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The Chinese Library

4.3
4.3
201 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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Booked 21 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Chinese

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch
    Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
    Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
    Dinner
    Tue–Sun 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    2848 3088

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

Menu

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What 201 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Hong Kong

    Best Overall

  • Hong Kong

    Best Food

  • Hong Kong

    Best Service

  • Hong Kong

    Best Ambiance

  • Hong Kong

    Best Value

  • Hong Kong

    Great for Lunch

  • Hong Kong

    Romantic

  • Hong Kong

    Special Occasion

  • Hong Kong

    Most Booked

  • Hong Kong Island

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  1. JW

    JenniferW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    The service was shocking - very slow and inattentive and in some cases argumentative Very expensive food for quality and quantity - presentation nice though Setting is nice

  2. NS

    NicolaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Service was excellent, great food and selection. We loved it!

  3. SM

    SoutchM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Impressive atmosphere, nice service, well executed Chinese fusion food. Wine list isn’t cheap. Overall good experience !

  4. FD

    FrankD

    Hong Kong

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Quite an enjoyable experience, food keeps getting better and better one after the other as it was being served. We’ll definitely be back!

  5. MJ

    ManiJ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience4

    Terrible value for money. The brunch menu sucks. I prefer a la carte

  6. D

    Deborah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing Peking Duck dinner, we ordered 2 for 6 people ... So good! Overall experience better than Mott32 actually!

  7. TC

    TCHK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Have been here for dinner before. Yesterday was the first time for brunch and it didn't disappoint. A nice mix of high quality dim sum and mains to suit all palates. Very nice vegetarian options available too. Would return and highly recommend to others.

  8. L

    Lynn

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tasty dim sum served in reasonable time. Friendly service.

  9. F

    Foodie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Food was better than expected and impressive, as we thought it would be just IG-able food. The service wasn't up to expectation, as the staff brought us in and suddenly changed a table for us after we got seated, though with a good intention of giving us more privacy, and one of the staff kept asking us to order tea and free flow drinks.

  10. BL

    BelleL

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Good food and staff. But bit pricey given the portion

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional food and atmosphere. A little pricy but we’ll worth it. My new favorite Chinese restaurant in HK.

  12. DA

    DevangA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Pricey but excellent food and great service. Very good for a business lunch. Convenient location

  13. PS

    PaoloS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super Brunch, especially with Ruinart free flow. Food is simply delicious and the staff is super attentive.

  14. NV

    NiruV

    Hong Kong

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was visually stunning as well as extremely tasty. We loved the whole experience.

  15. L

    Linus

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience4

    Lunch menu far better than dinner due to the lunchtime Dim Sum selection. The dinner menu is 95% dominated by very spicy, hot peppers and red chillis. Both our lamb and chicken were drowned in the same red chillis and very one dimensional. This is one dimensional red chillis, Szechuan hot pepper spices is the”standard” flavour in the majority of dishes. Staff are laid back and unable to advise on dishes. The ambience and decor are lovely making this a venue to visit once but unless you have a “fire proof” stomach beware! Also, it’s very expensive for the small portions which are good for 2 but nor enough for 4 sharing a dish. Good cocktails but at HK$148 + 10% rather costly for the small portion served. Diners appear to be spending the majority of their money to pay for the decor. Not at all good value and the Dim Sum Library in Pacific Place far, far better.

  16. R

    Rasheen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Loved the aubergine dish and e-fu noodles superb !

  17. r

    richardc

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Pros: Beautiful decor. Really top-quality Dim Sum. Polite service. Cons: Too little time. Quite slow food delivery. Service can become a little sparse.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

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

  19. SB

    SebastienB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  20. RC

    RoseC

    Hong Kong

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  21. DS

    DykerSpanky

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  22. RS

    RobertS

    1 review

    3.0

    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

  23. KT

    KatilynT

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  24. DP

    DavidP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Appreciated the whole experience! Looking forward to returning.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    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.

  26. KC

    KelvinC

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  27. PS

    PrakritS

    1 review

    1.0

    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

  28. DS

    DykerSpanky

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  29. DF

    DebbyF

    Hong Kong

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  30. FC

    FChan

    1 review

    4.0

    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.

  31. CE

    ChrisE

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  32. GW

    GraceW

    1 review

    5.0

    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.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    2.0

    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.

  34. MP

    MassimoP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

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

  35. C

    Cherry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  36. AA

    AnthonyA

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience1

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

  37. JW

    JWAN

    Hong Kong

    1 review

    4.0

    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.

  38. F

    Fourdanna

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    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!

  39. MX

    MichelleX

    Hong Kong

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Lovely environment, brilliant dim sum, good value for money

  40. P

    Peri

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    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!!!!!!!!!

FAQs

The Chinese Library is rated 4.3 stars by 201 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.

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2 people

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Booked 21 times today
Google Map for The Chinese Library

Police Headquarters Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road Central, Hong Kong -

  • Neighborhood

    Central / Sheung Wan

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch
    Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
    Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
    Dinner
    Tue–Sun 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Chinese

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

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