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Kirin Mandarin Restaurant

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1166 Alberni St # 102, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 3Z3, Canada
(604) 682-8833
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Service has gone downhill

Kirin has always been part of our regular restaurants to go for dim sum and dinner when we're craving Chinese food. The service used to be excellent but has quickly been declining over the past year. The regular managers are great - Sam and Andrew. There are a few servers though that are... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2015
Victoria_G08
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West Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We came for Dim Sum on a Sunday to this location on Alberni street. We were there right when the doors opened at 10am along with a few other patrons. The hostess (Sonya) was terribly unprofessional, we witnessed her yelling and rudely putting her hand right up to other customers faces while yelling "Stop! I am busy hold on", and... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

for our first night in Vancouver we decided on Chinese so we asked our concierge for a good recommendation that was within in walking distance of our hotel. We were not disappointed. excellent service and food. I see other reviews complaining about the service, but we did not have a similar experience. At one point at another table an extremely... More 

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Thank al g
Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We are still reeling from the worst dining experience ever. The six of us were looking forward to fabulous Chinese food to celebrate the New Year. Kirin was recommended by a concierge at a local hotel. The blinding lights should have been the first clue. The unending wait for even wonton soup should have been the second clue. For a... More 

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Thank Midgett101
Townsville, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Service was ok but meals were very disappointing. The restaurant was recommended by our hotel but we've had much better Chinese back home in Australia. The meals had heaps of sauce but not much flavour and while we ordered meat dishes they mostly consisted of vegetables - the sweet and sour pork had more onion and capsicum than anything else... More 

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Thank Loz037
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Service was surprisingly slow for a Chinese restaurant. Most dim sums were excellent. We could see for the enormous number o Chinese patrons that it is authentic. Not as many options for my seafood allergic daughter.

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Thank VeryCarioca66
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

It is normal for healthy fish to float belly up. That's what their sign says on the fish tank. Sure enough their bloated white cloudy eyed fish are indeed belly up, but that's clearly because they're dying. I never saw fish in such bad shape on display. The hostess and servers were surly and kept reminding us they were going... More 

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Thank OysterLove
West Vancouver, Canada
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Kirin has always been part of our regular restaurants to go for dim sum and dinner when we're craving Chinese food. The service used to be excellent but has quickly been declining over the past year. The regular managers are great - Sam and Andrew. There are a few servers though that are actually quite rude and/or aloof at times.... More 

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Thank Victoria_G08
Victoria, Canada
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The same Vancouver Sun article that sent me to Hawksworth (5 stars from me) recommended Kirin as "the best Chinese food outside of China." Don't believe it. The article is dated, so that may account for the misjudgment.The food was mediocre, and the service about the same. We (3 of us) were eating fashionably late on a Saturday night. The... More 

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Thank tessthetraveller
Calgary, Canada
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219 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I had lunch here based on a recommendation from the hotel I was staying at. One street parallel to Robson it is conveniently located in the heart of downtown YVR. Nice, upscale spot with reasonable service. I enjoyed the experience and will repeat if I am in downtown & feeling like dim sum.

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Thank Glen W
The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 528 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

Visited Kirin as part of a Vancouver foodie tour and had a sampler of three dishes, Dim Sum, a Steam Bun and Sticky Rice in Lotus leave. All three were outstanding and many in our tour at the end mentioned the Dumpling as their best dish of the afternoon. This place is doubly listed on TripAdvisor, also as Kirin Restaurant.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1166 Alberni St # 102, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 3Z3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (604) 682-8833

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups

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Vancouver's business district, the Downtown area is bustling with smartly-dressed folks balancing their lattes and briefcases to and from work. The area's plethora of contemporary commercial, residential, and corporate spaces has bred a landscape of nouveau restaurants, chain cafes, and upmarket shopping options. However, located right on the waterfront of Vancouver's energetic Harbour, Downtown is a also popular public meeting spot, with a massive public library and convention center attracting a bevy of visitors both local and not, as well as a hotspot for the arts, being home to some of Vancouver's most cutting-edge galleries. With behemoth architecture and a professional air, Downtown means business.