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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant

3888 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5V3P1
Tel: (604) 872-8822
Fax: (604) 876-1638
Neighbourhood: East Side

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Consistently Good Quality Food, Service, and Ambiance
By samw_bc of False Creek, Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 1:13am [Dine in]

Whenever we run out of new Asian restaurants to try, we always come back to Sun Sui Wah. I've never had a bad meal here. The food quality is top notch. Service is usually excellent. I would give the service a 4.5. Empty plates are cleared promptly. The decor is nice and the restaurant is clean. We go for the dim sum and for the dinner. The baked tapioca dessert is my favorite dessert there. Squab, cod, and lobster are my favorite dinner dishes.

This restaurant sets the bar which I use to compare other Asian restaurants against.

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Dim Sum...not as good as it used to be
By bumblebee7 of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

Sun Sui Wah "used to be" one of the top restaurants in the city but now a days with the plethora of dim sum restaurants, Sun Sui Wah has failed to maintain it's quality. Either that, or it's not kept up with the other newer and more innovative restaurants. The food quality and food portion is equal to that of a lower end dim sum restaurant yet the prices are still on the above average range. Though the service is still good, I hesitate go here again, when there are so many options out there.

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Great food, great service!
By choomama of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 6:12am [Dine in]

Whenever I think Chinese in Vancouver, I think about this restaurant, which is much better than the SSW in Richmond. They serve very tasty, fresh seafood, and high quality dim sum. We love their Crab and Fish Maw Soup and the Portuguese Seafood Rice. Their hotpots are very tasty too, like the Singing Chicken, Tofu and Fish Hotpot.

King Crab is very deliciously prepared here. However, to me, I always think that perhaps not all the claws were served to us because amount of the crab plated doesn't match with how many legs the crab has.

The servers here are extremely friendly and accommodating. Except the main hostess who have been known to be quite rude to customers. But the Alan the manager and the rest of the servers are just incredible that her behavior can be overlooked.

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Learning experience
By Caera of Main, Vancouver (30 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 4:59pm [Dine in]

Our visit to SSW was our first experience with dim sum chosen from carts. We'd had dim sum directly ordered off a menu from a few other restaurants, so we had a general idea of what to expect.

We arrived about 40 minutes to closing, which was our mistake. However, we expected they would at least have a decent amount of food left; it turns out that we were wrong. They had only four or five different savoury dishes and three desserts. We had the beef balls, mango pancake wraps, egg tarts, spicy deep-fried tofu, and BBQ pork rolls. We were surprised that they appeared to be completely out of steamed buns, no shu-mai or anything similar we had had at other places. The food in general was good, but the tofu was not freshly cooked, so it was soggy and full of oil. The mango pancakes were excellent and the egg tarts were warm and tasty.

The service was acceptable for the kind of restaurant it is, but several times they passed our table with carts and didn't offer us anything. We had to make a serious effort to flag down one of the servers to get water and our bill.

After this experience, we had initially decided that we would come back again, but early in the day to experience a better and larger variety of food; however, when we saw the bill for the small amount of food we ate, we decided not to bother coming back at all. We weren't even close to satisfied and the bill was $30. Not at all what we expected based on our previous experiences with dim sum.

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Good place for large groups
By ryyeung of Richmond (35 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 27, 2007 - 2:49pm [Dine in]

The reason this restaurant didn't get higher than a 3 overall is b/c it was a bit pricey. A Friday lunch cost our group of 10 $250 taxes and tips all in. So that is quite hefty, considering we didn't really order any special dishes.

Food: Good quality dim sum, relatively low grease factor compared to other similar restaurants. We had the black bean sauce clams, which was pretty decent. I think we set a record when we ordered nine (9) trays of shrimp dumbling. The deep fried squid was also nice b/c the batter was very fine (not thick) and seasoned just right.

Service: Nothing to brag about, they serve us the food, we eat, everyone's happy. Servers didn't smile too much, but not really concerned with that. I'm glad they didn't add the auto 15% tip that most Western restaurants do.

Ambiance: Very comfortable eating environment. The decor is modern and looks clean. They use actually table cloths, rather than the plastic covers. The lighting is bright, and make you want to eat more. That's why after $25, I'm still going to an all-you-can-eat restaurant for dinner.

But I won't definetely be back here. Maybe a little pre-eating at McD's will be good on my wallet.

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Dim Sum
By KeyWester of West End, Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 14, 2006 - 12:00pm [Dine in]

It's always fun to take out of towners to this huge noisy space that's part restaurant, part tourist attraction. Better than the Pink Pearl but it seems to have recently gone downhill. Have noticed lately that the pork buns contain more fat than in the past and that the sticky rice now has slices of what appears to be hot dog. Although there are no carts and therefore it's not as much fun, there is better quality dim sum at Shanghai Chinese Bistro on Alberni.

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excellent dim sum
By Irene of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 21, 2005 - 8:08am [Dine in]

A nice place for family gatherings on weekends. The place is already crowded and a bit noisy, so I'm sure they won't mind if you have a liitle family chat while enjoying their delectable cuisines. Their dim-sum is great and their mango roll is awesome... love it...

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awesome chinese
By mryellow of wherevergoodeatsarefound (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 31, 2005 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

i was here for a wedding reception so keep in mind i have not eaten here on a 'regular' night
food was very very good. amazing selection. i tried many dishes for the first time. overall i was very impressed.

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Not-so-spectacular Dim Sum
By dineoutburnaby of Burnaby (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 23, 2007 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

This used to one of the best dim sum restaurants in Vancouver (and one of my favourites) but the food quality has declined over the years.

Food: Party of 7 was there on a Saturday morning and we ordered all sorts of dishes (from bbq pork buns to siu mai and rice rolls), including their house special chow mein. Although the food was pretty good, there was nothing that impressed me. Also the chow mein lacked seafood 'ingredients' in it.

Service: We made reservations for 11 am, and when we arrived our table was ready for us. Waiters/waitresses were helpful and offered us quite a number of delicacies.

Ambience: A pretty big and busy restaurant. The stairwell, ceiling artwork and seafood tanks (with geoduck and king crab) always gets my attention.

Price: Worked out to $13 each which is not a bad deal, although the quality could be improved to what it used to be. (Some of you might agree!) Come to think of it, I think Continental Seafood Restaurant in Richmond (Cambie & No. 5) would be comparable (if not better).

I would recommend you this restaurant for special occasions because their service is above-average, and they have many large tables enough to accomodate your guests.

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Processed meat!
By JKH of Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 1, 2011 - 8:19pm [Dine in]

After hearing great things about Sun Sui Wah for years, I finally went here - what a disappointment! The food was mediocre at best. Our vegie dish was OK (mushrooms with vegetables turned out to be mushrooms with boy choy - maybe it should be called mushrooms with one vegetable!) but nothing exciting. The fried rice with prawn and shredded chicken was strange; it came in a half cream, half tomato-based sauce; wish the menu had said so! A bit bland and mushy. But the worst dish of all was the "boneless" chicken, which was PROCESSED! We were shocked - I can't believe a place like Sun Sui Wah would service processed chicken. But yes, they did.

The service was very good until we wanted to leave; even though there were lots of servers, we had to ask 3 times for our bill.

HUGE disappointment, I will never go back here again. Take your business to Gain Wah in Chinatown - no ambiance, but the food is great!

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Solid dim sum
By jollyg of westend (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 8, 2010 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

Came here on Friday morning, no need to fight for seating -was seated right away. Orders were taken on bubble sheet - school examination dejavu, however this made sure that food were hot and made to order. We ordered Tiquanyuan tea, it was strong, which i loved, it tasted like a quality aged tea and not like watered down yellow water at other places. We ordered 9 dishes for 2 which was more than enough. The usual fanfare were ordered: Sui ma, beef meatballs, beef rice rolls, rice rolls with Chinese doughnut,chicken feet - these were all pretty average, nothing that stood out. We also ordered beef tendon & tripe, the tendon was good, however the tripe tasted rubbery. The most unique dish was definitely the mango pancake(crepes). I don't know about anyone else but fresh cream and mangoes for breakfast is a definite plus for me.

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Sunday Brunch (Dim Sum)
By JLgirl of West Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

We made a reservation 5 days in advance for a Sunday brunch at 12noon. Arrived on time and got seated right away. I noticed a long line of guests waiting. The hostess used a microphone to announce as tables were ready. Not sure if this is a norm, but it was definitely interesting to watch.

I've been to many dim sum places, and honestly, I can't tell the difference, other than the prices. For under $15 per person (for a group of 7), we weren't super full, but content. The service was definitely top notch. No need to run after cart ladies and attempt to speak Chinese with sign language. We were given a menu with dim sum pictures and an electronic bubble sheet/2B pencil. No Chinese required. Can't wait for the day to order with iPhones. :)

The place is pretty clean for a Chinese restaurant, and wedding banquets are often held here, so I'd say it's a pretty nice restaurant for dinners as well.

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worth it
By cook_n_eat of Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 27, 2009 - 1:47pm [Dine in]

i came here last week for dinner with some friends and left with a great dinner experience. the squab was so good though greasy. the lobster was really fresh. its sauce tasted just okay actually, but its meat was perfectly cooked. the other dishes were tasty and satisfying. we ordered so much food that we were all full and i was afraid that we would spend around $200. but when the bill came, i realized it was only around $100. service was good. they changed our dirty plates often. i might wanna go back to try their other menu.

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Okay for the price
By valueseeker of Marpole, Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

Went there today with the parents and the inlaws to celebrate an early mother's day. The food quality are above average but so was the prices. The squab was fairly good, but the congee is better at Ho Yuen Kee on Fraser. The service isn't as good as Kirin on Cambie, but again better than your average dim sum restaurant. The table we sat on was fairly spacious, which you can't say about most other Chinese Restaurants. If they had an overall rating of 3.5 I would have rated it as such.

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dad's rating
By mem of east vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 8:18pm [Dine in]

So I said I'd rate again when my father (who only eats out for Chinese) tried this restaurant. We went 2 wks ago. He loved the food. He stated the ribs were not tough, loved the tripe, rice and everything else. He said he was full after our meal (rare).
He did state they can go a little faster (my dad eats a lot when he dines dim sum).
He wants to know when we'll go again.

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A staple in the city
By Tachikoma of East Van (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

The dimsum has gone downhill since I was a little girl, but the menu items are still quite nice. They're famous for their squab. Don't miss out on eating "pidgeon" :D. The service is what one would expect of a Chinese restaurant. Although I would suggest going to the one in Richmond instead of the one on Main St. When finding fare that has divisions in Richmond, always go to the ones in Richmond. They're guaranteed to be better.

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Don't bother with Richmond location...
By grnbastard of South Van (17 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 21, 2006 - 12:10am [Dine in]

SSW on Main St. has the best food & service. Don't bother going to the Richmond location. It's a different atmosphere and the service sucks. At the Main street location, the service is stellar and is consistent, regardless of your 'race'. You cannot find better dim sum/service here in Vancouver. The servers here at the Main street location are 'caucasian friendly' and don't discriminate. Management is way better at this location!

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Over-rated but still good
By bottomless of Arbutus Ridge, Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

Good reputation for their pigeon/quail. Dim sum is good, but overpriced for what it is. There are way better places to have dim sum, but if you prefer ladies pushing dim sum carts around and showing you what you can order, then this is the place for you my friend. This joint is popular with the non-chinese crowd for some reason. Never quite figured it out.

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The place to go when you take your parents or inlaws for Chinese
By banany of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 18, 2007 - 5:51am [Dine in]

Sun Sui Wah is a standard for visiting when relatives are in town. The food is good, particularly the seafood and quail. I've only been to the Vancouver location three times, but have visited the Richmond location many times. Overall, I don't really notice a difference except the Vancouver location is freaking loud when busy. Definitely make a reservation if you plan on dining here on the weekend. Even if you make a reservation expect to wait. Dim sum here is madness, but the food is good.

Once we went on a Monday evening and there were only two other tables so the service was really good. The way to get good service is to go with older Chinese people who will chat with the servers and then the servers will be good to you. I don't speak Chinese so I'm useless for this function.

The last time I went was when they were offering Alaskan king crab at $13/lb. It was really, really good. This was my first time having Alaskan king crab outside the Bellagio buffet, and it was delicious. My favourite course was the second one where they bring out the joints the part where the leg attaches to the body) and they were deep friend and salty! My group went crazy over the third course of rice in the crab shell. It had a cream sauce and I'm not a big fan of cream sauces so I didn't have much, but everyone else wiped it clean.

If you go, definitely try the quail. The Peking duck is good too, but I don't like how the prepare the second course of duck lettuce wrap; something tastes off. The last time I went we also ordered fresh fish, but the fish was tiny and very expensive so I wouldn't do that again. The texture was bad as it was so crumbly and difficult to eat.

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Food and Service is good, but they rush you out.
By jackal of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 4:19am [Dine in]

Family was there for Aiden's 1 month celebration. A big event, but we were told they needed 3 tables for a 8:00 pm reservation (our reservation was at 6:00 pm). We had 2 tables, also we were crammed into a small room. The main dining room had a wedding going on. If they had said they were booked with a wedding and we had a 2 hour limit, we would of booked else where. But they just tried to rush our dinner and make sure we were out in time for the next reservation. They did this previously a few weeks ago. Having dinner with another family and I looked at the time and it was like 7:10 pm. We were done dinner in about 70 min. So we will never go back there for dinner. Sun Sui Wah was our preferred restaurant, but there are other restaurants that will not rush you.

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