Finding great sushi in Vancouver is no issue– the city is known for sushi (that many consider better than in Japan — sacrilege, I know!) and there are over 615 sushi restaurants to choose from. Whether your passion is over-sized jumbo rolls with deep-fried stuffing smothered with more sauces than you can shake a chopstick at or sashimi bowls topped with delicately sliced raw seafood, there is no shortage of options in this west coast city.
Minami in Yaletown
“Find joy in yourself by bringing pleasure to guests” is their corporate philosophy and so far, the one-on-on service has been impeccable. Try the innovative Aburi Sushi, which is flame seared, if you are really looking to impress. This spot has great ambiance and is a late-night-date-night kind of place.
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Zen Japanese Restaurant on the North Shore
According to their website testimonials, Sarah McLachlan and Rae Dawn Chong, are exulted fans. Guests can sit at the sushi bar and have ‘omakase’ custom dinners prepared for them at the mercy of the chefs whim. Zen is stylish, fun and Ocean Wise for those looking for local fresh seafood options.
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Blue Water Cafe in Yaletown
With private rooms and valet service, this ‘cafe’ serves the freshest seafood and is consistently given ‘Best Seafood Restaurant in Vancouver’ awards from those who matter. Don’t forget to join the Toptable Group mailing list to get in on all those highly coveted private events and tastings.
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ShuRaku Sake Bar + Bistro in Downtown
A sake bar and bistro by definition, ShuRaku has elevated casual style with an architectural interior design concept which complements the whimsical izakaya-stylings of its menu. This spot is open 7 days a week in the heart of downtown with an expansive selection of both food and strong beverages.
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Zest Japanese Cuisine in Kitsilano
Apart from their outstanding modern Japanese cuisine, Zest has cultivated quite a reputation for their refined wine and sake programs. Start with the freshest sashimi, follow with a few signature dishes, and keep room for the refreshing green tea tirmisu. Bottoms up on the thimble sized cups of sake and enjoy!
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Hapa Izakaya on Robson, in Yaletown and Coal Harbour
With three locations, Hapa Izakaya is very popular and voted ‘Best Izakaya in 2016′ by the Georgia Straight readers and one of top 5 in North America by Bon Appetit Magazine. If you are wondering what all the fuss is about, visit and delight in the 5-6pm Happy Hour, which not only includes adventurous cocktails but delicious menu selections.
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The Eatery at Dunbar
This university student hang-out must be experienced to be believed. Affordable, yet deviant, delicious sushi in giant portions accompanied loud EDM, by zany pop-culture decor passing, yam fries inside the rolls and a pink mini-van cruising around hyping the hype.