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Hapa Izakaya Coal Harbour

303 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies (500)
  • Good for Groups (449)
  • Great for Lunch (391)

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Voted “Top Five Izakayas In North America” by Bon Appétit Magazine in 2011; topping “Industry and Readers Choice” 2012 awards for Best Japanese and Best Izakaya in the Georgia Straight weekly: and “Best Casual Chain, Silver” by Vancouver Magazine in 2012, Hapa Izakaya offers a winning combination of a sexy room, well-priced portions of Japanese tapas, sushi, cocktails and premium sake. When Lea and Justin Ault introduced Hapa in 2003 they exploded the izakaya concept in Vancouver, setting the bar high for the host of contenders that followed. In 2010 Hapa was the first izakaya to join the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise™ seafood conservation program and one of only a handful of Japanese restaurant partners in the program to date. Hapa continues to be a standout for its unique blend of food, fun and culture.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation

Lunch: 11:30am -3:00pm, Monday-Friday

Hapa Hour: 3:00pm-5:30pm, Monday-Friday (1/2 Priced Tapas, $4 Beer & $5 Wine)

Dinner: 5:30pm - Late Monday-Saturday

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Phone number
(604) 420-4272
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nobutake Watanabe
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Private party facilities
Come celebrate an event with us in our Private Dining Space which sits up to 16 guests. The space can be closed off for an event which requires complete privacy. An excellent choice for birthdays, office functions and other gatherings!
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Private party contact
Kevin Banno: (604) 420-4272
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Cross street
Between Howe and Burrard Street
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Public transit
Expo/Millenium/Canada Line Skytrain. Waterfront Station. 44 UBC.

Secured paid parking available underneath the Terminal City Club ($7 from 6:00pm - 12:00am) and metred street parking ($6 per hour).
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipElizabeth (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on April 29, 2015

We have lunch at Hapa to celebrate our team's successes and of course the food and location is great. The atmosphere is fresh, vibrant and upbeat. The server is attentive and courteous. I highly recommend Hapa: lunch, dinner, or just having drinks.

Hammy (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on April 17, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed a great evening. W enjoyed a delicious meal along with a great bottle of sake as recommended by our server. The service was second to none, as was the restaurants energetic atmosphere.

Smurfy (Edmonton)
4.0  Dined on April 17, 2015

Second time at this location, enjoyable as was the first time. Nice selection of tapas, priced well. Enjoyed it again.

Mike (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on April 17, 2015

Went for Hapa Hour, limited selections, but delicious and very reasonable. 2 of us shared 5 appys and three drinks each for $51. Crazy good deal for downtown Vancouver.

OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on April 15, 2015

There is allot of variety in the menu with many healthy options (and some not so healthy which is good too!). Fresh and creative, service is very good. Serving sizes are smaller (not too bad but Vancouver small as usual) so could use more but better than most others in the area.

Deca (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on April 13, 2015

Food is always delicious! Comes to the tables hot, hot, hot, and really quickly...never fails to be delcious! Hapa is one of my favourites in the neighbourhood. If you're going with more than two over lunch, you probably want to take the time to make a reservation! It's busy!

vipHeidi (Vancouver)
2.0  Dined on April 10, 2015

Compare with other Hapa on Tobson St and Kitslano, this is the least one I like. Food was ok but smaller portion than the other Hapa. Also the restaurant was very noisy, my friend and I can't even hear each other's unless we talk very loud. I will not come to this Hapa again for sure , parking is very expensive so it is not worth to come here when u have other better Hapa to go.

Jonathan (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2015

I go here relatively regularly and think it is a fantastic place for lunch or to meet after work. The food is excellent and the staff is wonderful. We have nothing but good things to say.

OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
2.0  Dined on March 20, 2015

I had reservations for 5pm on a Friday night. The waitress told me right away that they needed their table back by 7:45pm? I haven't been seated yet and already I'm told what time I need to finish dinner by?!

This is the first time for Hapa Izakaya - Coal Harbour, to tell me what time they need their table back. I was taken aback and found this to be rude. Our waitress was also rude and brought our bill, before asking if we wanted to look at the dessert menu. We ordered appies and had to ask another waitress after 30 mins of waiting, where our appies were.

My friend and I were not impressed. Upon ordering our respective dessert items, the waitress again told us that we had to finish by 8pm, due to another reservation?! We were planning to leave by 8pm anyways. Such horrible service and will be going back to the Yaletown location, as the staff are friendlier and don't tell you when to leave!

FirstFoodReview (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on March 13, 2015

I went with a friend and it was my first time at this restaurant. First impression: this place is busy and the waitresses are pretty. The menu was focused on tapas for sharing but there were a few bowls suited for a single person. There was a nice variety of meat and fish dishes. Our waitress was very attentive and knew when we wanted to order and also refilled our water promptly even though it was busy.

The food was very creative. Each dish we ordered was very different from the other dishes. We had the cheese tofu which had a mild cheese flavour mixed with a sweeter fruity taste. The "sauce" gets scooped over baguette slices. I've never had a sauce like this before but it was very good and I'd recommend trying this unique dish.

Ebi Mayo was great, but then again I haven't had a bad ebi mayo from anywhere before. The Karaage was average to me. I mostly tasted a mild salt flavour that eventually became too much after eating multiple pieces.

We also had a dish with lettuce wrap and pork belly. The dish was quite good, but it'd be great if they had a dish with just the pork belly because the pork belly was well seasoned and could probably be a great dish by itself.

Overall the food tasted great and was presented quite well and our waitress was friendly and attentive. The price was a bit on the higher side but it's to be expected for what you are getting. We decided to eat until we were fairly full (and ordered more dishes than the ones I described above), and the bill came to $75 for the two of us combined. I'd go back again but probably in a group of 3 or 4 so we could try more dishes.