The Chinese Library

4.5
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133 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Chinese
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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SasaA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, good food, superb service. Perfect for business lunch or a cozy meal with friends and family.

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RalphS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

There was quite a delay to be served our second course - we waited about 15 minutes. I had to ask for peanuts from the bar in the meantime to go with my wine.

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Hayley
London
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The dim sum are cold. And even the stir fry are cold. The food was so bad. And the selection of food was super limited. The service was lousy. Keep missing orders and there is practically no staff around. Trying to find someone to add hot water to my tea was literally impossible. Disappointed.

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LesleyC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn’t know the brunch price has been increased from $298 to $328 Per person as their website is still posting the old poster. The free flow champagne price per person also increased from $258 to $288!

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ReikoC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent. My fiend brought some beautiful longjing green tea and they were extremely accommodating, finding the right glasses so we could properly enjoy the tea.

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BobbiH
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Pre-ordered Peking Duck for a 12.00 reservation. Ordered all dishes by 12.20. Confirmed with server that they should serve the Peking Duck. By 12.55. no duck and no other food. When we inquired what was taking so long when other tables who ordered after us received their food, we were told that they had to heat up the oven for the duck. But we said we were asked to confirm at 9.30am that we wanted the duck, so why wasn’t it ready and we had to wait so long not only for that dish but all others. Peking Duck only came at 1.15. Had to leave so only two people had duck. Food is very good, but not sure why so disorganised and poor service after several years open. Don’t offer option to pre-order duck if it’s a problem to prepare and serve at lunch time!

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deem
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

service was severely lacking. They're not set up for free flow dim sum. It took over an hour for our vegetables to come out and had to ask 4 times to 4 different people. Also when I ordered off the vegetarian menu two of my dishes never came and when inquired about them, I was told that they don't have it anymore. Wouldn't recommend free flow dim sum.

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Esmi
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service
Good environment to enjoy the meal with fds or family
Will come again

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AlanC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Sofa seat (requested when making booking) was not offered until the complaint.

Wines list or food pairing was not offered, yet the hospitality was missing even it was still in early hour!

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KaoriT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was overall a fantastic brunch. Food is nice and served in a cute dish. Staffs are efficient and all dressed up. Great one! I will recommend my friend whoever visit HK!

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Emily
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Great brunch offering

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chung
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and good service, however background music too loud.

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Ting
Hong Kong
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food is tasty and service is friendly but a bit slow. Overall a very pleasant dining experience.

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CLau
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The ambience and food was excellent. Every type of dim sum we tried was delicious and beautifully presented. Initially the staff was very attentive. However toward the end of the service even though the dining room was getting emptier the service seemed to decline slightly. Glasses were not getting filled as regularly and difficulty getting the attention of service staff.

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GregoryS
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as usual!! Very friendly service and the venue is superb!

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LilianY
Malaysia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Went for dimsum brunch and decided to sit at the terrace. Food was good but my orders kept getting mixed up with other table orders. Had to wait a long time for the correct order to arrive after clarifying w the waitresses at least twice. Suggest to put table number on the order form to avoid wrong food orders in the future. The mixologist was good as he was attentive n v helpful about the drink selection.

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GregoryS
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service......great recommendation from the staff

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StuartM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Wonderful food and fantastic art-deco room. Would most definitely visit again and, of course, Tai Kwun is a marvellous venue!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best dim sum in hk hands down. With it alone for the truffle ha gao.

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vipLala
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice upscale Western style Chinese ambience. Service was good and attentive. Must try the Peking duck, the skin is so crispy and most fat was roasted out.

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chrisb
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great service and good food. Slightly pricy but worth it

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mattg
Cheshire
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic location in the old police HQ. Great atmosphere. Excellent service.

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vipAndreN
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and impressive location

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poona
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter Tony provided us with excellent services, explained each course to us, kept an eye on our drinks to ensure we didnt need to ask to fill despite he was so busy. Food is excellent, very well presented. Our guests are very happy we picked your resturant. An excellent night out. Thanks everyone.

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Lukewarm
Hong Kong
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great location.
Food delicious and fresh.
Excellent service.
Must try if in the vicinity.
Definitely one of my favourite restaurant.

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GLS14
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peking duck was delicious. Also enjoyed the shi

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RafaelG
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was looking for a leisurely Sunday lunch that was delicious but not filling, and theses criteria were fulfilled here. I think there is value in what I ordered, weighing in the price, the quality of the food, the ambiance, decoration and service. And I could kill for another bowl of those minced pork noodles.

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Geweldige ambiance, heerlijk eten en geweldige bediening

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LarissaP
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best representation of the most exquisite Chinese food.
The highly recommended Pekin Duck more than surprised us in our dinner.
You know it is a good when they surprise you with a smile as soon as you get in the restaurant.
I'm happy I went there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

It's a great venue with fantastic dishes. The service however needs a lot of work on!

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MirandaJ
Hong Kong
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was looking forward to eat Chinese food this week, so my friends recommended this place and I could not be more thank full for this incredible suggestion.
The starters the mains and dessert, everything was perfectly made, tasty, great texture and also a very eye catching, I would absolutely recommend this place.
We got to read about their Chef through a newspaper article, so the fact we were there already reading about it ahead and reading the recommendation was very accurate.

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ChristopherS
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best Chinese food in China.
No question this is my very favorite place to eat Chinese food.
Absolutely tasty dishes, incredible presentation together with outstanding service.
And the Pekin-Duck is something you don't want to miss.
I'm telling you, this is the place!!

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SerinaM
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food
And delightful wine
Some dishes were expensive
The truffle section on the menu wasn’t described clearly

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AlanaM
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

What a yummy experience.
We wanted to go somewhere special, romantic, classic, this place filled all the gaps.
Chinese Library is such an outstanding place with great staff and tasty, very tasty food.
They have re-invented traditional dishes into modern creative presentations but still preserving the base.
Loved it.

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Brett
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I rarely give an across-the-board 5-star review (maybe the first time?), but this place was just outstanding. The dining room is gorgeous, perfectly lit and dramatic. The service was very attentive and the staff well-informed. Loved every dish we tried, from filet of chicken with Sichuan peppers, crispy aubergine w/ shrimps and string beans, beef shin w/ sesame, BBQ pork loin w/ honey (AMAZING). Very special place and will most certainly have a repeat visit on my next trip to HK. Located at the old Police Headquarters--really cool new entertainment complex in Central. Nice!

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MaiT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Ambience was great and staff was very attentive. However, food was a bit too much in a way that it had too much conflicting tastes. Maybe about the preference but I’d prefer to have basic dim sum options as well

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vipTMik
Charlotte
40 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is amazing. It’s a bit pricey but with the adventure.the room was gorgeous. The service and food were impeccable. Unfortunately, due to the local protests, there were only four tables. 5 stars.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the Best Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong ! Amazing food & friendly and professional staffs.

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ChloeC
China
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at The Chinese Library was extraordinary. I was looking for a nice venue to have Chinese food and this place surpassed my expectations.
I'm very happy to have spend the night in such a nice restaurant with really delicious food and a very nice environment.
My family and I had the Pekin Duck and it was better than we expected.
Cheers!

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Eduardo
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

For the food and decoration/ambiance, everything Ok..., the problem comes with the service, we were a table of two and all service in relation with us was was almost zero, like invisible people. BUT we had two large tables around us, and at least three waiters fully assigned to each of the table, then you can guess why we felt so miserable....

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