Came to SaiWoo for an anniversary dinner. Amazing food!! Shaking beef was tender and juicy, cauliflower and tofu was so flavorful. Cocktails were awesome as well. The interior is perfectly decorated and gives off a romantic, intimate vibe. Good music, great service, just awesome all around. Definitely coming back!!
Great food, cool environment. Will definitely be back.
Great find, great food and service. The garlic chicken was amazing
Love the food and atmosphere at Sai Woo. Can't wait to come back.
Came here to celebrate my birthday, my friend recommended this place to me I had never been before. Horrible service! Our server took a long time to come over and greet us, she even had helped the table next to us who were seated 5 min after us. I’m a server so this was very disappointing for such a popular place. Food was great although our green beans came out after we finished everything else at the table. Server still never checked up on us only the tables beside us. Wanted to order more drinks and stay longer but we felt very un welcomed. Manager came over to apologize but she didn’t seem to concerned either, all she did was take care of one round of drinks. We then paid our bill and went to keefer bar down the street which was MUCH better.
Awesome food. Better than expected. Good vibe. Highly reccomend.
We went for a family dinner, some coming from out of town, and some meeting each other for the first time. Was magical, our server was exceptional, knowledgeable in the menu, personable and had the grooviest glasses. Our family was blown away.
Good service and unique asian fusion. Tried the garlic chicken, brussell sprouts, manatou bun, and spring rolls. Enjoyed every morsel.
Great Asian fusion dining. Particularly liked the share plates (gyoza, steam buns, popcorn chicken). Lots to choose from for mains, we ordered 3 dishes for the 3 of us (Duck Lo Mein, paella, sticky ribs) and it was plenty. All we’re terrific! Desserts were outstanding. Wines were very pricey. Well worth a visit in Chinatown!
We were in town for just the night and liked the description and menu we read online. We loved the ambiance of the place, but were mildly disappointed that it was dine out week and the menu was set to a small number of choices and those being Asian inspired. The food, however, was great as as the service. We would love to try it again next time we’re in town
We booked a birthday dinner for 14 girls and were never told that it was 'Dine Out'. We were very excited to finally try Sai Woo and the food that has been so highly recommended and unfortunately, were not able to do so. Service, decor, ambience, etc. were all amazing, however.
I love Sai Woo, but was disappointed during Dine Out. The portions were small and the menu not nearly as interesting as the main menu. I had thought we would be able to order from the main menu as well, that it would ONLY be the dine out menue.
Great service but food portions and value did not meet our expectations. We went to get food again after as we were not satisfied.
The food was not interesting. Portions are beyond small, and the presentation attempts to be avant garde but fails. When served a steamed plate of clams you will NOT get a finger bowl to clean up. The salted cream puff is a great idea, yet it is gluey and cloying so misses the mark. It was raining the night I went and staff allowed everyone to throw their wet umbrellas right in front of the door on the floor, about 15 umbrellas were heaped up and impossible to get out without stepping on them or slipping. The washrooms were beyond filthy with paper and mess all over everyone of them! Not going there again.
Very disappointed and not sure what happen to this restaurant. They may say it’s due to dine out, then I say don’t participate if you can’t produce better quality food. Think airplane food served on pretty plates...that was our experience.
The restaurant was nice, but the portions were shockingly small. We were 4 women and had to stop at a convenience store on the way home to pick up chips because the dine out menu food was minuscule. All three courses could have fit on one tiny plate. Really poor value.
Good food but portions for dine out were soooo small. Very hungry after dinner still..
Went here for dine out Vancouver and our experience was great. Enjoyed the food and service! Will come back again to try more things on the menu. Would recommend this spot for a date night or happy hour with friends.
Dine Out 2020: Upon arriving, we were seated right away at the tables across from the bar. It took 15 mins for someone to acknowledge our presence, even though there were staff at the bar cleaning glassware - no one even came to say 'hi' or offered water until then. I started with scallop ceviche, there was no freshness to the scallop and the dish was overpowered by the pickled vegetable. For entree, I had the tagliatelle that was made with kobocha squash cream, smoked garlic, and parmesan cheese. It's a decent dish with a good amount of creaminess and richness to it. Lastly, the cream puff with salted egg yolk was underwhelming from its presentation to the taste of it - it just didn't cut it. The bottom of the puff was almost soggy, as if the creme was sitting in the puff for some time. We also got the mango semifredo, and it was extremely difficult to scoop with a spoon since it was frozen to its core. Both my partner and I tried to scooping through the semifredo but it just flew off - we had to ask for a fork and a knife. We asked the server if it was suppose to be this hard and was told that 'it's suppose to be like ice-cream', but I beg to differ. When we were ready for the bill, we encountered the same issue where we were not able to allocate someone for a good 10 min but instead staff was prioritizing cleaning glassware.
A very modern setting, beautiful decor. I loved the special button lighting fixture to go with the tailor motif. The food was good and the service excellent. Will go back to try the regular menu instead of the Dine Out special one.
Portions were small
By the end of the meal we were still hungry
The service was great . But the overall quality of the meal was lacking.
I would say the evening was fine. Not great. Just fine.
We will not be returning
Everything was good, but found it a little noisy because of the big party beside us. They were a little loud but bearable :)
A charming, innovative star in Vancouver and especially in Chinatown. A must for fun dining!
We visited during Dine Out week and all the dishes that we tried from the Dine Out menu were cooked perfectly. All the dishes were well balanced and flavourful. The service was quick, the server friendly and engaging. Overall, we would return to try out their regular menu.
Tried sai woo for the first time during Dine Out and was unfortunately disappointed. The venue is very enjoyable. The service was adequate, but could be more attentive. The dishes we had were at best alright, but sadly some of the dishes were very unappealing.
Not great sadly. I had made a reservation for dinner and upon arrival I was told I would only have the table for 2 hours and then I must vacate. Not a great first impression.
The food was very overpriced for what it was. The tables were too close together and the ambiance was not nice.
I won’t be back.
This place is a gem...doesnt look like much from the outside, but inside is a warm, intimate setting that is not often found in a Chinese place. The food is off the charts!
We had dinner here on a Sunday night and thought it was great. Very quiet but the food was good. Would be more fun on a busy night will a full restaurant though.
Had 7 different dishes. Each one was absolutely delicious. Our server was very friendly and knowledgable about the menu, making excellent recommendations. Happy hour drink prices were a nice bonus. Will definitely be coming back to try all new dishes!
Great food, nice ambiance! We were there with our family (kids 12 & 16) and everyone enjoyed the food.
Food highlights: maple brussel sprouts, Korean pancakes, and Chinese paella
The staff were exceptional! You know they go above and beyond when you can’t figure out who the manager is since they are all deeply vested in the restaurant.
Will definitely be back, actually already planning who to take and when.
Good food, good pleasant service, nice decor. We’ll be back.
Sai Woo is a must visit in Vancouver. Amazing food, lots of allergy friendly options (GF, Vegetarian, etc). We love dining here!
Great food, great service. The plates are great for sharing with a group. Cocktails are very unique and refreshing. Overall we had a great experience and would definitely come again. I would maybe pump the breaks on the steak as there was nothing special about it but the squid was the best I have ever had!
Hard to find free parking for the area, but a very cool place to check out at least once. Service was great and food came very quickly! Came for my birthday and brought my own cake, and they were happy to serve it and provide plates/ cutlery. Split the bill for us too which was a plus (6 people).
Ordered 2 rounds of the Mantou buns (2 per order) - eat fast or they will get soggy!
Salt and pepper squid - much smaller than expected, quite expensive for the size
Confit duck lo mein
Pork chashu mazesoba
Peking duck fried rice - these three entrees are pretty solid orders, nothing to complain or rave about
Korean garlic chicken - very tasty! Wish there was more
Vietnamese shaking beef - also very tasty, but not a lot of meat
It's a share-style restaurant, so come with a few friends and try a bit of everything!
Side note: very nice single-person washrooms!
The food here is amazing, the service is excellent, and the vibe is great. Good cocktails as well
Good place for tapas! Overall a good restaurant!
Great evening with table of 8 friends. Server was friendly, fun and efficient!! Food was fabulous — we chose a variety of plates and kept ordering until full. Julie, the server, shared the historical background of the restaurant and was enthusiastic about the food and serving our small group! Much appreciated by us all!
Nice quality of food. Great ambiance.
Would recommend to give it a try!