Kaohsiung Restaurants & Dining

Where and What to Eat in Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung is home to some of the best authentic Taiwanese restaurants, from the small cafes along the banks of the Love River to the numerous nightclubs, luxury resorts and some memorable dining places in and around Cijin Island, Kaohsiung embraces a number of good dining spots.

The best thing about the food in Kaohsiung is that it is available on any kind of budget. From cheap roadside food to ultra-costly and extravagantly garnished cuisine, Kaohsiung has something for everyone. In this write up, we will look at some of the places to seek out, if you are looking to taste the real food of Taiwan.

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Bull Fighter

If the name of this eatery wasn't enough to get your interest going, then its menu is definitely going to give you enough of a kick to go ahead and try it out. Located downtown, about 10 minutes and five minutes by foot from Central Park and Love River respectively, The Bull Fighter is known for serving grilled seafood items. Apart from that, it is also known for its great variety of steaks. The food is priced at the higher end and a meal here will generally cost you from $400 to $500 NT. There is a salad bar inside the restaurant and the pastas are appealing. If you are not into meat, we strongly recommend that you try their salad varieties which are cheap and will cost you about $200 NT per meal.

  • Location: 79, Wu Fu 3d Road, Cianjin District
  • Tel: +886 7 241-5530

Cosplay Café

A dress-up restaurant built around the Cosplay (costume and play) theme, this is a nice place to hang out with friends and family dressed to the nines. Located on ChanMing Street, this cafe is easily accessible on foot from the city centre.

  • Location: 161 ChanMing Street, SanMin District
  • Tel: +886 7 2350128

Enoteca Wine Bar and Bistro

Popularly known as Bistro 238, this is one of the few addresses in Kaohsiung that has a good collection of popular brands of imported wines. Ideal price per meal is around $500 NT per person per meal.

  • Location: 562 HeTi Road, SanMin
  • Tel: +886 7 5560056
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Escape 41

Located right behind the Zongshan University, Escape 41 is far away from the hustle and bustle of the city and is great for sunset lovers. It is a brilliant place for spending a romantic evening and the huge terrace just completes the ambiance par excellence. Though the place offers decent food, some feel that it is tad overpriced, but the ambience covers up for it to a great extent.

  • Location: Behind Zongshan University
  • Tel: +886 7 5250058
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General Pancho's

A Mexican restaurant by birth, General Pancho's offers the best Mexican cuisine in Kaohsiung. The food is decently priced and the place is located near the ZuoYing HSR- making it a reasonably accessible restaurant. To be precise, you can get authentic Mexican dishes like taquitos, burritos and tacos here.

  • Location: 302, JhihSheng Road, San Ming District
  • Tel: +886 7 556-0056
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Liouho Night Market

If you are looking to pick up food at dirt cheap rates, there is no better place than one of the numerous night markets in Kaohsiung. One of the most popular night markets - known for its amazing food- is the Liouho Night Market. This market not only offers food at decent rates, but it is also known for the interesting mix of dishes one can find here, from stuffed pork and Tofu Pudding, to some really interesting seafood. If you are a foodie, you just can't afford to miss the Liouho Night Market. There are no specific times for the market to open and there are no special places within the market. It’s an open plundering ground for connoisseurs. Dishes are available for as low as $15 NT and buffets cost between $50 NT and $100 NT.

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Mama Mia

Nothing exceptional about this place in particular but the food and the ambiance are good. Dishes are reasonably priced and the place gets a decent volume of locals, making it a good people-meeting venue.

  • Location: Downtown
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Smokey Joe's

One of the most popular addresses in Kaohsiung, Smokey Joe’s is known for its great and affordable food. The menu is interesting and the staff well versed in English. The place is known for its very good and reasonably priced tortillas, fajitas and other western staple foods. An ideal meal is modestly priced considering the overall pricing in Kaohsiung and Taiwan. There are a number of deals on offer here from VIP cards to discount offers on bills upwards of $1000 NT and a lot of goodies that one can take away. Smokey Joe’s is near the city centre.

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The Pantheon

Known to serve the best Gyro Lunch in the whole of Taiwan, The Pantheon is also one of the very few restaurants in Taiwan and especially in Kaohsiung that serves lamb dishes. So, if you are a lamb enthusiast or are just looking to lay your hands on some authentic and well-made Greek cuisine, the Pantheon is just the place for you. Pantheon offers a 20% discount on takeaway food, due to the fact that the restaurant is full most of the time and the seating capacity is limited.

The Spice Shop

If you are one of those people who like to splash out on an ideal dinner, then The Spice Shop is just the place for you. It is an Indian restaurant and each dish will cost you about $150 NT to $300 NT. The ambiance is warm and if you are a fan of the typical Indian cuisine this is the place for you. Be informed that the cuisine is extremely spicy, therefore not suited for those who do not go in for fiery food.

  • Location: 508, Mincheng 2nd Road
  • Tel: +886 7 558-5709
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Yaletown Bistro

The Yaletown Bistro offers delicious quality food with a Canadian spin. Enjoy delicious paninis, generous salads, smoked sausages. Wash them down with a yogurt or organic soy smoothie. This cozy restaurant is styled after Vancouver's trendy Yaletown district. Free Wi-Fi and foosball table available for entertainment.

  • Opening Hours: Mon: 11:30 - 14:00 & 17:30 - 20:30, Wed - Fri: 11:30 - 14:00 & 17:30 - 20:30, Sat - Sun: 11:30 - 20:30
  • Address: 1F., No.26-3, Xinguang Rd., Lingya Dist., Kaohsiung, Taiwan 802
  • Tel: +886 7 334 1257
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