China Rose Restaurant

3.7
148 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Chinese
For over 29 years the China Rose Restaurant has been the culinary landmark in northeast Calgary offering a varied menu, consistently tasty food in generous portions and very reasonable prices. Along with prompt personal service and winner of the consumer's choice award since 2004.


China Rose has everything for everyone, whether you are looking for a Chinese buffet with all your favorite dishes, an extensive a la carte menu in-restaurant or take-out, a customized menu for your next special occasion or even a place to go after work for cocktails in the lounge.


It doesn't matter what season it is, China Rose restaurant is always in full bloom.


If you've got an appetite and you delight in Chinese cuisine, then China Rose should be your restaurant of choice. We look forward to serving you.
What 148 people are saying
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3.7based on all time ratings
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3.8
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CA1553
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Wasn't overly impressed. Food was cold and seemed it had been sitting for a while.

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AlexF
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We often to the China Rose and love their buffet! It has a good selection and great flavours.

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DarrylC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good but could use a little more variety and have a better lunch special 17 for 30 min of eat time maximum if your on lunch is a little steep

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Robin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, amazing staff, excellent service!

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TheW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Very disappointed as it was New Years and figured since it has been years going to this place that the food would have improved. We were so wrong. It was terrible. The rice was burnt, food was cold and selection was poor and we paid $78 (family of 3 and we got discount because we had child) we were not impressed at all. Overpriced for what they served. The place is the same as 10 years ago and needs a makeover and sign outside is ripped and we should of known after seeing that not to go in. Would never recommend this place and will never go back.

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LindaR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Everything was great as usual but I feel it’s time for a renovation. I’ve been going to this establishment for almost 40 years. Even when it was located by spa lady. Love the food

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ShaunaO
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the quality of the food. That is what keeps us coming back.
Happy New Year and God Bless
Shauna

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DenisW
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We had a reservation on Christmas eve which was probably our first mistake, We wanted to order off the menu instead of the buffet and were told it would be an 1 to 1.5 hours to get our food so we ended up getting the buffet. The buffet price was marked up 25% from regular price because they added crab legs and prime rib, The food was mediocre at best and I did not actually receive any ginger beef as it was empty every time I went up. Our experience was not what we payed for especially with the 25% mark up for Christmas eve, China Rose will never get a referral from us or anymore business. I gave this some thought over 4 days and it still didn't take the sting out of my experience, this restaurant has gone down hill.

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Sergiol
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food wasn't bad but it could've been better. Everything seemed over cooked (especially mussels) and kind of bland, watered down or very little spices.

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vipKevinF
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ran out of a few dishes and the area around the buffet table was a bit cramped.

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PatB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The buffet was good and plentiful, with lots to choose from- but it was mostly predictable Canadian Chinese cuisine. I appreciated the no MSG buffet items. The servers were friendly and quick. The ambience was more in keeping with family dining, not a special night out.

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DougR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The selection of food is very good and the quality is excellent. My only complaint is it was all you can eat crab night but every time I went up there was none left. The two legs I did eat were steamed to perfection.

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LloydS
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Poor selection of food! Definitely won’t be back because of the poor selection of food items.

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KaitlynB
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are from out of town and went with our 5 young kids on the kids eat for free Mondays . Its 2 kids per adult, which was amazing as our family is usually "too big" for any family things lol.
The food was good, atmosphere was good, they had a person doing balloon animals for the kids there even! It was a really neat experience.

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RaymondV
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Increasing the price to $25 for fathers day was acceptable for the adults but $25 For the children was a bit much. Found that where they had the buffet was very cramped. Also found that the buffet was actually limited in its variety of offerings and was not very tasteful.

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KimN
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Terrible, low quality food, dirty floor, chair, table, overcharge. I would not go there again.

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FilipeS
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food amazing service. Will for sure be coming back and recommend it to friends

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Buffet = Good/OK. Not a huge selection but included the typical food you’d expect. Given that it was Mother’s Day, it was busy so turnover of food was continuous and most items were consistently fresh. Sunday is unlimited crab, which was ok, but there were times when it had run out and people were standing around waiting for the next small batch, thus creating a traffic jam in the very small buffet area.

Dessert = Good. Cakes and cupcakes were nice. The kids loved them.

Setting/ambiance = tables and floors were sticky and cushioned bench seating could use a good shampoo/cleaning. The buffet area is quite small, so when you have a ton of people, there’s a lot to bumping into each other.

Price = not sure about this one. Website says $21.99 evening and weekend buffet, but because it was Mother’s Day they upped it to $25.99 and the usual seniors discount did not apply. Maybe I missed the fine print on price changes.

Staff = very, very nice staff who were all working so hard to keep up with the rush during the peak dinner service.

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SassySharon
Calgary
27 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good place to take family so everyone can choose their own dishes but the quality of the food is very cheap and not that tasty.

We went in the middle of the afternoon on a Saturday so it was nice and quiet. My friend and I took our elderly parents for lunch.

Lots if room for the walkers and our parents could explore the buffet at their leasure without fear of being knocked over.

Staff were pleasant and accommodating.

I’ll probably go back because of the convenience.

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shirleyc
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Usually on all of our visits everything was always very good. This time things were different. The food was not up yo your usual standards as most of the seafood was overcooked and dry, especially the scallops. The ginger beef was very hard even though it was put out fresh. Most items seemed to be
more bland than usual.
Usually we come during the week, this was a Saturday afternoon, perhaps that made a difference.

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PaulC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our dining experience and food quality last Sunday during lunch hour was very good. However, we were disappointed with the poor and unclean condition of the washrooms. They really needed attention.

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Joyce
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We had the buffet and it wasn't very good...I wouldn't have it again. I started with the won ton soup. The broth and the won tons had no flavor at all. The rest of the buffet wasn't much better....the food was soggy from the steam on the buffet table. The dumplings had no flavor what so ever and the spring rolls were soggy in the middle. I enjoyed the dessert the most...green tea ice cream. 2 of my friends had non alcoholic virgin drinks and the restaurant was going to charge them the same price as an alcoholic one. We had to bring this to the attention of our server and he had to go ask the manager. They did reduce the cost of the drinks in the end. I won't be returning any time soon

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irenem
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff were exceptional, and the table we had was excellent as we had wheel chairs and we were out of the main traffic area, thank you so much.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was hard to find a well-reviewed Chinese buffet in Calgary. This one had 4 star reviews and well deserved. The food was good fresh, although sometimes the serving dishes were low or empty I prefer that to having too much and it getting cold. The food was replenished quickly and they were never out for too long. In fact the couple of times I went up to the buffet I never experienced empty dishes, I just heard it from other people.

We had a birthday party there and they were very accommodating with the cake I brought. When requested they brought the cake out with a awesome knife so we could cut and serve it. The staff is very accommodating, I would definitely go back the next time I'm looking for Chinese buffet.
Monday's they have a gentleman there creating and handing balloon animals. He was very creative and in fact made a rather large rainbow for one little girl.

The only negative was in the beginning it took a very long time for us to get our drinks.

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Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Disappointed to arrive and find buffet price increased by almost 25% for Valentine’s Day. Poor.

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vipHutch
Calgary
89 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food quality was poor. Buffet trays were not filled on a regular basis

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DaniellaB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going here for all types of occasions
We always go here for birthdays anniversaries and holidays

I wish there was more spicy foods as well in the buffet

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JimM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great Food, good service, Booked on line but when we got there they did not have the reservation but got us in right away.

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dissatisfied
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience2

They advertise all you can eat crab on Sunday's buffet. We arrived 615 pm, one hour after you opened at 5 pm and was told after ordering drinks that you were out of 🦀 crab.. not happy with the response we got. We certainly won't recommend China Rose for their buffet anytime soon

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Was great food and great service. Didn’t quite keep up with dishes at buffet running out but over all enjoyed our meal.

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Darlene
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual very nice staff and great selection definitely coming back

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vipMissJW
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Went with family. Had a animal balloon maker for kids which was a great touch. Drinks are not great but not a deal breaker for sure
Will be back ;)

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Almost universally have a positive experience here, from the staff to food selection, food quality, and price.

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AnitaW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I don't think your online is working well, and we didn't get what we asked for. However I had tried calling 4 or 5 times to make a phone reservation and from 1:46 pm and onward, no one would answer the phone, which is why I tried to book on line. But no one realized there was reservation, until I told them I had booked online.

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vipMauiNoKaOi
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Perfect place for our office lunch! Our team of 12 descended upon China rose and feasted on the delicious lunch buffet! All of our favourite Chinese food standards were there, so everyone ate what they wanted and walked out with full happy stomachs! We were seated in the private party room, so we didn’t disturb anyone with our large group chatter. Ken was fabulous and kept the meal going by making sure we always had water and tea to drink, and had room on the table for our next round of favourite goodies! Thank you for a wonderful lunch!

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mmmgood
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday
Food is always good as well as service.

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SamanthaN
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to go when you can't fully decide what you want. Great idea for a date cause they have a little something for everyone. The service has always been amazing and the fish and the dragons are just amazing.

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EleniV
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience5

It was *so* weird that our family gathering was seated next to a Chinese/Phillippino Wedding reception? We felt like wedding crashers. Very odd.

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SteveC
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was unaware that this location is a budget-conscious buffet, frequented by seniors at lunch for buffet food at a cheap price. The food quality was commensurate with the price point and gave me the runs within 1/2 hour of finishing due to either poor food quality/handling, or excessive MSG usage. At any rate, the true value of this meal was confirming that I will not be returning to this location.

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AnnJim
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

This was the first time for us to eat at China Rose. We went because we'd attended a function catered by this restaurant and were impressed. The main room is bright with lots of windows and the staff are friendly and efficient. However, the buffet was very limited in the number of choices and the food totally uninteresting. We would not go back.

FAQs

China Rose Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. China Rose Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (403) 248-2711.

China Rose Restaurant is rated 3.7 stars by 148 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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