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About Sai Woo
Located in the heart of historic Chinatown Sai Woo offers a 100 seat main floor dining area, 15 seat bar and Chefs table as well as The Woo Lounge, a 75 seat lounge downstairs. Our Chef uses fresh, local and seasonal ingredients combined with inspiring finds from Chinatowns inexhaustible pantry, we create a cuisine that speaks firmly of Vancouvers history and people.
Contemporary Asian, Chinese, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Sunday & Monday closed
Tuesday to Thursday 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Friday, Saturday 5:00PM - LATE
CAN$30 and under
Rotating DJs spin on Friday and Saturday in The Woo Lounge 8 - midnight
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.
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.
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
Sai Woo is the perfect venue to host a variety of events from small get togethers with friends to a more private gatherings to celebrate any special occasion or business meeting. We offer two separate dining rooms (upstairs & the lounge) both of which are available for private bookings.
Sai Woo Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Great service, had balloons at the table for a birthday party. .
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.
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.
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.
Good food, not good service. We were neglected most of the night.
Brilliant in every way a must for everyone who appreciates great food
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.
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.
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
Fired rice was served cold and tasteless. Decor and server were good but we may have ordered the wrong thing.
The location is great in China Town. The decor is very nice and I enjoyed the Bruce Lee movies. The prawn dish was very tasty, but spicy.
we were on vacation and wanted to check out Chinese food in Vancouver. It was very good.
Great experience! Will be back again :)
Was really looking forward to dining here and left disappointed. The Korean Fried Chicken was pre-made and wasn't hot. Fried rice was awfully dry and not very tasty. Korean pancakes with pork was so salty and the pancakes wasn't fluffy. Of the dishes ordered there isnt any standout unfortunately. Overall I'd give this place a pass as the prices were high given the quality and quantity of the food.
Heavy on MSG and sodium. Low quality ingredients, rubbery steak, heavily salted rice and baby shrimp. A disappointing meal. Be advised.
Love this place, have never had anything but great good here. Cocktails are always super interesting as well!
My daughter and I had a great meal. Ordered the Korean Fried Chicken and Spicy Black Bean Chicken Noodles. The KFC(!) was darn near the best chicken dish I've ever eaten. Sweet, spicy, crunchy. The noodle dish was very good though not as memorable. A little more chicken with the noodles would have helped. Still, a very good experience.
Great room, great server but quite poor food. A number dishes used names of traditional dishes like Tan Tan noodles or ginger beef but the dish as presented bore little or no resemblance to the original. The Tan Tan noodles actually tasted like a Malaysian dish. The ginger beef was sweet and sloppy. The Vietnamese spring rolls were like over deep fried hockey pucks. I could go on but generally only two of six dishes were enjoyable. The Tan Tan noodles and the shu mai.
Nice & fun decor. Good selection of drinks but the food were too salty.
Boring menu - nothing too special. Everything fine- no clunkers but I can't remember any dishes and it was only 2 days ago. Annoying server that called me My Dear all night.
Unable to rate visit. Open table app allowed me to make a reservation but when we showed up we were told restaurant was closed for private function. Not sure if the problem lies with Open Table application or the restaurant but this was an inconvenience. No other way of alerting you to the problem other than completing this survey.
Had heard of its reputation ; exceeded expectations .
Awesome food .
Friendly and professional staff .
Good food and ambience but food took way too long .
We arrived a few minutes after opening as we had a function to attend in that area a bit later so it was pretty quiet. However that meant excellent service and quick delivery of delicious food. We will go back.
Had a reservation, show up and they're closed due to some sort of electrical issue. Would have expected a phone call or email to notify us of this before we show up at the door.
Great food. New flavours without being overpowering. Kimchi salad for example was unexpected winner. Stuffed tofu rich in texture and taste. Thoughtful wine pairings were well priced.
Went on Dine Out, and they only had a dine out menu available; hopefully not a showcase for the chef's talent. Out of stock on 2/3 drink orders (draft beer and a bottled beer). Prices on wine by the glass seemed aggressive. Service was earnest but not skilled. Food was mostly inoffensive except the grilled romaine salad was bad, burnt romaine with sriracha on it as far as we could tell. Room is great, but entire restaurant was cold that night, basement (bathrooms) was frigid, I would guess 10degrees. Parking was easy early on a Thursday. Not going back, better options.
Was glad to try Sai Woo during DineOut! Interesting menu and some tasty dishes, felt like they were trying to do too many things at the same time with some of them but well done overall. The food didn't really feel Asian fusion, but it was tasty! The cocktails were good but also not really Asian inspired. Would go here again, just not to get an Asian or Asian fusion foodie experience.
Went for a birthday party, good drinks but over priced. The dine out Vancouver menu was horrid no one enjoyed anything they ate except the chocolate desert (how can you mess up chocolate) would not recommend, much better menus at other places!
Came here during dine out 2017 - Overall food was decent, but portion sizes were tiny based on the $40 pricing. Given that only the dine out menu was offered during this time, we weren't able to try other dishes on the menu, and so I cannot say with certainty that the regular menu plate sizes are also small. Service was also ok, though it would have been good if they were a bit more attentive. My friends and I shared the appetizer dine out items, as well as the entrees; though they took away our plates after the appetizer dish, she forgot to provide us new dishes when the entree dish came out -- not a deal breaker, but something small noted. Drinks were pretty stiff also - would come back to give it a try during non-dine-out time.
Food looked pretty but was extremely underwhelming. Paying $150 for our meal for 2 was painful and caused full blown regret and resentment. Considering how many amazing restaurants there are in Vancouver it was horrible to pay that much for such lame food.
Ambiance was really nice and interesting in the way it was setup. Very hip and modern feel to it. Food dishes were very small and simplistic. A bit dissappinted but there was good flavour in the dishes. However it would have been nice is the server explained the types of sauces that were on each dish.
We had been really excited to visit & found that their Dine Out Vancouver menu would be a great opportunity to try their menu. The ambience was amazing, but the experience when we entered was incredibly informal and felt a bit clunky even though we had a reservation. Definitely the reservation was not required, not that we were looking for anything too exclusive, but thinking that it was a beautiful space on a Friday evening it would be hard to get in. None of the 6 different dishes between the two of us stopped us in our tracks or had us raving. The veggie noodle dish and "stuffed" tofu were definitely not exciting, and the veggie noodle dish was not the value of a main dish.
The Dine Out menu was $40/each and with a glass of wine each the total bill came to $110. This was definitely an overpriced meal that left us feeling a bit bitter. We will go back to give it a second try as we love the overall space, just hoping it was an off night. Staff was very friendly, just disappointed by the overall meal.
serviced dessert with entree...don't go....save your money. go anywhere else!
Service was excellent, restaurant was quite quiet for a saturday night (not sure if it was weather or the competitive environment of Chinatown/Gastown). Food was good but not amazing. Portions are small for sharing with more than 2. Worth a visit but if you're trying to decide between here and Bao Bei it's the latter every time.
Good food, but a overpriced for what you get. Nice decor and ambience.
Yummy food, great ambiance, great staff 😊 loved it and will go back !!! Cool decor 😊
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