10 Best Hong Kong Seafood Restaurants: Nevermind the Turf, Here's the Surf

Hong Kong doesn't so much eat seafood as ingest it, pretty much like oxygen. The city is built overlooking a harbor, there are fish farms on the outer islands, and a trawler fleet based in Cheung Chau. And every day at Chek Lap Kok, aircraft land bringing jet-fresh seafood from all around the world. After all, Hong Kong is somewhere that takes its dining seriously, and true connoisseurs want the best seafood that the planet can provide.

Just as there is all manner of seafood, so there are all manner of places to eat it. One of the merriest locales is the al fresco set of restaurants in Sai Kung, on the eastern edge of Hong Kong's New Territories, which are strung out along the quay: this is casual dining par excellence. Or you might want to dine in formal surroundings, such as the Mandarin Grill, (oysters from England, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, France and Japan) where you'll be waited on hand and foot. Either way, it will be a meal whose memory will linger for a long time. 

And of course, everyone knows the old Hong Kong joke: "I'm on a seafood diet – I see food, I eat it."

Tsim Sha Tsui
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The intriguing decor, magnificent views, and delectable food offered at this establishment complement one another to create an unforgettable dining experience. The sleek interior was designed by the renowned Philippe-Starck. Menu selections...  Read More

Mandarin Grill
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A perennial winner on Hong Kong's dining scene, the Mandarin Grill exudes sophisticated ambiance, with decor by designer Sir Terence Conran. The selection of oysters, as a single example of culinary excellence, is drawn from farms all around the...  Read More

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co
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Bubba Gump neatly captures the charm and American spirit that made the movie "Forrest Gump" a smash hit featuring a down-home atmosphere reminiscent of the film's setting in The South. The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company remains the first and only...  Read More

White Beard
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Steps away from the Maritime Museum, right by Star Ferry and overlooking the harbor, it's only logical that this place should serve fish and chips. For anyone arriving by cruise ship and docking at Ocean Terminal, it's just a short ferry ride to...  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

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

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

Victoria City Seafood
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A pleasant dining experience awaits you at this lovely establishment. The efficient waitstaff will greet you upon entrance. The bright, tastefully decorated interior evokes a comfortable atmosphere. An extensive list of items is provided on the...  Read More



A truly hidden gem of all Hong Kong attractions, this fishing town is where Hong Kongers retreat for swimming, kayaking and some of the city's best seafood. The center of the town is a 1,000-meter street lined with seafood stalls. Each of them...  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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