Bistro Sakana is located in Vancouver, British Columbia and offers a menu of delicious Japanese food, both traditional and innovative. There are also dishes with a fusion of Japanese and Italian or French influences. Vancouver�s largest list of premium cold sake is at Bistro Sakana, and you can enjoy beer and wine, as well.
Bistro Sakana has many great menus showcasing many types of foods. You can enjoy sushi, nigiri, sashimi, lunch, tapas, dessert and drinks. The lunch menu has an assortment of options for a great price so you can try something new and exciting. One of the most popular offerings on the nigiri menu is the assorted tempura with tiger prawn and vegetable tempura served with a sweet and tangy dipping sauce.
First the bad.... it's the rolls. What prevents me for giving 5 stars was that we ordered a few rolls on the side which I would not recommend. They aren't bad but they aren't on par with the rest of the food that this restaurant is serving.
Restaurant has friendly staff. I was nicely greeted and shown to my table. Had Sushi Omakase at the table which includes appetizer and with several nigiri served to you pieces at a time and a dessert. The nigiri is the best that you can have in Vancouver. The amount of Sake on the menu and incredible. Death stares all around for asking if cold sake can be served hot.
Ambiance is comfortable with air conditioning with good service to match. Keep it up!
Some of the best sushi you can find. Hidden gem in yaletown.
Definitely beats all the big name Japanese restaurants such as Masoyoshi in terms of creativity, presentation, taste, and value.
I have noticed that the best value of the restaurant is the Japanese fishes featured on the Today Special Menu. By contrast it is a better bargain than Rolls, or normal sockeye salmon and albacore.
In reality though the rolls aren't very well made. The new roll sushi chef is somewhat of a degrade from the previous.
Came here for a birthday dinner with their Sushi Omakase course, which was very fresh and delicious.
Definitely recommend trying if you like omakase.
Very friendly service and amazingly good food!
When we got the restaurant, we didn't see anybody at the front door so we hesitated to go inside for a minuet. The restaurant was almost full when we got there. Many tables were reserved. I thought Tuesday night wouldn't busy. It took time a server came to take our drink orders. Their menu is not easy to read, too crowded, I felt. Food was good.
Food very good. just be prepared to be a very tight and busy place.
One of the best experiences. It is fun to be here.
The Sake Omakase is soo interesting and full of surprises. Our group got served 5 different sake with a brief explanation.
Chef Yama San makes excellent food. Fresh fishes. Server was very friendly.
Authentic high end dining at its best. Best time to come is past 6:30 when happy hour is over with the best Sake menu. The restaurant tranforms from low end to high end instantly.
We had a business dinner after a long day and want to enjoy ourselves. The Happy hour crowd is always noisy with a lot of the younger crowd. We don’t feel comfortable spending $$$$$ in that atomosohere.
Great fresh fish, excellent service and a cozy atmosphere is what keeps me coming back. Great value as well.
We managed to reserve a table for 9:15pm on a Friday night. Sadly, as enthusiastic as our server was, everything started off ok until towards the middle of our evening when our food stopped coming. We have asked our server to double check and never heard or seen him for the rest of the evening. Comes to find, he had to do inventory with the owner and left us unattended.
Sadly, the food was not impressive at all, portions were quite small and the wait for the rest of our order (apparently the kitchen forgot to make the rest of our orders).
Maybe they had a bad night but then they only had 7 tables when we were there including ours. This was a definite hit and miss for me.
his enthusiasm did not compensate for the overrated food.
One of my go to restaurants for good sushi. Very good dining experience. Lady called to confirm my reservation sounded rude. I understand you busy but there isn’t a need to call one hour after the reservation was made.
Excellent tasting food, small portions. Our bill was $120 for 3 people, no drinks so, a bit pricy and we were still a bit hungry. The whole restaurant is way too loud to carry on a normal conversation, if you want to talk, don't go here.
Great menu great food but
THE BEST SAKE MENU EVER.
I swear they have the largest Sake menu in all of Vancouver. Tons of rare gems. Keeps me coming back for more.
We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of food. It's hit and miss in Yaletown and this place was a definite hit!
The food was good. However the tables were very close to each other, which was a bit awkward because you can hear every single conversation from the table next to yours even if you don’t want to.
Great place as always
There were a couple of large, noisy groups on the deck for Friday, so not as quiet as on weekday evenings. Still, great food and impressive value for sushi in a highly competitive city? Citrus Himachi, shredded filo prawns and scallop, and salmon aburi are always amazing. But the black cod aburi was outstanding.
I spend a lot of money at this restaurant but never really seem to be welcomed to sit in the sushi bar. He kinda frowned when I asked about the bar and he waved his hand. The rolls are a disaster and simply does not taste the same comparable to down the street. Service is good but the hospitality of the hostess doesn't seem sincere.
Traditional and innovative sushi, fabulously fresh and beautifully presented! Oh yes, they have other offerings as well but it is the sushi that reigns at Sakana!
Dinner was phenomenal. Would for sure go back!
The food was pretty good but they were overbooked so I had to wait an extra 25 minutes although I made a reservation.
Great spot. Fresh sashimi of all varieties was outstanding. Decent value for the quality.
I think they forgot to make our food.
We waited 45 minutes to get raw tuna, calamari, and a coke.
Other than waiting forever, the food was really good.
It's Yaletown so it's pretty loud as it gets darker outside.
They also have an odd bathroom location that can only accommodate a person per gender.
Great food, service and ambiance. Bistro Sakana is one of our favourite sushi restaurants in Vancouver. We often take our visitors to the city to share the experience.
Visited with some friends. One of the best hidden Japanese restaurants offering both authentic and fusion. Food, service and everything was great. Everything except the rolls. Noticed a new roll chef at the bar. Seems like he makes dollar shop rolls.
This was probably some of the freshest sushi I've ever had! And the fois groie temaki... omg how do I get more! It was a little loud cause of rugby 7 and it made the service a little slow, but I will def ne back!
Service seemed inexperienced, multiple servers asked us if we were ready to order drinks, then food.
When the food came out, the plates were massive for the small table we had, service didn't make much of an effort to organize the table. We had to put all the salmon aburi sushi on our plates right away to make room.
When asked to slow down the dishes from the kitchen, another came out.
Tea was never checked on or refilled.
Plates were not cleared after we had finished eating for at least 20 minutes. During these 20 minutes no one checked in on us even though the dinner rush was over. No dessert offered. We had to flag staff down for the bill. Overall, was not impressed even though we have been before and live in the area. Will not be returning.
Super Good prices
Nigiri falls apart. This doesn’t happen. Lived in Japan 20+ years. Clearly the skill doesn’t match the fish quality.
Everything seems to be always sold out
Same Sake recommendations everytime which is a bore when they have so much variety.
Delicious, as usual! The king crab aburi is a must try , as is the beef houbayaki!
Great value. Nice ambiance. Busy. Staff were helpful.
One of my favourite restaurants. Love the new menus and the selection of food but it can be hard to choose. Most of the food here can be compared to Japan quality. The nigiri I must mention can be off. The balance is just bad. At times the sushi rice feels like table rice that falls apart. Sashimi and the rolls are awesome. Really love the crunchy filo. Service for the most part is good. It really depends on whom is serving.
Newly renovated Bistro Sakana is lookin good. Highly recommend this restaurant to everyone. The best part, The prices are very good and cannot be matched.
Most Japanese operared and authentic Japanese restaurants charge a lot more which is a sign that operators are not fully Japanese. Service is good with excellent recommendations of Sake.
The Sake alone will make me come back for more.
I have been here several times. The food is absolutely delicious. As other reviews mention. The value can’t be beat. Service is also top notch but at times it’s inconsistent. The male servers here are more sincere. The female host never pays attention after seating us. It was loud on this day probably since it was Chinese New Year Day. Not a fan of the rowdy screaming. It is not to the fault of the restaurant but I had a dislike of the crowd.
I was only interested in Omakase and after making the reservation on open table I called the restaurant to confirm and they stated that it’d be no problem since my reservation was for 8:45 pm. However when I arrived they said they can’t serve Omakase because they’re busy with the restaurant week event but they’re not that busy at that time and the chef was only preparing items for the next day. The fish variety was limited and several types tasted not fresh, especially the restaurant week pre-set menu which included cooked items like black cod which didn’t taste anything like black cod and was over-cooked... I can hardly get my sake and had to request it several times despite sitting at the bar and my water was never refilled... while in Vancouver I tried several sushi places mostly for Omakase and this one was the worst on all counts. Also pricey considering the poor quality and service.
Thank you for visiting Bistro Sakana. We have attempted to reach you by telephone and left several messages. Due to dine out season our Omakase sashimi and sushi was available with exception to the dinner course. We are aware that this disappointment was set in your mind and was difficult to reverse prior to seating. Our Omakase dinner course uses elite & top of the line ingredients. It takes much advance preparation prior to guest arrival NOT DURING. Please be fair & understanding.
Actually I went twice on Saturday and Wednesday for the dine out. Saturday service was better than Wednesday. There were more pieces of tuna in the salad dish on Saturday. I guess we should go on Saturday instead of weekdays.
Engawa not as fresh as expected, food and service was rushed, sat at a table for two, no extra room when trying to juggle 2 courses of food at the same time,
One of the best restaurants ever.
The Dine Out menu is a major feature and the absolute best valued menu that Vancouver has to offer. Nobody can beat quality for the price.
My only concern is the regular menu is too big for a small restaurant. Often sold out items and the bigger the menu the more lack of consistency. Better to simplify.
Service is good and they speak high end english here.
Not as good as our first visit to Bistro Sakana, but not too bad otherwise. Efficient service - food comes out fast. Japanese staff ensuring an authentic food experience.
Food is great, we wish the server could be more knowledgeable with the paired wine and sake. But it was a wonderful experience afterally