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Sushi Bella

152 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver, BC V7M2E8
Tel: (604) 987-8633

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Step up from your cheap sushi joint
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 26, 2010 - 3:22pm [Dine in]

Visited on a weekday for lunch. Newer sushi place with bright interior and well decorated. A bit small with some tables quite close to each other. An outside eating area with a few tables, overall ambiance is very good. Went for the dynamite roll combo, around $9. Big dynamite roll with cali filling, very good but a bit hard to eat as the roll was so big. Also 2 pieces of tuna - very good and salmon - just Ok as it was farmed salmon. Rice piece was small which is good and the quality of the sushi rice good. Service was quick and they seem to have lots of speciality rolls to try in the future. Would come back.

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My new home.
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

I finally got the chance to try Sushi Bella for lunch and was impressed from the moment I walked in. I was greeted by a friendly server and gave me my menu to check over.
I decided to order the Dynamite combo with 2 Salmon and Tuna nigiri, with soft drink. I was amazed, the tuna nigiri melted in my mouth, absolutely amazing and had the same experience with the salmon. Its not often I stop to enjoy the salmon and tuna, and plan to try it again, on my next visit. The dynamite roll was great tasting, lots of flavour and was a delicious combo.
What I like about this place, was the glasses the water came in, easy to grip and design, and the place will be a hit for eating in or take out. Bright, spacious, several chairs for the sushi table and variety of tables and I have no doubt they'll do well.

My meal was around $13.00 before tip, and this is a spot I plan to visit very soon.

Highly recommended to eat in or take out, will be back to visit home...can we say YUM!!

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Good sushi, slow service
By bbryson of North Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2015 - 11:03am [Take-out]

I like the sushi here. Higher end, and slightly higher priced than your average tuna and salmon bulk sushi shops, but fair value. I won't put it on my recommended list though as service is very slow. On our last take out order, had to wait 30 mins past pick up time. This is not the first time, but a consistent issue with Sushi Bella - both take out and dine in. The kitchen simply is not mature enough to manage their workload. My visits here are becoming fewer and far between. The sushi is good, but not good enough to justify the slow service.

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Nice addition to the North Shore
By munchingalong of Abby (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

I tried out this new place yesterday. I've noticed it's usually extremely busy on the weekend but Monday is a good night to go - it's been discovered rather quickly!

I had gomaae, which was quite tasty. Also had the trio agedashi tofu. It came with three sauces - chili spice, traditional, and mango salsa. The chili sauce was okay, a bit too sweet for my liking. The traditional was good and the mango was a bit odd. Not sure if i liked it, despite enjoying mango.

Also had the crab party roll - came with real crab and avocado, topped with tobiko. It was decent - maybe a bit pricey at $7. Also had the volcano roll - california roll topped with spicy tuna. It was the same spicy sauce used on the tofu - good but too sweet. More spice would be nice. Also a bit pricey at $7.

The service was great - very attentive and friendly. I would definitely return - for the North Shore, this is very good. You pay a bit more but the quality and service are worth it.

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What a lovely little restaurant!
By Sadiekins of north vancouver BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 12:29am [Dine in]

Sushi Bella is located in Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver and the owners have brought a dynamic new sushi restaurant to the area. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the staff make you feel so welcome. There is a sushi bar as well as tables and an outside patio. The restaurant is licensed and has some interesting wines. I have eaten in the restaurant and have also had quite a few take-out meals. In both cases, everything has been beautifully presented and has been fresh and delicious. The place is absolutely spotless. The prices are very reasonable and the staff makes sure that you are happy with your meal. I think the words that would describe the staff would be gracious and the restaurant itself, classy. This is something you don't find a lot of these days. It is a great dining experience and I have no doubt this restaurant will be around for a long long time!

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Disappointing, would not return
By sweetpea of North Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 9, 2013 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

We've had take out from Sushi Bella and weren't particularly impressed with the quality, but thought we'd give dining in a shot. I'm always willing to give a place more than one try. Sadly, I won't be returning to this restaurant, or recommending it to anyone. The food quality was poor. For example the tempura vegetable pieces were very, very large and not cooked completely. We had several pieces that still had sections of raw batter.The sushi pieces just didn't taste as good as ones we've had other places - maybe the rice wasn't prepared correctly. We were there a bit later so it wasn't super busy, but the service was poor as well. We sat on the patio (which was a nice atmosphere) and our server brought us dishes, cups, napkins and chopsticks. Except when she brought them, she just put piled everything in the centre of the table (ie, she couldn't be bothered to actually set the table for us). We were offered tea once, which we took (it was good), but no one ever came back to see if we wanted more.
If you want good quality sushi don't go here. Go to Waruku (formerly Honjins) around the corner on Lonsdale between 1st and 2nd. They may not have a patio, but their food is top notch and the service is great.

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No complaints here!
By LadyN80 of North vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

I quite like Sushi Bella.

It was here where I first tried their "Crazy California Roll". It's basically a California roll, thinly sliced and slightly deep fried on the outside. Then they drizzle this "crazy" sauce on top which is quite spicy. No need for wasabi or soy sauce here. It's definitely a twist to the California roll. It's delicious and it's a must for me every time I go there!

Next I would order their Marinated Beef Teriyaki (dinner menu), which comes on a sizzling plate and served with rice and grilled veggies. This can definitely be shared by 2 people. Again, delicious!

As for service, I have yet to have a negative experience from them. Yes, they do get pretty busy, and if there is a group of you, reservations are recommended (small restaurant). Otherwise, make sure that you have the patience to wait for a table.

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Terrible service - too many tables for such a tiny kitchen
By Breal604 of North Van Halen (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 3:08pm [Take-out]

I've gotten take-out here several times and not once has my food been ready when I arrive even if I allow a full 30 minutes. I always get the impression that when they are "checking" it actually means they are telling the kitchen to start making my food.

Have a look at their kitchen - its way too small to service all the tables they have. But I suppose investing in a kitchen costs money, while more tables bring in money... at least until people figure how much their service sucks.

The food also is less than stellar. Not terrible, but nothing special.

I think the key to their popularity is people looking for another sushi place in the neighborhood after Honjin got busted for tax evasion.

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Bad Day?
By loyman of east Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 12:20am [Dine in]

Showed up for our 8pm reservation only to be told that they were behind schedule and had to wait an extra 30 minutes for our table. The restaurant is run by koreans, serving japanese food and background music was english. When the food and drinks came, we noticed that there were many fruit flies around our table. My date tried to kill them with her own hands throughout dinner. No staff in the restaurant seem to notice this. Food arrived shortly after we ordered and tasted good. After dinner, my date noticed that she was getting some kind of allergic reaction on her skin either to the food or wine we had. Will not probably go back there.

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Awesome!
By PortaPorta of Deep Cove North Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 6:37pm [Dine in]

Fantastic all round.

It is so hard to find a sushi place that has rolls as good of quality and the size that Bella Sushi has. Just fantastic! My sushi place of choice. I could see this restaurant doing amazing. The owners are friendly, staff is great, the vibe is awesome. It's my sushi joint of choice. Get the Volcano roll, Crispy go-go roll, spicy tuna roll with woosabi mayo (so good), and really anything else on the menu haha. If you live on the north shore and like sushi, you have to visit this place at least once.

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High expectations given the crowds, but was disappointed by the standard
By Kelvin_Brown of North Vancouver, BC (19 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2012 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

We finally called in here mid-week for an evening meal, with the mother-in-law from out of town, having seen the place was popular.

We had a short wait for a table, so opted to review the menu at the counter / bar whilst waiting.

Not having had too much sushi in the past we were novices, but wanted to try something different & requested helpful recommendations from the waitress. However, her standard of English was poor & she gave the impression she couldn't be bothered & didn't want to be there.

There was a large selection of dishes, mainly priced between $7 & $15, but we had no idea what they were or more importantly, how big each menu item was. We ordered a crisp go-go roll, some clams & some sushi to be shared by three, only to find it wasn't enough. The waitress didn't really help with the quantity ordering, despite us asking !

The dishes certainly looked attractive, but some were sadly lacking in quantity & taste. We ordered more, having looked at what others were eating & were still none-too-impressed.

We came to the conclusion the cooked dishes were far better than the sushi.

There was a moderate selection of wines & bottled beers, but nothing on draft.

There were quite a few fruit flies buzzing around the tables !!

We went with open minds & high expectations of trying something different for a change, but were sadly disappointed. Shame, because it's quite conveniently located for us. Maybe we'll try sushi in 2 or 3 years time, at another restaurant !

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Best sushi on the North Shore
By Dishylo of North Vancouver, B.C, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 11, 2013 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

I've been going to Sushi Bella since moving to North Van almost a year and a half ago and love it. The food is great, my favourites are the crazy California role and the Bella Tower.

The only downside is that it's a small place with such a loyal following and the entrance area is tiny. We always request a table at the end of the restaurant, far away from the door which people keep open when they are lined up outside.

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I will only return if the service improve...
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

Food is fresh, and a lot of variety to choose from. Portion and price is acceptable (me and my girlfriend spent $28 before tax and tips for lunch). The presentations for some of the food look very attractive as well.

Service…. well except for one Japanese waitress who always slight bow her body or say thank after talking to us… all the rest of the waitresses are rubbish. First of all, they only refill our tea once, and when the waitress bought us our food, she just quickly mentioned the name of our food and left (usually a professional waitress will say something like “please enjoy”). When she took our plates, she didn’t even say anything and took them away (it’s not even busy hour, we went there around 1:45pm). One of the waitresses even plays with her cell phone. In the end, when the waitress bought us our bill, she didn’t even say anything, she just hand me the Credit Card machine! Also no goodbye or thank you when we left.

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Nice surroundings that you definitely pay for
By robnorthvan of North Van (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

We heard great things about Sushi Bella so we had to give it a try. The ambiance was great but that's where it ended.

The prices were high but we thought we'd give it a try. We ordered calamari which was overcooked and rubbery, although it was a healthy portion. We told the waitress and she apologized but didn't offer to take it back etc. They give you dipping sauce that was barely enough for half the calamari. When we asked for more there was a $.50 charge, which I couldn't believe.

After that and looking at the prices, we asked for the bill and ate elsewhere. We won't be going back. There are far too many sushi restaurants on Lonsdale that have better food and are a better value.

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Bigger not Better
By aqd of south burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 11:45am [Dine in]

It was nice to see Saru Sushi move to a larger well-positioned location, However the results don't match the locale. Volcano roll way over-sauced, too sweet, some items bland, chicken karaage tasted of fish from the fryer oil and very unappealing, the exterior was limp and not crispy too.
The place was hot, stuffy, and over crowded with the heavy scent of the fryer in the air,
Service was confused and slow,
Lastly the value was poor and we'll continue to go to Hon Jin next door.

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You're paying for the presentation...
By Miss Kittylou of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 28, 2010 - 7:06pm [Dine in]

I decided to order the exact same thing that I always order from Honjin: Gyoza, Sunomono salad and Yakitori.
While the take out presentation was exceptional, I was extremely disappointed with the taste, quallity and price of my food.

The gyoza were chalky, pasty and under cooked. The sunomono was much too sweet; maybe the unusual addition of slivered beets was to blame. The yakitori was bland, salty and looked slimy.

The final blow was the price. Approximately $5 more than what I normally pay at the neighbouring Honjin.

While the ambiance, decor and presentation are delightful, I would not recommend switching from Honjin to Sushi Bella.

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Was Expecting A Little More...
By LoLoEater of North vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 26, 2010 - 7:34am [Dine in]

The sashimi was definitely not fresh because I can tell by just looking at it. (Lacks bright vibrant colors) Also, we had to wait for over 30 minutes before our orders were filled and it wasn't even that crowded. The dishes that the food was served on was also dirty with chipped edges. (very unsafe)

The service was mediocre at best. Value wise there are better like Honjin which is very close by.

There was nothing special about the ambience. It's clean for now since it is a newer restaurant.

After hearing the hype from friends, my own visit was really disappointing. Definitely a place that I will not be revisiting in the near future. I'm also 100% sure it is not authentic Japanese owned. Korean owned no doubt!

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