Bistro Sakana

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CAN$30 and under
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Japanese

Bistro Sakana is located in Vancouver, British Columbia and offers a menu of delicious Japanese food, both traditional and innovative. There are also dishes with a fusion of Japanese and Italian or French influences. Vancouver�s largest list of premium cold sake is at Bistro Sakana, and you can enjoy beer and wine, as well.

Bistro Sakana has many great menus showcasing many types of foods. You can enjoy sushi, nigiri, sashimi, lunch, tapas, dessert and drinks. The lunch menu has an assortment of options for a great price so you can try something new and exciting. One of the most popular offerings on the nigiri menu is the assorted tempura with tiger prawn and vegetable tempura served with a sweet and tangy dipping sauce.

What 253 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
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vipStef
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of the best Japanese restaurants that I have ever dined. Lots of variety, it can be difficult to choose what to order.

Service is very good and we were treated like royalty.
The sushi nigiri is the best. Blue Fin and king salmon all the way!! To my surprise this place does really good cocktails as they really nail the flavors.


The only negative thing is that they over do it with the Plexiglass.

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IlyaT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best quality Japanese food in the city! Patio set up is awesome and good Covid protocols being adhered to

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vipNatty
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

FABULOUS! We wanted omakase and they didn’t have the usual omakase, but they added some extra sushi and sashimi to the 3 course dinner and it was FABULOUS. Everything was so good. I was happy to get to try more than the sushi (but the sushi was also incredible).

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vipbmarie
Vancouver
157 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Overall positive experience and we enjoyed the dine out selection.

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anamar
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

The service was terrible. They were serving the plates laying over to of the guest in one side of the table , even with enough space to serve each guest properly ,that guest was often laying back to allow them to pass the food to the people in the other side of the table -No social distance either . The training for the servers wasn't in-existent . We ordered a bottle of wine and they didin't even know how serve wine. The place is like a more high end sushi place but the foods isn't what it used to be, was lacking flavor. I suggested the restaurant , not sure the other 3 people will go again

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vipCaroline
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Went for dineout - sushi was amazing, some of the hot dishes in the bento were cold and a little lackluster. Still tasted great. Ambience inside was nice, patio was comfortable. Would go back for just the sushi. Friendly service but blatantly trying to upsell when they could.

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vipGaryDuffy
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing food and service - def the best sushi in the city

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Karuru
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The hamachi salad is amazing!!!!!!! Aburi sushi is a must! Cocktail are nice too but a little bit expensive

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JenniferK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hands down the best sushi place in Yaletown and great value.

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Mino
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great experience for us with delicious Japanese foods.

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vipAdrian
London
16 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bistro Sakana is consistently excellent. The staff are great and always happy to try and accommodate your requirements. The food is outstanding. It is a relaxed place to eat and overall great value.

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DaveG
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Wanted to love Bistro Sakana, but wasn't off to a good start when our server told us about 1/2 of the menu items we wanted to order were sold out. Not sure if this was due to Covid or other supply issues, but my wife and I started to get a little embarrassed about ordering off the menu as we started playing "will they say it's sold-out?" when ordering. Our server was pretty good and attentive.

Not a great anniversary experience. The food we did get was good (as we expect sushi in Vancouver should be), but didn't really blow us away. We've been to other establishments with better and more consistent offerings for about the same price.

Don't think we'll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service!!

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Amyp
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All the dishes are very good! Fish are fresh!!
Maybe due to the pandemic, the restaurant was a little quiet.
All the servers wear masks, very friendly service!!

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BarbaraZ
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great hospitality! Service was also efficient, good recommendations. I got an extra dish to go so I could have it for breakfast

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MarkG
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A nice casual restaurant that always has fresh fish and specialties brought in from Japan. I've been here many times and never had a bad meal. The patio is nice as well.

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viprhinolegend
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best hidden gem sushi joints in all of Vancouver!

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vipFancypants
Vancouver
33 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Bistro sakana was the first restaurant we went to dine out during COVID and we were seated in their heated patio. The dining experience was positive and we had no concerns. The day we went though, they were out of mint so no mojito and no brussell sprouts.

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Christine
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service, excellent fresh and premium quality fish, all combined with stellar customer customer service. Excellent value, a wonderful experience. I always have an amazing lunch and dinner at Bistro Sakana! Thank you to the Bistro Sakana workers!

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YEthanO
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good service. Wide selection of menu, relatively reasonably priced. Food was great. Thanks.

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RogerD
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

The food was Ok but not amazing for the high price

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viproger
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Tempura spot prawns were simply amazing. Chef's choice - a good idea.

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vipStef
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The food is always excellent. Our favourite is definitely the Omakase for Sashimi for 2. The drink menu is also a highlight with a decent selection of drinks.

I must say the service has greatly improved. I remember a mean Korean server that used to work there that acted like she was the owner.

The prices are not cheap but this is yaletown and you get what you pay for in quality.

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Cury
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was very responsive. All of the food was excellent

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vipGaryDuffy
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this restaurant- best Japanese in Vancouver

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vipStef
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I love this restaurant. The restaurant has a quiet atmosphere and plenty of choices on the menu.


Everyone in this restaurant is so friendly. They offer sanitizer before the meal.

Above all: I used to complain about the super rude lady host. Super treat that she wasn’t working today. We were all so happy. Yah!!!

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vipJanetW
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place, food is so good, service is excellent! Great choice for date night, friends get together, and just everyday dining also!

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MarcosS
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fresh! tasty! great service. love this place. .....

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Still offered full menu during these unusual times. Food was delicious but small in portions. Server was friendly but the service was all awkward due to the unfamiliarity with the new policies. Offered hand sanitizer and saw them cleaning tables thoroughly. One suggestion would be try to minimize number of servers coming to the table (designate a person).

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bbbig
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great service! Wish the portions were a bit bigger, but quality was outstanding!

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vipEnjoyit
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Top quality sushi with superb service

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LauraH
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous meal. Everything was delicious

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Kevin
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We are regulars at Bistro Sakana and it is always very good, however the service can be hit and miss and on this occasion the service was definitely less than great. Not so bad as to deter us from coming again but for such a good place like this, it’d be nice if the service was as high quality as the food.

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Lambert
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Rolls are terrible!!

Service is the highlight of the restaurant. The Japanese fishes are the best here. The rolls however, are the worst.

The avocado falls apart on the caterpillar roll, the crispy rolls are not crispy, The spicy rolls with no spice inside them and rather they are on the side. The presentation is even worse as they look like supermarket rolls trying to be upscale. A messy black sauce drawing on a black plate topped with messy rolls.

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vipDashan
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Food is unique and tasty. The wagyu stone grill was tender and marbling. The atmosphere is relaxing and beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Food is Always great. Service is always a bit strange. The tables seem to be attended by multiple servers and not a dedicated one. I think at some point someone decided it’d be more efficient but it clearly isn’t. The service is typically always a mess. I come back due to the food quality but the front of house team needs a proper manager

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JGLL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great experience. Their course menu is wonderful! Will be coming again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food is amazing!! Some of the best Japanese food in Vancouver (and there is a lot). The tables are crammed together so be ready to overhear everything your neighbours have to say as well. But the food makes the overcrowding easier to deal with.

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vipFancypants
Vancouver
33 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bistro Sakana is a wonderful Japanese restaurant in Yaletown serving fresh fish from Toyosu fish market in Tokyo. Their menu is quite extensive, including omakase and the quality of their sushi is top notch. We enjoy sitting by the sushi bar to see the sushi chefs at work, marvelling at their attention to detail. Our favourite is the gindara aburi sushi. Everything they serve is fresh, and they take pride in their craft, as can be seen in their presentation. All the servers are polite and accommodating. The restaurant is small, and the space is tight. It’s probably best to order a little bit at a time, as there isn’t much real estate on the table for all the food you want to order. The washroom is shared with the restaurant next door, which is not ideal, as there is only two washrooms and you need to go out of the restaurant with a key.

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Lambert
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

I haven't been here for awhile for business reasons and I was hyped to revisit my favourite all time Japanese restaurant. While most food here is pretty good, I can recognize that they now have a non Japanese sushi chef. His rolls just seem to fall apart and the presentation is simply lacking. Not only that the Salmon Aburi which used to be so popular here has become very mediocre. The Toro Aburi has especially become worse.

I used to come here three times a week and spend hundreds just for some salmon and toro aburi and Japanese fish.

As a positive note the ambiance and service is good.

FAQs

Bistro Sakana does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bistro Sakana also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 633-1280.

Bistro Sakana is rated 4.5 stars by 253 OpenTable diners.

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