Just in time for summer, here’s our list of some of the best beach restaurants in Hong Kong. They’re in different locations in HK, but all are right by the sea and the sand. Try out a bright eatery by Repulse Bay Beach, a restaurant in Sai Kung and other gorgeous dining options with ocean views.
Bathers – a beach restaurant in Lantau
Located on Hong Kong’s longest swimming beach, Cheung Sha in South Lantau, Bathers is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serves a menu of classic holiday staples. Seafood lovers will home in on the oysters, the crispy salt and pepper squid and the pan-fried barramundi, while others can opt for salads and burgers, and finish with apple pie. There’s craft beer on tap, plus wines, sangria and cocktails – all just a handful of steps from the ocean. Book ahead on weekends!
32 Lower Cheung Sha Village, South Lantau
2504 4788 | bathers.com.hk
Coconuts – a restaurant by the sea at Deep Water Bay
Not only is Coconuts right next to the beach, but it’s also right beside Hong Kong Golf Club – thankfully, there’s a nice high fence to stop any errant drives from landing in your plate of fried rice. This casual Thai restaurant is the essence of comfort food, with the waft of beef satay coming from the grill, and a bar serving tropical cocktails. Come here for a tom yum soup after a swim in the serene waters of Deep Water Bay.
G/F, West Block, Island Road, Deep Water Bay
2869 9631 | toptables.com.hk/coconuts
Limewood – a Repulse Bay restaurant by the water
Everyone has their different idea of the ideal beach cuisine, which is why the team at Limewood decided to cover as many bases as possible. The menu at this Repulse Bay restaurant is a mix of Southeast Asian, South American, Hawaiian and Caribbean flavours with a focus on barbecued seafood and meats, from snapper to wagyu, and refreshing cocktails. Grab some takeaway fish tacos, or stay for a romantic dinner overlooking the sea. It’s also family-friendly and pet-friendly.
Shop 103 & 104, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
2866 8668 | limewood.hk
Cococabana – Shek O ocean terrace
With an iconic terrace over the sand of Shek O, Cococabana is a good spot for a weekend meal any time of year – but especially after a summer swim sesh! The French Mediterranean fare includes the likes of pan-fried foie gras, baked goat’s cheese on puff pastry, Bouillabaisse de Marseille, and grilled organic rib-eye steak. Order an accompanying glass of chilled rosé, and sit there watching the waves roll in.
G/F, Shek O Beach Building, Shek O Beach, Shek O Village
2812 2226 | toptables.com.hk/cococabana
Treasure Island Beach Club – a Lantau beachside favourite
Set on pretty Pui O Beach in South Lantau, this five-year-old beachside bar and restaurant offers timeless favourites like fish and chips, burgers and barbecued ribs, along with tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes. It’s only open Friday to Sunday and on public holidays. Keep an eye on the Facebook page (@treasureislandbeachclub) for details of markets, live bands and other extras. They even have cabana rooms available to rent and camping options too!
Pui O Beach, Lantau Island
5236 7016 | treasureislandhk.com/tig-restaurant
Sip Song – Repulse Bay Beach restaurant
This bright beachside eatery and bar is situated at The Pulse, just in front of the sand at Repulse Bay. Sip Song means “12” in Thai, which relates to the 12 essential ingredients that feature in the menu. There’s a solid offering of small plates and substantial dishes ideal for sharing, all exhibiting the sweet, spicy, sour and salty characteristics of Thai food. Highlights include roti with barbecued pork neck, soft shell crab massaman curry and a fab Thai basil chicken.
Shop 114 & 115, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
2328 8385 | sip-song.com
Yau Ley Seafood Restaurant – a Sai Kung beach restaurant
This laid-back family-run restaurant off High Island in Sai Kung has an extensive menu of fresh seafood plus meat and vegetarian dishes too. Standouts include the steamed prawns, salt and pepper squid, Singapore noodles and yeung chow fried rice. Overlooking a small beach where the kids can play, Yau Ley can be reached by private boat (expect to pay about $100 per person one way from Sai Kung) – or by foot if you happen to be walking Stage 1 of the MacLehose Trail! Bookings are essential on sunny weekends.
Sha Kiu Tsuen, High Island, Sai Kung
2791 1822 | yauleyseafood.com.hk
Ming Kee – a Po Toi feast that’s worth the trip
This one takes a little bit more effort to get to than the others, but it’s worth the trip for some fresh Hong Kong seafood. You’ll find Ming Kee right on the sand where the ferry from Aberdeen or Stanley lets you off. While it’s virtually uninhabited today, Po Toi used to be home to seaweed harvesters – and you can still enjoy a seaweed soup from the menu. Also good are the clams with black bean and chilli, and the deep-fried squid. A cold beer is also welcome after a hike around the island’s exposed and rocky trails.
Tai Wan, Po Toi
Thai Dao – Sai Kung restaurant on the waterfront
While there are lots of eating options along the Sai Kung waterfront, for beachside dining you can head to this low-key Thai restaurant at Tai Mong Tsai Beach at the northern end of town. The menu includes the likes of king prawn tom yum kung, curried mud crab, and deep fried barramundi. Wash it all down with a fruit slushy or a cold beer, then walk down the steps for a dip.
G/F, 9 Sha Ha Village, Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung
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This article first appeared in the Summer 2023 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.