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The East Chinese Restaurant

1 Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (City Centre)
61 2 9252 6868
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Ranked #770 of 5,171 restaurants in Sydney
Price range: $19 - $68
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: City Centre
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: City Centre
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69% Recommend
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Been here twice on my short city break holidays. We love the food and service. The atmosphere is nice if you dine outside with view of the harbor bridge and opera house. Overall a good experience. On my to do list whenever i visit Sydney.

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
189 reviews 189 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Well placed for meals pre or post Opera House or the Cinema, or just enjoying the lovely views of Sydney harbour. The meal I had at East Chinese restaurant however did not deliver an authentic Chinese taste. Good service & decent premises. As with many of the restaurants on the Harbour, it is not cheap.

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Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We have eaten at this restaurant several times when we are going to the Opera House. Although some might consider it to be westernised chinese food, we always find the food to be good quality and the servings are decent size. The wait staff are attentive and there is a good wine list with a selection of bottles at quite... More

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Paris, France
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

What a terrible restaurant. We went to this highly recommended so called Chinese restaurant, what a joke. Firstly the place was almost empty, we should have been apprehensive, but we sat and ordered. First course tasteless heavy prawn dumplings, atrocious. Second course spring rolls, greasy and full of cabbage. Third course the famous Peking duck pancakes, well what an overwhelming... More

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

There were 8 of us seated outside under heated umbrellas with the Harbour Bridge lit up in the background and the Opera House down the way. The food is authentic Chinese - not your neighbourhood Chinese restaurant "north americanized" - different and really delicious. It was a long, lazy evening, no rush. The staff were very attentive. And the price... More

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Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

At first, it looked crowded, but the waiter showed us a table and soon we were enjoying "magic" steak and stir-fried kangaroo meat. Fabulously tasty and tender, the meal was a little more expensive than most places, but considering how crowded everything was, it wasn't too bad.

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Sydney, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Lovely spot looking out over Circular Quay towards the cruise terminal and the bridge. Quick and informal atmosphere and service and good quality Chinese food. Ideal for dinner before or after a movie at the Dendy or a show at the Opera House and suitable for an informal meal for couples, family, or with friends. But it is rather expensive... More

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Hong Kong
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We were seated outside under the canopy with the Harbour Bridge in the background. Staff very friendly and efficient. Clean restaurant with caring and attentive waiters to change our dirty plates regularly and refill our teapots with piping hot tea. Even replaced our cooled down rice with fresh piping hot ones without our requesting. Offered paper bibs and finger bowls... More

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Top Contributor
151 reviews 151 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
385 helpful votes 385 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

It started to rain when we arrived so we could not sit outside, so we sat on the outside edge of the inside section by the pavement. Service was OK. The food was quite nice, but the crispy duck came already served in a pancake rather than doing it yourself and there was not enough hoisin sauce, plus it was... More

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Rugeley, United Kingdom
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97 reviews 97 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

I know I'm a tourist in Sydney and I'll never return to this restaurant but it was apalling . We had been to the Sydney opera house so we were looking to dine quite late by Sydney standards . The opening comment was " please order quickly " which we did . No time to peruse the menu so I... More

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