Where to Eat in Nanjing: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 7, 2018 Tambra Mccollister

Nanjing ( listen), formerly romanized as Nanking and Nankin, is the capital of Jiangsu province of the People's Republic of China and the second largest city in the East China region, with an administrative area of 6,600 km (2,500 sq mi) and a total population of 8,270,500 as of 2016. The inner area of Nanjing enclosed by the city wall is Nanjing City (南京城), with an area of 55 km (21 sq mi), while the Nanjing Metropolitan Region includes surrounding cities and areas, covering over 60,000 km (23,000 sq mi), with a population of over 30 million.
Things to do in Nanjing

1. Nanjing Impressions (Deji Plaza)

No.18 Zhongshan Road, Xuanwu District | 7/F, Deji Shopping Mall Phase 1,, Nanjing, China Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$78 +86 25 8472 2777
Excellent
46%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 254 reviews

Nanjing Impressions (Deji Plaza)

Reviewed By Mark B

Several of these dotted throughout the city and they’re always very popular with locals, so book ahead or be prepared to wait. Dumplings were excellent as were the sweets and local flavoured wine, however the duck, while good, is nowhere near as special as Peking style or Yunnan smoked duck. Still was all moderately priced and menu had English. Would return.

2. Finnegans Wake Irish Bar & The Malt Room (Whisky & Cocktail Lounge)

No.6 Xinanli Street, No.400 Zhongshan South Road, Qinhuai District, Nanjing, China Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available Irish, Bar, European, Pub, International Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$102 - HK$188 +86 25 5220 7362
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 113 reviews

Finnegans Wake Irish Bar & The Malt Room (Whisky & Cocktail Lounge)

Finnegans Wake is Nanjing’s premier Irish bar. Established in 2008 Finnegans has been offering a high quality of food and service to the Nanjing community. The bar is situated in the oldest part of the city near GanXi residence the largest and best-preserved private house in Nanjing. The Malt Room – Whisky & Cocktail Lounge is located on the second floor of Finnegans and is warmly decorated to compliment the old Qing dynasty style of the building. In this unique and intimate setting, hidden away from the commotion of the Nanjing streets, you can enjoy your favourite draught beers, single malts and classic cocktails. A private dining room is available for up to 8 persons and the lounge is available for private functions for up to 40 persons. THE LOUNGE IS A SMOKE FREE ENVIRONMENT.

Reviewed By allenjbb

Really enjoyed our time at Finnegans. The service was excellent, drinks were great, and had a wonderful time chatting with Ian, the owner. Will return next time we’re in Nanjing!Very much appreciated. I hope you enjoy the rest of your travels. All the best and I’ll see you the next time you’re passing through. Ian

3. Taj mahal restaurant

Taj Mahal Restaurant Indian Cuisine, Jiangsu Province, Nanjing Road 117 rich Baixia, Nanjing 210004, China Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +86 25 8421 4123
Excellent
52%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 101 reviews

Taj mahal restaurant

Reviewed By Ell T

Tucked away in an alley off of Shanghai Road (Xinhua Alley, I think).
It's a good little place. Great Indian/South Asian food. Basically anything you could want. I go fairly regularly and it's always good. It's much appreciated when your palate is requesting a change from the (excellent) local cuisine and the ubiquitous foreign burger places.

4. BenJia Korean Restaurant (JinLun Mansion)

Baixia Kingland Apartments, No. 108 Hanzhong Road, B1,, Nanjing, China Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Barbecue, Asian, Korean Lunch, Dinner +86 25 5879 3126
Excellent
49%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

BenJia Korean Restaurant (JinLun Mansion)

Reviewed By Christine L - Brooklyn, New York

Compared to other local Korean restaurants, this place is more on the pricier side. However, that's because the food is great! The workers are all Chinese but the owner is Korean.
All the banchan they served was tasty... seriously a lot plus soup and fresh fresh, FRESH lettuce. The servers were nice but seemed just a bit lost. Went on a weekday for lunch and no one was there but then comes a crowd an hour into our meal. The atmosphere was relaxing, clean, and quiet.
Best of all, the dessert they served which was shikhye. It was so refreshing and sweet and healthy. Try this place out because it taste like the food you will eat in Korea too.

5. Jimmy's Sports Bar & Restaurant

Shiguwan Food Street, 193 Shigu Road, Xin Jie Kou, Nanjing 21000, China Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub Dinner, Drinks HK$126 - HK$502 +86 25 8679 2599
Excellent
56%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 129 reviews

Jimmy's Sports Bar & Restaurant

Take a taxi to or walk from the Sheraton Hotel (Han zhong lu, jin si li da jiu dian)Walk south down the crossroad that the Sheraton is on 1 block. (Luolang xiang)On the left side of the street you will see a sign that says "Gourmet Food Street".Take the first left and walk about 100 metres. (Shigu Lu)Enter the gourmet food street on your right.Jimmy's is located In the back left corner of the complex .Having any problems finding us? Give us a call and we will come meet you.

Reviewed By MarkDip - Vincentia, Australia

Stumbled across Jimmy's Bar on our first night in Nanjing more by luck than good planning. Received a warm welcome from the staff and Jimmy himself and was pleasantly surprised by the wide selection of beers available, including some craft beers from the Mornington Brewery in VIC. After extensive tastings each member of our group arrived at a slightly different favourite beer from the great range of local Master Gao draft brews - 'devil IPA' was my particular fav. The servers were attentive in making sure glasses were topped up and on request Jimmy was able to find a (IP) channel with the Ashes cricket. We stayed for some pool and a meat heavy meal (Little Boy platter).
On subsequent visits Jimmy was able to remember the beer choice of each member of our group, something my local pub has never achieved over the years!
If you are looking for a sports bar with a great atmosphere, hearty meals and a good range of beer then Jimmy's is highly recommended.

6. Pimiento

No.209 Shanghai Road, Nanjing, China Seating, Waitstaff Cafe Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
53%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Pimiento

Reviewed By Emmelie_Kitchell

This place is great, if you are craving a burger and on a budget. You can get a great big tasty burger for 40¥ (and they inkl. fries and a coke or sprite, your choice). Add blue cheese or bacon for additional 5¥ if you like. You get an amazingly interesting sauce on the side that seems like a mix of salsa and sweet chili sauce. Really good actually!
Staff friendly and place small and cozy. It seams that they have some good lunch deals until 2pm too.

7. Nanjing Impressions (Shiziqiao)

Hunan Walking Street, No.2 Shiziqiao Hunan Road, Nanjing, China Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +86 25 8330 5777
Excellent
50%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 78 reviews

Nanjing Impressions (Shiziqiao)

Reviewed By Lizzie H - Macau, China

Last Christmas holiday, I had a 2-day travel to Nanjing. Since my best friend was studying there, she knew a lot of distinctive restaurants. The one that she recommended most was Nanjing DaPai Dang. Though the name sounds a little low-class, the restaurant itself is much better than its name. I found a wooden bridge as soon as I entered the front door, which was one of the Chinese traditional architecture of this restaurant. And the tables were traditional big square ones that were popular in Qing dynasty.
The dish that liked most was Osmanthus honey lotus. It tasted sweet and soft, which was quite different from Xiang cuisine in my hometown. The typical character of the Jiangsu cuisines is sweet. So, if you love sweet food, this will be a good choice for you. And one interesting thing was that the waiters and waitresses were dressed in Minguo Period style.
This is a famous restaurant, so there were many consumers. My friends and I waited almost 25 minutes, which was acceptable. But I suggest that you could visit other shops near this restaurant to pass the waiting time. In conclusion, I recommend you to have a try in this restaurant, which will help you know about Chinese traditional style and Jiangsu culture better.

8. He Xiang Hui (BeiJing West Road)

BeiJing West Road 12, Nanjing, China Chinese Lunch, Dinner +86 25 8331 0212
Excellent
49%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

He Xiang Hui (BeiJing West Road)

Reviewed By Writerboy - Winchester, United Kingdom

We found this restaurant on TripAdvisor. The location on the map isn't very accurate as it is down an alleyway. I ordered salty duck, beef and chilli and mince buns. The food came quickly, was tasty and in a decent portion, it was also quite cheap at 130 Yuan in total for this meal plus drinks. The only downside is that the staff didn't speak any English and that the chefs and other people smoked at the tables, dropping their cigarette butts on the floor. It was good but a little hard to find, I would recommend only if you're nearby or want a truly local experience.

9. Blue Frog (IST Mall)

Zhongshan Lu near Hanjia Alley | IST Mall, Nanjing 210008, China Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television American, Bar Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +86 25 8223 3882
Excellent
25%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 151 reviews

Blue Frog (IST Mall)

Reviewed By Shannon083 - Nanjing, China

Popular Shanghai chain thats has a few around Nanjing. Last time i was here they had a Sunday brunch deal till around 3pm (or something totally forgot) where you get a Coffee for free, Brunch deals are around 90rmb the spread itself was alright nothing so special about it pretty mediocre. The only good thing about this place is people watching and well their Happy hour where you get the price of two drinks for one. Filled usually with Expats and tourists. The staff are quite helpful and do understand english quite abit.

10. Seleccion Espanola

No.57,East Zhongshan Road, Nanjing 210005, China Television, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$78 - HK$126 +86 152 9553 7959
Excellent
74%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 104 reviews

Seleccion Espanola

Seleccion Espanola is a homemade Spanish food restaurant with traditional Paellas, a large variety of Pinchos, delicious artsy main courses and of course top quality Iberian cold cuts. The menu includes a selection of Spanish wines, Sangria and different cocktails. The second floor offers an intimate atmosphere with sofas, music and a big screen projector that plays documentaries and movies.

Reviewed By Carles G

Definitely one of the best restaurants in Nanjing. Ran by expats and with truly authentic spanish taste, cozy atmosphere and modern decoration style. Paellas are amazing and all of the starters i've tried so far were delicious. The mini burgers are quite a surprise, my favorite is the one with mint and foi gras, what an explosion of flavors! There is a good deal on house wines with a buy one get one free glass.

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