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Kirin Seafood Restaurant

#496 of 2,831 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
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555 12th Ave W, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
(604) 879-8038
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Prince George, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed the egg tarts and beef balls. Prawns and taro was ok. White radish cake was ok too. My wife said Kirin in Richmond was better but pricier

Thank YouChang
Vancouver, Canada
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55 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The quality of the Dim Sum was excellent. The service experience was odd. I am not sure if we did not fit the correct ethnic profile but we had the hardest time getting any kind of quality of service. We were largely ignored. Let's hope it was just a one time experience.

Thank Stephen E
Newport Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food looked fabulous. We ordered a crab feast which was VERY expensive. Incidentally, it tasted really good, but it was not worth the over one hour wait to get anything! Their cocktails are tiny, tiny. They are impolite to Caucasians. Everyone else in the restaurant was served promptly with delicious looking food.

Thank ciraulo1
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On our second night in Vancouver the family decided to visit this restaurant @ City Square on the recommendation of a Canadian friend. The restaurant was packed at 9pm. To eat here make sure you have a booking!!! We were delighted that it delivered all the goods. We had the soup of the day. It was exquisite in taste. The... More 

Thank HpLian
Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

I recently had Chinese Dim Sum and Dinner at Kirin Seafood Restaurant, their good are very good and the service are very good, too. Their waiters are very friendly and they service all the customers. Whenever they see a plate that was done, they will just come to your table and take it away (leave your dining table clean and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

Every time we are in Vancouver we will go to Kirin for dim sum. We went to the City Square one. They are undoubtedly better than others. They did not disappoint this time. It is best to make a reservation first as they are very popular. However once you have finished your meal, they do not allow you to linger... More 

Thank Margaret Mo E
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

Big fan of dim sum on a Sunday lunchtime and this place didn't disappoint. Busy with local Chinese people is always a good sign. Standard fare, good quality and nice and clean which is always good!

Thank JamesOwen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

Our dim-sum offered the best of northern and southern Chinese traditions. Dumplings, deep-fried things, yes--but cooked to perfection with fresh ingredients--and delieverd efficiently to our table. This restaurant is extemely popular with the local Chinese-Canaidan population; reservations are essential, preferably 2-3 days in advance.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

A busy well orchestrated authentic Chinese restaurant beside City Hall. I've been to the Kirin restaurant downtown many times but this was my first time at the location by City Hall. Clean, efficient service and pleasant surroundings. Delicious food.

Thank Vancouver63
B.C. Canada
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13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016

We chose this place using Tripadvisor (as always) and arrived on a drizzly Sunday morning. It was very quiet as the dim sum crowd hadn't arrived yet. We got a table at the window looking out over City Hall. They don't have carts, so don't go if that's your thing. We had our usual: steamed pork buns, shrimp dumplings, sticky... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Chinese, Seafood, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Validated Parking, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 555 12th Ave W, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Shaughnessy
  • Neighborhood: Shaughnessy
  • Phone Number: (604) 879-8038

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Shaughnessy

Neighborhood Profile
Residential neighbourhood to the ultra-wealthy, the gorgeous manor houses centred around The Crescent area are a fabled sight to behold. Shaughnessy is Vancouver's most verdant plotted neighbourhood, and its tree-lined streets, walking routes, bike trails, and charming public parks make for an ideal location to spend and afternoon communing with nature. Consequently, it is also the botanical centre of the city, featuring conservatories and an expansive Botanical Garden, taming and sculpting the wild into seasonal viewing areas and enchanting landscapes. Quiet, elegant Shaughnessy excels at providing the Three Gs: Gardens, Golfing, and Galleries.