Permanently Closed - Shuraku Sake Bar & Bistro

4.4
663 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Japanese
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. We offer traditional Japanese cuisine with contemporary flair; the freshest ingredients available, extensive offerings of super premium dai ginjo sake, creative cocktails and a thoughtful selection of wine that pairs well with Japanese cuisine. Our knowledgeable and attentive staff will guide you through your experience in a fun and helpful way. An interior featuring warm colours & Japanese architectural art bathed in muted light await you.

You could describe the menu as ‘sushi-sushi' style. A vibrant menu designed for fun! On the menu you will find small plates, plates for sharing and exquisite plates for passionate Japanese food lovers. On the feature sheets; fresh finds, seasonal items and traditional Japanese offerings valued by our Japanese guests.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 4:30pm,
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm;

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(604) 687-6622
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Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Nobuhiro Komaki
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Private Party Facilities
Conveniently located in the heart of Vancouver D/T and walking distance from all major hotels, Shuraku offers 30 people intimate sake tasting dinner course to 80 people cocktail party with beautifully crafted Japanese cuisine.
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Private Party Contact
Iori Kataoka: (604) 687-6622
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Catering
For business, a special event or pleasure; we can provide catering services from cocktails to a full-service event.
With over 20 years experience, our catering coordinator can surely provide you with the assistance required to help you host a successful and memorable event. This can include everything from event coordination, site selection and staffing to delivering prepared selections to your party.
Please call Iori Kataoka should you be interested in our services.
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Cross Street
Robson Street
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Parking Details
We are centrally located in the heart of downtown Vancouver (Granville and Robson). You will find metered parking available on Howe St. (southbound street; one block west of us), Hornby Street (northbound street, two blocks west of us) and Seymour St. (northbound street; one block east of us). You may even luck out on Granville Street! Public Lots can be located off the alley just behind us, and in both Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and the Telus Building located just north of us.
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Public Transit
We are located one block from major public transit stops. Downtown bound buses travel north on Seymour (just east of us) and Outbound buses travel south on Howe just west of us. Using the Sky Train? Closest Stop is the Pacific Centre Mall; just 1 1/2 blocks to our north. Numerous taxis can be found up and down Granville entertainment corridor.
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Entertainment
At Shuraku, our kitchen concept is open. Counter seating is available both at the kitchen and the bar so pull up a seat and enjoy the show!
All along Granville Street you'll find shopping, theatres and nightclubs. If you are a sports enthusiast; General Motors Place (the Canucks and other live entertainment) and B.C. Place (the B.C. Lions) are within walking distance. Is the game sold out? Enjoy a cocktail while you watch our HD screen in the bar area. Whether you are alone or with a group you are sure you to have a great time at Shuraku!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favorite places downtown.... specifically Granville street...... unfortunately closing after a great 10 run. We will certainly miss going back.

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c
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had such an incredible night at Shuraku! Thank you so much for everything!!

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A
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

I think the experience would have been better if the staff was more organized with seating us. The couple in front of us didn’t have a reservation & blocked anyone else from being sat. We had reservations, were delayed in being sat, then were moved after we were sat because there was a larger party that needed our table. Not impressed.

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RE
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable evening at Shuraku with attentive service, very good Sake and wonderfully creative sushi and sashimi. The fish was extremely fresh and simply delicious. The restaurant had a good buzz and is warm and welcoming.

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OT
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great lunch spot with great prices!

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S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Maybe expected too much, turnout a bit disappointed. Decent food, price at high end, probably it’s downtown Vancouver. More like a 3.5 star.

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

Great food especially the bbq squid

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Y
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Very fresh sushi. Would have liked to see an assorted sushi platter/boat on the menu instead of single type rolls.

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C
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Average sushi restaurant. Based on previous reviews, we had hoped for something special. Service was inconsistent. Dishes were not cleared after each course and getting drinks and water took several attempts. Server was sweet and friendly but had several tables to tend to on a pretty slow night.

Nothing we were served was bad or unacceptable save the sukiyaki. Sukiyaki was very unimpressive. Far too sweet and the beef was tough and chewy. Fish was fresh and presentation was OK. Asked for and were served fresh wasabi which was the highlight of the evening.

Overall, very disappointing experience. Go in with low expectations and you will not be surprised.

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JL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Shuraku is one of ma favourite go-to Japanese restaurants. Try the spicy salmon tartare, the eggplant poppers, and the signature ribs. Nice selection of cold saki as well !

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m
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Shuraku is a good restaurant right in downtown Vancouver. It has delicious food and a good atmosphere, and has a little patio out the front to people watch. I would go back

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A good Japanese restaurant to enjoy well prepared food. Reasonable price, value for money

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HV
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent sushi. One of the best sushi’s I ever ate. Friendly service.
When it’s full it can be very noisy.
But a real must to do

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HV
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Excellent food. Best sushi in town. A little bit noise but service has been great

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K
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, great welcoming customer service. Long list of different types of Sake. Perfect spot to have dinner before a concert. Food was excellent.

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MC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our waitress was great, so accommodating and helpful...tables maybe are too narrow for all the plates we ordered but the food was great and the flights of sake were so tasty!

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CI
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Shuraku is always a very pleasant experience. The food is very good and creative and the service is fast, friendly, and knowledgeable.

My favorite is the "7 kinds of sashimi" platter. Stunning and tasty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food as always

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SK
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice experience, fab sake list, and tasty dishes.

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p
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Good quality food

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S
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

If you are looking for a great Japanese Izakaya, try this restaurant!

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S
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It was very good but not quite what we expected. It was just a little more casual than expected. Was a little surprised that the dishes we ordered were not served with rice. It was supposed to be "family style" which normally has a pot or bowl of rice with it. Could be mistaken. The sushi here was fantastic, top 3 of any place we have been...and came out quickly too. Service was excellent also.

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NV
Vancouver
33 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is a Vancouver gem. One would be hard-pressed to find a better Sake selection in Vancouver and it is reasonably priced as well. The "tuna three ways" stood out. The sushi rice for the Nigiri dishes was just the right temperature and texture.

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L
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The food was pretty good but the service was lacking. We were seated in the far back & nobody seem to bother to check up on us throughout the meal from giving us water, menus, asked how food was, & flagging a server to pay for the meal.

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NS
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our servers were very friendly!

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DR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great lunch spot. Chicken karage curry in stone bowl is one of my faves

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PM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great sushi with many other creative dishes. The fish melted in my mouth! My first taste of fiddlehead ferns. Presentation was truly excellent. Sake/ beer special drink went extremely well. Wait service was excellent as well. Wish we could visit Vancouver again soon !

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T
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food and drinks were fine, but value for money was horrible, we ordered sashimi for almost 30CAD...we even asked if it was enough for 2 people as we were quite hungry... Turned out that the portion was very small, so that was disappointing. Quality of the fish was great but please put on some more of it so ppl wont leave the place as hungry as when they came in...

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PM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food is always excellent, of the highest quality. Shuraku does NOT serve farmed salmon, one of the greatest characteristics of this place for me is the concern for sustainable and highest quality. Always a great choice when on the Granville strip for a concert, a night out on the town, or whatever occasion.

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m
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Place is a bit shabby and a table nearby had way too much to drink. Dropped the f bomb on numerous occasions-glad my young grandkids were not with us.
Food ok-

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JL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Restaurant was very busy and food took a long time to arrive (20-30mins). The quality was also not as good as we were used to. Have been here before and the fish was very fresh. This time the spicy salmon roll was a weird pasty/gooey mush, and did not smell fresh. For the high prices, I would have expected higher quality food and quicker service.

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OT
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

Food and price is great. It's just so so loud in there

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C
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent variety in the Gozen Box which changes from time to time. The pork ribs are especially tasty.

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DM
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have never been disappointed.
Great location- Steps away from Vogue, Commodore and Orpheum Theaters.

Please put Tuna Tataki back on the evening menu !!!

Thank you !
Duchess

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G
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Couldn't get a reservation at Black Rice Izakaya, but Shuraku turned out to be a nice alternative for our pre-concert dinner. Tasty selections. No blaring music. Nice informal atmosphere. Great service.

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

We were seated right in front the door, immediately asked host/server if possible to change table as restaurant was not busy. He was not too impressed by our request even though the restaurant was 1/5 full. If we were left with no choice I would understand, but there were plenty of seats including the bar.

After seated, no one bothered to greet or bring water to our table. Took at least 10 minutes before someone realized we were there and brought water to our table.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good service the waiters are really friendly.

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LR
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Really enjoyed the sukiyaki one person pot meal, a bit short on vegetables, but yummy! I had it with a side of udon noodles for $1, great value! The sake margaritas are to die for, very tasty, could drink many of those! Also the matcha cheesecake was very nice, with a chocolate crumb base and fruit coulis. All in all we would come back to try more tasty bites, looks like a great menu. Service was a bit slow but it was heavy traffic time, before the Pops performance at the Orpheum and the line up at the Commodore. Reservations recommended.

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LC
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service! Very knowledgeable and friendly. The food was very good—and beautiful presentation.

The only thing was the beef tataki should have been beef carpaccio—very thin and very tender but it was not. It seems that it may not have been typical offering though? Perhaps a one off? They handled it professionally. It’s too bad as the salad and dressing was tasty -we really would have enjoyed it.

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OT
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always amazing place for good eats and friendly staff! The waitress did an awesome job of administrating our game of credit card roulette!

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