Black Rice Izakaya

4.3
134 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Japanese
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  • Good for a Date
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  • Lunch
Modern Izakaya
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of Operation

Lunch : Monday - Friday : 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday : 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Dinner: Friday : 5:00pm - 12:00am

Saturday : 5:00pm - 12:00am

Sunday : 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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(778) 379-0416
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MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Cross Street
Robson
Additional
Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 134 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.0
Service
3.9
Ambience
4.0
Value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Food was soso and waiters there were a bit rude and not attentive. The washroom and the hallway don’t look so clean.

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SS
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Decent menu with a handful of unique items, but it is a bit overpriced for what it is. It's kind of like a slightly less expensive Miku or Minami, but you get what you pay for (read: it's good, but not as good as the other two slightly more expensive restaurants mentioned). Servers are always very friendly and attentive.

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MP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great place and fantastic food. We frequent this gem often

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Delish as always!

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TD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a favourite of ours for date night especially when we have theatre tickets, as even if the restaurant is full,(it's not a huge place to begin with,) service and food seems to always be consistent. All the staff are super friendly and accommodating. Have tried a number of things on the menu and it's all delicious.

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r
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Not authentic Japanese izakaya, food is so so, some dishes were good, others so so. Only reason we chose this place was due to availability.

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e
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The sockeye sashimi was fresh and tasty! A good value relaxed restaurant

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j
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

thanks for the great aburi sushi! try the beef nigiri

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P
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

My experience at Black Rice was quite poor.
Based on the price of the dishes, I was expecting a better service and food quality.

The menus were old, there was nobody at the door to help us find a seat, the place was extremely loud, and the food was kinda “meh”.

I went with my girlfriend paid 70+ Cad in the end and left hungry. I usually go to cheap sushi restaurants and leave satisfied and full when I pay 30.

We are never coming back.

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OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Bit pricy.

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Amazing and inventive food, attentive service. Loud environment

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W
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

This is not a true Japanese owner Izakaya. If you are looking for an authentic Izakaya, stay away from this place. If you like Korean food, then this is for you. I will not return.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good quality and good price.

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p
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

My husband and I decided to check this place out when we were in Vancouver, based on some great reviews over on TripAdvisor. We were SO not disappointed! The star in this place is definitely the food! Unlike most Japanese restaurants that follow the cookie-cutter "Americanized" palate of ubiquitous (read: boring) offerings like tuna roll and chicken teriyaki, Black Rice's menu is surprisingly (and deliciously!) inventive, with the result being some truly tantalizing flavor profiles that confirm to me that someone's been up to cooking up new ideas in this kitchen! First, their house made soy sauce blend is fabulous! I seriously wanted to drink it =0 Hubz and I shared one spectacular tuna-based roll that had at least seven ingredients (can't remember the name of it) that was the perfect 'pop' of crunchy, soft, spicy sweetness. We also shared several of their 'kushi-yaki' tapas selections, all delicious. Worthy of specific mention was the ground chicken on a stick, as well as the spicy pork belly. Also, anything wrapped in bacon is a special package indeed. The waitstaff was helpful and courteous; seemed to me like a family establishment since we were waited on by each of the four waitstaff on the floor - it had the vibe that everyone was out to help whatever customer had need, which I thought was pretty cool. Atmosphere was convivial, fun - lots of groups of friends getting together. This is on my list for my next trip to Vancouver - which may potentially be made just for a trip to Black Rice!

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J
Los Angeles
95 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent Japanese "tapas"! The sockeye salmon sushi was a highlight! We'll be back, if ever in the area again!

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RF
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My only issue was they use of farmed salmon instead of wild. They don’t mention it on the menu. The food was tasty, liked the hot bowls a lot, the sushi was ok, just ok, not having the option of wild salmon is a big issue for me. I’d go back but I think I’d avoid the sushi.

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OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot. Creative menu. Friendly service. What else do you need?

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Atmosphere was very nice! Good service good food. All in all very good expensive!

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J
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was excellent!!

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NJ
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It was great! The food at black rice is delicious and presented beautiful. Great spot!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Visiting Vancouver and wanted a nice dinner out for a friend’s birthday! Great Aburi plate, really nice servers :)

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OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

It was surprisingly busy for Thursday evening. It was a good sign though because clearly many people enjoyed the food. The food was good overall. The noise level and smoking this though detracted from the enjoyment of the overall experience. It was so loud that the server had difficulty Hearing our order and got a few things incorrect.

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P
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great place to eat dinner before a concert at Rogers Arena.
We searched Open Table for suggestions before the Eagle’s concert this week and went with Black Rice Izakaya based upon good reviews and close proximity to our event. Great friendly service and really good food. We LOVED their salmon Oshi rolls - similar to Miku’s Aburi style salmon Oshi rolls. Yum!! Bonus was the underground parking lot across the street that was easy walking distance back to our car after the concert. We’ll be back!!

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S
Vancouver
39 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

This was a pre-concert ( Queen Elizabeth Theatre) dinner with friends. A wide variety of Japanese dishes to choose from. All diners enjoyed their food from salads to the sushi. This is not a fine dining restaurant (background music can overpower table conversation) (the menus look and feel like they have been around for 50yrs -tears and falling apart). The ambiance, or lack of, did not impress us- dining space is a bit dark and tables are close together.
Service was okay.

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RF
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Nice casual spot with more than just sushi, the hot pots were very good and very friendly price wise. I’d go again for sure, nicely located downtown near the stadium district.

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SC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

My wife and I really enjoyed our dinner. The food was very good and the menu was definitely more interesting than the usual Japanese fare. The service was a little spotty at first and it took a few minutes to get a drink ordered but then it settled down and was very good for the rest of the meal. We look forward to return visits to sample more of the menu when we are in Vancouver.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Good food but loud atmosphere

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WC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant. Good value for Lunch Box A. I come here on special occasions.

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KA
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I've had dinner at Black Rice Izakaya twice now and both times were enjoyable. The ambiance is warm and cozy and the sushi is always fresh and delicious.

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SG
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food quality was great, but very limited selection of salmon dishes. We wanted to try Black Rice sushi and that didn't disappoint. Service was ok, a little slow to order and a little quick to bring you the bill. It was dark with candle tea light. I could just barely see my sashimi and sushi rolls. We enjoyed it as a birthday celebration dinner with saki.

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VC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

awesome all around!! Went there before the Katy Perry concert and they didn't disappoint

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AK
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Black Rice overall was a good place to eat however I wasn't blown away. Their Aburi sushi platter was not properly made as the rice consistently fell off each roll my friend and I ate. The fish itself I felt was too small a portion compared to the rest of the roll and the price.

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W
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

One of the waitresses seemed to be irritated easily and even rolled her eyes right to our face. It made us a little worried as to whether she would spit in our food. All other staffs seemed normal and friendly though. And the food is good as always. Really hope that the one waitress would not jeopardize our liking for the restaurant next time.

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k
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

First time coming here. Seen it as I have friends living at hotel Blu. We love Izakaya so we wanted to check it out. It was a little quiet when we got in at our 7pm reso. The entrance was odd as there's a big drape right when you get in that kind of blocks everything. We were sat right away with our reso. The sake menu was vast. We were recommended a very nice one with decent value based on what we told her we liked. Will go with the highlights... The pork neck BBQ on the hot stone was amazing, the chef's choice sashimi of the day was very fresh and nicely presented, $90 came with a lot of premium fish. The creamy udon was fantastic, the baby octopus karaage was awesome too. I would say all the cooked foods are stellar. The low lights would be the sushi rolls and the aburi sushi...very mediocre at best, and expensive for what they were... I wouldn't waste time with those again if we were to return. But the sashimi was really on point so I assume the nigiri would be good too. All in all it was a good experience. The servers are very nice and attentive.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The fresh grated wasabi and homemade soy sauce were fantastic compliments to the already well-balanced flavors of the sushi. Fantastic sake menu to boot. Love the frozen grape with the check.

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ES
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It's a really nice place,the portion are not really big. Service and food really great.

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice food taste and valuable

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OT
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Black Rice was just OK, nothing to complain or brag about.

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DZ
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Right next to Hotel Blu where we were staying. Really enjoyed the extensive sake menu and the staff's help with selection. The food was very good, especially the black rice unagi roll with rum and herb fire. The staff was once again helpful with menu recommendations. Unique sushi restaurant. I would like to come back again next time we are in Vancouver.

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h
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

We went for a bite after a show at the QE theatre. Great sashimi, some of the best i've had anywhere and the homemade soya sauce and wasabi were nice extras. We did find it a bit smoky and noisy so not the best choice for an intimate dinner.

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