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“Great dinner”

Kirin Chinese Restaurant
Ranked #206 of 726 Restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

Friendly service, nothing too much trouble. Superb authentic food - at a great price. 4 of us, old friends, all were extremely hungry and managed to really over-order but we all left very happy and satisfied. Would go again to try the other half of the menu!

Thank SallyC890
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

This is located in a great neighborhood on Solano. A very clean restaurant with excellent staff and food that is made for the Gods. Have the Kirin Beef, the garlic noodles and the dumplings. With the addition of a full bar, the experience is unbeatable. Food so good, eating in or take out.

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Thank Raphael823
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

Solano Avenue in Berkeley is well known for its endless row of better-than-average restaurants and Kirin is among the best of them.

Years in NYC and SF have made me very picky about Chinese restaurants and Kirin tops my list SF Bay Area list for the quality, variety and the value of its menu.

Spicy Hunan and Szechuan dishes provide ample heat and definitely order the Pudong fried rice. There's now a full bar (though Tsing Tao beer makes the most sense for an alcohol accompaniment). They also have an extensive list of teas available.

Do know that, when crowded, it is quite noisy.

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Thank FlatbushFlyer
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

Kirin's is a very friendly place where you can watch your food being prepared. They have a full bar also. The staff is friendly and attentive.

I do not live here, but am in the Bay Area quite ofter. I always make it a point to stop and eat here. I have been coming for over 20 years now, and plan to keep coming for another 20 years.

I hope you enjoy your visit to Kirin's.

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Thank zip98221
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

On our second visit to this restaurant, grandpa paid the bill without passing inspection by grandma. Horrors! They charged us the 18% gratuity for a party of 6 or more. There were 3 children in our party of 7. Grandma would have protested the bill had she known they counted the children in the "party of 6 or more."

For heaven's sake --- the lazy susan on the round table enabled us to serve ourselves! *Chinese style* The waitperson only had to take the order, set the plates and cutlery, and bring water. No tea. Simple. No great demands. The children were quite efficient [12,10, 8 ]; the place was not yet busy for a Saturday night; we were alone in the back room; our receipt was time-stamped 6:26 PM.

The food wasn't so great either. Most dishes were salty and soggy. We shared a moo-shoo dish (skimpy on the pancakes); cashew chicken; eggplant, and others. With tax and gratuity: $80.62.
~Too expensive for grandma's taste considering all factors, and she has been to China!
When son-in-law recommends it next time, it will be rejected as not worth it.

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Thank BossTweed
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