Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

The Courtyard Restaurant

95 Donghuamen Ave. Send to Phone
86 10 6526-8883
Fine European dining; grab a window pew for an enchanted view of the Forbidden City.

Cuisine
Open
Dinner nightly
Features

* Click here for rating key

The Courtyard Restaurant Restaurant Review

: The restaurant’s claim to fame is its location alongside the Forbidden City’s moat, a magical sight at night with bats sky-diving, locals fishing and the Imperial red walls of the palace as a backdrop. But unless you’re seated at one of the three window seats you won’t get much of a view. The cooking presents some curious combinations: steak with anchovy jam, apricot-stuffed saddle of lamb. There’s also crispy-skin yellowtail sitting atop juicy smoked eggplant. Desserts include lavender crème caramel and chocolate and peanut opera cake. The wine selection draws primarily from the Old World.



AMERICA'S TOP RESTAURANTS

Discover the best female chefs, top pizzerias and stellar seafood restaurants with GAYOT's Top 10 lists of the best restaurants in America.