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Taipei Restaurants & Dining

Where and What to Eat in Taipei

Taipei restaurants cater to a broad range of tastes and budgets, from the simple street food stalls in the many night markets up to fine dining establishments with multi-Michelin-starred chefs and flagship outlets of international brands. With its discerning population, particularly in the business districts, the quality is generally very high, even among the back-alley local restaurants with a menu listing just one item. A number of such places have become so successful that they have expanded across the city, the country and, in some cases, even the world.

The trend in Taiwan is to eat out rather than cook at home, so the choice of restaurants in Taipei is much larger than our list below, with new establishments opening all of the time. We’ve picked out the best of the bunch, including lesser-known gems and world-renowned dining experiences, making it easier for you to enjoy your time in the city with the finest food available.

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Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle

Established in 1975, this restaurant has become a popular component of the Ximending area and practically an essential stop for any visit there. The streetside eatery is famous for its smooth noodles, served in a sweet and sour broth, with skipjack tuna, shredded bamboo shoots and salt-cured intestines. There isn’t a menu as there is only the one dish, which is so popular in Taipei that it is usual to see a lengthy queue to get some. Once you reach the front of the line, the chef will ask if you want a small bowl (NT$50) or a large one (NT$65) and how spicy you want it. There are two other branches (in Shilin and Daan), but the Ximending one is the first and finest.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:30
  • Location: No. 8-1, Emei Street, Wanhua
  • Tel: +886 (0)2 2388 8808
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Bellini

This classy and trendy Italian restaurant, located in the financial district of Taipei is one of the most popular in terms of the crowds it sees during lunch and dinner time. The menu has a plethora of options to choose from ranging from pastas and salads to pizzas and that too available at reasonable rates. The cooling floor tiles and the Mediterranean feel combine to make a class act.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:45 – 14:30, 18:00 – 22:30
  • Location: 288 Fu Xing North Road
  • Tel: +886 (0)2 2517 7577
  • Cuisine: European
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Cafe Onion Restaurant

A restaurant serving steaks, with the most vibrant American-style ambience, Cafe Onion is one the best eateries in Taipei. A magnet for younger diners, the restaurant has four different branches in town with each restaurant offering the same menu.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 24:00
  • Location: 1 Tianmu N Rd, Ln 9, 31 Zhongshan N Rd, Sec 7, 117 Zhongshan N Rd, Sec 2, 69 Fuxing Rd,
  • Tel: +886 2 (0)2 2873 9992
  • Cuisine: European
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Chuan Ba Zi

When the people of Taipei enjoy a group meal with their family and friends, they will generally have a hotpot and they will usually have it at Chuan Ba Zi. So popular that it can be difficult to find a place in the 100-seat restaurant on a weekend, the communal pot is filled with a Sichuan-style red chilli soup base, into which you can add any of 18 main ingredients, including beef, chicken, mutton, fish and vegetables. Leave it on the boil for a while and then scoop it out and eat when it is cooked. The chilli soup base costs NT$488, but other options are available, making it a cheap, fun and filling choice.

  • Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 12:00 – 02:00, Sun 12:00 – 24:00
  • Location: No. 144, Section 1, Fuxing S. Road, Daan
  • Tel: +886 (0)2 2776 5011
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Din Tai Fung

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
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Flavors Restaurant

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
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Grandma Nitti's Kitchen

Grandma Nitti's kitchen is a multi-storey eatery with a rooftop terrace located in the heart of the Shi Da area. The restaurant offers western cuisine and specializes in sandwiches, Mexican recipes, pasta and all sorts of western dishes. Young professionals and students appreciate the unusual interior design.

  • Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 09:00 – 23:00, Sat – Sun 10:00 – 23:00
  • Location: 8, Lane 93, Shi Da Road
  • Tel: +886 (0)2 2369 9751
  • Cuisine: Western
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Ice Monster

The name of Ice Monster is one to attract great crowds in Taipei, particularly of young Taiwanese hoping to beat the heat with a giant mountain of shaved ice topped with juicy fresh mango. Several stores have carried the name and several names have filled the ‘you have to try this’ slot, but the reputation of this rapidly growing new franchise is unbeaten. There is a choice of flavours available, but mango is always the favourite and is available from as little as NT$100 or as much as NT$200, depending on the portion size. While you would not ordinarily think of a chain store as the sort of place the real locals eat, the 50-seat store is often packed, with people queueing outside the door.

  • Opening Hours: 10:30 – 23:30
  • Location: No. 297, Section 4, Zhongxiao E. Road, Daan
  • Tel: +886 (0)2 8771 3263
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Jin Feng Lu Rou Fan

Braised pork rice is one of the top local dishes in Taipei, and the Lu Rou Fan is so good here that it is part of the restaurant’s name. A simple streetside eatery, with fans attached to the tiled walls and cheap tables and chairs packed into the narrow shop, the open kitchen is widely thought to turn out the best pork rice in town. Hot, fatty and full of flavour, a bowl of the signature dish is priced between NT$25 and 45, depending on the size of the serving. You can also try variations on the theme, including braised eggs (NT$10 each) and braised fried tofu (NT$20).

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 01:00
  • Location: No. 10, Section 1, Roosevelt Road, Zhongzheng
  • Tel: +886 (0)2 2396 0808
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Joyce Cafe

Joyce Café is well known for its classy interiors along with its exotic French-style cuisine and it is a good spot for celebrating special occasions and business meetings. Joyce Café offers a barbecue grill dinner bonanza at weekends. Moreover they stock a good selection of Australian and French wines to complement your meal at this pricey but well set up restaurant.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:30 – 23:30
  • Location: 1F, 22 Ching Cheng Street
  • Tel: +886 2 2713 9388
  • Cuisine: French
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Kunming

Unlike other Taipei restaurants listed, Kunming is a relatively humble and simple restaurant. The food here is reasonably priced and with the congenial staff one feels at home. The interiors are certainly not too stylish but you feel comfortable here having a decent supper. In short, it is a place where you can come easy, stay easy and go easy. No alcohol served.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11.30 – 14:00, 17:30 – 21:30
  • Location: 26, Lane 81, FuHsing North Road
  • Tel: +886 (0)2 2369 9751
  • Cuisine: Indian/Halal
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Lan Jia

Lan Jia is said to be the home of the best gua bao in Taiwan, with the short menu (which takes the form of a series of tickboxes, with only Chinese text) also featuring rice dumplings, four-flavoured soup with pork intestines and pork noodles, among others. Gua bao from Lan Jia can be customised to your taste, allowing you to select the fattiness of the pork meat used. These are so popular that the place regularly handles bulk orders and you can get a free one with every 10 you buy at NT$50 each. The restaurant itself is a very simple streetside place, with the kitchen practically resembling a market stall.

  • Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 11:00 – 24:00
  • Location: No. 3, Alley 8, Lane 316, Section 3, Roosevelt Road, Zhongzheng
  • Tel: +886 (0)2 2368 2060
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Lin Dong Fang

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
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L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

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
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No. 168 Prime Steakhouse

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
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Osteria Rialto

Osteria Rialto is famous for Italian food, salads and European-style pizzas. Its warm and comfy interiors are enjoyed by all. It is a heady concoction of luscious food, good location and a homelike environment. To complement your food, there is a good wine selection.

  • Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 11:30 – 17:30, 18:00 – 23:00
  • Location: 5 Lane 260, Guang Fu South Road
  • Tel: +886 (0)2 2363 9790 / +886 (0)2 2778 1536
  • Cuisine: European
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Pin Xian

Pin Xian is the best of Taipei’s popular kuai chao (quick fry) eateries. The simple streetside restaurant serves a massive choice of food, mostly fried and mostly priced at about NT$100. They specialise in seafood, with notable dishes including deep-fried squid mouth, black pepper tofu with oysters and spicy shark soup. These sorts of places are particularly good for hanging with beers after work, with Heineken-outfitted ladies rushing around topping up the drinks. Pin Xian, in particular, is so popular that it stretched into the stores on either side, making it now three storefronts wide.

  • Opening Hours: 17:00 – 02:00
  • Location: No. 68, Leli Road, Daan
  • Tel: +886 (0)2 2735 8373
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RAW

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
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Shanghai Pavilion

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
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Shanghai Tea House

This restaurant is a good Chinese hub and is famous for its teas. Located in the back courtyard of Warner village complex, it’s an awesome place to sit in after a late night movie (it stays open past midnight). Its stylish dim lighting reminds one of the Bund in Shanghai. The glow of its neon signs at night is remarkable.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 01:30
  • Location: 18 Sung Shou Road
  • Tel: +886 (0)2 8788 2623
  • Cuisine: Chinese
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Shintori

In a basement and safeguarded by a huge bronze door, Shintori could well be located in London or New York. Interestingly though, the restaurant is a blend of Chinese, Taiwanese and Japanese cuisine in an ultra-modern style. Essentially serving Japanese cuisine, make sure that you have the stewed pears with wine jelly as the dessert.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Basement 1, 191 An He Road, Section 2
  • Tel: +886 2 2702 5588
  • Cuisine: Asian/Pacific
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Shin Yeh

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
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Sunny Hills

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
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Taiwanese Tea Ceremony in Taipei

Taiwanese Tea Ceremony is an important part of Taiwanese local culture and has been for over 400 years. Highly influenced by the Chinese tea culture brought to the island by its first settlers, it has been added to and developed by Japanese and western influences, creating an intricate, social and very tasty part of local life.

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S.T.A.Y

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
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STAY by Yannick Alléno Taipei

STAY by Yannick Alléno is a fresh fine dining French restaurant in the prestigious Taipei 101 Shopping Mall in Xinyi District. Boasting popular lunch and dinner menus and a compendious wine list, as well as a unique café and patisserie, STAY offers haute cuisine in simple, elegant surroundings.

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  • 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: Contemporary French
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Tutto Bello

This fine-dining restaurant has commendable service and Italian food. The decent wine list ranges from the reasonably priced to pricey. Located in the passage besides the Intercontinental Hotel, Tutto Bello has a marvelous menu of meat and sea food. In all, coming here is a revitalizing experience.

  • Location: 15, Lane 25, Shuang Cheng Street
  • Tel: +886 (0)2 2592 3355
  • Cuisine: European
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Yong Kang Beef Noodles

Although not as renowned as the pinnacle of our list of the best local restaurants in Taipei, Yong Kang Beef Noodles is highly regarded for their namesake soup. Their generous portions of chewy noodles, tender beef and rich broth are available in a number of varieties, all of them cheap, simple and tasty, with prices around NT$160. Other dishes, such as steamed ribs, are also available and, while the menu is entirely in Chinese, there are pictures to help you choose and order. Opened in 1963, its reputation has grown to the point that you can confidently expect a queue to get a seat for lunch or dinner.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 15:00, 16:30 – 21:00
  • Location: No. 17, Lane 31, Section 2, Jinshan S. Road, Daan
  • Tel: +886 (0)2 2351 1051
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