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SuZhou SongHeLou CaiGuan (Guan Qian)

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No.72 Taijian Lane, Pingjiang District, Suzhou, China
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+86 512 6770 0688
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the must-visit restaurant when coming to Suzhou. Thw fishes menu are very tasty. You may also consider some seafood menu as weĺl as other specialties menu.

Thank Bianto S
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were told that this was a good place to have Squirrel Fish. I had no idea what this was, but definitely wanted to try it. We had no guide, so we just went with the flow, pointed at pictures of the foods we wanted to try and had a great meal. The whole Squirrel Fish reminded me of sweet... More 

Thank Suzhou2016
Suzhou, China
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Be prepare to wait.. some of the dishes are good to have but the price maybe costly. Still worth the taste of the authentic Suzhou dishes.

Thank Saihoo F
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44 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

We came for the squirrel fish and it did not disappoint! I would go back just for this. The best I've had. However, the rest was very good as well. The tofu wrapped escargot meatballs were fantastic as well. it says it closes at 2pm but they stayed open for our group to have lunch and I appreciate that. One... More 

Thank Neal K
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

We are invited to dine here by friends. First time to taste Suzhou cuisine and find that their cooking tastes are on the sweet side nevertheless very interesting. Most of the dishes are signature dishes from this restaurant. This was a unique, delicious and generous dinner we ever had in Suzhou.

1 Thank yfylou
Hong Kong, China
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

Very famous restaurant in Suzhou located in Guanqian street,not bad for the environment,food is so so but the service is really poor!NOT RECOMMED…

Thank MinFairL
Taipei, Taiwan
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

We were impressed by the modern and clean interior design of the restaurant. We ordered their famous fish which was cooked ok but the sauce was sweet and sour like that of some Chinese amercian restaurant in the states. The pork meat was not tender and dry. The sauce was also a bland sweet sauce, similar to some sauce you'd... More 

Thank alexander w
Hong Kong
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

We ordered two dishes from their so-called famous dishes, but the fish and shrimp were disappointing. I had had the same dish from De Yue Lou (Jinji Lake) before that I'd say was better than the one I had in Song He Lou (Quanqian). However, the vegetable and rice dishes were surprisingly good. So from my personal opinion, their famous... More 

Thank tsangfp
Palo Alto, California
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

Every table had this fish dish on it. (As you can see from the reviews, they are famous for it). It was delicious. Even my highly skeptical 11-year old loved it. The restaurant is tough to find if you don't speak Chinese (2nd floor location on a pedestrian-only area, so taxi can get you close). But we asked around and... More 

Thank deborellah
State College, Pennsylvania
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96 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

This is the most famous restaurant in Suzhou. There was even a movie about it over 30 years ago. All Chinese over 50 years old know this restaurant. However over the years, the service and quality had dramatically gone down, even with the best location in the whole city. Avoid it if you are looking for a good food, but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: No.72 Taijian Lane, Pingjiang District, Suzhou, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Jiangsu  >  Suzhou
  • Phone Number: +86 512 6770 0688

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?