The Chinese Library

4.5
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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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RS
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Geweldige ambiance, heerlijk eten en geweldige bediening

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LP
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.

OT
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!

MJ
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.

CS
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!!

SM
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

AM
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.

B
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!

MT
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

TM
Charlotte
35 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.

OT
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.

CC
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!

E
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....

r
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food and ambience was great. Waitress was rude, she was very unfriendly and had issues with one of our party turning up late. She rushed the food orders and it felt like she was trying to get rid of us.

I was very embarrassed as I had organised the dinner for a birthday and my previous experience was great

JS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The air con system makes the food cold quickly after being served. Either the vents need to be otherwise dispersed, or some kind of umbrella over the table, shielding the food would make sense. But as it is, it does not make sense for us to return. It should be said that the service was fantastic. The staff were very very good. And the food was good.

TC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambiance at this restaurant are incredible, the setting in Tai Kwun and historical relevance coupled with the service, food quality make this a special experience. Highly recommended.

DS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service. It was a nice Chinese/Western food experience. A nice surprise for an upscale establishment.

AM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant surroundings, clean, simple, tasty Chinese cuisine....... and great cocktails, the perfect recipe for a fun night out.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent restaurant and overall experience. Beautiful interior. Good music & audience.
Only wish is that the wines would be kept at 16-18 degrees instead of +20. Will come back!

N
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It a great place to dine if you happen to be in Tai Kwun. Highly recommended.

L
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A little pricey but the food is good. Nice menu, a slight twist from the usual dim sum and Chinese restaurant menu.

MC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food very good but service slow despite restaurant was not fully booked. And found it more expensive than I had expected...

JT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The Chinese Library offers a very luxurious setting for a meal, with spacious seating and impressive decor. The food can be exquisitely presented, with the chrysanthemum thousand-cut silken tofu soup and the whole Macau sole particularly well-done. The service, while extremely amiable, could perhaps be just a tad more well-coordinated: there were many people, but it didn't always seem that they knew who was doing what, and it could sometimes be surprisingly difficult to get someone's attention.

m
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

i would like visit one more time
See you soon ^^

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal we’ve had in Hong Kong! And a very swanky dining room. Be sure to order the iberico pork dish with cashews and dragon fruit – you will not be disappointed!

m
London
22 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great meal - first day in Hong Kong and we picked this and were happy with our choice. Restaurant room was very nice and appealing. Some items on the menu not clear but we had a great waiter - Billy who took pride in walking us through and explaining. We ordered the tiger skin and aubergine to start - both quite unusual but delicious- followed by the wagyu beef rice, the spicy chicken and the amazing flaming lamb chops which had amazing flavour. The complimentary dessert was also good made of tofu it tasted like pannacotta. Thanks Billy for looking after us!

OT
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

雰囲気もサービスもとても良かったです

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RS
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The service is very bad, not much of smile from them.
Ask for bowls n they forget had to ask again.
I had to top up tea for my guests.
No answer from them when we said thank you during serving.
After I sign the check (without a tip of cause) there was not a word.
At 2:45pm when we leave no one usher us out, I did their job.... I open the door for ourselves.
Seriously, I think you people don't know what you are doing.

C
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service. Love the decoration. Must try the dessert

YY
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JO
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SL
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

MB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from start to finish!

WC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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

KH
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MF
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

MJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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

B
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food2service2ambience4

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.