Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Yāntái

Róngxiáng Hǎixiān

At this perpetually packed local institution, the seafood is crawling/swimming/blinking in the back room where you put in your order. Quick-tongued staff toss out price per jīn for creatures from the briney deep and…
Top Choice Grill in Qīngdǎo

Wángjiě Shāokǎo

Qīngdǎo’s kebabs are legendary and these are among the best, so give them your palate's undivided attention. Join the throng outside this streetside stand gorging on lamb (羊肉; yángròu), cuttlefish (鱿鱼; yóuyú) and ch…
Top Choice Shandong in Qīngdǎo

China Community Art & Culture

This lovely restaurant next to its namesake hotel is in a stylised Hakka roundhouse (the sort once mistaken by the CIA for missile silos). The kitchen turns out sophisticated regional cuisine from Shāndōng and Sìchu…
Chinese in Qūfù

Yù Shū Fáng

On dining, Confucius duly noted 'Food can never be too good, and cooking can never be done too carefully'. This restaurant of private rooms behind the Confucius Mansion takes this to heart, serving fine Iron Guanyin…
Street Food in Qīngdǎo

Huángdǎo Market

In the heart of Old Town, this long-standing, frenetic street market is chock-a-block with vendors selling (depending on the time of day) squirming seafood, fried chicken, pancakes, fruit, soy milk…it’s all cheap, s…
Shandong in Qīngdǎo

Chūn Hé Lóu

In the old quarter of town, this Lǔ (Shāndōng) cuisine institution was founded in 1891 and makes legendary pot stickers (锅贴; guōtiē) and crispy, fragrant chicken (香酥鸡; xiāngsū jī). The top-floor tables have the most…
Shandong in Jǐ'nán

Lǔxī’nán Flavor Restaurant

Just inside Dàguān Gardens’ north gate, this is the place for a refined take on Lǔ (Shāndōng) cuisine. Order the down-home classics like sweet and spicy cabbage with glass noodles (¥22) and lamb (braised or sautéed,…
Dumplings in Yāntái

Xiāngfǔ Ròudīng Shuǐjiǎo

At the south end of Fulai Lijie by the elementary school, this tiny restaurant draws foodies from afar with its speciality dumplings (水饺; shuǐjiǎo); the ones stuffed with tender bàyú (鲅鱼; ¥30 per jīn, enough for two…
International in Qīngdǎo

Cafè Yum

All-you-can-eat buffets go on all day in the swish Shangri-La Hotel, so save it for an empty tummy. They're pricey, perhaps, but the international spreads are a glutton’s paradise. Did we mention the free-flow beer?…
Chinese in Tài'ān

Dōngzūn Court

Cuisine styles at this elegant and smart tablecloth affair at the Ramada Plaza are Lǔ, Cantonese and Sìchuān, with an entire room dedicated to live freshwater fish and shrimp (priced by the jīn) and freshly made spr…