Yokohama is a traditional style Japanese Restaurant in the heart of Richmond's Steveston area "Fishermen's harbour". Offering a complete menu of sushi and sashimi as well as teppanyaki options.
We came from Surrey and thought that we give it a try.
Big mistake. We ordered the seafood teriyaki which I thought it would be a good choice. After all, what can
go wrong with this. It comes with what they call a 7 course which includes miso, sunomono salad, tempura,
meal and ice cream. The miso & salad was so so. Tempura was decent. Dinner was completely deep fried
with teriyaki sauce over it. It was gross. The scallop was size of a dime covered in batter. Fish was
so dry from over deep fried. Ice cream was the only good item.
We had a coupon which still wasn't worth it at all. Imagine if the meal was fully priced.
I live in the area, and try to support local business, but I won't be comign back here. We've eaten 3 or 4 times in the restaurant, had one good meal, and the rest was mediocre at best. The special rolls are rice heavy and lacking in flavour.
The sushi is bland, yakisoba is not bad, but everything else I've eaten is not memorable at all.
Twice we ordered takeout, and both times they screwed up the order and didn't give us everything we had paid for.
The service is awful, to the point of being laughable. It's really hard to get anyone's attention once you are seated, and it's kind of dirty inside as well.
the search for good sushi in Steveston continues..
I ate there for the first time about a week ago. From the outside look, I thought it would be a dirty, smelly restaurant, but I was proven wrong. The inside is surprisingly traditional-looking and the people are really friendly. My boyfriend and I went at a pretty random time (2:00 PM on a Wednesday for All-You-Can-Eat) and it was about $11 each. And the food isn't too bad. There is a maximum amount of certain things you can order, but I don't recall what they were exactly.
The yam tempura was not very good, nor was the avacado roll...or at least that's what I think it was. Both cones that I ate had super soggy seaweed...but everything else was pretty decent.
I don't think I'm going to eat there anytime soon, but if you want cheap sushi, this is the place to go!
BTW, the washroom is on the left immediately after you enter, and when I went, none of the lights were on, so you just have to walk straight ahead (for girls) and stop just short of the end and turn right (for guys). Just a heads up because I was super confused when i went!
Thank goodness I had a coupon for this place. After the meal I had there I would likely demand my money back. This definitely one of those places who needs a qualified japanese chef.
The food lacks the autheticity , and freshness that supposed to go hand in hand with Japanese food.
I am picky when it comes to Japanese food because much of the items I order are raw fish. The sashimi I ordered had to be returned b/c it simply was not fresh. The rice dish I ate, and it just tasted off somehow.
Never again. Great name for a restaurant, but misleads customers to think that it's authentic Japanese food.
I think it may just be another set up by people, who just want a quick buck, without recognizing that quality comes first.
One good note: server tried and was friendly.
Don't waste your time and money on this place, there are far better japanese restaurants even within a block or two. The place is looks old and dirty, the tables and chairs look like they've been there since the 50's. Lets proceed to the food, it is horrible. Very poor sushi rice, lacking texture and taste. Ingredients not very fresh, the rolls and nigiri are not prepared well. They fall apart and lack quality. The cooked items are no better. If you're in Steveston, go across the street to Le Nakamura instead for some truly delicious and skillfully prepared Japanese fare.
We only go their with the entertainment coupons, because the teppanyaki can be as much as $45 per person without any add ons, which are around $10 extra per side dish.
Last time we went there there was a huge b-day party and all the waiteresses were serving them instead of us who ordered off the menu. It took us forever to get our order and then even longer than forever to get some service during and after the meal. We were a bit of an afterthought kinda like " oh yeah, we forgot about you. What would you like"
Don't go there when there is a huge dinner party eating the teppanyaki. YOu won't get good service. The first time we went there, the service was a bit better though.
I don't prefer the mulitple pictures of the same shots of Gordon Campbell staring at me all the time though.
Yokohama Teppanyaki is my favorite all time restaurant.very beautiful decor,I had a good experience every time. their teppanyaki experience is fun and the meat used is high quality. A5 Wagyu from Japan grilled to absolute perfection and melts in your mouth with buttery goodness.the filet mignon is SO good. Tender cooked just right . the sushi and sashimi here is fresh.I like the roll is so well made. I order the Lobster roll so fancy and delicious.Uni Sashimi is my favorite too. only $8.95 whole fresh uni.if you want a quality food. It would be a good place to eat.
I've eaten here many times and the food was really amazing! The chef performs his cooking skill in front of us and shocks everyone there. The sushi there is really wonderful. You will definitely enjoy the service in yokohama and it will become one of your favourite place to go.
Pretty bad place, I went tonight and the place was flooding from the fake waterfall at the door. MSG is also added to the food. Be careful at this place where the waitress had to ask what was in certain dishes and didn't know. Please be careful! We found that it's basically a tourist spot very, very few locals will eat here. We had to ask them to wipe the table, plus we had to wave to get their attention for service. I was very disappointed.
I've eaten here many times and for me, the food was really amazing! The "Teppanyaki" show was like a show while also eating your dinner! The chefs have put a lot of effort into the food and performance. They are really funny! The California Roll is so tasty, I just had to order it over and over. I strongly recommend it to those who haven't tried it, they taste different than any other Japanese restaurants. I had a lot of fun eating here!
The waiters and waitresses at Yokohama are extremely polite and friendly. They make you feel like home and you'll definitely enjoy it! When they take your order, they are always smiling and happy! That is a really good feeling!
I would say that the price here is very reasonable and it is less expensive than any other Japanese restaurants you would find in greater Vancouver.
The ambiance is outstanding! There are many decorations, and beautiful lights and lanterns. In the centre of the restaurant, there are 4 Teppanyaki tables, which are very beautiful! There are bright red wallpaper around the restaurant and it looks great, and matches the restaurant.
I am very proud to say that this is my favourite restaurant of all time!
Been here once and I' never coming again. My family brought my cousin and her fiance here as a farewell dinner. Probably the worst Japanese food I've ever eaten. The sushi was bland and the udon noodles were way overcooked. They took forever to tell us that the food we ordered was unavailable. Took forever to get the waitresses attention and they made us the wrong the food while making us wait forever. The place was pretty dark with one light broken and some other hung lights slanted. All the food was completely overpriced and the sashimi boat costed more than all of the other things we ordered. The only reason we accepted the damned $108 bill was because we wanted to let our cousin leave on a good note. Otherwise I would be screaming in the manager's face.
Been here a couple times, and can honestly say that they probably have the worst tasting food out of all Japanese restaurants in greater vancouver. The sushi is bland, udon and yakiudon is swimming in sauce. Service is odd because they had waiters and waitresses wearing kimonos and another guy wearing a suit. Pricing is absolutely ridiculous too. They charge you as if they were a top end restaurant. But really its just a front. Under all the glamor is mediocrity
About a week ago a friend and I were in the Steveston area and decided to visit the restaurant. The restaurant was empty and we were sat in a corner which seemed like a staff break table. We were also not given menus. After waiting for about 5 minutes we had to flag down a server to bring us menus. All the servers were gathered together to have dinner by the time we were ready to leave and one came and told us they were having dinner and if we needed anything to wait.
Once we ordered and the food came out we were more disappointed. The sushi rolls were falling apart before we even picked it up. I ran my finger across the saucer for the soy sauce because it looked dirty and I was right. It was oily and had dust all over it.
Food was overpriced for what we got. Restaurant seemed decently clean, but we did not get to see much from the corner we were in. We will not be returning.
I've been to this place several times being from Richmond this is the best AYCE place in Richmond. I've read all the negative reviews here and don't beleive them...
- The sushi rolls are always fresh and large unlike other AYCE places.
- The terriyaki and tempura is also excellent and fresh.
- Overall this place has excellent food and great value.
- Nothing much to say here, its always solid.
- The price of there AYCE is great for the type of quality good you get. Most AYCE places' quality of food is terrible.
- The place looks a little tacky with the bright colours and gold but a little colour never hurt anyone.
A dinner and a show.
The dining at this particular restaurant was much appeasing due to the jolly chefs who flashed their knives and spatulas while creating a field of fire above their "Teppenyaki" tables. I was quite amazed by their skill ( in cooking and not cutting themselves ) and I started to develop and interest in Teppenyaki. I've only been to three restaurants honestly, I do like Yokohama. Kobe steakhouse in Downtown, Vancouver is excellent as well but it is much to far to commute to just for a dinner. Since I live in Richmond, Yokohama is a good place to go. My favorite part of the meals were the appetizers and the desserts though. (Not that the main courses were bad) but the miso soup was one of the best that I tasted, and the ice cream-in-a-pine apple was amazing! I also enjoyed the decorations of the restaurant and I loved how they decorated their sushi with artistic sauces and fresh flowers! Trust me, this place is much better than Le Nakamura across the street. (What kind of place mixes French and Japanese in their name anyways?)
I have been going to Yokohama for about 7 years and have never had anything close to a bad dining experience. Perhaps because I am a regular and made to feel like family when I come, I am given enhanced service.... But I love the place and even the kitsyness of the decor works for me....
Is the quality of the food outstanding.... ? Probably not.... but at the very worst its solid and with the excellent value and service it all adds up to a great dining experience...
Last week, a a group of my friends and I went to Yokohama as part of Dine Out Vancouver. We made reservations two days prior for 8pm on a Friday night. When we got there, we were told by the waitress that our reservation has been delayed. We waited until 10pm to have our dinner. It was ridiculous! There were customers still coming in looking very upset about the number of people waiting. One man even questioned the waitress as to why she took their reservation an hour before if she knew everything was delayed. For waiting for 2 hours, we only received complimentary fountain pop, after we asked them. Our experience would have been better if they offered free soup or some small appetizers during our 2hour wait. We were all very hungry and irritable.
The ambiance was fairly nice, but I would think it is only because they have 4 tempenyaki grills in the centre of the restaurant, which looks different and exciting. The service was lacking, but I did feel bad for the servers that had to go through all the complaints.
The Dine Out menu was mediocre. The steak and lobster was quite well done and the chef was animated and personable, but the veggies and rice were the same as anywhere else. My biggest complaint would be the dessert. It was tiiiiiiny. It was a 2x2inch cube of cheesecake, and their tempura icecream tasted like store-bought mini cream puffs battered and deep fried.
I would not recommend this place to anyone. I only wish my friend looked at some restaurant reviews before he made the reservations.
I should have read the reviews first before my husband and I went to Yokohama. I've seen their ads in Richmond Review offering authentic homestyle Japanese cooking. I'm a big fan of Japanese food so I thought it was worth a try.
The restaurant itself was homey and unpretentious, which to me was a good sign. I thought the dinner combos cost a bit more than other decent Japanese restaurants but it didn't matter for as long as the food was good. I ordered the tempura dinner ($15.95) while my husband got the steak dinner ($19.95).
When my tempura arrived, I knew immediately that it was not good. It looked old, as if it's been deep fried in very old oil. The tempura was not light and crisp, the way good tempura should be. My husband's steak was not tasty and the beef was not fresh. The side dish of yakitori that came with my dinner was fried instead of grilled (I don't know why they bothered to put them in skewers if they were fried). The only thing I liked about my dinner was the ice cream, which was not homemade.
If anyone is thinking of going to this restaurant, my advice is to skip this one. There are other decent Japanese restaurants in the Steveston area that are of much better quality and even cheaper.
Last night's experience had to be the worst I've experienced anywhere. The food was poor quality; tuna sashimi was poor texture. However, the service here was below incompetent. Long time to get served (and it wasn't even busy); server botched the order and brought wrong dish; she had to be asked several times to bring additional the item to complete the order; finally received it. Took a long time to get the bill; paid the server, and as I was walking out the door with my 11 yr old we were chased by yet another server screaming at us that we "hadn't paid the bill." What a deligthful experience.
So many better Japanese restaurants in the greater Vancouver area -- don't bother going here.
I used to dine at this place many years ago. Obviously it has changed owners. Although the ambiance was fine, the food was edible, but it was still far from being good food, My biggest complaint was the horrid service.
After placing our order, our food took at least 15 minutes to start arriving. When we'd received maybe half of our order, the waitress asked if we'd like order any more food. We explained that we were still missing so much. The sushi and rolls arrived 45minutes after we had ordered. The sushi was low quality, and the rolls were sliced unevenly.
At this point we were still hungry so we took a chance on ordering more food. 5 minutes later the waitress brought us the bill but no food. We finally gave up and left. On the way out we see our waitress behind the bar pounding back a Corona. That explains a lot.
If this were the only Japanese restaurant on the planet, and I had to eat sushi to stay alive, I would choose death.
Worst dining experience I've had in years.