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Lin Chinese Cuisine and Tea House

1537 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J1W6
Tel: (604) 733-9696 Order Online
Neighbourhood: West Side

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Good lunch specials
By sgtoca of Kitsilano, Vancouver (103 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

I can only comment on their lunch combos cuz both times I was here for a quick bite. First time had their ginger beef and it was really good, crispy and sweet and had a nice kick to it, well portioned for a lunch special $6.99! Second time I tried their speciality honey prawns which was fried prawns coated then coated with a sweet mayo-ish sauce, it was good but a tad too sweet and rich for my liking, it tasted almost un-Chinese but nonetheless enjoyed. I have to give kudos to their hot and sour soup, its one of the best with loads of vegetables, mushrooms and it had the perfect proportion of hot and spicy, good for a cold night like this or when you are slightly under the weather and need some comforting soup. Overall, I'd recommend. Hope to try their steamed pork buns next time. Friendly smiley service and the decor is a tad tacky but who's there for decor right?

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Good food but indifferent service
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 3:30pm [Dine in]

I haven't been to Lin's in years and decided to take my daughter there on Saturday night. We ordered a bunch of dishes including the lettuce wraps, XLBs. spicy Szechuan beef and the potstickers. All of the food was tasty and quite enjoyable.

The service was mediocre though and not very attentive. I think if you speak Chinese, you definitely get better service. We had to ask for water a few times, had difficulty getting our bill, etc.

Overall tasty food but don't expect super friendly service if you're not a regular.

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Just not special...
By EatsFats of Vancouver (321 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

Somehow, somewhere, some really great reviews trickled through. And I'm wondering why.
Been there when it first opened, and it was okay. Now I'm back for a second time... well, time hasn't been too kind to the place. Okay, it's okay, but definitely upkeep of the appearance hasn't been first priority. It's looking and feeling like the "usual" Chinese congee / noodle houses (though with a different regional cuisine here).

Service is pretty good, all things considered. When we went, it was quite busy and they definitely felt rushed and a tiny bit understaffed, but I've nothing really to complain about.

The xiao long bao was pretty good, so I can't complain about it. Definitely solid stuff here, though I'm not sure I'd call it the best. The drunken chicken dish was far too rough, but the flavour was a big hit. As for the rest of the dishes, mediocre at best. Some where waaay to sweet, a little bit too much oil. Just nothing that great really. I dunno, maybe we just had the wrong dishes?

Don't get me wrong, if you need some reasonably inexpensive eats, it's solid. But there's no way I'd be making a trek down here just to sample, they just don't have anything special enough to warrant that. Maybe the only reason they've been around so long is the lack of competition anywhere near here...
It's a place I'd like to like, but I'm afraid I can't give it the coveted two thumbs up.

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pretty good shanghainese cuisine
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 6:13pm [Dine in]

I stopped for dinner on a friday night. The place was almost full, I think we got the last empty table.

We ordered the mushu pork, the shanghai juicy dumplings, and the schezchuan style fried green beans.

The dumplings arrived first, the wrappers are perfect, and the filling was sweet, juicy and tasty (alhtough slightly coarse). The mushu pork was rich and delicious (again the wrappers were perfect). The beans arrived last and were aromatic, spicy and wonderful.

The servers were pretty friendly and attentive (by the standard of most chinese restaurants, they were fabulous).

The room in unremarkable, but this place is about the food, rather than the scenery.

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Horrible Service, Racist Staff and MSG Food
By wwasn of Vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 9:12pm [Take-out]

Save your money and go somewhere else!

I use to like this place for their xiao long dumplings and appetizer dishes a lot instead of venturing to Richmond for Chinese food. I have to say, however, their food and service quality has declined greatly in the past year.

For starters, their food quality has declined. They seem to use MSG like no tomorrow. I've always expected MSG to some degree in Chinese food, but lately you can taste MSG and nothing else.

The main decline would be their service. Their take out service is horrible. I once waited 2.5 hours for them to deliver an order, and I only live 8min drive away. Their delivery drivers are always rude. As for restaurant service, it really turned me away. I once ordered a Szechuan chicken with spicy chili sauce, the cold appetizer. I walked in around 2:40pm and wanted to get it for dinner. As soon as I got in, the waitress had a sour face and said something in Chinese to me, which I don't understand. I quickly learned it was almost their lunch break. I thought I would order a cold dish, so they can just pack it from the fridge. I told the cashier I wanted the COLD Szechuan chicken with spicy chili sauce. She quickly typed it into the register and didn't bother saying a word to me.

I then waited and waited for 10 mins for my take out order, and to my surprise they gave me the stir fry Szechuan chicken lunch special! I told her that was not what I wanted, and she snatched the take out order from my hand and then proceeded to SCOLD at me in CHINESE! I don't speak Chinese! I'm Asian, but I'm not of Chinese ethnicity. Then she muttered under her breath in English saying I said szechuan chicken special. I was really angry at this point and told her I said i wanted the COLD Szechuan chicken, and never said anything about Lunch Specials.

She then kept talking to me in Chinese, even though I told her I don't speak Chinese already, saying I need to make up the difference. I've just about had it with them. They not only mixed up my order, but also don't respect their customers. Just because I'm Asian doesn't mean I'm Chinese. She didn't even apologize for her mistake.

I will definitely never go back to this place again. I ended up throwing out the Cold szechuan chicken because all I can taste was the MSG and no chicken flavour. If they keep this up, they won't last for long. There are other better Chinese restaurants out there. Next time I will go to Richmond and not waste my money at this racist place.

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So so dumplings
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 7, 2010 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

I'm a big Shao Long Bao fan. I saw Bob Blumer in the Food Network learning how to make them from the chef @ Lin's. I thought to myself, I gotta try this place! I've read their reviews and I heard that they've won a few awards. Mmm can't wait!
I decided to take my lovely family to try this place out. Parking here was kind of awkward because they're located in such a busy street. The meter parking nearby was obviously full. We had to park several blocks away. Knowing Vancouver, it rains all the time so it wasn't very convenient for us.
I made reservations at least 3hrs ahead for the 6 of us. When we got there, they didn't have our name in their book! The restaurant was practically packed! Good thing that there was this one table left for us to take.
We love to eat so we ordered a bunch of stuff such as shao long bao (obviously), green onion pancake wrapped w/ beef, Shanghai noodles, tan tan noodles, dow meew veggies, etc. Ok, the shao long bao was a disappointment. Yes, the skin is thin, I don't care. I care about the insides. Yes, it was juicy but not delicious. Overall, it was average. My fave is the one at Great Wall.
Within minutes, the restaurant was packed to the max. The restaurant didn't provide a comfortable setting. Everybody is crammed together. I couldn't walk to the washroom without tipping someone's chair. I think they had too many ppl in the restaurant; it is definitely a fire hazard.
As for service, there wasn't much cuz they were so busy! It's obviously that they are understaffed. It seemed like they just opened not long ago and don't know how many staffs are needed for one night. This place definitely can afford an extra staff.
Overall, an ok place. I wouldn't go here again though. It's so crammed and the food was average.

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Served Hot and Tasty
By aquadl of Vancouver (44 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

Went to Lin's with some friends and my family.

Service was prompt, filled our teapots regularly and asked us how everything was.

Ordered the SS Fish, Shanghai Noodles, House fried Rice, Hot & Sour Soup and the Siu Loong Bao. Everything was hot and tasty. sufficient for the 7 of us. The bill came out to 66 buck before tips ... not bad.

Good friends, Good conversation and followed it up with Outstanding food.

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Chinese Soul Food
By Gidge of Vancouver (93 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 1:43am [Dine in]

We were immediately greeted upon entering the premise and seated at a round table for 6. The menu's were simple and offered extensive selection of northern Chinese appetizers with plenty of larger dinner choices. I made the mistake of ordering way too much food, not realizing how large the portions were. Oh well, more take-away for snacks later.
The xiao long bao's are the best that I've tasted in a while --large, perfectly steamed with plenty of sweet (umami not sugary) broth. The honeyed prawns were delectable, crunchy without being overcooked or sugary. The hot and sour soup was not overly spicy and heartily filled with pork slices and other preserved veggies. Huge portion to boot. The service was very courteous, friendly, and attentive...an unexpected delight especially at a Chinese establishment. It was like eating at an aunt's place. Tea was always refilled and they responded to all my questions and requests. Great value for tasty and large portion foods. The xiao long bao's were $5 for 6 pieces and most dinner menu items hovered between $10 -$12. The ambiance was simple, reminiscent of a HK casual cafe with some larger tables but mostly square tables of 2 or 4's. Good place to enjoy a casual meal with friends, co-workers. or your family. Good, wholesome Chinese food....num.

Recommended.

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One of the best for food.
By pc7999 of Burnaby (48 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has become one of our favourite to go for food.

The decor is nothing special. Plain and boring even. Service can be slow because they do get very busy with line up out the door. So don't expect much for this when you do go.

However, they do have awesome food. Especially their shanghai dim sum "siao loong pao". Smoked duck, honey prawn, pork with garlic sauce, and their hot and sour soup are our favorites.

We've been there several times this past 3 months or so. Every time, the food is consistently great.

I highly recommend that you give this place a try.

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Busy place, good food
By samw_bc of False Creek, Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

I've been here several times now for lunch and dinner and even had delivery. On every visit, the restaurant was fully occupied with no empty tables. This place is busy. On our last visit for lunch, by the time it was 12:00, the lineups had started forming. By 12:30, the lineup was over 15+ people long.

For lunch, the portions are decent size from the lemon chicken to the green beans. You can't go wrong with the Shanghai juicy dumplings. The roti was excellent. For dinner, we've tried almost half the menu and everything was excellent from the Meat Stuffed Pastry to the House Special Fried Rice to the Honey Prawn.

On the down side, the food was very slow to arrive each time we were there; maybe over 30-40 minutes. On one occasion, the server asked us if we were finished eating when in fact only 1 out of our 4 dishes had even arrived. Note to the establishment: if you would like a faster turnover rate, you need to get more chefs and/or a bigger kitchen so that people don't need to wait 40 mins for their food and you will have more turnover.

On the plus side, on our last visit, I noticed a patron had taken a table up without ordering for 30 mins while he waited for his friend to arrive. Meanwhile, the lineup outside was very long. To my surprise, no one pressured the person holding up the table for 30 minutes to order (which wouldn't have been unreasonable to do). Depending on your point of view, this could be a positive (unless you are one of the customers waiting outside for 30 min for a table). All said, the service wasn't bad but it wasn't stellar due mostly to the slowness of getting the food to us. The servers in generally are always running around but for the most part are decent. I would rate service 3.5.

Ambiance isn't very good. We often felt like sardines as there are lot of people squished in a small space and sometimes bumping into our chairs. The room isn't well decorated; the tables and chairs are very minimalist.

Despite the long lineups and slow service, people keep coming back in numbers. There is a simple reason; the food is great (as it certainly isn't because of the ambiance or fast service). I have no doubt that if they moved to a bigger location with a bigger kitchen and more staff, they would do even better. We will go back. We just have to make sure that we get there really early.

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Solid Lunch spot
By theschuay86 of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

Went there for lunch. I always walked by this place since it is so close to my office. It is hard to notice because it is crammed up beside a few stores.

The food is solid, no complaints, but no recommendations. The lunch specials are a good deal. $7.50 for a dish, soup, and rice. Not sure about dinner.

The service is bad. The waiters are nice and friendly, no problem with them. More of a problem that there were not enough waiters. Took forever to order and to get the bill. They were running around too.
Don't cheap out on staff!

Ambiance is nothing special, but better than a lot of Chinese restaurants I've been to.

I'll put this as my top Chinese lunch option. It is close to work and better than any other Chinese restaurants in the area that I've been to.

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Best Shanghainese Dim Sum Ever
By imajang of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 11:11am [Dine in]

I must admit this is one of the best Shanghainese Dim Sum restaurants that I have been to. Absolutely love the Shao Loong Bao, the skin is thin and the filling is very juicy and not too salty. They have a Lucky Family Hot Pot which is a great description for Chinese comfort food - delicious (must be shared by at least 6-8 people). Another must try is the Beijing Style Meatcake a favourite for the kids. The value is excellent and the food beats out The Shanghai River Restaurant in Richmond, however the service and ambiance does not of course because after all this is a more of a neighbourhood restaurant.
They need more help in the dining area - the 3 servers are just worked way too hard. Great place for the food and value - do not come if you are on a strict time schedule or if you are looking for ambiance. The Chinese pastry chef makes the Dim Sum fresh at the corner station in the back. I would recommend this restaurant most definitely for the food.

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great food, great prices
By breakyguy of kits vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 26, 2010 - 6:29pm [Dine in]

probably the best chinese food ive had in a long long time, we had the deluxe wor wonton soup , only $10 or so... amazing, ginger beef amazing, everything we had was great. atmosphere is completely lacking but thats part of the charm i guess. service is great, they make you feel like family and smile even though i was the only non chinese person in there.
definitely on our fav spots list now and the perfect standby to "we're hungry, lets go somwhere good"

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Meh - Not for Everyone
By localgurl of Metrotown, Burnaby (24 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

I read a great review and heard good things about Lin's Chinese Cuisince so we ventured out for a meal. We were expecting more than just standard mediocre Hong Kong style food. Prices were high and portions were small. With so many asian restaurants in town, they got competition. Service was friendly but not attentive. Overall so so.

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A Round of XLB for my Friends!
By artfuldodger of False Creek, Vancouver (30 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 5, 2009 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

I had no choice but to dine here after reading reviews in both the Courier AND the Georgia Straight, raving about the dumplings. Based in the space which used to house the dearly departed Galing Galing Philippine restaurant, on the corner of Granville and Broadway, Lin's is pretty blah from the outside. In fact, before I had read the reviews in the aforementioned publications, I dismissed Lin's because of it's bland and tacky facade. Don't let the inkjet-printed images of featured entrees taped up to the front windows of this hole in the wall deter you from giving it a try and basking in the culinary joy that is XLB.

Xiao long bao, or juicy dumplings, or Shanghai dumplings, are made with a combination of diced meats and gelatin, which is usually derived from a broth made from duck, chicken and pork. The dumplings are usually prepared just prior to steaming, and during the steaming process the gelatin preparation melts and creates a warming broth inside of the little dumpling. The XLB at Lin's are friggin' sweet (not literally, but colloquially). I recommend consuming them in this order: pop, suck, bite, chew. Do not jump forward to the third step in my complex procedure or you may not be able to use your scalded tongue for a few days.

My crew ordered 8 dishes at Lin's, including the house noodles, the spicy tofu and eggplant, and the lettuce wraps, but nothing compared to the flavour and texture of those kickass little XLBs.

This joint is cheap, central and unassuming. Believe the hype.

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Loved with first visit
By GoodLooking of North Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 19, 2011 - 11:02pm [Dine in]

I was little worried when I logged on and check review. Since my daughter decided to have her birthday here, we went along. Store front was little disappointing, like multi business entrance.
Table settings are tight. (therefor low point "amblance" and 4 for the service).
We were 11 of us, and three of them are children. One of them, 3 years old was birthday boy too. We all enjoyed food. Very tasty, served fair timing in spite very busy. Servers were very well trained and willing to bend backwards. For instance, we brought our own cake, and they gave us plate without asking, The bill was more than reasonable. We have been many Chinese Restaurant but this must be the best value to dollar for the quality of the food.

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Really Good Chinese Food
By gymnasium of South Surrey (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 3:55pm [Delivery]

My sister often eats-in here but this night we ordered delivery. We ordered special chow mein, ginger beef, shechwan chicken, and wonton in spicy peanut and garlic sauce. Everything was delicious and looked and tasted like it was made from scratch. The two spicy dishes were actually spicy! yay! We'll definitley eat here again.

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Typical Chinese restaurant
By ShellyA of vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

I've been there a few times and I've never been disappointed with their food. It's a litle pricey for what you can get elsewhere, by like a dollar or something, but it's on broadway/granville area so everything's alittle more pricey. The waiters/waitresses are always friendly and I never have to wait too long for my food. I've never tried their bubbletea but usually I'd go to an actually bbt place for drinks like that. Highly recommend trying at least once, I usually go there if I crave chinese food in that area.

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Raw Meatballs and Burnt Duck
By pancakes225 of vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

I ordered takeout from here: the Chinese Meat Balls (Lion's Head Meatballs), the Smoked Tea Duck and the Veggies and Tofu Hot Pot. The first two are lauded on the restaurant's website as a chef's speciality.

Sadly, the food was very bad. The meatballs were raw and the duck was burnt to a crisp. I didn't find out until I opened the packages. When you've paid $10 for raw meatballs and $15 for half of a burnt duck, well you can see why the value rating is poor. Not only that, the duck was incredibly salty and we had to throw it away as it was dry and inedible.

This was a truly disappointing experience. I had gone here for lunch and the food was decent but this takeout experience was horrific. Absolutely horrific.

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Worst Chinese food we have ever had in Vancouver
By vnewitt of kitsilano vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 7, 2011 - 9:50pm [Take-out]

We ordered the famous "Shanghai dumplings," honey prawns, smoked duck, salt and pepper spare ribs.
The honey prawns were dipped in mayo, rather than the "chef's special creamy sauce" as advertised. The dumplings were not juicy, or resemble anything on the website. They tasted terrible with an awful texture and appear to have been bought in. The tea smoked duck was tough and very oversmoked, it was inedible, there was no tea flavour. The spare ribs, just fat and grease. We spent $75 and we are so disappointed. We saw this restaurant featured on a Vancouver food programme recently, and we have been looking forward to trying it. I wanted to drive all of the food back, we did not eat any of it and it was not cheap. Our Friday takeout night ended in beans on toast! We will stick with Bao Bei

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