Our list of the 10 Best Restaurants in Taipei showcases the finest among some very stiff competition. The cuisine of Taiwan is fast becoming world-famous, with several brands growing from small back-alley outfits in Taipei to spread across Southeast Asia and, soon after, the world. A population of trendy, discerning diners has also attracted a number of the top-ranked chefs in the world to open outlets in the city, giving it a diverse culinary landscape.
Our pick of the 10 Best Restaurants in Taipei draw from the very broad variety of offerings and include haute cuisine highlights established by Michelin-starred chefs as well as small family-run restaurants which are local favourites. The choice of cuisines available is similarly vast and our selection covers everything from the finest French food to mouth-watering Taiwanese desserts.
A humble dumpling house may seem an odd establishment to top our list of the 10 Best Restaurants in Taipei, but the ability to prepare something as simple as xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) so well that it receives international attention is a sign of true greatness. The first restaurant (opened on Xinyi Road in the 1980s) was so popular that it spawned a franchise which now includes a further four eateries in Taipei, four more around Taiwan and outlets in Japan, mainland China, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia and the USA. The restaurant and the cuisine are both traditional Chinese and relatively simple, but consistently high quality.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 10:00 – 21:00, Sat – Sun 09:00 – 21:00
- Location: Five outlets, including No. 194, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2321 8928
Opened by three-Michelin-star Chef Joël Robuchon – the most highly decorated chef in the world - in 2009 and with the experience of executive Chef Olivier Jean in kitchen, L’Atelier serves up fantastic French haute cuisine in chic surroundings. The dramatic red and black restaurant in the elegant Bellavita has 36 seats around tables, but the hot seats are the 32 around the central show kitchen, allowing you to enjoy watching your food being expertly prepared before it is presented to you by the excellent service staff. Everything from the bread spread to the desserts is highly praised, as is the extensive wine cellar. Particularly recommended dishes include free-range quail stuffed with foie gras and served with potato puree (NT$1,580).
- Opening Hours: 11:30 – 14:30, 18:00 – 22:00
- Location: 5th Floor, Bellavita Shopping Mall, No. 28, Songren Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)2 8729 2628
Its name standing for Simple Table Alléno Yannick, it was opened by its namesake three-star chef in late 2011. It is a bright and contemporary space, with curved walls and blonde wooden fixtures. The food is likewise contemporary and trendy, including the delights of the glass-fronted “pastry library” such as the innovative madeleine lollipops. Star dishes also include the foie gras with passion fruit gelée and poached mahi mahi. The wine selection is compendious, to the point that there are no spirits or beers available at the bar. As it is located in the busy Taipei 101 Mall, it is strongly recommended to make a lunchtime reservation well in advance if you hope to get a table.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 14:00, 18:00 – 21:30
- Location: 4th Floor, Taipei 101 Shopping Mall, No. 45, Shifu Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)2 8101 8177
- Cuisine: French
Taiwanese top Chef Andre Chiang dreamed up this lifestyle restaurant, serving vibrant ‘bistronomy’ cuisine, which consists of haute cuisine sold at affordable prices. Specifically, it takes this French style of food and localises it, bringing new twists to Taiwanese flavours and making extensive use of locally-sourced seasoned produce. The 50-seat restaurant is equally innovate and chic, with the central bar looking a little like a modern art sculpture and the cutlery at your table concealed in a drawer. There are only set menus available, with prices around NT$1,850 per person, but the burnt cabbage/cod/soubise is a particular favourite and recommended dish to look out for.
- Opening Hours: Wed – Sun 11:30 – 14:30, 18:00 – 22:00
- Location: No. 301, Lequn 3rd Road, Zhongshan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 8501 5800
- Cuisine: Taiwanese, western
Flavors is particularly famous for their appetisers, including classic Swedish food alongside contemporary creations by Chef Ola, making use of seasonal ingredients. Naturally, the Swedish meatballs are a highly popular option, particularly when served with the chef’s own brown sauce and lingonberry jam. On the contemporary side, the snapas are a must-try, presenting three small canapés served with different flavours of Aquavits. Both of these are included in the “Taste of Sweden” set menu for NT$1,700. The open kitchen and Chef Ola’s wife Stephanie providing the friendly service gives the restaurant a bistro-like feel.
- Opening Hours: Tues – Sun 18:00 – 22:30
- Location: No. 13, Alley 26, Lane 300, Section 4, Ren Ai Road, Daan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2709 6525
- Cuisine: Swedish, western, Chinese
Despite being little more than a pastry shop, Sunny Hills’ remarkable popularity throughout the city and beyond earns it a place on the 10 Best Restaurants in Taipei. Its famous gourmet pineapple cakes are a favourite souvenir, consisting of slightly buttery pastry around a rich jam centre made from fresh pineapples from the Bagua Mountains and costing NT$350 for a box of 10. These so-called Sunny Delights have spread to franchises in mainland China, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore and are considered an absolute must-try for anyone visiting Taiwan.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 20:00
- Location: No. 1, Alley 4, Lane 36, Section 5, Minsheng East Road, Songshan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2760 0508
- Cuisine: Taiwanese pastry
Hailed as ‘Taipei’s best Shanghai-ese restaurant’, Shanghai Pavilion is one of six dining options at Shangri-La’s famous Far Eastern Plaza Hotel. The main dining room and private rooms all share a traditional Chinese style with red and black décor as well as great views across the city. Notable diners who have sampled the masterfully-prepared dishes of Head Chef Tai Chung-lin include former US President Bill Clinton, who ate with former ROC President Chen Shui-Bian. The dishes on offer are noted for their contemporary accents on traditional Shanghai tastes (typically including red, wine-filled sauces on baked, braised, stewed and steamed meats) and include the notable pyramid-shaped braised sliced pork with preserved vegetables.
- Opening Hours: 11:30 – 14:30, 18:00 – 21:30
- Location: 39th Floor, Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, No. 201, Section 2, Dunhua S Road, Daan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2181 2345
- Cuisine: Chinese
Despite its humble appearance, this small local restaurant is extremely highly rated. If you want to get a taste of a city, you have to eat where the locals go, and any Taipei resident will tell you that Lin Dong Fang is the place for beef noodles. The half-tendon/half-shank beef noodle soup (NT$220) is famous, comprised of generous portions of good quality meat with a clear, slightly spicy broth and al dente noodles. The hua gan (wheat gluten) appetiser is equally famous and just as highly rated, costing just NT$30. Essentially a street restaurant and mostly serving locals, none of the signage is in English, so foreign tourists may find ordering to be a bit of a struggle, but one which is well worth the effort.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 11:00 – 02:00
- Location: No. 274, Section 2, Bade Road, Zhongshan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2752 2556
- Cuisine: Taiwanese
A family restaurant starting from just 11 tables in a back alley in 1977, there are now five Shin Yeh restaurants around Taipei, serving traditional Hokkien-style Taiwanese cuisine in modern settings. Its success and great reputation stems from the attention to every fine detail, with the experienced chefs paying close attention to the quality of the dishes they serve. The pan-fried fragrant turnip omelette is particularly recommended as a must-try starter. The brand’s signature fried rice-noodles is also highly regarded and is included in one of the seven-dish set menus, which start at NT$1,200.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 24:00
- Location: No. 34-1, Shuangcheng Street, Zhongshan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2596 3255
- Cuisine: Taiwanese, Chinese
As one of the three restaurants of the prestigious Grand Victoria Hotel and with Chef Danny Deng (the so-called ‘godfather of Taiwanese steakhouses’) at the helm, the quality of No. 168 is unquestionable. The open-plan kitchen in a modern rustic dining room includes two wood-fired ovens, which add a distinctive flavour to the top-grade imported meats. The absolute top-of-the-range set menu includes 6oz of USDA Black Angus Top Cap Steak, with a starter, soup, salad, roasted seasonal vegetables and a dessert for NT$1,500. Under the expert eye of Chef Deng, it is served melt-in-your-mouth succulent and is nicely complimented by expertly selected wines.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 11:30 – 14:30, 18:00 – 22:00, Sat - Sun 12:00 – 15:00, 17:30 – 22:00
- Location: Grand Victoria Hotel, No. 168, Jingye 4th Road, Zhongshan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 6602 5678
- Cuisine: Western, Chinese