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New Town
0.4 miles from Princes Street Gardens
About
At ‘Kweilin Cantonese Restaurant’, we serve a selection of Cantonese dishes that uses the finest local produce, with an emphasis on showcasing Scotland’s great, variety of fresh seafood. Since opening our doors in 1984 we have continued to build upon our reputation for serving exquisite and authentic Chinese food.We always aim to please our customers, striving to ensure that we provide a relaxed and enjoyable dining experience for every occasion. Should you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff who would be glad to assist.
PRICE RANGE
£16 - £24
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Chinese, Asian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Another visit to this excellent restaurant and the usual delicious food and incredibly attentive Staff were evident. So highly recommended.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 12 January 2024 via mobile

So pleased to be reacquainted with this super establishment. Top quality ingredients used and the enthusiastic and welcoming Staff ensure a most enjoyable evening. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 12 January 2024

Another really lovely lunch at the Kweilin. Fantastic value; tasty and well presented food; excellent service (despite being busy) and only 5 mins from the east end of George Street. Would thoroughly recommend.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 20 December 2023

Never like it if I feel it's all about the sale. When I order a glass of tap water it felt like the waitress was disapproving and sort of irritated. Then I was told I couldn't leave a tip on my card! It had to...be cash only. Food was good though.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 7 December 2023 via mobile

Have just returned from Kweilin Chinese Restaurant after a super meal with friends. An excellent choice of dishes, All beautifully prepared and served by friendly and enthusiastic Staff. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 9 October 2023 via mobile

It has been a good few years since my Wife and I dined in the Kweilin and we have to say that we thoroughly enjoyed the food and the service, which was very friendly indeed. We really enjoyed our night out, thank you very much...indeed.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 23 September 2023 via mobile

I can’t understand why this place ever gets negative reviews, it’s absolutely excellent! Last night we ordered several different starters and mains, everything was fresh and packed with flavour. Staff were so friendly and helpful. Loved it!!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 6 August 2023

The food is of very poor standard. I was here with my friends for a 40th birthday dinner. We ordered the chicken satay and bbq spare ribs to start. The ribs were awful, hardly any meat on them and bland. The chicken satay was tasteless..., no hint of peanut taste, just really bland. We then had Cantonese special chowmein with crispy noodles . Firstly the dish was tasteless, there was a very thin layer of different meats on top and the rest was just noodles with no flavour. The beefsteak in pepper sauce was just ok. We will not be returningMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 15 April 2023

Having seen two poor reviews on Tripadvisor this year, I was nearly put off going to the Kweilin last night. (I come up to Edinburgh three or four times a year and always go there when I am here). I am delighted to say that...the restaurant was busy and there was no change in the quality of the food, or the friendliness and attentiveness of the staff. Well done Kweilin, keep up the good work!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 22 March 2023

First, the good bits, the food was good and the place has been decorated. The bad bits were that the service was unfriendly, no smile, no customer service chat. When we received our lagers, they were practically thrown into the glass. My glass was chipped...and the lady who took it away was very pleasant, but after 5 minutes I was still waiting to have it replaced and they had forgotten obviously. We’ve been going there for years but will give it a miss for a while. The restaurant has to understand that poor service will lose customers.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 25 February 2023

My wife and I have been coming to the kweilin twice a month for years and it has always been excellent. Our visit on 24th Feb 2023 was far from excellent. We always chose from the set menu so are very familiar with how the...food should look and taste. What was presented to us this time was very disappointing. Each main dish looked quite different from how they usually look. The portion size was smaller and there was a lot of oil on the plates. The beef in the beef and black bean was inedible. The pieces of beef were thick and I couldn't bite through despite giving it 3 or4 tries. The flavour of each dish was also disappointing. We asked a member of staff if there was a different chef in the kitchen which she confirmed. We shared with her our disappointment with the meal and she did offer to provide replacement dishes but we refused the offer. My wife and I felt that the same chef was unlikely to produce a significantly higher standard than was done previously. When we suggested that the restaurant might consider taking something off the bill we were told that only the manager could do this and he wasn't available so we were obliged to pay the full price for a substandard meal. I accepted that the staff weren't empowered to make even a modest adjustment to the bill so left my contact details and asked that the manager contact me to discuss the issue. The manager failed to get in touch. As long standing customers it is sad that the management didn't attempt to deal with our dissatisfaction and keep our custom. Obviously the customer isn't king at the Kweilin. Sadly we won't be back.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 11 February 2023 via mobile

We only had our starters and got toled to leave! We ordered hargau dimsums and they came really thick and tasteless and the chicken satay was really bland i toled the waiter and the manager came and said no one complains who comes and we...were the only ones who was in there lol place was empty and the guy said just leave I’m sure if they served good food they would have a lot more custom.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 6 August 2022

Arranged to meet with family and friends for a re-union dinner. Very friendly staff who are most helpful, quiet location at table in the back, all dishes ordered very good and quick to arrive, decor has changed and is much brighter now and makes for...a very pleasant evening. Need to book as busy even on a Thursday evening. Good to order in advance if want Chinese roasts - duck, pork, chicken - freshly prepared.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 31 July 2022

It’s surprisingly difficult to find good Chinese food in Edinburgh, this place is one of the best we’ve found. It’s never super busy so you I’d only book if you’re a bigger group or going at the weekend. The service is always fast, even when...it’s busier. Most of the dishes we’ve tried have been great, we’ve only had one that wasn’t was the aubergine in back bean sauce. I particularly like the egg fried rice, it goes perfectly with any main dish. The portions are generous so I’d suggest getting a few things to share. They give you a platter to keep the plates warm. You can also pick up a takeaway bit I definitely recommend eating in for the best experience.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 13 June 2022

We’ve been dining here for many years and we are never disappointed. The staff are very welcoming and efficient, and the restaurant is pristine. The dishes are well presented and delicious. Lunch is better value than dinner, but we still feel it’s worth the price,...and there are cheaper and dearer options on the menu. Always good to see a mix of ages dining here. This restaurant is just a few mins walk from George Street, but offers a relaxing experience.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Kweilin Cantonese Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4