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Black Sesame Kitchen

#3 of 11,829 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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 22:00
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Cleveland, Ohio
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112 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

This small 1 table location is a real treat for dinner. Open 2 nights a week and it seats 14 people. All wine, beer and a 10 course meal that you watch them prepare. Super friendly and equally delicious! A great time meeting people from all over the world!

Thank Pete R
Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is difficult to add anything to the reviews which have preceded which have captured the uniqueness and charm of this eating experience. Although I understand the menu can vary, here are the ten courses we were offered: Pan fried pumpkin & pork dumplings; fried shitake mushrooms; beef with Hangzhou peppers; five-flavoured eggplant; red braised pork; wok fried green beans;... More 

Thank BlissfulBoomer
Granada, Spain
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You need to get there with gps ( 1st tip). We went without a reservation But I do not recommend That since it is a tasting food type of restaurante And everbody booked it in advance. Only 2 long tables ( ours had only 10 people ). We were very lucky because there had been 2 last minute cancellations And... More 

Thank Bora M
Chicago, Illinois
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110 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This restaurant, located down a small alley and in a hutong lives up to it’s billing and then some as one of the best in Beijing. Coco was a wonderful and gracious host and even let us give a couple of things a try in the kitchen ourselves. We went on Friday night to the group wine and dine dinner... More 

Thank Springman51d
Johannesburg, South Africa
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thank you Coco and team for a really fabulous evening. An opportunity to eat freshly prepared Chinese food in an excellent hutong setting. Good variety of dishes, great wines and the company is what you make it...communal dining at its best! Recipe books on sale! Would certainly go back. Fantastic way to end of a wonderful weekend in Beijing.

Thank KarenCPT
San Francisco, California
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We weren't sure what to expect but were very pleasantly surprised at how fun and interesting this dinner turned out to be. BSK serves communal style dinners in a hutong courtyard with a prix fixe menu and wine pairings. The food was really delicious authentic Beijing cuisine paired with Australian wines. The company was really fun as its always fun... More 

Thank chpierce
Tokyo, Japan
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most delicious and enjoyable evening with the 10 dishes and interesting people. We'd recommend to anyone. Wonderful staff led by Coco and Brendan.

Thank C G
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148 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i was originally looking at black sesame for a cooking class, but when i researched the communal dinner further, i was sure this was for us. located on a hutong, or side alley, finding this restaurant was a fun part of the experience. we arrived a little early and had time to watch the chefs at work in the kitchen,... More 

Thank treefreak
Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
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112 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our good friend recommended that we try Black Sesame Kitchen during our recent visit to Beijing. It was a very interesting experience even though I have lived in Beijing before. The slow walk into the Hutong with the crisp cool climate slightly dark as we try to anticipate the evening.... greeted by 2 red Chinese lamps at the small entrance... More 

Thank Denis_Colin_Zhu
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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103 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located in an alleyway near the forbidden city this gem of a restaurant provides for a truly unique dining experience! Communal dining, a 10 course meal includes wine and beer. Coco the host is charming and delightful and within minutes you feel like you are dining with family!!! Fixed price of RMB 300 which is about US$45

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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, 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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