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Hapa Izakaya - Yaletown
Hapa Izakaya - Yaletown

Hapa Izakaya - Yaletown Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://hapaizakaya.com/
  • Phone: (604) 681-4272
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Masafumi Okuno
  • 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, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cornwall Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Hapa Izakaya - Yaletown
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 ™ ingredients.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Had a party of 8.... Was a Saturday evening.... Table ready, waiting....service was fantastic... And noticed every table was getting fast service.... ALL food came out piping hot... Fantastic presentation...super friendly and outgoing, extremely attractive staff.... Very reasonable pricing.... Would highly recommend to anyone... Although... This is our third visit... All three times were 6 or more with a reservation well in advance.... Not sure of walk ups... Regardless... A gem of yaletown... Two enthusiastic thumbs up!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "enjoyed the Cardova location but Yaletown even more! I would recomend arrving early and trying for the patio as the noise level inside can be too much - the food was REALLY good, with delicious sauces and outstanding pricing. We had a dinner for 2, 7 items, with beer to start and hot sake with our food for about $100.00!!!! Service was good - not particularly friendly but effecient."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had a reservation and went when it wasn't crowded but well before closing. Our server kept trying to take our food and drinks away before we were finished and rushed us out before a half an hour in the restaurant. Considering, it's is not a cheap place, this seemed truly unacceptable."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Very good food at a very fair price. Great quality and selection"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Went and enjoyed Hapa Hour. Lots of choices, even for my vegetarian wife (lacto, ovo, pesca). We always get the kinoko ishi-yaki, but have trouble waiting for the rice to get crunchy (we're a little impatient ;)."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Love Hapa. The ishiaki was delicious as was the Dungenous Crab Tempura roll, ebi mayo and tuna+avocado thing. I'd eat there 3 times a week."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "When the two of us walked in we were seated at a table next to the kitchen, next to the grill. It was very hot and we asked to be moved. Our very friendly waitress was helpful and moved us to a much better seat. The food was unfortunately in bite sized portions and nothing special. After having ordered four dishes we left to go eat somewhere else. The udon and beef with rice was small and barely satisfactory but the sashimi serving was not tasty and tiny. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We went with a group of 5 people and the food took forever to come. 3 of us also ordered a salad but there was a wait time of 10 minutes even between them bringing out the same salads! we ordered a roll and a rice bowl and the roll came and went and was delicious, however it was small, so we were still starving and had to wait 20 minutes for our rice bowl even though we had ordered it at the same time. It was a Monday, so they cant blame it on being a busy night. Not sure i will go back to the yaletown location unless i have 4 hours to spare for dinner."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Had a blast. We had super awesome server who even took dying smartphones and charged them up for us. There was bachelor party that competed with my birthday -- and they were pretty fun. The food was really good. I think this is best suited for parties of 4 or 5 people just to get all the food at once. I so coming back. you rocked and made this this the highlight of my weekend birthday feeding frenzy thanks y'all"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had a great experience in this restaurant. The service was excellent, the food was really good. We came in at five and eight of us have to work which meant a lot of the things were ha ha that was awesome because we had the chance to try different things at a very affordable price. Overall it was a great dinning experience."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Although some menu items are good, overall the food is bland. There are no layers of flavors which is disappointing considering the menu is creative and sounds tasty. The atmosphere is nice and the crowd is very diverse. The service was good also. Drink menu was very interesting. They sat us by the kitchen stove and it was so blazing hot, we could not stand it. We asked to change table which they accommodated. I will not return unless with a group for drinks and appys. Was not quite worth the money spent."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "First time to this location but not first time to Hapa Izakaya. The food at Hapa is always great. It was a busy happy hour time and yet it was quick. Brought a new friend to dine with us and they want to make a return trip to Hapa ... any location will do."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Hapa Izakaya was our last stop on a day of eating our way through Yaletown - and what a great end to the day! Great ambiance and you must try the hot stone bowls - delicious!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great food every time! Cannot go wrong here. I would watch out for very large groups on a busy night however. Service can be slow for them but always good."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "I read the reviews on here before going and I didn't know how much we would enjoy this place, as not all of the reviews are 5 out of 5 ;) However, it was better than we expected!!!! The atmosphere was lively, the service was efficient and the food was spectacular! Everything we had was wonderful, the only thing we ate that I would say was mediocre were the scallops. The short ribs were probably the favourite. We are pretty big foodies as are most of the friends we went with and they are had great meals as well. I would definitely recommend this for both in and out of towners :)"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "This is a hip Japanese tapas restaurant with great food and wonderful service. The menu offers lots of options served family style and everything we had, served from the open kitchen that runs the length of the restaurant, was fresh and tasty. We particularly liked the short ribs, but the grilled calamari was a little tough. All things considered, I would highly recommend Hapa Izakaya for a night out in Yaletown. Very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Perhaps food served during Dine Out isn't the same as the usual fare. While the service was very attentive and friendly, the food was disappointing. The ebi and avocado salad was massive, but the ebi were tasteless. The halibut tacos were a bit better, but the wrap was too much for the amount of fish that needed to be crispier. The best tasting dish was the sablefish - fish was great; the vegetables were rubbery. The last main was the rice stone bowl. While the flavour was almost too delicate to make out the ingredients, what put me off was the amount of oil the dish was swimming in. I've only heard good things about Hapa, but I have to say my experience there was not indicative of past reviews."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "I have dined at Happa quite a few times before. It has always even pretty good, but this past Dine Out was awesome. We had a great bartender and the courses were very generous. It was a really enjoyable dinner and I left with a very happy belly. Great job!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Most importantly, the food was amazing! I was in a group of 4 and we shared every dish, so we a chance to try pretty much everything on the dine out menu. The baked sablefish was a favorite, but I could happily eat every single dish again. I also happy to see that they did not reduce the portion sizes at all, so even with all four of us there was enough for left overs at the end of the night. Aside from the food, our waitress was extremely friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere was very pleasant, busy without being overly crowded or loud."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "The minute we walked in we were welcomed by a friendly smiling face. Once seated, more friendly/helpful faces can be seen (the best bunch of servers who looked after every table, disregarding who the designated server was). Food is very good with healthy portion... The four courses offered (a total of eight between my wife and myself) are well prepared, presented and served. You have to taste them to appreciate them, words can only described that much (so I rather skip it) The experience was so impressive we have already reserved for our Valentine's dinner (same chain but at a different location)."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Overall foods are salty. The salad sauce was salty and the Yaki udon was salty too. Overall looks like a busy place but I don't think it's that busy."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Small portions but good food. Kitty cocktails are good"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Servers did not seem to take note of who ordered what, and plunked down the food anywhere, even if we pointed out which person ordered it. Food came promptly and was tasty but a bit forgettable. And dessert came with a nut brittle not listed on the description; we asked what kind of nut it was and the server had no idea, and the chef she asked also struggled to remember."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We have been to many Japanese Izakya style restaurants both in Vancouver and Tokyo. Portion sizes here are too small even for tapas portions. In addition, we used to love the original location on Robson so gave the Yaletown eatery a try. The food itself ranged from mediocre to very good. Again, given the portion sizes are too small for the money, it is not a good value to eat here. The servers were prompt and friendly. Ambience is good."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "I think it should be re-named Happy Izakaya, I/we have been to this location many times and it never disappoints. the food is amazing and so is the serving staff, friendly, bubbly and yet professional! A very unique place!"
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Our office was in town for a lecture. We went to Hapa Izakaya on recommendation by a friend. We were so glad we did. We had great service and very good pricing for the quality of the food. Because we were a group we tried almost everything on the the menu. Stand outs were the chipotle shrimp, the tropical roll and the crab cakes! The restaurant is energetic great for a fun night out."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Very interesting "fusion" style Japanese food. The scallops with the reduced balsamic we're outstanding as were the gyosa. A good selection of Japanese beers and sake made for a very pleasant evening with two of my oldest friends. The service was very good; Indiana, the manager, runs a tight ship. A great place to go with a small group of friends, energetic but not overly loud and obnoxious like some Izakawa restaurants. All and all a great evening!"
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Nice place with good food and service. We really enjoyed our experience. I would recommend you go during the Happy Hour for even better prices."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Great for a night out with friends to start the night. The premium sake is much better, I recommend for a few more dollars bump up. I like the idea of shared plates and splitting the bill."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "The best variety in the taste of yaletown. Three full menus to choose something from. All other restaurants I checked gave diners a selection of 2 or 3 courses to choose from. The fist item was good, The second menu item, consisting of Seared Scallop, Sable Fish, and Beef Short Ribs was stunning. 5 stars. However, the following item (seared Aburi Salmon) was a bit dry and had too much ginger. I could only eat 2 of them before I passed them on to my Asian girlfriend who likes a strong ginger taste."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "Great food and great service! We went there on Halloween weekend and the place was busy even at 10 pm... Awesome selection of fusion food and good portions. The Taste of Yaletown menu was extensive and very much worth the $25. Would love to go to Hapa again soon..."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Those picking up the phone or returning calls were terrible. The server did not know anything. I called and they told me that I could not book 2 tables, only 1. Then they told me that I could not get a table for 10 since the biggest tables were for 8. On the day itself, I found out that there was a table reserved for 10.When we arrived we were told that we could not order off the Taste of Yaletown menu since that was reserved for parties of 6 or less. I had not been told that before. I dropped the name of Kevin Bano and forced them to serve us off the Taste of Yaletown menu. Then the server said we get to choose 1 item from 3 courses but we argued that we got 3 of the first and 3 of the second and 1 roll. She had to check and we were right."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Our reservation for a group of 7 was for 7:15 & were served 9:45pm! 2.5hrs waiting! Our food came out at different times when we all ordered at the same time. Our waitress inexperience was evident; not attentive to our table for clearing dishes or grabbing drinks, always forgetting what we ordered, us constantly checking in about our food, and very rude & short. Obvious she was cracking under pressure from a busy night.She advised they only have one sushi chef!Not our problem!Staffing is a restaurant issue. Our udon was cold&no flavour &sushi rolls were missing the egg.Obvious they rushed! Sub-standard service when 18% gratuity included.Why have exceptional service!? After food arrived,she avoided us. No surprise."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "Waitress so disinterested in serving us. It was not so busy, but she rarely appeared... hard to get her attention, and we were (trying to ) try a lot of different menu items. We asked about Omakase menu, but were told we should just order things instead.... and then didnt really help out wiht the ordering. Not sure if she knew the menu very well. Quite disappointing service, but the food was fine."
    Dined on 9/23/2013
  • "I was there for Hapa Hour. The food was good for the half-off price. I had a ginger fizz to drink which was OK but didn't stand out in any way. I found the ebi mayo and agedashi tofu a bit soggy. They arrived first and I had the impression they perhaps were made in advance (not to order), hence the sogginess. Everything else that arrived seemed fresher and crispier. The lotus gyoza and spicy pork hot stone pot were great. The hot wings were so-so. They were not spicy at all. I would pick the karaage next time, though it isn't on the Hapa Hour menu. It was still warm enough to sit on the patio with the heater on, so this was nice."
    Dined on 9/23/2013
  • "Everytime we visit Vancouver we try other restaurants, but then end up going back to Hapa Izakaya. The food is so tasty. If you like Japanese food, Hapa Izakaya will take it to a new level."
    Dined on 9/22/2013
  • "The food was excellent as always. But as soon as it was clear that we were more than 6 people and gratuity was added to the bill, the service was less than accommodating. We had to ask for soy sauce and waters several times. It wasn't refilled. They never asked us once how anything was or if we wanted anything more. And we would have ordered more! At some point, after we had sat there with empty glasses for a while, the bill was dropped off silently. Good to know that they only provide service for tips. Not as common curtesy. I was very disappointed."
    Dined on 9/17/2013
  • "Hapa Hours is a really good time to go in and sample their tapas!"
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "We're traveling in BC and came here with some local friends. they recommended it so it was DELICIOUS! we ordered really random items, which looked good to us individually and shared them. The fish was all so so so delicious and fresh!"
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "My mom and I went to Vancouver for my birthday weekend and we were pleasantly surprise with Hapa Izakaya! Great food, service was prompt and friendly and loved the relax atmosphere! I'll definitely return when I'm back in Vancouver!"
    Dined on 8/2/2013