Hapa Izakaya - Yaletown
Hapa Izakaya - Yaletown

Hapa Izakaya - Yaletown

  • 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.
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Hapa Izakaya - Yaletown reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (28)good for groups (17)hot spot (15)neighborhood gem (14)great for outdoor dining (13)special occasion (9)great for lunch (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)romantic (4)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • wasn't as good as last time......
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We recalled the last time (July) and thought the sauces weren't quite the same - the service was lacklustre..........a couple of dishes were cold (and shouldn't have been........) but still a tasty treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    cloke
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Have been here a few times and always delivers. Food is excellent, service is prompt. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual neighbourhood hangout
    leftwiththekey
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was interesting and tasty, and reasonably priced. The servers were polite and friendly. It was very noisy, even outside. The decor throughout is uninspired--unless "crowded" is a theme. Fine for a very casual supper or hanging out with friends for drinks and appies, but definitely not the right choice for a special or romantic evening out, and by no means "fine dining".
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  • good but surprisingly.disappointing
    yummVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My host was not pleased. His rating is a so-so, unlike his previous experiences at this Hapa. The dishes were tasty but small, and pricey. Delicious but not worth the menu price. Ambience was good but not worth returning. Too many other great restaurants in Yaletown to patronize!
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  • Fast, delicious and beautfiul food!
    languageadvice
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Everything we ordered, from the drinks to the food, was like a work of art...and we didn't have to wait long either! Great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hapa
    Foodie210
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Awesome food! Loved how you could choose lots of different meals for great prices etc. big set back- rude servers!! No smiles, asking how we are. It was my bday and she knew it and she didn't wish me a happy bday. When I asked a different server to take a pic of she took an awful one with bad lighting (didn't care about out pic). So when I asked for another she rolled her eyes and frowned!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistent
    WongFFoodies
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Hapa's is always my destination food place when I want good food, excellent service and perfect ambience. Best part is, they always deliver. Have introduced several groups of friends to Hapa over the years and now my daughters do the same with theirs. Keep up the great work and we will keep returning. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 👏👏highly recommended
    sharris
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible service
    Exie
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
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  • Great Spot
    Douky
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Very good food at a very fair price. Great quality and selection
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hapa Hour
    BuzzingVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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 ;).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good.
    aneleh
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over priced miniature portions
    Ieataround
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 45 reviews are from the Hapa Izakaya - Yaletown reviews archive.
  • Ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I've been to many hapas and i liked this one the least. location is great as its in Yale town but food was very soso to me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food but expect to wait
    Laura
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    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.
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  • 48th birthday bash for 12
    patrickvanbc
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    Estefania
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't be fooled by the menu
    MCDL
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time to this location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ending a rainy day right
    luvs2dineyaletown
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food every time! Cannot
    WineLover
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it - food was great!
    Foodies
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    CantanteVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed with the food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    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.
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  • Pleasantly Surprised
    Poppy
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite dine out experience yet!
    ifatpres
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the BEST...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salty
    Omgomg
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    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.
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  • Good place
    DowntownMJVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Small portions but good food. Kitty cocktails are good
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So so
    Vanfoodie
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    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.
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  • Portion sizes?
    AirSchis
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    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.
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  • Happy Izakaya
    karlmaria
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Izakawa supreme
    3Amigos
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hapa Yaletown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste of Yaletown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and great service!
    AMBUD
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste of Yaletown
    MonDVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.