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“Focus on the food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Dadong Roast Duck (Dongsi)

Dadong Roast Duck (Dongsi)
1-2 Nanxincang Guoji Dasha, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng district, Beijing 100007, China (Beijing Workers' Sports Complex)
010-51690329,010-51690328
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Ranked #23 of 9,428 restaurants in Beijing
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Chinese, Beijing Specialties
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Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
Description: Datong Roast Duck Restaurant's well decoration and restaurant environment has owned itself the titles: Best Beijing Duck, Outstanding for Impressing Visitors and Best Restaurant of the Year (Chinese) in 2009.
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“Focus on the food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Like everyone else has said, the service here isn't great. The staff simply can't afford the energy and time to pay attention to every single one of their patrons, which thus means that if you (like us) happened to be part of the cattle class, you won't be getting much service (if you want service, get a private room). We did get some good service from a particular waitress we got cute with though, so you might want to try that if good service really matters to you. However, the duck is still of a high standard, as are the other dishes. Da Dong has survived mass commercialization a lot better than its competitor Quan Ju De.

If you're here, you're here for the food. Expect poor service; focus on your duck and dinner company. Oh, and the second floor is done up pretty nicely too.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Good duck average service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

We were taken here by two Beijing locals - I can't image what the service would have been like if we were all non Chinese!!! This place is huge - it's like a massive warehouse space with great contemporary decor. Service aside the meal was ok - duck was good, it's a bit of a show having two chefs in clear face masks carving the duck at your table. Other dishes ordered were very average - a chicken dish that made KFC look good and a spicy chilli beef dish which was swamped with about 90% dried chillies and 10% beef. Would not go back.

Visited November 2013
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“Be prepared for the unfriendly service crews”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

I have been back to this restaurant a couple of times between October to mid November this year. The food are still great but the quality of customer service has dropped tremendously compare my visits before summer. We hardly saw any waitresses/waiters with smiley face and they were quite impatient even for taking order, at times we have to wait for long time to get our food.
The only reason for me to return to this branch is to enable my guests to experience the process of roasting the ducks. Guests can view the kitchen where the chefs are preparing the ducks.
I personally prefer the tuanjiehu branch.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

The best dinning experience we have had. We ordered the taster menu which was raw scampi delicious. Then asparagus cold soup followed by tender Chinese beef which melted in your mouth. Then the duck arrived carved on front of you and you were shown how to eat it with little raps and a selection of pickles. For desert was Chinese fruit and mango sorbet. The staff which we had our own waiter was very nice. You could watch the chiefs cook the ducks. They have won many awards. The dinner for four with beers and cocktails cost 2200 yuan well worth it.

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“Hair in food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

I live in Beijing and a new Da Dong opened at the Worker's Stadium East gate. I've been twice in the past week. It's a must see, for photos. Over-the-top doesn't even begin to cover it. But being new, the service is terrible. On our fist visit dishes were forgotten and then when we wanted to order more food, easy dishes, it took 35 minutes to arrive. Unheard of in a Chinese kitchen and no they were not busy at that hour. We asked the waitress to have the floor manager come over and she just walked away and started folding napkins. We all speak Chinese. Our second visit started nicely but was ruined by a very long strand of black hair in one of the dishes. This waitress also just walked away when we asked for the manager. (They aren't trained in how to deal with conflict or unhappy customers). We finally got a manager who apologized and brought us two glasses of red wine. They then made us a new dish (we held onto the original dish so they couldn't just take the hair out and return it to us) which we half heartily ate. When the bill came the 'hair' dish was still on the bill. I asked the waitress to bring the manager and yes, she went over to another table and started pouring water etc. I finally got a manager who explained that we should pay because they did give us a new dish. I understand his reasoning but if I were a manager I would take it off the bill and fall over myself apologizing for serving food with a side of hair. Their restaurant inside the second ring round is fantastic and a must. Not only is the duck good, but most of their dishes can be ordered in sm, md or lg sizes which gives you a chance to sample many things. The whole point of a Chinese restaurant is to over order and enjoy!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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