Dali Courtyard

Price guide: Mid-range

67 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Gulou East Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Price guide: Mid-range

Patio view

By Tom O'Malley, your Beijing expert

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#7 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Beijing
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.7
4.7
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, First-time travellers, Honeymooners, Chilling out, Relaxation

Best for Outdoor dining - Expert review of Dali Courtyard

Fresh and fragrant southwest Chinese cuisine in a picturesque garden setting.

Dali Courtyard’s appealing garden setting, fragrant southwest Chinese cuisine and hassle-free set menus have made it a perennial tourist favourite over the years. I’ve taken friends and family here on more than one occasion and some still remember it as the best dining experience of their trip.

Food and drink: 

The dishes here hail from Yunnan Province in China’s southwest. The area’s geographical and cultural proximity to Southeast Asia equates to liberal use of fresh mint, lime and sour flavors - a pleasant change from the gutsier, oilier cooking favored by Beijing palates. A fixed set menu means a changing line-up of around six to eight dishes per visit, but regional specialties like stir-fried pine mushrooms and delicious pan-fried goat’s cheese usually play at least a supporting role.

Ambience: 

Relaxed and romantic – diners can choose to sit al fresco in the courtyard garden or in one of the ethnically-decorated rooms surrounding it.

Service: 

Friendly, unhurried service sets a relaxed pace to the meal.

Location: 

Tucked away in an alleyway just north of Gulou East Street. Convenient if you’re visiting the hutong neighbourhoods around Nanluogu Xiang and the Drum and Bell Towers.

Price advice: 

Set menus start at about 120 RMB, and the wine list carries local and European bottles starting from 150 RMB.

More information on Dali Courtyard:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Chinese
Address:
67 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Gulou East Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Telephone:
+86 10 8404 1430
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 10am-9.30pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Yunnan

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