Bistro Sakana

4.4
92 reviews
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Japanese
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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.

What 92 People Are Saying
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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food waiting was ok. Desert waiting was long

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

The food was overall good especially the tempura. Although sushi rice could’ve been better.
I just have one concern which was that the sushi chefs at the bar counter were touching their phone and even though it was a slow day customers can see it and it’s not the most hygiene thing to do especially when you’re making a sushi so I would like them to absolutely have no phone at the bar area!

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k
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Easily my fav sushi in Vancouver. Omakase at the sushi bar is the move.

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

One of my favourite restaurants for sure. Its a hidden gem with all sorts of authentic food with very reasonable prices of what your getting.

Very pleasant staff.

The blue fin tuna I find to be inconsistent. Some days it is unbelievable good. Some days the color is a bit off like aged beef and feels like it was freezer burnt.

The menu if both food and drink is so beautiful. Unfortunately it can be frustrating since probably a lot of what is being offered isn’t available. Toro Aburi, Wagyu Beef Houboyaki, Assorted Aburi set, Iberico Pork. WTF. I have a dislike for this especially when a personal guest is present.

Maybe its better to ask what is available rather than being surprised. The restaurant I think tries to do too much with limited resources.

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KL
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Authentic Japanese food, a wide selection, very great pricing, excellent location! I’m already looking forward to returning!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Not bad not good

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DT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The service was great. The food mostly what one would hope for at a Foodie restaurant. Couple of misses for me were the explanations (mainly because I didn't understand the waitress as she spoke really fast) and the cost was high

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AH
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had dinner with 6 people and it was amazing. No complaints at all will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the food and the service. Great flavour and fresh, but I thought it was a bit overpriced. Overall a very pleasant location and staff.

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s
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good food and extremely good service and friendly staff

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

the best sushi in vancouver! and the servers are very kind and know very well about the ingredients. actually i asked a lot and i thought it would be annoying but they answered so nicely. thanks a lot :) nice people, awesome dishes. i'll visit again soon!

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CR
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ww took some recommendations from the waiter, very pleasant and all of them were really good. Big menu with lots of choices. We enjoyed the multiple plates we chose. Very nice evening

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a nice visit! Food was fantastic and service was terrific. Servers were nice, kind and polite. They knew how to explain and suggest! I loved their suggestions, I would like to come again.

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SK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoy my dining on Saturday evening. Likely to come back and try other types of dish served.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Terrible service. Food came out very slow all night. Had to ask what happened to our beers three times. Our hamachi and salmon kama took nearly an hour to come out after ordering. Tea often not refilled. Will not be back.

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R
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Good food. It would be helpful if menus had images to entice but i guess that's what your phone can be used for. Small tables when seating for 2 so don't order too much at once or there will be no where to fit it.
Ordered second pot of hot Sake and was given a pot of hot water... obviously a mistake but that shouldn't happen. However it made for a memorable funny moment on a first date!
Nice cozy spot and staff was very friendly.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great

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a
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Amazing food but the service was unusually bad. I have been here numerous times but have never experienced such poor service. We were virtually ignored for most of our time there which is too bad because we difinitely would have spent more had it been better.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Poor service. Not sure if ownership has changed but it’s been terrible lately regarding service. Multiple people serving each table and poor communication from each waiter to another which causes confusion amongst themselves as well as customers. I used to enjoy my entire experience there, as of late I’ve been really unimpressed with the quality of service and food quality going down. I’m assuming it’s due to poor management.

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L
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

Language barrier with servers is inconvenient. As well, they push their fresh sheet items very hard and takes up a lot of time when you first get seated. The food is fantastic but communication and understanding customer likes and dislikes needs improvement.

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was fabulous like always ;) we enjoy the environment and food! Even good service :) Servers were so kind and friendly.

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BS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

The food was quite good, which makes it a real shame that the service was so bad that we almost didn't get to eat. Our order came out very slowly -- some of it an hour after we sat down -- in staggered dishes, and it was mostly incorrect. The wait staff ignored the instructions entirely.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food, quick service. Was a bit noisy, but what to expect on a Friday night :)

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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Food and value is good but service is inconsistent, aggressive, and rude.

Some of the freshest food I have ever tasted in Vancouver. A lot of rolls and nigiri were made to perfection. The salmon aburi is always my favourite.

The sake list is amazing and above all the wine list is full of BC vqa goodies.

I have to strongly complain that the service is inconsistent and on this day too aggressive. Waiter with strong asian accent has the gift of gab and tells a long long story on the menu and I didn’t understand half of what he was saying and I found him to be too aggressive and rough. He kept always trying to change what I wanted to order. I am aware what I want. He also crunches down at inappropriate times. Rude!!

I visit this restaurant time to time and usually leave very good reviews from my experiences but I really didn’t enjoy the experience with the server assigned to me today.

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

We had a fun time and really enjoyed the food on the happy hour menu.

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

Good food but Server Talks Too Much!!! Annoyed!!

Food was good , the Sake was superb and the value was more than excellent. They have a good Omakase as well. I would have given it a higher rating however, the service made it an uncomfortable experience.



I wasn’t happy with the service. Our server was a tall male whom just simply wouldn’t stop talking. This ruined the experience. We know he probably wasn’t a Japanese and yet he over sells, over exagerates, and over talks annoying most of the table. We wanted to be polite so we pretended to be interested.

He might as well even should have joined us at the table. Felt like a seminar in a classroom. If we wanted to know we would have asked.

Some people just want to be left alone to enjoy the meal in privacy without feeling pressure. I am sure other tables feel the same annoyance over hearing him in the surrounding tight space.


Full marks if he would just have kept it short and sweet.

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TC
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great selection of appetizers and shareable small plates makes for a fun dinner for a varied and fun experience for a group of 4-8 people!

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k
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great experience

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

Excellent food, excellent sake, excellent service!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I go here by myself and sit at the bar and just enjoy the food. Omakase! Do it!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Food was great, service was good but they forgot one item. Definitely order off of the daily special menu, lots of fresh fish from Japan.

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OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to have wonderful omakase! Chief offer us very special sushi. My favourite place to get topical Japanese food!

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J
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

My regular go to happy hour!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wentvthere two nights in a row for happy hour dinner excellent food and good service

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BL
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent Birthday dinner! Thank you for the birthday dessert!! It was the best!

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B
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is one of the best authentic sushi restaurants in Downtown Vancouver. There fish are fresh. They received oversea fish midweek (best time to go in my opinion). Some of their dishes would serve with “real wasabi”, the root not powder. Really appreciate the chefs’ techniques. You can see the details they put into the dishes. Great taste. Can get a real taste of Japan. The only thing is ventilation can be improved inside (patio is fine). Service is good. It’s my go-to-place for sushi in Downtown.

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p
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fresh ingredient, good atmosphere.

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OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good place. Service was just wonderful. Fish is so fresh. Sushi is the one of best quality in town. Highly recommend the sake.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Very unique dishes! The sushi rolls are really good and different than the same old ones. We are satisfied after our first time.

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S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

one of the best experiences by far in Vancouver. Hidden gem in Yaletown everyone needs to try the omakase they offer it is 100% worth.

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