Top 5 Peking Duck Restaurants - Where to Eat Authentic Peking Duck in Beijing?
Peking duck, the iconic cuisine in Beijing, it is crispy outside and juicy inside. Brushed with honey and sugar and roasted with the fragrant fruit wood, the duck glows in brown and the shinning crispy skin attracts every foodie's heart. Wrapped with a light pancake, the duck roll tastes so incredible that must become an exclamation mark of your food adventure in Beijing.
Where should I go to hunt for the best Peking duck? Where is possibly a tourist scam and where can I have the most authentic Peking Duck? The followings are 5 popular Peking Roast Duck restaurants that we recommended for your duck exploration! Quack! Quack! Go!
Peking Duck Restaurant Location Map
• Value: ★★★★☆ • Food: ★★★★★ • Service: ★★★★★
• Average Cost: CNY 360/pp
Beijing Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant, established in 1985, is popular among expats and touristS. It is the top 1 roast duck restaurant which has over 3,000 reviews on tripadvisor. It is justifiably proud of its lean ducks, which make them less greasy and much tastier than regular Peking duck. The restaurant attracts its share of famous clientele, including Israeli PM Netanyahu and Philippine President Duterte, among others. Although the price of it is a little higher than other roast duck brands in Beijing, because of its deliciousness, exquisite setting, convenient location and excellent service (On each table, there is an instruction on eating the duck, and the waitresses will also show diners different ways to consume the delicacy), Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant is currently the most popular peking duck resturant in Beijing. By the year of 2019, there are over 8 Dadong Roast Duck Restaurants in Beijing city, most of which are located in the eastern downtown. Below are some recommended major branches of Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant. The Wangfujing one is convenient, which is more suitable for tourists shopping there, while Dadong Nanxincang restaurant is also highly recommended.The decor is modern but surprisingly, for a restaurant on the sixth floor in a sought after neighborhood, there were no windows and thus no view, and you need to take a small elevator to the restaurant.
• Specialties: Da Dong "super lean" roast duck, duck hearts with lily buds, salted duck liver, Chef Dong's braised sea cucumber, goose liver aspic
Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant and Its Major Branches
① Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant (jinbaohui) 大董烤鸭店(金宝汇店) ▶ Location: 5th Floor of Jinbaohui, 88 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京市东城区金宝街88号金宝汇5层
② Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant (Nanxincang) 大董烤鸭店(南新仓商务大厦店) ▶ Location: 1-2 Nanxincang Guoji Dasha, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng district 东四十条甲22号南新仓商务大厦1-2层
③ Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant (Fuchunshanju) 大董烤鸭店(工体富春山居店) ▶ Location: 17 East Road, Workers'Stadium, Chaoyang District, Beijing 北京市朝阳区工人体育场东路17号
④ Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant (Wangfujing) 大董烤鸭店(王府井店) ▶ Location: 6th Floor of Donghuajing Shopping Center, #301 Wangfujing, Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京市东城区王府井大街301号东华金街购物中心6楼
• Value: ★★★★★ • Food: ★★★★☆ • Service: ★★★★★
• Average Cost: CNY 200/pp
Huajiayiyuan is a traditional Beijing restaurant with a beautiful courtyard setting. The first restaurant was established in 1999. At present, there are more than six branches in Beijing, mainly distributed in the east and north of Beijing. The food here follows the tradition and essence of Beijing local cuisine. The roast duck with pancakes is the top recommended dish. The duck is roasted to perfection with little grease, and there are more varieties of side dishes, including pineapple, Hami melon and lettuce, in addition to the traditional cucumber. Besides the authentic roast duck, guests can also enjoy the most representative Beijing delicacies, in a traditional Beijing courtyard. The restaurant offers English menus. Many staff here can also communicate with customers in fluent English. The service is impeccable. The price is lower than Dadong and Quanjude. If it is on Chinese holidays, it is recommended to reserve a table in advance to avoid queuing.
• Specialties: Pan-fried duck rolls, Yiyuan famous chicken, ribs with plum, braised sea cucumber with venison tendon, Buddha jumps over the wall (soup with seafood), signature lamb chop
Major Branches of Hua's Restaurant
① Hua's Restaurant (Courtyard Main Restaurant) 花家怡园(四合院总店) ▶ Location: 235 Dongzhimen Inner Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京市东城区东直门内大街235号(胡大饭馆旁边)
② Hua's Restaurant (Wangfujing) 花家怡园(王府井店) ▶ Location: 3 floors, Macau Central Mall, 8 Wangfujing East Street 王府井东街8号澳门中心商场3层
③ Hua's Restaurant (Dongzhimen) 花家怡园(东直门店) ▶ Location: No. 5 Dongzhimen Neijie Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京市东城区东直门内大街5号
④ Hua's Restaurant (Kelin Wenchuang) 花家怡园(科林文创园餐厅) ▶ Location: No. 107 Colin Building, East Fourth North Street 东四北大街107号科林大厦
• Value: ★★★★★ • Food: ★★★★☆ • Service: ★★★★☆
• Average Cost: CNY 180/pp
Siji Minfu Roast Duck Restaurant is a traditional Beijing food restaurant. The restaurant mainly serves roast duck, traditional Beijing snacks and other local cuisine. The restaurant is in a traditional Beijing style dated back to the 1950s . The dishes are beautifully arranged and reasonably priced. It is a popular roast duck restaurant among local Beijingers recently. At present, there are more than seven roast duck branches, mainly distributed in the north and east of Beijing. The most popular one is the branch near the Donghua Gate of the Forbidden City. If you can reserve the window side table, you can have a panoramic view of the Forbidden City while munching the duck. Since it is so popularly located, in order to avoid queuing too long, it is recommended to reserve it in advance.
• Specialties: Roast Duck, Crispy duck bone with salt and pepper, mustard duck web, salted duck liver, soft-fried duck liver, dry-fried four delicacies
Major Branches of Siji Minfu
① Siji Minfu Restaurant (Forbidden City) 四季民福烤鸭店(故宫店) ▶ Location: No. 11 Nanchizi Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京市东城区南池子大街11号
② Siji Minfu Restaurant (Wangfujing) 四季民福烤鸭店(王府井店) ▶ Location: 1/F, Wancheng Huafu Hotel, 53 Donganmen Street, Dongcheng District 东城区东安门大街53号万程华府酒店1楼
③ Siji Minfu Restaurant (Dong SishiTiao) 四季民福烤鸭店(东四十条店) ▶ Location: No. 23, East 40, Dongcheng District, Beijing (West of Bus Station) 北京市东城区东四十条23号(公交车站西侧)
④ Siji Minfu Restaurant (Workers' Stadium) 四季民福烤鸭店(工体店) ▶ Location: 58 Gongti East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing (East Gate of Workers' Stadium) 北京市朝阳区工体东路58号楼(工人体育场东门)
• Value: ★★★★ • Food: ★★★★★ • Service: ★★★★
• Average Cost: CNY 300/pp
Quanjude, founded in 1864, is a restaurant with a long history and has gained worldwide recognition. Quanjude has been visited by government leaders and officials from nearly 200 countries and regions, for its gourmet roast duck and the fancy all-duck banquet and more than 400 special dishes. It enjoys a high reputation in all parts of China. At present, there are about 10 Roast Duck branches in Beijing, some other branches in other cities of China, even a branch in New York. It is the only Roast Duck company listed in China. The restaurant in Beijing mainly distributes in the central area of the first ring and the northern Beijing. Because of its long history and famous brand, it attracts many domestic and foreign tourists to come and taste it. Among all the branches, Qianmen and Wangfujing restaurants are always crowded and need to queue, because of the large flow of people especially during holidays. If you want to taste the authentic roast duck in Beijing, you should go to some other branches of Quanjude to experience the traditional roast duck culture.
• Specialties: Mustard duck web, boiled duck liver, seasoned duck gizzard, hot and spicy shredded duck wing, crystal duck delicacy, quick-fried duck heart, dry-fried four delicacies
Major Branches of Quanjude
① Quanjude (Wangfujing) 全聚德(王府井店) ▶ Location: No. 9 Shuaifuyuan Hutong, Wangfujing Street 王府井大街帅府园胡同9号
② Quanjude (Qianmen) 全聚德(前门店) ▶ Location: No. 30 Qianmen Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing (near Qianmen Pedestrian Street) 北京市东城区前门大街30号(前门步行街附近)
③ Quanjude (Tiananmen) 全聚德(天安门店) ▶ Location: No. 44 Dongjiaomin Lane, Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京市东城区东交民巷44号
④ Quanjude (Hepingmen) 全聚德(和平门店) ▶ Location: 14 Qianmen West Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 北京市西城区前门西大街14号
• Value: ★★★★★ • Food: ★★★★ • Service: ★★★★
• Average Cost: CNY 150/pp
Originally founded in 1416 during the Ming Dynasty, enduring for over 600 years, Bianyifang is the oldest Peking roast duck restaurant in Beijing. The decoration of storefront also tends to the retro style of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, which makes it recognizable.The name itself means to facilitate customers. With different roast duck techniques from Quanjude, of which the duck is cooked in a open-oven, while Bianyifang's duck is cooked in a closed oven. Therefore, the duck skin is less crisp but more tasty and juicier. There are more than 8 branchesin Beijing, mainly in the eastern part of Beijing. Beside roast duck, each branch has its own unique representative dishes. Though the dishes look less fancy, Bianyifang's roast duck price is more economical and taste yummy too. It also presents multiple sauces in different flavors to relieve the greasing duck slice, such as flower flavor, garlic flavor, and vegetable flavor.
• Specialties: Closed-oven roast duck, mustard duck web, salted duck liver, duck heart cooked in wine, and dry-fried four delicacies
Major Branches of Bianyifang
① Bianyifang (Xianyukou) 便宜坊(鲜鱼口店) ▶ Location: 65-77 Xianyukou Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京市东城区鲜鱼口街65-77号
② Bianyifang (New World Department) 便宜坊(新世界百货2期店) ▶ Location: New World Department Store Phase 2 F3, No. 3 Chongwenmenwai Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京市东城区崇文门外大街3号新世界百货2期F3
③ Bianyifang (Yutingqiao) 便宜坊(玉蜓桥店) ▶ Location: 73 Tiantan East Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京市东城区天坛东路73号
④ Bianyifang (Xingfu Street) 便宜坊(幸福大街店) ▶ Location: No. 36 Xingfu Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京市东城区幸福大街36号