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Black Sesame Kitchen

#3 of 11,859 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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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 22:00
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Mui Ne, Vietnam
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78 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2015 via mobile

I went here with a group of friends and had an excellent evening. You pay one price for 10 courses and all the food was delicious. You're essentially sitting in someone's kitchen in their hutong, courtyard home and it is a great experience. The staff were friendly and helpful and the whole evening was a great affair. Would certainly recommend... More 

Thank Dwhits125
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2015

We were extremely lucky to book a table with only 2 days notice! We didn't care that we weren't in the room with the kitchen because we were excited to meet new people and to even have a seat! I was a little bit scared initially because I had read reviews about the 'dark hutong alleyway' but it was actually... More 

2 Thank Anitabella
Level Contributor
15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 29 September 2015

The place is hard to find and the alley it’s located in cannot be accessed by car, so you have to walk quite a distance into a dark and narrow hutong - not so nice when you are with lady friends. Local people (often shirtless) are sometimes playing games in the alley and stare at you... Anyways, we were there... More 

Thank Int_herald
Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2015

While planning a recent trip to Beijing, a friend recommended that we participate in a communal dinner at Black Sesame Kitchen. This turned out to be our best meal in Beijing! As other reviewers have mentioned, it is a little bit difficult to find which door is the right one in the hutong where the restaurant is located, but a... More 

2 Thank karenandgreg2015
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

Wine included. Book reservations in advance. Coco is your hostess and she is so sweet and accommodating. You actually feel like your having dinner at someone's house, in their kitchen. This is a dinner for about 10 people at one large table. The dishes very and are well diversified. The wine glass stays full and you have the opportunity to... More 

Thank HisandHers-USA
Dublin, Ireland
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2015

The food and drinks were delicious. Loads of portions, great vegetarian options. It's the luck of the draw as to who you're seated with, but our table of ten got on well enough to go for a drink in a local craft brew pub afterwards. Since I was in Beijing alone, it was great to meet up with nice people... More 

Thank Jossko
Adelaide, Australia
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015

Had a great evening here a few days ago. We were running late, it was raining, but finally got a cab & made it 30 minutes late. Couldn't find the number in the dark alley, but Coco called & guided us in. The meal was fabulous, well planned and paced, wine was fine, service very attentive. A lovely first dining... More 

Thank 57kated2015
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2015

Visited here with my husband, I booked it so he didn't know what to expect apart from my explanation. There were some changes due to the WW2 70th Anniversary display so our booking was moved which was fine as we really wanted to visit after reading the reviews. In my communication I did check a couple of time that we... More 

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BlackSesameKitchen, Manager at Black Sesame Kitchen, responded to this review

Dear Ms. Rutter, Thank you very much for visiting Black Sesame Kitchen. We are sorry you were disappointed with your seating for dinner. We apologize for the confusion and misunderstanding about your reservation. Your advice that we should have informed you before of an existing reservation in main kitchen room has been well noted. We hope that you'll be able... More 

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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2015

Delicious food served whist you sit round the kitchen being shown how to make the traditional dishes. Great place to meet other Beijing visitors.

Thank JamandBec
Beijing, China
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72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015

Go here with an empty belly because you will eat a lot!! Fantastic and fun setting. Loved the traditional Chinese food. Highly recommend going here if you visit Beijing.

1 Thank Lagavulin16

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?