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Black Sesame Kitchen

#2 of 11,849 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
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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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Toronto, Canada
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Alone for an evening in Beijing, I decided to make a reservation for one in this unbelievably good find. Wandering deep in the Zhonglao Hutong in the Dongcheng District, you can easily walk by. Entering a courtyard and greeted by Coco, you are seated at a communal table for about 20 people while you watch three chefs prepare a 10... More 

Thank Katherine H
Singapore, Singapore
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76 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had never done one of these done with strangers experiences and this one turned out quite well. Coco, our host was very attentive and gave us a lot of background about Beijing and life on the hutongs. The food was excellent home cooked fare and was perhaps a course too many. I loved the experience and it was fun... More 

1 Thank skewedeye
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Black Sesame is a must do in Beijing for authentic and tasty food in a really unique environment with local Chinese chefs cooking in front of you. We had a fantastic evening!

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Me and my partner went to Black Seasame kitchen and absolutely loved it! We both loved having the set menu cooked in front of us, it meant we could try new things and Coco speaks very good English and takes time to explain each dish. The fact it was communal made it very sociable and a good way to meet... More 

Thank ChelseaJ215
Lexington, Kentucky
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163 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

The food is very, very good. And served in large quantities, so there are a lot of good things to say about this place. You sit around a table and meet people from all over the world, which can be good or bad in itself I suppose. But I will suggest two things to the place, and a note to... More 

1 Thank Palooka32
Austin, Texas
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188 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Locating the hutong: Coco’s email with directions is very clear. Download a local mapping app to get to the “Red Wall Hotel” and that puts you at the end of the alley or hutong. Go down the alley from the Red Wall Hotel about 0.25 miles, and Coco’s gate is on the left side of the alley and has lights... More 

1 Thank utfiero
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

We had a fabulous meal here. We found the restaurant on Trip Advisor and we're not let down. Coco was a great hostess, each dish perfectly cooked and served. You need to book, Coco speaks excellent English. However, it is very tricky to find, down a long back Street with no sign in English on the door. We had the... More 

Thank Poppyqw
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Been at Black Sesame Kitchen a few times now with friends, we had enough people together to book the large table with the show kitchen and life cooking Great to see the food prepared life, very tasty Chinese, great atmosphere and Coco is a fantastic host. Book in advance for larger groups, and check when they have reservations for smaller... More 

Thank Traveler1207
Perth, Australia
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56 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

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 Thomas L
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

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.

1 Thank Hubert A

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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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