Ultimate Guide to Best Xiamen Restaurants

Best Restaurants in Xiamen for Fujian Cuisine

1. Minnan Minnan

Chinese Name: 闽和南
When you get to Xiamen, Minnan Minnan would be a great choice to enjoy the authentic Fujian food, especially the southern Fujian food. Established in 1989, it provides diners tasteful local dishes and pleasant meals with exquisite dining environment.

Specialties: Radish Rice, Chopped Shallot Bread, Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, Deep-fried Duck with Mashed Taro
Opening hours: 11:00-14:00 (Lunch); 17:00-22:00 (Dinner)
Average cost per person:¥130
MIXC Branch: 328, 3F, the MIX City, No.99, East Hubin Road
MS City Branch: 301, 3F, MS City, No. 4686-4688, Xianyue Road

Satay Noodles Scallop With Mashed Garlic

2. Linjia Restaurant – Minnan Flavor

Chinese Name: 临家闽南菜
Linjia is a large chain restaurant that can be regarded as one of the best restaurants in Xiamen, servicing Fujian foods in home cooking style. Its neighborhood is wonderful so that you can enjoy the beautiful scenery outside while eating. In particular at the Huandao Road Branch, you can see the sea from private rooms, halls, and terraces.

Specialties: Radish Rice, Oyster Omelette, Fried Pork with Vinegar, Buddha Jumps Over the Wall
Opening hours: 11:30-14:30 (Lunch); 17:00-22:30 (Dinner)
Average cost per person:¥130
Wucun Branch: 105-106, Double (Guandi) Building, No. 947, Xiahe Road
Jiangtou Branch: Building 9, Meiyang Garden, Wushipu Road
Huandao Road Branch: No.308, South Huandao Road
Datang Branch: No.635-5, Xinglong Road

3. Qingcaijia Restaurant

Chinese Name: 清菜家
Qingcaijia, literally “helping yourself” in southern Fujian dialect, is attractive out of Xiamen restaurants with olden furnishing style. You can see the exquisite archaistic items everywhere, making you feel at a yard in Xiamen in the early and middle period of 20th century. The dishes are not only toothsome but economical.

Specialties: Xiamen Three Made Dishes, Sweet and Sour Pork Fillet, Osmanthus Taro, Sea Warm Jelly
Opening hours: 11:00-14:00; 17:00-22:00
Average cost per person:¥60
Address: 2nd floor, South Central Plaza, Pedestrian Street, Zhongshan Road

4. No. 8 Red House

Chinese Name: 红厝8号
Located inside an alley in Xiamen, No. 8 Red House is a peaceful courtyard restaurant in red, where you can have a meal in outdoor courtyard to slow down yourselves and get rid of the busy life for the moment. The local private home-style cuisine, especially the seafood, are quite delicious.

Specialties: Baked Sturgeon with Peppercorns, Iced Shark, Stewed Abalone with Dragon Fruit
Opening hours: 11:00-13:30; 17:00-23:00
Average cost per person: ¥300
Address: No. 8, Yi'ai Road, Lianhua Fifth Village

5. Hey Ming

Sea Cucumber Ball Stew

Chinese Name: 黑明
Hey Ming is a famous Xiamen restaurant offering creative local cuisine. The traditional Xiamen snacks are presented in western way with a delicate feature. The restaurant looks like a detached villa outside, clean and classy with elaborate foods.

Specialties: South Fujian Seaweed Rice, Xiamen Pancake, Oyster Omelette, Boiled Sea Clam with Chicken Soup
Opening hours: 11:00-15:00; 17:00-21:00
Average cost per person:¥140
Address: 1st floor of Jinyuan Building, No.57, South Hubin Road

Read More: 10 Best Fujian Foods You Have to Try

Best Restaurants in Xiamen for Other Chinese Cuisines

1. Ba He Li Hai Ji Beef

Chinese Name: 八合里海记
Ba He Li Hai Ji Beef is an extremely popular beef hot pot restaurant from Shantou. The beef just slaughtered is transferred from southwest to Xiamen within four hours, ensuring the freshness and original flavor.

Opening hours: 10:30-22:30
Average cost per person:¥100
MIXC Branch: 522, 5F, the MIX City, No.99, East Hubin Road
Jiahe Branch: No.96, Jiahe Road
Quanshuiwan Branch: No.340-341, Lehai beili, Lehai Road
California City Plaza Branch: West side of California City Plaza, No.123, East Lianqian Road

2. Zhenfu Steam Seafood

Chinese Name: 臻府 zhēn fǔ
It is a popular restaurant in Xiamen, attracting diners with unique steamed seafood and tasty thick seafood porridges. Wild sea urchins, local lobsters, arctic shellfishes, etc. can all be steamed, which would make you fall in love with the steamed seafood.

Opening hours: 11:00-14:00; 17:00-22:00
Average cost per person: ¥200
Guandi Branch: 119, 1F of Double (Guandi) Building, No. 945, Xiahe Road
Lotus Branch: North Gate of Lotus Park, No.27, Lingxiangli
Creativity Zone Branch: 102, No.51, Second Anling Road, Huli District

3. Yanyu Restaurant

Chinese Name: 宴遇 yàn yù
Yanyu is a young Xiamen restaurant operated by the generation after 1980s. Based on Sichuan cuisine, Fujian cuisine and Cantonese cuisine, Yanyu serves you fine Chinese dishes containing the original flavor with endless creativities. Its specialties are Braised Pumpkin with Cheese, Spicy Chicken with Egg Yolks, Salty Pork Neck, Fried Rice with Foie Gras, and so on.

Opening hours: 11:00-14:30 & 17:00-21:00 (Weekdays); 11:00-21:30 (Weekends)
Average cost per person:¥130
SM Branch: 4F, SM Phase II Shopping Plaza, No.399, Jiahe Road
MIXC Branch: 327, 3F, the MIX City, No.99, East Hubin Road
China City Branch: 5F, South Zone of China City, No.189, South Siming Road
Xinjing Branch: 2F, Building A, Xinjing Center, No.21, Jiahe Road

4. Da Shan Fine Food

Chinese Name: 搭膳
The dishes of Da Shan have both the features of other cuisines in South China and Fujian cuisine. You can try the Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs, Baked Pigeon in Salt with Citronella, Pickled Pepper Bass, and so on, which are all highly recommended.

Opening hours:
11:00-14:30 & 17:00-21:00 (Weekdays); 11:00-15:00 & 17:00-21:00 (Weekends)
Average cost per person:¥100
SM Branch: 3F, SM Phase II Shopping Plaza, No.399, Jiahe Road
Wanda Branch: 3F, Wanda Plaza, 4666 Xianyue Road

Popular Western Food Restaurants in Xiamen

1. The House Restaurant

Hamburger Chinese Name: 老别墅西餐馆
The House Restaurant might be the oldest western restaurant in Xiamen, where you can enjoy the Smoked Salmon, French Beef Soup, French Foie-gras, Chicken Salads, etc. and sweet desserts.

Opening hours: 09:00-01:00 next day
Average cost: ¥150 per person
Address: on the Xidi Coffee Street, No.3-9, Yundang Road

2. Joying Steak

Chinese Name: 钟意牛扒
The chefs of Joying Steak have the experience for cooking western foods for more than 20 years. They have imported the ovens from America to cook the steak in traditional western way. You can also take a vegetables salads before the steak is served.

Opening hours: 11:00-14:00; 16:30-21:30
Average cost:¥180 per person
Aoyong Branch: 2F, Olympic Plaza, No.88, Tiyu Road
ITFC Branch: 3F, Intime Department Store, International Trade and Fanical Center, No.4688, Xianyue Road

3. Tutto Bene Restaurant & Bar

Chinese Name: 多乐意意大利餐厅
It is a Xiamen restaurant providing Italian food, and the well-known cheese pizza with strictly selected ingredients is a must try food. You can also taste the tender roasted lamb chops and sweet aperitifs.

Opening hours: 11:00-23:00
Average cost:¥140 per person
Address: No.1-16, Jianye Road, opposite to Marco Polo Hotels

- Last updated on Apr. 15, 2021 -
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