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Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant

#389 of 2,880 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
As featured in It Is A Wonderul CITY !
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4989 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5P 3T7, Canada
+1 604-321-6862
09:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Vancouver, BC
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78 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friends took us to Western Lake as it is a bit across town for us and we had not tried it before. As has been noted, it is certainly popular and even though they had arrived at 0930 on a Saturday morning we had a bit of a wait (not excessive). The tables are fairly closely packed and the atmosphere... More 

Thank JandVVancouver_BC
Vancouver, Canada
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785 reviews
340 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 346 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While really looking forward to trying the dim sum here have to say we were quite disappointed as the food was only average at best. We went with friends and tried 6 or 7 different things so we should have hit some good things - sadly not. Everything was just average or poor. Even the BBQ pork buns were a... More 

Thank Linda S
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73 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Arguably the best Dim Sum place in Vancouver. Super fresh ingredients. Carefully put together and easy on cornstarch. Better to go with 6 or 8 people so you can taste many different dishes. The dinner menus are seafood-driven. Alaska king crab menus are to die for. The place is always packed and the chef is the king of the neighbourhood.... More 

Thank neogeoMarc
Richmond, Canada
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1,101 reviews
967 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Our friends who lives in the neighborhood invited us to enjoy dim sum at the Western Lake because we haven't broken bread together for a few months. The dim sum offerings were as delightful as I remembered and arrived piping hot in a timely fashion. The service was also up to par.

Thank Renegade225
Melbourne, Australia
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

The dim sum was great! We arrived early, about 10:30 am and it was obvious when we left, why that was such a good idea......lines of people waiting for tables! Food was fresh and service was very fast and friendly!

Thank Felicity H
Burnaby, Canada
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Unpretentious small restaurant on Victoria Dr.with great dim sum and dinner. Definitely a favorite with locals as they're extremely busy all day even weekdays. Downside is that the service isn't the best and I felt the pressure to leave soon after finishing eating because of the lineups. Having said that the fantastic food keeps me coming back!

Thank taw0ng
Vancouver, Canada
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131 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Brought visitors from Australia here for dinner on a Monday night. Good thing we made reservations on a Monday night as it was packed with locals. We order the set menu for 6 at $168 that was mainly seafood dishes. One of our visitors is a Chinese chef in Brisbane and he was impressed with the quality of the seafood... More 

Thank Melanie E
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68 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Thisbis hands down the best Chinese restaurant in town but be prepared to wait even with reservations. This restaurant always has line ups especially during peak times. Great dim sum and excellent dinner, good size portions. It's not your high end Chinese seafood restaurant but it's your perfect round table dinners. We always order crab and I love their baked... More 

Thank sramzan
Toronto, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Pretty brutal at basic seating and organization. Rude rude rude and as an out of towner, I would not come back here again. It's disappointing because it simply perpetuates negative stereotypes that are not applicable to all, but when it happens, is frustrating.

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WesternLake, Public Relations Manager at Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for coming to Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant. We appreciate your feedback. I am glad you appreciated our food. Please allow me to offer my apologies for your disappointing experience regarding seating arrangement. Sometimes our restaurant could be very busy. The line up could be long. We try our best to offer a positive... More 

Vancouver BC Canada
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Victoria & 34, make reservations, go early or after rush. Fantastic crab prawns fish and sticky rice ( not dim sum style ) for the dinner menu, als recommend their pei pah tofu which is stuffed with fish paste and chinese sausages, absolutely delish. Portions bigger than expected, the honey walnut prawns another great dish. Tight squeeze between next table... More 

Thank JEAN L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Seafood, Asian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4989 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5P 3T7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver
  • Phone Number: +1 604-321-6862

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?