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Shanghai Chinese Bistro

1128 Alberni Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Downtown)
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Ranked #1,086 of 2,809 Restaurants in Vancouver
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
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English first
Floridia, Italy
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

nice view window seat near the bund for 3 , we order softshell crab& foie gras for starter ,the foie gras is unbelievable.for my mian is T-bone, 500g is too much for me ,but It's good ,served with 6 kinds of seasalt &4 musturd . my son likes the chips very much.

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Seattle, Washington
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

OK, when I see Americans from Florida, Texas, Alaska etc. go goo-goo gah-gah over stuff like this, I know that I'm in trouble. Really? This is rated in the 70s out of all the Chinese restaurants in the city of Vancouver? Really? I'm sorry, but there is nothing authentic about this. No flavour, no delicacies, marginal service. High carb, high... More

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Osprey, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

The first night we stayed in Vancouver we asked our bell hop where we could go for a good Chinese meal. He suggested Shanghai Bistro. It took us about 15 minutes to walk there from our hotel. The restaurant was located upstairs from the sidewalk, the tables all had white linen. I used the chop sticks to blend in and... More

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Calgary, Canada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2011 via mobile

I'm Chinese and have eaten in restaurants mainly in Toronto and Calgary. Surprised at the last 8 to 9 five-star Trip Advisor ratings! Serious? This is a run-of-the-mill Chinese restaurant that's a tad expensive. Average at best with average flavors and a very average menu. There is nothing unique here! Would be an injustice to other decent Chinese restaurants to... More

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Naples, Florida
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72 reviews 72 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2011

What a fantastic experience! Great food, nice quiet well lit place and the nicest waitress! This food has quality written all over it.Not your typical cheapo Chinese place. Though I amsure there are plenty of them here in the city. Moderately priced and well worth it. Sizzling filet and sizzling prawns were great, very tasty and the vegetable fried rice... More

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plano, tx
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2011

When we arrived at our hotel it was rather late but I was craving for some authentic Chinese food so I asked the concierge for his recommendation. He recommended this place and I was a bit reluctant because being that I am Vietnamese, my idea of "authentic" is much different than those of the western palate. The restaurant is very... More

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N Ireland
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244 reviews 244 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2011

Visited recently table booked and seemed busy, but it was a Saturday evening. Excellent tasty food and waiter helpful as to what to order. Food tasty with good portions. This bistro specializes in sea food but we didnot take any as we do not like it, but lots more on menu. Upstairs so not suitable for all.

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Anchorage, ak
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

This is not the cheapest Chinese restaurant in town....but we love it...It is consistently good and I have to say, almost every time we have been there, we are the only non Asian people there. Our waitress just came over from Hong Kong...Everyone speaks English. We think the food is great....and the portions are huge...pretty surroundings.....nice menu......good service....and excellent food.... More

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Bend, OR
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93 reviews 93 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

I can't speak to if this is the best Chinese in Vancouver because it is the only one I have been to but it would be very difficult to surpass. Every dish we had, we had a number of them, was simply amazing. Great depth to the flavors and high quality in the raw material. A must visit.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2011

Shanghai Chinese Bistro (SCB) is definitely my favorite dim sum place in town. However, if you are looking for a cheap dim sum place just to grab a bite, them this is not your joint, there are way more places that would serve much cheaper dim sum than SCB. My husband introduced me to this restaurant 5 years ago when... More

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