Sai Woo

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300 reviews
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Contemporary Asian
In the heart of Chinatown an historic storefront conceals the secrets of Sai Woo. We serve Asian Inspired Fusion Cuisine created with Chef Issac Ko's fresh local ingredients and surprising, light hearted twists. Diners Choice award on Opentable with 4.4 stars and a 96% recommendation. Certificate of Excellence on Tripadvisor for third year rumming. Awarded runner up for Best Interior Design by Vancouver Magazine. Rated #18 out of 3000 Vancouver restaurants by Tripadvisor. Sai Woo is the only restaurant in Vancouver that has been a restaurant for almost 100 years since the original Sai Woo opened in 1925
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JO
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service, funky space and good value.

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SL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very good and the food was fantastic! Very, very tasty! Selection of drinks was small, but the ones offered were very good. Would go back again, for sure!

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OT
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We felt that the happy hour was a poor venue and in general the restaurant is good but not as great as many have said.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really good and the atmosphere is great.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great gluten free options, making it very accommodating (and delicious) for someone who is celiac!

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A
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Server was excellent. Couple next to us. (Less than a foot between table) were watching Chinese video on each of their phones without ear buds. Very loud and disruptive. Bothered couple at the table on other side as well .Spring rolls showed up burnt (not carmelized on bottom we are talking black!) We were told they were frozen and had to be in fryer that long to reach safe internal temp. Frozen spring rolls ugh! Shrimp Gyoza also poor quality Great drinks. Go sit at bar have a drink and skip food!

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GG
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, good food , well worth the visit. I would definitely go again on my next visit to Vancouver

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MB
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice restaurant with a little
menu. For European customers the dishes are slightly too sweet as we prefer not to have extra sugar. Quality and freshness of meat, seafood and vegetables is excellent! Service was very good!

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MJ
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great place for dinner with menu choices that pleases both adults and children. The decor was a nice surprise. We’ll be back!

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AJ
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was an absolutely amazing experience! Our server was a gem, Julie, and the food was absolutely amazing!’

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c
London
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This is not really Chinese food at all, but Chinese food heavily adapted to modern Western tastes. Brussels sprouts and olives feature !
It’s all okay, just not the authentic Chinese food we wanted.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food. The spring rolls were outstanding. Would definitely recommend and come again.

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Using open table means worst table even in a half empty restaurant

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RG
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a really great evening. The food is amazing, lovely atmosphere, and friendly staff.

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AW
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal/value/service, buzzing atmosphere so rather noisy.
Would happily visit again

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SL
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was interesting and very tasty, the wine, we chose Spanish, was excellent and the service was friendly and efficient. We were very happy with this restaurant.

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M
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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RE
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Tracey was both knowledgeable and personable. She explained the custom of ordering various dishes with the expectation of sharing them, and could list every ingredient in any menu item. Sai Woo was pleasantly decorated and impressively quiet. We enjoyed our meal and would be pleased to return.

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AL
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

AMAZING FOOD AND SERVICE.
If we hadn't already pre-booked , we would probably have walked on by this restaurant as the exterior belies the wonderful experience in store.
The 'Asian fusion' menu was a new one for us. However, under the excellent knowledge of our waitress Andrea, ( who expertly guided and suggested options,) we ended up with probably the best meal out of our holiday in Canada. A memorable feast.

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JH
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, yummy cocktails, cool space, great food. Great dining experience and will definitely return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried a lot of things off the menu, and they were all excellent!

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DM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit, prompted by a desire to find a lovely spot to eat prior to a concert at The Imperial. What a gem! Every bite was amazing. When we are back in Vancouver we will definitely have Sai Woo on our to-do list!

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AJ
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there on a date. Chose to sit at the bar.
Had a really positive experience.
Amazing food, very friendly service, and beautiful ambiance and energy.

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CE
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Food is well-priced. Worth checking out.

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T
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As a vegan was pleased there were several items to choose from, all of them delicious!

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PW
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The fusion vibe is strong with this one. During non-club hours it's a very nice place to be for a "Chinese restaurant". Definitely different from you usual suspect of yumcha and family restaurants in the neighborhood. The food is very well prepared and tastes great. Meat is succulent and flavoring is just-so. We were sat at a table with a view to the skylight but the skyline is covered by litter and it was so filthy that we were taken aback from it. Otherwise the interior has a very Asian city look to it and it's got great attention to detail.

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w
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was amazing !It is a great hidden place in chinatown .

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service... Will definitely be coming back

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VB
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Looks can be deceiving...viewing SW from the outside, I was a bit underwhelmed. Upon entering the place, however, I was exposed to a delightfully ambient restaurant. Julie, our waitress was welcoming, friendly and helpful. The bottle of grenache went well with veggie dumplings, fried rice, tofu and cauliflower and roasted Brussels sprouts. Highly recommend this place.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little place in Chinatown. We were blown away by the flavors and received excellent service! Try the Brussel sprouts, you won’t be disappointed.

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SS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My two friends and I loved Sai Woo. It was our first time there and we were impressed by the atmosphere and the food. However, after I left, I realized that my vegetarian chop suey had a scant amount of vegetables when the menu had promised lots. My friends loved their food and so did I at the time but was too busy visiting to notice that the chop suey was almost all noodles.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I was super disappointed. Two days prior, I called to change my group reservation from 6pm to 7pm, and was told that because they had a large number of groups that night it wasn’t possible.

When we arrived we were put downstairs in the basement, for my 30th birthday, and it was as if the restaurant just opened. It was completely dead until about the time we left at 8pm.

Super disappointing and certainly didn’t make my 30th birthday memorable.

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LW
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I only go to Sai Woo on special occasions and it is usually to host out of town guests (special relatives or family). Every time I go there the experience gets better all the time. The Mantou buns were amazing! This time we also ordered a couple of bottles of white wine and had great service from Kate. Sally (I believe that's her name) should keep up what she is doing. I only wish I had more time to go to Sai Woo more often.

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y
Vancouver
88 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a lovely, well thought out space with great food in the heart of Chinatown.
The flavours are fusion Asian, beautifully cooked and presented. Lovely staff and nice atmosphere to round out a great dining experience.

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NB
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious flavors
However, over-sauced and over salted (coming from someone who LOVES salt and extra sauce)
A bit loud for conversation
Over-all would return / recommend

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s
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable from beginning to end.

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DH
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Interesting flavorful dishes, attentive service in a smart setting. Prices are reasonable. Family style servings popular with group meals. My only negative is that many of the dishes have similar preparations and taste the same. But I would gladly return.

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JT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ! :D
Definitely my new favorite spot in Vancouver

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DJ
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous night with great friends, and a wonderful experience

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O
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third visit to Sai Woo. The service was outstanding and the ambiance was perfect for a date night. We had drinks and more Han enough food and the bill for the four of us was extremely reasonable.

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