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Black Sesame Kitchen

#2 of 11,843 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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London, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015

Visited "Black Sesame Kitchen" for dinner while in Beijing on business this past June. I was with 3 work colleagues, all of whom had been a number of times before and ranked it amongst the best restaurant experiences in Beijing (all Brits who travel extensively to China). I had been told it was down a bit of an alley and... More 

Thank maple_leaf_expats
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015

They actually just changed location and are now in #28 Zhong Lao Hutong Dongcheng District. The food was great, we made reservations ahead as the place is small and very intimate so make sure you do - it's worth it. The chefs were serving the food and stayed to talk to us, and made our visit even better. We sat... More 

Thank Shaked A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015 via mobile

The dinner was our first dining experience in Beijing and our first impression was daunting because of the 5 minute walk in back alley to get to the kitchen. The table wasn't clean and the food was ordinary. There was nothing that stood out as spectacular. On top of that it was overly expensive.

1 Thank John J
Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2015

We enjoyed their delicious, fixed-price (~$50/per person) 10-course communal dinner with wine/beer/beverages included. Coco is a wonderful hostess and the food is plentiful and delicious; the red wine we were served was also excellent (non-Chinese). Our family of four sat with two charming and interesting couples from Norway - we had so much fun talking with them that Coco had... More 

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Temple City, California
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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015

Located in a Hutong area of Beijing, this place is awe inspiring in so many ways. You must make reservations before you leave for China. Dinner is a ten course gastronomy of Chinese food. Cooked in an open kitchen, this restaurant serves not much more than 20 to 25 people a night. Diners sit at a big table and food... More 

1 Thank xelajane
Fairfield, Connecticut
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382 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

I hadn't remembered to make a reservation but as a solo traveler (sometimes) know that often the impossible reservation is possible. I emailed for a reservation within the next 3 days. I got one for the next evening. I met the other dinners in the courtyard and was given a drink. we were brought into our dinning room where menus... More 

Thank Stephen P
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2015 via mobile

I visit Beijing last3month ago.. I I plan to for my lunch near to my hotel restaurant and I choose in black sesame kitchen.. And i stayed 5days in Beijing.. I took lunch here 3 days.. Foods was very good. And service also best. I like this restaurant.. And I recomand this place for lunch 😊

Thank chaan s
Berlin, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2015

We went to their Friday communal dinner at the beginning of May and wow wow wow!! It was a ten course meal with each of the courses being either excellent or to die for (especially the eggplant with three flavours, the beef with Hangzou pepper and the gum bao shrimps - although as I understand they change their menu regularly).... More 

1 Thank Arichok
BlackSesameKitchen, Founder at Black Sesame Kitchen, responded to this review

Dear Arichok, Thank you again for coming to Black Sesame Kitchen and giving us such wonderful feedback. We are happy to hear that we met your exacting standards! We would like to remind our new and old guests that we have moved to a new permanent location at 28 Zhong Lao Hutong, near Jingshan Park and the Forbidden City in... More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

This is the 2nd time that I have made it to the Black Sesame Kitchen. Once last March (2014) and yesterday (June 2015). They changed locations and I wonder of they could pull off the original feat of a combo of awesome food, fantastic atmosphere, and engaging interaction. They knocked it out of the park once again. If you are... More 

Thank Rocky5610
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70 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2015

I actually got lost trying to find Black Sesame Kitchen and showed up at the original location where the cooking classes are rather than the restaurant on the rooftop of the Orchid. My bad for not paying more attention to the address change. Fortunately, I met Coco and she introduced to a couple people that were heading that way as... More 

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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
USD 50 - USD 50
Chinese, Asian
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?