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About Bistro Sakana

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.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:45pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:45pm

Cross Street:
Helmecken St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 633-1280

Website:
http://www.bistrosakana.com/

Entertainment:
Modern Jazz
Japanese Cinema
Open Sushi Bar

Parking Details:
Canada Line - Yaletown Station

Executive Chef:
Etsuko Needham

Private Party Facilities:
Patio area can be rented separately from main dining area. Restaurant can be bought out in its entirety (maximum 70 guests)

Private Party Contact:
Peter Needham: (604) 561-6973

Additional:
Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bistro Sakana Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.4

Service

4.2

Ambience

4.1

Value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighbourhood Gem (4)
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Great Beer (2)
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Food4
Ambience4
Service4

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Fresh fish. Excellent presentation.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fantastic service and excellent sushi. Will be back again!

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

One of our favorite sushi restaurants in Vancouver. Food and service are excellent. Try their in house smoked sashimi - amazing!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Yama is an excellent chef. Great variety of fish. Fresh & tasty. Had a very good hamachi Kama. Very good service.

Food3
Ambience4
Service1
Value1

 
·Dined on October 24, 2017

After we were seated we waited, it took them nearly 10 minutes to bring us our menus. Not too long after that, we were approached asked if we had a reservation- even though we had told them about our reservation when we arrived and were told that this was our table. Overall, the food was good, but in my opinion overpriced once you consider other similar restaurants in the city.

Food5
Ambience2
Service2
Value3

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was really amazing. Also the portion wise was very decent.
The only thing we didn’t enjoy as much was the seating that night. We originally booked a table for four. But we called in 3 hours before the actual reservation to change our attendees will just be 2 instead of 4.

We were seated between two groups. Each of them has a spare chairs to put their personal belongs. We felt like the restaurant just want to make the best use out of it instead of really caring how we feel. They sat another group down very close to us. (Less then 3 inches between two tables)

And also this kind of set up was too crowded that we didn’t get our water refilled toward the end.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Tapas
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The freshest sushi I’ve had in a long time.

Food3
Ambience4
Service2
Value3

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 1, 2017

It was interesting for our first visit. The waitress was polite as was the staff but we found that we were not attended enough. We waited longer than we should’ve to order and drinks weren’t refilled until we were ready to pay, long after we were finished.

Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
·Dined on September 30, 2017

Tables are too small. Difficult to communicate with servers.

Tags: Casual
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on September 26, 2017

Great meal. Tons of dishes, expertly prepared. Great service from staff.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Their happy hour menu is value for money. All my friends enjoy the value and quality of this menu.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Casual
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Food and service are excellent at Sakana. I prefer a quieter venue, but.. overall Im confident in recommending Sakana

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Miami)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Terrific. Manager help serve us and was a real asset to our dinner guiding us to really tasty selections.

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on August 9, 2017

The restaurant was overall pretty decent. The food was beautifully prepared with an artistic and elegant look though the taste could be improved. The service was great; servers were all very friendly and did a great job. They gave us eight servings of free desserts for my birthday, which was very heart warming to me. I did not expect that.
A very romantic atmosphere there with dim lights and candles at night. Great place overall!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Excellent meal, good service, what more do you want?

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (México)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Excelent place to have a great diner

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Can't miss. Great food, service, selection, venue, value, atmosphere/location

Food1
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Do not waste your time. I've had better sushi at the grocery store.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Very nice spot. The owner waited on us and was a great guy!

Food3
Ambience4
Service3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Good ambiance but I wish the food lived up to it.

Food3
Ambience3
Service1

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 9, 2016

Food was good,however, it was the worst service I have ever experienced. No water refills, no drink request, servers were very rude and it took over an hour to get our first order of sushi. We got there at 7:30 and left at 10:00 ordered three different sushi rolls that took 2.5 hours to come out of the kitchen. The place was not slow but is also was not super busy.

Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 3, 2016

Bistro Sakana was pleasant, breezy and charming. The earnest owner was helpful in providing recommendations and enthusiastic descriptions of his wife's creations. The sake was good, and the quality of food was excellent. It was almost full, and on a Wednesday evening customers included a former mayor of Vancouver and a notable television personality (names suppressed in a Canadian way of respecting people's privacy). Delightful evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
Food5
Ambience5
Service4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 22, 2016

Very fresh food. Arrive early for faster service. On a Friday night, after 8pm, the food's arrival slows down. We wanted a few more items towards the end and the wait was a bit long. Staff was great.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on July 16, 2016

This was a great sushi meal. The service was fantastic, and it was very busy. Beware, the food is a little precious (meaning pretty and small). It was pricey even by sushi standards. Still, I would go back. The seared salmon with a razor thin slice of raw jalapeno is amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2016

Great spot with friendly service and unique menu items! Excellent patio for people watching.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
Food5
Ambience4
Service5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 11, 2016

Favourites: Aburi, Tuna & Avocado crepe, black sesame encrusted tuna, duck
Food and service are fantastic every time.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2016

Fantastic specials, personalized service, and great prices. As a foodie from NYC, this was definitely one of the best meals I've had in a long time.

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