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Dim sum and then some: What are the best Chinese restaurants in Ottawa?

Dim sum and then some What are the best Chinese restaurants in Ottawa

Forget the greasy takeout menus you’ve seen a million times. Ottawa’s Chinese food scene is a hidden dragon (get it?), ready to unleash a world of culinary kung fu on your taste buds. 

From dim sum delights to Sichuan spice that’ll knock your socks off (and maybe a tear or two), we’re here to navigate you through the best Chinese restaurants Ottawa offers. 

So grab your chopsticks, dust off your Mandarin greetings (Nǐ hǎo ma?), and prepare for a delicious adventure!

Bambu Restaurant

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Location: 3993 Riverside Dr., Ottawa, ON K1V 1E5, Canada

Contact: +1 613-738-8800

Pricing: $$

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Wednesday – 3:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Thursday & Sunday – 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Friday to Saturday – 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM


Bambu combines classic Chinese dishes with a touch of Japanese and Vietnamese influences. Think lemongrass chicken with a hint of ginger or flavourful Thai curries alongside your favourite Peking duck.

Oh, and the dim sum! Bambu offers it too, but ditches the traditional carts for a more streamlined menu-based system. This might take away some of the fun of dim sum browsing, but it could also be a welcome change for those who find the carts overwhelming.


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Location: 637 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 5K3, Canada

Contact: +1 613-237-7717

Pricing: $$

Opening hours:

  • Wednesday to Monday – 3:30 PM to 9:30 PM


This restaurant blends the culinary traditions of China, Vietnam, and other Asian countries, offering an exciting mix of familiar favourites and innovative dishes. 

Imagine a menu that features Cantonese classics like Crispy Beef and Cantonese-style fried Noodles alongside vibrant Vietnamese specialties and spicy Szechuan delights. That’s what you get!

Plus, with free parking available in downtown Ottawa (a precious commodity!), Mekong goes the extra mile for your convenience. 

Mandarin Restaurant 

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Location: 150 Katimavik Rd, Ottawa, ON K2L 2N2, Canada

Contact: +1 613-271-6000

Pricing: $

Opening hours:

  • Sunday to Thursday – 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Friday to Saturday – 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM


Forget portion control! Mandarin boasts a legendary all-you-can-eat buffet that’ll leave you wide-eyed (and possibly needing a nap afterwards). We’re talking over 150 dishes, from sushi and carving stations to a seemingly endless array of classic Chinese-Canadian favourites.

Don’t expect cutting-edge culinary inventions here. Mandarin focuses on tried-and-true crowd-pleasers instead –  think General Tso’s chicken that’ll knock your socks off, crispy egg rolls that vanish in seconds, and mountains of sweet and sour goodness that’ll fuel your daydreams. Comfort food, baby!

Wei’s Noodle House 

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Location: Inside REMAX Hallmark, (Downstairs) Free Parking, All Around, 610 Bronson Ave, Ottawa, ON K1S 4E6, Canada

Contact: +1 613-230-6815

Pricing: $

Opening hours:

  • Wednesday to Monday – 3:30 PM to 9:00 PM


Wei’s Noodle House is all about going beyond standard Chinese takeout – it’s a delicious mashup of Asian favourites. Think Vietnamese vermicelli bowls, Thai-inspired curries, and the comforting warmth of Chinese noodle soups. It’s perfect for those craving variety.

Wei’s might be tucked away (sometimes, great finds are!),  but its unassuming atmosphere adds to the experience. Expect a casual, cozy vibe, not a sprawling, formal restaurant.

Yangtze Restaurant

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Location: 700 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 6P6, Canada

Contact: +1 613-236-0555

Pricing: $

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Tuesday & Thursday – 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Friday – 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Saturday – 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Sunday – 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM


Since its opening in 1982, Yangtze Restaurant has been dedicated to offering exceptional Chinese cuisine focusing on fresh ingredients and elevated execution. 

Their menu boasts a delicious blend of familiar comforts and exciting new tastes perfect for satisfying both traditional cravings and adventurous taste buds.  

Weekends call for Yangtze’s dim sum, where steaming baskets filled with savoury morsels like juicy pork potstickers, plump shrimp Shui Mai, and crispy spring rolls await.  


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Location: 625 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 5K3, Canada

Contact: +1 613-233-0204

Pricing: $

Opening hours:

  • Tuesday – 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday to Sunday – 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM


Jadeland focuses on those classic Cantonese and Szechuan dishes you know and love. So, expect to see sizzling beef plates, saucy stir-fries, and crispy noodles – all done well and served in plentiful portions.

Now, what’s great about this place is that they have large tables and a bustling atmosphere that’s perfect for gathering the crew. So, whether it’s a multigenerational family dinner or a catch-up with friends, everyone will find something they love.

Hing Lung Chinese Food

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Location: 199 Dalhousie (at, St Andrew St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7C9, Canada

Contact: +1 613-241-6666

Pricing: $

Opening hours:

  • Sunday to Monday – 3:30 PM to 10:15 PM
  • Wednesday to Thursday – 3:30 PM to 10:30 PM


Hing Lung Chinese Food is your friendly neighbourhood takeout spot – the one where they might know your order after a few visits! It’s a cozy place focused on making those hearty, comforting Chinese dishes that hit the spot, especially when you’re craving delivery. 

Their Hot and Sour Soup is a classic for a reason, with a perfect balance of tangy and spicy. If you’re feeling adventurous, their Szechuan Beef packs a flavourful punch, while their Egg Rolls stay crispy even in transit.

It’s the perfect place to get a generous, tasty fix of Chinese comfort food without breaking the bank. Plus, you know you’ll have enough for lunch tomorrow!

Royal Treasure 敦煌

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Location: 774 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 6R1, Canada

Contact: +1 613-237-8827

Pricing: $

Opening hours:

  • Wednesday – 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Thursday to Saturday – 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Sunday – 11:30 AM to 8:00 PM


Royal Treasure brings a touch of elegance to Ottawa’s Chinese food scene. It’s a step above your standard takeout joint, offering authentic Cantonese and Szechuan dishes served with a side of refined ambiance. 

They’re particularly known for their seafood dishes and dim sum offerings. So, whether you’re in the mood for delicately steamed dumplings or a sizzling seafood platter, they deliver on both taste and quality.

Oriental House Restaurant

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Location: 266 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1M2, Canada

Contact: +1 613-563-2694

Pricing: $

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Thursday – 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM


Oriental House Restaurant proudly defies the typical “delivery app markup” – their in-store prices are often lower than those on online platforms! So, your quest for delicious Chinese cuisine won’t leave your wallet weeping with them. 

The menu? A flavour odyssey! Favourites here include Special Wonton Soup and Szechuan Chicken. But the truly special ingredient here is the charm of a family-owned place. So, expect warmth in the service and care in the cooking. 

Now, the question is: will Oriental House become your go-to? Well, that’s for your tastebuds to decide! (we just know it will though!)

Ben Ben Restaurant

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Location: 697 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 6P5, Canada

Contact: +1 613-238-5022

Pricing: $

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 11:30 AM to 8:00 PM


Ben Ben Restaurant is like a warm hug in the middle of Ottawa’s Chinatown. It’s got that lived-in feeling, as you’ve stepped into your favourite aunt’s kitchen where amazing smells waft from the stove. 

Plus, their menu is a love letter to classic Chinese dishes – think spring rolls with the perfect crunch, steaming bowls of noodle soup, and sizzling platters that make the whole room turn their heads. 

But the real magic here is Linda, the owner. She’s got a way of making you feel like you’re part of the family, always checking in to make sure everything’s just right. Whether you’re craving that familiar takeout taste or want to try something new like the Jumbo Shrimp with Lobster Sauce, Ben Ben delivers that comforting feeling of a home-cooked meal with an extra dose of deliciousness.

Shanghai Wonton Noodle Restaurant

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Location: 178 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5X6, Canada

Contact: +1 613-233-9900

Pricing: $

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Thursday – 11:00 AM to 8:45 PM
  • Friday – 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Saturday – 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Sunday – 11:30 AM to 8:00 PM


Shanghai Wonton Noodle Restaurant is about something other than fancy frills or extensive menus. It’s more like your favourite pair of comfy jeans: reliable, satisfying, and perfect for those times you crave something delicious without the fuss.

Imagine slurping down a bowl of springy noodles tossed in a rich sesame sauce, the perfect balance of savoury and nutty. Or picture delicate wontons, filled with juicy pork and bobbing in a steaming broth – a comforting hug in a bowl.

Plus, the prices are wallet-friendly, making it an ideal spot for a quick and satisfying lunch or a casual dinner.

Cafe Orient

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Location: 808 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 6R5, Canada

Contact: +1 613-563-2422

Pricing: $

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM


Cafe Orient has been a cornerstone of authentic Southern Chinese cuisine since 1993, focusing on Cantonese flavours by offering a delightful adventure for those seeking something beyond the usual fare.

Here’s the deal: Cafe Orient boasts a loyal following who rave about their dim sum selection – those bite-sized parcels of deliciousness that are perfect for sharing (or hoarding, we won’t judge).

Plus, they have a killer selection of Hong Kong-style milk tea, a must-try for any boba enthusiast, and a unique Yin Yang – a coffee and tea blend that’ll tantalize your taste buds. The secret? Special tea leaves imported directly from Hong Kong!

Yimin Dim Sum House

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Location: 662 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 5K4, Canada

Contact: +1 613-238-8828

Pricing: $

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM


Think of Yimin Dim Sum House less like a chaotic dim sum buffet and more like visiting a friend who happens to make amazing dumplings.

You’ll find plump shrimp peeking through the delicate wrappers of their Har Gow, sticky rice bundles packed with savoury goodness, and stir-fried noodles that somehow taste both comforting and exciting. 

The best part? The staff isn’t just handing you menus, they want to make sure you have a good time! They’ll help you pick dishes, explain the specials, and make you feel like a regular even if it’s your first visit.

Asia Garden

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Location: 886 Dynes Rd, Ottawa, ON K2C 0G9, Canada

Contact: +1 613-224-7343

Pricing: $

Opening hours:

  • Tuesday to Saturday – 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Sunday – 3:00 PM to 11:30 PM


Asia Garden Restaurant is like that time-tested Chinese takeout joint your family has ordered from for years. It might not win awards for trendy dishes, but boy, do they know how to nail those familiar favourites.

Imagine perfectly crispy egg rolls, generous mounds of sweet and sour chicken, and that comforting fried rice that always hits the spot. 

But the real secret ingredient here is the warmth. Asia Garden is a family-owned place, and you can feel that in their friendly smiles and the way they go the extra mile to make your meal a good one.