16 great wine bars and wine restaurants in Taiwan 2021
Natural wine as well as Old World classics, fine dining as well as relaxed bistros, traditional Taiwanese food as well as French cuisine. Here is the guide to the best wine places in Taiwan, both in Taipei and outside, by sommelier and Star Wine List ambassador Thomas Ho.
Phone: +886 2 2732 1189
Address: 1樓, No. 33號, Lane 171, Tonghua Street, Da’an District
The ambience of this cellar-inspired bistro makes for a cosy & comfortable place to enjoy dinner or your favourite glass of wine. The owner, Ajax Lin, used to work in the finance industry until he decided to open this friendly wine bar/bistro after he fell in love with wine. Here you can enjoy some tasty dishes paired with a bottle of wine from the shop or indulge in the extensive selection of cheese. If you’re lucky, you might meet a famous Taiwanese singer or TV idol here.
Phone: +886 2 2715 6868
Address: No. 158, DunHua North Road, Songshan District
Bencotto Restaurant, located in the beautiful Mandarin Oriental in Taipei, opened in 2014. Chef Iacopo Frassi presents his traditional Italian Cuisine with a twist of international ingredients, such as Australian Wagyu beef or locally selected seafood. The dining experience is enhanced by Hotel Sommelier Sean Yeh and Restaurant Sommelier Alex Tsai and their passionate first-class service.
Phone: +886 2 2877 1178
Address: 一樓, No. 80號, Tianmu East Road, Shilin District
Bistro Le Jardin is a cosy French bistro located close to the Tianmu Baseball Stadium. Here you can enjoy classic French bistro dishes like duck liver terrine, country pâté or duck confit together with an excellent wine selection, primarily from France. With one of the best sommeliers in Taiwan, Carlos Chen, in charge you can rest assured that you'll have a great evening here.
Phone: +886 2 2700 0386
Address: No. 4號, Lane 53, Section 2, Da'an Road, Da’an District
Can Nature was founded by Kenny Lee, who spent years working in the restaurant industry as a sommelier. Here, the whole bar is a wine list; all the wine bottles are hanging on the wall for you to choose, with the price tags easy to see. Feel free to ask Kenny for advice – or dare to be adventurous and just pick a bottle, and then you can enjoy it at the bar or grab a table. Can Nature is a very relaxed and comfortable spot, which makes you feel like you’re drinking at home.
Phone: +886 2 2776 0066
Address: b1, 延吉街星巴克對街天井下樓, No. 383號, Section 4, Ren'ai Road, Da’an District
A beautiful ground floor wine bar/shop in central Taipei City, Domaine Wine Cellars is a wine importer that provides an elegant, cosy place for their customers. Here you can not only drink wine but also enjoy fine art, especially from Kuo-Sung LIU, who is a master of Chinese brush painting. Make sure you have made reservations in advance as drinking hours are always full because of the excellent wine selection and chic atmosphere.
Phone: +886 2 2521 2518
Address: B1, No. 3號, Lane 39, Section 2, Zhongshan North Road, Zhongshan District
This sleek, casual fine-dining restaurant is located in the Regent Taipei Hotel. Chef Paul leads his young and efficient kitchen team to create a more relaxed, modern version of his one-star Michelin restaurant. A knowledgeable sommelier team and creative bartender team provide a graceful dining experience. I recommend grabbing a seat at the kitchen bar – this is the best way to watch the chef’s precision in action.
Address: Jhong Hua 5th Rd., Cianjhen District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
This modern and elegant restaurant is located on the first floor of “Beyond 100 Years,” one of the most luxurious buildings in Asia. The new bay area of Kaohsiung City is the perfect backdrop for Chef Takeda Kenji’s latest venture. Having previously worked in Jardin des Sens, Troisgros in France and Hiramatsu, Sens et Saveurs and Restaurant-I in Japan, he is one of the most talented French cuisine chefs in Taiwan. Chef Takeda leads his young and passionate team to create French dishes using local ingredients and with a Japanese twist. If you enjoy watching a master at work, grab a seat at th...
Phone: +886 2 2597 1234
Address: 2f, No. 41號, Section 2, Minquan East Road, Zhongshan District
A pioneer in the restaurant industry in Taiwan, the legendary Paris 1930 was the first venue to offer a professional sommelier service to its guests. Paris 1930 is a French restaurant managed by The Landis Taipei Hotel, and their new talented Japanese chef, Hideki Takayama, brings a fusion of French fine-dining cuisine mixed with Japanese and Taiwanese flavours. The passionate sommelier, Fred Yao, who also happens to be a tea sommelier, will steer you in the right direction when you’re ready to choose a wine pairing. Fred is considered one of the leaders of the new generation of Taiwanese so...
Phone: +886 6 302 6690
Address: No. 9, Dongqiao 10th Street, Yongkang District
Sommwhere is a very Instagram-friendly environment. This vibrant, cosy and stylish boutique wine shop/pâtisserie is located in the most historical Taiwan city; Tainan. Sommwhere was founded by the smart and passionate sommelier Yang Yang, together with the talented pastry chef George Liu. Come and enjoy a relaxing cup of Pét-Nat and a tasty pastry; a perfect way to start your day of sightseeing in Tainan, or to end it. This is the go-to spot for a meet-up with friends or an afternoon date.
Phone: +886 2 8501 5808
Address: 5F, No. 301, Lequn 3rd Road, Zhongshan District
With two Michelin stars and rated as one of Asia’s 50 best restaurants, Shoun RyuGin is a Kaiseki-cuisine inspired restaurant. As a sister restaurant of RyuGin Japan, Shoun RyuGin strives to create a memorable dining experience based on the Tokyo restaurant – but one that is unique and features the richness of Taiwan’s local ingredients. Chef de cuisine, Ryohei Hieda, serves blind, multi-course tasting menus while veteran Head sommelier Johnny Chang runs the wine and sake program where he pairs beverages with the ever-changing offerings.
Phone: +886 7 719 3623
Address: 3樓, No. 一號, Sanduo 1st Road, Fengshan District
A modern and elegant French bistro located in the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, Stage5 is the leading bistro in Kaohsiung. Executive chef/co-founder Chung Ho Tsai presents his European cuisine with a Taiwanese twist, and here you will discover some interesting local ingredients such as fermented daikon broth or rare, local black garlic. The ambience and cuisine truly make this a must-try in the beautiful art centre.
Phone: +886 8 983 2558
Address: No. 26-3, Nanzhuhu, Changbin Township, Taitung County 962, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Sinasera 24 is the most dreamlike destination in Taiwan to enjoy a formal French dining experience. The restaurant is located in the beautiful countryside of Taiwan, in Changbin Township, Taitung County. It takes around 5 hours by train and taxi to get to the restaurant from Taipei, but it is truly worth it. The chef, Nick Yang, previously worked at one of the most famous three-star Michelin restaurants in France, Le Petit Nice by Gérald Passédat. I also recommend that you stay a night in the tasteful hotel, where you can enjoy the peace & silence of the ocean views and the beautiful landsca...
Phone: +886 3 960 1777
Address: No. 263, 溪濱路二段, Wujie Township
A leading teppanyaki restaurant in Taiwan, Shen Yen Interactive Teppanyaki Restaurant is truly a memorable dining experience. ”From sea to table” happens daily at Shen Yen restaurant, where the intelligent and knowledgeable executive chef/owner Zhi-Yong Cheng has built a unique and comfortable establishment. Sit at the kitchen bar and enjoy the omakase tasting menu; it is the best experience for interactive teppanyaki, and you will learn about the fresh ingredients chosen for your meal—a genuinely special experience.
Phone: +886 2 6611 8888
Address: No. 32, Zhongshan Road, Beitou District
The Restaurant is a great Italian restaurant located close to the Beitou hot spring area in Taipei. It is managed by the well-known Relais & Châteaux boutique hotel group Villa 32. Here you will get a perfect experience of the natural hot spring bath, as well as outstanding Italian cuisine by Chef Jimmy Chen together with excellent wines, mostly from France. With one of the best sommeliers in Taiwan, Ting-Hsin Chen, in charge, you can be sure you'll have a great dining experience.
Phone: +886 2 2752 6501
Address: No. 12號, Alley 11, Lane 216, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District
TUGA Restaurant is more than just a wine shop and wine bar. The food is top-notch, classic Portuguese flavours that make for a very wine-friendly cuisine, and this place over-delivers on what you’d expect from a neighbourhood restaurant in a residential area. The signature dishes are perhaps the best Portuguese cuisine in town, and you can pair it with fabulous Portuguese wine, hand-selected by the owner Carlos Couto. The friendly staff always welcomes you with their kind hospitality.
Phone: +886 4 2320 5857
Address: No. 422號, Daying Street, Nantun District
Wine Not is a trendy and stylish natural wine bar located in downtown Taichung City. The witty and charismatic owner, Max Lin, is a big fan of natural wines. After spending years in the fine dining industry as a sommelier, he decided it was time to open Wine Not in 2019, and this was the first natural-wine-focused bar in central Taiwan. Feel free to bring your own food and order a glass/bottle of wine from Max. Then enjoy it just like you’re drinking at home. Max always has some good stories about unique natural wines for you to discover.