We've been receiving this question from our customers which is quite understandable. Usually, travelers who take a tour to Beijing or a China tour including Beijing will stay there only for several days, and it may not that easy to find the right place for the authentic Beijing Roast Duck even though one can find this dish on the menu of most of the restaurants in Beijing. Here are several places for choice, both widely acclaimed among Chinese people and foreigners.
Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant (全聚德烤鸭店)
Quanjude is a true household name in China for Beijing Roast Duck since 1864. The restaurant has been sticking to the method once employed by the court of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911AD) to cook the duck and famous for the traditional flavor. Beside roast duck, many duck-related dishes are also served here.
Price: Around RMB150-180/person, 15% of service fee will be charged.
Note: Quanjude is always crowded and waiters always seem in rush. If you decide to taste the duck in this famous restaurant, be prepared for its “lively” atmosphere.
Address: Quanjude has 11 branches in Beijing; among them, the Qianmeng Branch is the oldest one and Hepinmen Branches is where the headquarter located, hence the flavor of duck in these two are most consistent, according to diners.
Qianmeng Branch (全聚德烤鸭前门店)
Location: No.32, Qianmen Street, Chongwen District
Opening Hours: 11: 00 – 13:30, 16:30 - 20:00
Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant, Hepinmeng Head Quarter (全聚德烤鸭和平门店)
Location: No.14, Qianmen West Street, Chongwen District
Opening Hours: 11:00-14:00, 16:30-21:00
If you want to taste the authentic Beijing Roast Duck of Quanjude during your stay in Beijing, our 5-Day Beijing Culinary Tour may interest you.
Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant
Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant (大董烤鸭店)
Compared to the long history of Quanjude, Da Dong is quite a newbie but no less tasty. Da Dong is renowned for its renovation of traditional dishes, e.g. it uses less-sweet sugar to go with duck skin which brings a tender texture and richer flavor to the duck. Most diners agree that duck served in Da Dong is less greasy, and it's said the restaurant is an appointed place for British and Japanese Embassy to treat their VIPs.
Price: Around RMB150-180/person
Note: Da Dong offers a handbook to each table showing diners a variety of ways to eat a roast duck. Reservation is strongly suggested considering its popularity.
Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant, Tuanjie Lake Branch （大董烤鸭团结湖店）
Location: Bld. 3 Tuanjiehu Northern Gate (south of Changhong Bridge)
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Tel: (010)65824003; 65822892
Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant, Nanxincang Branch （大董烤鸭南新仓店）
Location: 1-2/F, Nanxincang Int'l Building, A22, Dongsi Shitiao
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
Tel: (010)51690329Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant, Jinbao Street Branch
Location: No. 88 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
Li Qun Roast Duck Restaurant (利群烤鸭店)
Unlike other big name roast duck restaurant, Li Qun sits in an old quadrangle. To get the restaurant, you need to walk for around 10-15 minutes in Beijing's winding Hutongs first. Dishes served in Li Qun are more of a homemade style, and the decoration of the restaurant is kind of humble compared to others. However, it is exactly the authentic Beijing local style that makes it so intriguing to diners.
Price: Around RMB150/person
Note: Li Qun is located in a small courtyard with humble decoration, while some love the original local style, others may find it less interesting.
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Tel: (010)67025681; 67055578
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