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Best Rated Restaurants in Suzhou

  • Yang Yang: Best Dumplings (Jiao Zi) in China

    by XiaoRay Written Nov 3, 2004

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    The employees of this restaurant are very friendly and will even remember what you like if you return. Authentic Chinese cuisine doesn't get much better than this. You can feast like a king for less that 10Y per person on the wide variety of vegetable and meat dishes.

    Favorite Dish: Yang Yang has been featured in several travel publications for their dumplings, and from personal experience I can tell you they are the best dumplings I have ever tried, and they are inexpensive.

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  • At The Park: Group of excellent cafes and restaurants

    by mke1963 Written Apr 28, 2004

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    Just outside the eastern gate of The Humble Administrator's Garden is a modern complex with some excellent cafes (a coffee shop, a teahouse, at least two cafes, etc). Now I normally hate these complexes because they are architectural monstrosities, out of touch with local colour and flavour, and simply horrible. However, Suzhou seems to have got the recipe right here. The buildings are very sympathetic to the surrounding area, with lots of elegant, simple architectural design and with a nice courtyard with good quality wooden furniture.

    Favorite Dish: I only tried the coffee shop but the service was excellent and the coffee was good, if expensive.

    The coffee shop

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    Qiantang Teahouse: A teahouse with a twist

    by cheezecake_deli Updated Jul 9, 2007

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    Qiantang Teahouse is a small chain of teahouses that was started in Suzhou. The concept is somewhat novel - you pay for your tea (good selection and great care in brewing) and a cover charge, but nibbles are all "complimentary" and available from a buffet table. Nibbles include Chinese snacks, appetisers, fruit and cakes, while some dishes can be cooked to order. We spent several hours in the Shiquan Street branch, escaping the rain, and stuffing our faces with food and tea. In the evening, there was a free pingtan performance. The teahouse has lush decoration and the unobtrusive waitresses diligently re-filled our flask of hot water... Bliss... We paid RMB116 per 2 people. Sadly, there is no branch in Shanghai.

    Favorite Dish: I suppose the tea should be the highlight, but actually the nibbles were also good! The pingtan performance was interesting.

    Lush surroundings
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    Walking Street Xinjiang Food: You must try the meat-on-a-stick!

    by wjreagin Written Jun 22, 2005

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    This restaurant it on the main pedestrian street in Suzhou. It is directly facing the train/boat ticket office (Behind Pizza Hut and KFC). The ambience of the place is great. It feels like you are back on the Silk Road in Western China. There is Muslim music playing and the people are friendly. It is a must see.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite dish are actually not on a dish at all. The Meat-On-A-Stick is to die for. I also like the xiao pan ji. (Chicken in a spicy curry and potato soup)

    Mutton on a stick...

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    Yang Yang Shui Jiao Guan: Fantastic Food and Good Service

    by tigerjapan Written Nov 4, 2007

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    I was looking for somewhere to eat after wandering around The Master-of-Nets Garden. I found a little dumpling place, but didn't really feel like dumpling when across the road I saw this restaurant with "Recommended by lonely planet" plastered all over it. I usually don't trust guidebooks (after having some very average experiences) and I certainly avoid places with guidebook logos all over it, but today I made an exception - and boy am I glad I did.

    The fact that I was pretty tired made the English menu a real treat. The service was fast and friendly and the food was really, really good. I had a plate of chinese greens, rice and another stir-fry dish. It was a huge amount of food, but it was my only meal for the day and it certainly kept me going (there was no need for dinner at all).

    Favorite Dish: Everything I had was fresh and delicious. The food people were eating around me looked great too.

    The other thing I was happy about was the amount of locals who were eating there. Even though it looked like a tourist trap (with lonely planet signs everywhere) the locals were eating there too. Always a good sign.

    If you go to Suzhou, then this is a great place to stop for lunch or dinner. Prices are good, the menus are in English and the food is fresh and tasty.

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    Nanyuan Daily Streamed stuffed bun: Must try flavorful steamed stuffed bun

    by Colomb Written Mar 18, 2004

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    The streamed stuffed buns! Local flavors of stuffs in them, including pork, vege, sweetened bean paste, and some others. All the stuffs are so much filled that my stomach can load no more than three of them. The bean paste ones are the biggest while the veges are my favorite. I bring several home for breakfast. They keep good tast for several days in refrigerator.

    Favorite Dish: The vege streamed buns! Of course. For their great flavor and the quality and stuff. In face two are enough for a breakfast. (Three weigh much more than a BigMac). I'll fetch more home the next time I go there.
    It costs only 60 or 70 cents each!

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  • Coconut Kitchen -- Thai: Not bad for a chain

    by oerkenbo Written May 16, 2009

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    I always find Thai restaurants to be lacking in authenticity outside of Thailand. (Hong Kong being an exception.) So I was a bit sceptical about Coconut Kitchen, particularly after I found out that the one in Suzhou was part of the Banana Leaf chain.

    I decided to take a chance after being let down by the other so-called "old name landmark" restaurants in the Guanqian area. Must say I was pleasantly surprised.

    The service was good. The satay was succulent, the fish was tasty and the curry passed the test. You definitely wouldn't think you're in Bangkok, but this place is still much better than most you've been to in New York and LA, let alone Phoenix.

    Contemporary design -- hope you like 2nd hand smok Sawadee! Mixed satay Fried fish with tamarind dipping sauce Duck red curry

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    Champ de blé: a romantic restaurant

    by champdeble Written Jul 3, 2012

    Looking for a romantic place ? Champ de blé will provide you the loveliest atmosphere to enjoy a meal or a drink.

    Each table is classy and well-organised and lots of decorative details such as original plants and wine barrels are added .

    Champ de blé has a very reliable service. The waiters are friendly and available. They are concerned to provide high-quality service.

    Champ de blé is definitely the most peaceful and comfortable place to sit, relax and eat.

    Favorite Dish: The french traditional dishes are just enchanting. Plenty of french specials are served e.g smoked duck breast or braised dorade.
    The food is not only appealing but also truly delicious. There is a wide range of dishes ( fish, pizza, pasta, soup,...) all at an affordable price.

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    Tai-Lake Village Restaurant: Hairy Crab Galore!

    by somsakmah Written Mar 11, 2013

    One of the most famous, and possibly the most famous, food in Suzhou is the Hairy Crabs, characterized by short dark hairs around their claws. Because of that, sometimes these crabs are called Mittens Crabs (because the hairs around their claws look like mittens).

    These are fresh water crabs that are only available in October/November each year. The more famous (and most expensive) are those that are caught from Yang Cheng Lake, and those from the Tai Lake comes second. In fact they are so well-sought-after that 'fake' ones have been appearing all over China. ('Fake' means they are still hairy crabs, still edible, but are not from either of these lakes.)

    Hairy crabs are well sought after due to the natural sweetness of their meat, and the sweet and tasty roe that the female hairy crab has.

    This restaurant not only serves fresh tasty hairy crabs, they are located next to Tai Lake. Diners can have their food (and beer) and at the same time admire the scenery from the lake.

    Favorite Dish: Hairy crab, what else!

    Hairy Crabs Piled On A Plate! Hairy Crab Roe
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    鲜得来: All fresh local food!

    by rabbit06 Updated Dec 25, 2010

    Just love these types of local restaurant's, freindly helpful staff who treat you as a long lost freind.

    Favorite Dish: All locally resourced food from the lake, snails, live prawns, whitebait, fish and even the the chicken is cooked in the lotus leaf freshly picked on the day, Shirley just loves and so does Rabbit!!!

    This is it! Another tropical storm! So fresh! Snails, live prawns and Snow!!!! Delicious!!
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    Deyuelou: Sqirrel shaped mandarin fish a must!!

    by rabbit06 Updated Dec 27, 2010

    This restaurant is famous and a must eat at when in Suzhou, it has a history of over 400 years which can be found inside with it's authentic chinese decor, furnishing and service.

    Favorite Dish: Award winning dishes, you just want to order the whole menu, fish looks like sqirrel would be my favourie with this boneles lightly battered fish in a sweet and sour sauce, Shirley is happy with any of the other famous dishes as shrimp, crab, tofu and eel or you could try some of their award winner's such as the crowing golden rooster in morning, jade geese in varying style or hedgehog shaped buns, just fantastic we will have to come back to this one!

    famous! come on! fantastic! Yummy....!!!!!! Fantastic, lets eat!
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  • Namaste Indian Cuisine: Authentic Indian Food

    by rickma Written May 17, 2011

    Located on Li Gong Di on the 1912 pub block location is the best Indian restaurant in Suzhou. The owner is Indian and is super nice. He has hired Indian cooks and therefore created an authentic flavor. The price is very reasonable for the quality and quantity. The weekdays lunch set meal is probably the best deal and the Sunday lunch buffet is worth your money for sure. If you are looking for great Indian food in Suzhou go here!

    Favorite Dish: Rann-e-Punjab - whole leg of lamb ..so tender and delicious , the meat is really fresh and juicy and you can see it being cooked right in front of your eyes.

    Nice decor - Interior is tastefully decorated Our food served in traditional Indian style Tandoori Platter - Its a must try...ummm delicious
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    Rendezvous Restaurant & Lounge: Looking for realness in the land of fake?

    by Bermyboi Written Oct 11, 2011

    Rendezvous Restaurant & Lounge, in SIP Suzhou, has the most relaxed and comfortable ambiance of any restaurant in Suzhou. The atmosphere is laid-back, with warm colors, soothing music and a sense of calm that is difficult to find in China.

    The lounge bar is a great place to sit with friends, enjoy a meal or just a drink. The dining room can seat groups of many sizes, and also has a large tv for those who wish to watch sports in the afternoons or evenings. Every seat also has its own pillow to further contribute to the comfort. Their upstairs is a great place to hold private dinner parties, birthday parties or just to chill in the couches with a cocktail and a book. A large outdoor deck is also a great place to hangout with friends.

    Real cold beers, real alcohol, real food and real people, Rendezvous provides the realest western dining experience in Suzhou.

    Favorite Dish: Stellar Pizzas! The Italian-trained Chinese cooks make some of the best thin-crust style pizza in China, arguably the very best. Home-made dough, home-made tomato sauce, imported meats and cheese, and fresh ingredients contribute to a fantastic pizza.

    They have a diverse menu of western foods; from daily special soups, fresh salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, a large grilled items selection, all day breakfasts and great desserts.

    All drinks in the restaurant are made fresh, with no additives. They are famous for their Mango Tango, which is nothing but frozen fruit and fruit juice, no added Ice, no added flavorings.

    The foreign owners are really concerned to provide to their guests the freshest, most wholesome food in Suzhou.

    Rendezvous Restaurant - Main Dining Room Rendezvous Restaurant - Upstairs Private Room Rendezvous Restaurant - The Bar Rendezvous Restaurant - Bermy-style Spinach Salad Rendezvous Restaurant - Fresh Bruschetta
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  • Luyang Wonton 绿扬馄饨: 100+ year tradition is a bit tired

    by oerkenbo Written May 16, 2009

    This is supposed to be an institution-- they're supposed to be making wontons and dumplings for more than 150 years. Well, obviously their taste really hasn't changed much in all that time.

    I can't say the food was inedible. But there was a general sense of mediocrity with their dishes in general. Some of the dishes -- such as the dumpling with sticky rice -- were pretty bad.

    The service was OK, though they won't be getting any medal soon.

    Steamed dumplings with crab -- very OK Dumplings with sticky rice - very NOT OK Not fast food but definitely not haute cuisine If you must

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  • Neo Tang Dynasty Gourmet: Hard to categorize

    by oerkenbo Written May 17, 2009

    I'll just say it seems Sino-Japanese is probably the best description for this restaurant. Its signature dishes are the enhanced sushi rolls. But the Chinese dishes were very good as well. Being a chain from Taiwan, there were some nice desserts and some very nice tea choices as well.

    We ordered the spareribs, a chicken dish and a rice dish. Everything was very good, if not absolutely memorable.

    The decor was very nice as well. While China wouldn't be your first choice if service is important to you, this restaurant had very fabulous services. The staff were very personable and solicitous.

    Favorite Dish: They have a wide array of dishes. See the menu in the picture.

    Nice decor creative inset in the table spareribs and sweet and sour chicken Very big menu -- there must be something you like

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