Black Rice Izakaya

4.6
226 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Japanese
Modern Izakaya
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4.6
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipGlobotravo
Vancouver
26 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent food and reasonable prices. Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service will definitely recommend!

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Rose
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here to celebrate my friend's birthday and let's just say Black Rice Izakaya did not disappoint! They had such great service and amazing food- the Black Mentaiko is a must-have!

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vipmafi
Vancouver
44 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Izakaya with delicious food and nice menu items

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vipJJWW
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

First, a fly was inside the sake bottle that my friend ordered. Second, a silverfish was crawling up the sofa and when we told one of the servers about it, she was shocked and she asked 2 other servers to come and they were all scared and it seemed like they have never seen a silverfish before. My friend decided to kill it herself - the servers did not even say thank you to us, she just went to get the bill and told us that the sake is comp (which is good). We were only eating for about 45 minutes and just finishing our first course, we were going to order more things but since we were given the bill + the fly and silverfish incident... we had to leave and we probably would never come back.

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vipbarbara
Vancouver
32 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am so glad Black Rice has reopened for dining inside.
I have missed them.
Everything was outstanding and nice and quiet
Very intimate with the barriers between the tables.
Great job as always

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happyFoodie
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

It is quite a disappointing experience dining there. I’ve been there quite some times during lunch hours before COVID but this time is the first time I have dinner there. The ventialation within the restaurant is not working, especially when they were grilling and lots of smoke came out of the semi open kitchen to areas where we were seated. The black rice rolls are good but other than that, all other food are low quality, and the veggie octopus and tofu soup takes forever to reach our table! It takes at least more than an hour and long after my partner has finished his dishes… Waitresses offered some drinks and miso soup while we were waiting and waiting, but really terrible experience dining there. The eggplant tofu don was also very bland and can only find bits and pieces of tofu, but larger amount of rice. The whole octopus was cut in front of us but waitress was not trained properly of that so splashing customer at times. They really should cut the octopus in the kitchen then serve. I can make much better food with less amount of time. The chefs probably need more consideration of prep work before rolling out new menu. They should consider improving the menu and how to serve food properly, especially the chefs who is working on preparing for hot food. Low value and horrible experience.

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GeorginaSwan
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was our first time visiting and we will be back! Food was very yummy and fresh, with a huge menu to choose from!

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Annie
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our whole family's best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver bc - even our grand children 3 and 5 years old rave about the food !
The menu is extensive and so far everything we've had stands out - really well well presented and inviting

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vipGunjanK
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience every time!

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vipGunjanK
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Seafood! Just down to earth vibes. Food speak for itself. One of my favourite restaurant in the city.

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BrendaHo
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food is below average. Service is acceptable but for the price it is not really worth it.

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vipFoodietoo
Puerto Vallarta
21 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and efficient friendly service. The house specialty scallops were delicious and beautifully presented. The best rainbow roll ever and the grilled skews were very tasty too. An extensive menu with many creative items. Everything we had was great. There is also a huge sake list to choose from. So many tasty items we will have to come back soon to try more.

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Meghan
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tried a variety of menu items, and every single one was delicious! Really fast service and such friendly staff as well!

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Kumiko
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Their Angus beef sushi lunch is great taste and value.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for its value!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
60 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quite good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Saskatoon
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

While the food was good. The service was not great, which takes away from the experience as a whole.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Smoky. Had to move tables. Was noted that it was for a birthday and there was no mention of it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and everything was delicious

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vipGunjanK
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food! Great value for the freshest seafood in town by far. We have been coming here for a awhile and it’s been consistently delicious.

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Alex
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Itz a bit hot inside. Other than that, food is great.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our second time visiting this izakaya.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good experience in general :) will definitely go again

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Monique
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A delicious find. We really liked the cloudy saki, sweet and yogurty in flavor, a unique drink. Sukiyaki was very flavourful. I thought the rice was soft in the aburi, which is different from other places, but maybe it was supposed to be like that? Also had the seafood ceviche on taro crisps.

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AngelaK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Have been here many times and service levels are inconsistent. Sometimes your food arrives when everyone else in your party has finished their meals. This last visit they had 4-5 chefs and 5 wait staff and it was excellent. Usually we only see two waitresses. But on this night with 5 wait staff - They were attentive and lovely, and not run off their feet and overwhelmed by orders and customers. Food is excellent. Prices are what you expect to pay downtown.

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JeffH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was great, music was too loud. That’s easy to fix.

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GilbertT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good menu variety, excellent food and friendly service. A must !

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Amor
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

My review is solely on the fact that we had to wait 45 mins for our food to come. If my friend hadn't reached out to our server and ask for an update, then I think we would've waited even longer. I think our server forgot to 'Send' the order and only realized it when my friend asked. She did offer some free drinks but it definitely left a bad taste and was an unfortunate first experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was beyond compare and exceeded our high expectations.
Highly recommended

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KevinY
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience1

My wife and I ordered Set A and Set B for our lunch. The foods were excellent. The portions were little small and price is about 10% more than other local restaurant. The service were really poor. The servers did not look like they were ready for lunch service (they look like they partied hard last night and not awake). There was even chopstick left on the floor from last night. My wife told me not to remind them to pick it up, but it is dangerous if someone had stepped on it and the person would have tripped. Overall experience was good. We will go back for the food, if they are more attentive with the services.

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vipHungryMan
Seattle
44 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome spot for lunch specials! Great deal for a lot of food! Had combo A and it was more than enough food for lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Its amazing
Always been my favourite place
Never get dissappointed

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Lynn
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent menu and food. Service nice after a bit of a clumsy greeting even though we had a reservation. Smooth sailing after that.

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CharleneW
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Although the food was excellent, it was extremely noisy - so much so that you could not hear the person talking across the table. Also, we felt quite rushed with our meal - they had us in and out in under an hour for no apparent reason (there were no ppl waiting).

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dustin
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was fantastic but service was terrible as we had to ask for our drinks multiple times and waitress forgot items of our order and as well she put us dead center in empty restaurant before it got busy as we ask to be on a end table ... been here many times and this time it wasn’t enjoyable as our last few times ..

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Deanna
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Super upsetting they ran out of the 3 things we wanted. Uni, any Toro, wagyu. Had a mediocre birthday because of that. Sashimi was good though and black rice sushi. The seared beef nigiri wasn’t flavourful

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TiffanyL
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice! Thank you.

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AlexR
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Japanese food experience. The Hot Pot and Grilling Stone experience were phenomenal. Fresh and quality ingredients

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vipJenniferD
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food is delicious here, there is no doubt about that. However the ambiance is mediocre at best. Everytime someone's gets up the chair scratch along the slate floor making so much noise. The chairs are also very uncomfortable This could easily be remedied making the vibe so much better.

FAQs

Black Rice Izakaya does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats. Black Rice Izakaya also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (778) 379-0416.

Black Rice Izakaya is rated 4.6 stars by 226 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.