Guide: The 8 best Dim Sum spots in Vancouver
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There are quite a few places in Vancouver that serve dim sum, so this is by no means a full guide. However, we do have a pretty solid idea of our personal favourites, and we’ve never been disappointed by a meal at any of them.
Here are our top 8 restaurants for dim sum in Vancouver.
The winner of Vancouver Magazine’s Best Chinese in 2018, Dynasty is a lot more than a dim sum spot. However, we’re only focused on dim sum for this guide, and luckily they’ve got a fantastic selection. Everything is menu based, so don’t be expecting that you’ll be able to grab what you want off those carts that are pushed around other spots.
Hours: Daily, 10AM-3PM and 5PM-10:30PM
Where: 108-777 W Broadway
One of the spots in the city that prides itself on dim sum, Western Lake is definitely the place to go when all you want to do is gorge yourself on Siu Mai. Just fill out what you want on the page provided, sit back, and prepare yourself for a solid hour dim sum delights.
Hours: Daily, 9AM-3PM and 5PM-10PM
Where: 4989 Victoria Drive
Sun Sui Wah has been an institution in Mount Pleasant for years. Somewhat touristy, but delicious nonetheless. Similar to Dynasty in that the dim sum is more of a compliment to the full menu, but have no shame if that’s all you went in for. Word to the wise, don’t be bummed if the service isn’t fantastic, people drop hundreds of dollars on meals at these places, and your $30 dollar tab isn’t the staff’s highest concern.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:30AM-3PM and 5PM-10PM, Saturday/Sunday, 10AM-3PM and 5PM-10PM
Where: 3888 Main Street
With some of the best service in the city, Kirin is a great spot for when you want to introduce your, uh, not as cultured friends to the wide world of dim sum. For the location off Robson Street, your best bet is to make a reservation like a week in advance, so you don’t have to worry about waiting and can fast the day before.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 11AM-2:30PM and 5PM-10:30PM and Saturday/Sunday, 10AM-2:30PM and 5PM-10:30PM
Where: 1172 Alberni Street
Included in our cheap eats guide as well, Kam Wai is by far the most frugal option on this list. The hole in the wall spot in Chinatown is the no-frills dim sum heaven you need when you’ve only got 30 minutes for lunch or want a quick snack. We might add that it is ironically one of the highest rated on this list on Google. A straightforward approach pays off.
Hours: Daily, 9AM-6PM
Where: 249 E Pender Street
We think that the xiao long bai from Peaceful alone gets them on this list. They are some of the best in the city, and if you haven’t tried them yet then you are doing yourself a disservice.
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11AM-9:30PM and Friday/Saturday, 11AM-10PM
Where: Multiple Locations
Sorry to the other restaurants on this list, but if we absolutely had to choose just spot for dim sum in Vancouver it would be Dinesty. Great selection, multiple locations, and a very reasonable price point means that Dinesty is here to stay.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 11AM-3P, and 5PM-10PM, Saturday/Sunday, 11AM-10PM
Where: Multiple Locations
Chef Tony is so tasty that we’re throwing it in this guide even though it’s in Richmond. One of the highest quality and most creative dim sum spots in Greater Vancouver, Chef Tony only opened in 2014 and is already a heavyweight in the heavily competitive scene.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:30AM-3PM and 5PM-10PM, Saturday/Sunday, 10AM-3PM and 5pm-10PM
Where: Empire Centre Mall, Richmond
That’s our list Vancouver, hopefully, next time you go for dim sum you’ll be a little more confident in where you choose to go!