10 Best Cantonese Restaurants in Hong Kong

For anyone new to Cantonese cuisine, dim sum (literally: "little heart") is the place to start. Normally served from early morning up to and including lunch, dim sum embraces a selection of small dishes such as dumplings and spring rolls. In the more traditional restaurants, the staff push trolleys loaded with dim sum between the tables, calling out the dishes they have on board. Dim sum is essentially a meal taken by a large group, washed down with tea, and as much a social occasion as a time for eating. For overseas visitors, just watching the dim sum "circus" is part of the experience. There are hundreds of Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong, from relative newcomers like Zen, to old stalwarts like Yung Kee.  It's said that if it flies and isn't an airplane, or if it's got four legs and isn't a table, Cantonese will eat it! Joking aside, Cantonese is one of the world's great food cultures, and Chinese aver that the best Cantonese is served in Hong Kong. It's as much about the atmosphere as the food, with big noisy restaurants filled with large groups yacking and clattering their chopsticks and enjoying every minute of it. Any Cantonese meal is a great insight into local culture.


This sophisticated Cantonese restaurant is located in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and offers some rather brilliant views of Victoria Harbour. The traditional décor is replete with rosewood, wood statues and silk portraits. The elegance of the...  Read More

This beautifully decorated restaurant is well known for its huge dining area fountain, great views of Victoria Harbour, and superb seasonal menu. Menu specialties include fowl, fish, and seafood dishes – each accompanied by freshly prepared...  Read More

Yan Toh Heen

Despite a couple of name changes and some rather extensive renovations, this respected restaurant has stayed remarkably focused, offering exceptional Cantonese cuisine for over 20 years. Absolute freshness is paramount, of course, and the menu...  Read More

What started in 1948 as a catering business is today a thriving restaurant serving what many people consider to be the best Cantonese cuisine in Hong Kong. The food is labor-intensive and refined, with numerous double boiled soups and the more...  Read More

Shang Palace

The Shangri-La Hotel's signature restaurant, Shang Palace specializes in Cantonese cooking, Hong Kong's signature cuisine. The food is very well prepared, and the choices are varied and include both traditional dishes and more contemporary...  Read More

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

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T'ang Court
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T'ang Court has won a stack of local and international awards, including recognition by Travel + Leisure and Gourmet magazines. The food certainly warrants a wealth of praise, from exquisite soups to sautéed prawns and crab roe. In keeping with...  Read More

Causeway Bay

Hong Kong cuisine is Cantonese-based with a bit of international influence. To promote it, the Hong Kong Tourist Board bestows a number of annual awards for exceptional cooking, and Tai Woo regularly wins several. Surprisingly, for such a...  Read More

Yung Kee

The famous Yung Kee is enormous and one of Hong Kong's oldest and most popular Cantonese restaurants. The roasted goose is their signature entrée, but the menu also features a fairly large list of award-winning dishes. The restaurant offers...  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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