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Hapa Izakaya - Robson
Hapa Izakaya - Robson

Hapa Izakaya - Robson Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://hapaizakaya.com/
  • Phone: (604) 689-4272
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Iwai Toshiyuki
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Hapa West End can accommodate large parties.

    To ensure exceptional service for groups of 12 or more guests participation in our $29.99 prix-fixe menu is mandatory.
  • Private Party Contact: Kevin Banno (604) 340-6202

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nicola Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Hapa Izakaya - Robson
Voted “Top Five Izakayas In North America” by Bon Appétit Magazine; topping “Industry and Readers Choice” Georgia Straight awards for Best Japanese in 2012 and Best Izakaya in 2011, 2012 and 2013; and “Best Casual Chain, Silver” by Vancouver Magazine in 2012. Since 2003, Hapa continues to offer a winning combination of Japanese cuisine, fun, and culture, paired with local seasonal and Ocean Wise ™ ingredientsContinued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Diner Reviews
  • "The food&service was impeccable! We originally made reservations for 10. I called the night before to increase the reservation to 15 as we had last minute additions and Hapa Robson was so kind to increase our reservation size. When we arrived at our table, we were seated in a great spot! Everything was fantastic! The food was sensational as always and the service outstanding!! Unfortunately only 10 of our 15 guests showed up...I felt awful for calling to increase the reservation size. But they didn't to mind..we'll at least I hope they didnt. Thank You to the Hapa Robson team for a wonderful evening!! We all had so much fun! And a special thank you to OpenTable! What a innovative way to make reservations!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I make my way up to Vancouver once every 2 - 3 years and each time I keep coming back to this place because the food is so good. Great selection of oysters and the Beef Tataki is a must have. I only gave the service 4 stars just because our server forgot to bring an item but she made up for it by buying dessert. Staff is very friendly and I love the whole vibe. Good times."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The Ebi mayo was yummy along with the short ribs! There wasn't a dish I didn't like but I would have liked bigger portions!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We stopped in for "Hapa Hour". Discounted menu selection was great. Food quality was outstanding. Terrific service. Super presentation. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I came here for my 2 year anniversary because Hapa Robson is where my bf and I first met. It was a magical evening! I was greeted relaxed and warmly by the one of the managers named 'Mao' of the restaurant and given a choice between 2 tables (love that!). He was very easy going about the fact I needed to leave for 10 min although I hadn't ordered yet. Upon coming back (Mao had noticed that I in the notes of the reso I wrote 'anniversary') there were 2 champagne glasses of sparkling Umeshu...wow!! Then he basically walked us through our evening. He was friendly but still took his job seriously and he checked in often but not too much. I was really impressed and the customer service was what made my anniversary night really special!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This is my very favorite restarunt. We came in all the from Langley for dinner and I was really disappointed. While the food was good as always. The service was really poor. We had to call the server over to order she gave us attitude the whole night. Never really checked on us. Anytime we wanted to order more food or drink we had to track her down. The food was really slow to come out of the kitchen. Over all not impressed. This service and speed is not usual for this restarunt so I'm hoping it was just an off night."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great hapa hour selections. It was perfect for our big group!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Hapa Izakaya was a great place to celebrate my son's 21st birthday - we had a small group and booked a fairly early slot because we were having a party afterwards. The food was fantastic, service very kind, friendly and prompt, and they even made him a small birthday dessert with a candle and came and sang HB. Everyone loved their food and I always enjoy the giant bamboo sake containers!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I have been to the Yaletown and Robson restaurants multiple times and I love them both!!! We go back to the Robson because I have always appreciated the kind and generous staff at that location!! We can always find parking very close by. The ebi mayo, may be overlooked as a standard item, but it is really where the bar is set. So Good!!! I also love the Gindara, Ika...have to get the Negitoro EVERY TIME! I can't say enough about this place!! Yaletown has a bit of a different fresh sheet, love the paper bag prawns and the squid bits with curry salt....and there is a particularly lovely lady server that we met at Robson but normally works out of Yaletown who has made our visits extra friendly. RUN don't walk!!! Hapa hour YO!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Some good creative dishes. One or two were over-cooked, some excellent."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "First time dining at Hapa on Robson. Our dinner reservation for three people was early in the week, so the place was not super busy. Each dish was really good. The BC Spot Prawn sashimi was incredibly fresh and delicious. Nice that they deep fry the heads to enjoy, too. Only a couple negative things: the food all came out at once and we had little table space, and there was a long wait for the last dish (Tuna Carpaccio). Overall experience was great and I'd go back to enjoy more fresh seafood!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "amazing flavours and presentation. top notch service."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "A great place to dine, always great service! This was my 5th time going there and I am always impressed. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I really appreciated that my reservation reason was read and commented on to me when our party arrived. the servers took time to wish my son "happy birthday", and acknowledged that he was aslo in the restaurant business.......... I, myself, haven't been to Hapa Izakaya for at least a couple of years, but the food was just as wonderful as it was when we first started coming into Vancouver years ago to the first Japanese Infusion restaurant we'd ever been to! Others in our group go more frequently than I do! But we all had a good time!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "10 out of 10 except the oysters. They were a 5 at best. Fishy aftertaste and not enough toppings. We order 12 oysters and they only gave enough topping/dressing for a few. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We got there before 6:30 so we got happy hour deal which is great deal! All the food was tasty and reasonable price. Food presentation was nice too. The only thing was that we did have reservation but the table they prepared wasn't great. It was close to the door so every time people comes in we kind got distracted. Overall experience was great! "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Had the best dining experience in a long time. I talked with mau over the phone he was so kind he even called me back to confirm my table which he confirmed over the phone. Had an amazing table thanks to mau who took the time and effort to make my experience great one. The general manager was very attentive and understanding. Overall I will be there most definetly....."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We have always enjoyed hapa Izakaya. We were seated a little before 630. We were given menus and about 30 seconds later a gentleman in a very rushed tone said 'last call for happy hour'. We said thank you and he said 'what's your order'. We had no idea it was happy hour and now had 15 seconds to quickly order something if wanted to take advantage of the 50% discount. It took about another 10 min to get water and our drink orders taken. The restaurant was not busy. For the rest of the evening we were constantly trying to get a server, any servers, attention to order more food/drinks. We will return for the food, but the service could use some brushing up. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Love the vibe and friendliness of the staff. Food has been amazing here every single time and this is easily my favourite location."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Great place for small group events. Food is very good and drinks are second to none"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great place to have dinner. Food and service always top notch."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My family and I ordered from the Hapa Hour menu (5:30pm-6:30pm) which was very cheap. My favourite was the Ebi Mayo and the Negitoro which incorporated garlic bread in the entree. The presentation for each item was simple yet very appetizing. The restaurant is big and very spacious. It wasn't very busy so our orders arrived very fast."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Superb food, super friendly staff, great deals On 1/2 price tappas loved it all ! Can't wait to go Back !!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food was excellent. But the music was at times too loud and made it difficult to hear the wait staff."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "How can you complain if you walk in the door and always be welcomed by a smiling & friendly face... Food is good and service is excellent. Servers are friendly, helpful and most of all always with a smiling face. You can feel the vibe in there... Great place!!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Dishes were small. Felt like they were priced high for what they were. Nothing really that creative or original. The pork fried rice was good and the spicy shrimp. It was alright, i would go back only to take à friend who hasnt been if we were really hungry."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We were fortunate to have the 4 course Dine Out menu - a huge bang for the bucks. But, the quality of the food is as good or better than you would get in Tokyo in a comparable restaurant and definitely a bargain at our Vancouver prices, even ordering from the regular menu. The presentation of the dishes makes it a shame that you have to eat the food! The Cordova St. Hapa is a bit more glitzy, but this Robson one is more cosy and, in both places, you are cheerily and noisily greeted (you may be surprised). A happening kind of place with tour groups from the close-by hotels also part of the crowd; thus, our Friday evening dinner was "spirited" but in a fun kind of way. Go! Eat! Enjoy!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I was there on the last night of dine out. It was surprisingly not busy, maybe because of the super bowl. The food was very good, but all our 4 dish selections were on the table within 20 minutes of sitting down. I like to take my time when eating, but I felt rushed and felt the pressure to eat faster. I would appreciate if they waited until one course was finished before you drop the next one on the table."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Everything was fantastic. However I wish they has turned the music volume down. I could barely hear my date!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Dinner was fantastic, super friendly and helpful staff. Great atmosphere and the ebi mayo is amazing! Also had a delicious tuna dish, BBQ shortribs and the raw oysters. Oysters were great with the delicious accompanying sauces. Definitely will be back for Hapa Hour!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Great staff, very accommodating for my party of 16. Atmosphere was good and the evening was fantastic , the dom was tasty"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed the prix fixe menu and thought it represented good value for money. Our server was very attentive. Service was swift and unobtrusive. Fun atmosphere. Food was wonderful."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We had the dine out menu. You can definitely get your money worth and it was delicious! The atmosphere and service was great."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I don't get to Hapa (there are 3 in Vancouver as of this writing, this was Robson St) very often as Japanese food is not my partner's favourite cuisine. I had the Dine-Out Vancouver menu; often these are cost-reduced (and quality-reduced) dining experiences, but I enjoyed each of the 4 courses (or maybe it was 5...). All well flavoured and presented with fine-dining style."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "I am impressed by the variety and quality of food with a set menu offered at$28. Service is excellent too. You have a feeling that you are their honorable guests."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The servers at the restaurant were extremely energetic as they yell "welcome" and "thank you" to customers. At the same time, they were walking very fast to get their tasks done as this kind of defeated the notion of "fine dining" and taking time to enjoy my dinner. And somehow after the dinner, my bf and I both got a stomach ache."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We went for a romantic dinner. One server gave us the menus, another took our order two people dropped our food off as after thoughts and we never saw another server until we flagged one down to request the bill. Will not return"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Hapa is one of my favourite restuarants in Vancouver. The service is always good. The food is exceptional and the prices are great. We go as often as we can."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "That is the great thing about HAPA good food good people!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Good food just too rushed for the dine out menu so could not fully enjoy the meal."
    Dined on 1/17/2014