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Shanghai Chinese Bistro

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1128 Alberni Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
+1 604-683-8222
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Floridia, Italy
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 August 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.

1 Thank Kim M
Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 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 

2 Thank IcelandFan7963
Osprey, Florida
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 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 

1 Thank mamadebbie34229
Calgary, Canada
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2011

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 

3 Thank pacmanto
Naples, Florida
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157 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 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 

Thank Mark1npt
plano, tx
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 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 

Thank thats-kandy
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422 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 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.

Thank Heather M
Anchorage, ak
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92 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 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 

Thank laughinghusky
Bend, OR
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128 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 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.

Thank yreme
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 March 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 

Thank janetj03

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Chinese, Asian
Dinner, Lunch
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  • Address: 1128 Alberni Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 604-683-8222

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