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“Nice courtyard house but terrible food”
Review of Red Capital Club

Red Capital Club
Ranked #2,069 of 12,787 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...
Reviewed December 7, 2013

Nice courtyard house and interesting memorabilia, but the food was the worst we had in China. The lamb was very fatty and the duck too dry. There are so many other nice restaurants in Beijing, it is not worth wasting your time and money here.

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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Among the great selections of superb and authentic Chinese cuisine restaurant in Beijing the Red Capital Club surpasses all. The food served reflects the true Beijing spicy but not overwhelming hot food. The freshly diced cucumbers in a garlic condiment is absolutely divine, followed by a beef stew with beans, a string cut potatoes. A superb Chicken soup is always available. The selection is vast and the willingness to satisfy anyone taste is always part of Red Capital Club customer attentiveness. Dining there is also an important experience in the rich history of China. Memorabilia of the People's Revolution and more importantly the father of the Country, Chairman Mao and his close colleagues is everywhere. When visiting asked to see the "bomb shelter." While slightly challenging the steps down to enter the shelter the experience us worthwhile. Visit on the outside the original car of Madam Tse-Deong, Chairman Mao' wife. Great selection of wines and even a place to sleep if you want to experience to the fullest the China experience. This is a must for a discriminating visitor.

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Thank Alan C
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

This restaurant is overrated (namely, by Fodor's). The interior is neat and the courtyard was nice (although it was too cold to eat there when we went). Our meal was expensive and the food wasn't that good and the service and the clientele was even worse. The menu wasn't what we expected and they were out of what we ordered (Mongolian Beef, really?). I got a tofu dish and it was mushy, but the sauce was good. My husband ended up with spicy chicken which was okay but nothing to write home about.
The other few tables in the restaurant were filled with snobby expats who were loud and obnoxious. We also had trouble getting there and getting back to our hotel because it isn't on a main road and they don't have a phone to call a taxi. The waiter said he could go down the street to call us one, but that he was too busy.

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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!

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1  Thank remarkable_travels
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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.

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Thank Janodebilbao
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