7 Non-Michelin star restaurants in Macau

7 Non-Michelin star restaurants in Macau


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Photos: David Bowden

While Macau is recognised for its unique blend of Chinese and Portuguese food known as Macanese cuisine, a recent boom in the territory’s entertainment and resort facilities has seen an explosion in the range of international food styles served in Macau’s finest restaurants as well as a growth of restaurants in Macau.



Spicy Macanese food has evolved over the centuries and there are several well-established restaurants serving this style of food. While African cuisine may seem a little out of place in Macau, some of Macau’s fiery dishes like Macanese chicken have their origins on the Africa continent. With its Portuguese heritage, there are also restaurants serving just this style of food.

With Macau being situated within eyesight to mainland China, Chinese cuisine, particularly Cantonese is commonly served in traditional hawker stalls to lavishly-decorated signature hotel restaurants.

Now it’s possible to dine around the world on some of the finest global cuisines including Italian, Japanese, French, Korean and Thai. Michelin-star accreditation has been awarded to eleven outlets in Macau including two, Michelin three-star outlets both in the Grand Lisboa Hotel – Robuchon à Galera and The 8 Restaurant. In addition, there are 13 Bib Gourmand restaurants which, in the opinion of the judges, present good value.

Here are some excellent, hotel-based, non-Michelin star restaurants in Macau.

1-Aurora, Altira Hotel

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Aurora in the Altira Hotel typifies the many new, contemporary and elegant restaurants that are now putting Macau on the region’s culinary map.

Aurora offers a heady mix of premium vintage wines, stylish interior, innovative recipes, premium produce and cutting-edge design.

Combine this with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that open onto a verandah and panoramic views of the bustling harbour. Book a table, especially in the evening to admire the kaleidoscope of colours that illuminate the Macau skyline.


FOOD white chocolate mouse, vanilla merengue blueberry sorbet Aurora

The kitchen, under Chef de Cuisine Francesco Greco, can create tatalising dishes such as pumpkin soup with scallops and Italian bacon, suckling pig and Wagyu ragoût and, a tempting dessert of white chocolate mousse with vanilla meringue and blueberry sorbet.

The chef places an emphasis on southern Italian cuisine with some traditional dishes being prepared in the restaurant’s wood-fired pizza oven proudly displayed in the centre of the show kitchen. There is a comprehensive wine list featuring premium Italian labels and some iconic French labels.

After dinner adjourn to one of Macau’s trendiest bars, 38 Lounge on the hotel’s rooftop to enjoy the open air, creative cocktails and cool crowd.

2-Beef Stakes, City of Dreams

The City of Dreams offers a diverse range of world-class accommodation, restaurants and dining outlets. There are 20 food and beverage concepts serving various Asian cuisines as well as other global culinary styles.

Horizons located on the third floor, is a steakhouse and seafood restaurant with panoramic views over the entertainment complex. House specialties of succulent steaks including signature dishes of prime USA strip loin and Australian Wagyu beef tempt hungry diners who also dine here for its very impressive wine list.

3-Wave, Hard Rock Hotel

Not far away, Wave in the Hard Rock Hotel also offers beef in the form of special weekend barbecues around the heated, beach-like pool.

4-Aux Beaux Arts, MGM Macau

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Over at the MGM Grand, Aux Beaux Arts is located just off the grand entrance to this spectacular property. Guests can dine on fabulous French cuisine on the verandah overlooking the recreated Lisbon Square or in the wood-paneled interior.

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This Art Deco-styled Parisian brasserie is home to Chef Elie Khalife who heads up an innovative kitchen team. Get in the mood for a great night’s dining with starters such as caviar, Champagne and vodka shots.

Try many traditional French dishes as well as some more unusual ones such as a saddle of rabbit with pea purée and tarragon. Save room at the end for tempting traditional desserts such as profiteroles. The wine list is extensive with a natural bias to France but also wines from the New World including quite a few by the glass. Adjourn to the MGM Grand’s Lion’s Bar for a relaxing nightcap prepared by renowned mixologists.

5-Canton, Venetian Macao

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It wouldn’t be the done thing to visit Macau and not dine on Chinese food. There are many styles from which to choose with the Cantonese at the appropriately named Canton in the Venetian Macao being one of the most respected in Macau. Sample dishes such as prawns with wasabi mayonnaise to appreciate why this is rated one of Macau’s best Chinese restaurants.

6-Noodles and Congee Corner, Grand Lisbao Hotel

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Noodles and Congee Corner in the Grand Lisbao Hotel specialises in famous roasted meat cuts such as pork and duck.

7-Square Eight, MGM Macau

Square Eight

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Square Eight at MGM Grand also specialises in roasted meat, such as roasted pork belly. The restaurant also dishes up a menu of delights from around Southeast Asian delights.

Macau’s Michelin Restaurants

Robuchon au Dome
The Eight Restaurant

Golden Flower
Zi Yat Heen

Golden Peacock
Jade Dragon
The Kitchen
The Tasting Room by Galliot
Tim’s Kitchen
Wing Lei Chinese Restaurant

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7 Non-Michelin star restaurants in Macau


  1. Some fair non-Michelin restaurants suggested in the article. The Noodle and Congee Corner at Grand Lisboa is a neat little place. The cuisine is pretty good and it is enjoyable to watch them making fresh noodles! Delicious and entertaining.

      • Sure! For starters, we have been quite happy
        with FADO at Hotel Royal Macau (Portuguese), Restaurante Litoral (Portuguese) and Prive at Sofitel (French). These are perhaps a grade below Michelin but serve up very good meals. Il Teatro at Wynn (Italian) probably has the best dinning seats with a view in town, overlooking the Performing Lakes
        fountain show. Our favorite local (cheap eats) is Lord Stow’s Bakery in Coloane Village for Portuguese style egg tarts. Fancy a serious coffee, try Terra Coffee House at St. Augustine Square.

        • Thanks @bradjill:disqus we’re compiling a big list of where to eat in Macau and it certainly looks like you have some great suggestions here. Lord Stow’s is everyone’s favourite!

          • @T2Next – Lord Stow’s is everyone’s favourite!

            Just don’t tell that to the legions of loyal Cafe e Nata Margaret’s patrons. 😉


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