3600 No. 3 Road, Richmond BC
The lavishly decorated Rainflower is one of Richmond’s biggest and busiest dim sum restaurants. It offers classic dishes as well as innovative variations, like the mixed mushroom and spinach dumpling, and is known for award-winning pastries made with durian.
Standout Dishes: Har gow (shrimp dumplings), durian pastries, sticky rice in lotus leaf.
365 Days of Dining blog post: On Rainflower Restaurant, the Feet of Mythical Creatures, and a Second Taste of Durian
#102 - 4940 No 3 Rd, Richmond BC
This is the go-to dim sum restaurant for many Richmond residents, and a good place to start for first-timers. The staff is helpful, the room is bright and cheerful, and the menu features both traditional dishes and chef’s specialties. Go early to beat the rush.
Standout dishes: Har gow (shrimp dumplings), siu mai (pork dumplings), roasted squab, mango crepes.
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#160 - 8111 Ackroyd Road, Richmond BC
Dim sum comes from Cantonese tradition and Dinesty is Shanghainese, but no matter – in Richmond, dim sum is so popular everyone serves it, albeit with their own spin. At this modern Chinese bistro, that means an eclectic menu with helpful pictures. Be sure to try the xiao long bao, tender dumplings filled with broth.
Standout dishes: Xiao long bao (soup dumplings), green onion pancake with beef, Shanghai fried noodles.
365 Days of Dining blog post: On Dinesty and Reunions
11700 Cambie Rd, Richmond BC
This classic dim sum restaurant is one of the last to still use the traditional carts that trundle around the room as anticipation builds for the goodies they carry. They specialize in all the great dim sum standards done especially well – fresh, hot and delicious.
Standout dishes: Tofu wraps, steamed ribs with black beans, BBQ pork pastries, shrimp and scallop dumplings.
365 Days of Dining blog post: On Continental Seafood Restaurant, and the Dying Art of the Cart
#110 - 8351 Alexandra Road, Richmond BC
Big, busy and friendly, Vivacity combines traditional Cantonese-style dim sum with the celebrated imperial culinary traditions from its owners’ home in Guangdong in southern China. By all means try the more unusual dishes on the menu here.
Standout dishes: Empress Buns (sweet buns filled with BBQ pork), sautéed pea tips.
365 Days of Dining blog post: On Vivacity Restaurant, Dining with Ethan, and Being Served by Kitty
#1298 - 3779 Sexsmith Rd, Richmond, BC
Located on the second storey of a mall at Sexsmith and Cambie, this bright, busy, well-appointed restaurant serves Hong Kong-style dim sum prepared with exquisite care and attention. It’s worth trying some of the more unusual offerings here, such as steamed rice noodles with tendon strips and tripe.
Standout dishes: Pan-fried taro cakes, two mushrooms with deep-fried bean curd, rice noodle with tendon.
365 Days of Dining blog post: On Dragon View Restaurant, and the #lindseatsrichmond Video
#150 - 8888 River Road, Richmond BC
Located in the River Rock Casino complex, Sea Harbour is a gorgeous, critically acclaimed restaurant. The food is high-end Cantonese with the kind of creative twists that have led to Sea Harbour taking home more Chinese Restaurant Awards than any other eatery in town.
Standout dishes: Siu mai (pork dumplings), BBQ pork pastries, radish cakes in XO sauce.
365 Days of Dining blog post: On Sea Harbour Restaurant and Playing Hostess
#3580 - 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond BC (inside Aberdeen Centre)
This elegant but always busy Cantonese-style restaurant is renowned for its enormous dim sum selection, so don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions. It’s popular among the well-heeled business crowd, and offers exceptional seafood and some of the best dumplings in Richmond.
Standout dishes: Shrimp and spinach dumplings, deep-fried taro cakes, deep-fried squid with chili salt, egg tarts.
365 Days of Dining blog post: On Fisherman's Terrace and Tongues
#200 - 5951 No. 3 Road, Richmond BC
This extremely popular restaurant is among Richmond’s higher end dim sum eateries. The food is exceptional – the kitchen has a delicate hand with dumplings and noodles, and everything is as fresh as can be.
Standout dishes: Baked BBQ pork buns, lotus root and pork pancakes, baked tapioca pudding.
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#1150 - 4380 No. 3 Road, Richmond BC
Ningbo is a hidden gem, a Shanghainese-style restaurant with some interesting variations. Everything here is freshly made and flavourful, and the dim sum choices are refreshingly different.
Standout dishes: Salt and pepper fava beans, shrimp skin with parsley, pan-fried crab buns.
365 Days of Dining blog post: On Ningbo, and Pi(e) Day, 2013