Continental Seafoodd Restaurant is a family friendly Chinese Restaurant offering a large menu for dimsum and dinner. There is live entertainment on some nights and a dance floor for ballroom dancing.
Due to the positive reviews we decided to have dim sum here. We arrived arounnd 11:15 am, the place was about half full, the other half of the restaurant had a wall/divider running down the middle of the restaurant as there was some kind of recital happening. Apparently this happens regularly as they have a lot of weddings/events here. I prefer eating in peace or enjoying a conversation but the piano recital was so loud it was a distraction while trying to eat. None the less I wanted to see how the dim sum was, we had the usual dishes - steamed pork dumpling, steamed shrimp dumpling, shrimp rice roll with soy sauce and fried radish cake. First of all, only a few dim sum carts rolled by the whole time and all the dim sum was lukewarm at best. We like our dim sum piping hot, fresh from the steamers but all of our steamed dishes were not hot or even at room temperature. The size of the dim sum was quite small when compared to other dim sum restaurants we have gone to and yet the price was higher than average. The only thing different about this place were the high back chairs. For 4 plates of dim sum it came to $21.15 (which included a $2 charge for tea). Total $23.69. We can find better tasting, piping hot, larger pieces of dim sum at other restaurants, so don't believe we will be returning.
Been here several times for dim sum (not my choice, work-related).
For me it's like a flashback to 20 years ago. The dim sum is still pushed around in carts and it is still the "good ol' standbys".
Nothing to complain about the service, it's not good, but it's at the level of most Chinese restaurants like this, so don't be expecting too much. You will get served, don't worry.
The price doesn't seem to be a lot cheaper than any other dim sum place. On top of that, they have absolutely nothing that is "new" or unique. That could be forgiven if they had stunning execution, but sadly, no. It is passable, but that's all I can say about it.
Haven't tried the dinner here, and I've not urge to do so. I won't say anything bad about this place, because there isn't really anything unexpected at this level of restaurant. But neither is there a reason to go here of your own free will. There's lots of places in GVRD that will get you better food similar prices.
Craving dim sum one Sunday afternoon the girlfriend and I came here just to see how it was.
It's a large restaurant but the ambience was a bit tame. I guess you can't expect much hustle and bustle when you're in at 2pm. There was a decent crowd scattered about but was pretty quiet.
It's push cart style so we kept peeking over our shoulders hoping some different carts would come by. It was the same carts mostly circling the floor with a few carts coming out of the kitchen with different items. We managed to grab our favourites: Shrimp Dumplings, Deep Fried Pork & Taro Dumplings, Beef Rice Roll and a couple others. OK in taste (a couple of steamed dresses a tad greasy) but shame it was lukewarm. Understandably when you're dining about an hour before they close up to prepare for the dinner rush the kitchen staff isn't going to be making much more new items so whatever's left laps the restaurant.
Service was good we were able to quickly get a server to refill our teapot and request a couple of condiment sauces without haste.
The dishes would taste pretty good if hot out of the kitchen so I would like another visit in the future.
I've been here 2 or 3 times now for large chinese banquets I've been invited to, so thought I would write a review as I sat down to eat the last one.
I'll have to say right away I'm probably biased toward the style of chinese food. I really love some chinese food, but not this style. I don't like my food served with the head on it and the eyes looking at me. Why are half the dishes served in a disgusting goo (agar) sauce? And why does it have to be so bloody hard to eat? Yeah, give me plastic chopsticks, then chop up all the dishes with the bones and make the all slippery. Yeah put slimy sauce all over the prawns that I have to peel. Ugh. Other than that about 1/3 of the dishes are pretty tasty.
I would have given the food a higher rating but I bit into something hard while having a taro dish, and found what looks like a good sized piece of steel wool in it. I started to think how does that happen. What else is sitting at the bottom of the pot before they throw the taro in? Yuck. Pretty much lost my appetite there. I know poop happens but I'm always questioning how clean chinese restaurants are as I've had other bad chinese restaurant experiences well above par for the course for the amount of dining out I do.
The room and service were OK. It's reasonably fancy and a good place for large weddings and such.
Anyway you can probably tell this just isn't my kind of food. It is what it is. If you like it, great. I would never go back even before my bad experience.
A roomy restaurant with evening performances and dancing entertainment. Dinners are decently prepared, though the service is still lacking whether it be during the day or evening.
For brunch/lunch offerings, it's the standard dim sum items with maybe 1 or 2 newer creations (though I've only come upon one). The tea is a little watered down as I suspect the tea leaves get redried constantly and reused.
The restaurant is kept relatively clean. No strange odours. A decent crowd. Never in need of reservations. Plenty of parking at the plaza. Cheaper than the similar Pink Pearl Restaurant though the congee here isn't as tasty and not as fresh--served nearly cold.
Love their deep fried sugar doughnut thing. Light and fluffy.
Would return for brunch when I'm in the mood for the old-fashioned push-carting type of dimsum, but not for dinner, unless it's for a banquet, I suppose, as that wouldn't be by choice. Not enough variety and not fresh enough for me to choose over the other Richmond favourites like Kirin, Fisherman's Terrace, and Shiang Garden.
We took our friends who have never been to dim sum before. We chose Continental because of the location. There were lots of parking there, unlike the downtown Richmond area. The restaurant was huge, nicely decorated and had a clean feeling when you walked in. Even their washrooms was clean.
The service was excellent. I like the fact that its very gwai lo (non asian) friendly and most of the staff are bilingual and friendly. The waiters are quick to fill your teapot and hot water and plates are taken away.
The food? Well......., I wish their food was outstanding as their service, but its not. Its just solid good food. But for the price, I don't think I would come back again. The total bill including tips was $96 for 6 people which I thought was a bit pricey and their food wasn't anything to scream about.
It is a great place to take someone who have never been to dim sum. It has push cart, so you get to see the food and the staff will explain what the dishes are in English.
Large seating area means it is usually not hard to get a table, but it can get quite busy on the weekends so if you are a big party reservations would a good idea. Dim Sum is tasty but the selection is limited, they do not change their menu often and if you go back expect the same food. They often give regular customers a discount on the food and tea which might explain why the previous poster said food prices differ. Overall good Dim Dum experience and I would definetely go back.
Push cart dim sum style. We ordered about 12 type of dim sum for the 5 of us. Just the regular stuff - har kow, rice flour roll, steamed buns, claypot rice, congee, bbq pastry and some desserts. All were good except for the claypot rice and my favourite is the deep fried taro. Worth coming back again and the restaurant is very spacious and the staff are friendly and attentive compare to other Chinese restaurants (if you know what I mean).
The Dim Sum here is 'ok' at best...most of their items are sub par compared to other places in richmond. The service is always good here. All the food is pushed around in carts so freshness and availability mileage may vary.
I witnessed something awful when I went here though. There was a set of Thongs the server uses to serve the dishes (basically instead of using their hands, they use the thongs so the hot plate doesn't scorch them; but the thongs always come in contact with the food, which is fine usually) that were dropped on the dirty old carpet...without even wiping it down, they picked it up, used it to serve another dish.
That is just what I saw. Overall though, its a decent place to go to with your family without much wait on the weekends.
A chinese seafood resturant with great service and good food. The price is on the high side but definatly worth what you are paying for.
I have heard they have people perform on the dance floor but have not yet seen so myself, which would be very interesting to watch during dinner.
I often pick up bbq meat from here during lunch time since i work close by and I often pick up bbq duck/soychicken/bbq pork. They have a pick up window for take out orders for the bbq selections and makes it alot easier when on the go for the short lunches i get.
I would recomend this resturant to anyone who wants to just have a eat out chinese dinner to throwing banquets.
I was there for a wedding past Saturday, presentation & food was not acceptable to me. I get better value at other restaurants. Food was greasy and that nothing was fresh. I have tried dim sum there before and food came out cold even from the push carts, I find push carts not good because you just dont know how long they been pushing around for. The ambiance was fine but too loud.
This is not a place for me.
My husband and I have been coming here for years, and it is hands down the best dim sum we have had to date. We often will try a new place, but always come back to Continental, and are always satisfied.
I would say I've been to this place about 50 times, and only ever had poor service once. But I have been very satisfied with the food every time! We find it best to get there before noon, as it can get very busy later than that for dim sum.
Features a big 100 table room that is fairly busy during lunch giving you that Hong Kong feel.
The carts are fast and the food is pretty good and not too greasy like some other Dim Sum houses.
The only thing is they charge white people more money than they do asians. I have been there with all asian friends and the meal was pretty cheap and have been there with a smaller amount of people who were all white and the bill was higher.
I love dim sum and Continental did not disappoint. The food was excellent, especially the seafood dishes (great deep fried squid and crab-claw puffs), and the staff were very friendly and efficient. Lovely atmosphere with wide aisles and no cramped tables. As a wheelchair user I felt very welcome. Will definitely be back.
I'm glad that a lot of the Chinese restaurants in Richmond is starting to put in some effort to decor and cleanliness.
I've been here twice recently for dim sum with the folks. Both times we were late so my parents had seats by the time we arrived. I would suggest making a reservation for the weekend as yesterday was just a zoo. I'm sure it being Mother's day was partly to fuel the rush, but I would hate to wait in that without a reservation.
My mother likes restaurants that bring the cart out so we can see, and the food is always fresh and tasty, not like other places where the same food goes around and around and is cold and soggy by the time you take it. If they don't have what you want, they'll order it for you and it comes out promptly.
I haven't paid either of the times, but I don't think it's terribly cheap. But you get what you pay for, and I would rather pay more to have something decent and tasty.
Customer service was excellent, actually. Our tea and hot water pots were topped up continuously, and empty dishes were taken away as soon as the last bit of food was taken from them. Soy sauce was given when asked, not like other places where you have to literally beg and plead to get some.
It's very gwailo-friendly, too, which is a bonus.
I haven't had their dinner menu, but I can wholeheartedly recommend going there for dim sum.
I recently went to a friend's wedding. I was surprised by the ambiance of the washroom (being a "Chinese restaurant" and all), and the nice chandeliers. The place is huge...fits almost 400 people, I believe. There was a huge dance floor and everyone had a great time, which is more than I can say for most other Chinese restaurants in Vancouver/Richmond. They didn't even have to move any tables! The full 10-course Chinese meal came out, of course. Waiters & waitresses were friendly and fast! Anyway, I was quite impressed. The EXTERIOR of the restaurant made me expect just another Chinese restaurant...but the interior of it was dazzling! I'd recommend it.
Was there with friends for the Vancouver Foochow Association dinner. It was my first time at this restaurant, and first time at a non regular dinner so I wasn't sure what to expect. Once things got started, the food came out. It was an endless procession of food. Everything was delicious. My favourite was the deep fried crab. It came piping hot and contained a lot of meat. Everything was clean. Some dishes did seem a bit bland to me but, it may be because I love szechuan style...anything spicy. I'm not sure what the regular menu is like, but I'll come back if I'm ever in the area again.
4 of us went on a busy Saturday night for a family meal. We ordered the Peking Duck (3 stages) and it was fantastic! The first stage was the duck skin and crepes and this was the best part! Very tasty!
We also ordered the cantonese chow mein, and gai lan which were very nice as well.
only 3 dishes, but way too much food for us to finish. The Peking Duck alone would have satisfied us!
Total bill was $70.00 ($40.00 of which was the Peking Duck). A good value considering the quality and amount of food.
Service was friendly and attentive. Our server replaced fresh plates as needed during our meal.
Before finding this restaurant I've always avoided heading into the driving impaired and congested Richmond. Luckily for me this restaurant is just over the bridge and away from the infamous #3 road.
Been here a handful of times. Mainly dinner w/ the family and dim sum with the friends. The food is consistent every time I visit and the price reflects the dishes. "You do get what you pay for", good old tasty Chinese food. Although dinner is typical in any restaurant, i enjoy going for dim sum. Having the carts pushed to your table, it feels like a sit down smorgasbord. There's no trying to please everyone at the table by ordering the "safe dishes". If you like pork buns, you get yourself a pork bun, if you like duck feet, you get yourself a plate of duck feet.
Ambiance nice, its a large restaurant with a high ceiling. very spacious. The restrooms for a Chinese restaurant are surprising impressive. I've always judged the kitchen by looking at the restrooms. Clean and well kept by the looks of things.
Highly suggest this restaurant if you are in the mood for some quality dim sum.