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Kissa Tanto, Vancouver, BC

Kissa Tanto

4.7
4.7
196 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Italian
Tucked into the upper story of a delightfully faded building in Chinatown, Kissa Tanto invites you into the little jewel that is the House of Plenty. First we will eat! Such supreme satisfaction we take from the delicate flavours of Japan and the warmth of ltalian cooking and feel it’s right to bring these culinary forces together to do a little dance. Why not? Soul mates are they not with their mutual love of noodles, rice, and proteins in their pure, delicious uncooked form? Think of the cool elegant crudo and cruda, crisp exotic salads, playful pastas, and rich, tender meats that we shall sink our teeth into. And whilst doing so, we will drink! We will wipe the dust off of the My Private Tokyo, inhale the burgundy scent of Barolo, sip tiny glasses of fine sake, and down chilly glasses of beer.

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2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 24 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Japanese, Creative Japanese

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (778) 379-8078

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Joël Watanabe

  • Private party facilities

    Private event requests are excepted. Please email us at hello@kissatanto.com with your contact information, party size, and date you are looking to book.

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What 196 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Italian

  • Vancouver

    Best Service

  • Vancouver

    Best Ambience

  • Vancouver

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Vancouver

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great except the music was too loud for conversation at a normal level. Perhaps I’m getting old but there seems to be a greater number of high end restaurants (of which this one is) that have their music too loud. If I wanted a bar with loud musics I’d go to a bar with loud music. The only negative to a fantastic experience.
  2. j

    jeffs

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My favorite place for excellent food and exceptional service. Very innovative menu.
  3. RA

    RyanA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding ambience, food, and staff. Top notch all-around and Manny the CdC is a scholar and a gentleman and should be lauded as the consummate gastronomical tour de force that he is! 😘
  4. MZ

    MuhammadZ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Disappointing experience given the reviews and hype this place had. Food was just okay and it was soooo loud even at 10:30
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A novel dining experience with the omakase
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Super hip restaurant Staff is incredible. Gold star to the chef and his talent working in the kitchen. Casey Belmont , Ca
  7. JT

    JenniferT

    Hawaii

    95 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Terrific, innovative food in a trendy art deco setting. This small place upstairs in Chinatown pairs trendy deco decor with excellent food. Especially noteworthy were the dandelion papparadell and the charcoal udon. Filled with flavor. The seashore martini was also a hit.
  8. f

    fmanji

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    $50 corkage is gouging, if you want to bring a nice bottle of wine that is well-aged, we should be able to do that at a reasonable price, say $25
  9. A

    Alexandrad

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente restaurante, buen servicio
  10. N

    Nick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We highly recommend the omakase if you are truly indecisive about what to order — it is a gorgeous and memorable multi-course meal curated by the chef. Servers and hosts were attentive to our requests and answered questions about certain menu items. In all, were well taken care of!
  11. C

    Coconut

    Vancouver

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous & exceptional food. Service is also excellent. Pricey and portions are small but well worth it.
  12. CW

    ChrisW

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and incredible food. Lots of interesting flavours.
  13. GD

    GeorgeD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal start to finish. I came twice in one week.
  14. E

    Eyp708

    Vancouver

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding. We did the omakase, which we didn't even know was an option, and every dish was delicious and perfectly cooked. It was a great way to try the best that Kissa Tanto has to order, as there were dishes that we wouldn't have ordered ourselves that we really liked. I also really like that the omakase was flexible, allowing you to not only set the price point per person, but you could tell them if there was something you really wanted to try, as well as if there were things you really disliked, so the tasting menu was tailored for you. Will definitely be returning!
  15. J

    Jessica

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Umm I feel the food was really on par with what I expected
  16. RR

    RiskyReviews

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Frazier and the bartending team were thorough and patient. Food and drinks were all top notch. Can’t wait to go back and try the Omakase.
  17. C

    Clara

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Our party of 3 wanted to go with the chefs choice experience at Kissa tanto. We were disappointed that despite two of our group saying we absolutely love seafood, and one person who didn’t eat seafood, the whole table didn’t get any seafood except for a tiny starter. The food was great nonetheless but I would recommend ordering a la carte next time.
  18. R

    Rach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    sooooo good! the charcoal udon was a highlight! & it was so cute inside
  19. J

    Jasharris

    Vancouver

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a great room in a neighborhood that’s a bit edgy at night. The restaurant interior is stunning to look at; a great place for a special dinner but when full the noise level is high. Ear plugs help knock back ambient sound.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t be beat in terms of quality presentation ambiance service. One of the very best dining experiences in Canada. The octopus is presented beautifully and is masterfully cooked. Always the highlight of dining in Vancouver
  21. S

    Shopper3

    Vancouver

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was bursting with flavour. Some unique flavour combinations. Serving staff were knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. Restaurant decor is attractive and comfortable.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for the amazing diner last night. The food was awesome and the service impeccable. Merci spécial à Taylor pour son service en français ☺️
  23. RR

    ReubenR

    Toronto

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's hard to put into words how great a dinner and night we had. Sitting at the bar served by Avi and Fraser. Meeting chef Joelle it was an amazing night. Let them guide you though the menu because every dish will exceed expectations. We go to a lot of highly rated restaurants and consider ourselves foodies but kissa is now our number 1 rated restaurant in Canada period !! We're going to return to Vancouver literally just to come back to this restaurant. Thanks for a memorable night
  24. e

    everythingsablur

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good cocktails, great ambiance, tasty food. Some items had very small portions, while others felt more reasonable. Omikase is also an option.
  25. s

    sidh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I have had in my life. Our server Belinda was incredible. So knowledgeable and such a nice guide for our first time at Kissa Tanto. Can't wait to come back!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience!
  27. VF

    VictoriaF

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Very unique and thoughtful. We were impressed and will come again.
  28. LF

    LisaF

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Don’t know what the fuss is about this place. Overpriced, not even unique combinations of food. Save your money, feels like a gimmick.
  29. K

    Kimberp

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Such an amazing time! And the food was top notch!
  30. C

    Claire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The service was great but took kind of a long time to get asked about when it was time to order etc
  31. t

    trevuwu

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Probably was just overhyped so I was dissapointed. Food was interesting but not necessarily good, too much licorice flavour (was in 3/4 dishes) so that was over used. Cocktail was very good. Service was a bit annoying trying too hard. Ambience was nice the place is very cool. Music was too loud though.
  32. FL

    FredL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun dinner, great food. Service was top notch. Would highly recommend.
  33. DK

    DKab

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible! We had a lot of specials and they were beyond delicious! A5 wagyu, truffle omelette, a mushroom egg noodle pasta, steak tartare, ribeye in a butter sauce and the Japanese rice side dish. Our waitress Caroline couldn’t have been more passionate about the food and more attentive and sweet if she tried. It was such a wonderful experience.
  34. N

    Nicob

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! Incredible. We had such a great experience. One of my top dining experiences in the world. So so good. Thank you!
  35. M

    Malanon

    Vancouver

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We were fortunate to get an early reservation to Kissa Tanto -- 5:30 -- after several efforts. Overall we weren't disappointed with the quality of food, the skill of our server, or the ambience. We were, however, with the $50 corkage fee (outrageous) and the high prices. We will return, but much wiser next time.
  36. SI

    SabrinaI

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most exquisite dining experience I’ve ever had. Incredible service!! I mean incredible!! The food was absolutely amazing. Such a special experience, truly.
  37. K

    Kylie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    I was really looking forward to celebrating my partner's birthday at Kissa Tanto but we do not anticipate on coming back. For the price that I am paying, I expect better service than what we received. I have never received such terrible service from any other restaurant. Our server was Hanna and she was very rude and clearly very annoyed with our questions. My partner has a seafood and raw egg allergy and asked her what she would recommend from the menu. She suggested the omakase (probably not the best idea when someone has allergies or at least explain that modifications can be made if you are suggesting a omakase) and then the beef tartare. When we politely declined both ideas, she was annoyed and told us to look at the menu ourselves. This pretty much ruined our entire evening and she never once checked up on us to see how our food was. We enjoyed some of our dishes especially the octopus salad and pappardelle but the other dishes we ordered were quite salty. Regardless of the food, the service left a bad taste in my mouth.
  38. A

    Artygrand

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous creative offerings! Love the share concept!
  39. F

    Fitfoodie

    Minneapolis

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food! Great ambiance and great drinks. Everything was wonderful!
  40. AF

    AdelleF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the most memorable dinners my husband & I have ever had!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Kissa Tanto is rated 4.7 stars by 196 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 p.m.


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Kissa Tanto

263 Pender St E, Vancouver, BC V6A 1T8

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Chinatown

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Japanese, Creative Japanese

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Joël Watanabe

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wine

  • Phone number

    (778) 379-8078

  • Private party facilities

    Private event requests are excepted. Please email us at hello@kissatanto.com with your contact information, party size, and date you are looking to book.

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