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Miku Restaurant
Miku Restaurant

Miku Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mikurestaurant.com
  • Phone: (604) 568-3900
  • Hours of Operation: **Please note: We do not take reservations for the patio as it is a first come, first serve basis.

    Monday – Thursday
    o lunch 11:30 to 3:00pm
    o bar bites 3:00 – 5:00pm
    o dinner 5:00 – 10pm
    o bar bites: 10pm – 10:30pm

    Friday – Saturday
    o lunch 11:30 to 3:00pm
    o bar bites 3:00 – 5:00pm
    o dinner 5:00 – 10:30
    o bar bites: 10:30 – 11pm

    o lunch 11:30 to 3:00pm
    o bar bites 3:00 – 5:00pm
    o dinner 5:00 – 10pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, International, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Kazahiro Hayashi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
  • Entertainment: The sushi bar seating is an entertaining and personalized experience where the guests have an opportunity to interact with the Chef's on a one on one basis, while watching their meals prepared right in front of their eyes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Howe Street & Canada Place Way
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Miku Restaurant
We specialize in Aburi, or flamed-seared sushi, which was developed nearly a century ago in Japan. The act of applying fire directly and lightly sear is known to enhance the natural flavors of the fish. Miku owner, Seigo Nakamura, innovated the Aburi concept by creating speciality sauces, using non-traditional Japanese ingredients, to complement the unique taste properties of each fish.

Miku Restaurant is within walking distance from the Pan Pacific Hotel, Canada Place, Trade & Exhibition Centre, IMAX Theatre, Cruise Ship Terminals and Sea Bus. If shopping downtown, join us for lunch and re-energize.

It's entrance is at the corner of Howe Street and Canada Place Way, overlooking the east cruiseship terminal at Canada Place.

**Please note: We do not take reservations for the patio as it is a first come, first serve basis. We also only will hold reservations for an additional 15 minutes.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "Best Japanese meal of my life!! Casual, but elegant, food delicious, a bit of service mishaos but food prep and taste made us forget. Yummy"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Food was generally good, though the seafood platter was disappointing for 78 dollars.. came with only 2 prawns, some oysters and clams and some pieces of sushi. Service could have been more attentive, often had empty drinks for quite some time before anyone noticed. OK, but expected more. Have had better experiences at Minami."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Overpriced for no better quality than the norm. The cost is for the location and the decor. Service was outstanding. Nothing inspired me to return."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Even for Japanese, Miku's sushi taste was excellent."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The aburi style sushi is amazing. My wife and I went here for our 25th anniversary and could not be more happy with the experience. The staff was incredibly friendly to boot."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Came in from the prairies for a quick visit, had one shot at sushi while we were in town, so glad we chose Miku. The room was extremely loud, but the rest of the dining experience completely made up for it."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Recently, I made reservations for myself and a group of friends to celebrate a 30th Birthday at Miku. We were seated promptly at a fantastic table, the service was prompt and efficient, and the food was absolutely outstanding as usual. The one let-down was that when I made the reservations, I specifically requested a birthday dessert for the member of our party celebrating her birthday. Much to my surprise, no dessert ever arrived. Frankly, addressing the issue in front of the birthday girl would have been rather awkward so I just let it go. So while Miku has absolutely amazing food, their attention to special details was a bit lacking."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "great spot to eat for dinner on a nice date. We pretty much tried everything on the menu but they're known for their "Aburia"-style sushi which was definitely great. They actually sear the sushi just a bit and use special sauces for each type of fish. I wouldn't recommend desert as they were sort of a bust but they also have a Sake Sommelier which was pretty helpful. We spoke with her about different types of sake and learned a lot while doing so."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The friendly and attentive service of all we encountered from the time we walked in the door makes this a repeat business lunch go to restaurant. The menu variety, unique choices and fresh fresh food was a delight-compliments to the chefs."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Yes it is NOISY but the food was worth it! Best calamari I have ever had and the dishes going by were all SO beautiful. We were not expecting too much because of the busy tourist location but we thoroughly enjoyed the attentive service, fresh cold seafood and the wonderful Asian food…"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The service was amazing! Very attentive! I was very impressed with how friendly the server was."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We had a fantastic time in the Canada day at lunch time. All foods are delicious, ever my two years old girl also enjoyed the sushi! Will go MIku offen with friends and families! Stronge recommend!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Loved the waiter's recommendation. All the sushi was very fresh and flavorful."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food are good as always. The serves are always friendly, especially on this occasion, he was exceptional. If I had 'won the fight' to pay the bill, I would have him more tips."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is a must-visit for the special occasion or a group dining session! The portions may be small for the asking price, but the taste, appearance, and efficient service makes up for it. The location is absolutely outstanding, with a perfect view east of Canada Place overlooking North Vancouver if you dine on the balcony. The full service bar, where I sat, had an abundant selection of wines and cocktails, as well as at least 3 servers always there for both full service food and drink orders. For a busy dinner place, it did not take long for the sushi and shabu shabu to come out ready to eat. I highly recommend this place to both locals and visitors to our city, you won't be disappointed whether it's your 1st or 51st trip there!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We chose Miku for our 18th Anniversary. It has become our go-to place for special occasions, when guests are in town or just... because we are walking by. On this night we just couldn't decide what to order so we asked the engaging, funny and 'present' waiter Curtis to just 'bring it'. We told him what we like and don't like, what we have always enjoyed (as creatures of habit) and he nailed it! That's a lot of pressure on a guy. He even chose a wine we loved. I'm not sure if this is just him or a function of the training at Miku or a combination of both. As people who eat out a lot in Vancouver it enhanced our experience and made me write a review. AND of course, the food and view are second to none."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Had an amazing anniversary dinner at Miku! Started with the Spicy Prawn & Pork Gyoza and Calamari, followed by the King Roll and the Miku Signature Selection. The aburi nigri in the latter was so amazing that we had to add an order of Salmon Oshi Sushi. Words cannot even describe the aburi, comparable to some of the best sushi that I've had from the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo. Everything was simple, but flavourful. To finish we had the Green Tea Opera and Citrus Ricotta Strudel, both delicious. They even wrote a nice "Happy Anniversary" out of chocolate! For drinks, the husband enjoyed his selection of sake and I enjoyed the Sake Spritz, which is saying a lot since sake isn't one of my favourites. Oh and great location/view!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Must orders: Tofu Salad, Salmon Oishi, Otoro (or if it's sold out, Chutoro is very good as well)"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Have not been in several months as the service, then, was totally disappointing. A friend, who had been out of town for some time, wanted to go...OK. The Snax are quit tasty, but for a place that seems to have too much staff, not a one of them, including 'Joe Cool' Manager, seems to have a clue about what service is, especially when the bill us about $100 per person. Too Bad - have to again forget about the place a classify it as overpriced, poor service, Tourist Trap."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I really loved Miku. It was my first time there but it made a deep impression. The decor and atmosphere were classy and enhanced by a nice view of the water at harbour front. The menu was creative but not overwhelming. Every dish sounded delicious. The food that I did order tasted amazing and was beautifully presented. The service was friendly and professional. Although a bit pricey, Miku is definitely worthy. This is the perfect place for a date or a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "It was a sunny Saturday evening and we made a last minute reservation at Miku hoping to sit on the patio which is first come first serve. We weren't able to sit outside but instead had a lovely table in the back with a water and Canada Place view which was just as nice. We were pleased with our drinks and even more impressed with the food! The service was OK but nothing special. We'll definitely return to Miku though. Great find!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were 2 couples hoping for a fairly quiet table that got seated beside a large group of girls celebrating a birthday, so no ideal, but not that bad. I've eaten here before and been blown away by the food but this time, for some reason, it was just above average. Rolls were mushy, something was SUPER salty (so thirsty!) and sashimi was room temperature. Our out-of-town guests had a great view and service was very attentive."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Amazing place, service and food were perfect and I will likely go here anytime I want Japanese food. Drinks and desert were also unusual and tasty. My only concern is the noise level as sounds more like a really rowdy bar then a sophisticated restaurant. I want a lively place on the weekend but as so loud I wouldn't go here for couples special events."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food ranges from above average to phenomenal. I went once for lunch and once again another day for dinner. Lunch was outstanding. Dinner was very good, but not great. Aburi and sashimi were excellent. The rolls were only slightly above average. Decent service."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The convergence of Asian cooking styles with those of the west such as French, has been wonderful. When done well, whether it's Chinese, Thai, etc. it is miraculous. This evolution has not touched Japanese food as widely. Miku is a restaurant that has blended East with West seamlessly. The focus on quality, presentation, simplicity, and blending of tastes, works well. Virtually every dish we tasted has a traditional element such as the way tempura and sushi are made; yet, the technique (like the batter) or spice (like cummin) used, is just enough that the result is different and better. Try the prawn tempura, or the signature sushi, and you will notice the difference. The service is also very good."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This is the second time I have brought out of town guests to Miku and simply asked the waiter to bring us an interesting meal.We are asked if there's anything we don't eat, and he takes it from there. Course after course of spectacular food is brought, and everything is explained in detail as it is put before us. The bill at the end of this extravaganza is ridiculously modest for the quality of the meal. This is a really outstanding restaurant."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Really, really good sushi-- different preparations than you'll find elsewhere without being gimmicky. The appetizers we shared were fairly pedestrian- nothing special. Service was friendly and good but loses a star for not keeping my water filled (had to ask-- twice!). Really expensive (thanks, employer!)"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food is good. 70% worth the price tag. The resto smelled like gross cleaning solution when we first arrived. Like dirty mop water. Once the kitchen got really going tho the smell disappeared. But it was off putting at the start"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This was a second time I dined here, was not disappointed. Food and ambience were excellent. Service was very good as well"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Maybe it wasn't a good idea to have lunch at Miku during a regular work day. I ordered the Chirashi tart and my friend got the nigiri lunch set. The food was decent and nicely presented but I found it a bit too overpriced for lunch. We both had tea so it's an extra $3 each for both of us, and the total came to about $55 after tax and 15% gratuity. It was my first time having lunch at Miku and I am a bit disappointed. I have been to Miku few times for dinners and had better dining experience, so I will definitely not go back to Miku for lunch especially on a weekday."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We are foodies and the wives (all sisters) are Korean and know seafood well. We and especially they were very impressed with the quality of the sushi. The service was great. Considering the class environment and high quality and cost of the food the only disconnect was the loud thumping music I associate with a bar/club. We would none-the-less return."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We ate at Miku for the first time on Sunday and could not have been more impressed. Having heard good things before hand but never having been, we listened to the sound advice of our knowledgeable server to walk us through several courses. We tried much of the sushi and aburi; the ebi oshi was hands down one of the best sushi items I have ever had. The aburi tuna with the caramelized onion topping was excellent too. The room us stunning, as is the view, the cocktails are delicious, and our server was outstanding. I would highly recommend Miku for a fine dining japanese experience. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a birthday party at Miku and it was a very good experience. We will definitely come back again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We were a party of 3 for lunch. The place was busy and loud at the window table we were given, so the noise was not a big problem for our lunch purposes. We still enjoyed the food, the view, and the service. Would return again."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Overall we found the service excellent, but the romancing of the searing and special sauces left us both underwhelmed. I think you just can't beat traditional japanese sushi...Our scallops, all THREE of them at $19 a pop....were look warm and the topping did not compliment them (we took it off). We enjoyed the view, our server was great (Gemma), and the staff was very attentive and friendly. I'm sorry but for the $ and the flavours I or my friend will not go back."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Probably the best sushi I've ever had. The fish was fresh, the rolls and dishes were inventive and presented beautifully. On top of that the service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Planned a farewell party here & didn't realize how busy it would be on a Thursday evening. The restaurant was packed! The decor is bright & modern & the food was delicious! I know this is a fancier Japanese restaurant, but it seemed like the standard soy sauce/wasabi side dish wasn't even an option, so we were scared to offend the chef should we ask for it. It was pretty busy, so I'm not surprised that the service wasn't perfect. There were a few instances that we had to wait longer than we should have for certain items, as well as for plates to be cleared. Overall, I would recommend Miku for a gathering or special occasion."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food and service wonderful. The sashimi was amazing as were the oysters with special herbal sauce. Don't miss them. Only sorry we live over 3000 miles away."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Very nice non-traditional Japanese food (Aburi), beautifully served by knowledgeable and pleasant staff."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The sushi was awesome especially the Aburi Mackerel and Aburi Salmon. The restaurant has a beautiful decor with a great view of the harbour."
    Dined on 6/7/2014