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“Traditional Chinese Food”

Lou WaiLou (GuShan Road)
Ranked #22 of 2,946 Restaurants in Hangzhou
Price range: US$ 15 - US$ 20
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 13 July 2018

The view from the restaurant is fantastic. Food is very traditional, but is not the best chinese food you can get.

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Reviewed 30 June 2018

This is a very famous Hangzhou restaurant, with a nice view if one is at the window or sitting out on the patio. It is enormous.

I have been here several times, as guest and host. The fame of the food is no longer justified. Mass-produced food with no love or attention coming through. I doubt anything is made fresh to order. The famous West Lake fish with black vinegar tasted like a pre-cooked fish with sour black gloop poured over it. Boring and small portion of longjing prawns. Beggar chicken was pathetic in size and even dry - I can just imagine the kitchen, they make hundreds of them scrawny leaf-wrapped fowls a day. Dongpo pork was melt-in-the-mouth, that is true. But I have tasted better elsewhere. I can go on. But the conclusion is that this is bland and boring industrial catering. I can only describe it as 'canteen food'.

Sloppy service.

Horribly over-rated and over-priced. But it has a lot of cache with Chinese visitors, so if needs must.... I have found that the homely restaurants in Longjing village do far better Hangzhou food and for half the price. One can also sit outside in the open. Relaxed, not jam packed with hundreds of people. I now prefer taking my Chinese visitors here; just as West Lake is appreciated, so is Longjing village.

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Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

Our visit in Hangzhou will not be complete without a visit to this restaurant, which name Lou WaiLou literally means “a building outside another building”. True enough, the place was crowded by people, tourists and locals, who are patiently waiting in line. We waited for about 30 minutes to get a table. I particularly like the fish that we ordered ( forgot what its called). This is still a must visit place in hangzhou specially that its situated around westlake.

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Reviewed 27 June 2018

Even though the service isn't quite the best, they are always busy, the food is really good!
Delicious, big portions, authentic Hangzhounese food.
Not cheap at all but totally worth taking friends there.
The view is Exquisite. The best in town. :)

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Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

Highly overrated. The signature dishes are average, indifferent from any other restaurant in Hangzhou.

But it is huge, so , if you get tired of walking along the west lake, you can easily get a table. Full of tourists.

If you a foodie, don’t bother.

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