China Diner - Double Bay
Upon making a reservation, we were asked if we wanted standard, hi top or outdoor seating. I marked standard as my companion recently had surgery and couldn't sit in a hi top. It was raining outside so there was no outdoor seating anyway. On arrival, I gave our details to a young lady at the door who immediately said we can sit "there". That was right inside the door (drafty every time the door opened) and at a hi top. I explained that we had a reservation & the seating request was made for a standard seat. She said there was nothing available although there were clearly booths available. I asked her what the point was in asking us for our seating option online was if they were not going to honour it. Then she checked our reservation. She was so incredibly sourly to the point of being rude and after she checked our reservations, then told us we could sit in a booth. She then came over 2 minutes later and asked us what we wanted to drink - with attitude! My companion was so unimpressed by her too. The other waitresses were ok but she really put a damper on the evening with her attitude. I would not bother to go back there despite the food being delicious. There are other restaurants around whose service is much better, the customer is appreciated and the food just as nice. Sorry China Diner but you have lost us!
The portions are all small (starters & mains are no different in size) & the quality of the lamb was substandard at best!
The food is outstanding , I went there with my date for dinner. The staff really taking care of us , we had the Kung pao Chicken , it’s so delicious ...
Terrific food and lots of vegan options. Ambience is so-so, but you're there for the food. Mushroom and eggplant stir-fry delish. Best spring rolls I think I've ever tasted. Will be back
Hi Nicki! We really appreciate you taking the time to review your China Diner experience. We are so pleased to hear you loved our food, the mushroom and eggplant dish is one of our favourites too! We can't wait to see you again soon.
Loved the food. Great atmosphere. Cocktails were okay. Service could have been a bit better. Otherwise, would recommend!
Hi Olivia, thank you so much for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your overall experience and would love to welcome you back again soon to try some of our new cocktails!
Overall it was a nice evening out. The staff rubbed off as a little stressed.
The dumplings were overcooked, really mushy which was disappointing.
The rest of our meals were enjoyable and the cocktails were fantastic!
I wont be racing back, though will visit again in hope of a better experience.
The wine list needs improving if you want your guests spending more money, not a great selection for the 150% mark up prices.
We had a really nice time, enjoyed the food, great place to celebrate my daughters birthday
Hi Belinda, thank you so much for your review. We are glad your daughter enjoyed her birthday celebrations with us and we hope to see you at China Diner again soon!
excellent service and really good food. highly recommend it.
Thank you so much Peter! We are glad you had an excellent experience and hope to see you for some dumplings again soon. Have a lovely week.
I highly recommend this restaurant- absolutely delicious food and outstanding service
Thank you so much for your positive feedback Victoria, we are so happy to hear that you were happy with our service & enjoyed the food! We look forwards to having you back at China Diner Double bay soon!
Good meal, pleasant all round
Thank you so much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your entire China Diner experience and we hope to see you again soon.
Food is good, but overpriced.
Service is very hit and miss, I went twice last week and both times I was disappointed with the service. Waited 10 mins for menus, 20 mins for tap water and both times it wasn’t that full.
Price wise $230 for a simple main and a starter for 3 plus a couple of drinks seemed excessive. We’ve eaten in much more upmarket restaurants and gotten much better value. But the food is delicious.
Great service, ambience and food! Definitely recommend.
Thank you for your positive feedback Rebecca, we really appreciate it! We hope to see you again soon for some more delicious food.
It was delicious as usual. Will definitely be back.
Thank you so much for this positive feedback Tain! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal at China Diner, Double Bay! We look forwards to having you back at our venue soon!
First time to China Diner and we had a great time. Fantastic food & drinks in a lovely intimate setting.
Super tasty plant based food. Good service even better food.
Thanks for your positive feedback Koray, we are so happy to hear that you loved our plant based menu! We look forwards to having you back at China Diner Double Bay soon!
There were many take always so we only managed to order once we have been there for approx 30 minutes. Our food arrived about one hour later. Something like xiow long bao which din tai fung have perfected, was thick party, stuck to the basket and bland! The dumplings bland. The crispy chicken bland. The duck pancakes sliced like bread - no crispy skin...
We won’t be coming back sadly as we had heard raving reviews. Perhaps the chef was having an off night - who knows! And $80 per person .... not worth the value at all. Thanks
Everything was very good, except the service. Staff did not attend to us, we had to ask for menu, ice, to order, cutlery.
So i wont be going again.
We love China Diner and have been ordering takeaway whilst it’s been shut to dine in. The food was, as always, excellent but the overall experience was let down by the service. There were plenty of waitstaff but they were I attentive and we often had to work hard to get their attention. I assume it was because they were new. Still love this place!
My previous two experiences at the Bondi branch were really great. I found the food at Double Bay a bit lacking in flavour. Not worth the price tags. Simply forgettable.
Beautiful quality food. Will definitely eat here again.
Not the most relaxing experience. Service was poor as staff were so busy dealing with the queue of drivers that were waiting ages for their deliveries.
We loved having the booth all to ourselves - wonderful sense of space. The food was very good but it was the service that was simply outstanding.
Great food and service ! Will be going back
Amazing service and food was delicious.
Had the set menu which was so good.
Will be back for sure.
Nice food. Tasty cocktails. Service was okayed generally a good vibe.
What a lovely young lady ROSIE
Thank you for looking after us
Love the food. Service is efficient and ambiance is good. Not noisy.
Hi Roger, thanks for your feedback! We look forward to welcoming you back to China Diner Double Bay again soon!
The staff at Double Bay are always so friendly and kind with their time. They made my daughter feel so special when we arrived the night of her 13th Birthday . They brought out a surprise dessert with a sparkler. We love coming back!
Hi Tony/Mona, we are so pleased to hear your daughter enjoyed her 13th Birthday celebration. We look foreward to welcoming you back to China Diner Double Bay again soon!
We had such a lovely evening at China Diner. This was our second visit and this time we were celebrating my son's 19th birthday on a Thursday evening. We are a tricky group as 4 out of the 6 of us have various dietary requirements including Coeliac, dairy intolerant and non meat eater. The waitress was extremely helpful and didn't make us feel like we were difficult customers (which we are!). She referred to the kitchen when she had any queries but she was very knowledgable about the menu anyway. We each chose the $65 banquet which was amended to suit our dietary restrictions and the food was really fresh and delicious. We arrived at 7.30pm and it was very busy but we were the last ones in the restaurant by about 9pm. Thank you, China Diner! See you again soon!
Love China diner . Just wish you would put the vegetable bowl back on the menu Or something similar
Hi Eva, thanks for your feedback. Do you mean the China Salad Bowl? We always welcome feedback from our customers about what dishes they enjoy/ed!
All ways very pleasant service excellent food. Easy parking easy access. Highly recommend for a modern Chinese meal.
Thoroughly enjoyed an early Sun night bite with friends. Good value, fabulous gluten free and vegetarian options. The only very slight negative is the food is missing is the charred taste of a well seasoned wok that you get in an old fashioned Chinese restaurant.
Always fabulous - have never had a bad experience - will continue going for ever
Highly recommended.. will return.
Hi George, Thank-you for your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
Service and food were great! Heard a lot about this place but didn't believe the hype, was very presently surprised. On the pricey side but worth it
Hi there, thank-you for your feedback. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the food & service.
We had a delicious vegetarian meal and sat outside which was lovely. Food was fantastic.
Hi Mandy, glad to hear you were able to enjoy our vegetarian/vegan Menu!
Great food and nice atmosphere
Will definitely go back
Hi Trish, thanks for your review. We look forward to welcoming you back to China Diner Double Bay again soon!
I have dined here quite a few times now and have enjoyed every time. Thank you
Thank-you for your review Sylvie, we're so pleased you have enjoyed your China Diner experiences!
Bit cold in there.
3 staff asked if we wanted water before we got it.
Very expensive but delicious
Like the booth seating arrangement
Service not great the main person who served us wasn’t friendly and got the order incorrect
China Diner - Double Bay does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. China Diner - Double Bay also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 9326 1900.
China Diner - Double Bay is rated 4.5 stars by 64 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.