Sai Woo

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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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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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
5 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
87 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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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service!

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TK
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fantastic food and atmosphere- would highly recommend!

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T
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great time at Sai Woo! It was a quiet Thursday evening so it felt like private party! Food was great and most of all our waiter Jackie D was amazing!!! Will def come again!!

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OT
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Modern adventure in Old Chinatown!

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DF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I was there in late January and thoroughly enjoyed the food, atmosphere and experience, this past Saturday was equally excellent. Can't wait to go back!

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IE
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food at reasobable cost
Rice with duck was superb

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d
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely decor and ambiance. quite noisy for sure, but very pretty, and food was delish.

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AH
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was a great fusion between the different Asian flavours. Ambience was good and the service was very friendly.

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

Really great. And nice to be able to make a reservation unlike many comprabile restaurants.

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D
Vancouver
28 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good. Last time we were here it was quite good but it seems like they are getting better and better. I also like that the prices are reasonable for the quality of the food. Lots of dishes are available for less then $20 and they are great for sharing.

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Y
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the place. Great flavours /such a cool spot

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HJ
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Don’t expect great libations - None existent wine selection. Poor cocktail choices. Just decent food - do not be fooled by “family style”. Some dishes really lacked depth of flavor (curry is dry rub only) while others were terrific (ribs). Staff were really nice and friendly. It’s meh - won’t be back.

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k
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was quite good, served hot, promptly and with friendly service. We also were given a nice window table with our Open Table reservation.

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P
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there. This time we were joined by two other couples. It was even better this time around. Way to go, Sai Woo!

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SM
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Terrific food, outstanding service. Dining room was clean and stylish.
We asked our server to pick food for the table and all of the choices were hits!
Looking forward to coming back soon.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magical dumplings

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PH
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome meal. Excellent food. Great service.

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AW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for happy hour before the concert. Super tasty food.

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PC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Can't say too much. The food was unique and tasted great, the interior was up to date, and I had a great time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was average and expensive for the quality, but the interior decor here is on point.

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SG
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Our waitress was very friendly and accommodating, however, the drinks and food came out slow (with no other diners) and very salty. Will not be returning to this restaurant.

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