Sanya dolphin sports bar & grill

Sanya dolphin sports bar & grill

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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
American, Bar, International, European, Pub
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
features
Is this restaurant good for bar scene?
CUISINES
American, Bar, International, European, Pub
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles669 reviews
Excellent
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Average
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Gab
Milan263 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 family
I have been twice during my stay in Sanya. One of the few, if not the only western bar/restaurant for foreigners located outside the hotels therefore always crowded, it must wait severely minutes before get a free table. The concept represents the classic American bar with screens that broadcasting sport’s event, billiards, high tables and chairs, rustic furnishings, live music from 9:00 pm, young staff, Tex-Mex food, a lot of noise people. Average quality of food and drinks, I personally would expect a large choose of beers on tap and bottle, even a few commercial brands but something more artigianal. Some staff speaks English, fast in service and delivery food and drinks. Average price of expats place in China. Recommended especially to spend some times with friends.
Written 2 August 2021
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Peter G
China46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 friends
Visited a few times between Christmas and New Year 2020. Always busy, queues outside sitting on small plastic stools even at 5pm. Family lunch meal, and a couple adult evening visits, one very very late at night. Always seems to have good atmosphere, staff always polite (at least to us) no matter how busy. Large Food portions, food was good. Will recommend. Just be prepared to wait outside for up to an hour..
Written 30 December 2020
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton7818 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 friends
We went with a group of friends and enjoyed the decor, burgers and nachos. The drinks and food are reasonably priced as well and the walls are lined with interesting posters and some sports memorabilia. There are lots of friendly wait staff here but be patient if you have special requests as there are a few English speaking staff that can help.
Written 10 August 2020
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ThaiCookingRocks
Changchun819 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 none
While in Sanya we went there 3 times. Each time it was basically the same. If you aren't there early you will have to wait for a table. There is chaos in the restaurant because its so busy. Waitresses are moving, people are shuffling, tables emptying and being cleared and reset, and its nonstop in fairly tight quarters. So this isn't a place for quiet casual dining really. If you can be ok with the chaos, the close quarters, the hectic pace of the place, you can get yourself some really good food. Really good western food! The wings we had are some of the best I have had in China, if not the best. The nachos, while we sent back the first two plates as cold, we ate the third even though it was cold. Very odd indeed, but we gave up on getting them hot. The ribs were awesome. The steak nice, but not great. The Philly Cheesesteak respectable, and the pizza delicious. It was worth the long drive. Whatever the waitresses make, its not enough. The turnover of customers and the craziness of the place means there is only certain waitresses can hack it and they have my undying respect.
Written 15 January 2021
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fullerr2017
Xiamen80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 friends
If you are looking for western food this is the spot. The Chinese chef must have worked in an OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE in another life because the bbq ribs are awesome. Ivy, the manager is great. She’s got the wait staff delivering a high level of service that you would expect in another country. There’s live music, drink specials, a pool table, etc. Basically if you need some “Americana” in your life , this will do just fine.
Written 4 August 2020
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marty3976
Hohhot20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 none
I went to the Dolphin on two occasions, It also has the bonus of not being far from the beach! The first meal i had was fish and chips, which was very good, but what also attracted me to this dish, was it said mash beans in the description on the menu, which it seems I misinterpreted it to mean mushy peas, which is a normal accompaniment to British fish and chips, how wrong i was!! It was a small bowl of dried crunchy peas! So i mentioned this to the waiter and she asked me to come and speak to the chef to explain what i though they should be serving with this dish, well whether it was changed I don't know, as I didn't order it on my second visit, I also had the avocado smoothie, it was ok , but not great and a small portion for the price. I had the Parmesan crusted chicken on my second visit, which was also very good. The service is friendly and quite efficient, considering how busy and popular they are. On a side not a few doors down there is an import shop, called Yiyuan import collection store, I do not recommend this place to expats, as the staff are very arrogant and rude and sell gone past their sell by date moldy products! Just wanted to warn you!
Written 2 March 2022
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Nicolas M
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 none
Very popular place but with limited seating. I'm guessing perhaps 20 or so, which means we had to wait almost an hour. The staffers were nice and efficient and we got our food quicker than I had figured considering the crowded room. Pasta Carbonara was solid and came with two decent slices of foccacia. The fajitas were also really good. My burger was the only dish that came out a bit weak. It was the Manhattan and it was oddly tasteless. The bun was also on the dry and hard side, which meant both eating handheld and knife/fork proved difficult. Kickass potato wedges though. Bill came to 300 yuan for 3 mains and 3 drinks, which seemed decent value for money. Would come again this week, but I think I'll skip the burger unless the bun issue gets sorted. Really difficult to eat with a hard, crumbling bun.
Written 8 February 2022
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Lane Luft
Beijing10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 none
Had a great salad here. It was a chicken tender salad and I felt the dressing was a bit too acidic, but overall it was delicious. My friend and I also had a great time here as we stayed late and enjoyed the band and met some other cool people.
Written 10 August 2020
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jlr2482
Orlando72 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 solo
I was very excited about visiting this place due to the rave reviews it gets. I arrived around 4 to avoid the later crowds. Ordered a sangria and the house burger. Service was very slow. I was well into my meal before the drink made it to the table. I'm sure the burger would have been great, but I couldn't eat it as it was served basically raw. I can overlook slow service for a great meal, unfortunately, for my first visit, it wasn't an option.
Written 21 July 2022
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Yahaira_29
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 family
Dolphin is the community bar/ restaurant during the day. We stay on purpose in Dadonghai so we can walk to it anytime we come. We have in a 10 day trip about 8 times and that’s 2 times a day ☺️, we can stay we are familiar with the staff. From brunch all day long , to wings that’s delicious, to my husbands huevos rancheros. We have tried about 45 % of the menu , we try to venture out in our dishes. But we like are staples. Bottom line if your in Sanya and have a western craving this is the place. You can see some of our food alone during this trip. We love dolphin bar and the service.
Written 13 July 2022
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Tony E
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 couples
We found this place our first night in Sanya and ate here almost daily! The spicy beef nachos were my favorite but we also loved the burgers, chicken strips and fish and chips. It’s popular so sometimes a wait. We came for late lunches and we were usually seated immediately. We will miss this food when we leave Sanya cause it’s not easy to find such great western food where we live in China.
Written 13 January 2023
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Luis C
Doha121 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 couples
After waiting for our turn, they skipped it. Asking the lady for another shift, she started shouting at me for several times. Agree asking not to shout at me, she tried to calm, yet kept shouting. Very disrespectful behavior. If they have a system to assign tables, they should respect it and don't rush when people don't respond immediately.
Written 29 December 2020
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Amanda J
Chiang Mai13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 friends
Great western food- would recommend the turkey club and the espresso Martini. Great portion sizes. Get the lunch items over brunch items. This is a busy restaurant - don’t be surprised if you arrive and there is a wait to be seated. Inside is kinda small but good atmosphere. Def will be back! Alice and Anna were excellent waitresses!
Written 6 October 2020
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yingguodalaoban
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 family
We went yesterday, my wife, our 4 year old boy and myself. The place from the outside looks great and made it feel like I was in some beach side bar in the Philippines or Thailand. Staff very friendly and the interior is very cool. Menu is amazing with so much choice for food and drinks and very reasonable price wise. I got the Manhattan monster burger and my wife and son got the Brunch to share ( my boy stole half my fries 🤣) but the burger was so packed , juicy meat, crunchy onion rings great flavours with the jalapenos and pickles. Highly recommended
Written 1 August 2022
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Marceline42
Beijing2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 family
e have been to many of the 5 star hotel restaurants to eat and the Dolphin wins by a land slide! Amazing service starts it off and the food is second to none. We had drinks, appetizers and mains. All delicious! I had chicken fajitas and they were the best fajitas I think I have ever had. The kids had burgers and loved them! We will be back before we leave Sanya! Date of visit: August 2020
Written 4 August 2020
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