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The Chinese Library

4.2
4.2
210 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 10 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Chinese

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm
    Lunch
    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    2848 3088

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

Menu

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What 210 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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. TC

    TravisC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food4service2ambience4

    Orders were missed and service was unsatisfactory.

  2. PC

    PaulC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food and service! The best dim sum meal I have had in a very long time!!

  3. RM

    RubyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Good service and food nice environment. Like. It ver much

  4. c

    candyt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good food, good service and nice environment. Just one suggestion to remark a bit clearer about the portion on the order form....not sure the portion is one piece, one dish or for one person....But anyway will definitely come again!

  5. K

    Karl

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We would like to say a big thank you for the way we were served last Friday lunch time. The drinks and dim sum were fantastic! It was exciting to explore many new dim sum we didn’t know. We had a most enjoyable time and will return in the future!

  6. L

    Ladyfirst

    Hong Kong

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    A cozy place for gathering , spacious with nice lighting and nice modern Chinese food

  7. JL

    JL2022

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    The ambience and environment was great. The food quality is not bad. Our main issue was with the Brunch Dim Sum free flow option, we asked the server how many do we get in 1 serving (1 order) and he said about 3 pieces so we ordered based off that. Ended up being per piece so when we ordered 2 expecting 6, literally 2 pieces of dim sum arrived for 4 people. We also ordered free flow drinks and it seems they don’t automatically refill your drinks but wait for you to flag them down to indicate you want another glass. At times they forgot our order and gave us something different entirely. All in all, do not recommend for price point. Madame Fu has better service for price and they’re 2min walk away.

  8. JF

    JessF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Gorgeous dinning place. Warmly services. Unique menu and tasty.

  9. F

    Florence

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food and service are very good, and the environment is nice.

  10. JW

    JenniferW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2021

    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

  11. NS

    NicolaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

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

  12. 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 !

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. L

    Lynn

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tasty dim sum served in reasonable time. Friendly service.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. R

    Rasheen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Loved the aubergine dish and e-fu noodles superb !

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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 .

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. DP

    DavidP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Appreciated the whole experience! Looking forward to returning.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

FAQs

The Chinese Library is rated 4.2 stars by 210 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 10 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

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm
    Lunch
    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Chinese

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

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

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