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Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie

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Chinatown
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163 Keefer Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
604-688-0876
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 24
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
So yummy, so eclectic, so hip, SO FUN!

By some sort of miracle, we were able to get a table for 8 that day by calling ahead and letting them know we would be there right when the restaurant opened. Although this meant waiting outside in the drizzle, it was worth it! The food at Bao Bei is incredibly flavourful with all sorts of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Lynne D
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

By some sort of miracle, we were able to get a table for 8 that day by calling ahead and letting them know we would be there right when the restaurant opened. Although this meant waiting outside in the drizzle, it was worth it! The food at Bao Bei is incredibly flavourful with all sorts of interesting ingredients, lovingly prepared... More 

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Thank Lynne D
Manhattan Beach, California
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120 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Great food, nice vibe, eclectic decor and upscale crowd, this is one that quickly becomes a favorite. The Shao Bing is a delicious sesame goat flatbread. The Mantou Steamed Buns....The pasta thing with egg on it, the dumplings.....what a great start. What really did it for me, even after five dishes and a mostly sated appetite....was/is the crispy pork belly.... More 

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Thank HutchinLA
YVR
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262 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Unique Chinese dining experience in Chinatown, but unlike most other Chinese restaurants. This is urban hip, cool, young, as we were by far the oldest in the place. Too busy for a table, lucky I like sitting at the bar to eat. The bartender is whipping out drinks like a crazy man, but stil has time to talk to us... More 

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Thank tomshiff
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80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Everything about this restaurant is fantastic, we stumbled across it and we were so pleased we did. The staff are brilliant and so knowledgeable, helping navigate the menu. The food is beautifully presented and has some great twists with ingredients, too many wonderful dishes to recommend. The price is great value for the quality of the service and food. Brilliant... More 

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Thank Naomi21w
Mississauga, Canada
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

This was an amazing find. It was recommended by a friend quite casually in conversation of a place to go. We arrived after ten pm but the restaurant was still busy and many were seated after us. it was excellent. The dumplings handmade by Helen were behind memorable. We especially loved the prawn,scallop and chive ones. All of the dishes... More 

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Thank FayJay15
The Netherlands
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83 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Staying in Vancouver, you cannot not visit their China town. And Bao Bei comes with an endorsement from Lonely Planet, which turns out to be well deserved. The brasserie has a fun atmosphere and very friendly staff. I ended up seated at the bar, where the very busy and skilled bartenders take care of both your food and drinks. Couldn't... More 

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Thank Peanut-NL
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Holy moly! One of my friends recommended this restaurant while we were visiting Vancouver. It was FANTASTIC! Even the things that sounded weird were AMAZING! Get the Mantou - it is what foodie dreams are made of.

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Thank Katie G
Toronto
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

We went to Bao Bei in Vancouver's Chinatown on a Saturday night. They don't take reservations so we were seated at the shared, family style table at the front of the restaurant beside a super nice family. I noticed that the actual tables are very close together and the noise level behind us seemed high compared to the more mellow... More 

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Thank Katheryne S
Brussels, Belgium
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

We were a party of eight. We arrived without any reservation and immediately the waitress took care of us trying to find out the best table for us. We went for a degustation sample menu and really worth it. It's Asian fusion, really tasty, fresh and exquisite. Great sake as well. Definitively a place to visit.

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Thank Jack W
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The food is Pacific Rim, the preparation is Chinese, the style is Nouveau Cuisine, the presentation is contemporary/tapas, and it all comes together spectacularly.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 163 Keefer Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 604-688-0876

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian, Spanish
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighborhood Profile
Chinatown
With the recent exodus of massive new building projects hitting the neighbourhood, Chinatown; which has always been one of the city's most vibrant areas; is even more buzzing and buoyant than ever before. Playing host to some of the city's best pan-Asian cuisine, from fusion food to traditional home-cooking, Chinatown has remained faithful to its roots as a space which clambers with shop signs and welcomes diners to the table. More that that, it has a hip experimental vibe to it, with trendy pop-ups and catchall market shops. The biggest of Canada's Chinatowns, it is also home to an expansive Chinese garden whose manicured grounds inspire and delight, its ponds and pagodas drawing walkers in for an stroll. Take in the red streetlights, the playful awnings, and the upbeat air that suffuse this area.