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Black Sesame Kitchen

#3 of 11,858 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Houhai
As featured in Best Food in Beijing
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No.28 Zhonglao Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100000, China
Name/address in local language
+86 136 9147 4408
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Today
19:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 22:00
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Reading, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

First of all, thank you for arranging an alternative night. The Tuesday we wanted to visit was full so they opened up on a Wednesday and filled the place. You do need to book in advance as the restaurant will only take about 20 or so people. Also do not be put off by the surroundings in the Hutongs. We... More 

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Thank Philip K
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was hoping this was going to be the highlight of my time in Beijing based on the amazing reviews, but was sorely disappointed. 1. Prebooking price was $50 USD. But actual price is 300RMB, so if you prepay you lose about $6.50 on the exchange. 2. NOT recommended for vegetarians: despite reserving a veggie meal, the staff did little to... More 

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Mountain View, CA
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Selected on the fly after hiking the Great Wall, we were gratified that the staff were willing to accommodate our party at this tiny little restaurant. Normally they only operate by reservation, seating for the Prix Fix menu is at 7:00. We arrived at 7:15 and they set up a table for us in the courtyard. Given the wonderful spring... More 

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canberra
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Beijing. We booked via email after researching reviews and we were not disappointed! Coco was our host for the evening and had also kept us well informed of how to get to the venue. The home was easily found following her directions. The food was delicious and the company fabulous.... More 

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Maryland
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We broke away from our guided tour to visit this amazing establishment in Beijing. I had corresponded by email with Coco, noting that I--but not my husband--am vegetarian, and the kitchen made several adaptations to accommodate me. Not only was the food delicious, but we enjoyed meeting our fellow diners who came from all over the world. After the meal,... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great experience at Black Sesame Kitchen. I think there were a total of 10 dishes, each one was amazing. My wife and I had a great time with the hosts and the other guests. We were visiting a friend in Beijing, who said several of the dishes were the best version he's ever had. Great food, great... More 

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Deephaven
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221 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Black Sesame for dinner last night for 4 of us. There is a long communal table where you watch the chefs prepare amazing food. There are 10 delicious courses so come hungry! It is a good idea to arrive a little early to claim your seats. Coco was a great hostess and explained the dishes and made everyone... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed our meal with Coco, we arrived as four separate groups but left as good friends having had a great meal, lots of wine and great company. Coco ensures everything goes to plan and even helped arrange a taxi when we were struggling to get. Full marks for the evening.

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Thank Bobcat012
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Restaurant is located in a Hutong, very small with only two tables for about 24 persons. You will meet their Tourists from all over the World and you will have a good chat. The menu is fixed, but you will get a vegetarian variant if needed. Water, beer,tea and wine is included for 300 Yuan per person. The meal... More 

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Probably only known by tourists via Tripadvisor but nevertheless a wonderful adress. Hidden in a small alley you get to a little courtyard with two rooms available for dinner guests, one with the little open kitchen. Only open thuesdays and thursdays. Two chefs prepare a wonderfull diner.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$50 - US$50
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
19:00 - 22:00
Monday
19:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
19:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
19:00 - 22:00
Thursday
19:00 - 22:00
Friday
19:00 - 22:00
Saturday
19:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: No.28 Zhonglao Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100000, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing>  > Houhai
  • Neighbourhood: Houhai
  • Phone Number: +86 136 9147 4408
Description
We are a reservations-only dining experience offering a set menu of ten courses and two wine pairings in an open kitchen where you'll learn the secrets of Chinese cuisine.

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