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Kirin Seafood Restaurant

#706 of 2,906 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
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555 12th Ave W, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 3X7, Canada
+1 604-879-8038
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
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17:30 - 22:30
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Arlington, VIrginia
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171 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love the food at Kirin. It reminds me of the big banquets I attended as a child. The food is exceptional. I am surprised people don't like it but they don't have an uncle eats there often and orders in Chinese The lobster is to-die-for - with soft noodles underneath; the chicken is smooth and cooked to perfect. We... More 

Thank fussylady001
Seattle, Washington
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely come here for the food but don't expect great service at this location. We loved the soup dumplings and the shrimp with quail egg dumplings.

Thank Audrey S
Hong Kong, China
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

One word – expensive. Nice decor, decent food, but no need to pay that much. Unless you have to entertain some super important friends or celebrating winning millions.

Thank Michael H
Hong Kong, China
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603 reviews
359 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Went there after many many years and food is fine and so is the service. Lobster is very nice and chicken is so called free range but so big..... Fine Cantonese seafood. Not bad.

Thank Ianfung
Tucson, Arizona
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1,700 reviews
631 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,987 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

My husband and I headed here soon after arriving in Vancouver because we had such wonderful memories of excellent dim sum at this restaurant during years of spending summers in the city. What a disappointment! Neither the food nor the service lived up to our expectations. We arrived around 1:30 p.m. on a week day and customers sat at only... More 

1 Thank Rumples
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161 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

The food here is always delicious. We ordered the seafood in bird's nest, Kirin chow mein, and black cod fish. For three people, we had enough leftovers for another family meal. The view of downtown is nice. Don't expect good service, and you won't be disappointed. There were three servers standing around us, and my husband still had to refill... More 

Thank Sunset007
Calgary, Canada
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132 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

The Greater Vancouver Area has a huge number of Chinese restaurants of every kind imaginable, but Kirin on 12th is one of our favourites. The quality of ingredients, expert preparation and presentation is always the norm here.

Thank Aurora R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Food was delicious. Well displayed. Just the right amount. Was well worth the price and wait. Conveniently located by broadway city hall.

Thank yellowlady7
Chicago, IL
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98 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Our concierge said this was the best Chinese restaurant in Vancouver. Having been to China we would say it was very authentic, but that is not to say it is good. There were many large parties of Asian groups, friends, and families. The service was mediocre and so was the food. It took a long time to be served our... More 

Thank CNPH
Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Terrible service, food was ok... but it seems to me that people working in this restaurant just have issue with life or other living things

Thank HCJZhao

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Seafood, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Private Dining, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 555 12th Ave W, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 3X7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Shaughnessy
  • Neighbourhood: Shaughnessy
  • Phone Number: +1 604-879-8038

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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.
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