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Seto Japanese Restaurant

8460 Alexandra Road, #155
Richmond, BC V6X3L4
Tel: (604) 231-9493
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Known for authenticity and attention to detail, Seto Sushi is a high-calibre Japanese restaurant that uses only the freshest ingredients with the most utmost care.

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Good sushi from a Japanese chef
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 25, 2008 - 10:44am [Dine in]

I compare Seto in Richmond to Toshi and Shiro in Vancouver. A very good authentic Japanese restaurant. They have special sushi/sashimi posted when they get fresh fish in so you know it's good. Had the tuna, salmon, oysters, some rolls, all very good. Only down side is that they used farm salmon. Cooked items like the noodles and pancakes were very tasty. Good overall food.

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Pretty good Ramen
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

I was in Richmond and was kinda craving for Ramen. My friend recommended this restaurant so I gave it a try. Nicely decorated place and packed with people. We only ordered 2 bowls of Ramen and it was quite tasty. The soup base was quite good but that's all I could say about it.

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Pricey but definitely worth the money!
By Food-Goddess of Coquitlam (96 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 12:54am [Dine in]

Brought my mom there for her birthday dinner at the recommendation of one of my friends. He did tell me that their food is a little pricey, but the quality is good. When we got to the restaurant, we were greeted and shown to our seat. Nice little restaurant, quite homey, and we like their little waiting area in front, it was cleverly decorated to look like a Japanese garden, which we thought was quite cute.
The food wasn't overly expensive, but still pricey compare to a lot of other Japanese restaurant in Richmond. We ordered plenty of food - assorted tempura, 2 sushi combos, softshell crab roll and a few other rolls, and a few different kinds of nigiri. The quality of the food was really good. Tempura was nice and crunchy, with the batter at just the right thickness. The softshell crab was deepfried to perfection, it was done just right so you could still taste the crab meat and it didn't all crumble at the first bite. The sushi was very fresh, and the rice was done right and was well seasoned.
Will definitely be back!

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awesome food but overpriced
By alpha_dog of richmond (61 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 6:42pm [Dine in]

tucked away in a little corner, this place has alot to offer and is definitely one of the better restaurants for japanese food in this part of town.
they have a tremendous selection of sushi and a wide variety of different rolls. everything is very fresh and made when you order, with solid portions given (except for the salmon sashimi)
waitresses come around frequently to refill tea and are very friendly with smiles on their faces. the waiters are just very blah and dont seem to care too much about the customers.
poor value though. everything is expensive compared to other japanese restaurants; perhaps one is paying for their quality?
nicely decorated place with a real japanese feel to the environment. helps to enhance the dining experience.
overall, the food makes this place worth a second visit but it will take a bigger bite out of your wallet (or purse) which may not be worth the trade.

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Excellent Authentic Japanese!!!
By diningRL of East Vancouver (65 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

My family frequents Seto about once a month. The fish Seto offers is of extremely high quality and fresh. Excellent place to dine traditional Japanese food. More expensive than the AYCE places, but the quality is obviously above and beyond AYCE by far. I've been to Tojo's twice... I know a lot of folks here have flamed Tojo's (imo mainly because of the uber high pricing), however, price aside, Tojo's offers the best Japanese food in town (IMO), but Seto is extremely comparable at a fraction of the price, so value for quality is definitely there. Definitely worth a try... you will return for more!!

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Average sushi in richmond
By adidaf of Richmond (64 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

Food: everyone says this is authentic, and yes, all the servers and chefs seem to be Japanese, but from what we ate, I couldn't tell any difference from the other cheaper "not authentic" restaurants around. We had spicy salmon roll, tobiko salad, sashimi, and ramen. Also had a wine jelly for desset, which was very good and refreshing.

Service: great once we got service but waited a long time to get our teas refilled.

Value: a bit more expensive than the avg Richmond sushi places

ambiance: booths good for privacy, seemed clean.

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Authentic Japanese Food!
By JooJoo of East Vancouver (82 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 1, 2009 - 7:50pm [Dine in]

Seto Sushi in Richmond is consistently solid with everything on their menu, I especially love the chopped scallop cones here! It is stuffed with creamy chopped scallops and massago, so delicious!! I also love the salmon sashimi, marinated salmon sashimi (spicy~love it!), grilled black cod, perfectly grilled, beef tataki, tender and fresh, and prawn tempura, crisp but lightly battered. They are very busy every day of the week, so make reservations!

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Authentic Japanese Cuisine by Japanese Chefs!
By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (51 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 7, 2008 - 3:02am [Dine in]

I've been a regular eater at this place for 5 years and the quality has never changed, if not became even a bit better. this place is authentic japanese dishes by real japanese chefs - not chinese or korean or etc.

the portions are not big so don't expect to be fed huge portions. the portions, however are passable and will get you to the 80% full mark.

service is humble and conservative - japanese waitresses.

price is probably a little above average if i wanted to compare it to the majority of japanese restaurants in vancouver.

no questions here, food is fresh fresh fresh...

place is not very new, a little worn down even because of time but nonetheless, very clean.

this is one of the few gems in vancouver in terms of japanese restaurants.

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Quality fish but a tad pricey.
By richie_rich of vancouver (48 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

Hello there,

After reading several reviews about this place...decided to try it out with a buddy of mine. Made reservations about an hour and half before our arrival. Read this place can be busy on weekends. Its located in a strip mall close by the Sheraton Hotel. Free parking for 2 hours within or paid parking on the street.

We got there at 1pm. Stepped in ...Hey!! no lineups....even the frontend lady kind of laughed that I made reservations. Sushi bar to the left and private booths to the right. Love this kind of old school set ups! We got seated quickly and the checked out the menu....a very extensive selection of sashami and nigri sushi....some of this stuff you don't see in other Japanese restaurants like horse macherel, amber jack, japanese snapper, salmon belly ,stripped jack,ecetera. Plus the specials that was on a little board in our booth...first thing I noticed....Lobster sashimi...wow...60 bucks!! If you got the bucks...its unreal!!

Anyways, I ordered the lunch box C with contained teriyaki chicken w rice, tempura, 3 pc nigri, 3 c sashimi, sunomono, and miso soup plus 4 pc of nigri namely salmon belly, yellowtail, unagi and toro. My buddy got the 5pc gyoza, spicy tuna roll and curry katsu. The items arrived pretty promptly.

Observation: the lunch box...looking at it...the tray is bigger than the items within..a bit out of proportion. Taste: tempura was light and not greasy, the 3pc nigri (tuna, farm sal and ebi) and 3pc of sashimi (2 farm and 1 tuna) was excellent...fresh as can be and rice was perfect, chicken tekiyaki...very good but only 4 pieces of white meat...sliced to quarter inch thickness??, the sunomono was not even a sunomono...just a one bite garnish. My other 4 pc of nigri was excellent as well. My buddy's selections..good gyoza, okay tuna roll...he thought the tuna minced not chopped and thumbs down on the curry katsu.

The verdict...Im a bit torn...my food was tasty but my buddy...don't think he will be back. Price was a bit expensive for what we got....total was about 60 bucks for lunch !!!!???? A bit much. Another sore point was the lack of service...no tea refills at all. I would come back only if I was in the area and my wallet was just a bit bigger. Lol.

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this is sushi.
By cucci of Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 18, 2007 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

amazing! breath of fresh air from all the ayce places that have tainted the quality of japanese food in the lower mainland. a testament to the quality of the sushi colud be the japanese businessmen eating at the sushi bar while on a couple hours layover in vancouver on their way back to tokyo.

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Seto is...Japanese
By gti303 of Vancouver, BC (45 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 10:36pm [Dine in]

Its really nice to eat at a REAL Japanese restaurant, where you are served by Japanese, and your food is prepared by Japanese. The food is definitely good sushi, the quality is there, and the uniqueness of the types of sashimi are great. The menu itself is a bit cluttered and takes some time to read however.

Service is ok, nothing stellar, but definitely nothing to complain about.

Overall its a place you should try if you want to try some different Japanese food made by Japanese...the ambiance is neat, but also not worth noting. Good food, fair price!

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Seto is sublime!
By makeup_girly of Vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 12, 2007 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

The Seto is such a wonderful restaurant that I almost do not want to tell anyone about it! The food is exceptional. The rolls arrive at your table still warm...the rice in their sushi (or if you get a bowl of rice) come to you like little warm pearls...I am at a loss for words to describe these wonderful little grains, but take my word for it. The care and attention they put into their sushi rice is reflected in everything they serve. Our favourite rolls include the real crab california, dynamite, and beef teriyaki.

Their beef sukiyaki set for 2 really can feed four--because you then get the opportunity to sample their other dishes. You must order this if you are a soup / udon fan!

Sometimes it is hard to flag down a server; that is the only reason I took off a star for the service. I would have taken off half a star if I could. The servers are pleasant and efficient so it is no comment on their work. Perhaps it's the way the screens between the booths shield you...

I would highly recommend this restaurant! At my peril, I suppose, because the Seto is already pretty busy...reservations are a must!

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Wonderful sushi
By Mongoose of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 6, 2008 - 4:34pm [Dine in]

Really great fresh fish and reasonable prices.

Seto just underwent a renovation and the room looks more modern with cleaner lines. Friendly staff, however they can be a bit slow at times.

Overall the food does the talking at Seto and it is excellent and definitely one of the top sushi restaurants in the lower mainland.

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Excellent quality sushi
By manfred of richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2008 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

Seto provides excellent quality sushi. You can find a lot of varieties on the menu. They also provide daily fresh sashimi and sushi such as top quality fat tuna (O-toro, chu-toro etc). Service is great and owner as well as sushi chef Akira San is very delicated in what he does. He greets every customer with a friendly smile and his sushi presentation is top notch. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys authentic and good quality Japanese food.

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Food is the star!
By trenzy of Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

We went to Seto on the recommendation of our Japanese friend. Apparently a family run establishment we looked forward to what they had to offer.

When we arrived (without a reservation), the place was packed. But despite having a party of 5 people, they still found room to accomodate us after a 15 minute wait. The place is pretty low key, fairly commonplace for other japanese restaurants.

The menu was pretty chaotic... each page a different format, pictures/no pictures, font different (am i being picky?) but nonetheless we managed to figure out a solid order for the 5 of us.

The food started coming and we were blown away. The regular Tuna sashimi was so tender that it could have passed for Toro in other restaurants. Warning, you better be really hungry if you order the house roll because it's massive (delicious though).

All in all a great place... for 5 of us, we were absolutely stuffed on very high quality food for under the price of all you can eat dinner in the area. We will be back.

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It's OK ...
By Geezer of North Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 11:39am [Dine in]

This place is busy and offers good value for money in terms of quantity of food per dollar. Where I beg to differ with previous reviewers is as to its quality. It is certainly better than many places but it is not top-flight.If you like to be given a hot towel as you sit down, prefer not to survey walls with shiny photographs of menu items, and believe that kim-chee should not be on a sushi restaurant menu, then you should look elsewhere.
Having said that a $40 sushi boat for two came with miso soup, shrimp sunomono and ice cream for dessert and multiple fills of green tea. However, six oysters on the boat lacked sweetness and the tuna and salmon seemed tasteless. The shrimp tempura was good and came with its own sauce.
The service was friendly, prompt and efficient. The bathroom was fine. The room was comfortably shabby but not dirty.
I guess we got what we paid for.

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Delicious, fresh sashimi, great ambiance
By sonatina of Vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 12:38am [Dine in]

Two of us went for lunch. Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by the chefs and waitress, all politely said their greetings in Japanese. The waitress sat us in a booth, and I was immediately impressed. Each booth was kind of like a little room that provided privacy. You don't see other people or hear them much. We were very quickly served tea and handed menus.

We both ordered lunch Box B with teriyaki chicken on rice, sashimi, salad, sunonomo, tampura, and soup. Everything was light tasting (they don't drown your food in some sweet weird sweet sauce) and delicious, and the portion was just right. The sashimi was especially good, very fresh and tasty. The tampura was surprisingly not greasy tasting at all. Even the sunonmo had a great flavour to it, and I don't usually eat that at other restaurants.

Service was friendly without being intrusive. We had a great dining experience. Will go back for sure.

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Very cool experience
By H.Anne of Vancouver (downtown) (11 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 9:19am [Dine in]

amazing! breath of fresh air from all the ayce places that have tainted the quality of japanese food in the lower mainland. a testament to the quality of the sushi colud be the japanese businessmen eating at the sushi bar while on a couple hours layover in vancouver on their way back to tokyo.

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Where I love to go for sushi.
By Actorboy of Richmond (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 4:58pm [Dine in]

We found seto about a year ago and have been so impressed that we find ourselves there acouple times a month. Living in vancouver there are a lot of sushi places. Most of them crap. Massed produced, low quality food. Seto makes everything for you fresh. It is also japanese owned and operated which for me is the best. There is a pride behind what they do and it shows in the food. Whether we are sitting at a table or at the sushi bar the service is always good and seem to leave with full stomachs and smiles on our faces. Skip the all you can eat garbage and go have some great well made sushi etc.

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Hidden Gem of a Restaurant
By Kusano of Richmond (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

Among the throngs of all-you-can-eat and other mass production sushi restaurants in Vancouver, Seto is a like a breath of fresh air. This is a small, rather hidden restaurant but serves up tons of fresh and authentic Japanese dishes. The quality of the food is exceptional and the restaurant staff (waitresses and chefs) are all very friendly and helpful.

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