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“Fun and novel dinner, quality Beijing cuisine”
Review of Red Capital Club

Red Capital Club
Ranked #2,403 of 12,667 Restaurants in Beijing
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
Description: (Open from 6pm; last order at 11pm)Dedicated to China’s burgeoning “red capitalists,” the Red Capital Club is hidden in an ancient hutong alleyway located in Dongsi Jiutiao near the courtyard homes of many of China’s past and present leaders. You will be certain that you have arrived at the restaurant upon seeing a vintage Red Flag limo parked outside the courtyard house, which was once reserved exclusively for China’s top communist leaders.This immaculately restored compound captures the mood of the 1950s when China was driven by idealism. The lounge cigar divan is like stepping into Mao’s private meeting room. The furnishings were originally used by the Chinese government in the 1950s. Two sofas in the lounge were actually used by Marshal Lin Biao (Mao’s fated successor who lost an attempted coup). A poem of Mao’s adorns one wall, while a photograph of Deng Xiaoping, given to the club, hangs nearby. The courtyard once belonged to a notorious female spy and Manchurian revivalist, who plied her trade using everything at her disposal. One feels this dimension upon entering the dining room where the centerpiece is a rare imperial dragon robe dating to the Qian Long period (18th Century) which once belonged to a prime minister court official. Other dragon robe embroideries are displayed, along with calligraphy for “Red Capital” by Zhou Nan, China’s famous representative to the UN and Xinhua boss in Hong Kong, who personally negotiated and supervised the 1997 Hong Kong handover. Red Capital Club dishes up “Zhongnanhai Cuisine:” the name of the secretive compound of China’s top leadership. Each meal is a state banquet adorned with figures delicately carved from vegetables, and presents favorite dishes of Mao, Deng, and even Zhu Rongji, together with some of the best in imperial dining reserved for emperors and empresses. An evening at Red Capital Club is to step back in time, a time to wrap yourself in the dream of the 1950s, sink into the velvet and imagine that you have the Chairman’s ear. Who knows, he may be listening...
Singapore, Singapore
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172 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
“Fun and novel dinner, quality Beijing cuisine”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

We just loved the beautiful house and all the Maoist memorablilia. The food was great, the wine was average and the presentation is definitely worth a picture. The only problem was that the taxis had no idea where it was and it took a while to get there but we enjoyed making our way through the snowy hutongs to get back to the main road. Bring your camera and a map!

  • Visited March 2012
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Toulouse, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Just one time”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

A well known place to eat for expats.I have not seen locals
Even one waiter was a Canadian girl who was by the way quite sympatic.
Food was good but not fantastic.
Memorabilia from Mao period make the fame of this restaurant but nothing exceptional.
Lots of other better retaurants to enjoy Beijing.

  • Visited November 2012
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Manhattan Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A True Hutong Charmer!”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

This is an absolutely fun and unoque place in the heart of a hutong. in addition to a very creative menu, the restaurant is filled with old Communist party memorabilia. There is also a little bomb shelter you can climb down into to get a real Cold War feel!

Visited August 2012
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Totally overrated and overpriced!”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

mediocre food at very high rates!!! We were three people eating four or five dishes and paid 1000 RMB together, no wine even. Intterieur is nice but a little worn down and location is terrible to find, not a nice neighbourhood where you could go to a nice bar afterwards or so. For 1000 RMB you can eat a lot better in Beijing, believe me!

Visited September 2012
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Rochester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“disappointed given the hype”
Reviewed September 21, 2012

Decided to try RCC based upon 3 perfect days and guide books. Expected the food to be exceptional, the place to be a historical "monument" and a unique experience. First to find the place was very difficult for our taxi, it has no real sign and the taxi needed to ask another restaurant where place is. Going into the place it was dark and hodge-podge of furniture and knickknacks and posters. The center of the restaurant is open air and the sides are enclosed. We sat "outside" in the center. It was strange feeling rather than an alfresco dinner. The menu is large with dishes named after various leaders. The food is pricey for the type of food you get. The food was good but not memorable. The service was fine, again nothing memorable. At the end we got a "special cookie" which was inedible and watermelon and oranges which were not very good. Last issue was because we were "outside" all the people next to us smoked.
So while it was an adventure to find and I can say I was in Mao's secret place I would not go back

  • Visited September 2012
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