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.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary Asian, Chinese, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Sunday & Monday closed
Tuesday to Thursday 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Friday, Saturday 5:00PM - LATE

Cross Street:
Main St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 568-1117

Website:
http://www.saiwoo.ca/

Entertainment:
Rotating DJs spin on Friday and Saturday in The Woo Lounge 8 - midnight

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.

Public Transport:
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.

Executive Chef:
Keev Mah

Additional:
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

Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

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Food

4.0

Service

4.2

Ambience

4.3

Value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
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Spicy (3)
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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.

Food3
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Beautiful room.
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.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great service, had balloons at the table for a birthday party. .

Food2
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Quiet Conversation
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.
Excellent.

Tags: Casual, Spicy, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
Food3
Ambience3
Service1
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Good food, not good service. We were neglected most of the night.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Brilliant in every way a must for everyone who appreciates great food

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Cozy, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
Food2
Ambience3
Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
Food3
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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

Food2
Ambience4
Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on September 10, 2017

Fired rice was served cold and tasteless. Decor and server were good but we may have ordered the wrong thing.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on August 10, 2017

we were on vacation and wanted to check out Chinese food in Vancouver. It was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great experience! Will be back again :)

Food2
Ambience3
Service2
Value1

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 13, 2017

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.

Food1
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Heavy on MSG and sodium. Low quality ingredients, rubbery steak, heavily salted rice and baby shrimp. A disappointing meal. Be advised.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Love this place, have never had anything but great good here. Cocktails are always super interesting as well!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on May 27, 2017

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.

Food1
Ambience5
Service5
Value1

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

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.

Food3
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Nice & fun decor. Good selection of drinks but the food were too salty.

Tags: Casual, Tapas
Food3
Ambience2
Service2
Value3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

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.

Food2
Ambience2
Service2
Value2

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 31, 2017

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.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Had heard of its reputation ; exceeded expectations .
Awesome food .
Friendly and professional staff .

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Casual
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Good food and ambience but food took way too long .

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 7, 2017

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.

Food1
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 29, 2017

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.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 28, 2017

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.

Food2
Ambience5
Service3
Value2

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2017

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.

Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 24, 2017

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.

Food1
Ambience4
Service3
Value1

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 21, 2017

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!

Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value2

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Tapas
Food1
Ambience5
Service2
Value1

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating
Food3
Ambience5
Service4
Value2

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
Food2
Ambience5
Service4
Value1

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Cozy
Food3
Ambience4
Service1
Value2

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 20, 2017

serviced dessert with entree...don't go....save your money. go anywhere else!

Food3
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 7, 2017

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.

Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Good food, but a overpriced for what you get. Nice decor and ambience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Yummy food, great ambiance, great staff 😊 loved it and will go back !!! Cool decor 😊

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