Do you know what the most famous traditional restaurants in Hangzhou are? Where to find traditional Zhejiang or Hangzhou dishes?
Lou Wai Lou Restaurant
Add: 30 Gushan Road, Solitary Hill, Hangzhou
Signature dishes: West Lake Fish in Sweet Sour Source, Dongpo Pork, Beggar's chicken, Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea, Sister Song’s Fish Broth and other traditional Hangzhou dishes.
Lou Wai Lou Restaurant is one of the longest standing restaurants in Hangzhou with a history of more than 150 years. Built in the 1840s by a Qing Dynasty Noble, Louwailou Restaurant is said to be the oldest restaurant in China. Many foreign VIPs have dined there while visiting Hangzhou. It is sited beside West Lake and on the foot of Solitary Hill. Many celebrities has been to the restaurant for dinning, including Zhou Enlai, Chen Yi, He Long, etc.
Tian Wai Tian Restaurant
Add: 2 Tianlan Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou
Signature dishes: West Lake Fish in Sweet Sour Source, Dongpo Pork, Beggar's chicken, Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea
Tian Wai Tian Restaurant is sited in Feilai Hill in Linyin Temple. The environment is great and the service is good too. One can overview the West Lake while dinning in the restaurant. And vegetarian good is available here. With a history of 100 years, Tianwaitian Restaurant was built in 1910 and now develops as another old restaurant in Hangzhou with a very nice location, situating at the foot of the Peak Flown from Afar near the Lingyin Temple.
Shan Wai Shan Restaurant
Add: Botanic Garden, 8 Yuquan Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou
Signature dishes: Dongpo Pork, Fried Shrimps with Longjing Tea,
Shan Wai Shan Restaurant is located in Botanic Garden beside the beautiful West Lake, so the environment here quite good. With internal ancient decoration, it is a restaurant with a very good environment. The balcony on the second floor can let you enjoy your food under sunshine. Except offer local cuisine, it also specializes in other regional traditions including Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine.
Tian Xiang Lou Restaurant
Add: 447 Yan’an Road
Signature dishes: Fried Chicken with Fresh Chestnut, Dongpo Pork, West Lake Fish in Sweet Sour Source. The dishes cooked with fish heads are the most highly recommended food here.
Tian Xiang Lou Restaurant is also old-brand dinning place in the city. It not only offers classic local food, but also serving Sichuan, Anhui, Jiangsu cuisine.
Zhi Wei Guan Restaurant
Add: 83 Renhe Road (near to Dongpo Road), Hangzhou
Signature dishes: Steamed Buns, Cat Ear, Dongpo Pork, West Lake Fish in Sweet Sour Source
Zhi Wei Guan Restaurant is a famous old restaurant in the city. The classic food here is local snacks. In this place the guests can enjoy various snacks with authentic taste. The price of its dishes is a little high but you will know it deserves when you taste the dishes.
There are many branches of Zhi Wei Guan in Hangzhou. The most popular branch is Zhi Wei Guan on Yang Gong Di (West Lake bank). You can get excellent environment and wonderful view when you dine outside near the lake.
Kui Yuan Guan Noodles Restaurant
Add: 124 Jiefang Lu, near Zhonghe Gaojia
Signature dishes: Noodle
Kui Yuan Guan Restaurant is a popular dinning place that was founded in the Qing Dynasty, and it specializes in the local shrimp-and-fried-eel delicacy. If you want to taste the most delicious noodles in south China, it is definitely the most proper one. Here you will taste more than one hundred kinds of noodle food and the price is acceptable.
This is an excellent place to experience authentic Hangzhou cuisine. Don’t leave without ordering: The sautéed shrimp and eel noodles, bamboo shoot and salted vegetable pork noodles. It is known for tasty and affordable noodles with a long history and bizarre origins.
Add: 2/F, 3 Hubin Lu, near Pinghai Lu, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou
Signature dishes: Chicken Cooked with Longjing Tea, Beggar’s Chicken and Fried Shrimp with Longjing Tea
Grandma’s Kitchen can offer dinners a real value-for-money experience combining skillfully prepared dishes, friendly service and an easily accessible lakeside location. It is the best place for guests to enjoy local food in Hangzhou. With affordable prices you can enjoy various kinds of food as much as possible. The restaurant is not luxuriously decorated but you will feel homelike when you are in it.
Don’t leave without ordering Chicken Cooked with Longjing Tea, which is the restaurant’s most expensive dish. The exclusive recipe is a contemporary marriage of two of Hangzhou’s traditional dishes: the Beggar’s Chicken and Fried Shrimp with Longjing Tea.
Wang Run Xing (Emperor Meal) Restaurant
Address：71-75 Zhongshan Road Middle, Hangzhou
Signature dishes: Fish Head Braised with Tofu
Emperor’s Meal is the restaurant that first came to the newly restored street three years ago. But its history goes back to a folk tale set against the background of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Like many other similar folk tales, this one is about how the emperor came to an ordinary farmer's house for a meal, how the poor farmer cooked the leftover for the emperor, and how the emperor, so exhausted and so hungry at the end of the day, found the leftover so tasty and so wonderful. But this particular tale does not end here. It goes on to say that the emperor gave the farmer some cash and said he could set up a restaurant with it. Five years later the emperor came to Hangzhou again and patronized the farmer's restaurant. The emperor liked what he enjoyed there and reminisced about their first encounter. This time, the emperor did not give the farmer-turned restaurateur money. The scholarly emperor gave the restaurant a title: Emperor's Meal. Today, the Emperor's Meal offers traditional Hangzhou flavored dishes. The fish head braised with tofu, the legendary dish prepared by the poor farmer and loved by the emperor, is a must for diners. Some non-Hangzhou epicures come all the way and head straight for the restaurant.
The above are some most famous traditional restaurants in Hangzhou, where you can find all authentic Hangzhou dishes.