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Bistro Sakana, Vancouver, BC

Bistro Sakana

4.6
4.6
456 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Japanese
Bistro Sakana is located in Vancouver, British Columbia and offers a range of both traditional and fusion Japanese food that are innovative.

Bistro Sakana also offers Vancouver's largest list of premium sake. In addition to a well rounded list of VQA British Columbia Wine, killer cocktails, with plenty of beer and spirits.



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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–9:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (604) 633-1280
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Yama
  • 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
  • Neighbourhood
    Yaletown
  • Cross Street
    Helmecken St.
  • Parking Details
    Canada Line - Yaletown Station
  • Entertainment
    Modern JazzJapanese CinemaOpen Sushi Bar
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 456 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

456 Reviews
  1. LoveTableau

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was as always amazing and beautifully presented. Will come back for sure!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We were pleasantly surprised with the food. It was so good. The sauces were OUTSTANDING. I think the food was delicious. The ambiance is OK. The restaurant is small but cosy and has a casual feel to it. You can expect this vibe as the restaurant name is called BISTRO seems less formal and casual. Anyways, it is delicious. We were not expecting that. I'm sure this restaurant will just get more and more busy as people discover how good the food is there. Way to go Chefs ! For example, the wasabi, was fresh grated wasabi horseradish root, not that powdered prepared wasabi. There was a special sauce brought out for the different sashimi pairings. Nice touch. The staff is quiet and pleasant.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, loved the sake list, would definitely return.

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  4. RayM

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and good. But table and chairs in patio are awkward… they don’t fit - chairs wider that tables.

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  5. MichelleB

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely service and good food the ambiance might need some work

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and high quality ingredients; great service and good value. My new go-to place!

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  7. FrancoO

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We come here on a regular basis. Always amazing. Worth every penny. Service is very good.

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  8. ryanp

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    delicious food & great service. would recommend this place

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spider roll was really good, was hesitant to try as I do not normally order tempura and the roll had tempura in it, but it was well worth it. Eager to try more rolls here!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my good to place for sushi for over 15 years. The quality of fish excellent and prices are amazing. They use very little rice on the rolls (the way it should be) so there is a nice balance of fish and rice.

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  11. Anonymous

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous! I highly recommend! Great food and great prices.

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  12. FrancoO

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Not the first time here… and we will be back. Exceptional cuisine, excellent dish and sashimi.

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  13. DavidG

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The ambiance was ok, but not great. The food was excellent, service was mediocre. Unfortunately, we had a very loud couple two tables away from us and it was simply annoying. I can see people having fun and being energetic, but this was a case of loud and annoying. I may go back, undecided.

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  14. RyanC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great on every level. The food is really fantastic, but its the service which really sets it apart!

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  15. FoodiePiggy

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the dine-out menu a lot, having a variety of small plates to get a taste of the expansive menu. We'll definitely recommend to our friends and families and look forward to returning again in the near future. Foods and service are both excellent - definitely a gem in Yaletown!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The dining experience at Bistro Sakana was delightful, with exceptional food that impressed us. However, the server's request for payment right after dessert felt a bit abrupt, slightly affecting the overall ambiance. Despite this, the culinary offerings make it a recommended choice for those who prioritize excellent cuisine.

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  17. DarrenS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic sushi of exquisite quality and not overpriced.

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  18. Susan

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I just happened to realize that I've been to the place before, and the food quality was consistent. I went there for the Vancouver dine-out this time. Service was great - I called a couple of times to reschedule due to the back-and-forth changes from me and my friend, but the staff was always patient. The dine-out menu is also pretty good compared to the other Japanese-styled dine-outs. You can try sashimi and some cooked food if you prefer. Their Aburi is always a must-try. The only thing that I feel would be better next time is that when we had the main course, some kinds of the food were not very warm (the others were good), though I do understand that for dine-out and the busy kitchen, they may have made some dishes earlier. Overall, I would highly recommend a try, regardless of dine-out or not.

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  19. Francis

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was awesome, both taste and presentation. Staff members are super nice.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was not worth it. Meat dishes were very weak.
    Bistro SakanaResponded on January 28, 2024
    While we thank everyone for trying our dine out. Regulars would understand that traditional Japanese cuisine with a touch of fusion is the identity of the restaurant as we are not a steak house or meat establishment. It is unfortunate that dine out customers that are not regulars have unrealistic expectations which is a feeling of a drag down.

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  21. Jules

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall the food was delicious. Service was great. I would dine here again.

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  22. kathleenc

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for a good food and good value with you good friends

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  23. Sh54

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Went here for dine out with some friends last year and loved the food so I decided to come again this year with my boyfriend. Unfortunately, we weren’t aware that the dine out menu contained shrimp items and my boyfriend is allergic. After seeing shrimp in the appetizer, we asked one of the servers if the dine out menu contained any other items with shrimp and she said no. The next entree served to us had shrimp on eggplant. When we asked our server if it was possible to get a new eggplant that had not touched shrimp she tried to ask the kitchen, but unfortunately they could not do anything. The service also felt a bit rushed as we were served the bill before we finished dessert even though the restaurant was not to be closed for another hour. The food was good and I liked that the sever explained the items that came. Experience could have been better if substitutions could have been made for allergies or if the server asked for any allergies at the start.

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  24. bossy

    Vancouver

    94 reviews

    4.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was ok. Came for dine-out. It was busy. Service was ok. Some interesting dishes. Sake pairing was wonderful. Some amazing dishes : smoked salmon appie. Shiso scallop kebab and grilled eggplant were mouth watering. Mochi dessert was also a winner

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  25. MilanM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We were greeted and reserved table was ready for us. The restaurant was not busy so we ordered food and were expecting good service. Two of us received a main meal before the appetizer , we received it after 15 minutes. I am talking about two people while remaining four people were waiting for their meal. We asked about our meals since other people were receiving theirs and we were waiting for ours. The last meal finally arrived, it was over an hour between the first meal that arrived and the las person meal. Good was good but the whole experience was awful, we didn’t have great experience as a group of 6 people.

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  26. Warmstar

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We think Sakana is one of, if not THE best sushi dining experiences in Vancouver.

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  27. KenW

    Vancouver

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Yamasan served us the most delicious sushi & sashimi. Food was excellent as well as the service from servers. Excellent location.

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  28. KenW

    Vancouver

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best sushi and Japanese food in Vancouver.Chef Yama san is the best sushi chef in town and the service was excellent.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was incredible! The smoked salmon sashimi was my favorite and my daughter loved the wagyu beef. Nanako was our server and she was just wonderful.

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  30. DanNguyen

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff, cozy place, the portion is quite small for 2 people

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  31. KelMike

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant offers delicious food and an extensive selection of Sake.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. The sashimi was done perfectly by chef Yama San. Delicious and well presented. The staff who served us was on point as well, kind and professional. Best Japanese spot in downtown!

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  33. KatM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious real crab California rolls but the Sockeye Jalapeño Aburi was the tops. Lovely crunchy Chicken Kara-age. Tasty Goma-ae. Incredible ice cream deserts.

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  34. BarrieW

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food but a table for 2 is really not big enough for a sushi dinner we ran out of space really quick. However everything tasted great and will dine again.

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  35. Foal

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food. A little cramped seating and was missing the set menu that I enjoyed the last time.
    Bistro SakanaResponded on August 27, 2023
    Thank you for dining with us. As mentioned the set menu is available only once a year in January as it is not usually part of our regular arsenal. However, we do offer an Omakase menu which is available for pre-booking which is competitively priced based on inspiration of the premium and freshest ingredients available.

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  36. KenW

    Vancouver

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sushi prepared by chef Yama san was excellent. Fish was very fresh. Prawn & squid tempura was delicious. I would say this is the best Japanese restaurant in Yaletown & perhaps in Vancouver.

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  37. BrettT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the most wonderful meal last night at Bistro Sakana! The pork belly in particular was fabulous, and the service was excellent. I highly recommend this place!

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  38. Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Server made us feel bad about ordering anything off the regular menu. Fish was not super fresh for the prices, though portion size was good. Didn’t enjoy the aburi (slightly cooked with a smoky flavor) and some of the nigiri that was smoked (without mention on the menu). Not much creativity with fish enhancements (though presentation was nice).

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  39. ColinM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Consider reconfiguring outside seating, person beside me, had their back to our table, but kept leaning backward over the top of our dining to table.

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  40. MlopI

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food at Bistro Sakana is very good, we really enjoyed our food and the service. It will be nice to have paper menu with pictures.

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FAQs

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

Bistro Sakana is rated 4.6 stars by 456 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bistro Sakana

1123 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P2

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Helmecken St.
  • Neighbourhood
    Yaletown
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–9:45 pm
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Canada Line - Yaletown Station
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Yama
  • Entertainment
    Modern JazzJapanese CinemaOpen Sushi Bar
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (604) 633-1280
  • 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
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