10 Best Restaurants on Hong Kong Island

Where to Eat on Hong Kong Island

    Some of the best restaurants on Hong Kong Island are famous for serving cheap yet authentic Chinese cuisine, but this bustling area has also become famous for its fine-dining scene. You'll find many critically-acclaimed venues that are awarded with Michelin stars, attracting foodies with their gastronomic masterpieces. 

    Hong Kong Island also has quality restaurants, most of which are close to popular areas such as Lan Kwai Fong, Sheung Wan, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay. Covering just about any budget level, check out our guide on where to eat on Hong Kong Island. 

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    208 Duecento Otto

    208 Duecento Otto has been a mainstay of the Shueng Wan dining scene for many years. With a downstairs bar and a cozy-yet-cool upstairs bistro, the restaurant is known for its fantastic Neapolitan pizzas, along with a range of classic and signature recipes.

    The intriguing appetisers and light bites are also outstanding – cured meats and Italian cheeses are prominently featured on the menu. You can also enjoy a roasted lamb rack or slow-braised ossobucco if you want the complete Italian dining experience.

    Location: 208 Hollywood Road, Tai Ping Shan, Hong Kong

    Open: Monday–Friday from 12pm to 10pm, Saturday–Sunday from 11am to midnight

    Phone: +856 2549 0208

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    Itacho Sushi

    Itacho Sushi is a Japanese chain restaurant in Hong Kong, where you can enjoy fresh sashimi and sushi at affordable prices. Standouts include the jumbo scallop sushi, sea urchin suchi, and fried softshell crab, all served up with no fuss in a modern setting. There are over a dozen Itacho Sushi branches throughout Hong Kong, most of which are in busy areas like Central, Causeway Bay, and Tsim Sha Tsui. 

    Location: Shop 137, 1/F, Sun Hung Kai Center, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm (hours vary by outlet)

    Phone: +852 2511 2826

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    Kau Kee Food Cafe

    The classic Hong Kong noodle dish – beef brisket with yellow egg noodles – is best enjoyed at Kau Kee Food Cafe. The queue is pretty much constant at this Central Hong Kong eatery, located just off the mid-level escalators on Gough Street.

    The broth is incredibly rich, the beef tender and soft, and the ‘yee-fu’ flat wheat noodles are silky smooth. As with all the most famous local restaurants in Hong Kong, expect long queues (usually about 10 to 20 minutes) to get a seat at peak times.

    Location: Ground Floor, 21 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 12.30pm to 10.30pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +852 2850 5967

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    Lin Heung Kui

    Lin Heung Kui is certainly one of the best places for Cantonese food in Sheung Wan. Unlike most dim sum spots in Hong Kong, this restaurant maintains the traditional style of serving dim sum,  where a staff pushes a trolley with various types of bite-sized dishes.  

    Lin Heung Kui is often packed at lunchtime, so it's best to visit in the morning to secure a table. Standouts include the radish cake, rice noodle rolls with shrimp, and lo mai gai (steamed sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf).

    Location: 40-50 Des Voeux Rd W, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

    Open: Daily from 6am to 10pm

    Phone: +856 2156 9328

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    Lin Heung Tea House

    Lin Heung Tea House does dim sum the way they did back 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, Lin Heung Tea House has order sheets (though you may need some help unless you can read Cantonese). Thanks to the number of tourists, the staff can speak a bit of English. 

    Location: 162 Wellington Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

    Open: Daily from 6am to 5pm

    Phone: +852 2544 4556

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    Peking Garden

    Peking Garden may sound like a generic Chinese takeout, but this Hong Kong Island restaurant has been at the forefront of fine Cantonese dining since 1978.

    Peking Garden's specialty is, of course, the Peking duck – expect an entire duck arriving at the table, before it's carved right in front of you by an experienced waiter. Stir-fried prawns and fried fish with sweet-sour sauce are also must-tries at Peking Garden. 

    Location: Alexandra House, Shop B1, Basement 1, Central, Hong Kong

    Open: Daily from 11.30am to 3pm and from 6pm to 11.30pm

    Phone: +852 2526 6456

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    The Boathouse

    The Boathouse is a 3-storey building with a rooftop section offering great views over Stanley Bay. You can't miss it – the corner lot restaurant stands out with its European exterior. It's one of the best places to head for if you’re after a quaint seaside atmosphere and a memorable dining occasion. The Boathouse's international a la carte menu spotlights fresh seafood, with an incredibly diverse menu offering everything from curry crab to African chicken and tandoori swordfish.

    Location: 88 Stanley Main Street, Stanley, Hong Kong

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11.30am to 10pm, Friday–Saturday from 11.30am to 11pm

    Phone: +852 2813 4467

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    Under Bridge Spicy Crab 橋底辣蟹

    Under Bridge Spicy Crab has pictures of local and international celebrities adorning the walls, all of whom have sampled its signature dish: spicy crab topped with deep fried garlic and chilli. Under Bridge Spicy Crab also specializes in seafood offerings such as mussels, shrimp and grouper. There are 3 restaurants owned by the same group, which are located on Jaffe Road and Lockhart Road.

    Location: G/F-3/F, Ascot Mansion, 421-425 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

    Open: Daily from 11am to 3am

    Phone: +852 2893 1289

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    Takumi by Daisuke Mori

    Takumi by Daisuke Mori is an award-winning restaurant in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong. With 1 Michelin star to its name, Takumi's expert team of chefs create unique Japanese dishes based around seasonal produce from Japan, France, and Europe. 

    The restaurant has an open kitchen concept, with 12 leather seats fronting a Japanese-style bar. A 10-course dinner at Takumi by Daisuke Mori costs around HK$ 2,080, while its 4- and 6-course lunch sets are priced at HK$88 and HK$1,280. 

    Location: Shop 1, G/F, The Oakhill, 16 Wood Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 12pm to 2.30pm and from 6.30pm to 10.30pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +852 2574 1299

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    Yat Lok Restaurant

    Yat Lok Restaurant serves a variety of roasted meats, but its signature roast goose is the one that attracts people from all over the world. The dining experience is typical of local Hong Kong joints, with Chinese-speaking staff and abrupt service.

    But if you are looking for a fill of delicious roast goose, head to Yat Lok in Central – you won’t be disappointed. Roast pork belly and soy-marinated chicken are also must-tries at this Chinese restaurant. 

    Location: 34-38 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong

    Open: Monday–Tuesday and Thursday–Saturday from 10am to 9pm, Sunday from 10am to 5.30pm (closed on Wednesdays)

    Phone: +852 2524 3882

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