We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A Must for The Atmosphere and Nostalgia”

Maxim's Palace Chinese Restaurant
Ranked #64 of 9,957 Restaurants in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: Chinese
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast
Neighbourhood: Central
Reviewed 11 July 2014

I think the point here is that it is a great experience. Probably most visitors will have had better, cheaper Dim Sum / Yum Char at some other place, at some other time. Yeah yeah, but the food is good, say a 7/10, pretty authentic, not overly expensive and the place has tablecloths, china, and a cool view.

Service can appear abrupt with the trolley derby going on, but hey, this is Hong Kong. They don't do subtle and polite in HK, unless it's really top end. Just take it for what it is and not, like some reviewers, castigate it for not being like it is 'back home'.

This is not the easiest place to find (it's on the 1st floor of City Hall's Low Block, so get good directions or get a cab to drop you).

No bookings but it is large and if you're there at or soon after opening you won't have to wait.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
3  Thank traveltruffles
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (1,115)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

448 - 452 of 1,115 reviews

Reviewed 8 July 2014

We ate here and really looked forward to it. The atmosphere is, I have to say, well worth the experience and anticipation. Great big chandeliers and stages. Worth just the theatrics, wish they had more theatrics in the service of the food. Loved the trolleys, absolute theatre in some of them. One trolley had a tv screen and that was a bit kitsch but cute in a way. Service great although a lot of the trolleys move very fast. Try and get a seat in a corner so you can see it all. Food was ok but have had much more enjoyable experiences in Australia. Reminds me of East Ocean before they got rid of the trolleys in Sydney. Still worth a go, but don't expect traditional.

Thank narayansmate
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 July 2014

I have been to this place several times now and I really like it. Most restaurants have got rid of the trolleys but this place still is going strong. Go with a local if you can as it makes the process easier. Yes, it can be a wait to get in so go early.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank sparky59canberra
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 July 2014

My wife and I tried this place after not having eaten here for over ten years. We've been in Hong Kong for over two decades and thought we should visit this place again as it is one of the few places that still has dim sum trolley service (ladies going around the restaurant with carts carrying various dim sum dishes) and we might want to visitors here. We came early on Saturday morning at 10:15 am and still had to wait about 20 minutes. The place is much cleaner and brighter than we remembered but dim sum dishes were average. We were hungry so we tried 10 or so plates and all tasted bland.

The place was mainly tourists but I was surprised to see some locals although most seemed to be here with visitors. There are much better quality dim sum in Hong Kong such as the Art of Dim Sum in Happy Valley or ones in 4 or 5 star hotel restaurants. I would not be surprised if this place is still recommended on many tour guide books based on old reputation - I recall when I used to come here often back in late 1980s and early 1990s, this place had that old, noisy and boisterous vibe that one would imagine a popular Hong Kong dim sum place would be like and food was considered very good for the price.
I could see some tourists getting a kick out of seeing dim sum served on carts but I would not bring my out of town friends here - I would not want to drag them here early to avoid the lines and the quality of food just doesn't justify the wait.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Hank072010
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 22 June 2014

If you're a lover of dim sum Maxim's Palace is a 'must'. The food is excellent. Located in the interesting to visit City Hall, Maxim's is a very well appointed dining room boasting chandeliers, linen, and well presented and highly efficient staff. In spite of the plush surroundings and some very well dressed patrons, smart shorts, shirts and sandals are perfectly acceptable dress.
Beware, it's easy to over-eat from the never ending trolleys of plates of food that pass your table!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Andrew M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Maxim's Palace Chinese Restaurant also viewed

 

Been to Maxim's Palace Chinese Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing