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.
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.
I think this restaraunt has seen better days. I had the so called deluxe Chirashi rice bowl. There was nothiing deluxe about this bowl, it was plain jane at best. The sashimi not only was boring there was very little of it. The freshness was suspect, I had a hard time choking down some of the items. As far as the restaurant itself goes, well they need to be told about an invention called the vacuum or at least the swiffer because the dust on the lighting above us looked like it had never been cleaned. There is one thing I can say about restaurants as I am a delivery person and have been to lots and lots of them, and we dine out quite often. If the dining room is dirty, I cannot imagine what the kitchen looks like.Because one thing is for certain the kitchen will never be cleaner than the dining room and at this place the dining room was looking like it needed a good scrubbing.
What an amazing restaurant. The filet mignon was so good it tasted like it melted in my mouth. The lobster was so delicious. I went with my two friends the first time, and the service was bar none the best Ive ever hard. We were asked if we "ate enough meat". And when we joked and said, no we want more, the server actually brought over more meat to have cooked up for us. She is the sweetest little thing. The experience was so good I took my parents back for a special dinner. Again, we were treated like gold. The food again was one of the best meals I've ever had. But, what stole the show, was the amazing service. It is nice to see that service is still taken seriously.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. We come all the way out from Surrey/Whiterock. We will definitely be telling friends and family to come here! Can't wait to go back soon!
I went here for dinner the other day and was very satisfied with my overall experience.
We tried the famous Kobe beef and found it exceptionally good. The beef was cooked to perfection and just melted in our mouth. The sushi rolls were also very well made and very delicious. Dessert was also very good.
I found the Teppenyaki Chefs very entertaining and friendly. We were asked to "join in" their perfermances which made my experience dining here even more memorable and fun. The rest of the staff was also very friendly and provided excellent service.
You definitely get your money's worth when coming to this restaurant. For the money you pay, you will be getting quality ingredients and service. Also, portion sizes are decent. We recommend this restaurant many of our friends and will definitely be coming here to eat again
Yum! I really liked the house roles and the dragon rolls they served at this place haha they drizzled sauces really artistically and i thought the flowers that were included were really thoughtful! miso soup was yum and the teppenyaki grill was amazing! the chef lit the whole thing on fire in front of us haha holy crap we were so surprised! the food was prepared right in front of us so it was pretttty good.
when i was waiting for a table i looked at the pictures and browsed through their albums and it was surprising that celebrities like celine dion and other political people ate there too! pretty cool that yokohama has been standing for over three decades...
well i dont know about the other reviews but my service was prettttty good... even though three out of four grills were full the waiters always came frequently and the whole set of of the stores + their cool japanese outfits made it feel very authentic!
price-wise.... expensive but you can use coupons from the entertainment book if you know what that is LOL the sushi boxes or bento trays are only 16$ so thats not too bad if you dont go for teppenyaki?? :D
try this place! you wont regret it! the owner or manager also gives you this pineapple filled ice cream thing at the end which is REALLY freaking good i want more.
It featured Japanese-style decor with friendly atmosphere.
It was so nice to enjoy the famous Kobe beef. The excellent flavour and texture of Matsuzaka and Premium Japanese Wagyu had been beyond expectation. The Rougie Goose Foie Gras was luxurious smooth. They were all reasonably priced for the quality of food.
I also tried their "Specials" and sushi rolls. The Sea Dragon Roll, Spider Roll, Yokohama Roll were delicious. I even had take out on Maki Combo B for $4.95 for my snack at home! Appreciated all the great value.
Also tried their curry chicken dish which was mild and creamy. The desserts were quite good too.
Each chef had his own teppanyaki unique cooking and performance skill. The manager and staff were courteous and attentive.
We've been going to the Yokohama in Richmond for about 30 years The original restaurant on Westminster Highway was very good.
The new location is great. It recently underwent a renovation and had four tepanyaki grills installed. There's also a few tatami rooms available. The food is as good as you'll find in any Japanese restaurant. The prices are very reasonable and the service is friendly and efficient.
We were there two nights ago. Still our favourite restaurant.
Went to try tappanyaki for my young adult sons who enjoy Japanese food but never had tappanyaki.
Staff were attentive and tappan chef was entertaining and skilled. Food was better than initially expected. Atmosphere/ambience a little quirky on first impression but still nice. Left me wondering if food quality would be okay. Food was good. Fresh and tasty. Excellent value for price charged. We'll go back again.
the staff took great care in preparing our meal when hearing I was allergic to all shellfish and was concerned about cross-contamination. No other Japanese restaurant in Steveston/Richmond would take the trouble and did not seem to understand the severity required to ensure my food safety. A Tappan meal is fun to watch while the chef does a bit of drama, and it is not expensive considering the amount of food served per meal. I have returned to eat there several times and sometimes the service is rather slow but the food is always fresh and made to order.
I have enjoyed going to this restaurant for several years, but, now that they have renovated and upgraded their decor, it is much better. It looks and feels more luxurious and the seating is more comfortable. The food was always good, the sushi fresh and tasty, the tempura crisp and their cooked food tasty. It still is, with the added fun of tepanyaki, if you like. Our service has always been prompt and friendly. Their dinners for two and special offers are good value and AYCE has a good variety. Before the renovation I saw the Premier dining there.
We've been here a few times since they renovated!! What a great little place..... I love the Japanese decor... (It's nice and quaint and NOT like a big ugly banquet hall like all those asian restaurants in Richmond.... that make you feel like your in a big cavernous feed barn). The teppenyakki is great, and the chefs are wonderful! Chatty and very animated! I have been impressed on numerous occasions here, the sushi has always been good, the terryaki chicken has always been good! My only concern is that the tempura vegetables could be a little crispier. Other than that, this place rates high on my favorite sushi restaurants of the lower Mainland!
After flatly refusing to even enter Yokohama on many occasions based upon many reviews I have heard, I finally decided to give it a try on a Thursday night. Apparently this place has undergone a renovation at some point, but it is still dingy, dimly lit, outdated and dilapidated. The decor is kitschy and stereotypical. The servers are dressed in flimsy night attire which mocks what a real kimono or even yukata would be like. So obviously you don't come here for authentic Japanese, but it is so grossly fake that it is insulting. The tea cups smelled like hand soap. The food came quickly, but it was the rice was gluey. Teriyaki chicken was poor quality and covered in thick, sweet, sauce that tasted like a "just-add-water" recipe. California rolls were bulky and tasteless. Edamame was way over cooked. For what we got, the prices were not good. This place needs a serious overhaul. Get rid of the fake stuff, scrap the teppanyaki and focus on a smaller menu. Or maybe close down for good. I certainly will never set foot in there again. For people who just need some sustenance in the shape of a california roll, you might get take-out here, but why bother when there are so many other GOOD Japanese restaurants to eat at, or order take-out from?
Our party of nine tried out their DIneout Vancouver menu. For $28/person you will definitely get full. Everyone got a healthy sampling of Cuban lobster tail (7 of them), Filet MIgnon (Alberta - 8oz portions X 7), and Kobe Beef (2 oz. portions X 2). Each person also gets a mix of veggies (zucchini, mushrooms, onions, beansprouts) and fried rice. The dessert portions, however, were tiny - a 2"X2" cube of cheesecake or a tiny scoop of ice cream with one slice of deep fried banana.
Our chef was fairly entertaining. He did a few tricks but I have seen better at other teppenyaki restaurants. The service was a bit lacking. We didn't get seated for our 6:30 reservation until 7:00 pm and when we were seated our table and seats were still dirty. The bussing staff kept trying to take our tea cups away instead of refilling them which was very confusing.
All in all, we left with full stomachs and for the price of the Dine Out menu the food was tasty and fresh - improved service would definitely increase this restaurant's rating.
Reading the previous reviews I didn't expect much. Boy was I surprised. Apparently they have a new presentation (tapanaki?) in which the chef cooks in front of you and the result is an experience that is totally opposite of what the previous reviews detailed. I can't say enough how positive the entire experience was. The food was top notch, the chef was tremendously entertaining and personable, and the entire staff was almost too nice. And it wasn't just our party that was impressed. The place was packed and everyone seemed to be having a great time. The only minor compaint was that it took us a bit of time before we were served but since it was so busy and there were only 3 cooks its a very minimal complaint. Definately going back.
Went to the pier with the family one weekend, walked pass and decided to give it a try. Well.. As soon as we walked in, I knew we made the wrong decision, it looks like one of those Japanese restaurant that runs by non-japanese owner. The chef and the waitress spoke loudly in mandarin. Anyway..
We didn't go for AYCE, we ordered some sushi from the À la carte menu and lunch special menu. The sushi was below average, the serve were small. (though it look good in the menu). The ambiance was okay but a bit too dark to my liking. Only one thing good about this place. The service is fast, probably there are not many customers around.
Probably won't go back there again. Don't want to waste my money on crappy food.
Has the quality changed from the past two years? Tried the teppanyaki tonight and it was very good. We ordered the 4 person special, so it's the standard teppanyaki fare (chicken, beef, tiger prawn, scallop, veggies) and it was well done. A bit too salty and too much soy sauce for my taste, but I can't complain. Good service and the chef was personable and a lot of fun. He probably saw that 2 of us were first timers so he put on a good show. Also ordered yam tempura, this wasn't as great as the yams weren't sweet/fresh.
Starting at the old Westminster Highway location, I've been going to the Yokahama for almost 20 years. I love the fact that Laura was able to buy the restaurant and move it to Steveston but have been disappointed that she hasn't been able to maintain the quality. It was acceptable a few years ago but there are now much better restaurants in the area. I'll still stop by for old times sake but their chicken tariyaki and tempura no longer measure up.
The food was awful. The rice rolls were soggy, they skimped on the rice vinegar. We ordered the special which included 6 tempura rolls. The tempura rolls were full of crumbs. The tea was luke warm even after they had refilled our pot and it was very weak. They could have added a few more leaves to the pot. Restaurant played chinese music. As we were leaving, someone from behind the counter spat out!!
Don't recommend anyone eating there unless you want to waste your well-earned money