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The Best Restaurants in Sanlitun, Beijing

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Updated: 26 October 2017
Beijing’s famous bar area, Sanlitun, doesn’t just become alive at night. With tons of restaurants covering all kinds of cuisines inside and outside China, the area is a place that foodies will never be bored. Despite the extreme difficulty, below we selected the best eight restaurants in Sanlitun.

Tastes Like Mom

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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The restaurant is devoted to making you feel at home with their dishes, which are usually seen on the dinner tables in ordinary Chinese homes. It has your favorite tomatoes and scrambled eggs with sweet and salty flavors to choose from, the red-braised pork that most moms usually cook when there’s a big family gathering, and the quite contemporary potatoes with eggplants, which, instead of the blend of chunks of potatoes and eggplants often seen, it is more like mashed potatoes and eggplants.

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Mon - Fri:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Fri:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Eatopia

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Eatopia is a contemporary Chinese restaurant which innovatively combines various cuisines in one place. Here you may try dishes seldom seen in other restaurants, like mapo tofu with fish, roast glutinous rice cake, and duck liver sauced potato slices. The dishes are light and refreshing, and so is the restaurant’s décor, which makes you feel like walking into an Eslite bookshop instead of a restaurant.

Favorite restaurant in Beijing. #原食日记

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Restaurant Y

Restaurant, Mediterranean, Healthy, Contemporary, $$$
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No foodie should miss Restaurant Y. The Western restaurant is known for its light meals. From the signature dish, Mr.Y roast chicken, to spinach black vinegar salad and green curry quinoa, it seems that every molecule of the restaurant conveys the idea of a healthy life. Remember to try their Yellow Fever cocktail made from sugar cane and saffron.

🍽 #restaurantY

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Jing Geng

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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The restaurant has a “Jing” (as in “Beijing”) in its name, and so you can tell it’s a Beijing cuisine restaurant. Apart from the famous orange roast Beijing duck and qianlong cabbage you can almost see at any Beijing cuisine restaurant, you can also have Beijing snacks like pea cake for dessert. Here you can order like the ancient Chinese—by selecting the bamboo slips with the dishes’ names on them and putting them in your barrel (so you’d better bring someone Chinese with you!).

中餐也有不输其他的美感 #北京 #beijing #京耕 #foodie #foodphotography #foodporn #foodgasm

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Slow Boat Brewery

Restaurant, Pub Grub, $$$
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Walking into Slow Boat Brewery is like walking into a burger restaurant in America, but if you take a seat on the third floor, where the background music is the soccer game between Real Madrid and Valencia and you can hear cheers and shouts from customers with a pint of beer, it’s as if you are in a pub in Britain. Besides its variety of craft beers, the restaurant is also known for its fries burger, the two-time champion of Burger Cup, an annual competition held by Beijingers with dozens of the best burger restaurants in Beijing participating.

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Must Guette

Restaurant, Chinese
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It’s super easy to spot this restaurant on the third floor of Taikoo Li South just by the iconic red post box in front of the door (though you can’t really put a letter into it)! Its shrimp avocado salad, hot plate chicken wings, and burgers are must-tries, but instead of the food, most people seem to come to Must Guette for its small merry-go-around—it can be turned on by the waiters on request.

📮#mustguette

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Kakuya

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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Named Kakuya, or “hidden place,” this restaurant is indeed located in a quite concealed location, which makes it a perfect place for foodies who attach importance to privacy. The restaurant looks like a classic Japanese izakaya, providing classic izakaya dishes from wasabi taco to sashimi (and even teppanyaki). You must try its specialty Kakuya ice cream, which is sea salt flavored.

#yummy #隐屋 #beijing #2016

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Mon - Sun:
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sun:
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Lao Bei Jing Chai Shi (Chai’s Restaurant)

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Sanlitun doesn’t only have classy restaurants. It also has those home restaurants that remind you of the pre-embassy-district old Beijing area called Sanlitun. Chai’s Restaurant is one such example. It has a king size bowl of beef noodles priced at only 12 yuan, and a bowl of stewed beef that melts in your mouth for just 20 yuan, not to mention the low-oil dishes that are pretty healthy.

#老北京柴氏牛肉面##beef noodel

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