Best Dim Sum in Richmond

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There is no shortage of stellar Chinese food in Vancouver, and of the many subgenres of this delicious cuisine is the communal favourite, dim sum.

The city’s venerable ‘burb of Richmond is bountiful when it comes to great places for dim sum, so we’re shining the spotlight on the shu mai and har gow there to compile a list of the 10 Best Dim Sum restaurants in Richmond.


Best Dim Sum in Richmond

By Vancity Buzz

Richmond is bountiful when it comes to great places for dim sum, so we’re shining the spotlight on the shu mai and har gow there to compile a list of the 10 Best Dim Sum restaurants in Richmond.

  • Fisherman’s Terrace

    By Vancity Buzz

    Amid the chaos of the Aberdeen Mall is Fisherman’s Terrace, a top notch spot for dim sum where servers bring out the well-executed dishes of dumplings and plates of salty prawns rapid-fire.

  • Sun Sui Wah

    By Vancity Buzz

    Sun Sui Wah is considered dim sum destination dining for visitors and locals alike in Vancouver. Their popular dim sum service is punctuated by their signature dish of whole roast squab.

  • Sea Harbour

    By Vancity Buzz

    Bestowed with the honour of the Chinese Restaurant Awards’ Diners’ Choice for Best Dim Sum 2014, Sea Harbour's where you can expect to find pricier [dim sum](http://www.seaharbour.com/menu/dim-sum/) and an array of standout specialty dishes

  • Shiang Garden

    By Vancity Buzz

    Inside their vast dining room on multiple floors diners feast upon beloved dim sum dishes that are priced moderately to higher-end. Try the duck tongue if you’re feeling adventurous!

  • Rainflower Restaurant

    By Vancity Buzz

    Your reward for successfully nabbing a parking spot is a tasty dim sum adventure that can include deep fried squid, durian rolls and chicken knee, should you choose.

  • Dinesty Chinese

    By Vancity Buzz

    Prepare to slurp small-ish thin-skinned Xiao Long Bao in savoury soup at this buzzing mecca offering Taiwanese/Shanghai hybrid fare.

  • The Jade Seafood Restaurant

    By Vancity Buzz

    The earlybird gets the discount at Jade, with 20 per cent off your dim sum order when you’re in before 11 a.m. Don’t miss out on their signature mushroom dumplings.

  • Kirin Seafood Restaurant

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  • Continental Seafood Restaurant

    By Vancity Buzz

    Continental Seafood is where to go in Richmond if you want to experience cart service for dim sum.

  • Empire Seafood Restaurant

    By Vancity Buzz

    At Empire you can tuck into baked BBQ buns with a delectably sweet pastry shell and their much-lauded egg tarts along with an extensive menu of dim sum delights.


 

Fisherman’s Terrace

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Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Amid the chaos of the Aberdeen Mall is Fisherman’s Terrace, a top notch spot for dim sum where servers bring out the well-executed dishes of dumplings and plates of salty prawns rapid-fire. The portions match the prices here–a little on the larger side–but most who discover this dim sum gem will attest it’s well worth it.

Address: 3580 – 4151 Hazelbridge Way
Phone: 604-303-9739
Website: Fisherman’s Terrace at Aberdeen Centre

Sun Sui Wah

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Photo by Rick Chung via Flickr

Sun Sui Wah is considered dim sum destination dining for visitors and locals alike in Vancouver. Their popular dim sum service is punctuated by their signature dish of whole roast squab. And, yes, shark fin is off the menu now.

Address: 102-4940 No 3 Rd
Phone: 604-273-8208
Website: www.sunsuiwah.com

Sea Harbour

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Menu image via Sea Harbour

Bestowed with the honour of the Chinese Restaurant Awards’ Diners’ Choice for Best Dim Sum 2014, Sea Harbour is where you can expect to find pricier dim sum and an array of standout specialty dishes that are worth the heftier cost and wait.

Address: 150-8888 River Rd
Phone: 604-232-0816
Website: www.seaharbour.com

Shiang Garden

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Photo by Rick Chung/Flickr

Inside their vast dining room on multiple floors diners feast upon beloved dim sum dishes that are priced moderately to higher-end. Some swear by their har gow (shrimp dumplings), others love the egg tarts. Try the duck tongue if you’re feeling adventurous!

Address: 2200 – 4540 No 3 Rd
Phone: 604-273-8858
Website: Shiang Garden on Yelp

Rainflower Restaurant

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Your reward for successfully nabbing a parking spot is a tasty dim sum adventure that can include deep fried squid, durian rolls and chicken knee, should you choose. If you are in the mood for the more familiar dumplings and dim sum dishes, you’re in luck here, too.

Address: 3600 No 3 Road
Phone: 604-278-7288
Website: Rainflower Restaurant on Facebook

Dinesty Chinese

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Photo by sonson/Flickr

Prepare to slurp small-ish thin-skinned Xiao Long Bao in savoury soup at this buzzing mecca offering Taiwanese/Shanghai hybrid fare. Peer into the open kitchen to see your dishes being made, or soak up the atmosphere while you await the arrival of your Cold Wine Chicken or Dandan noodles.

Address: 8111 Ackroyd Rd
Phone: 604-303-7772
Website: Dinesty Chinese at Aberdeen Centre

The Jade Seafood Restaurant

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Photo: Jade Seafood Restaurant/Facebook

The earlybird gets the discount at Jade, with 20 per cent off your dim sum order when you’re in before 11 a.m. Don’t miss out on their signature mushroom dumplings.

Address: 8511 Alexandra Rd
Phone: 604-249-0082
Website: www.jaderestaurant.ca

Kirin Seafood Restaurant

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Photo by SC in Seattle/Flickr

You’ll find the standard dim sum offerings well-executed at Kirin, though you may want to keep your own list of what you ordered just to be sure you don’t go overboard at this pricier place. The Thousand Layer Cake is a standout dish, so save room for a sweeter bite at the end of your meal.

Address: 7900 Westminster Hwy
Phone: 604-303-8833
Website: www.kirinrestaurants.com

Continental Seafood Restaurant

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Photo by Jennifer S. via Yelp

Continental Seafood is where to go in Richmond if you want to experience cart service for dim sum. Be sure to flex your flagging-down muscles in prep to draw the server and their cart to your table, but relish the opportunity to get a peek at what’s being dished up. A favourite for the lunch crowd, Continental’s go-to items are their BBQ meats and buns.

Address: 11700 Cambie Rd
Phone: 604-278-6331
Website: Continental Seafood on Yelp

Empire Seafood Restaurant

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Photo by Jando S. via Yelp

At Empire you can tuck into baked BBQ buns with a delectably sweet pastry shell and their much-lauded egg tarts along with an extensive menu of dim sum delights. Pack your patience, since there are often long waits here, particularly on weekends.

Address: 5951 No. 3 Rd, Unit 200
Phone: 604-249-0080
Website: www.empirerestaurant.ca

Top image: Har gow (shrimp dumplings) at Fisherman’s Terrace. Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

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Lindsay William-Ross Lindsay is a Senior Editor at Vancity Buzz, and currently runs the site's Food section. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she spent the last two decades in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her MA, attended culinary school, and was an English professor (among other things). Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancitybuzz.com
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