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American Restaurant

Wan Chai / Causeway Bay
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20 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, China
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We ate here to see if it had changed over 30 years - evidently not, many favourites still on the vast menu. Not American food, but traditional "colonial" Chinese; Peking duck, sweet and sour pork, chicken with noodles, chilli beef. The service was hit and miss; our waiter was surly and downright rude, but we ignored his attempts to order... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has to be one of the finest restaurants in the world. It matters not what dish you order, if you love Chinese food,it will have you mouth watering. Ok so the toilets don't quite match up to those at the Peninsula Hotel, but the atmosphere is enchanting and the aromas are exotic. Don't forget to make a booking,... More 

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Like so many reviewers, have been coming here for 20+ years. As with many destination places, the reality can be something of a shock, but I still head here at least twice per year. The good: atmosphere, salt/pepper prawn toast, fried rice, sweet and sour fish, chicken with cashews. The bad: have never had a good duck pancake here, most... More 

Thank TruebritSingapore
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Having lived in HK twenty years ago, we were anxiously looking forward revisiting the American. Among our favorite dishes was the Dried Chili Beef with Sesame pockets. On our visit, it appeared the waiters were the same ones working at the restaurant 20 years ago. And the beef didn't live up to our memories and the sesame pockets were pretty... More 

Thank Michael M
Leeds, United Kingdom
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178 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Our hotel manager kindly booked us a table here in his name as we were really wanting to eat peking duck. When we got here we felt like we had hit the jackpot with an amazing local haunt. The dated decor, noisy floor, dirty plates, 80's feel, ignorant staff, packed in locals and difficult and confusing menus all meant we... More 

Thank PopcornMonkeyReviews
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

I dragged my wife back here so that I could re live childhood memories, and i am so glad that I did , the menu thankfully has not changed a bit , crab meat and sweet corn soup, sizzling beef, chicken with cashews, special fried rice followed by toffee apples and washed down with a few bottles of Tsingtao, perfect... More 

Thank LouisT485
New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Peking duck was very average, not bad but also not good. "Free" starters that we received before ordering were not free at all. It appeared on the bill with $8. Other food was okay, but absolutely nothing special. The service was terrible. Simply put, you can get better food and service for your money. Stay away.

Thank asp1r1n
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Everyone should eat at The American once in their lives. The decor is ... interesting. The service is sometimes offhand, sometimes charming, sometimes even a bit rude, and that's all part of it. But the food, the food! Shredded beef in sesame pockets is legendary, pigeon good, broccoli in garlic - it goes on. You won't just go there once.... More 

Thank DrewBusby
Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is Chinese restaurant with tires decor. The food was delicious. I didn't order the dishes so my recollection of what we ate is poor. We had duck, eggplant, prawns and a dish which involved stuffing bread rolls with a beef stir fry that was to die for. I'd go back in a flash!

Thank SimonStaf
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Went for a quick dinner, the staff are elderly gentlemen and even though there was a language barrier our waiter was able to provide us with help in choosing some of their more popular dishes, their fried dumplings were spectacular, the sweet and sour pork was really really good but the King Prawns in chilli was something to remember. Staff... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $20
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Hong Kong>  > Wan Chai / Causeway Bay
  • Neighborhood: Wan Chai / Causeway Bay
  • Phone Number: 852-25271000

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

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Wan Chai / Causeway Bay
Wan Chai and Causeway Bay are the retail centers of Hong Kong Island. Filled with shops, malls and restaurants, both areas are bustling with people – tourists and locals alike. Causeway Bay has one of the highest rents on the planet, and is a bit more polished and modern than its Wan Chai counterpart. Beneath the surface there is more than meets the eye – find boutique stores in the above ground floors of buildings and wander into side streets to find interesting restaurants and shops tucked away from the main roads. Wan Chai especially has experienced a modern revival in recent times, with an influx of trendy restaurants and bars around the Star Street area. In addition, both areas contain many of Hong Kong’s iconic tourist attractions worthy of your visit.
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