We dined at Ichiro when it first opened and will always dine there - no where else. The service is always good, the food excellent and consistent, the prices reasonable. Sometimes we order take out because we know the sushi will be fresh and tasty. I think they are closed on Mondays and they also close in the afternoon. So if you want to order take out sushi for a 5 pm party - you have to wait for them to open at 5 pm. My little boy even loves it. We are proud to have Ichiro in Steveston and highly recommend it.
This is the best sushi place in Richmond. Very good quality, delicious food, and I'm picky about my sushi! Japanese owners and staff. Great ambiance, friendly people, good neighbourhood. Prices are decent and the menu has lots of options, even for those who don't like raw fish. I would suggest this restaurant to anyone.
I've been to better japanese restaurants, but Ichiro would be considered above average IMO. A good menu selection of traditional and some more creative items. I'd say the price is steeper than others of comparable quality. The sushi rolls are usually quite delicious. The nigiri has gotten better, its the right size and stays in tact. Cooked items are alright. I've never had a problem with freshness here. (no bad sashimi or wilted salad leaves). Service is decent, tea gets refilled pretty often. I do enjoy the comfortable dining environment. This would not be the first choice for me when i want some sushi, but I would not hesitate to come here either. Solid all around.
If you don't know what the difference is in the toro references then you need to go to sushi school and should be writing reviews about wonton houses instead of real japanese restaurants.
As a suhi afficionado, I cannot but say that this restaurant is a gem of a small pleasant family-oriented japanese restaurant in Nowheresville Richmond. Let's face it: this is one of the few restaurants can tell the difference in the toros and as such shows that it knows its raw fish.
I had the sole sashimi. It was excellent. I had the red tuna toro. It was excellent. I had the local tuna toro. It was really good. Finally. I had the chu-toro and o-toro. I would highly recommend the deep-fried sole, sukiyaki beef and udon.
Make sure you have reservations as the place is crowded (that's because it is in fact very good). This is the best Japanese restaurant west of No. 3 Road. Try it. You'll agree. Otherwise, go to sushi school.
walked in, greeted by everyone including the chefs, and the chefs wears a suit and tie, looks so cool. food is amazing, fresh and delicious. Lots of new items i havent seen before in any japanese restaurant, like unagi (eel) omelete, its not that bad, very creative though. had a lot of toro sashimi, which is the best in richmond. everything is very good and i wish someday ill try them all. always order dessert, 1 big scoop of green tea icecream, or the dino dessert is very good.
It was date night and I met a woman at Ichiro. First time and she wanted to be impressed naturally. I'm not sure if the weird menu was scary or alluring; perhaps a little of both. I have driven by this place a couple of times on my way to Steveston, and rarely see cars parked. I was just in one of those crazy moods meeting a different kind of woman so I was going to try something different knowing I prob won't even like it. Well It was the adventure I expected for the night. We waited for quite awhile ( nearly 15 minutes) and there was only one other person in front of us before food came. It was box of dumplings and beef and salad I didn't see the hustle that other places like this usually exhibit. Maybe there was a lot going on with delivery in the kitchen. The place is also a little dingy inside.
The food was okay, not bad and not good mostly weird Asian. I think perhaps with a little effort and some paint this place could improve.
This is by far one of my favorite japanese restaruant. Sashimi is fresh and food is well prepared. However, the service is not that great. The servers tend to always be in the kitchen and also hard to get their attention. Other than that, I highly recommend to go here for Japanese food.
I had the pleasure of dinning at Ichiro several times already. I discovered this place while out with my ex a few years ago while we hang around the Steveston area.
I really enjoy the warm and cozy atmosphere of this restaurant, especially the layout gave plenty of windows seating.
During out visit tonight, we order a few items, mainly sashimi dishes (Toro, red tuna, salmon), some sushi rolls, their house special rice called Ichiro Don (must try). Food quality is really outstanding, the sashimi is fresh and with the correct desired taste. I also noticed the sauces they use are different than other conventional Japanese restaurant. For instance, the seaseme sauce for the gomae is different from the usual white Chinese seaseme paste you see at your AYCE establishment, being Chinese I can tell.
Service in the restaurat is excellent. The waitresses always efficiently service our request with a friendly attitude.
Although when you see the menu it seems the individual items are more expensive than your usual Japanese places. They might be, but our bill tonight for 3 people is just around 66 dollars and we get premium sashimi. If we were to eat at a AYCE, it would have cost would be $90, and all we get is to stuff ourselves silly with lesser than premium items. That is why I decided to give a 4 stars on value.
I am a regular patron to Ichiro's usually at their dinner sittings. Well lastnight I felt hungry and remembered that I still had not used a $20 gift coupon that I had received this past Xmas.
So I trekked out to place my take-out order for a noodle snack that cost $10. When I presented my $20 certificate, they told me no change will be given. I thought this was just mean and tried arguing to no avail. Felt cheated and like this was a scam.
I chalked up the 100% "tip" to their administration cost and their accounting system. I have heard it can be tricky managing debit & credits or something when it came to coupons. Still I'm very sad that my numerous past patronage didn't amount to anything.
In Steveston, you expect the freshest of sushi with the fisherman's market nearby-- and this restaurant serves only the best. I found the sushi at Ichiro among some of the best I have eaten in Vancouver. The kitchen is bustling, a little bit chaotic, but also has extremely well made sushi and sashimi.
Selection is supreme in the restaurant, with many choices I recall only from restaurants in Japan. For instance, the Mugitoro set and Saikyo-yaki (miso grilled cod) are meals that are rare in Vancouver, but this place makes them as authentic and delicious as the ones I had in Japan. The specials are great and any of the robata selections I had were also tasty.
Prices are very fair and the location is clean and well-lit. Servers are very nice, and it's a friendly place that you can bring family to; at the same time, it's comfy enough to spend an evening at and have a beer as well.
Very much recommended if you are anywhere near the Richmond area. If you're lucky there is free parking around there also!
After being there twice, I am absolutely convinced that this place is not worth visiting. It is too bad, as Ichiro has nicer & cleaner ambience than average Japanese eateries, and offers a very informative menu with pictures & clear translations. My husband & I were thrilled to see such a menu. Unfortunately, our excitement stopped there. We only ordered three things and walked away hungry & angry. "Beef Tataki" tasted bland - one third of the portion was dry, as if it sat in a freezer too long. "Japanese Cod Sashimi", one of the day's specials, supposedly a fresh seasonal fish was not very fresh. "O-Toro Nigiri" cost $8/piece was smelly, and lacked sensational buttery "O-toro" flavour. It almost tasted like it was pre-sliced earlier or substituted with something else cheap - worst of all, no wasabi in it. I could not imagine any trained sushi chef would make such a mistake. We complained, but no explanation or apology was ever offered.
Being Japanese born & raised, I feel extremely angry because this kind of sloppiness, sneakiness & insincerity insults both customers & Japanese culture. Sushi making is not just "raw fish on rice". It is an art requires great attention & care to details, including buying & handling of fish. If Ichiro serves sloppy food, because they think local customers do not know any better, and they can get away with it for a while, the owner of Ichiro will soon find out - he/she is WRONG! We live in a great multicultural city, where Sushi & other Japanese food are so popular, and information is widely available. Our taste buds have become a lot more sophisticated. Ichiro's owner seems to underestimate this reality.
With a beer each, our total bill for three small not so tasty, and not so fresh "so-called" dishes came up to $42 - a sad rip off!
I've been there a few times on special occasions. Usually when I need a sushi fix, we head down to Matsuyama for their late night menu, but when we're feeling fancy, we go to Ichiro.
The quality of the food is outstanding. Sashimi is served on ice, and their rolls are so delicious! The Happy Roll makes me just that - Happy!
The only thing keeping me from coming back on a regular basis is the price, a meal for two people came out to nearly $80 BEFORE tip, with no drinks.
I love their sushi for years...I used to go once a week!!
It's good for take out for party(it's my secret kitchen giving other people suprise...hahaha...) Of course good for dining there.
They have a lot of original sushi and dishes. I enjoy their new tastes every time I go.
Hope they have one somewhere in Vancouver...
Is a nice Japanese restaurant with down to earth food and price. It is one of the best dinning places in Steveston, with a large menu and selection. The service can be bit iffy. the staff seems to be over worked at times. My favourite dishes are the fish carpacio and the scalliop roll, I also like the oyako don as well, even though at times it has too much sauce. Great value for money!