Biteapitta

201 Tongli Studio, 43 Sanlitun North
6467-2961
Middle Eastern
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Address:
201 Tongli Studio, 43 Sanlitun North
Address in Chinese:
三里屯43号楼同里201
Cross Street in Chinese:
3.3大厦西南方向
Opening Hours:
Sun-Thur 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-1am
Phone:
6467-2961
Price range:
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Thanks to the great falafel and hummus, this restaurant has a loyal following in Beijing. Wi-Fi and ample plug-ins are great for the tech crowd, while lazy lunchers and those preparing for a night out can happily fill up on any of the menu's extensive, high-quality and reasonably priced offerings.

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Cross Street in Chinese:

三里屯43号楼同里201, 3.3大厦西南方向


Phone:
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djlk

Today Bittepita, you really let me down. I used to love coming to you for well priced food and great service. I even convinced my friends to eat with me there for lunch. When the server came to our table, as it was the first time for my friends I ordered for everybody, (common for chinese restaurants). Altogether we were 4 people. I ordered 2 Falafels, 1 Chicken Shwarma and one Mousakka. She then went around the table and asked what I thought were people's drink orders but she asked what they wanted to eat. So even though they ordered the exact same thing again, she thought that is was normal for one person to eat 4 entrees and 3 people to eat 3. The food came out and as the Falafels still are a reason to come here, the Chicken Shwarma has really become a disaster. Putting lots of yoghurt does not hide the fact that the chicken is precooked and reheated leaving a very dry, old tasting sandwich. Finally when all the food started coming out, and we told them there must have been a mistake, the waitress said it is our fault for ordering so much. After arguing back and forth, I finally accepted this logic, although still not a good way to handle it. We asked for the bill, paid in cash, then the waitress came back and said that we did not give her the right amount. We had just counted the amount in front of her only seconds ago. We explained to her that we in fact gave her the correct amount and it is possible that there was a mistake on her end. She seemed to accept this and we started to leave. As we were passing by her she again told us that we did not give her the correct money and she would not let us leave until she counted the daily till amount to make sure they were not short changed. After the counting confirmed that we in fat paid she just made a nod with her head, no apology, nothing. Guys this is a lesson in bad service, never do this, not even once. I will not go back here, not because the food is mediocre, but beause service like this is just an insult to a paying customer.
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foodguru

We were having lunch at Biteapitta when I decided to open and try the hummus I was going to take out. The boss of this establishment was sitting at the next table, when he saw me doing this, he went to find a waitress and sent her to make me comment that it’s forbidden to try food that is packed to be eaten “out”, even if I’m having lunch inside. I didn’t understand her reasoning and asked to sent her boss to explain me this policy, he rejected to approach and when I stood up to approach him, he instantly ran away and hid in the staff room. WTF??? I’ve never seen manager behave like this in MY WHOLE LIFE! That’s not the way you run the restaurant. So, number ONE: never-ever you dare to open your take-out food inside this place, and SECOND, I don’t know the nationality of this person, but he’s made a very strong impression on me, TOTAL DISGRACE, man. Every time I see Biteapitta name now, I can’t get rid of the picture of 200 pounds grown up man hiding from me in the backdoor closet.
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liuba68

One of my favorite places, it's very reasonably priced, service is good and they never disappoint. Food quality is always good, which is almost never happens in Beijing, food portions are big like at home:-) They always make fresh carrot juice, it doesn't sit in a bottle like in Wagas, and it's only 25 RMB, when in all other juice places it's 35-45 RMB. Hummus is the best in the city in my opinion and they have so many other delicious options to choose from, even for a vegetarian.
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nonat

Overhyped, underwhelmed, the food is fine. Definitely a good option for Middle Eastern food in Sanlitun, if you're in the mood for something fast and accessible. Definitely go for lunch though, as the bright lighting and crowds leave much to be desired if you're looking for a relaxing evening.
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crazycorry

I visit Biteapitta quite often and was always satisfied with the quality of the food and service. This time I was specially delighted by the super freshness of their dishes - I ordered a greek salad, which cucumbers were crispy and refreshing, tomatoes with real tomato flavor and not watery at all. The salad came with a nice dressing, which didn't cover the taste of the other ingredients. The kalamata olives were high class in tast! In addition I had hummus&falafel - which were the freshest I ever had in Beijing - i don't know, what herbs you put in - but stick with this recipe! It was just yummy and I will be back for sure! (special thanks to your waitresses, they gave a happy touch to all guests there!)
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unpeturbed

How this place could win an award as best middle-eastern restaurant is beyond me. Nothing we ordered was very good. The mezze platter was below average. The baked chicken dish was extremely overcooked and completely dominated by the amount of cinnamon. Frankly it was unpleasant. The lamb shaslick was reasonable but as for the sides, the salad seemed like it had been sitting in the dressing all day and the rice was greasy. I know of two other middle-eastern restaurants that are not only streets ahead of Biteapitta but also cheaper. Never again.
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sbaxter

Hands down one of my favorite restaurants in Beijing for casual dining. The service is always nice and friendly, and the food is generally very tasty. One occasion, the shwarma hasn't been it's best, but it's usually warm and juicy. I often order the shwarma pita sandwich with hummus added, and the hummus makes it even better. Great place for lunch or a quick bite to eat
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peanutbutternightmare

I recently went here and the shawarma was so dry that I could not finish it. I have been here before and the falafel is decent, but after my last meal I do not think I will go again.
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juno_

Service is good and quick, but the place itself is not really that comfy or inviting, I didn't feel like staying there or coming back again. I also found it a bit difficult to choose something that was more or less middle eastern and did Not contain hummus. When I finally made my choice, it turned that they don't have any shawarma left, so any dishes with it were not available. I finally settled for a salad, which turned out to be quite good. Their pitta bread is nothing special, however, it's as if they buy it at the supermarket, absolutely the same. I would also wish they would mention it on the menu that their hamburgers are made with pitta bread too.
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sophie00

love the place~ havent found a better middle eastern food
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yassa

I eat here a lot, and overall it's not bad, but they do have consistency issues. I often order the Humus and Falafel sandwich; it can range from excellent to just ok. On one occasion it was served in record time (less than one minute), but was cold; I will refrain from speculating as to why. When I told the waiter it was cold, he just looked blank and said "that's how it's supposed to be". Other times it and other items I have ordered have been good enough to call acceptable and pretty much meets my expectations at this price point. I really do NOT like the seating arrangement; it reminds me of a school classroom with all the tables in neat rows facing the front. I too will give credit to the owners, as they are often there and they do make a point of getting to know their regular guests.
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absentiment

not a bad person, nor a saint. i simply love this place, and it all goes back to the owners, whose dedication and presence keeps this place humming. i value this place both for the standards (i haven't had a bad falafel or hummus [even over alameen and alsafa, which i do like] here yet, and love their baba ganoush) and less often ordered dishes. this weekend saw two companions and myself tuck into the stuffed, roasted chicken, which had golden skin while still being juicy, capitalizing wonderfully on the rice redolent of cinnamon stuffed inside, all atop caramelized onions and flatbread (yes, the edges of the flatbread were delightfully crisp). i am unabashed in my loyalty to this place, especially now that they're closer than before.
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joanna_zhang

Maybe I'm a bad person, but the falafel I had was average at best. Bland and lukewarm, I was underwhelmed, especially after reading the rave reviews. But perhaps I was just coming in with too high of expectations. The kiwi mint smoothie was quite tasty though, and the service was really friendly.
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lisa_gay

Never saw what the big deal is about Biteapitta's hummus (Alameen and Alsafa do it much better) but the falafel sandwich is amazing. I love to going there for lunch, but it's not really a good atmosphere--feels like an upmarket McDonald's. And dinner time? Definitely get it to go unless you're a drunk party-goer needing to line your stomach before heading back up to the dance floor.
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pastiche

Gonna throw my (glowing-and-unnecessary) two cents into the mix: Biteapitta does a delicious hummus and an even better falafel pitta. Have yet to try their meat dishes, but with vegie options this awesome, I don't know when I'll get around to it. Do feel that they are a little stingy with bread - our 30-something bowl of hummus came with one (deliciously warm, it must be said) round of flatbread, the size of my palm. I want to say that quality-wise, Biteapitta's hummus slightly edges out Rumi's, but Rumi is better value and far more generous with their portions.
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wakingthecity

I have been dinning at Biteapitta once or twice a week. I like this place very much. Food is not expensive, and service is good. Humous and Falafel, Chicken Sandwich are my favorite. Must try: their minty lemonade.
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jingjoyce2011

So I don’t get the hype around this restaurant. Each time I’ve gone what I order arrives looking and tasting like it was sitting in the kitchen for hours waiting for someone to claim it as dinner. My over opinion of this restaurant would be rather low if it weren’t for their hummus which pretty much is amazing. Service is good when the manager is around. Prices, in my humble opinion, are far too high. At best this is an average restaurant.
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clarksonet

Fresh! Fresh! I went there,everything was so fresh. Natural flavours, fresh tomatos,cucumber, mint mmmm.... I loved the taboule, i prefer it with a bit more of semoule but was huge quantity and very fresh. The houmus was also very good but we had to ask for the bread as they forgot. The skewers was all just a bit overcook,but still ok. Oh!! the small cake i forgot the name, is a sweet square cake so delicious. The space and setting have not personality.The service is ....... ok for the price you pay for the whole experience. But i go there for the food and i will be back.
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Previously a fan,and one of those super-excited that this restaurant was opening in Tongli, I recently discovered that bitapitta has become synonymous with "annoying" in my mind. The food is still good. Excellent, in fact. But the service and policies have gone decidedly downhill. Most sadly of all, Bitapitta has moved in the direction of nickel-and-diming (or, I suppose it's more accurate to say, wu jiao and yi kuaiing)...which, frankly, is the best way to ruin my mood at dinner. We ordered the mezze plate, which normally comes with sufficient bread to actually consume the 10 little dishes of hummus and other sauces. Instead, we got one small piece. After some negotiation we managed to get another piece but were informed that anything beyond that would cost 2 kuai each. Seriously?!? For a 55 kuai dish of squishy stuff that has to be spread on bread, I don't view it as unreasonable to expect sufficient bread. The bread probably costs them a few jiao to make. I understand that prices have gone up in Beijing, but why not just raise the price of the dish to 60 kuai, provide enough bread to actually eat the appetizer, and not annoy customers? I was seriously frustrated enough by the end of the meal that I didn't bother ordering the baklava I normally would have gotten. So, bitapitta, you got my two kuai, but you didn't get the 15 I would have spent on baklava. And when my friends say "hey where should we go grab a bit to eat?" next time, you will NOT be on my list of suggestions. Because there are tons of other great places to eat in Beijing that don't annoy me enough to come home and write a review about it.
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svictoria

I discovered this place ages ago after seeing a review on lumdimsum... i knew i just had to try the pita bread with falafel and hummus!!! SOO YUM! i had it twice in the same week! lol i have since dragged numerous friends there to try the food! i have also sampled their main dishes and want to try their stuffed baked chicken! looks amazing! also love their rice! its with lentils! so so yum! def recommend! and there is something for everyone on this menu and its super healthy!
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gonz888

Constant in (good) taste, quantity (which is more than enough) and service (prompt and efficient). It had become a staple of mine in the area
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happybjj

SERIOUSLY THE BEST! OTW there NOW!
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teacheroo

Yah! Bittapita is back! I love this place. Their hummus and falafel are wonderful!
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marilyyy

Not pretentious but tasty food. It's great to just chill out with friends. Best pitta bread, big portions of food (for my girly stomach!). Nice waiters and nice boss. Even tho the design isnt very fashion and you can have the feeling to be in a cantina, i I def recommend this place for the food and the good service!
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darkninght

I heard this place is good but i think it better than that, its just Great, good food, excellent quality their Hummus & Falafel sandwich are excellent !!!
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baobabs

Craving for hummus, I made my first visit to the newly located biteapitta. Went there for lunch and it was packed. The food, as always is amazing and the set lunches come at very fair prices.
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lumdimsum

Biteapitta is BACK, Baby!! This place is one of my all-time favorites and I’m so happy they have now moved to Sanlitun’s Tongli Studio! If anyone can turn around Tongli’s reputation, it’s Biteapitta - this is a delightful escape from the grungy exterior street. And to think that I used to make special trips out to Super Bar Street (by Lady Street) just for my beloved Hummus & Falafel Pitta Sandwich! Their menu has remained the same as before with special lunch sets from 11AM-2PM priced between RMB 45-60. Menu is inclusive of appetizers (RMB 22-30), Hummus Corner (RMB28-45), Salads (RMB 35-40), Main Grilled Selection (RMB 45-85), Pitta Sandwiches (RMB 20-28), and Pitta Nini’s (RMB 25-35). Drinks include coffee, tea, ice lemonade, soda, fresh fruit juice and yogurt-based smoothies (RMB 25). They also have a limited wine menu. Food is healthy & fresh and quality is consistent. Service is efficient and friendly, and their Hummus & Falafel pitta sandwich (only RMB 25) is to die for!! www.lumdimsum.com
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tombschrader

Great to have them back. Food is just as awesome, service just as friendly as I remember it. Couple of nitpicks: new place is not a nice as the old one with it's gorgeous open grill area, although the location's way more convenient. And about that location: it's in Tongli studios, which means that after about 6:30 or so, the bars around it fire up the bass. There's tons of thumpa-thump-thump bleeding in through the walls and floors, so you might want to reconsider if you're the type that's easily bothered by that kind of thing. All that said, none of that's gonna dissuade me from coming back. Fantastic to have one of Beijing's best Middle Eastern restaurants back in business!
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olli

inc-redi-BLE!!! awesome value, super fresh delicious food, and basically an all-round good time. Sets are great, and there's basically something for everyone on the menu. Stoked this place is back!
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guilty_b

So stoked this place is back up and running! Have been there twice in the last 4 days, and LOVE everything I've had - the pita sandwiches and hummus are delicious, the set menus are total value for money, and the staff are friendly and provide excellent service. Beside all this, the food is all healthy, and to celebrate their reopening every diner is gifted a free glass of red wine! Gotta love this place!!
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mussa

So happy to hear the news, we will be there tomorrow...
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billyboy

The Best Moussaka ever! Chicken liver dish... to die for, maybe not so many people will like it, however this dish is not easy to find in differrent restaurant. Humous with smoked paprika just right to be accompanied with their famous pitta bread. Minty lemonade, very refreshing to cut through greasiness of chips that accompanied with moussaka.
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siennapc

So happy this place has opened up in Sanlitun. The falafel and hummus sandwich was just great, and the "health" salad was really big, with a great variety of fresh veggies and a nice vinaigrette. Service was excellent, too. Yay for good falafel!
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beijingner09

Loved it. My initial impression of the place was good overall. It's bright (lots of yellow lights & a wooden floor), simple, clean and modest (which is great - no aesthetic gimmicks). My brother and I, we had two their of their sandwiches: the falafel & hummus and the shawarma. The ingredients were fresh, healthy and tasty and, since it was the 2nd day of inauguration, they served us complimentary wine with our food. The owner even came over to see how we were doing and if we were happy with the food. The price range is affordable for the general consumer (even locals) particularly in the sanlitun area. So, I do expect to be a frequent visitor. Two thumbs up for the joint.
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billyboy

I heard that they going to open in sanlitun early feb 2010. I love this pitta bread!! The best in Beijing!
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