An Updated Ningbo Laowai’s Guide to Western Dining

An Updated Ningbo Laowai’s Guide to Western Dining

Sooner or later, many expats residing in China get the occasional – or in some cases quite frequent – urge to enjoy Western food. But, what are the best Western restaurants in Ningbo? So began our search.

Actually, this dilemma is understandable, given that many expats eat Chinese food only occasionally in their homeland. Despite the wide variety and different styles of Chinese food available, there are times when there is a need to have cuisine from other countries. Whether this means food from one’s motherland or elsewhere, it is a common request to hear from expats living in Ningbo for extended periods.

Source: Picanha

Whereas in cities such as Shanghai and Beijing there is an endless supply of Western restaurants to choose from, the selection in Ningbo is somewhat more limited owing to the smaller expat community. Nevertheless, when cravings for Western food emerge, there are some options in the city to satisfy your taste buds, predominantly located in the Haishu and Jiangdong districts. After frequenting the Western restaurants in Ningbo, below are five highly recommended venues offering food from around the world. Whether you are living in Ningbo or simply visiting, these restaurants are well worth trying.

1) Amore’s Italian Restaurant 
The recently redecorated Amore’s has established itself as a firm favourite with the expat community in Ningbo thanks to its authentic Italian food. A wide selection of dishes and a new and improved pizza menu ensure there is plenty to choose from. Meanwhile, the tranquil atmosphere guarantees an enjoyable eating experience.

Add: 109 Jiangdong Nan Lu, Jiangdong District, Ningbo
地址:宁波市江东区 江东南路109号                  
Tel: 0574 8783 8350
Credit cards: Yes (Chinese cards)
Opening hours: 10:30-22:00

2) Picanha Brazilian BBQ 
When you are in need of a generous serving of Western-style meat, look no further than the Picanha Brazilian BBQ in Haishu District. The buffet combines the best from the West with traditional Chinese food. From steak, chicken and bacon rolls to beef tongue and BBQ pineapple, there is something for everyone. Don’t worry though – if you aren’t completely full there are some delicious desserts to try, too. Now visitors can also benefit from extended hours until 23:00. Highly recommended for days when you are really hungry.

Add: 230 Jiefang Nan Lu, Haishu District, Ningbo
Tel: 0574 8736 0077
Credit cards: Yes (Chinese cards)
Opening hours: 17:00-23:00

3) O’Reilly’s Irish Pub 
This traditional Irish pub has a great atmosphere and is always a nice place to hang out with friends. What surprises many, though, is how good the food is. Some tasty pizzas, burgers and subs have helped O’Reilly’sbecome a popular venue with foreigners in the city. Always a good option for watching a soccer match, O’Reilly’s is arguably the best bar in Ningbo. Alternatively, if you opt for a night in, it’s also a great delivery option.

Add: 46-9 Caihong Bei Lu, Jiangdong District, Ningbo
Tel: 0574 8770 4282 
Credit cards: Yes (Chinese cards)
Opening hours: 11:00-02:00 (kitchen closes at 22:00)

4) Pizza Pino
Pizza Pino, located in the trendy Heyi Avenue Shopping Center, offers a nice range of Italian dishes in a relaxed, ultra-modern atmosphere. Suspended firewood ovens and an Italian pizza chef help provide a traditional Italian eating experience.

Add: 1041B, Zone C, Heyi Avenue Shopping Center, 66 Heyi Lu, Haishu District, Ningbo
Tel: 0574 8389 9535
Credit cards: Yes (Chinese cards)
Opening hours: 11:00-22:00

5) Uncle Bruce’s
Bruce’s (previously Tasty’s) serves up the typical Western fare, and is very popular with Ningbo foreigners, the temporary and the permanent ones. The staff are friendly too, as are the patrons: Bruce’s is also the perfect place to meet people. Most popular dishes must be the burgers and sandwiches, there are a bunch of vegetarian options, and the beer is also great. Screens for those who want to watch sports.

Add: 155 Zhongma Lu, Jiangbei District, Ningbo
Tel: 0574 8708 8497
Credit cards: Yes (Chinese cards)
Opening hours: 14:00-01:00

6) SOHO Kitchen & Bar
Foreign owned, SOHO Kitchen and Bar makes for a good night out with friends. The drinks are good, with a wide range of imported beers. Food ranges from steak to typical European fare inspired by Western European cuisine. Staff are also really friendly.

Add: 68-10 Zhongma Lu, Jiangbei District, Ningbo
Tel: 135 6603 6730
Credit cards: Yes (Chinese cards)
Opening hours: 17:00-24:00

7) Mundiver Spanish Restaurant
For a taste of Spain, try Mundiver Spanish Restaurant: complete with Spanish cuisine, a Spanish owner, and Spanish wines. Even the interior may trick you into believing you aren’t in Ningbo, but you are actually in Spain. Perfect for a romantic date.

Add: 105 Rixin Lu, Tianyi Guangchang, Haishu District, Ningbo
Tel: 0574 8185 9277
Credit cards: Yes (Chinese cards)
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00

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Amore's hasn't redecorated since the last time they made this list. Still the best choice for Italian in Ningbo, though. Picanha's Brazilian BBQ relocated more than a year ago. It's now on the 2nd floor of the Ningbo World Hotel (宁波大酒店)on Zhongshan rd across from Tianyi Square. IMO, you missed the best new western restaurant to come to town since the last time you made this list: Eudora Station, right next to the river in Laowaitan (next door to the Starbucks).

Nov 04, 2014 08:13 Report Abuse