Sai Woo

4.3
218 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
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  • 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.

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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H
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We went to Sai Woo for my Mum’s birthday, it was such a good experience. The kitchen staff was able to accommodate a vegan and shellfish allergy at our table, making extra sauces and changing a couple of the dishes, we were very appreciative! Definitely order the korean garlic chicken. We will be back for sure :)

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K
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great spot for a date night. Awesome food and great cocktails.

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RH
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I don't know why it took us so long to find Sai Woo, but we will be back VERY often. The salt and pepper squid was amazing, the squid was SO tender! The Szechuan green beans were absolutely perfect and the prawn gyozas were scrumptious. Our Server, Tiana, was extremely personable, very knowledgeable and totally professional. The bill was very reasonable, can't recommend this place highly enough!

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G
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a business/personal dinner meeting and the food was very yummy. Very good spot for sharing lots of plates for the table.

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S
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Muy buen ambiente.
Buena comida
Un barrio díficil, el barrio chino, recomiendo taxi.
Fue una buena opción para ir a un lugar nuevo trendy

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KT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience with excellent modern Asian cuisine. Great value especially the tasting menu at $55 per couple. I’ll be recommending to friends!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Came in for my birthday, got a lovely birthday dessert but it came after I had paid the bill and was ready to leave! Dinner presentation was nice but food didn’t blow me away! Service was unfortunately slow.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So very good! Excellent service! Highly recommend!

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KJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great meal as per usual -
Hope to be visiting again soon!

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C
Seattle
76 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was wonderful and our server, Jackie Dean, made our evening extra special. Can’t wait to return to San Woo!!!!

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FA
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice decor.
Delicious food at a reasonable price.
Try the tasting menu. Our party loved it.

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P
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My date and I had an outstanding meal. Would be even better with a larger group.

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A
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

1st time here. Great modern looking pl. Comfy booth sitting if u can get it. Overall food taste was good. Being Asian though we can get same great food at fraction of the cost at so many ‘Asian’ rest. Drinks were pricey.

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MB
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommend! The food was very tasty and our waiter was extremely attentive. He knew the food and drink menu well and offered our group great suggestions for sharing. The price point is spot on!

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OT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Had a very enjoyable introduction to Vancouver. The service was great - friendly and attentive. Food was pretty good and the Enter the Dragon cocktail was outstanding. A little pricey.

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OL
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great time here, food was delicious. The decor and ambiance is great and relaxing. Decor offers a cultural spin to it

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and great share plates! Would definitely recommend.

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EN
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We loved our dinner at Sai Woo. Service was outstanding and the atmosphere so beautifully decorated for xmas. Our favourite dishes were the fried rice, dumplings, and cauliflower and tofu .Definitely a gem!

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JG
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Bland, underseasoned food, with few exceptions. Descriptions promise amazing flavors. They just aren’t there. Very attentive service in a pleasant space. But ya gotta season your dishes.

Also, don’t make note of a birthday celebration and then not follow through. Raising expectations and not delivering can kill an evening.

Not worth a second try.

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

Food was okay, portion sizes were small. Our chicken was pink inside and we sent it back. They comped the chicken and said they would make us a new one. Then close to the end of meal asked if we wanted the chicken ?!! So we had to wait for it to be made again

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AJ
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice place with very good food and attentatet and friendly staff. Definitively recommending this restaurant. The Chinese paella was super tasty! Interested dessert.

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DL
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a group of 20 booked in for my birthday dinner on a friday night; and Sai Woo was an excellent choice. They had a long table prepared and ready for us on arrival, we got our drinks quickly, and the food was great. Even though people were getting up and moving around, our server kept track of everything. I would say the service and the food were top notch! The atmosphere was perfect for a birthday event, but some might find it loud for a casual dinner. I would definitely recommend Sai Woo.

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f
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Tried several dishes and all the food was amazing. Service was a little slow but staff are friendly.

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M
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Mostly good overall, but a few negatives.
Tiny portions, all were served lukewarm.
Long wait for some dishes.
However, fun place, nice flavours and good cocktails.

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MP
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good overall

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TK
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night for ten of us! Our server choose the menu for us which was amazing!

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j
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Quite good. Tasting menus is very cheap is about 50 dollar for two which I was thinking per person. But it is actually for two people.

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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The food and service were good. Three of the four dishes were really good, the noodle dish was somewhat sweet though. Portions were a bit on the small size especially given the price.

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M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

Unfortunately did not have a great experience here. Sat at the bar for dinner and drinks. Ordered several vegetarian options and was very underwhelmed. The dishes seemed inauthentic, plain and a couple dishes were cold by the time we got them. The bartenders were very busy that night and unfortunately the customers sitting at the bar suffered from that. We waited a long time for service where our drinks sat empty for 10-15 minutes at a time. They were so focused on making drinks for the rest of the restaurant, we had a hard time getting anyone’s attention for service. No quality checks were done for food. Ambience was lovely, and may have been a case of not enough staff for a busy Friday night, but I would spend my money elsewhere for Asian cuisine.

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JE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Great place! Happy hour food and wine were awesome. The regular menu was just ok - cauliflower and tofu dish wasn't very good. Dumpling and gyoza were delicious.
Would go back for and try again.

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L
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great find! We had the gyoza, spring rolls, duck lo mein, Chinese paella, and fried rice. Everything is perfect portions to share. Everything we ordered was delicious! The flavors were fantastic. Highly recommend for Asian fusion.

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CB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Everything about our meal was delicious from start to finish. We had more than enough food, the service was friendly, and the ambiance was amazing. Sai Woo is a hidden gem of Chinatown. I can't wait to go back and try even more dishes.

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H
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Bad service and bad food. So many great choices in Vancouver and this is not one of them. As another reviewer pointed out, it seems they are catering to the cruise ship crowd with no expectation of repeat business.

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AR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Ambiance was great. Food was ordinary and expensive. Service was terrible. Lots of cocktails.

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JC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We really enjoyed the food here, although we did the two can dine option, and while most of the dishes served were good - the beef noodles was quite plain, not something I would order again. The staff were so friendly, excellent service, very attentive. The cocktails were also very good. The restaurant itself was lovely - it was a very enjoyable evening.

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r
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Sai Woo was a great way to end our weekend in Vancouver. It was a cold and rainy night and perfect for spicy asian fare. The space is well designed and a fun place to be!

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C
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a table for 25 and they accommodated us great!

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Seated us 30 mins late even though we had a reservation. Food came out cold / semi cold. Music was loud, service was avg. won’t be coming back

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b
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice surprise as the service , food and décor were excellent

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LD
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food in a nice environment. They present a fusion asian cuisine in a very nice presentation and flavours experience

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