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Xi Shi Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver
Xi Shi Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver

Xi Shi Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://tinyurl.com/3qqvn3r
  • Phone: (604) 661-3353
  • Hours of Operation: Open from 11am to 1am everyday
    (Seasonal Patio from 11am to 11pm)

    All Day Menu - Daily
    11am to 1100pm- Innovative, inspired food selection perfect for lunch or to complement an evening cocktail

    Afernoon Tea - Daily
    11am to 5pm- Traditional Afternoon Tea,
    Saturday and Sunday - live classical piano

    Offering live entertainment 7 days a week
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Tapas / Small Plates, Afternoon Tea
  • Executive Chef: Wayne Harris
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Located on the 6th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel, surrounded by Floor-to-ceiling windows, complemented by a 2000 square foot private terrace, we offer you an intimate setting to host your corporate or social gathering.
  • Private Party Contact: Sameena Iqbal (604) 661-3332
  • Entertainment: Enjoy live music, Monday through Saturday from 5pm onwards. On Saturdays and Sundays, a classical pianist from 1:30pm to 4:30pm provides the perfect complement to afternoon tea service.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Thurlow Street
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Free parking available on Alberni Street until 9am, meter parking thereafter.
    Valet parking available through the Shangri-La Hotel off of 1137 Alberni Street, between the Coastal Church and Urban Fare. Follow the Shangri-La sign down the ramp and follow the Hotel Reception sign (daytime flat fee of $10 plus $2 per half hour parking. From 6pm onward evening flat fee rate of $16).
A word from Xi Shi Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver
Embracing our Shangri-La heritage with a modern interpretation, Xi Shi is a lounge with distinct personality that expands street-side to embrace the summer.

Enchanting cocktail waitresses wearing traditional, hand tailored cheongsams from Shanghai emulate the legendary beauty, Xi Shi, the ancient Chinese Goddess of the Lotus Blossom. The classic bartender, passionate about flavor, mixes creative cocktails to delight the palate.

During the week, Xi Shi is an ideal spot to have a casual business meeting or enjoy a relaxed lunch. On the weekends, a traditional afternoon tea set on our famous Blue Willow China is enhanced with classical piano.

In the evenings, re-energize and socialize in an intimate setting with interesting live music, innovative evening snacks and inspired cocktails.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Pros: Beautiful table setting, great service, delicious treats especially, their butter scones are to die for Cons: Piano music was really great but not so great if you want to have a conversation"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "1. The cup and saucer and the plates on the high tea tray were all in white china, while the tea pot and the plate were in pattern. It's not even a proper set. 2. Waited so long to ask for more water in my tea pot. 3. The bar chair was too high and too far way from the table, hard to get in and out. 4. The food was okay. 5. The tea filter turn black with black water coming out after using it, it was actually rusted. 6. The lychee, rose with almond tea is good. 6. Only good part was the live piano and the tea itself. Overall: For a price of $38 before tax, with the level of food quality, service, chinaware, it's not worth it to visit again. There's a lot more other places that is a lot better for a price of $38 or even lower."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My husband and I had afternoon tea at the Xi Shi Lounge for the very first time on Sunday and thought it was quite excellent overall. It was soothing to hear the piano notes waft in the air as we sipped our wonderfully aromatic tea and nibbled on the delectable delights that were beautifully presented to us on the tray. I especially enjoyed my pot of lychee, rose, and almond black tea - one of the hotel's signature teas. The only thing that fell short like many other afternoon tea venues in North America is they don't offer an unlimited number of finger sandwiches as they do in London. I highly recommend the lounge for a romantic afternoon tea experience for special occasions or for a lovely get-together with friends and family."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Our party of four was seated beside the pianist who began playing around 1pm. A beautiful selection of music. The variety of afternoon teas and delicacies was very good."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The food served was great. Limited tables available and wished the tables were further away from each other for more privacy. Enjoyed the life music though! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "A lunchtime treat of tea, a delicious variety of sandwiches and scones, and sumptuous desserts. Wonderful."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The afternoon tea at the Shangri-La would have been amazing if the service had been better. The food was wonderful, but our tea was lukewarm when it arrived at the table. When we first arrived, the waitress disappeared for 20 minutes, leaving the entire restaurant with no servers in place, and when she returned she checked in on all the tables with food/drink already before being signaled over to us. My mother was told she couldn't order a mimosa because it wasn't on the very short bar menu, and it was only when the manager appeared to help out the one waitress working and my mother attempted to order sparkling wine and orange juice separately that the waitress asked if they could make a mimosa. She was probably new, but still. Very odd."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I love this place! My friends and I were seated next to the piano player, Perry, who was absolutely amazing. He played all the songs we requested and was super friendly. We had the afternoon tea meal for $38 /pp which is pretty standard for afternoon tea. Service was very attentive and friendly as well. The food was alot better than I thought! The lobster sandwich was so warm and crusty and the scones were mouthwatering..."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great piano player, high tea had interesting dainties"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Ambiance was great. Piano player was amazing. Unfortunately, the afternoon tea was a huge letdown. They didn't have our 1st nor 2nd choice of teas so we had to settle for 3rd choice. Menu sounded promising: lobster salad on mini brioche bun, smoked meat sandwich, smoked salmon on mini bagel...but the food was disappointing and failed to deliver. Lobster salad bun was watery and lacked character, grilled cheese was wet and greasy, smoked meat was embarrassing! My 11 yr old quipped that we could serve a better afternoon tea at home for way less than the $38 or person charged here. Hugely disappointing!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I will recommend this place for their High Tea service. Great atmosphere, very polite and attentive staff. One of the best places to go"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Afternoon tea looked good with someone playing piano and had nice vibe at night with dj playing music."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I was there for the year of the horse Chinese New Year high tea promotion. The service is outstanding. It's a very small lounge and they do serve lunch. The high tea consist Chinese fusion bites. The food was okay, not very outstanding. It was a nice deal considering it is free for people who are born in the year of horse so splitting the bill costed each person around 22.5 with tax and gratuity. They had a lady playing Chinese instrument at the location but it was so loud for a small location. Very relaxing but it was hard to chit chat with loud music."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Overall experience was poor due to poor service from the Service Leader. Everything else including our waitress were fantastic. The tea list was interesting and had a large variety. The Service Leader without acknowledging us sat another group of customers at our table and expected us to leave the table without even saying a single word to us. Our waitress apologized for the Service Leader's action and relocated us to another table. Never heard anything or reason why we had to be relocated from the Service Leader. Disappointed with the service from him. Hard for me to recommend or to go back to the Xi Shi Lounge."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food quality at Year of the Horse Tea at the Xi Shi Lounge, but table set up is really a bar. Would be a better dining experience if the event was held in the Market restaurant. Sitting in bar stools is not quite the same calibre as other 'Tea" experience around town."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I went to the Shangri-La Year of the House afternoon tea. The tea was the best part of the whole experience. The food, which was Asian-inspired, was not bad. It was very filling. However, we sat near the kitchen area and it was very noisy with what sounded like things crashing and people talking loudly. It ruined the ambience. I feel like there are better places for afternoon tea."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food was subpar. Bagel and buns were dry. The only thing I enjoyed was the tea and the scones with clotted cream. They tried to make it specialized for Chinese New Year but just missed the mark."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Came to this lounge for some drinks before dinner at another restaurant. The reviews seemed pretty good so I took a chance. After we sat down, it took about 15 minutes before a server came by to ask for our order. The drinks were fair but are very expensive; more than I would pay normally for drinks. I guess that's what you get for going to a lounge at the Shangri-La. No server came by to check up on us the entire evening. Overall it felt like the restaurant was heavily understaffed for what was supposed to be a pretty busy night. I didn't feel like I got my moneys worth. However, if you want to bring a date to a trendy lounge with expensive drinks to impress her, I would recommend this place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "WOW WHAT A HIGH TEA, NOTHING TASTY , WE FELT RUSHED, THE SERVERS ARE RUDE AND SARCASTIC, IN SPECIALY THE PERSIAN GIRL WITH THE FAKE SMILE, ANYWAYS WE WILL NEVER RETURN!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "but only if they can change the seat for sofa,that will be much better."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "took my friend here for Chinese New Year High Tea to celebrate her birthday. The menu was very appealing and it met all my expectations. The service was outstanding and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that my friend's meal was complimentary as it was her birthday in the year of the Horse. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Low seating too low, high chair a bit better. Great service. Had afternoon tea, the CNY special, and the scones were good. The rest of the food was ok."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The setting was quite nice although there was no place to hang your jackets or to put your bags down. That was a little awkward, especially if you have a large number of bags. Food: the sandwiches were pretty good and the scones had a very nice crunch and texture to it. I was very disappointed in the desserts. All the dessert portions was small and the egg tart was terrible. The tart shell was very hard and there was very little custard inside. Tea: the teas all tasted quite nice and they will refill the pot with hot water. There was a small selection so not a lot of unique choices. Service was good, everyone was super friendly, attentive and helpful. It is nice overall but definitely better places in Vancouver for afternoon tea."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Walked into here on Friday afternoon to try out their new afternoon tea for the lunar new year. Was informed that they were booked full for the rest of the day (odd considering the place was half empty). Politely thanked them and left then went to find other options on Open Table. Surprise! Wide open availability for the rest of the day at Xi Shi and booked a table 15 mins later. Arrived and a different hostess sat us. Service was okay but we didn't want to be interrupted much. The male host kept giving us dirty looks throughout the meal. Perhaps our casual look was not to his liking... Afternoon tea was quite lovely with a neat Asian twist for the lunar new year. I'd come back if I wasn't treated like a 2nd class citizen again..."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The entire experience was wonderful - love the tea crockery set; service was unintrusive and friendly and they did not forget to top up our tea pots so we always had delicious hot tea."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Not a good place for afternoon tea. The urban tea is much better than here. Not recommend!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Xi Shi Lounge is our favorite place for High Tea in Vancouver. Lovely for special occasion or business lunch. Perfect ambiance, low noise so easy to talk. Love it!"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Our server Natalia was very attentive and made our celebration memorable. The quality of food was excellent, the tea selection could have been more elaborate, missing the Darjeeling and oolong , the ambience was relaxing and perfect for afternoon tea. We will certainly return."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "This is a very lovely place to go for afternoon tea. Excellent scones too!"
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "$38 for what we get in afternoon tea set, it's a bit pricey. They serve very nice tea there and friendly service but still has room for improvement on the food."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "All was excellent; astoundingly good service. But beware of hired musicians who over-amplify their music in this rather small venue."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "I had high tea in the restaurant and I must say it was amazing. The food was good, the service was excellent and to top it off I went on the weekend when there was a piano player there. He was exceptional. He was friendly and taking requests. I felt he went above and beyond to make the who experience great. The servers were also very attentive and made the group I was with feel very well taken care of and frankly like royalty. It was great. The only negative thought was that one of the main staff members was giving service we all thought was a bit rude. I have been to high tea a few times there and his attitude is always the same. But that wasn't a big issue because everything else well made up for it."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "Xi Shi Lounge is an excellent venue for a casual luncheon meeting over a traditional afternoon tea. Casual, elegant, fresh, traditional, it's all here -- with the best scones in the city and great service, too."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "We were seated promptly and made our tea selections and the high tea tiers were brought out. At first glance, it was very simple. The sandwiches were of such a general common nature, it did not fit the price tag or the idea that it would belong in the Shangri-La. That's pretty much 1 full sandwich each and 2 scones a person which is intensely carb heavy. There was no creativity with these sandwiches at all. We expected a lot more from the Shangri-La. The ambiance was nice, as there was a pianist there who started playing around 1:30 pm. For the price, $38 a person, I would not suggest this place for the high tea food selection. It's too common, something I would expect at some non-descript place away from downtown Vancouver."
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "Unexpected but well done high tea at XiShi at the ShangriLa in its comfy and quiet room. Live piano man playing familiar covers. Great tea!"
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "We went for late morning afternoon tea on a Sunday. It was busy and we were seated quickly. However, as more people were coming in, the service went down, I supposed there were not enough staff and everyone seem to come in for the afternoon at the same time. Food was great, just the service was a bit off. We will not go back for the afternoon tea."
    Dined on 9/15/2013
  • "Nice but I could tell that sandwiches were sitting out too long. The bread on 1 side of each sandwich was drier than the other. It wasn't soft and didn't taste fresh."
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "service was great! the tea selection was very nice and prices were good. the high-tea selection was perfect"
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "I'd been there so many times. It's still my first choose for afternoon tea place. Food displayed very stylish. The waitress was very friendly and knowledgable with menu. I am falling love with the 1879 (?) the signature tea. The afternoon experience is wonderful. Very enjoy."
    Dined on 8/21/2013
  • "First time having the afternoon tea. What a beautiful setting, particularly the china! I had the lychee+almond+rose tea, my mom had jasmine, and my girlfriend and her mom had the rose+vanilla. We shared 2 3-tiered towers of sandwiches, pastries, and desserts. Every morsel was tasty and every sip was so aromatic. Must come back!! Really great for a girls luncheon or even a bridal shower!"
    Dined on 8/18/2013