanks to views over Victoria Harbour and reimagined French cuisine by renowned Chef Pierre Gagnaire. 

    A meal at Pierre is one of the most remarkable dining experiences money can buy. The chef's signature style intensifies the flavors and textures of traditional French dishes. While he's not in the kitchen on a daily basis, his vision is as strong as ever, with seasonal menus to reflect the freshest ingredients and Hong Kong’s seasons.

    Location: 25/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Rd Central, Hong Kong

    Open: Monday–Friday from 12pm to 2.30pm and from 6.30pm to 10pm, Saturday from 6.30pm to 10pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +852 2825 4001


    Mott 32

    Mott 32 is an upmarket restaurant that specializes in Peking duck, barbecued pork, and roasted goose. The dining room is very stylish and modern, featuring a custom-designed duck oven in the center, so you can be assured of the quality and succulence.

    A convenient point about the menu at Mott 32 is that the dim sum menu is available in the evening, not just for breakfast or lunch (as is the norm in Hong Kong). If you're planning to have the Peking duck at Mott 32, you need book a table in advance as the process of preparing the dish takes 48 hours.  

    Location: Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd Central, Central, Hong Kong

    Open: Daily from 12pm to 2.30pm and from 6pm to 11pm

    Phone: +852 2898 3788



    Yardbird is an award-winning restaurant run by a group of talented young chefs from North America. The menu consists of creative western/Japanese yakitori presented in stylish inventive portions. 

    A full range of chicken cuts are available and all heavily seasoned, but done with skill for fantastic results. Located in SoHo, Yardbird is about 350 meters west of the Sheung Wan MTR station. Thanks to its izakaya-style setting, it's popular among couples looking to enjoy a casual date in Hong Kong. 

    Location: 154-158 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 6pm to midnight (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +852 2547 9273


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    Tsui Wah Restaurant

    Tsui Wah is an example of a cha chaan teng, also known as Hong Kong-style tea house. There are several Tsui Wah branches dotted around the city, but the Wellington Road branch is ideal for all-day and all-night snacking as it is just steps from the Central MTR station and the party zone of Lan Kwai Fong.

    The Hong Kong milk tea is served deliciously thick, creamy and bitter, while dishes such as noodle soup, pork cutlet or even a simple sandwich gives you a real sense of what locals eat on a daily basis.

    Location: G-2/F, 15-19 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +852 2525 6338


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    Yung Kee Restaurant

    Yung Kee Restaurant specializes in roasted goose, a classic Chinese dish that's practically a must-try if you're visiting Hong Kong for the first time. The goose here is very fresh, with crispy skin covering succulent meat. In typical Chinese style, the birds are hung in the window for all to see.

    You can also enjoy roasted pork, bird’s nest soup, and Yung Kee’s signature century egg served with pickles (not for the faint of heart). While this is definitely an authentic Chinese restaurant, owing to its location in Central, Yung Kee Restaurant is a little more expensive compared to most places in Hong Kong.

    Location: 32-40 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

    Open: Daily from 11am to 11.30pm

    Phone: +852 2522 1624


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