Bistro Sakana

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CAN$30 and under
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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.

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4.1
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LH
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous meal. Everything was delicious

K
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

L
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.

D
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.

OT
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

JG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
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.

F
Vancouver
32 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.

L
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.

N
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

was my first dine out vancouver experience. maybe i expected too much, but i thought paying 45 dollars would at least get me some decent quality sushi. well i was wrong. this place is only good for happy hour

S
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal! Dine out menu was such a deal, Good variety of dishes, we loved so much.

L
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

DINE OUT NEEDS A CHANGE

I often enjoy eating here but dine out is disappointing and is going downhill because the dine out menu follows a similar template from past years.

It is always a salad of fish with dressing, sushi plate, fancy mixed box of assortments, and sometimes the beef houbouyaki.

I understand the quality of ingredients are high but at least the sushi chefs should show some creativity rather than recycle old ideas. At least the box coming from the kitchen at least changes somewhat.

As an experienced restaurant owner I know that sushi chefs should be the star because they are handsomely paid to be the star.

The service is good though especially the ones that can speak english.

I am just rating on my experience today of the food. This does not reflect on the restaurant as a whole.

BL
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

I saw reviews online saying the food is good. Honestly the food is quite bad and I believe I can get the same quality from another restaurant for half the price. The fish is not fresh. The dish choices are very boring. I would not recommend at all

LK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Food-wise, I would absolutely recommend this restaurant. My wife and I wanted a bit more home-style Japanese food for dinner so we looked into Minami but they didn't offer the dine out menu for dinners. So naturally, Bistro Sakana was our second choice. We looked at the google reviews and saw it was pretty split between great and mediocre, and since it seemed like more of a sushi place we didn't expect anything. But boy, we were stunned at their quality of food! Japanese cuisine is my favourite cuisine which I would like to consume every day, if possible. I love all of the aspects of their cuisine especially the home cooking part. Sushi-wise, I have had some great omakase in New York and their sushi was pretty up there. Their wasabi was very flavourful (has a sweet note) and I wanted to have some more. I loved the 3rd course which came with a variety of small dishes with tonjiru and rice. The tonjiru was fantastic. I loved the scallop with spicy sauce the most, then the tako, which was a "omakase mystery" item. Beef shabu shabu was my least favourite. I didn't like the dressing because it was too nutty for my taste. I would've liked a ponzu dressing. I gave 3 starts for service because my wife ordered the sake pairing and two of her sakes kept turning up late. All the sakes were excellent in terms of pairing and flavour. And yes it was a busy Friday night, but we wished the sakes were brought to the table at the same time when each course was delivered to our table and not like 10 minutes later or until I asked them to. And one of the servers even tried to lecture us by saying we had to purchase the sake pairing, which we obviously did. Although we might not look it but we are both intellectuals with high educations and we don't take lecturing that well. However, I rate this restaurant high purely because of the quality of food. They can train their staff a bit better.

PB
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Expected it to be far more expensive than it was, especially for the quality of food. Great ambiance. Thoroughly enjoyed my first dining experience here.

F
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had not been to Bistro Sakana for a few years and decided to try it during Dine Out Vancouver 2020. We were pleasantly surprised it was still the same excellence in food, menu and service. Will definitely recommend this restaurant and be on our “favourites” list.

RT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience2

Tried this place with Dine Out Vancouver. Sushi pieces were good but not outstanding; the teishoku set that followed was nicely presented and the flavour was balanced. Really well done! The service however was a joke. We added sake pairing. The drinks were served without tasting notes. Servers tried to clear away our glasses without asking before we could finished them. To top it off, the servers couldn’t keep track of the bill. (I was asked to pay twice.)

AL
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Food and service was good, price was in the high side. Sake selection is excellent.

o
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Well curated dishes with wonderful varied flavours, textures and dishes. Presentation is beautiful with good attention to detail.

RW
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

First two courses are good, but the rest of the dishes were just ok...so quite disappointed.

y
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

At first, I was really impressed and really liking everything about the place. Unfortunately, after the 1st dine out course, we didn't receive the 2nd dine out course until 40 minutes later. They seemed to forget about us and didn't realize it until my face was grumpy. We thought it was taking long because it was a full house and they were constantly rushing/serving so we didn't ask. It was only until they finally noticed we were without any dish for so long and asked if we were doing okay and we had to inform them that we didn't even get our second dish. Right after that, our dishes came out within 5 minutes and due to the long wait, we were unable to enjoy the food.

SH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

I love their Happy hour menu, it’s very reasonable and good size.
The reason why I gave -1 star was my beer. I ordered $4 beer so I didn’t expect much but 1/3 of my glass was foam and was not cold at all. I told a server that was too much foam but she didn’t understand what I meant. That was very disappointing but other than that, it was ok.

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Must try! Very good service and many selection of food. Creative and good presentation. Fresh food.

JW
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food at Bistro Sakana! The scallop motoyaki is absolutely addictive, and the smoked pork belly is flavorful and tender!

Service is always great here, we will be back again and again!

JK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best sushi and service in Yaletown. I would strongly recommend this restaurant.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Great Sushi. Service not great cause they were understaffed.

NC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bistro Sakana has excellent food and service. The king salmon kama and cod kama were the best that we have ever tasted. Hope others will come to try.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very great service and food as per usual - this place never fails to impress diners and foodies. Seating arrangement is slightly tight and more oriented to that of a coffee shop, but it is an acceptable trade-off considering the restaurant is in the heart of Yaletown. The waiters and waitresses here are all very friendly and will take good care of you

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The fish is excellent and fresh. Service was friendly and accommodating. Menu impeccable. Sake menu vast and exciting. Love their aburi sushi. Can’t wait to go back!

M
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

The sushi was excellent, but the tempura was TERRIBLE!!! It was very greasy and tasted doughy.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yummy, fast and friendly!!!

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Amazing food, but always a bit lacking when it comes to service. They could be more attentive and faster with tables, but I will still always go back for the food and location

SD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Love this spot, great food always fresh and creative. It is a bit noisy but what place isn't these days.
We brought friends from out of town and they loved it. This restaurant is great value and the food is always consistent. I recommend reservations as it is busy.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good quality

JW
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food here is delicious and appreciate the fact they have brown rice option for their sushi. Service is great and attentive. Special shout out to the scallop motoyaki and smoked pork belly dish, both are a must try!

K
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorites!

M
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Once again, Sakana delivers. Guests from Australia, Toronto and locals were all very pleased with the food. Made me look good because I was doing the ordering for 9 people. The bistro style seating did make it difficult to hear down the table, but that would be true in most restaurants. The wait staff kept an eye out for my next round of orders or wine, and several favourites really pleased everyone: Citrus ginger hamachi is an amazing combination. The salmon aburi was so good that the guests called our for more. The crunchy filo prawns and scallop were gone in a flash of texture and flavour. I rounded the meal out with some tuna and salmon sashimi was simple but so very fresh. I will be back, as usual, next time I am in Vancouver.

b
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and massive selection is outstanding. Sat outside and it was nice and warm.

OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the Chef's sushi omakase at the counter, and was treated to the best sushi I've ever had. Highly recommend the omakase sake as well. Delicious, thoughtful, and the servers are knowledgeable. What a delight! I'm excited to return.

P
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Never have complaints.