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336 Lower Ganges Rd, British Columbia V8K 2V3, Canada
(250) 537-2535
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Consistently good food and fun for many years.

A haven for locals - this place is well known for a welcoming atmosphere, good Chinese food and Sam. He greets you and never forgets your name or what you like to eat. The place is a bit dated but they have a good selection. Some dishes are not that special but others are simply fantastic. I rate... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 21, 2015
Weejimmie
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Seattle, Washington
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London, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Our group of ten friends and family ordered a number of dishes, but the soup and the Singapore noodles were the best. We ordered a set dinner for three, then supplemented it with other choices. This is a very modest place but the line was long on a Friday night and despite the activity, service was good. Don't expect fine... More 

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Ganges, Canada
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Could of been a misunderstanding but it was no reason to be treated like we were from SAM!I would hate to think how we would of been treated if we knew what his problem was!!We waited forty minutes for a bowl of soup.After a hour and forty minutes of him ignoring us we walked out.This is a restaurant we have... More 

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Burnaby, Canada
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I don't know what the negative reviews are all about. Our group of seven had a fabulous meal. The Won Ton soup had a flavourful broth and lots of crisp veggies (Be careful though if you have any seafood allergies as it contains shrimp). All of the vegetables in all of the dishes were fresh, crisp, and sauteed perfectly. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Several dishes are very good. Prices are reasonable, and Sam, the owner is a prince of a fellow. Most recommended dishes are Joe's Ginger Beef (nobody knows who Joe is), Wor Won Ton soup, lean version Sweet and Sour Pork, mu shu, steamed vegetables, ribs. The Szechuan dishes are mildly spiced unless you loudly INSIST on hot spicing. If you... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The reality is this. This is a local favorite, where the food is unintimidating, the tea never hot, the fixtures shabby, the service variable. This statement will raise the ire and alarm of many locals. All I can say to them is, get serious, take an objective look around. One of their waiters, Sam, is a local legend, for he... More 

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
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87 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We think this is the only Chinese restaurant on Salt Spring, and having just come from 12 years in Calgary where there is a lot of competition for Chinese food, we were hoping for better! So, service was great, friendly, and on time. We had take out. The food however was not as good as we were used to, a... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

A haven for locals - this place is well known for a welcoming atmosphere, good Chinese food and Sam. He greets you and never forgets your name or what you like to eat. The place is a bit dated but they have a good selection. Some dishes are not that special but others are simply fantastic. I rate his Won... More 

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

food and service good and no dislikes it is closed all day on monday and is open from 11:30 tuesday to friday closed at 2:00 and reopens at 5:00 sat and sun opens at 5:00

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Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Love their hot and sour soup and other Szechuan dishes, but everything on the menu is extra tasty and never boring. Won ton soup is also special. Order ahead for take-out, reservations recommended most nights. A-1.

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We have always been very happy with the quality of the food after over 30 years of coming to this restaurant. The service is wonderful, Sam is terrific. You cannot go wrong coming here when wanting delicious Chinese food.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 336 Lower Ganges Rd, British Columbia V8K 2V3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Salt Spring Island
  • Phone Number: (250) 537-2535
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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