Sai Woo

4.3
202 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
  • Creative Cuisine
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 202 People Are Saying
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4.4
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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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JH
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
5 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
28 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
1 review
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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OT
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you like Chinese food and are looking for something a bit different then this is the place for you!

Food so tasty. Unlike any Chinese meal we have had - and we have had a lot!

If I lived in Vancouver this would be a restaurant I would frequent a lot.

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KH
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had an outstanding evening at Sai Woo in Vancouver's Chinatown. Our waitress, Andrea, was wonderful, especially in assisting the 4 of us with our selections in this establishment that encourages dining family style. We arrived early enough on a Sunday evening to enjoy the discounted appetizers and wines during Happy Hour. Each of our choices were wonderful. We're so glad we went!

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t
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great, service was amazing - fun night thanks to service by Tracey !!

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent find in Chinatown. A bit like Boa Bei but more classically Chinese. Well with a visit.

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JG
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great suggestions from server. Good service. Unique place!

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AB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Great food, service friendly but way too slow - especially at end of meal. Servers vanished for far too long. We sat waiting to pay for almost 40 minutes. Exact same thing happened both times I’ve fined there.

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WD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

On our first night in Vancouver, we walked to Chinatown and dined at Sai Woo on the recommendation of our concierge. It was fairly early and the restaurant was mostly empty. We were greeted warmly and seated promptly. Our waitress explained the menu and made some personal recomendations. We had the prawn appetizer, then two mains. The duck lo mein was the most outstanding dish. The other dishes were very good but we loved the duck lo mein. We had the Italian wine that was on tap and found it to be very drinkable. We somehow missed the craft cocktails that were being made and may have t go back for them.

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f
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Restaurant with a beautiful interior decor. All our dishes were delicious, great flavors and presentation.

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SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Found Sal Woo on Trip Advisor whilst looking for places to eat in Chinatown Vancouver. The reviews were very good and when we arrived the food exceeded our expectations. Vibrant atmosphere, good service, excellent chef who clearly takes pride in his food.

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MV
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Sai Woo was awesome. Our only moderate issue was the food was very slow to come out. But when it did, it was fantastic.

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HC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

I ordered fried noodle and added chicken to it. It’s the chicken that was disappointing . I suspected it’s a heat up of left over cooked chicken and threw to the noodles. Some pieces are still cold and some are over cooked. The worse is the chicken skin that were found detached. And the taste of chicken was also funny.
The waitress ended up giving us a dessert. The waitress was very nice, no complaints on her service wish the food can be better

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D
Kent
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Loved the atmosphere and great service. Had the chefs special and all the food was amazing- never tasted better food of rhis type anywhere- highly recommended.

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y
Vancouver
81 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Innovative Asian fusion cuisine, good service and great ambience were all there at Sai Woo. Definitely not your Chinatown greasy spoon (which I also love) but a refreshing change for the foodie evolution.

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XL
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I and the family will be back. As close to Chinese food that we had in china as we can can find in North America. Dumplings were fantastic.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent in all regards. Enjoyed happy hour discount apps

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L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious, creative fusion food in a beautifully decorated room. The cocktails are also fabulous, all in all a fantastic experience

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