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Black Sesame Kitchen

#3 of 11,834 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
As featured in Best Food in Beijing
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No.28 Zhonglao Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100000, China
Name/address in local language
+86 136 9147 4408
19:00 - 22:00
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Perth, Australia
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39 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are planning to go here it is a must do. You will need to book well in advance as it is so popular. Situated at No.28 Zhonglao Hutong in a very old part of the city. We discovered part of the restaurant was attached to the original city wall and several hundred years old.. We arrive a little... More 

Thank Pixelcount
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Even i had been living in Beijing for 3 months and i had tried over 40 restaurant in this city and many others in China, i would rate this Black Sesame Kitchen is the best one. The food was excellent and the service was great. Fully recommend this place.

Thank Hubert A
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We did the cooking class at lunch and had a blast! Our host Cocoa was so friendly and super sweet. We got to learn about traditional Chinese cooking and even get tips on how to prepare it ourselves. Lunch was delicious and we loved the overall experience!

Thank Mariel P
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to have a lot of chinese food and watch how the chefs are making it, this is the place to go. The host is super nice and tell you stories about traditional China. The place is pretty hard to find and there isn't any signs outside so take time to find the place

Thank Marita A
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place was one of the highlights of our trip to China and really made me appreciate Chinese cuisine and ingredients a lot more. For 300 yuan you get to try 10 different dishes, cooked right in front of you so you can ask questions and pick up some ideas for cooking at home. The host, Coco, speaks great English... More 

Thank AndraBel
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate dinner here on our last night in Beijing! The 10 courses were all cooked right in front of us and they were by far the best food we had in Beijing. Each course was better than the next. We enjoyed talking with other tourists from all parts of the world since we shared one table. Definitely a very... More 

Thank Karly W
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Black sesame is an amazing place with a great atmosphere, fantastic food and free flowing drinks. The Pork and ice cream are my favorites, but all the dishes are amazing. A great place to take family, friends and colleagues for a special experience

Thank stephen s
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

First of all, I am a Chinese, so I am very familiar with all those dishes they serve. The food is nothing special or extraordinary, however, the dinning experience in a private kitchen in Chinese courtyard is just very interesting. They only serve 16 people every night, the interaction between guests and host, Coco, and the chef is very interesting... More 

Thank Claire H
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

What a hidden gem. A truely remarkable experience. The waitress was such a bubbly and lovely person, she was a star. Some of the best food I have ever eaten.

Thank Ken C
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Lived in Beijing and loved visiting here. we loved the food, staff, atmosphere, etc.it feels like dining in a person's home.

Thank hricklefs73

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$50 - US$50
Chinese, Asian
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: No.28 Zhonglao Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100000, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing>  > Houhai
  • Neighbourhood: Houhai
  • Phone Number: +86 136 9147 4408
We are a reservations-only dining experience offering a set menu of ten courses and two wine pairings in an open kitchen where you'll learn the secrets of Chinese cuisine.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?