Black Rice Izakaya

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202 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Japanese

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4.2based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
3.9
Service
3.9
Ambience
4.0
Value
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Monique
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

A delicious find. We really liked the cloudy saki, sweet and yogurty in flavor, a unique drink. Sukiyaki was very flavourful. I thought the rice was soft in the aburi, which is different from other places, but maybe it was supposed to be like that? Also had the seafood ceviche on taro crisps.

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AngelaK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Have been here many times and service levels are inconsistent. Sometimes your food arrives when everyone else in your party has finished their meals. This last visit they had 4-5 chefs and 5 wait staff and it was excellent. Usually we only see two waitresses. But on this night with 5 wait staff - They were attentive and lovely, and not run off their feet and overwhelmed by orders and customers. Food is excellent. Prices are what you expect to pay downtown.

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JeffH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was great, music was too loud. That’s easy to fix.

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GilbertT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good menu variety, excellent food and friendly service. A must !

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Amor
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

My review is solely on the fact that we had to wait 45 mins for our food to come. If my friend hadn't reached out to our server and ask for an update, then I think we would've waited even longer. I think our server forgot to 'Send' the order and only realized it when my friend asked. She did offer some free drinks but it definitely left a bad taste and was an unfortunate first experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was beyond compare and exceeded our high expectations.
Highly recommended

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KevinY
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience1

My wife and I ordered Set A and Set B for our lunch. The foods were excellent. The portions were little small and price is about 10% more than other local restaurant. The service were really poor. The servers did not look like they were ready for lunch service (they look like they partied hard last night and not awake). There was even chopstick left on the floor from last night. My wife told me not to remind them to pick it up, but it is dangerous if someone had stepped on it and the person would have tripped. Overall experience was good. We will go back for the food, if they are more attentive with the services.

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vipHungryMan
Seattle
39 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome spot for lunch specials! Great deal for a lot of food! Had combo A and it was more than enough food for lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Its amazing
Always been my favourite place
Never get dissappointed

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Lynn
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent menu and food. Service nice after a bit of a clumsy greeting even though we had a reservation. Smooth sailing after that.

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CharleneW
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience2

Although the food was excellent, it was extremely noisy - so much so that you could not hear the person talking across the table. Also, we felt quite rushed with our meal - they had us in and out in under an hour for no apparent reason (there were no ppl waiting).

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dustin
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Food was fantastic but service was terrible as we had to ask for our drinks multiple times and waitress forgot items of our order and as well she put us dead center in empty restaurant before it got busy as we ask to be on a end table ... been here many times and this time it wasn’t enjoyable as our last few times ..

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Deanna
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great. Super upsetting they ran out of the 3 things we wanted. Uni, any Toro, wagyu. Had a mediocre birthday because of that. Sashimi was good though and black rice sushi. The seared beef nigiri wasn’t flavourful

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TiffanyL
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice! Thank you.

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AlexR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Authentic Japanese food experience. The Hot Pot and Grilling Stone experience were phenomenal. Fresh and quality ingredients

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vipJenniferD
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

The food is delicious here, there is no doubt about that. However the ambiance is mediocre at best. Everytime someone's gets up the chair scratch along the slate floor making so much noise. The chairs are also very uncomfortable This could easily be remedied making the vibe so much better.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious sushi!

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vipbarbara
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was MUCH better this time, and much more attentive.

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TerryD
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

We have been so many times, and left disappointed. Food quality was OK, but the service was miserable. Took forever to take our drink order, and then food order, never came to check on us or to take away empty dishes. Left and went somewhere else to complete our meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Food was nice but service was bad.

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DonaldBalanecki
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Some of the best Sushi I have ever had.
It’s a bit on the pricey side however if you want quality it is worth it.

Regards
Donald Balanecki

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience2

Very unsatisfied with the service, but good taste for sure. I probably won’t go again because of my experience last night. When I got seated, one of the seats had water spill, if I didn’t notice, my pants would get all wet. I asked the server to clean it up, but she decided to finish wiping an empty table first before helping me. So I had to stand there and wait... Then, when my friend asked for more tea, the server only helped her to fill her cup but not the rest of the table... Also, when I asked for the bill, I waited for 10mins and had to ask again. The server brought the machine after we were impatient and told her we waited for 20 mins to pay for the bill. Lastly, they used to give frozen grapes after we ate, we didn’t get any. Worst birthday dinner ever, so I would not go again. I have been to black rice several times for everyday dining (lunches, dinners etc), but last night ruined my previous impressions. Don’t go there for any special occasions! They can’t guarantee good service!

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TiffanyS
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

It was our first time eating at Black Rice Izakaya after all the amazing things we've heard. We brought a close couple friends of ours and were excited to eat everything. The food was lovely, we ordered the Yaki Udon and the Beef and Mushroom Rice in the Hot bowl, the main aburi platter, and about 3 other plates for the four of us. The food was very tasty... but we all rushed home post dinner with a bad stomach ache that lasted into the evening. Luckily it wasn't anything serious... but it would be odd that all 4 of us had stomach aches all around the same time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We celebrate our birthday here but seems like nobody cares. We have mentioned it on open table and thought the staff will do something special

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JennyC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We went there before our show at Queen Elizabeth theatre. It is just half a block to the theatre, so super convenient.

We went early before 6 on a weekday, so the restaurant was quiet and the service was good. We ordered agedashi tofu, chicken karaage, beef with black mushroom and rice in a hot stone bowl. All are outstanding.

We also ordered a tuna toro aburi. My friend noticed the fish tastes not fresh, the server told us that is how that dish taste like. We did not know who to believe, so we returned the dish (with no charge).

Overall, we had good experience at black rice izakaya. But I might not order aburi again.

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vipfoodie528
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

Service needs improvement.

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VIVEKS
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Great Food. A little noisy for these old ears - but this was a Friday night. Staff scattered -- they need a more systematic approach to servicing tables. Smoky also -- stronger vent gents!

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vipGoodEats604
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The lunch teishoku are great way to try different items from their menu. We enjoy the angus steak aburi sushi!

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vipbarbara
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience5

I love this place. Food is well priced and exceptional. On this particular visit the service was horrible. We waited 30 minutes to get our 1st drink. No one came to the table for 25 minutes and waited another 15 minutes for a pitcher of beer. Something was not going well for the staff that night.

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fionah
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We found that many of the items we wanted to order in terms of both food and alcohol were out of stock and unavailable which would’ve been nice to know beforehand but we still managed to find dishes to order. The food presentation was lovely but slightly on the pricer side for certain dishes. Service was pretty average to start with but the other server we had for the second half of the night was a sweetheart and ended off our night on a good note. Overall, a good meal but there are some other options with a better pricing and dish selection.

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vipTravel2G
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

It seems that the waitress only cares about thier special customers. She would treat you poorly if you are new and don't know the chef.

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vipbarbara
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great fresh Sushi

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JacquelineP
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

This restaurant is located right next to Hotel Blu, where my husband and I stayed recently. It was our last night in Vancouver and we decided to eat nearby after having walked the city for days. Although the room was a little too warm (they use the AC sparingly) and the music a tad loud, it had a good vibe. Most importantly, the food was excellent and very innovative. Many options were not your standard sushi/sashimi fare. The deep fried tofu starter was divine, as were all our other dishes. The sake we had was also the best we had ever tried. Definitely will be back.

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vipJenniferD
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was delicious and service was great! The chairs are a but uncomfortable and there isnt any dessert options.

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Aporth17
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

An evening out with my daughter before a concert, this place was a special surprise.

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WinstonC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious food, but in my opinion, just barely worth the price. Definitely worth trying though, would come again!

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Joel
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

the food was good and authentic. the service was curt, like they didn't need you there. overall, the food helped compensate.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

They were extremely busy. Luckily the food didn’t take too long and the food was excellent.

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vipChodu
Vancouver
51 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to have dinner before he soccer game.

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Black Rice Izakaya does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Black Rice Izakaya also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (778) 379-0416.

Black Rice Izakaya is rated 4.2 stars by 202 OpenTable diners.

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