The Chinese Library

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76 reviews
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Hong Kong's favourite Chinese dishes from Cantonese to Chiu Chow and Sichuan to Shanghainese served in colonial elegance on the top floor of the old Police Headquarters in Tai Kwun
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YY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dishes, especially those dishes with a lot of knife skills. Incredible.

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JO
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, friendly staff, good mood
I cannot help but make a recommendation.

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SL
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere is nice, foods are good. The serving was bit late, but the server name Sonia was really kind. Will visit again.

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MB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service, beautiful cocktails, really nice food
and the venue is stunning
will return most definitely

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SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I recently had lunch here with an out-of-towner friend, which was also my third visit to this premise. As always, I had a great time, although the overall food quality seemed to have gone down slightly since its opening last year (I hope they can bounce back soon). They gifted me with a surprise birthday message during the dessert service, which added a nice touch.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing from start to finish!

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WC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Nice deco but poor service. Food is average. The famous Peking duck is not as good as expected.

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KH
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My server Loida give me the best memory I can’t unforgetable. It was amazing expereince in HK. I will be def. back once I visit HK.

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MF
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The pecking duck comes with almost skin only which is quite disappointing. The rest of the food was very good. The service was nice but they did a mess with the dessert and I didn’t feel they were quite sorry about it. The most annoying think is that when they followed up with a courtesy WhatsApp 2 days later I gave the feedback and it felt to me that they were just interested in a future booking rather than hearing the issue.

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MJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

A very pleasant dim sum experience on this public holiday Monday. Very nice range of dim sum favourites accompanied by free-flow champagne.

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B
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 4

Nice lunch overall, beautiful setting. The food was a little oily but we are tempted to give it another go and order differently. The service could have been a little sharper throughout.

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FB
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The setting is unusual but stunning, the service was absolutely excellent and the food was the same! I’d highly recommend anyone to go! And have a cheeky cocktail before or after at the Dispensary! Very good!!

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EV
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time at this restaurant and this time we came with friends; a much better decision as we could sample more of the menu! Once again the service was outstanding with great suggestions by our waiter for a selection of appetisers. Can't recommend this place highly enough.

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AF
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food quality surely met our expectations , with a remarkable traditional pekin’duck served with not-by-the-book sauces, which added an appreciated twist to this dish. Environment is elegant, comformatble, classy. Need to mention the service (Nina): it's rare to find so much friendly discretion and professional attitude at the same time. A place to try again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening at the Chinese Library- Nina took great care of us. We celebrated my mother‘s birthday are happy with our choice to spend an evening here!

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p
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My guest was surprised that you do not have crispy noodle in your menu.

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Y
London
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The staff were unfriendly ( but to be fair efficient) from the start. We chose the tasting menu and the first two courses were good but after that pretty average. When we paid the bill, we paid by pre-loaded currency card and asked for it to be taken in HK dollars ( as if you pay in sterling you would pay for the conversion) On signing the chit we asked if the transaction had been done in HKD and the waiter said yes. When we checked the card two days later we saw that the transaction had been done in US Dollars so not only were we charged for converting the amount into US dollars, we had to pay to convert the US dollars back into sterling. So not very happy - wouldn’t recommend the place

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely experience. Was very pleased to have a number of vegetarian options available, though overall the food was somewhat heavy.

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ME
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very impressed with the ambiance, the decor and the cuisine. Would most definitely recommend to others and will also be happy to dine again in the near future.
Thank you for the memorable experience and I look forward to dining again soon.

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FF
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

So incredibly disappointed in our lunch experience. The restaurant is beautifully decorated, nicely spaced out with a good ambiance from fellow diners, but the food and service were terrible. Staff were super grumpy, unhelpful, and were rushing to get us out of the restaurant for a private event later that afternoon. We had to send dim sum dishes back not once but THREE times for being cold. No explanation from the kitchen, no apology, nothing from the service staff. The floor managers were incredibly unfriendly and clearly do not enjoy their jobs. Such a shame as the location is fabulous. Would not recommend this as a dining experience, there are so many better options in the area.

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JA
London
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and ambiance were excellent but my waiter needs big improvement in attitude and service

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ND
London
12 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great modern restaurant in a lovely heritage building. Fantastic decor and lovely food. A really enjoyable night out.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent & the service was even better. Nina does a fantastic job. Check out the Library, you won’t be disappointed.

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DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great ambience, excellent food but menu choice very limited for lunch.

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AK
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect experience. will absolutely come back for another meal my next visit to hk.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary! The atmosphere was great, the food was excellent, and the service is just wonderful, we had a good time there! Definitely a re visit in the future

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MK
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food and service level is not up to my expectation, but ambiance is great. Good place for a special night out.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here to celebrate my friend’s birthday. The staff were very attentive and food was great! Will definitely come back again in the future!

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WC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome.
Great venue to entertain
Food is always interesting and. Delicious
Service friendly helpful and never intrusive

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MW
New England
53 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing, the ambiance is fantastic, the staff are first rate and the setting can't be beaten! Located in the old Police HQ, The Chinese Library serves exquisite food. The Dim Sum appetizers were superb; particularly the mushroom one! The braised BBQ pork was sweet and succulent. The hand pulled chicken with green chillies had just the right amount of spice and warmth and Hunan style cod was amazing! The space has a relaxed yet sophisticated feel and provides the perfect balance of intimacy and energy. This place rocks! Go! You won't be disappointed.

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Hong Kong
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I usually love dining at Chinese Library but save for a few outstanding wait staffs, I find that the rest are not very attentive and you’ll be waving and waving to get their attention but even when they’re not busy and walking in your direction, they don’t see you. You have to call out to them to get their attention. Disappointing

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JL
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Maybe one time.
For good Interior but no need visit again

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KC
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

A western twist on Chinese food. Environment and service are excellent. Food could be better at this price

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k
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good old world restaurant. Great food and service in opulent yet relaxed surroundings.
Really enjoyed not having people listening to my conversation, noise level kept to a minimum and good food

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p
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable dinner. Everything is perfect with no point to criticize.

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BL
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Decor, spacious tables, neat domain dishes with a unique twist. Highly recommended for special occasions or just a casual Sunday brunch. Fantastic services led the great food and ambiance even more enjoyable. Nina was particularly a wonderful delight which topped off our experience!

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h
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Had lunch and dinner there on separate occasions. Dinner was better but lunch was really bad. Horrible service. While the junior waitresses were friendly, they weren’t helpful and had to check with their seniors on many of the orders and requests. The head waiters were not helpful, not friendly, and had major attitude. Overall a very bad dining experience. The back rooms had paper and boxes piled up messily on the floor. It did not live up to the expectations for a place that charge the price that it does.

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A
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good cooking. Nice place with space.

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PY
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere, perfect to take out out of town visitors/family. Also good for client dinner. The BBQ pork was the best dish.

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OT
Hong Kong
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is with big gratitude that I commend to staff at CL who provided excellent service, care and attention at every step from the booking (increasing headcount), to planning the menu and a very special complimented champagne courtesy of my favourite wait staff Lena, for our group birthday dinner celebration.

Tracy and Gloria at front desk were very helpful and pleasant with all my inbound calls and multiple changes to the menu. Thank you both so much for being so patient with me. Raymond was very helpful in walking me through the group menu pre-order planning. Monica was on hand the evening of to help manage (and fix!) an otherwise stressful birthday cake collapse which was the fault of the bakery. To know that they have a pastry chef on hand was such a huge relief!!

Lena was amazing as always and the group greatly appreciated her warmth, gentle humour and lovely smile while carefully attending to us all evening. I loved how she checked with me at every stage in coursing the dinner as well as timing the champagne and birthday cake. Thank you so much Lena.

Other than the excellent and delicious food, the service at CL is without peer! No doubt my favourite restaurant in HK. Thank you everyone and see you again soon.

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