Black Rice Izakaya

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CAN$30 and under
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was decent, but service subpar. Servers had an attitude that screamed out to everyone that they couldn’t care less about who dined at the restaurant. Our party of 7 wasn’t offered water and had to ask multiple times for water. We were also charged with an auto gratuity of 18%, but due to an error in the splitting of the bill, we were 0.80cents short of the 18% gratuity, and was asked to make up the difference. Unbelievable standard of service for an upscale restaurant.

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FC
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the volcano dragon rolls, the salmon aburi, a vegan role, the waygu specialty roll and agedashi tofu. Our favourite was the volcano dragon roll which was very delicious - slightly spicy. The waygu beef roll was nothing spectacular and not worth the cost. The table next to us ordered a stone rock grill which looked amazing - a must try for our next time there

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M
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Reasonably priced and the waitresses were very attentive. The food came very fast as well. We ordered a Udon, Rice, sushi roll and an App which was more than enough to feed two people.

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RC
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

There were six of us celebrating a colleagues birthday. The food was good, although the menu seems to have changed since the last time we were there. The box lunches seem to have less food. The service was average -- one of our group had to ask twice for a drink. The serving staff are not very friendly -- maybe they don't like their jobs, but a smile would have been nice. We'll go back -- it's one of the better spots in the area. Maybe next the server will be more friendly.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 3ambience 3

The salmon sashimi was disgusting!! The salmon was so chewy and the worst part:SALTY! U can tell how bad it was by the texture. Other things were fine

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s
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good Japanese food at a good value. Highly recommend

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, never disappoints and good to take friends from out of town

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E
Vancouver
34 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Not your everyday Japanese experience.

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CH
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great sushi, excellent quality. A little disappointed there is no tempura on the menu. We went on the recommendation of a friend who takes lots of out of town people there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Nice surprise for a last minute pick restaurant, we enjoyed the food and Sake recommendations from the staff very much....good job, thank you, we'll be back.

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RM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sashimi was so good! Altogether a great date night location!

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FG
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great and we loved the clean presentations.

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

We ordered large hot sake and after we drank for a while we poured a dead fly out from the bottle. It was so disgusting! And the service was pretty bad too, the waitress didn’t take care of us at all. They offered 50% off of the sake when we paid. One of the worst experiences I’ve ever had!

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H
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

They have a great options for lunch that are affordable. When we went, we tried angus beef aburi sushi, the chef aburi sushi choice, and sukiyaki. The food was delicious and kitchen service was quick; however the dining service was not as great. I understand that the restaurant is extremely busy at lunch but it would have been great if our server could explain the menu choices for us. Overall, the food (the lunch sets or sukiyaki) was really good and I would go back to dine.

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U
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The sushi was very good. Some traditional choices and some creative ones. Nice decor. The service is somewhat indifferent and not overly helpful or friendly.

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TD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A date night fave. Never disappoints. Great food, service and always enjoyable.

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c
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The black angus nigiri was fantastic. Apart from that everything else was mediocre. The service was bad, our server was rude. The three of us was there to celebrate a birthday and we had a surprise cake hidden in their fridge. I talked to the server in private to get the cake out after dinner. Then she came to our table and cleaned, we said that some of the food we were still working on it. She blurted out right away in a very rude manner in front of the birthday girl as well, "you still wanna work on this but want to get the cake out now?". Way to ruin the cake surprise!

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JK
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The goma ae was wonderful to start off, the Aburi sushi was fabulous, and the skewers of pork belly and beef were delicious and savory. There are many choices on the menu I'd like to try, so I intend to return.

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T
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was good! Service is attentive. Will definitely come back.

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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Hostess forgot to mark our reservation filled.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a Teishoku A and it was delicious!
Food quality is really high. Presentation and service also very good. Japanese tea was no taste so I think they can improve that part but I will sure to come back again.

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JY
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall the experience was ok. This was my second time at this restaurant, and did not get off too a good start. Upon arriving, I informed the host of my Open Table reservation. 45 min into our meal, I was informed by email that I missed the reservation and will not receive my points. Confused and upset, I responded to Open Table that we were at our reservation and having our meal. This was embarrassing and caused me to take time away from enjoying a nice dinner date. The food was good, the service was ok. Initially, my date did not order a drink. After my sake arrived, my date asked the waitress for the drink menu. After looking through, she decided on a drink and put the drink menu aside. A different waitress walked by and took the drink menu away without asking/checking with us if we wanted to order anything else. We were offended. So we finished our meal and went for drinks somewhere else.

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Food was soso and waiters there were a bit rude and not attentive. The washroom and the hallway don’t look so clean.

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SS
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Decent menu with a handful of unique items, but it is a bit overpriced for what it is. It's kind of like a slightly less expensive Miku or Minami, but you get what you pay for (read: it's good, but not as good as the other two slightly more expensive restaurants mentioned). Servers are always very friendly and attentive.

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MP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place and fantastic food. We frequent this gem often

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Delish as always!

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TD
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a favourite of ours for date night especially when we have theatre tickets, as even if the restaurant is full,(it's not a huge place to begin with,) service and food seems to always be consistent. All the staff are super friendly and accommodating. Have tried a number of things on the menu and it's all delicious.

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OT
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here many times. Never disappoints

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r
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not authentic Japanese izakaya, food is so so, some dishes were good, others so so. Only reason we chose this place was due to availability.

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e
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The sockeye sashimi was fresh and tasty! A good value relaxed restaurant

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j
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

thanks for the great aburi sushi! try the beef nigiri

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P
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

My experience at Black Rice was quite poor.
Based on the price of the dishes, I was expecting a better service and food quality.

The menus were old, there was nobody at the door to help us find a seat, the place was extremely loud, and the food was kinda “meh”.

I went with my girlfriend paid 70+ Cad in the end and left hungry. I usually go to cheap sushi restaurants and leave satisfied and full when I pay 30.

We are never coming back.

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OT
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Bit pricy.

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing and inventive food, attentive service. Loud environment

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W
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

This is not a true Japanese owner Izakaya. If you are looking for an authentic Izakaya, stay away from this place. If you like Korean food, then this is for you. I will not return.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good quality and good price.

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p
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

My husband and I decided to check this place out when we were in Vancouver, based on some great reviews over on TripAdvisor. We were SO not disappointed! The star in this place is definitely the food! Unlike most Japanese restaurants that follow the cookie-cutter "Americanized" palate of ubiquitous (read: boring) offerings like tuna roll and chicken teriyaki, Black Rice's menu is surprisingly (and deliciously!) inventive, with the result being some truly tantalizing flavor profiles that confirm to me that someone's been up to cooking up new ideas in this kitchen! First, their house made soy sauce blend is fabulous! I seriously wanted to drink it =0 Hubz and I shared one spectacular tuna-based roll that had at least seven ingredients (can't remember the name of it) that was the perfect 'pop' of crunchy, soft, spicy sweetness. We also shared several of their 'kushi-yaki' tapas selections, all delicious. Worthy of specific mention was the ground chicken on a stick, as well as the spicy pork belly. Also, anything wrapped in bacon is a special package indeed. The waitstaff was helpful and courteous; seemed to me like a family establishment since we were waited on by each of the four waitstaff on the floor - it had the vibe that everyone was out to help whatever customer had need, which I thought was pretty cool. Atmosphere was convivial, fun - lots of groups of friends getting together. This is on my list for my next trip to Vancouver - which may potentially be made just for a trip to Black Rice!

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J
Los Angeles
108 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Japanese "tapas"! The sockeye salmon sushi was a highlight! We'll be back, if ever in the area again!

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RF
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My only issue was they use of farmed salmon instead of wild. They don’t mention it on the menu. The food was tasty, liked the hot bowls a lot, the sushi was ok, just ok, not having the option of wild salmon is a big issue for me. I’d go back but I think I’d avoid the sushi.

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