Sai Woo

4.3
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Contemporary Asian
In the heart of Chinatown an historic storefront conceals the secrets of Sai Woo. We serve Asian Inspired Fusion Cuisine created with Chef Issac Ko's fresh local ingredients and surprising, light hearted twists. Diners Choice award on Opentable with 4.4 stars and a 96% recommendation. Certificate of Excellence on Tripadvisor for third year running. Awarded runner up for Best Interior Design by Vancouver Magazine. Rated #13 out of 3000 Vancouver restaurants by Tripadvisor. Sai Woo is the only restaurant in Vancouver that has been a restaurant for almost 100 years since the original Sai Woo opened in 1925
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.0
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CF
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!!

D
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, cool environment. Will definitely be back.

SC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great find, great food and service. The garlic chicken was amazing

CG
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Love the food and atmosphere at Sai Woo. Can't wait to come back.

B
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience5

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.

RS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food. Better than expected. Good vibe. Highly reccomend.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

RP
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good service and unique asian fusion. Tried the garlic chicken, brussell sprouts, manatou bun, and spring rolls. Enjoyed every morsel.

AH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

d
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

JL
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience5

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.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

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.

RS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Great service but food portions and value did not meet our expectations. We went to get food again after as we were not satisfied.

K
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

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.

OT
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

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.

R
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience5

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.

JD
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Good food but portions for dine out were soooo small. Very hungry after dinner still..

KN
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

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.

g
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

RS
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

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

G
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was good, but found it a little noisy because of the big party beside us. They were a little loud but bearable :)

GR
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A charming, innovative star in Vancouver and especially in Chinatown. A must for fun dining!

E
Vancouver
67 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

A
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

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.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous evening!

OT
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

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.

AK
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

CB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

m
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

MK
Berlin
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, nice ambiance! We were there with our family (kids 12 & 16) and everyone enjoyed the food.

W
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

BR
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food, good pleasant service, nice decor. We’ll be back.

KP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sai Woo is a must visit in Vancouver. Amazing food, lots of allergy friendly options (GF, Vegetarian, etc). We love dining here!

c
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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!

A
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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!

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food here is amazing, the service is excellent, and the vibe is great. Good cocktails as well

D
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good place for tapas! Overall a good restaurant!

AC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

JG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice quality of food. Great ambiance.
Would recommend to give it a try!

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