There are many types of cuisines and restaurants available in the picturesque Qingdao City. Please read below for more information.
Qingdao is regarded as the "cradle of Shandong cuisine", adding a spin upon the usual Shandong dishes with its concentration on local seafood. Qingdao is rich in seafood, including fish, prawns, shellfish, and seaweed.
Shandong cuisine traces its roots back to the Spring and Autumn Period 2500 years ago. Shandong is known for presenting its food (usually deep-fried, braised, roasted or stewed) with a strong emphasis on soy sauce, shallots, and garlic.
Being among the 8 major cuisine traditions in China, it has grown into the representative of northern Chinese food. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Shandong cuisine became the principle part of royal diets, thus Qingdao Shandong Cuisine restaurants are known for preparing dishes with various seafood, delicate aromas, and pure flavor.
Well-known dishes include "sea cucumbers stewed with shallots", "stewed salted fish" and "celery with creamy soup". Made in a simple cooking style, these dishes are available in most restaurants. By virtue of its seafront location, seafood dominates the menus, ranging in cooking styles from spicy Sichuan to sweet Dongbei and even savory Beijing Duck.
Yunxiao Lu (Road) is the major restaurant area in Qingdao. It explodes with regional and international delicacies. However, the best way to enjoy Qingdao cuisine is probably to head down to any of the many little seafood restaurants on the shore or around Laiyang Lu.
For a more convenient (and pricier) atmosphere, the hotels are a good way to taste seafood with less of the language barrier problems. The Qingdao Seafood Restaurant, on Qingyu Road, is also a more expensive, but better quality, seafood provider. There are also plenty of international options including Italian, German, Fusion and buffets. Prices are flexible enough to accommodate all budgets.
Golden Sea Corner
Haidao Seafood Restaurant
ChongQing XiaoTian Hotpot Restaurant
Dou Lai Shun
Laoshan Pao Hot Pot
Tanyutou Hot Pot
Eden Italian Cafe and Restaurant
Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore
Coffee Garden (Kafei Yuan)
Golden Crown Revolving Restaurant