10 Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Hong Kong

Food is one of the staples of Hong Kong conversation, and a large family meal is one of the week's milestones for a great many residents. Take a look at the large groups clustered around the table at a dim sum restaurant on a weekend morning: grandparents, parents, children and even babes in arms, all enjoying Hong Kong's signature breakfast. The scene at a restaurant like the Luk Yu Teahouse is a prime example. 

So it's no secret that family-friendly dining is a given in Hong Kong. Many restaurants feature special kids' menus, or will serve dishes in smaller portions on request. And children are welcome just about anywhere, as long as they are reasonably behaved.

The food served up at family-friendly restaurants is of a consistently high standard. And the surroundings can be fun as well – like at the Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen, long a beacon on the tourist trail and a truly atmospheric slice of old Hong Kong. And for a family-friendly meal that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, a trip to one of the numerous branches of Cafe de Coral is a tasty and economic answer.

Families large and small can look forward to some great eating in Hong Kong.

Cafe de Coral
Photo courtesy of Cafe de Coral


It's very hard to fault Cafe de Coral, whose Chinese name translates at Big Happy Family. It's by no means gourmet, but for a handful of dollars (mains are about HK$35) you get a full meal that looks and tastes good. No wonder there are lines at...  Read More

Dan Ryan's Chicago Grill
Photo courtesy of Dan Ryan's


To call Dan Ryan's a Hong Kong institution would be a massive understatement. It's one of the most popular restaurants in the city: partly for its food, partly for its service and, perhaps most of all, for its all-American ambiance. After...  Read More

Jimmy's Kitchen


Jimmy's is, perhaps, Hong Kong's most famous restaurant. Move than somewhere to eat, it's an icon, a place that Hong Kongers were brought for a treat as youngsters, and in turn take along their children and grandchildren. Located on Wyndham...  Read More

Ye Shanghai


This modern deco-style restaurant is located in Pacific Place, one of the city's most popular shopping, dining and entertainment venues. The staff is efficient, and most of their dishes are portioned large enough to share with others. The menu...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Watermark


Watermark offers unparalleled waterfront dining. Boasting a stunning 270-degree view of Victoria Harbour,it offers the perfect backdrop for any occasion. Serving Continental gourmet fare, including dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood specialties...  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

ToTT's Asian Grill & Bar
Photo courtesy of The Excelsior Hong Kong


The never boring "Talk of the Town," or ToTT's, sits atop the Excelsior Hotel, a landmark in Causeway Bay and one of the oldest hotels in Hong Kong. It's also right next to the famous Noon Day Gun. This eclectic and long-running restaurant...  Read More

Wan Chai
Photo courtesy of Grappa's


Grappa's offers a trattoria-like environment right in the heart of one of Wanchai's liveliest streets. The pizza, pastas and attractive salads are popular with the lunchtime crowd, and Grappa's also boasts admirable beer and wine lists. A sure...  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

Jumbo Floating Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Jumbo Floating Restaurant


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


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