The Chinese Library

4.4
184 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.5
ambience
3.8
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was my wife’s birthday and my whole family really enjoyed the food and environment. Will visit again soon

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SebastienB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gréât place - will be back. The food and service were fantastic.

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RoseC
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food ! We all had had an enjoyable lunch at the Chinese Library .

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vipDykerSpanky
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service at atmosphere. The Taster Menu with the Peking Duck was outstanding.

RS
RobertS
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service was disappointedly slow both on serving a pre dinner drink and main course . Expected much better

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KatilynT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my first time to the restaurant in the Chinese Library. I felt that it is good to try the vegetarian dishes here because of the service that replies to you like immediately.

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DavidP
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Appreciated the whole experience! Looking forward to returning.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Overall atmosphere and decoration is great. The food looked nice but it taste below expectations. Especially the roast pig was tasted like rubber but it cost over $250, the price performance is super low.

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KelvinC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Morden Chinese cuisine, nice ambience to chat. Went for my birthday they even did a dessert and printed a photo for me, nice touch.

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PrakritS
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Pathetic service. You will have to ask for your order at least 3 times before it comes to your table. Even when you tell them that you have already asked for your order thrice, they are not apologetic at all

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vipDykerSpanky
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food (Peking Duck), service at atmosphere. Highly recommend it for date night or a special occasion.

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DebbyF
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great environment, yummy food, only hope the serving speed can be a bit faster.

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FChan
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is excellent, the taste is surprisingly good. The only improvement would be the tables are set too close to each other, I can hear the whole conversations from the table behind clearly.

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ChrisE
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service equals the food in quality and attention to detail. And, the value of the set lunch was exceptional. Will certainly return again and again.

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GraceW
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is my second time to the chinese library. their service and food quality maintain its highest level.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Food was mostly tasty but not all dishes were good. Service was mostly terrible and rushed. Table was not cleared every time they brought a new dish which was messy.

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vipMassimoP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

had a dim sum weekend brunch, excellent! a very nice ambience and service. will go back.

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Cherry
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food, nice staff, nice service. Good to celebrate anniversary or bday woth your bf/gf.

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AnthonyA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

The music was too loud from the bar section and we could not enjoy our dinner properly

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JWAN
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good as always. 2 hours dining is a bit rush. It'd be better if it can extend to 2.5 hours.

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Fourdanna
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Fish cooked 2 ways was outstanding, the spicy chicken was just delicious! Spicy enough but the spice didn't take away the refined taste of the Kung Po chicken!! Even the bok choi was to die for. Such a simple dish which the chef turned that vegetable dish to a delicacie with its clear soup! The fried rice was outstanding! Definitely a must visit place!

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MichelleX
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely environment, brilliant dim sum, good value for money

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Peri
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

great food, great service, great environment! All you need for a great brunch! Kids friendly!try it out now!!!!!!!!!

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Christy
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sichuan style dishes are very nice, especially the Pickled fish.

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DebbyF
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

hopefully the fixed price to order all dim sum will come back to the weekdays too:)

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most enjoyable.

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VegetarianInHK
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Personally, the vegetarian options were lacking quite a bit. I really was keen to eat the truffle dumplings which your website states (even now) that it is vegetarian - but then when I got there, I was disappointed to find that it in fact is not vegetarian. So there's only four vegetarian options, but the 'vegetables' is just one vegetable which was cauliflower. At least a kind of mixed veggies should be the minimum standard, nobody goes to a premium restaurant to eat cauliflower - which severely lacked flavour and looked unappetising to begin with.
I think a proper vegetarian main dish was also lacking. I just had to constantly eat the appetisers as there was nothing substantial. I'm sure vegetarian options are quite in demand so a well renowned chef should have no problem in catering to that. Additionally, I don't understand why my dietary preferences were asked upon booking as there was no vegetarian friendly main dishes. So if my friends are vegetarians or vegans, I would not recommend this restaurant. There are many vegetarian friendly Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong, especially in that area.

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DianeN
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! I think there’s too much food, it’s good we can take away but the amount of dishes can be adjusted! Thank you!!

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CarolineR
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious combination of western and Chinese dishes over the New Year. Beautiful presentation, fantastic service and gorgeous ambiance. We had a wonderful time celebrating 2021

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CindyW
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could add more variety of dim sums. The overall quality is very good.

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GaryH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The Dim Sum brunch was average and relatively more expensive than other restaurants of its vintage. Ambience and service was excellent though.

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VeronikaK
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food is great but the service is unexpectedly bad.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The foods and services are excellent. The ambience is nice too.

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LJKIM
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food in overall was really good, but we asked one of the waiter to take a photo but he was not good at it

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Adorable
Macau
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicate and the service is good! Would be nice to have a drink at the balcony before dinner.

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YannesC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service and awesome food, valuable for weekend dim sum buffet!! Must visit again.

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Kkts
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was mostly delicious. Service was good. Nice place for celebration of event.

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Shane
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience5

HORRIBLE service - that really dampens the experience

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BruceLee
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice setup and food, would be even better to have more variety

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1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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FAQs

The Chinese Library is rated 4.4 stars by 184 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.