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Dali Courtyard

#43 of 8,771 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Houhai
Asian, Yunnan
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67 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
010-84041430
Today
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 118
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Extremely nice place

This is definitely worth a visit. Its a set menu of scrumptious dishes brought out at your leisure. Perhaps the best food we had in China. The inside area looked lovely enough and is very tastefully decorated, but the courtyard was just more inviting, despite the sultry weather. A couple of fans... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2013
holly04
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Entertaining clients
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218 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

My wife is vegeterian and Im allergic to.fish. The fixed menu didn't work for us. Their speiciality is fish and sea food. Which we didn't get to taste... They tried to work with our limitations, but it wasn't that good. 400 yuan for a dinner of two.

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Vancouver, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Quite disappointed. I went there twice during my stay in Beijing. The waiters are not nice. There were bugs in the dishes.....The dishes are not clean. We ordered tea; and the waiters refused to refill water. The dishes are very salty.

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London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This is definitely worth a visit. Its a set menu of scrumptious dishes brought out at your leisure. Perhaps the best food we had in China. The inside area looked lovely enough and is very tastefully decorated, but the courtyard was just more inviting, despite the sultry weather. A couple of fans would have made it a bit more comfortable.... More 

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48 reviews 48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I was taken to Dali Courtyard by a native Beijinger. Glad this happened because I never would have found Dali on my own (it's off a non-descript alley). This restaurant has no menu; the chef prepares a meal to his fancy. With fresh ingredients and a Yunan influence, the food is unique, tasty, and healthy. It was clearly the best... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

For a person who always struggles with the multitude of choices on a menu in a Chinese Restaurant, I loved that at Dali Courtyard that you don't have to ponder a menu but instead are presented with an amazing array of dishes and flavours which you might not necessarily of chosen. The ingredients were all fresh and complementary, I could... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Amazing meal for 120 RMB per person! One member of our party had lived in Yunnan for over a year, and he loved the authentic food and preparation. Three members of our party (including one teenager) don't eat much spicy food, and they enjoyed the experience very much. Excellent selection of wines, great atmosphere in the hutongs.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

The place isn't as nice as we expected as it is very noisy and the entrance is abit dirty. The food is fixed and no menu is provided so we had no idea what we were going to have next. We dislike the first few dishes (small portion of vegie), the meat was dry and the shrimp was very salty.... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

I loved my experience at Dali Courtyard. Look for the red lantern in the alleyway to find the entrance. The food was amazing. The small courses were perfect for trying lots of things, which happens to be my favorite way to dine. I would highly recommend this place if you are visiting Beijing!

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Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Part of the experience of going to Dali is finding it. As everyone says, not easy, but so worthwhile. Book in the courtyard if possible, especially in summer. And it's set menu - 14 smallish servings, so you get to try a wide range of wonderful Yunnan dishes. The fish is certainly spectacular, but then several other dishes are too.... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

As others have noted, this place can be tricky to find, but it's worth the effort. It's charming, relaxed and -- of most importance -- the food is terrific. The menu is fixed, so don't waste time planning what you'll order. Just go hungry and trust them to feed you well. The crunchy shrimp were our favorites.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 67 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing Region  >  Beijing>  > Houhai
  • Neighborhood: Houhai
  • Phone Number: 010-84041430

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian, Yunnan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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