Sai Woo

4.4
177 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fun
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 177 People Are Saying
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OT
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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t
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
1 review
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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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
76 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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k
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food - some of the best we have eaten and great service - thanks Andrea!

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KS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I was visiting from New York City. based on the reviews and my love of Asian food, I was excited to dine here. Sai Woo was pretty disappointing. While the ambience and the drinks were pretty good, the food was fairly bland. Items indicated as spicy not only weren’t spicy but had no flavor (I.e. The calamari dish).

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

I booked a table of 6 on OpenTable. It says on the confirmation 18% gratuity will charged for party of 8 or more. Only 5 of us showed up. When the bill came, the waitress informed us 18% gratuity is included. Then I told the waitress, we only have 5 people and she said but you booked it for 6. And, apparently they do charge 18% for party of 6 or more- which is not consistent with information on OpenTable. The overall service wasn’t too great because it seems like waitress isn’t passionate about her job. When we asked for recommendations on the menu, she wouldn’t really help us.

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TB
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good variety of dishes that are easy to share. Excellent service on a busy Friday night. Visiting from San Francisco where similar experience can be found at Slanted Door

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OT
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was the best fine so far in Vancouver.
Innovative cuisine .. amazing service especially if you sit at Tracey’s table.

Start out early and hit happy hour and stay til dinner ...

Black pepper beef/calamari / dumplings / scallion pancakes are all delicious.

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C
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great for a date, a hangout, or a group dinner!

Extremely happy with the experience. Their happy hour is until 630, so we just made it in before the cutoff after work.

For drinks, we tried the lychee watermelon sangria (it was highlighted on the menu), and I would definitely order again.

We shared the spring rolls, kimchi pork dumplings, Korean garlic chicken and the duck confit lo mein. It was all so good, though the lo mein was a bit on the sweet side for us. The spring rolls were perfect with a light, soft middle and perfectly crispy wrap.

The atmosphere is perfect. It's dark but surprisingly well lit to give great ambiance. The music is at the right level, so it's easy to chat. The service was fantastic. I would recommend it, and will definitely be back!

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Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Asian restaurant in Vancouver!

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sadie was our server and was appropriately attentive. Her food recommendations were spot on, every plate was outstanding. Overall fantastic experience!

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NS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was a Pan-Asian fare, but it knocked everything out of the park. The servers we had forgot some extra condiments we asked for the spicy noodles we ordered but the quality and taste of the Korean fried chicken, and salt and pepper chicken more than made up for it.

It's a bit dark so it doesn't let you truly appreciate the aesthetics of the food, but again the quality of the product more than makes up for it. A very solid choice when visiting Vancouver.

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RD
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had the chefs 4 course surprise special

Lo mein with duck

Tiger prawns with asparagus

Short ribs

Mousse chocolate cake w/raspberry and various caramels

Everything was outstanding.

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KS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food with a great cocktail list. Interesting dishes you won’t get other places.

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PV
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great vibe for fun asian fusion restaurant in Chinatown. Highly recommended dishes: pork spring rolls, garlic chicken, shaky vietmnamese beef, duck confut noodles. Our server was very nice—even gave us tourist tips for sightseeing in Vancouver. Creative, original spot.

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MR
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

One of the countless boring pan-Asian places that seem to be cropping up everywhere. Across the street is an authentic Chinese restaurant serving delicious food at literally a fraction of the cost. Bring your own bottle and cross the street.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Nice twists on traditional Asian dishes; and not just Chinese. Very tasty. Messed up the order a bit but were gracious and made amends.

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VI
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Extremely tasty food using lots of wonderful ingredients. Fusion aspects meant we were able to sample cuisines we have not tried before. The decor of the restaurant is very stylish and waiting staff very helpful and attentive.

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d
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first night in Vancouver and we wanted to go someplace great and special. We could not a have made a better choice! Tracy, our server, was warm, welcoming and excellent. The menu is unique and delicious! From the Goyza Shrimp to the house fried rice, the dishes we tried were a taste treat. A jewel in Chinatown.

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FB
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the service to the ambiance this is a gem in the heart of Chinatown. Simply every dish was delightful, and our server was amazing.

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DH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice place, in heart of the chinese main street of Vancouver. Fusion chinese cooking plenty of flavours, staff present but not too much, prices corrects. A very pleasant adress

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W
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Innovative and excellent!

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SS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great contemporary Asian cuisine. Delicious food. Outstanding service from our server Julie who made great recommendations and provided attentive service while interacting with us in a really fun manner that enhanced our evening. Fabulous decore and atmosphere. A real gem in Chinatown. Worth a taxi fare.

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PH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Another part of Vancouver's trendy chinatown scene, sharp decor with serious vibe . excellent for foodies, with service that is right on top of it. attentive and sincere management insures that everything is taken care of from arrival til departure. a good find

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great meal (as per usual) - Sai Woo is one of my favorite places to dine!

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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent staff and value

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JB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Top notch from start to finish.
Food and service were excellent
Original and delicious

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GB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They accommodated our table of 3 so that we could have the chefs sampler menu which is normally for 2 people. Everything we had was amazing, the calamari was so tender, the shrimp cooked to perfection and wow for the beef dishes! Great ambiance and noise level is low making it easy to have a conversation.

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