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Kissa Tanto, Vancouver, BC

Kissa Tanto

4.7
4.7
108 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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Booked 27 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.

Popular dishes

Menu

To Begin With

  • Half-Dozen Oysters

    daikon chili, nori wasabi granita

    • Market Price
  • Pickle Plate$11.00

    a rotating selection of pickled vegetables

    • Fish Crudo$24.00

      shiso vinaigrette, radishes, Tokyo leek, capers, pickled almonds, Castelvetrano olives

      • Octopus Salad$24.00

        crispy smoked octopus, fresh and pickled radishes, parsley & chili purée

        • Fried Stuffed Olives$9.00

          yuzu & smoked chili sausage

          • Tonno Mantecato$25.00

            confit Albacore tuna, smoked potato, furikake, bruschetta with tobiko

            • Carne Cruda$25.00

              Snake River Farms wagyu, nashi pear, charred scallion soy, parmesan, arima sansho, gnocco fritto

              • Autumn Salad$24.00

                various textures of beets, turnip, radish, coriander, organic rose honey vinaigrette, mascarpone umeboshi and yuzu crema

                Tender to the Tooth

                • Mezzi Rigatoni$33.00

                  nut fed pork ragu, butter, sesame crumb

                  • Tajarin$33.00

                    butter, roasted mushrooms, miso cured yolk

                    • Charcoal Udon$49.00

                      dungeness crab, prawns, squid, Calabrian chilli butter

                      For the Main Event

                      • Whole Fried Fish

                        daikon soy dipping sauce

                        • Market Price
                      • Sablefish$47.00

                        nanban oyster mushrooms, chili salmoriglio, marinated currants, pine nuts sunchoke purée

                        • Organic Half Chicken$37.00

                          shio koji dipping sauce, herbed oil

                          • Lamb$48.00

                            fennel & chili rubbed Te Mana lamb sirloin, hijiki tsukudani, brassicas, miso bagna cauda

                            By the Side

                            • Mascarpone Polenta$15.00

                              crispy guanciale, yuzu lemon balm & shiso salsa verde, rice crisps

                              • Braised Greens$15.00

                                swiss chard, grilled kale, citrus brown butter

                                • Yaki Onigiri$16.00

                                  grilled pressed rice stuffed with himematsu mushrooms, Parmesan, roasted chicken consommé, pickled shiso, Piave vecchio cheese

                                  Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                  What 108 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

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                                  1. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Manitoba

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined 2 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    Delicious food! Great intimate vibe, knowledgeable staff & overall fun experience. Can’t wait to dine again!

                                  2. F

                                    Foodie

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined 2 days ago

                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                    Great food. Sat up at the bar and enjoyed our meal. Everything was perfection for food. The place was a bit noisy so it was a bit hard to have conversations with your dinner partner.

                                  3. ZZ

                                    ZackZ

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Delicious food, amazing service. Portions are very small.

                                  4. PG

                                    PaulaG

                                    San Francisco

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined 3 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The food is exceptional. But what real makes the experience is the staff. Every one, without exception is friendly, educated and understands the boundary between personable and personal. Love this place.

                                  5. W

                                    Weezy

                                    Vancouver

                                    6 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    6 reviews

                                    Dined 7 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Amazing night out at Kissa Tanto to celebrate a milestone birthday!

                                  6. DK

                                    DevinK

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 14, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    It feels like you’re stepping into another world when entering kissa tanto. The room is breathtakingly designed and the food even better. Highly recommend to anyone who loves food.

                                  7. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Vancouver

                                    4 reviews

                                    vip
                                    3.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on May 13, 2022

                                    overall3food3service5ambience4

                                    We ordered the omakase, chefs tasting (chef decides your menu) menu for $150 per person. The food was good but it was not worth the money. I felt like if I ordered from the menu we would have had better experience. My recommendation if you are visiting the place, is to order instead of going omakase

                                  8. SG

                                    ShibaGal

                                    Vancouver

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 9, 2022

                                    overall4food5service5ambience5

                                    Food, Service & Ambience was outstanding. Great quality, creative & beautiful presentation. Portion sizes are on the "beautifully petite" size (aka rather small), with the exception that desserts were a GOOD portion! If portion sizes could be increased by 30-50%, relative to the price ($25 for appies, $49 for mains) I would have given the experience 5-stars.

                                  9. SB

                                    SBee

                                    Seattle

                                    4 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Amazing atmosphere and food! Everything is well worth the price, and all the servers/bartenders were great :) Would definitely come back and highly recommend if you want some unique tasting food!

                                  10. ER

                                    EdwardR

                                    Vancouver

                                    2 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                                    Great food and service. Could be expensive for a party of 4 or greater. Unique flavours and presentation.

                                  11. S

                                    Sher

                                    Vancouver

                                    8 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    8 reviews

                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    This might be my new fav I'm Vancouver! Perfect place for sharing and trying several dishes. Every single thing we ordered was amazing!!!

                                  12. k

                                    kissam

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Excellent food and service. Portions could be more generous for what they are charging

                                  13. BW

                                    BWK88

                                    Vancouver

                                    4 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                    overall4food5service5ambience5

                                    Our server was very knowledgeable and the food was outstanding. The fried fish and charcoal udon was amazing! However, the cocktail selections was limited either between gin based or scotch based. Price was on the hight end but would highly recommend for special occasions!

                                  14. YV

                                    YVETTE

                                    Vancouver

                                    5 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Server Daniel was amazing! We brought two toddlers there and he was extremely attentive and worked out with our “kids situation” very well for example 1) recommended which item to order and to bring the food out for them first. :) 2) able to work with less salt for the tarjarin & charcoal udon. Haven’t had such amazing customer service in a while! Food was amazing as usual! Always my favourite restaurant :) Oh! BEST TIRAMISU amongst all the restaurants I’ve been to!!!

                                  15. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Vancouver

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 5, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great! Wonderful evening

                                  16. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    2.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 5, 2022

                                    overall2food5service1ambience3

                                    Didn’t allow us to bring our own cake to the restaurant, and didn’t notice us before the reservation, I couldn’t even bring the cake into the restaurant even though I’m not going to open it in the restaurant.

                                  17. L

                                    Lulu

                                    Vancouver

                                    9 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    9 reviews

                                    Dined on May 2, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Me and my husband love the decor there, food is good, service is excellent. Definitely a restaurant we will visit again!

                                  18. J

                                    kristinJ

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 1, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Everything was perfect absolutely top of the line. The service the food the drinks the Ambiance I love this place. The only issue I would say was it was very loud so my friend and I had to yell at each other which is never fun. Other than that absolutely perfect

                                  19. M

                                    Mark

                                    Edmonton

                                    44 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    44 reviews

                                    Dined on May 1, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Food was stunning and imaginative, it was well prepared and service was on par with the best in Vancouver

                                  20. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Toronto

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 1, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Amazing, food, service and ambience. Definitely worth the visit.

                                  21. CB

                                    ColetteB

                                    Vancouver

                                    3 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on May 1, 2022

                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                    The service and food was amazing. We will definitely go back

                                  22. DS

                                    DawnS

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Amazing ambiance. Excellent food. Great service. Will go again!

                                  23. c

                                    cmac

                                    Montreal

                                    4 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Truly sensational food - background music a little too loud for conversation at our table, but great experience served with care...

                                  24. E

                                    Eating2live

                                    Vancouver

                                    26 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    26 reviews

                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    I came here on a date last Thursday and thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance of the place and the service. We booked a month in advance and we're seated at the cute nook by the window! The server was very knowledgeable about how the flavours of the cocktails are and how the food was cooked. Checked in to make sure we were happy throughout the evening. Music wasn't loud. Bathrooms were clean. Pricey but was well worth it. Proper unpretentious fine dining experience . Highly recommend! Definitely get the plum cocktail and the fried rockfish dish. Those were my favorites!

                                  25. F

                                    Foodies

                                    Vancouver

                                    4 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Loved the atmosphere. We were happy to be seated at the bar where we received impeccable service, food nicely presented, and portions that were just right. A wonderful dining experience!

                                  26. D

                                    Duck

                                    Vancouver

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 28, 2022

                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                    Great service, lovely room but insanely loud. Tried 3 Appetizers - all were disappointing. $75 truffle omelette - couldn’t taste the truffle. If it had been a $25 omelette- then 5 stars as it was great, just not for the price of $75. The charcoal udon and lamb main dishes were absolutely delicious and memorable.

                                  27. t

                                    tanyal

                                    Edmonton

                                    10 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    10 reviews

                                    Dined on April 25, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Hidden gem. Decor and atmosphere were great. Server was INCREDIBLE. She made the menu come to life and we enjoyed every morsel. Highly, highly recommend.

                                  28. MB

                                    MariaB

                                    Vancouver

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 25, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Food is outstanding and the service is as good as it gets. Will be back for sure.

                                  29. B

                                    Brandon

                                    Vancouver

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The food and environment were amazing and our server, Daniel, checked on us frequently and had great recommendations.

                                  30. EW

                                    EmmaW

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 22, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Best service we’ve ever had. Every bite was delicious. Wonderful cocktails.

                                  31. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Vancouver

                                    2 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on April 21, 2022

                                    overall4food5service4ambience4

                                    Having different servers take care of one table made it slightly confusing and some orders got missed/forgotten and we were not aware that someone else was handling it. Seemed a bit hectic for a Wednesday night at 6pm

                                  32. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    Vancouver

                                    2 reviews

                                    1.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on April 17, 2022

                                    overall1food1service2ambience4

                                    The lamb was tough, definitely overcooked, the sauce that came with the lamb just tasted like salt. I would say that this place had a fine dinning ambiance and prices, without the actual quality of fine dinning dishes. The food at cactus club and earls would have been better than what I had here. I would not go back here.

                                  33. ML

                                    MahLea

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 16, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Just AMAZING 🤩….. Being greeted by Justin and Joel at the doorstep makes you feel very special….that’s super cool!!! And they did not stop to empress until you basically walk out the door, from food, drinks, wine, ambiance, service…….and the staff etiquette, it’s so great to see a group of staff that helps one another, what a team! Thank you for such an incredible experience. Will definitely be back again soon ❤️

                                  34. A

                                    10April22

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 11, 2022

                                    overall3food3service5ambience5

                                    Good but the dishes are overpriced for the quality and taste they come in. Service was impeccable and the ambience was very pleasant. Overall a nice restaurant but not providing the right value for money.

                                  35. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 11, 2022

                                    overall3food3service5ambience5

                                    Ordered pickle plate, autumn salad, yaki onigiri, tajarin and the tiramisu. Pickle plate …If you’ve ever seen Hannah Pilkes review her boyfriends home brew on Instagram; it sums up our pickle plate experience perfectly. It was also a bit pretentious. Salad was delicious, pasta was excellent, yaki onigiri lacked depth. When asked about it, the waitresses insisted they remake it. It came back so much better the second time around. Tiramisu was what you’d expect. Overall our service was fantastic and we had a good time.

                                  36. v

                                    vcmkm

                                    Vancouver

                                    4 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on April 11, 2022

                                    overall4food5service4ambience5

                                    Delicious , creative food but small portions for the high prices.

                                  37. GS

                                    GerriS

                                    Vancouver

                                    5 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on April 11, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    This my third visit to Kissa Tanto and the kitchen and staff, as usual rose to the occasion. I've never had a bad meal here - the dishes are sublime. Every plate has such wonderful flavours, are perfectly balanced with just the right amount of heat (if you order spicy) salt, acid and umami. Daniel was our main server, been there since day 1 and is so knowledgable about the menu and wine pairings. Price wise - be prepared the bill can be hefty, dinner, wine and cocktails can set you back a bit, but choose well and enjoy each morsel. One of my favourite places to dine in Vancouver!

                                  38. H

                                    Heather

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 10, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Excellent food, service, drinks. Highly recommend.

                                  39. JP

                                    JohnP

                                    Vancouver

                                    3 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on April 10, 2022

                                    overall3food2service5ambience5

                                    Flavours and cooking techniques missed the mark. Service was great but doesn’t make up for small portions and lack of flavour.

                                  40. MM

                                    MonicaM

                                    Vancouver

                                    19 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    19 reviews

                                    Dined on April 10, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Husband’s birthday treat and it was well worth it!

                                  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 108 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                  Booked 27 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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