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Black Sesame Kitchen

#3 of 11,826 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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
19:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 22:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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110 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This restaurant, located down a small alley and in a hutong lives up to it’s billing and then some as one of the best in Beijing. Coco was a wonderful and gracious host and even let us give a couple of things a try in the kitchen ourselves. We went on Friday night to the group wine and dine dinner... More 

Thank Springman51d
Johannesburg, South Africa
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Thank you Coco and team for a really fabulous evening. An opportunity to eat freshly prepared Chinese food in an excellent hutong setting. Good variety of dishes, great wines and the company is what you make it...communal dining at its best! Recipe books on sale! Would certainly go back. Fantastic way to end of a wonderful weekend in Beijing.

Thank KarenCPT
San Francisco, California
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We weren't sure what to expect but were very pleasantly surprised at how fun and interesting this dinner turned out to be. BSK serves communal style dinners in a hutong courtyard with a prix fixe menu and wine pairings. The food was really delicious authentic Beijing cuisine paired with Australian wines. The company was really fun as its always fun... More 

Thank chpierce
Tokyo, Japan
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most delicious and enjoyable evening with the 10 dishes and interesting people. We'd recommend to anyone. Wonderful staff led by Coco and Brendan.

Thank C G
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148 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i was originally looking at black sesame for a cooking class, but when i researched the communal dinner further, i was sure this was for us. located on a hutong, or side alley, finding this restaurant was a fun part of the experience. we arrived a little early and had time to watch the chefs at work in the kitchen,... More 

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Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
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112 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our good friend recommended that we try Black Sesame Kitchen during our recent visit to Beijing. It was a very interesting experience even though I have lived in Beijing before. The slow walk into the Hutong with the crisp cool climate slightly dark as we try to anticipate the evening.... greeted by 2 red Chinese lamps at the small entrance... More 

Thank Denis_Colin_Zhu
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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103 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located in an alleyway near the forbidden city this gem of a restaurant provides for a truly unique dining experience! Communal dining, a 10 course meal includes wine and beer. Coco the host is charming and delightful and within minutes you feel like you are dining with family!!! Fixed price of RMB 300 which is about US$45

2 Thank CirceNiezen
San Rafael, California, United States
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After 2 weeks traveling around China we ended our fabulous stay at The Black Sesame Kitchen. What a send off! As other reviewers have noted, it is hard to find but we all did because Coco sends an email with instructions in Chinese. So after we got out of the taxi we showed someone in the street the email and... More 

Thank Nancy S
London, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a table for 7 via email, the manager coco was articulate and clear in her communication in English. We had a fantastic night, served a 10 course meal. Each course made in front of you by the chefs. Its best to go as a group I feel as there is one huge table, so going as a couple... More 

1 Thank JeroenSpeak
Las Vegas, Nevada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great meal in Beijing in October. 10 course meal. Best meal I had in 3 weeks in China, South Korea and Japan. Coco is unbelievable. The restaurant only sits about 10 people. Very friendly atmosphere. Food incredible. Family style.

1 Thank disney23mickey

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$50 - US$50
Chinese, Asian
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
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
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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