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Chinese, Seafood, Asian
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New Territories
7.7 km from Victoria Peak (The Peak)
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Reviewed March 1, 2021

Lamma has a charming old-world fishing village atmosphere and makes a wonderful day out. Eating local seafood along the waterfront is almost an essential part of any day-trip. The Rainbow seafood restaurant is virtually an institution on the Sok Kwu Wan side of Lamma and...has been here for around 20+ years. This is very easy, casual dining – it’s OK to wander in from the beach with sand between your toes. Before you sit down, have a look at the huge collection of tanks with live seafood. There are large tanks with giant grouper and smaller tanks with all sorts of shellfish, crabs and other unfamiliar, ‘mystery’ creatures like sea slugs, jelly fish and sea cucumber. The menu has both Chinese and English. We shared several dishes but the highlights were the salt and pepper squid and the crispy skinned, tea-smoked chicken. Prices at Lamma seem to be more than at similar islands like Cheung Chau. Overall this was not as cheap as you might expect from an island restaurant but everything we ordered was good and I would go back. The Rainbow is only minutes away from the start of the Family Trail which takes you up and over the island to Yung Shue Wan. It’s a 1 hour walk, which is a lovely way to finish the afternoon. GETTING THERE: Friends have told me that the restaurant has their own boat and will pick you up and take you back to Central. I’ve never used this as we have usually come on a junk trip but it's definitely worth checking out. Apart from this, public ferries run from Central, Mon-Sun, throughout the day and depart from #4 Central Pier. At Sok Kwu Wan, turn right from the ferry and you’ll immediately see a stretch of seafood restaurants.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed November 8, 2020

For some reason the manageress told us we were 'not allowed' to order fried rice or spring rolls. . . All a bit confusing when other tables were ordering it. . Seems she just wanted to give us what she wanted to sell , so...we ended up with yesterdays squid, some vegetables and a small plate of noodles with just soy sauce on it. . . $400 .. Even the prices didnt ad up and clearly they had added things to the cost as the bill never came back with the change. . . Couldn't be bothered to let them know we knew what they had done, so will just avoid in future. . . Better and friendlier places along the strip of restaurants here to go back too. . Food, old and lame and small . . Service pretty lame too. We left hungry too. Don't bother.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed September 20, 2020 via mobile

You get picked up by the Rainbow boat at Pier 9 and you’re off to a fabulous day on the water and to Lamma for fresh seafood. Can’t get any better than this. Fresh seafood is displayed, you make your choices and they will be...cooked to perfection. It’s not 5 star but the food is fresh, delicious and the restaurant is clean and follows covid protocols. You can byo booze to accompany your meal and they will provide glasses. A great day out and a very HK thing to do on the weekend. When you’re ready to leave the same boat will drop you off where you started.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed May 15, 2020

I had lunch with my family here today, Friday 15 May 2020 after a short but good hike on Lamma Island. The restaurant was recommended through a friend and certainly didn't disappoint. As expected, the seafood was delicious! I especially loved the clams with black...bean sauce and the steamed garlic prawns! I personally found the Garoupa bit sticky and disappointing but could have been my taste. What I found most surprising is that the service was friendly and personal... A welcome change from the sometimes grouchy service around Hong Kong. After paying the bill we were lucky enough to get tickets for the Rainbow Ferry back to town. A fun experience to sail past the coastline of the HK Island. Definitely worth a visit for just this experience.More

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed April 12, 2020 via mobile

Few restaurants in Hong Kong stand the test of time, LammaRainbow has been serving fantastic seafood for over 30 years. On a lazy Sunday, enjoy a nice breakfast then take the 1130 ferry from central, walk the Lamma South Curcuit, 2 hours, mostly flat with...a short uphill towards the end with rewarding views. Arrive at Rainbow around 230, enjoy Lobsters, Clams, Grouper and Noodles, plus a good wine list until 430, take the ferry.More

Date of visit: April 2020
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Reviewed April 2, 2020 via mobile

It’s my first time ever to have seafood in Lamma Island. Our group of 3 boarded the boat of the restaurant (we’re the only passengers) at the central pier at 11:30am. The trip took around 35 minutes. A staff greeted us at the pier upon...arrival in the island and showed us to the restaurant. It’s a Wednesday and because of the pandemic, it’s very quiet in the restaurant. We ordered the following: - abalones from South Africa - lobsters from Hong Kong - razor clams in black bean and chilli sauce - steamed surf clams with chopped garlic and vermicelli - stirred fried broccoli - deep fried squid with salt and pepper - sweet and sour pork - fried noodles It’s a lot of food for 3 persons and we’re all very full in the end. All dishes were good. The seafood was very fresh. The non-seafood dishes were delicious too and the sweet and sour pork (an award winning dish of the restaurant) more than lived up to its fame. Together with 2 bottles of beer, our bill was about HK$1,720. I don’t often have seafood of this kind so have no idea whether it’s overpriced. But the amount, which also included the transport, didn’t seem exorbitant. After our meal, we walked around a little bit before catching the boat at 2:45pm to go back to Central. This time there’re more passengers. A good way to spend an afternoon outside the city.More

Date of visit: April 2020
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Reviewed January 19, 2020

Indeed the service was the worst comparing with the other seafood restaurants in the Lamma Island. Due to the recommendation from magazines, we finally decided to eat there. Indeed, it's quite a disappointment after eating the lobster, fish and etc... We didn't take the set...menu in hoping to get a better food quality. After eating the lobster, we realized that it's not fresh at all though we expected that the lobster was taken from live. What made us even more disappointing was the grouper fish. For me it's over cooked and this fish didn't worth for the price over HKD300! Overall, this meal was so expensive. Considering the food quality, I will not come back.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 12, 2019

Caught the ferry to Sha Po and then did the walk stopping off at Lo So Shing Beach on the way. Walked past the first and largest Rainbow Restaurant to find about another dozen fish restaurants all serving the same seafood and all very busy...finishing off their Sunday Lunches. Rainbow has about 3 other restaurants along the strip but these were closed, as we had been recommended to try Rainbow despite almost being tempted by some of the other restaurants. We were quickly seated on a table for 2 at the waterside, the restaurant was starting to thin out a bit which made it a bit better. You decide what you want from the menu or the fish tanks and then you find a lovely lady to take your order and they then serve the table. We ordered a couple of large Tsing Taos which were ice cold and refreshing after our mornings walk. We had the fried pepper squid for starters followed by spicy prawns, scallops and broccoli and singapore noodles all washed down with a nice cold Sauvignon Blanc. The food is fresh, tasty and is delicious but a bit on the pricy side, allow £50 a head with drinks, they even charge you £3 each for tea and sauces even if you don't have them. Easy to catch the ferry back to Central and enjoy the views.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 9, 2019

A place to remember! Clean and authentic restaurant, polite staff, everything nice, and the most important thing: delicious, very fresh seafood, perfectly cooked and seasoned! Of course, it comes at a price – but well worth the money IMHO!

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 28, 2019

This a favourite day out in Hong Kong. Get the ferry to one end of Lamma and walk to the other end for lunch. The walk takes a couple of hours if you are fit. The seafood is all live in tanks are you arrive....Pick your food and order some beers for your thirst. then have a great leisurely lunch and get the ferry back the HK Island.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Hi. I found this in the restaurant's web site: MENU 1707 (HK) for 8 people HKD 1,888 (Plus Chinese Tea, Table Sauce and 10% Service Charge) Boiled Shrimp Deep Fried Squid with Sweet & Sour Sauce Garoupa in TWO... More
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Rainbow Seafood Restaurant(the Sok Kwu Wan Seafood villages) is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5