Annie’s is a mainstay of the western dining scene in Beijing and quite rightly earns praise throughout the expat community. Annie’s has a carved a niche in the capital as a true family oriented restaurant. What earns its status as the perfect venue for a family meal is a combination of family friendly layout, affable and communicative staff, and a good solid menu with plenty of child pleasing dishes available.
The restaurant itself is open plan and has a no smoking section, perfect for middle and larger groups to enjoy. Each branch has a play house play area which is equipped with toys. Staff will also arrange colouring activities for the little ones. Rather than doing their best to ignore children, staff at Annie’s generally try to engage with them, making the dining experience feel as though each member of your party is catered for – a much more personal experience than in many other restaurants. Children are welcome rather than being a seen as a hindrance.
Although Annie’s in not a place for cordon bleu style cuisine, the dishes go down well and they make a good compromise for the Italian food lover, the person needing a Western food fix as well as people with a palate preferring Chinese food. Prices are also very reasonable for the restaurant’s good solid, filling fare.
Having tried several of the Annie's locations now, I can't say that I highly recommend the place.
The food is average tasting American/Italian and the price is much too high for what you get. For pizza I'd rather go to Gung Ho! For pastas, I'd rather make it myself for a fraction of the cost.
The chain's saving grace is its amazing delivery service. If you find yourself late at night with a hankering for non-Chinese food, it will cost you a bill, but it comes right to your doorstep.
I love Annies! Annies is the friendliest restaurant I have been to in China! The staff are all super-friendly and attentive and they make a big effort to create a child-friendly atmosphere. Granted, the food is not gourmet level but for the fairly low price tag, Annie's is well worth it. They have a decent selection of thin-crust pizza and various pastas. I especially like their meat lasagne, which at approx 50 rmb is a really cheesy indulgence! Their fantastic delivery service also warrants a mention. Delivery is usually always very quick (30-40 mins) and food is usually served in ceramic plates and bowls as opposed to the plastic tubs that most other restaurants use.