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Kissa Tanto, Vancouver, BC
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Kissa Tanto

4.7
4.7
355 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

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.

Experiences

  • The Quintessential Omakase

    $155.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    For groups of 5-6, we are now offering a special dining experience at our finest table. Please leave yourselves in our hands we will take you on a wonderful culinary journey. Laden with beloved classics that have graced our menu since the very first day as well as exciting, unique dishes that Chef Watanabe has created especially for our Omakase. A symphony of textures and flavours: cool, soft and herbaceous on the lips, the resistance of a perfect pasta noodle between your teeth. These are the kinds of dishes that are meant to be shared amongst friends and family so that all can delight in this shared journey. *Please let us know of any dietary restrictions or if you have had our Omakase before. *Any cancellations require 4 days notice.
  • KT Valentines Day

    $200.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    On this day for lovers, Chef Joël has created a special Omakase menu to take delight in as you celebrate each other and hold hands in romantic dark corners. Laden with beloved classics that have graced our menu since the very first day as well as exciting, unique dishes that Chef Watanabe has created especially for our Omakase. A symphony of textures and flavours: cool, soft and herbaceous on the lips, the resistance of a perfect pasta noodle between your teeth. These are the kinds of dishes that are meant to be shared for all to delight. *Due to the special nature of the menu we will be limited in accommodating allergies and dietary restrictions. Let us know of any allergies prior. **Vegetarian options available. Pre-order necessary.

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What 355 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Italian

  • Vancouver

    Best Service

  • Vancouver

    Best Ambience

  • Vancouver

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Vancouver

    Romantic

  • Vancouver

    Good for special occasions

  • Vancouver

    Italian

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  1. JM

    JustinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got the tasting menu and for an expensive restaurant it was great value. Really the only nit pick we had with the place was the last plate (before the dessert) was by far the heartiest and we were too full to finish it. If the tasting menu was rearranged just slightly so the biggest meal was not last it probably would not have felt so daunting. Otherwise it was one of the best meals we ever had!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can't think of a Restaurant more deserving of multiple Michelin stars. This is by far my favorite restaurant, not only in Vancouver, but in the world, and I have been lucky enough to travel and eat in some incredible places. I cannot recommend Kissa Tanto enough. Definitely try the Tajirin pasta, the wagu is out of this world, and they have this sort of omelette, literally one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten in my life. The chef is a rarity. The service is also unparalleled, truly. Try it out, you won't be sorry!
  3. ML

    MattL

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The service was a bit pretentious, the food was not mind blowing as with virtually every other Michelin guide restaurant I've been to. Pricing was high for the quality and some of the ingredients mentioned were slightly suspect in nature. Wouldn't likely go back.
  4. MB

    MissB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Waited for 20 minutes passed our booking time to get the table. The restaurant did offer us champagne on the house to compensate for the wait. We had the 175/ppl custom omasake experience. Food serving was very slow. Each dish was very soso... one pasta was overcooked. Most dishes too salty. Food choice of the omakase did not have a good variation: We had two dishes of same main ingredients served (eggs and noodles). I don't think the restaurant deserves the Michelin one star.
  5. A

    Anthony

    Vancouver

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service ! Definitely a one star Michelin!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere, above par service, and excellent food!
  7. TP

    TiraP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Kissa Tanto to celebrate my girlfriends birthday. Definitely on the pricier side but if you are looking for quality food and service I recommend making a visit. My favourite dish was Tajarin.
  8. JM

    JojoM

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service from Belinda! Will return for sure!
  9. D

    Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Been to Kissa Tanto a handful of times over the last few years and the service was always fantastic, very warm and welcoming. This last visit was the first time service was poor. Examples include waiter tossing the bill on the table in passing while we were still eating dessert (after making us wait way too long before coming to take our dessert orders -so if he felt we were exceeding our time and needed us to clear out fast, then that was entirely on him at that point). He also was pushing us quite hard towards doing a tasting menu (instead of doing a la carte, which is what I have done on all previous visits) without being able to tell us clearly what the tasting menu includes or costs (other than a vague range). Food itself did not disappoint. But due to the service the experience was not what you should expect from a michelin star restaurant, or any restaurant at that price point for that matter.
  10. PD

    PickyDiner

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing. The special of the day Japanese Omelette with Winter Truffle is out of this world. Service is excellent - our server Daniel helped us pair each a la carte dish with a glass of wine or sake. Love the interior too, but wish we were placed the bar or the side of the dining room with lamps. Our side is not as spacious.
  11. KV

    KatherinaV

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my sister for her birthday as a special occasion meal - it didn’t disappoint. The food was so delicious. Our first round had the carne cruda - and I think we could’ve ordered this on repeat. We also ordered the tajarin as my sister had eaten this years ago at Kissa Tanto and she said it was still as amazing as it was back then. The sablefish was our other favourite of the evening along with the chilli mushrooms it was served with 💛 we didn’t have room for dessert but the feature special was an Sakura cannelloni (?) and it sounded great.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meeting with friends
  13. T

    Tseika

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall2food1service5ambience1
    Service was the only good part about this place. 3/5 dishes were smothered with parmesan cheese that was quite overpowering. The duck was gamey with a super sweet and oniony sauce. Worst part of the meal was the onigiri which was crispy but in a strange and sour tasting soup, which was then of course also covered with parmesan cheese. Entering the restaurant, we were greeted by two people blocking the entrance and taking enough pictures to fill up their camera roll. Their flash kept lighting up the entirety of the dimly lit restaurant. The music was loud enough to be nauseating, which was only then covered by a rambunctious table two places over that were practically yelling for the whole duration of their meal. The tajarin and cannolis were tasty and it would be best to just order three plates of the pasta, a drink, and nothing else.
  14. A

    Amanda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kissa Tanto never fails to impress through their impeccable service and amazing eats! I absolutely love the eclectic vintage pieces in the restaurant that gives it such a unique touch in Chinatown. The whole fried fish is an absolute must and My Private Tokyo is the best cocktail in Vancouver. This is our go-to special date place!
  15. L

    Leggystone

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! Food, service and ambience was EXCEPTIONAL! It’s a banger and worth every penny! No surprise why it’s on the Michiline list.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Set menu family style. We were not told that it was going to be so family style for our set menu New Year’s Eve dinner. We asked him to make one substitution which the server told us that is not possible and I would just have to eat nothing while my partner gets to eat it. The serving size was also very small which we were disappointed with and could not have ordered more food.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food was amazing. The cocktail I had was delicious too. What didn’t meet my expectation were the service and the ambiance. The service was overly attentive to the point of constant interruption. Two waiting staff checked if i needed another drink within 5min of each other. They also did the double checking for dessert. The deco is lovely inside the restaurant. However, for a place marketing intimate dining, my friend and I had to yell at each other in order to have a conversation. The noise level is high partially due to how close tables are to each other. I did not feel the intimate dining experience promised by the marketing department.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonderful evening. Service was exceptional, food was fantastic and the hustle bustle of joy with the background of jazz music was delightful
  19. D

    Danielle

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Such a fantastic restaurant to experience! We did the tasting menu for $150 each and it was well worth it. Some of the best food I've ever had and would have never ordered on my own. Highly recommend the Wagyu beef and the raddichio salad. Just difficult to get a reservation. Reserve at 12:00 am one month in advance if you want a spot!
  20. JH

    JulieH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Such interesting flavors and intriguing combinations. Service was impeccable. Thank you for a memorable meal.
  21. DB

    DanielB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What can I say other than WOW!!! This was our first time here and won't be our last. It's no wonder they won a well deserved Michelin Star. Congrats to Chel Joel and team. What an amazing experience. And a huge shoutout to our server Daniel, probably the top server in Vancouver. He definitely made our experience memorable
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    We had such high hopes coming here. I don’t live in Vancouver anymore, but grew up here and have always wanted to try. We managed to secure a booking at 8:45, booking a few weeks ahead and pretty much made plans around it. Upon entering, we were impressed by the decor. It’s cozy, intimate and felt like a trip back in time. Our server looked like Leonard from Big Bang theory- let’s call him Leonard) The tonno mantecanto was good but the potato made the dish too heavy. The tajarin and dandelion pappardelle came next. We had the tajarin first as it looked lighter. It was lukewarm, almost a cold dish. We had the other pasta next. We really enjoyed the pappardelle (maybe because it was hot ). When the server came to ask how it was, a friend asked if the tajarin was supposed to be be served cold. Leonard looked at my friend and said it was supposed to be warm. And proceeded to clear our plates. I then chimed in and said the reason he asked us because our dish was cold. To my surprise, he looked at me coldly and said “did you take photos?” Uh … were we not allowed to take photos ???? I said we did but very quickly. His response was “well that’s why”. He walked away. Leonard then came back to refill our waters (which he did a fine job of, btw). I told him that we had the tarajin first and the pappardelle next and that the pappardelle was still hot, and that we just wanted to tell him for his feedback, and that I don’t appreciate his dismissive response. He ignored me and walked away again. He came back and said “I wasn’t being dismissive”. Ok. Sorry at this point, I was flabbergasted. I did not expect to come into a so-called Michelin starred restaurant to get into an argument. I then told him that all we were doing is to provide feedback and not asking for anything in return. We don’t need a new dish, we intend to pay for it, and that it was strictly for feedback. The rest of the dishes that came just couldn’t cover that disgusting flavour from our server.
  23. PH

    PaulaH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great room, great dining experience
  24. AT

    AlexT

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Cocktails were amazing. Food was average. I’ve never quite understood what leads a restaurant to qualify for a Michelin star. I’ve been to many, including 2 and 3 stars, and there’s never been one I’d recommend or go back to.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing. The food was spectacular and the ambiance was cozy.
  26. JR

    JRebuchon06

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Nice omakase. However the budget option screams milking money from shallow folks. Adding caviar and truffles feels very basic to justify the price topping. Food and ingredients feels like a second guess in the process. Disappointing but still a pretty good experience.
  27. SB

    SarahB

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was really outstanding (great explanations and recommendations), the restaurant itself is incredibly beautiful and intimate. The food / drinks were fantastic, we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves throughout the entire evening.
  28. M

    Monika

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about the dining experience was exceptional.
  29. S

    Season

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and service. I would highly recommend this restaurant
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife’s birthday dinner was amazing. Highly recommend the tasting menu!
  31. z

    zact

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    a celebration and homage to all the senses. exquisite culinary experience in a wonderful setting. bravo to the servers, bartenders, and kitchen staff. a very special place.
  32. c

    chowchow313

    Vancouver

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm inviting room with a good vibe. Attentive knowledgeable service and creative menu. Unique cocktails. Will return when a table is available.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and our server Belinda was an absolute pleasure. Prices have gone up and the value is a bit stretched, but the quality is excellent - no misses on any dish we ordered. Overall we had a wonderful time and will be back!
  34. A

    Alicia

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    unbelievable honestly. start to finish the food and service were incredible. such a beautiful space as well - highly recommend
  35. BW

    Ben10W

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff are friendly, recommended me to try out tasting menu and drinks, which turn out to be perfect for our taste!
  36. JH

    JasmineH

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy our time at Kissa Tanto. The food is incredible (that truffle omelette!) and the service is always top shelf. We loved visiting with Daniel and getting his recommendations for exactly what we need to experience on the menu. We were there with family from out of town and they were impressed with the Vancouver food scene. Will be back again, soon.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was pretty good but definitely not worth the money. And don’t book a table for more than 4 people. They said their biggest table is for 6 so we booked the table for 6 but they made us squeeze into a round booth table where all of our legs were squeezed together and pressed against each other’s. Did not feel like a Michelin experience at all.
  38. AD

    AmandaD

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Amazing dining experience and well worth the trip and the cost. I only wish the volume was lower so my partner could hear me without having to lean over.
  39. BD

    BenD

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful decor, our waiter was knowledgeable, food was good quality, and the omelette is a must try.
  40. NL

    NiceLady

    Vancouver

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the drinks especially ‘My Private Tokyo’. The Italian-Japanese fusion made the dishes more interesting and unique. Well done!

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 355 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 6 times today
Experiences are available.
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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