I was there at the exactly same time as the poster below (Right at 5:00pm to catch the Canucks game). In regards to the service, I would agree it was a little lacking for the first hour. Took 15 mins from the time we sat down before "I" had to flag someone down for attention. The bar was only 15% full at the time. And after we ordered, it took another 15-20 mins to get us our drinks, which again "I" had to remind them of.
Actually, I noticed that the kitchen is really slow at getting items out. I ordered oysters (raw), chicken wings, nachos, tacos. Each took 20mins each. (I remember I ordered nachos at the 1st intermission, didn't get it till 3:33 left in the 2nd period). The bar was at max 75% capacity, and the items I ordered are not that complicated.
In terms of food, it was average. The menu looks exactly the same as R^2 in Richmond (which I have left a review for). So i avoided the izakaya + sushi type dishes.
The oysters were decently fresh. Nachos were your standard nachos. The wings were standard too. And the Tuna tacos were slight above average (I would get those again).
The one good thing is drinks here are cheap. So I would recommend this place to get drinks for sure.
Ambiance and decor could have been so much more. Excellent location and space, but the interior design justs lacks any coherent style. It looks too generic. Ebisu is kinda of going for the izakaya style, but falls short because of the food. It will never be what Hapa Izakaya is in terms of a restaurant if it stays this way.
If you are looking to get drinks or want to go to a sports bar but want Japanese food, go to Ebisu. Don't come here for just the food.
PS. Please hook up your LCD screens so you can see the games in High Def. I know the Canucks game I watched yesterday on CBC was in HD, and your tv were not displaying in HD. The picture quality was awful. If you want to be a sports bar, you need to fix this easily fixable problem immediately.