10 Best Cantonese Restaurants in Guangzhou

Have you ever heard of a saying "Eat in Guangzhou"? This saying telling you the ultimate goal in Guangzhou is to eat! Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, is the global hub for Cantonese food and has become the 32nd destination in the Michelin Guide footprint worldwide. In this "Food Paradise", you will never reach the end of your food journey.

Just free your mouth and stomach to fully try the traditional Cantonese dishes, dim sum and dessert. Whether you are looking for something more moderately priced and relaxing, or more expensive and business-appropriate, our list of Guangzhou’s 10 best Cantonese restaurants covers the best places to go - continue reading to see what we recommend!

To Enjoy Traditional Dishes

1. Guangzhou Restaurant (Wenchang South Road)

Chinese: 广州酒家

Specialties: Wenchang Chicken, Roasted Suckling Pig, Crispy Goose Paw, Cantonese Dim Sum, Three Color Lobster

Average Cost: CNY 70-120 per person (the price is subject to change)

Opening Hours: 07:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:00

Address: No.2 Wenchang South Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou (广州市荔湾区文昌南路2号)

Founded in 1935, Guangzhou Restaurant is a traditional Cantonese restaurant with a history over 80 years. Situated at the crossroad of Wenchang South Road and Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Road, Guangzhou Restaurant is the best choice for visitors who are in Liwan District for exploration. Guangzhou Restaurant (Wenchang Road) is very elegant designed with a courtyard decorated with red lanterns, with a feeling of Suzhou gardens. All the dished, like morning tea, dim sum and Cantonese dishes are in high quality and it is the standard for Cantonese restaurants. No matter you go here to enjoy morning tea or have lunch or dinner, you are highly recommended. Don’t forget to oder the specialty dish "Wenchang Chicken".

Guangzhou Restaurant (Wenchang South Road) Guangzhou Restaurant (Wenchang South Road)
Guangzhou Restaurant (Wenchang South Road) Wenchang Chicken

2. Bing Sheng Pin Wei Restaurant

Chinese: 炳胜品味

Specialties: Pineapple Bread, Black Char Siu (soy-glazed barbecued pork), Silky Homemade Tofu, Coldwater Shrimp, Roasted Goose

Average Cost: CNY 150-180 per person (the price is subject to change)

Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00

Haiyin Branch: No.33 Dongxiao Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou (广州市海珠区东晓路33号)

Zhujiang New Town Branch (Flag Store): No.2, Xicun Road, Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou (珠江新城冼村路2号首府大厦1-4楼(近临江大道), close to Guangdong Museum and Canton Tower

Tianhe Branch: No. 168, Tianhe East Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou (广州市天河区天河东路168号), close to Tianhe Stadium

Bing Sheng Pin Wei belongs to the brand of Bingsheng Group which is featured with "original", "fresh", "innovative", kept the essence of traditional Cantonese food. Till 2019, there are five branches of Bing Sheng Pin Wei and among them, Haiyin Head Branch has got Michelin Plate Award. All the restaurants are meticulous-designed and decorated in grand and luxury style.

As one of the best restaurants to taste traditional Cantonese food, you can have a try at the BBQ Porl (Black Char Siu), Roasted Goose, Grilled Duck Intestine with Chinese Bean Source, or Seafood Pot or other dishes. English service is unavailable and you should try to go with the help of a tour guide or a Chinese. The service will be terrific. The price is reasonable and the average price for one dish is around CNY 40 - 80 and the prices for some seafood will be expensive.

Bing Sheng Pin Wei Restaurant Bing Sheng Pin Wei Restaurant (Haiyin Branch)
Bing Sheng Pin Wei Restaurant Black Char Siu (soy-glazed barbecued pork)

3. Lai Heen Restaurant (The Ritz Carlton Guangzhou)

Chinese: 丽轩餐厅 (广州富力丽思卡尔顿酒店)

Specialties: Crispy Pigeon, Lobster Soup, Sunflower Chicken

Average Cost: CNY 500 per person

Opening Hours: 11:30 - 14:00, 17:30 - 22:00

Address: No.3 Xing’an Road, Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou (广州珠江新城兴安路3号), close to Guangdong Museum

Located on the 3rd floor of the Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou Hotel (a 5-star hotel in Guangzhou), the Lai Heen Restaurant was listed as Michelin-starred Restaurant which is a fine example of fine Cantonese dining. The are one main dining room and six private rooms and eight semi-private rooms - all are elegantly designed and decorated. It can hold about 120 people at the same time. The main chef Guo Yuanfeng at the restaurant has over 20 years’ experience who is good at seeking for ideas from nature and create innovative dishes. It is rare to try at traditional Cantonese Restaurants. The prices for the dishes at Lai Heen Restaurant is comparatively expensive and for travelers who want to try the exquisite Cantonese dishes, the place is recommended to go.

Li Xuan Restaurant (The Ritz Carlton Guangzhou) Li Xuan Restaurant
Li Xuan Restaurant (The Ritz Carlton Guangzhou) Crispy Pigeon

4. Bing Sheng Mansion

Chinese: 炳胜公馆

Specialties: Talon Shrimp, Boiled Duck with Chinese Caterpillar Fungus, Roast Suckling Pig, Steamed Crab, Steamed Pomfret, Pineapple Buns

Average Cost: CNY 150-300 per person (the price is subject to change)

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00

Address: 5F, No.2, Xian Cun Road, Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou (珠江新城冼村路2号首府大厦5楼)

Bing Sheng Mansion is a new brand for Bing Sheng Group, located on the north bank of the Pearl River and close to Guangdong Museum in Zhujiang New Town. Its sister restaurant called Bing Sheng Pin Wei (Zhujiang New Town branch) also locate at the same place. Founded in 2010, Bing Sheng Mansion is built in European style with luxury and elegance. Every dish is very fresh and in high quality. This restaurant is most suitable for business people and wedding party. Bing Sheng Mansion has been listed as Michelin-starred Restaurant (1 Star).

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Bing Sheng Mansion Bing Sheng Mansion
Bing Sheng Mansion Specialties in Bing Sheng Mansion

To Enjoy Dim Sim / Morning Tea

1. Dian Dou De Restaurant (Ju Fu Lou)

Chinese: 点都德 (聚福楼店)

Specialties: Har Gow, Salted Egg Yolk Buns, Egg Tart, Cantonese Barbecued Pork Bun, Steamed Pork Ribs

Average Cost: CNY 50-80 per person

Opening Hours: 07:00 - 22:30

Address: 3F, No.470 Huifu East Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou (广州市越秀区惠福东路470号)

Dian Dou De (Ju Fu Lou), situated very close to Beijing Road in Yuexiu District, is the best choice to have brunch, lunch or dinner when you have a tour (Yuexiu Park, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Museum of the Mausoleum of Nanyue King) in the old downtown area. Most of the travelers said it is the best restaurants for dim sum with lots of different types and very nice ambience. All the prices for the delicious dim sum are very reasonable and each is around CNY 20-30. The staff cannot speak English and but they are friendly.

Dian Dou De Restaurant Dian Dou De Restaurant
Dian Dou De Restaurant Dim Sum in Dian Dou De Restaurant

2. Tao Tao Ju Restaurant

Chinese: 陶陶居

Specialties: Har Gow, Chicken Paw, Egg Tart, Moon Cake, Stewed Tripe and Daikon

Average Cost: CNY 50-100 per person

Opening Hours: 07:00 - 23:00

Address: No.20 Dishifu Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou (广州市荔湾区第十甫路20号)

Tao Tao Ju Restaurant, with a history about 140 years, is one of the time-honored restaurant in Guangzhou and its Dim Sum is particularly famous. Tao Tao Ju has unique Lingnan architectural style, retired and quiet settings and traditional Cantonese food and high quality service. It has been attracted many famous persons to have a try.

If you have a tour in Liwan District, Tao Tao Ju is definitely must come for the authentic Cantonese Dim Sum. They serve 5 rounds of dim sum a day! Early breakfast from 07:00 to 11:30. Then noon tea from 11:30 to 14:30. Then afternoon tea time from 14:00- 16:00. Dinner is 18:00-20:30 and then late night dim sum at 21:00/23:00. The price for each dish is very reasonable.

Tao Tao Ju Restaurant Tao Tao Ju Restaurant
Tao Tao Ju Restaurant Try Dim Sum at Tao Tao Ju Restaurant

3. Pan Xi Restaurant

Chinese: 泮溪酒家

Specialties: Har Gow, Water Chestnut Cake, Chicken Pew, Roasted Goose, Fresh Shrimp Intestines

Average Cost: CNY 50-100 per person

Hours: 07:00 - 21:30

Address: No.151 Longjin West Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou (广州市荔湾区龙津西路151号)

Pan Xi Restaurant is the largest garden style restaurant in China, close to Liwan Lake Park in Liwan District. It occupies an area of 12000 sq. It is ranked as the No.1 of the three garden-style restaurants of Guangzhou. Pan Xi has many specialties such as Steamed Whole White Gourd Soup, Garden Herbs Chicken and Assorted Platter. The most famous are its pastries (Fresh Shrimps Dumpling, Nest Dasheen, Water Chestnut Cake and Crisp Three-flavored Rolls). About 40 dishes and pastries won prizes in the cooking contests of various levels. To enjoy authentic Cantonese dim sum with comfortable environment, Pan Xi Restaurant is a nice garden style restaurant to try.

Pan Xi Restaurant Pan Xi Restaurant

4. Lian Xiang Lou Restaurant

Chinese: 莲香楼

Specialties: Lotus-seed-pate Mooncake, Lotus-seed Paste Buns, Sweetheart Pastry, Duck Paw

Average Cost: CNY 50-100 per person

Hours: 09:00 - 23:00

Address: No.67 Dishifu Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou (广州市荔湾区第十甫路67号)

Founded in 1889, Lian Xiang Lou Restaurant is with a history of 130 years, located at the opposite of Tao Tao Ju Restaurant in Liwan District. It has been prized as "China Time-honored Brand" and "National Premium Restaurant". Lian Xiang Lou Restaurant was initially engaging in cakes and biscuits. It is known as "Lotus-seed-pate Mooncake" for the lotus-seed-paste here is smooth and luscious. Lian Xiang Lou Restaurant is a good choice to Yum Cha and try some Dim Sum.

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Lian Xiang Lou Restaurant Lian Xiang Lou Restaurant

Top Enjoy Dessert

1. Baihua Dessert Store (Pak Fa Dessert Store)

Chinese: 百花甜品店

Specialties: Red Bean Soup, Mung Bean Soup, Tapioca Pudding, Sweet Water, Phoenix Milk Paste

Average Cost: CNY 15-30 per person (the price is subject to change)

Opening Hours: 08:00 - 01:00

Address: No.210 Wenming Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou (广州越秀区文明路210号)

Baihua Dessert Store is located on the famous Wenming Road, linking to Beijing Road Tourist Spot in Yuexiu District. Founded in 1986, this dessert store is time-honored shop with over 100 plus kinds of desserts. If you are dessert lovers, Baihua Dessert Store is must-try place when you are in Guangzhou.

Baihua Dessert Store (Guangzhou) Baihua Dessert Store

2. Nanxin Milk Dessert

Chinese: 南信牛奶甜品专家

Specialties: Double-skin Milk

Average Cost: CNY 20 per person

Opening Hours: 09:30 - 23:00

Address: No.47 Dishifu Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou (广州市荔湾区第十甫路47号)

Founded in 1934, Nanxin Milk Dessert has more than 60 years’ history. It is a fine place to enjoy different kinds of desserts when you are in Liwan District for exploration. The specialties include Double-skin Milk (frozen and contained with a ceramic bowl), Phoenix Milk Paste, Wonton Noodles Soup, Beef Offal, Beef Offal Rice Noodles, Beef Offal Noodles, Red Bean Double Skin Milk and more. The menu is only in Chinese.

Nanxin Milk Dessert (Guangzhou) Nanxin Milk Dessert

8 Michelin-starred Restaurant in Guangzhou

There were eight restaurants obtained the first star in the Michelin Guide Guangzhou in 2018, including Bing Sheng Mansion, Bing Sheng Private Kitchen, Jade River, Jiang by Chef Fei, Lai Heen, Lei Garden (Yuexiu), Wisca (Haizhu) and Yu Yue Heen. All eight specialize in Cantonese cuisine.Besides, there were 20 restaurants awarded a Bib Gourmand offering exceptionally good at moderate prices. Furthermore, another 35 restaurants were awarded a Michelin Plate for their solid cooking skills and fresh ingredients. Check the following detailed information to plan your Guangzhou food tour and satisfy your appetite to the fullest in this food paradise!

Restaurants (One Star)Location & Address
Bing Sheng Mansion (炳胜公馆) 5F, No.2, Xian Cun Road, Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou
Bing Sheng Private Kitchen (炳胜私厨) No.178, Tianhe East Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
Jade River (玉堂春暖) 3F, No.1, Shamian South Street, Liwan District, Guangzhou (in White Swan Hotel)
Jiang by Chef Fei (江) No.389, Tianhe Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou (in Mandarin Oriental Hotel Guangzhou)
Lai Heen (丽轩) No.3 Xing’an Road, Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou (in the Ritz Carlton Guangzhou)
Lei Garden (Yuexiu) (利苑 (越秀)) 4F, No.33, Jianshe Liuma Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
Wisca (Haizhu) (惠食佳(海珠)) No.172, Binjiang West Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou
Yu Yue Heen (愉粤轩) 71F, No.5, Zhujiang West Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou (in Guangzhou Four Season Hotel)

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