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Red Star Seafood Restaurant

8298 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6P4Z4
Tel: (604) 261-8389
Fax: (604) 261-7877
Neighbourhood: Marpole
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Dim sum
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Red Star Seafood Restaurant offers diners the best of choices in all categories. Using the freshest of ingredients, a talented kitchen staff prepares classical Asian soups, congees, meat, seafood and vegetable dishes, as well as some Japanese and Korean favourites, with a West Coast touch. Red Star truly has something for everyone, all presented with impeccable service in a bright, lively and inviting atmosphere. Its daily dim sum, the famous traditional ‘small-plates’ lunch of China, is a feast of flavour, sound and colour, as diners enjoy items old and new, with seasonal treats, in a bustling, vibrant atmosphere.

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Great Dim Sum outshines old-fashioned feel
By FoodMan99 of Surrey , B.C. (66 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

I've been here a couple times now for Dim Sum and the food is great. They give you a fairly large menu with plenty of selection, and have delicious little dessert items, if you choose. One item they do particularly well is prawns. Service-wise, they are quick, fairly polite and bring food and clear away dishes promptly. There isn't a lot of friendliness as they set about the task at hand, but they're still very courteous at Red Star.

The one problem (it isn't a dealbreaker or anything) with Red Star is ambiance. The place feels so old-fashioned, and believe me, has the crowd to go with that. Most are 45-50+ years old, with few other young diners inside. Again, not a big deal, but at least you'll know the crowd and atmosphere before going.

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liked the food, but...
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were guests of her mother's friend's family (it is a complicated relationship) and the hosts took us to RS. The restaurant itself is typical banquet Chinese. In fact there was a wedding banquet occupying 1/4 of the restaurant. The place was decently decorated, but could be cleaner. The w/c was rather nasty, as is expected in this type of place.

Service was brisk, and the waiters seemed to have no problem bumping diners out of the way to slam down plates or to clean up between courses. No courtesy, but machine-like efficiency. The best part of the meal was the food. We had the usual lucky dishes, including springrolls with fruit and shrimp inside, cold meats and jellyfish appetizer, crabs in cream sauce, fried rice in lotus leaf, roasted chicken, mushrooms and Shanghai bok choi, prawns with more mushrooms, cod with smoked ham, and a few other things. All the food was top notch. Unfortunately all the other elements of the experience fell short of optimum. As for value, it was too expensive for what we got, but luckily it wasn't my turn to buy :)

In summary: The food was quite good. The rest of the experience less so.

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One of the better Chinese restaurants
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (112 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 24, 2006 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here twice recently, having both dim sum and "regular meal" dishes. Everything was delicious, with the roast duck (one of their specialties here) particularly outstanding, in fact second to none. Decor is largely the same as when this restaurant was under the previous ownership, and that means it is very decent. Service was up to expectation. I recommend this place.

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Solid all around.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 4:49am [Dine in]

Good variety for dimsum. The dessert items were more interesting than the regular stuff. The pan fried soy sauce rice rolls were awfully drenched in oil & seemingly just dipped in a bowl of soy to serve up. Couldn't eat more than the initial bite. The congee was to watery. The almond soup dessert was not prepped very well as the egg whites that should have been stirred in / blended nicely was actually in cooked clumps inside so it didn't act as a smoothening agent for the dessert. The steamed shrimp & pork dumplings were very shrimpy but lacking in mushroom & porkiness, but still alright--can't complain too much since normally, shrimp would be valued greater than "cheap" pork by most ppl. The other dimsum items were alright.

I will return for dimsum for the variety but not in a hurry to do so as the items are all a hit & miss. But it's at least a decent option for times when we don't want to cross over to Richmond. Another plus is the plentiful free parking whether it be on the street or underground. They did seem awfully busy so booking in advance is recommended though you'll still have to wait when you get there even with a reservation.

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Recommendable Restaurant
By lesmark of burnaby (72 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 17, 2009 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

Surprisingly this restaurant was recommended by a friend from out of the province. I decided to finally try and it met the standard which I expected based on my friend's recommendation.

We ordered fish which was on the pricier end compared to other 'better value/less service' Chinese restaurants. The fish however was very good although somewhat pricey at $60.

The rest of the dinner was very good and service was indeed very outstanding compared to other Chinese restaurants with 'better value/less service'. I noticed that the dinner plates used were relatively nice as well. The washrooms were clean.

We did not need a reservation and walked in soon after the restaurant opened for dinner.

I would recommend this restaurant.

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Great chinese place
By jennko of Vancouver (86 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

I always come here for dimsum with my family or my bf. The food here is pretty good the quality is better compared to many other dimsum places but it's nothing special. For example, their "har gao" uses a lot of shrimp and no pork (at least no pork cutlet, only shrimps). The dinner in here is pretty good, I had the lobster before and it was cooked nicely. For sure I would come here again, it's a hangout place for my aunties. :-D

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Good Asian cuisine all around.
By Vancouver_foodlover of Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

One of the better places to have dim sum or dinner. Price is reasonable. Decor is above average. Location is fairly central with easy of finding parking.

Employees there were friendly and service was prompt.

It is an alternative to Kirin and definitely a must try for people who like to eat Dim sum.

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A Safe Choice for Dim Sum
By Gidge of Vancouver (93 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 11:56am [Dine in]

Context: Been here about 10 times for weekday dim sum with co-workers, a mix of both Chinese and Caucasian. Make reservations every time because they do fill up by 12pm. People must not work in Marpole...

Food: consistently well prepared, quick and fresh. No push carts here, everything is ordered off a menu card. Har gows are well made and of a decent size. Standard dim sum fare plus a few different items like almond covered shrimp balls or fish maw and shrimp puree (very good). $4.75 for large; $3.95 medium; & $3.25 small. Pricing is a little on the high side, but worth it for the quality and fair sizing.

Service: consistently attentive, quick and professional. For a Chinese restaurant, I have to commend them for honouring our reservations every time, sometimes taking priority over their regulars. We rarely need to wait for more than 10 minutes and we're usually seated in our usual spots. Within minutes, tea is offered and food normally comes out within 10 minutes of placing an order. Empties are quickly cleared and tea is always refilled without repeat requests. All staff (captains, servers, bussers, hostesses) have been very efficient and they don't give you the dirty eye when splitting between several credit/debit cards.

Ambience: The decor is very nice, with chandeliers, comfortable chairs and real table cloths. Depending on where you sit it could be a bit cramped and noisy, but we've been very lucky as they've seated us in corners. Good mix of clientele: HK ladies doing lunch, seniors, work lunches, and some (few) non-Asians. Not sure how it'll look on weekend brunches though.

Overall: Safe choice for good dim sum to take out non-Chinese friends, in-laws, out of town guests and work mates.

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Good dim sum
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 15, 2007 - 8:40am [Dine in]

Good dim sum with good quality and freshly made dishes. Congee is a bit bland as expected a bit more from this slightly up scale restaurant. Busy during weekend lunch which is a good sign. A bit on the pricey side for the basic food items but with no competition nearby, they can get away with it.

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A definite cut above
By royalsam of burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 5, 2010 - 11:42am [Dine in]

I've tried so many dim sum restaurants in the lower mainland and, as with everything else, you get what you pay for. The decor is pleasant. Tea was brought right away with hot sauce, mustard, etc. already on the table. Water was brought quickly when asked for and refilled without asking. Had three dishes, har gow, beef balls, and tofu stuffed with fish. All were brought surprisingly fast and at the same time, steaming hot. All were outstanding with the har gow just maybe being the best ever. The issue is price point. The har gow was $5.25 and the other 2 dishes $4.50 or so, more to far more than average. With tax and tip you're looking at about $18. To me it was worth it for the few $s more. It just won't be an everyday thing.

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One of my favourites
By vancouveritefoodie of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

Been here a few times for dinner and the service has been consistently good each time. However when it gets packed, you see less of the waiters when you need them.

The quality of the food is good, so I haven't minded paying a bit more for the dishes. The portions are decent and we have always had left over food at the end of the meal.

Some nitpiks:
- limited selection of beer
- Peking duck: the slices were very heavy with chunks of meat still on the skin (better with just crispy skin) and this with the layers of fat still on make it a heavy dish.

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Bad Service - no used for reservation
By Karensong of Kitsilano, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 4:05pm [Dine in]

We had our terrible lunch at red star last saturday. I called two days before we arrived. I have told the lady on the phone that we have a baby and I beg her to arrange a window seat for my baby. She replied me nicely over the phone and she said will try. When we arrive at 12:00 pm, I told Cathy the lady in front that we have made a reservation. Her mean attitude saying that we will be next. But after 30 minutes of waiting and seeing her bringing in her friends or well known guest, I asked her what happened. She was very bad saying to me that even you make reservation, you need to wait. After 45 minutes waiting, I asked her again. She said she is bringing the guest by her list. It is so funny that I can see some guest did not provide their names but get in directly to the table. I wait for 60 minutes before I can sit down in front of the kitchen. This resturant had a very bad service and manner. I strongly will not recommend anyone to go.

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Good food, bad service
By bart_weisser of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 12:08am [Dine in]

We went to Red Star (on Granville) about an hour before closing. We were told by the lady in front they were still taking customers. The food was great. I never knew that Fried Rice could taste so good!

HOWEVER, every minute or so, the wait staff would come to us and told us to hurry up, though there were still some people dining. One of them even threw the bill at us and expected us to pay on the spot. To add insult to injury, someone came by and reminded us to include gratuity when paying.

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Not Cheap but still great value
By Nighthawk of Delta [Ladner] (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 11:11am [Dine in]

The quality is excellent but you pay for it. So what what else is new? But while the cost of the dishes cannot be considered trifling, the size of each dim sum is huge. In fact, where I would generally require two servings of Ha Gow [shrimp dumplings] to satisfy me.... one sufficed at Red Star. The decor is very up-scale and the location [South Granville] as a lot to offer. If you only want to sample a few dishes, you will find both the quality and value to your liking.

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Dim Sum heaven
By shellyBjolly of Vancity (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 7, 2009 - 3:10am [Dine in]

yes.. I come here for the dim sum as many do.. I haven't had dinner here but it's my go to. Massive restaurant so even on busier days you shouldn't have to wait long at all as I did this last Sunday.

More expensive than the richmond ones but the quality is top notch.

Easy to order system and fast service. Been almost a dozen times and this will be my favorite for now.

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Outstanding Dim Sum! A great experience overall!
By Satirical of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

Summary: If you fancy yourself some dim sum, you owe it to yourself to give Red Star a try. This is one of those restaurants where money should not be an object, and you should go to at least once in your lifetime. It's on par with Kirin in terms of food quality. I don't want to be broken record here, but the dim sum in this restaurant transcends beyond virtually every Chinese restaurant I've been to. There is almost no comparison.

Food: Can not really taste the msg, so that's definitely a plus. This restaurant is extremely creative and the sheer variety of dim sum of offered is outstanding. Huge portions, but this is one instance where taste does not suffer in favour of size. Har Gow are so tasty and massive. Loved their spring rolls loaded with huge prawns. The only thing that was not any special was the Chicken salad with jellyfish and crispy wonton wrapper. But overall, the dim sum here was truly something special.

Service: Admittedly, service was almost non-existent, though that is to be expected. This restaurant does not pull the carts, so you order off menus. Service was friendly, efficient and quick, and they refilled the teapot at regular intervals. Again, nothing truly outstanding.

Value: Slightly pricey. But the difference between this restaurant and other Chinese restaurants is like night and day, so you get a lot of bang for your buck. The sheer variety of things you can order, the wonderfully tasty dishes, and the class of this restaurant is worth every penny. If you can afford to pull those purse strings without any guilt or remorse, than this restaurant will satisfy you for certain.

Ambiance: This place feels and looks nicer than the majority of other typical Chinese restaurants. But still no Kirin. Have to dock off a point for not being spacious enough. Tables are big though, so 9-10 people aren't crammed in one table, and thus, can eat comfortably. This place is really clean and they put chopsticks on a nice chopstick rest. There is a television set in the waiting area because this place is always so crowded most obviously around noon.

Overall, this place is a nice change if you feel you deserve to be pampered. You will enjoy every minute of dining in Red Star, and even if the service and value do not fully justify the high prices, the food more than makes up for this.

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WAY TO MUCH MSG
By mikiyummy of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

I went there for dim sum. Very busy spot with a lot of people. Dim Sum had way too much msg for my taste and way too much fat. Though pletny of people seemed happy.

Staff was fast and efficient most of the time. Though the waiter did run off with my credit card for about 15 minutes before returning it to me after forgetting about our bill.

Food came fast...and there was a large variety of dim sum.

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great food
By abcd1 of burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

I have been here a few times and love the food. It would be nice if they had a bit more variety on the menu but as far as what they do have on the menu is concerned, It is very good! The birds they have hanging in the window are a bit pricey but excellent, this place is definately in my top 5 dim sums in the lower mainland

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Great place for Dim Sum
By hellien of Marpole, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

The dim sum at Red Star is excellent. There do not use carts, so the food is always fresh and they use high quality ingredients. The seafood (e.g. prawns) they use are particularly fresh and yummy. I really enjoyed the steamed buns (bbq and chicken/vegetable). The staff were friendly and efficient. I will definitely be going back soon!

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