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Sai Woo

4.2
126 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Sai Woo is located in the heart of Chinatown in a beautifully restored heritage building that was home to the original Sai Woo Chop Suey which opened in 1925. For the first time in almost 60 years, the distinctive green-and-yellow neon rooster once again reigns over the Pender Street entrance. It is a memento of the past, mixed with the new, which is mirrored in the interior design of this 6,000-square-foot two storey Asian inspired eatery . The Main floor is a stunning space with high ceilings, brick walls and a century-old fir floor. Downstairs is the hidden gem 75 seat private Woo Lounge. Our Chef uses fresh, local and seasonal ingredients combined with inspiring finds from Chinatown's inexhaustible pantry.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Asian, Chinese, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of Operation
Dinner:
Sunday & Monday closed
Tuesday to Thursday 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Friday, Saturday 5:00PM - LATE

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Phone number
(604) 568-1117
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Isaac Ko
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Main St
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Parking Details
Open Parking is located at West Park is located at the corner of Keefer and Columbia St. Covered parking is also available at the Easy Park at 180 Keefer Street. Meter parkimg is also available.
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Public Transit
Number 3 Downtown Bus stops at Main just south of Pender St.

Stadium / Chinatown Sky Train station is within walking distance.

Car2Go / Evo can be parked on Pender just east of Main in the permit parking.
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Entertainment
Rotating DJs spin on Friday and Saturday in The Woo Lounge 8 - midnight
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Both The Main Floor dining room and the downstairs Woo Lounge can be rented privately and can be set up for either sit down table service or a standing cocktail reception. Either floor can host all kinds of events from speakers and a/v presentations to DJ's and dancing.

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What 126 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
Value
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We had a Lovely Meal!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We had a great meal. We did the chef's tasting menu and were pleased with the food. The service was great too.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great little spot for Asian food. Food was delicious but was served lukewarm rather than hot.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great food and service
Very friendly manager

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Night out with husband and son. The food was amazing as was service

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My second visit to Sai Woo was as delightful as the first. As before, the service was knowledgeable, accommodating, and sensitively timed. With a nod to the restaurant's roots as a 'chop suey house' in 1925 Chinatown, the seasonally-updated menu offers delicious creations combining Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Viet Namese influences; attractively presented platters and bowls arrive piping hot from the kitchen. The excellent food and service are definitely enhanced by the intriguing decor which preserves the original brick walls softened by beautiful diffuse lighting and a feeling of spaciousness. Stepping into Sai Woo, you immediately leave behind the grit and grind of the city and give all your senses a treat. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We couldn't have had better service, and the food was good too. Restaurant design is beautiful. One of my favourites in Vancouver.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Great place. Interesting and tasty food. We were really happy!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Very nice experience

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The ratings are purely based on their Valentines menu. I have to say it was good but wished we could have ate from their regular menu! Overall, not bad.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My fiance and I came for Valentine's Day and a lovely time! The drinks were delicious and the food was great (it was a special set menu). But above all that, our server was THE BEST. I think her name was Jamie (or maybe Jenn?)... even though she was serving a ton of other tables we really felt like she paid special attention to us and made us feel super special. We will definitely be back for another date night.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing good. Get the Korean fried chicken.. so good!

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The food at Sai Woo was really tasty with lots of vegetarian options. It was a little slow to start receiving our dishes as they came out all at once rather than gradually which would be more typical of dining at a Chinese restaurant. Also, our table was a bit out of the way meaning that our server (who was lovely but seemed to be working too many tables) had a hard time reaching us.

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2.0Dined on February 4, 2018

the food portion was too small and the food took too long to come out, we spent most of our time waiting for the food to arrive than eating the food.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

My partner's appetizer was missing the lotus stems. We didn't find out until we saw the same dish served to the table next to us. We had to wait a long time for our entree and by the time of our striploin steaks arrived, we found them to be dry and overcooked. When we placed our order, we specifically asked for medium rare but the server told us not to worry because all steaks will be served that way. Apparently either the server lied or the kitchen didn't know how to cook steak properly. To make things worse, the cut of my steak was the vein cut so it was very chewy. Since we were hungry and had to go to our friend's place afterwards, we ate the meal and rushed out. No apology from the server neither.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great service , food portion average but delicious , creative menu for dine out ! Can’t wait to try the regular menu . A happening place for sure !

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Went for Dine Out menu which was excellent. Loved the pasta. But these items are not part of the regular menu. They should add them.

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1.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Terrible service. Our food was sent to another table which already took an hour to come to even finish cooking. Restaurant was not busy at the time. I can't imagine what it would be like actually busy.

Food itself was okay. Certainly doesn't match its price.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Came here for dine out. Service was slow. Somehow table that came in and ordered half an hr after us got their entree and dessert the same time as us.

Also the pasta was undercooked. Some noodles are still entirely raw on the inside.

Would not recommend to family and friends.

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Visited Sai Woo for Dine Out. Atmosphere was great, got a special 'Amuse Bouche' as an aeropolan member. We mentioned that it was our anniversary on the reservation...they gave us a balloon as a recognition, but that's it. Was perhaps expecting more for celebrating a special occasion. Other than that, food was good, service great. Jorge was very helpful & accomodating

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Loved it! Tasty food and great service. Will definitely be back.

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2.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Feature high ball (cask aged old fashioned - $16) came in a half full high ball glass with a large ice cube which ment probably only 1/3rd a glass of drink.
Dine out appetizers were the best part of the meal. Had the shrimp dish and foie dish.
Lychee semifredo(sp?) dessert came frozen ice cube solid. Had to wait for it to melt some to eat.
Fairly slow service for not being a full house.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

SO amazing! Perfect date night. Great vibe good food and friendly service.

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3.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Waited for at least 30 minutes in between each dishes. Food was mediocre at best. Good ambience.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Great food! Staff was amazing and super friendly. The atmosphere was cozy, fun and vibrant.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The food's fantastic and innovative. Our server was very friendly and made our visit pleasant, the interiors are amazing and there's a lot of modern take on implementing traditional Chinese elements throughout. The only comment I have is that the kitchen was quite slow.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Delicious food, excellent service and value for money

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

This is a pretty cool place. They’ve taken an old Chinese restaurant of the same name and made it quite modern. I love the fact that they kept the name so they could keep the really really cool Neon sign out front. Inside it is completely modernized. More importantly, I loved the food. It’s a Chinese fusion. We ordered the $49 for two dinner in which the restaurant decides on your dishes. This started with Cauliflower and Tofu which was excellent. It was followed by some type of unique salad that was excellent and ended with the Szechuan Black Pepper Beef. Personally I found the ginger over powering but my wife really liked it. Despite our difference on this dish we would both highly suggest giving this restaurant a try.

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3.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Beautiful room.
I was expecting the food to be more spicy in some instances, but it wasn't as flavourful as it should have been. The Korean Fried Chicken was the favourite.
Also, if flank steak is to be served very rare, it should be sliced thin, or tender, or a better cut. The pieces were quite tough and far too raw for our liking. We defer to the chef to prepare the meat as it is intended for the dish, but this was far too raw and chewy.
An odd thing as well - as dishes are served as they are ready, we were expecting them to be hot. They were lukewarm at best, which is odd as the nature of the dishes should have been hot.
Service was outstanding, the best part of the experience.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

This was a surprise find, wandering down Pender street we found a beautifully renovated "new age" chinese restaurant. Amazing food, great house wine, friendly service. Well done all around.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Great service, had balloons at the table for a birthday party. .

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3.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Service was outstanding, friendly fun. Food was disappointing...was expecting more interesting flavours. Also the place was empty though we were early at 5:30. Will try again because service and ambiance were great.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Our server was knowledgeable, patient with our questions and took time to understand our different needs. We'll certainly go back, both for the food and service.
Excellent.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

We chose Sai Woo for its proximity to the Firehall Theatre and were delighted with our choice: excellent service, creative approach to cuisine--with delicious results. Details of the original Old Chinatown 'chop suey' restaurant have been cleverly and intriguingly referenced in the spacious and pleasing decor. We will definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Good food, not good service. We were neglected most of the night.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Brilliant in every way a must for everyone who appreciates great food

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

Beautiful decor, perfect lighting, music at a reasonable level so as to accommodate conversation, interesting menu with very flavourful taste, excellent cocktails! Above all else, not too pricey. I wish I'd visited sooner and I'll definitely bring others.

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3.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Online menu items not available so only limited food choices available. Meat filled spring rolls had thick fried crusts; fried rice with Chinese sausage was dry; seasonal vegetable dish consisted only of baby Bok Choy, not gai lan as advertised in online menu; had to request tea as it was not offered on seating; restrooms are downstairs and not w/c accessible. Decor was very upscale, modern and clean but if you are coming for good food, go somewhere else.

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3.0Dined on September 15, 2017

It was just OK. Nothing special. The venue was very nice. But two big parties made it very very noisy. They sat everybody including the big parties at the back of the restaurant and the tables at the front of the restaurant sat empty

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3.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Fired rice was served cold and tasteless. Decor and server were good but we may have ordered the wrong thing.

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