Sai Woo

4.5
140 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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
Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(604) 568-1117
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, 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/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, 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 140 People Are Saying
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MT
Vancouver
4 reviews
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent staff and value

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JB
Seattle
1 review
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Top notch from start to finish.
Food and service were excellent
Original and delicious

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They accommodated our table of 3 so that we could have the chefs sampler menu which is normally for 2 people. Everything we had was amazing, the calamari was so tender, the shrimp cooked to perfection and wow for the beef dishes! Great ambiance and noise level is low making it easy to have a conversation.

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Y
Washington DC
2 reviews
3.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Food was fair overall, the korean pancake was the highlight. Service was quite poor, drinks came late, entrees came before the appetizers and the waitress spilled soy sauce on us as she was clearing the table.

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TR
1 review
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Awesome food, ok service, really noisy (all hard surfaces) but lots of positive energy. Excellent prices. Overall a great experience.

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M
1 review
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food and service were very good. Portions were larger than we expected so the value was excellent. I will be going back.

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VC
Vancouver
2 reviews
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great way to spend a nice dinner before a show. We were a little late to the Kevin Hart show but we expected them not to start on time which worked out well.

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LH
Vancouver
1 review
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was good for the price and the ambiance is great. Of the dumpling and spring roll appetizers, the spring rolls were legit. Under mains, the squid is not what you might think, it's better, it's thick-cut chunks of squid with a very delicate layer on the outside. The confit duck lo mein was my favourite of the evening. Happy hour is good if you're a beer or wine drinker, all other cocktails are full price during happy hour. Music is '90s, early 2000 r&b, so if you like that it's a nice vibe, the decor is minimal and modern with character.

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BS
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Classic, but upgraded, chinese and Asian meals. Excellent spices and large serving amounts. Loved the decor. Better than expected!

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TM
New Orleans
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed the food as well as the cocktails ! Ambiance was very nice, great service, and lots of food options.

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IP
Vancouver
22 reviews
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

The chop suey and manitou buns were divine! Will be back to try more dishes.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We came here for my husband’s birthday. Table for 8, food was amazing and service was great! We arrived at 530 and it got quite busy by 7-730. Would highly recommend for larger groups/special occasions. One small negative is that they charge a plating fee for bringing in your own cake. Just more of an FYI. Overall our experience was excellent and everyone will be back to taste more items on the menu!!

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RT
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

this restaurant was recommended by a friend, Bill Drobot and we did not have any expectations!!location and ambiance were great and food was excellent; very enjoyable evening and we will be back!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excelente cocina y muy buen servicio. Fuimos atendidos en español muy calurosamente por Jorge

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CM
Palm Springs
1 review
4.0Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a Lovely Meal!

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R
1 review
4.0Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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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JR
Portland
1 review
4.0Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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

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OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and service
Very friendly manager

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MP
Las Vegas
1 review
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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k
Vancouver
3 reviews
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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GD
1 review
5.0Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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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PW
1 review
4.0Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
5.0Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice experience

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
3.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

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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A
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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OT
Vancouver
14 reviews
4.0Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

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

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C
Vancouver
1 review
4.0Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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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HL
Vancouver
1 review
2.0Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

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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JC
Vancouver
1 review
2.0Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

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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GM
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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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F
Vancouver
5 reviews
4.0Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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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SS
1 review
1.0Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

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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JS
Toronto
1 review
3.0Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

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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c
Vancouver
25 reviews
4.0Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
5.0Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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J
Vancouver
2 reviews
2.0Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

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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A
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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PF
Vancouver
1 review
3.0Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

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

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
5.0Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
4.0Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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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