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The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall

12 Mutianyu Village | Huairou District, Beijing 101405, China (Huairou Scenic Resort)
010-61626506
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Ranked #51 of 9,388 restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $30
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Neighborhood: Huairou Scenic Resort
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82% Recommend
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

we went (group of 9) on a saturday afternoon. the food was excellent and fresh but the service was terrible - thats why the average. it didnt seem like the place was packed but we had to ask 4-5 times for water, cups and glasses. finally, one of us just got up and got a couple of jugs of water.... More

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Shanghai, China
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

We visited the schoolhouse at Mutianyu for lunch and overall the meal was okay except I had to ask 3 times for my green tea (all other guests got their drinks promptly) and I ordered the burger well done. It was served basically raw inside. I asked for it to be cooked some more (actually our guide asked so there... More

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear JimG, I'd like you and our readers in the Trip Advisor community to know that in July we had a couple of complaints on the burgers, which have over the years been our best selling item and frequently praised as among the best a guest had eaten anywhere. Our cooking protocol for burgers actually requires that they be cooked... More

Arlington, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

It is well worth the visit if you are going to Mutianyu. Great America-like dinning made from local ingredients. Fuel up before you hit the wall.

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear jordan706, Thank you for your kind review for the Trip Advisor community. Our whole team is dedicated to serving fresh food homemade from scratch and it is great to know when a guest appreciates our work. Wishing you safe and happy travels, Jim Spear & The Schoolhouse Team More

Shanghai, China
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We were told that Sat night was bar BBQ night but was expecting more selection and atmosphere. Service was OK but was surprised that even drinks were self service from a plastic tub with cold water and a block of ice in it. Broken glass under our table was a shame and to be fair the team cleared it away... More

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Gouldie1973, I am so sorry that our very casual live jazz trio, all you could eat and drink barbecue buffet dinner served at sunset with the stars coming out by candelight with linens and fresh flowers (with hamburgers, hotdogs, steaks, chicken, trout, and vegetables grilled to order, handmade noodles cooked to order with stewed pork, green salad, Sichuan chicken... More

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46 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Stop here after the wall, enjoy great food and good beer. Best with friends. You won't regret the choice as it fits well in after a two hour hike on the wall.

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Kiwi P, Thank you so much for recommending The Schoolhouse to the Trip Advisor community. We endeavor to provide excellent local and homemade food matched by warm and professional service. It's just great to get feedback like yours; we appreciate the encouragement very much. Safe travels, Jim Spear & The Schoolhouse Team More

Novi, Michigan
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We ate lunch here after walking the wall. Owned by an American, the lunch was filling and relaxing. In short, we would recommend it as a place to get a good lunch right near the wall. The restaurant is located in an outdoor courtyard.

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear CaymanMike, Thank you very muich for your recommendation of The Schoolhouse. I am one of the four partners, and we are indeed all Americans. But everyone else on the staff is Chinese and I must say they are the ones who cook the food and serve our guests with enthusiasm and warmth. Wishing you happy journeys, Jim Spear &... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We visited the Schoolhouse once we left the Wall. The views were nice and the staff were very attentive. The restrooms were clean and included toilet paper! The food was tasty and the gift shop had interesting items for purchase.

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Ineedavacystat, Our team is delighted to know that you enjoyed your post-Wall stop at The Schoolhouse. Thank you for sharing your experience with the Trip Advisor community. More

Beijing
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Went hiking with our dogs and were excited coming back to this place after a few years. Long time ago they had a great & innovative Indian Chef. Still feels great sitting outside in the shade. Being thirsty even the local beer will do (even for that price better beer should be available). We ordered a caesar style salad and... More

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Riedel208, My name is Jim Spear and I am one of the partners in The Schoolhouse. Thank you for letting us know that your experience did not meet your expectations. I appreciate that you also reported that your son enjoyed the food the next day. Of course, that is the issue -- because our aim is consistent excellence. We... More

Singapore, Singapore
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

I didn't expect this place to be good given its tourist location next to the Great Wall, but it was actually very good. My fritata and date bread were really great and the family had universally high praise for their dishes (prawn bisque, spicy tofu, etc.). On top of that, the portion sizes were big. About 7 of us ate... More

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Journeyman1971, Thank you so much for your kind comments about The Schoolhouse. We're delighted you enjoyed your experience here. About the English skills of our staff, more than 80 per cent of our team are from nearby villages and we don't have any expats on The Schoolhouse staff -- from the kitchen to the servers to the hosts and... More

Seoul, South Korea
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Delicious, fresh food at the base of the Mutianyu area of the Wall. The owner bought up an old schoolhouse and is helping the local community.

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear AliceMinnesota, My name is Jim Spear and I am one of the partners in The Schoolhouse. Your review made my day! It is so great to know when a guest enjoyed their experience here. It's especially encouraging to know that you were aware of our commitment to sustainability and that that was meaningful for you. On behalf of our... More

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