Hong Kong's Best Inexpensive Restaurants: Top Food at Affordable Prices

Just as cheap food isn't necessarily good food, so good food isn't necessarily cheap. How to strike a balance? The great thing about Hong Kong is that it's a city that loves to eat, and not everyone can afford to dine somewhere fancy three times a day. And so there are many restaurants in Hong Kong that not only provide top-quality menus, they are also very reasonably priced. Visitors looking for good value should start with the city's myriad Chinese restaurants, like Super Star Seafood; however there are plenty of international eateries that also cater to the thrifty diner.

One tip that every visitor to Hong Kong should look out for: many restaurants run an "early bird special" at lunch times. Arrive before the rush (noon is a typical start time) and finish within a set time, and you can eat for a set price. The food and the surrounds are just as good, but the restaurant benefits as it makes use of the extra seats, while diners get a great meal deal. Early bird specials are usually advertised by a notice outside the restaurant, so keep your eyes peeled as you walk around the city. Note that early bird specials usually only operate on working days.

Super Star Seafood Restaurant

Get your seafood quota here! The tanks filled with lobsters, crabs, prawns and a plethora of fish leave no doubt – Super Star's specialty is super fresh seafood. Usually your selection will be plucked straight from the tank, quickly prepared...  Read More

Jimmy's Kitchen

Jimmy's is, perhaps, Hong Kong's most famous restaurant. Located on Wyndham Street, this Continental-style restaurant has a definite Western atmosphere. Menu options span the globe from New Zealand shellfish to North American beef and Western...  Read More

Dan Ryan's Chicago Bar and Grill
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Dan Ryan's at Pacific Place is the ideal location for business lunches and pre-dinner drinks. The staff here is friendly and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is very conducive to both friendly and formal conversation. What separates Dan's from...  Read More

Bombay Dreams
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Indian food is quite popular in Hong Kong, given the city's substantial Indian population, so purveyors of the piquant cuisine are a dime a dozen. Bombay Dreams earns high marks, though, for its exceptional cooking. A wide variety of appetizers...  Read More

Classified Cheese Room
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Classified – part of a chain that has rapidly spread across the city – is a Hong Kong success story. Founded by three friends who had studied abroad and reckoned that their native HK needed a slightly more sophisticated yet casual sort of...  Read More

Post 97
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A stalwart in Lan Kwai Fong, Post 97 opened in 1982 and has been serving up tasty European food to a mixed crowd of ex-pats and natives ever since. It's incredibly popular and busy as a meeting place throughout the day, with a lively bar scene...  Read More

Jumbo Floating Restaurant
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In operation for decades, the Jumbo has become something of a landmark. Renovated to create a modern and stylish interior, expansions over the years include a tea garden, banquet and party facilities and a museum exhibit of bronzeware. The...  Read More

Spring Deer

After decades in operation, Spring Deer still manages to pack in crowds of loyal locals and many overseas visitors who have eaten here previously. Spring Deer is particularly popular with groups, ratcheting the noise level up during peak meal...  Read More

Luk Yu Teahouse
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Luk Yu has the distinction of being Hong Kong's oldest still-operating tea house. It opened back in 1933, and not much about the place has changed since. The setting is still charming, with ceiling fans, wooden booths, marble tabletops, wood...  Read More


Meet Ed Peters

Ed Peters has been based in Asia for most of his adult life, and counts Hong Kong as his second home. While he lives in a farming village on one of the outlying islands, getting to the city center...  More About Ed

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