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Hong Kong's best beachside bars and restaurants

Drink and dine amidst the best seafront views in town

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Time Out Hong Kong
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Looking for alternative eats away from the city? Why not consider heading out to restaurants and bars that offer the best seafront views in town. You can escape the hustle and bustle, get out for a bit of a breather, and take in the panoramic ocean views. So, without further ado, here it is. Our list of the best beachside dining and drinking spots in Hong Kong.   

RECOMMENDED: Want to eat indoors instead and dine amidst stunning views? Check out our list of the best Hong Kong restaurants with the most breathtaking views of the city.

  • Restaurants
  • Lantau Island

Bathers is located conveniently along Lantau's Lower Cheung Sha Beach. Here you can enjoy all-day dining while taking in the seaside breeze. Enjoy Western cuisine highlighting fresh seafood and hearty servings of meat and pair it with refreshing cocktails. Catch a seat by the terrace or by the comfy seats sprawled on the sand to enjoy the best beachside view. Bathers can take up to 100 seats next to the sand, which makes it a popular destination for parties, events, and wedding receptions. Make sure to book ahead to secure a spot, especially during busy, sunny weekends. For the Easter holiday, Bathers will open for breakfast on April 1 to 6, from 9 am to 11 am. Enjoy breakfast dishes (starts at$85) that include French toast with fresh berries, Greek yoghurt and vanilla syrup, house-cured salmon served with toasted sourdough and scrambled eggs, and house-made pork sausage, smoked bacon, grilled tomato, mushrooms, poached egg served with toasted sourdough, among others. 

  • Restaurants
  • Lamma Island

Lamma Island offers a waterfront with numerous outdoor seafood restaurants. But for local flavours and the best sunset views, we recommend heading to Sau Kee Seafood Restaurant (formerly called Andy's Seafood). The local eatery features an al fresco terrace facing the waterfront where you can people-watch and see boats docking while you wait for your meal. Expect fresh seafood like fish, mussels, razor clams, abalones, prawns, lobster, and crabs, which you can enjoy steamed, deep-fried, or stir-fried with lots of garlic. Our favourites on the menu are the mussels with chives, steamed razor clams with vermicelli, and salt and pepper squid. 

Call in advance for table reservations. For walk-ins, make sure you go during off-peak hours – after lunch or just before dinner – to get the best seaside view.  

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  • Restaurants
  • Sai Kung

A family-run seafood restaurant since 1999, Yau Ley Seafood is popular for weekend hikers and tourists passing by the area. Here you'll get the freshest seafood caught daily by local fishermen which makes the trip all the more worthwhile. Enjoy seafood plates of deep-fried squid, calamari, curry crab, steamed or fried lobsters, prawns, and clams. You may also choose from any of the live fish available at the restaurant's tank and have it freshly cooked in the kitchen. If you need a ride to get to the venue, you may call to reserve for a speedboat pick-up.  

  • Restaurants
  • Burgers
  • Lantau Island

Treasure Island Beach Club took over the former Mavericks restaurant space in 2018 and has since been a popular weekend stomping ground for beachgoers, hikers, and surfers on Pui O Beach. The venue not only offers food and drink but also rents out watersports equipment, tents, and cabanas that guests can use while in the area. In between tanning and water activities, head over to the restaurant and enjoy live DJ sets playing Ibiza-inspired beats and other dance mixes.  

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Repulse Bay

Amalfitana brings a slice of the Amalfi coast in Repulse Bay. More precisely, slices of quality Napolitano-style pizza in a relaxed waterfront setting. The restaurant prides itself on the artisanal pizzas on the menu and a few traditional Italian desserts. Try the signature Amalfitana pizza ($250) topped with porcini mushrooms, bufala mozzarella, parma ham, and rocket, and wash it all down with the bar's refreshing spritzes, Negroni variations, and housemade limoncello infusions.  

  • Restaurants
  • Fusion
  • Repulse Bay

Limewood offers a sweet Caribbean seaside escape in this side of town. The restaurant offers a fusion of Southeast Asian, Hawaiian, South American, and Caribbean cuisine centred around barbecued seafood and meat. If you're done sinking your teeth into the barbecued fare, try their signature margaritas or their All Day Bloody Mary. And for a boozier afternoon by the beach, sip on the bar's expanding tequila, mezcal, and aged rum selection. Limewood’s happy hour ($60 per cocktail) is available Mondays to Thursdays, 3pm to 8pm.

For weekend beachgoers, kickstart your day dining by the beach and enjoy’s Limewood’s breakfast menu starting from 9am to 11am, every Saturday and Sunday. Order a healthy green brekkie bowl ($160) – made with poached egg, silver beets, kale, spinach, avocado, and chrysanthemum leaves or a bacon and egg roti ($120) with smoked bacon, fried egg, and housemade relish.

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  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Repulse Bay

If you're looking for Southern Thai flavours in a beachfront setting, then walk a few steps from Limewood and Amalfitana and grab a seat at Sip Song. The restaurant's name means 12 in Thai, and it refers to the 12 essential ingredients found in Thai dishes. Try a serving of Pad Thai and sip on freshly opened coconut juice while enjoying the pleasant views of Repulse Bay. For a boozy treat, wet your whistle with the Sip Song's refreshing signature cocktails like Coriander Mojito and Pandan Colada. 

  • Restaurants
  • Shek O

This stand-alone beachfront restaurant serves up Mediterranean cuisine and a great selection of rosé wines which can be enjoyed on breezy afternoons by the terrace facing Shek O Beach. Open from breakfast until dinner; guests can enjoy seafood fares like bouillabaisse, grilled french swordfish, grilled piri piri king prawns, and whole grilled sea bream with fresh rosemary flamed with pastis (anise-flavoured alcohol), among others. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Sai Kung

Padstow Restaurant & Bar's location near Hebe Haven makes this venue a popular joint for sailing enthusiasts. This three-floor bar and restaurant serve modern British fares which include steaks, sausages, black pudding, and signature pies made with IPA or stout beer barley pastry. Drop by here on weekends to enjoy hearty traditional prime rib-eye roast that pairs perfectly well with pints of St Mungo Lager served exclusively in Padstow (and Shoreditch, the restaurant's sister company).

  • Restaurants
  • Sai Kung

A Thai restaurant located on the seaside of Tai Mong Tsai Beach in Sai Kung. Their kitchen is run by Thai chefs and serves authentic Northern Thai dishes using spices imported from Thailand. The style of cooking here is milder compared to cuisines from other Thai regions, so expect dishes with bursts of flavour without the overpowering heat. Try seafood and meat Thai skewers or order some deep-fried barramundi with chilli lime sauce, stir-fried duck breast with bay leaves or the crispy seasonal salmon belly with Thai herbs. 

By the way, the place is dog-friendly, so catch a table outside and chill with your spoiled pooch while enjoying the seafront view.  

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Repulse Bay

Another notable restaurant with a view on The Pulse in Repulse Bay. Fratelli is run by the same team behind pizza restaurant Amalfitana, but focuses on artisanal, nonna-style pasta such as tagliatelle bolognese, and bucatini amatriciana with pork cheek and parmesan. So, head here if you're craving for some comforting pasta dishes and pair it with the restaurant's selection of wines, beers, and vermouth cocktails.

For Easter, the venue is offering an Easter feast that includes lobster pasta and lamb meatball, and kids will get chocolate eggs. 

  • Restaurants
  • Fusion
  • Discovery Bay

Sitting on the edge of Discovery Bay's harbourfront is Zaks, the largest restaurant in the area offering a 5,000 square foot spacious outdoor terrace and a smart al fresco atmosphere. Just a two-minute walk from the ferry pier, Zaks is popular for its spectacular beach view and an extensive menu of Asian and Western cuisine, so you're guaranteed to find something to satisfy your appetite. The huge ground space makes it an excellent venue for large groups and families with kids; there's even a pirate ship play area where kids can spend hours on end.  

Come by on April 4 to 5 (1pm to 3pm) to enjoy Easter specials such as their Easter Bunny shakes ($68) in chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavours. 

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