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Restaurants of Hangzhou Cuisine

Hangzhou Cuisine (Hang Bang Cai) is one of the eight famous regional cuisines of China. The varied ingredients, delicate appearances and fresh flavors of the dishes have won a widespread reputation in the culinary field. Hangzhou dishes, as the most important component of Zhejiang cuisine, are noted for their elaborate and sophisticated preparation as well as their outstanding taste. The specialties include Beggar's Chicken (an entire chicken cooked in a coating of clay), West Lake Fish in Vinegar Gravy (vinegar coated fish from the lake), Dongpo Pork (braised pork) and Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea Leaves. Among all the Hangzhou restaurants, Lou Wai Lou and Zhi Wei Guan are the most time-honored and popular.

Lou Wai Lou Restaurant, Hangzhou
Lou Wai Lou Restaurant

 Lou Wai Lou (Tower Beyond Tower)
Founded in 1848, this restaurant boasts a long history. It has been the most authentic Hangzhou restaurant. You should not miss the superb local cuisine once in the city. Specialties include West Lake Fish in Sweet Sour Sauce, Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea Leaves and the famous Beggar's Chicken. Lou Wai Lou has many take-out stores in the city mainly offering prepared dishes.
Average cost per person: CNY100 – 300
Operating hours: 10:30 – 20:15
A general store is located at No. 30, Gushan Road, Xihu District. It is at the foot of the Solitary Hill, an isle in the West Lake, so diners can taste the great dishes while appreciating the nice scenery.
East Building branch is also located at the foot of the Solitary Hill, within 328ft (100m) from the general store, just next to the Zhongshan Park.
Lou Wai Lou boat restaurant is actually a boat with a dining hall, floating on the West Lake. All dishes served here are cooked on board.
Lou Wai Lou club: No. 3, Hukou Road, Xihu District
Jade Spring Resort branch: No. 7, Yuquan Road, Xihu District (inside the Hangzhou Botanical Garden)

 Zhi Wei Guan
Zhi Wei Guan, established in 1913, now has been the biggest and the most modern restaurant in Hangzhou. Apart from authentic Hangzhou dishes, it also serves snacks like crab steamed buns and wontons as well as savory dim sums and moon cakes. It also has many take-out stores in the city.
Average cost per person: CNY60 – 120
Operating hours: 07:00 – 21:00
General store location: No. 83, Renhe Road, Shangcheng District
Weilin branch: No. 20, Jietansi Lane, Wulin Commercial Zone, Yan’an Road, Xiacheng District
Gongbei branch: No. 1035, Shangtang Road, Gongshu District
Puyan Road branch: No. 1692, Xipu Road, Binjiang District
Weiyuan branch: Building no. 7, Hejiayuan Yiyuan Road, Yangmeishan Road, Xihu District
Weilu branch: Store no. C101, G/F, Innovation Building, East Software Park, No. 90, Wensan Road, Xihu District
Weicui branch: Building H, Hope Plaza, Wuchang Avenue, Yuhang District
Weixuan branch: Building no. 11, Yuniao Liusu Commercial Street, Vanke Liangzhu Cultural Village, Liangzhu Town, Yuhang District
Weijia branch: on the square of Qinqin Jiayuan Community, Liangzhu Town, Yuhang District

 We also recommend the following restaurants for sampling and enjoying Hangzhou Cuisine at its best:
 Shan Wai Shan is famous for both its exquisite cuisine and the comfortable dining environment. It is right next to the Botanical Garden, so customers can enjoy a tranquil environment while dining.
Average cost per person: CNY70 – 150
Operating hours: 11:00 – 13:30, 16:30 – 20:30
Address: No. 8, Yuquan Road, Xihu District

 Ziwei Hall of the Xihu State Guesthouse offers tasty local food. From the seats near the window, guests can enjoy the splendid scenery of the West Lake. Because of the superb environment and service, it charges a little high.
Average cost per person: CNY200 – 500
Address: No. 18, Yang Gong Di, Xihu District

 Hubin 28 Restaurant is located in the Hyatt Regency Hotel and provides authentic local cuisine. This restaurant stores more than 2,500 bottles of quality wines for you to taste.
Average cost per person: CNY200 – 500
Operating hours: 11:30 – 14:30, 17:30 – 22:00 (last order before 21:30)
Address: No. 28, Hubin Road, Shangcheng District

 Kui Yuan Guan
Specialties: Xiabao Shanmian (Noodles with Fried Eel Slices and Shrimps), Pian’er Chuanmian (Noodles with Preserved Vegetable and Sliced Pork and Bamboo Shoots in Soup)
Average cost per person: CNY20 – 60
Operating hours: 09:30 – 20:30
Jiefang Road general store: No. 154, Jiefang Road, Shangcheng District
Wenhui branch: No. 346, Wenhui Road, Xiacheng District

 Grandma’s Home (Wai Po Jia) is famous for its delicious food and the reasonable price. You can taste the best local food with less than CNY60! At present it has many branches in the city.
Average cost per person: CNY40 – 100
Hangzhou Tower branch: 8F, Building B, Hangzhou Tower, No. 1, Wulin Square, Xiacheng District
Operating hours: 10:30 – 14:00, 16:30 – 21:00
Hubin Road branch: No. 3. Hubin Road, Shangcheng District
Operating hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Chengzhan branch: 17F, Railway Hotel, No. 8, Chengzhan Square, No. 1, East Ring Road, Shangcheng District
Operating hours: 10:30 – 14:00, 16:40 – 21:00
Union Building branch: 2F, Building B, Union Building, No. 2, Zijinghua Road, Xihu District
Operating hours: 11:00 – 13:00, 16:00 – 21:00
Macheng Road branch: No. 6-1, Macheng Road, Xihu District
Operating hours: 10:00 – 14:00, 16:30 – 21:00
Jincheng Road branch: 3/F, No. 333, Jincheng Road, Beigan Street, Xiaoshan District
Operating hours: 10:00 – 14:30, 16:30 – 22:00
The MIXC Mall branch: 4F, the MIXC Mall, No. 701, Fuchun Road, Jianggan District
In City branch: 3F, In City Plaza, No. 1, Wuchang Avenue, Yuhang District

 Jiang Nan Yi
Specialties: Jiaoma Chicken (spicy chicken with chili and pepper), Nanru Zipai (braised spareribs with preserved bean curd sauce), Curried Shrimp
Average cost per person: CNY60 – 150
Yunhe branch: No. 142, Dadou Road, Gongshu District
Operating hours: 11:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:00
Tianzhu Road branch: No. 355, Tianzhu Road, Xihu District
Operating hours: 11:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:00
Liangzhu branch: Building no. 11, Yuniao Liusu Commercial Street, Vanke Liangzhu Cultural Village, Liangzhu Town, Yuhang District
Operating hours: 11:00 – 21:00

 Tian Xiang Lou
Specialties: Dongpo Pork (braised pork), Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea Leaves, Ganzha Xiangling (Fried Stuffed Bean Curd Paste), West Lake Fish in Sweet Sour Sauce (vinegar coated fish from the lake), etc.
Average cost per person: CNY60 – 150
Operating hours: 11:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:00
Address: 2-3F, Zhejiang Hotel, No. 447, Yan’an Road, Xiacheng District (near Fengqi Road)

 Long Tang Li
Specialties: Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea Leaves, Shoe Sole Pancake, Swimming Crab with Fried Rice Cake
Average cost per person: CNY40 – 90
Hubin Yintai branch: Store no. A301, 3F, Hubin Yintai phase two, No. 258, Yan’an Road, Shangcheng District
Operating hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Longjing branch: No. 18, Longjing Road, Xihu District
Xiaohe Road branch: Building no. 8, No. 63, Xiaohe Zhi Street, Hemu Road, Gongshu District
West Intime City branch: Store no. 06-07, 5F, West Intime City, No. 380, Fengtan Road, Gongshu District
In City branch: Store no. L406, In City Plaza, No. 1, Wuchang Avenue, Yuhang District