Brian McKenna @ The Courtyard

Restaurant 95 Dong Hua Men Da Jie Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi China 100006 Published on: 05-08-2016

11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fine Dining
88.47 - 117.96 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Chef Brian McKenna serves top quality foods and offer unique dining experience to customers with the astounding ambience and helpful staff.

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Why Brian McKenna @ The Courtyard is special ?

Brian McKenna @ The Courtyard, a modern international restaurant that has breathed new life into its ancient surroundings. Seated quietly by the side of a sparkling moat, the restaurant straddles the line between the old and the new, and diners experience this every time they enjoy the chef’s creations while looking out to the imperial city.

At Brian McKenna @ The Courtyard, Chef Brian McKenna offers a unique Beijing dining experience. Situated adjacent to the east gate of the Forbidden City. The innovative cuisine is creative and fun to eat, and service is impeccable.

Must try dishes:

Terracotta Warriors

Salt Baked Truffle Chicken

Bites from BMK

Lobster Bisque

‘Garden salad’

Beef and Bone

Selling points

  • An enchanted evening
  • An enchanted evening
  • Innovative quality dining
  • A new kind of culinary experience
  • The perfect setting


  • Main cuisine Chinese
  • Noise level Small
  • Budget High-end
  • Alcohol YES
  • Air condition YES
  • Had kid menu NO
  • Accept credit card YES
  • Serve breakfast NO
  • Serve halal YES
  • Serve vegeterian NO
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4.0 days
143.03 USD
Total travel distance
Number of places
12 places




95 Dong Hua Men Da Jie Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi China 100006

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Tips for you

  • McKenna’s signature chocolate terracotta warrior dessert is particularly noteworthy
  • The restaurant’s menu changes frequently according to the seasons.
    What to know
  • It's in a historic building that belonged to the imperial court of the Qing Dynasty
  • If you do manage to pop by Brian McKenna @ The Courtyard, be sure to make time to visit the Lounge for a drink or two
  • They have a Private Room upstairs with a rooftop deck overlooking the moat of the Forbidden City and a Cocktail bar downstairs with an intimate cigar lounge with some very antique furniture.


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We decided to visit this restaurant as a treat after completing some work in Beijing and visiting the Forbidden City, and what a treat! We went for the 7 course meal with wine and were constantly delighted throughout. The signature garden salad was a great start to the experience although it was a little large. Lots of goodness followed but I won't spoil it for the readers. A very expensive meal but totally worth it for what you get. Beautiful food and wine with world class service and a view of the forbidden city moat and wall.

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We booked a reservation (and our hotel should have warned us) without realizing this was a prefixed menu with two options: fall or spring. Once you selected a menu, no other options were offered. There was no real a la carte option. As a fish/chicken person only....I was out of luck on viable dining options here. I was disappointed no other review had mentioned the set menuTo their credit, they understood when we left without eating

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My husband and I visited here for our 20th wedding anniversary meal hence we were not put off by the price but be warned it's not cheap. Also note that it is a fixed menu so if you are not adventurous or willing to try anything it's best avoided. All that said we loved it. Our amuse bouche arrived in the form of a Fois Gras lollipop and a goats cheese biscuit which were full of flavour. The starter that night was a "picnic" which was so theatrical. A small placemat of what looked like artificial grass was placed with a gingham table cloth on top of that. Then a small picnic basket was served containing our picnic which had a lobster salad,what was described as a chicken sandwich and a couple of other little bits inside all of which were full of flavour. The next four course included scallops, beef and a pea soup,but I'm not doing it justice as each was combined with unususal flavour pairings which worked really well. Our pre desert came in the form of caramelised popcorn and icecream served in a popcorn box again the theatrical effect was super. Our service was excellent. Overall it was one of the most memorable meals I have ever had.

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