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Bistro Sakana

4.4
53 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:45pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:45pm
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Phone number
(604) 633-1280
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Etsuko Needham
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Private Party Facilities
Patio area can be rented separately from main dining area. Restaurant can be bought out in its entirety (maximum 70 guests)
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Private Party Contact
Peter Needham: (604) 561-6973
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Helmecken St.
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Parking Details
Canada Line - Yaletown Station
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Entertainment
Modern Jazz
Japanese Cinema
Open Sushi Bar
Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 53 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.1
Service
3.9
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

One of best fresh sushi around, directly from Tokyo food market

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Excellent traditional and modern Japanese, very consistent quality!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Very nice and fresh food. Authentic fish from Japan. Rare to find these types of fish in japonese restaurants in Vancouver. Worth a visit but be prepared to spend money if you want to leave the place with a sated hunger.

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2.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Did not have the first two things I ordered and then there was attempt to up sell me which was clearly evident so I cancelled that item altogether.

Not a bad spot but there are a lot of Sushi Restaurants in Vancouver that I would refer people to rather than this one.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Second time here, overall good. Not as good as first experience. We could smell the bathroom from the outdoor pateo which was pretty unpleasant. But besides that, everything was good.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Food was good but nothing different from the usual sushi joint unless you order the fish from Japan. They have a Sake tasting menu which is cool. Had high expectations for the ambiance but it was similar to any other sushi restaurant. Decent quality for the price.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Two hours for our full meal. Waited about 20 minutes on average for each course.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Good food, tasty and special. Service was friendly but disorganized, had to remind them to bring our next course.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was amazing! Service was sub-par. Waitress didn't really know we had reservations. Asked for a sake recommendation when we ordered our dinner but the waitress forgot and had to ask another waiter.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Food was so delicious and the presentation was superb. Service was also excellent

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We did the dine out menu, everything were delicious, my mushroom ravioli was the best I ever had. My husband liked his duck confit very much. We both enjoyed the warm goat cheese salad. We will definitely go back the next time we are in town.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent food and service

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Cool experience, liked it!

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2018

First I would like to mention that the food is great. Both Authentic and Fusion Food. Best sushi on the planet!

The pricing is a super valued. However, this restaurant doesn’t come without faults.

My last visit was on Feb 1 during dine out period. Nasty amount of people. I understand that it can be busy however, the
annoying part if the waiting a long time despite having a reservation. It is rather unforgiving that this restaurant cares more about quantity volume. I would rather you just raise the price of the menu!! Sometimes I question why the menu is so below reasonable priced and where the source of the food is coming from and if any consequences. Its kind of too good to be true.

My advice is to say If you can’t handle it just simply don’t take the reservation. WTF! The lady reception just smiles and doesn’t care much. Just my two cents.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

dinner was excellent - service slipped because it was very busy.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

We went there to try on their dine out menu. It was really amazing! We did the wine pairing which it’s totally worth it. Highly recommend it.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Great value on the Dine Out menu! Lots of food for the price, and good quality. The pairings were great, too (both wine and sake options). First course salad with side of thinly sliced sashimi was lovely with bright citrus flavours. Second course aburi sushi was tasty (because aburi!), and it was quite good, but I have to say I like Miku a little better for aburi. Third course of four small Japanese dishes was wonderful and showcased the elegant simplicity of traditional Japanese food. The pork belly (while definitely not traditional) was nicely done with a soy glaze on the crispy top; the steamed seafood was to die for (had the same flavours as a good chawan mushi); the fish tempura was perfectly light and crisp, and the truffle salt gave it that something special; and the veggies in broth had a delicious dashi flavour. The cooked beef dish reminded me of bulgogi, but the miso added a nice touch. The dessert was a lovely matcha panna cotta that was clean and well balanced. We left stuffed!!

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

This was our favourite Dine Out restaurant by far. The service was attentive and informative. The food was delicious and the presentation was creative. This was better than I expected.

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2018

I went with my son on Jan 20, Sat to celebrate his achievements at work. We went for the dine out $40 menu. A waitress served our main dishes but one of the Chef at the sushi bar stopped her. So she took them back, then place them on our table. She did this twice before finally leave them on our table. One of the clam in one of the dishes is not open so I informed the Manager, he took it to the Chef & end up brought back open & said Chef advised ok to eat. I can’t even get it out from the shell! The restaurant is small with too many tables. Very noisy & no privacy to chat. I was so afraid some of the dishes were going to end up on my son’s head. I will not go back & not recommend anyone to eat there.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Our family of five went for dine-out menu and we all thought it was extremely worth it. Food was tasty, portions were generous and service was excellent. We especially loved the appetizers and desert. YUMMY. I went last year for dine out too and thought menu was better last year but still not disappointed with this year.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Great menu for dine out. It showcased a variety of food and it was worth it!

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Great tasting food. A few dishes are pricey for what you get, but all tastes great.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

Love to eat here!

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Fresh fish. Excellent presentation.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Quite possibly the best sushi in Vancouver. That good. I recommend the pork belly. Incredible.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Fantastic service and excellent sushi. Will be back again!

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on October 23, 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.

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4.0Dined on October 20, 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.

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4.0Dined on October 10, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 30, 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.

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3.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Tables are too small. Difficult to communicate with servers.

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on August 28, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 8, 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!!

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