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1949 The Hidden City (Sanlitun)

#34 of 11,841 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
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Gallery 49 Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Beijing, China
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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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596 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The garden enhances the comfortable ambience at this tucked away restaurant. We had a good dinner of Peking Duck. The service was very good. But the wines tend to be very pricey.

Thank OneAddictedTraveler
Beijing, China
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87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is really like a hidden city. I love the garden and also the decor. It is a great combination of the traditional Peking duck (served with a very special sauce) and Cantonese dishes, such as wild mushrooms and tofu skin rolls, sautéed scallops with asparagus, chicken feet, steamed shrimp dumplings. The service is perfect. A great experience!

Thank rdinbj
London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'd been here a few years ago and a return this week was memorable. Food is very good and the duck impressive (it should be though given expectations). The wine list is extensive but we took the chance on their special red (more than half the price) which was quite drinkable. We ordered more towards the end even though we... More 

Thank David P
Salt Lake City, Utah
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

We were lucky to get reservations at this extraordinary restaurant. The setting is around an interior courtyard and the interior is quiet and beautiful. The duck was exceptional, but the presentation was even more amazing! It is an art, and should be experienced at least once in a lifetime!

Thank Claire S
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

The dishes are nice however need to rush as you have only 2 hours to dine, 2 persons can finished 1 duck as the portion is not huge. Good ambience however not for dining while business talk.

Thank Jaclsk
Tokyo, Japan
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016

What I liked about this place was that it didn't have the rather dour atmosphere of some of the other restaurants I went to during my stay in Beijing. While those other places definitely seemed to be feeling the pain of Xi Jinping's austerity policies, 1949 was modern and buzzing. The food was quite good (as is most properly prepared... More 

Thank OhEd
Greater London, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

The entrance courtyard is very "old China" but with a modern twist, and that's true of the restaurant as a whole. The duck is really very good, as is the food in general. Service is a bit slow, as usual in a business meal they may be trying to encourage you to order more to drink or just give you... More 

Thank thoughtfulpebble
Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

FREE TIP: if you live in BJ, ask the waiter to give you the rest of the duck - they will give you a bag with the rest of it and you can eat at home! Because, cmon...they cut so little and thin slices that THEY MUST KEEP the rest of it somewhere...or sell it. Its China :D Anyway, took... More 

Thank rutem90
Riehen, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016

The restaurant is very clean, the waitress and the waiter are very friendly and most important the food was amazing. The location is also very well. We stayed at the Regent Hotel and we reached the hotel within 2 Minutes. People recommended us an other restaurant first (Dadong), but we went to have a look at it and it was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2016

My wife and I ate at this large Cantonese style restaurant recently with many of my business colleagues. Because we were a very big group we were able to sample a wide variety of dishes; pork ribs; chicken in chilli; tofu soup; Peking duck; sweet & sour whole fish; beef and mushrooms; fried duck ribs; stir-fried pea shoots to name... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian, International
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Gallery 49 Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Beijing, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing>  > Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
  • Neighborhood: Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
  • Phone Number: 010-65018881

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?