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Ebisu on Robson

827 Bute Street
Vancouver, BC V6E3Y4
Tel: (604) 689-8266
Fax: (604) 689-8335
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Fusion, Japanese, Tapas
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late night
  • Features: Patio, View, Television, Wheelchair accessible
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 12PM - 3PM & 3PM - 12AM, Fri: 12PM - 3PM & 3PM - 1AM, Sat: Closed, Sun: 12PM - 3PM & 3PM - 1AM
  • Japanese Restaurant Lounge featuring some of the best deals for drinks in town. Delicious tapas & inventive, original sushi created by our master chefs straight from Japan. The trendy modern design of our dark spacious interior, many big screens and a huge projection TV help to set the perfect ambiance for either a small romantic dinner or large parties!

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Creative and Classy
By FoodMan99 of Surrey , B.C. (66 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 12, 2011 - 7:41am [Dine in]

Ebisu is a step up from the generic sushi places that pepper downtown, albeit not in food quality but in presentation and ambiance. The sushi itself is still pretty good, and they have an extensive menu to select from. The drinks are also pretty cheap, so sushi and drinks is a viable option before heading to a club or event.

The location is a large, L-shaped building that extends around a bar, and although it is fairly large, the tables are quite cramped together. This can make for a more intimate evening, or become just plain annoying if a table near you is loud. There are lots of windows looking down onto Robson.

When I went, the bill for California roll (4.50), Crunch roll (10), Chill tray (34, great deal for 6 oysters and TONNES of sashimi) and a slew of drinks ended up at 90 after tip, so I can't really call the place cheap. In relation to a regular sushi joint, it's a bit extensive. The ambiance and selection, along with modestly priced drinks helps make up for that, and I would visit again.

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Love the cocktail glasses!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

I wouldn't call Ebisu an izakaya, but it is a tapas restaurant.

Three of us went this past weekend and sat on the patio. Table and chairs were fine comfy-wise and the table's lazy susan was unnecessary since it was so small, but cute nonetheless.

They have a huge menu for food and drinks. I love how each drink was pictured and on the side, showed alcohol content. The best was the glass it was served it. Picture the top part of a martini glass nestled in a bowl-shaped (like a fish-bowl) glass filled with ice. Brilliant! Keeps the drink cold!

We ordered a few dishes to share. Overall, dishes were pretty tasty and very reasonably priced. However, I did not enjoy their Oyster motoyaki. The mayo sauce was thick and gummy. Kinda gross actually.

Great place to chill with friends over some drinks and snacks. Pretty good in my opinion. I would be return.

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Are You A Sports Bar?
By xlee8 of Delta (113 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 4, 2007 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

Food: instead of trying the tapas i went for the set menu. $25 for crab salad, steak w/ teriyaki sauce, dessert. the crab salad was good...i was expecting artificial crab but it was real soft shelled crab. steak was cooked perfectly (they even sliced it into bite size pieces!). the presentation was terrific. by the time i got to dessert, i was already pretty full. it was some sort of chocolate mouse cake or something...

Service: when we arrived through the doors, the hostess thought we were w/ some girls in front of us so left us standing there. we had to flag down someone else to seat us. the waitresses were very nice for the most part...but there must have been some sort of miscommunication somewhere b/c we were asked if we wanted our dessert 2X and then had to follow up another 2X!!

Ambiance: kind of hard to describe what kind of statement this place is trying to make. it's not quite a hapa izakaya or guu feel, not quite fine dining, not a full sports bar...i cant make up my mind!

Overall: i dont think i'd come back for dinner, but maybe for drinks to watch a game (there is a big screen TV). a pint is only ~$3.33 and wings ~$7.77.

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Looks fancier than it tastes.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 15, 2007 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

Nice plating. Lots to offer on the menu. Some items didn't seem very "Japanese" especially the pumpkin/squash soup. It tasted pretty boring tho thick & rich as well--it seemed a little out of place. Now I'm curious about the burger offerings--will it be a hint of Japan or just a taste of... well... burger. The mentaiko yakiudon, quite large in portion, is also several dollars more than other d/t izakaya places that offer similar. It's also too heavy--possibly too much butter or mayo used. The tuna taco is pretty & textually nice but was boring in taste. The unachee looks better than it tastes (a lightly battered deep fried sushi roll). The smoked black cod's good but u can't go too wrong w/ the smoky flavour, it was a definite hit, but not by much. The deep fried softshell crab was just ok. The deep fried sweet potato fries (Thunder Fries) are nicely crisped & a bit better than the ones they make at Kamakura Kamei on Broadway (owned by the same ppl). But for the most part, I think the cooked food actually tastes better at Kamakura.

Also, if they're still passing around shooter-sized free trials of their lychee slush drink, I'd suggest u hold off ordering the full order of it otherwise, they'd just skip sharing some w/ u while u see everyone else w/ it, all u get is a shrug & giggle that "it's the same thing you have". Which is fine, just makes one feel a little left out of the party--in this case the "treat". I wouldn't have minded having a little "sample" sized portion as well, easier to shoot one down than to suck all of the lychee goodness out of the thin straw anyway.

Service is pleasant & efficient for the most part.

Love the space, seating, decor, location. Great for larger & smaller parties. I would definitely be returning more often than not for the location & atmosphere while you don't get the loud greetings upon entrance & departure like u do from the Japanese-run ones, you also don't get the long waits & the crowds for the time being.

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Tapas lounge
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 8, 2008 - 1:59pm [Dine in]

Went on a weekend and this place seems to attract large groups celebrating birthdays. Very busy at around 8pm onward and more of a lounge than restaurant. Large drink menu. Food is Japanese but has a bit of fusion in it as well. Tried the raw oyster special at $15/dozen, good deal and very good. Beef sashimi (good), agadashi tofu (good), deep fried prawns (average). Value is average for this type of restaurant. Good place for get together.

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Great location, great food, great fun
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 4:02am [Dine in]

What a great location. The decor is clean and the high ceilings encapsulate you with the surrounding buzz.

I always enjoy the food here. It's consistent, colourful and nicely presented. There's really nothing that leaps out on the menu but there are a lot of menu favourites. It's hard to only pick a few when you're dining for 1, 2, 3 people. There's the Spicy Calamari Tofu, Tiger Mayo, Salmon Sashimi, Cajun Tuna Tacos, the list goes on. The drink selection is large as well. I especially like the Lychee Slush.

I must admit some of their dishes are overpriced and the dishes themselves seem a little pretentious on the plate considering there's nothing that's particularly unique about them.

The service is adequate although at times it's hard to flag down a server. There are always servers passing by our table but sometimes I feel invisible. I've also noticed some of the servers standing around or socialize with other servers or the bartender up front. Also there usually isn't anyone to greet you and bring you to your table. You may end up waiting for a while but I've been lucky and have only waited at most a couple of minutes to be seated. I hear the Manager there is trying to resolve this with his staff so hopefully the improvement in the service will improve.

I've come here at least a dozen times and recommend it to everyone. It's too good a location to offer mediocre service so if they can get that resolved this is a great place to enjoy with others.

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decent japanese
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

Went to Ebisu for a going-away luncheon for a work colleague.

I ordered choose-your-own combo, picking the asari soup, garden salad, katsu curry and the strawberry mousse.

The soup was good, the salad was excellent (I loved the combination of asparagus, snow peas, cucumbers and leafy greens, with the sweet miso dressing). The curry was tasty (as japanese curries go) but I found the pork cutlet a tad dry. The strawberry mousse was decent but unremarkable.

The service was prompt but I found the servers a little terse and aloof.

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Poor managment, bad food.
By JooJoo of East Vancouver (82 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

This place is busy because its on Robson, they hire rookie unexperienced servers, most of them don't know what they're doing. You ask for something they forget to come back or ignore you even when its not busy, you have to ask 3 times to get what you want. They try to do the Japanese Fusion style but they are horrible at it. The presentation is sloppy. The deep fried dishes are greasy, the sushi rice is too soggy. The raw oysters are ok. I have been here 4 times since they had their grand opening, only the first time was good. The food is overpriced for the poor quality.

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Good place to get plowed!
By diningdandy of downtown vancouver (56 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 6, 2007 - 2:49pm [Dine in]

Went here for dinner and i noticed it looked like a fun place to get drunk with friends but the food was only decent. My guest had noodle box #1 and he said the rolls that came with the dish were bland he also had a noodle soup and tempura. He said the soup was good but the tempura was "Blah". My meal was a tofu miso with a sashimi salad with spicy sauce and some sort of beef thing with green tea ice cream. It was alright nothing special. Like i said great place to get plowed but blah food. Nice servers and looks really clean.

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Wanna-Be's
By Trevor of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

If you're looking for a place that will provide poor service with mediocre food, then this is the place for you. Ebisu is trying hard to be trendy, yet failing miserably. Yes, they have a nice decor. But their numerous problems can't be ignored.
1) The service is rude - waitresses are snooty... for what reason though, I have no idea since this is no high-end restaurant. The servers are also very slow, and even trying to flag down your server is quite the challenge.
2) The food could definitely be improved upon. They do have some good food (fresh oysters-pretty hard to get these wrong; ebimayo; yam fries), but much of the food was only eaten because we were starving and it took the kitchen forever to cook up our dishes. The stir-fried udon that we had was drowning in this watery creamy-tomatoey sauce and the flavour (or lack thereof) was just plain bad. Sushi was also meh. Completely overpriced food for the quality you get.
3) Although the interior looks nice, the acoustics is horrible. It gets VERY loud inside and you have to speak so loudly that your throat gets sore.

Bottom line: Cheap drinks can reel in customers for the short-term...but in the long run, the rude and indifferent service and below-average food will turn away repeat customers. The Rugby Club is a prime example of this.

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Decent drinking place that serves Japanese food
By LordofFoods of Vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 12:34am [Dine in]

went there on a friday nite. there were four of us. got a booth. ordered a couple dozen oysters, black cod, salmon sashimi, dynamite rolls, cali rolls, beef teriyaki, and a bunch appies of other items. there are quite a few drinks and shooter specials. the oysters were good as it came with a bunch of condiments and sauces. the menu consisted of japanese items with a few japanese items with a twist.
overall the food was ok, but no better than your average good japanese food in the city. so i can't justify the higher cost based solely on the food. but the drink specials and location helps to make up for the cost of food. it is chinese owned and operated and the food is a reasonble fascisimile of the real thing.
the servers are young and not bad on the eye. but could use some more experience. thier food and beverage knowledge in particular. So i see myself coming here for drinks or snack with booze. But not just for the food. None of the menu items warrant a second visit. Total $190 for four with drinks and tips.

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Regular hangout
By pookiebear of UBC (46 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

I come to this restaurant about once a month or every 2 months just to hang out with the girls to have a few drinks.

Their food and drinks are pretty cheap considering where they are located. I also love the selection of cocktails they have (I am a cocktail kinda girl). The food is tasty and consistent. My favourite dish is the fried tako, chicken karaage and taco rice.

The service is pretty friendly and the ambiance has a hip and fun vibe to it. One thing i don't like is later at night, there's always a few people that get really drunk and someone always pukes, which is kinda gross. But the staff is quick to clean up the mess and escort the drunk customer out.

On a side note, the last time I went, I went to watch a Canucks playoff game. I got there at 5:30 to get a table and noticed they now have a happy hour menu from 5-6:30pm everyday. Wings are only $0.30/ea and there was also some sushi on this happy hour menu. It's definitely a good deal.

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Great food, delicious drinks!
By tastytasty02 of Burnaby (44 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 10:31am [Dine in]

My friends always have their birthday parties at this restaurant, they are good at accomodating large groups. Food here is really great and creative. Usually order the fresh oysters, samurai roll, and udon. Tried the chicken skewer with cod roe mayo but that was boring and burnt. They have a list of their most popular menu items so choose from that if you need help. Drinks are awesome here and they have some cool combos. I usually order the white sangria (boring) but really delicious with the food. Service is just good...great. I noticed the price of items have gone up by a few $ so the value is only decent for me. Ambiance is cool and hip, a great social spot! Give it a try!

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Awesome Happy Hour
By melly of Kitsilano (26 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 16, 2012 - 12:11pm [Dine in]

I’ve been to Ebisu several times for Happy Hour, and I must say that they probably have one of the best Happy Hours in Vancouver. I usually have oysters (.99 each), chicken wings (.39), and their spicy calamari (around $5). When I first went there, I was a bit skeptical about going to a japanese restaurant for happy hour that serves chicken wings and calamari. I was very pleasantly surprised at how good it was. While the chicken wings are just any other chicken wings in my opinion, I thought the calamari was outstanding. It was very well seasoned and had a very nice spiciness to it. You can also order sushi and sashimi and if that’s what you are after. They also have other creative dishes offered, such as potato butter and prawn and cheese gyoza (never tried them so I can’t comment). They also have an extensive list of drinks – some of which sound very good.

All in all, Ebisu has something for everyone and it’s definitely worth a visit for happy hour.

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good food, RUDE restaurant owners
By sarahli of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

ebisu has good sushi and great plates to share with friends, but the only problem is the restaurant owners are SO RUDE to customers.
I had a surprise birthday party planned there and i bought a ice cream cake the day before to store at the restaurant and the restaurant owner was not welcoming at all. he didnt even smile at me. when i came in to ebisu, he just said "how many ppl?" and when i asked which table i would have for a table of 15 ppl and he pointed to this crappy table so i requested a table in front of the tv and he was like "it can ONLY fit 15 ppl. no more, otherwise you will have to move ppl to a different table." then when i left,he didnt even say goodbye. he just went back to writing something down.

and when i made a reservation this other time, a restaurant owner answered and said that the bar is only available. when i asked why, he laughed and said the restaurant is fully booked, so i said i would have to call him back. THEN HE HUNG UP ON ME. not even a goodbye on the phone.

thanks for the good food at a reasonable price ebisu, but your restaurant owners can learn some manners at the 7th circle of hell. i will not be coming back

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Gf's birthday dinner
By ballin_eater of Vancouver (34 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 5:15pm [Dine in]

Arrived roughly at 7pm on a friday night and it was packed, luckyl we didn't have to wait as we opt'd for the non-table seats. The staff are pretty attentive being a busy place.

Food: Ordered potato butter, tiger mayo, salmon carpaccio, 12 oysters and ocean red sushi. All in all, the food is very fresh and solid. I believe the food turnover is very good.

Value: The bill came to under $70 for the both of us and was stuffed so it isn't the best but can do.

Ambiance: Busy busy tapas and seating can be great if you call ahead and make a reservation.

Overall: It was a memorable birthday dinner. 3.5 out of 5

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Great hang out place
By ryyeung of Richmond (35 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 8, 2010 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

This is probably my new fav place to have drinks, esp. since I got a $20 VIP card, that entitles me to 15% off food only, sorry no drinks! Anyways, I have dining with 3 other companions this night. We had just finished Hapa, and decided to come here as well.

Food - we had nachos, chicken karage and yakiudon. The nachos were pretty standard fare, I really like the karage. It was cripsy, large pieces, with a good dipping sauce. The yakiudon was perfectly cooked with just the right amount of roe.

Service - all request handled properly. The server did forget to check on us for last call, then said we couldn't order anything else, but quickly retracted that when she realized she made a mistake. Otherwise, I was happy. I see some reviewers were disappointed, but I was not.

Value - it was about $20 per person all in, and we had a pitcher of beer and two sake. So I was quite happy with what we paid. Also, considering the location, the drinks don't have a ridiculous markup.

Ambiance - we got some great booth seats. It's noisy here, but that's what you expect. Great place just to hang and talk.

Would def be back. Recommended.

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Hot destination on a Friday or Saturday night
By zetafix of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 1:14am [Dine in]

Make sure you reserve, and make sure you don't take your girlfriend, specially if she's jealous. This place is packed, and happening on the weekend, and the food goes and goes. The servers are friendly, it's almost like it's hooters japanese style, I guess something rubbed off of the old hooters at same location, sans the obnoxious hooters food. The food is pretty good, the sushi is not cheap but nice, and your bill for a night of good gastronomic fun is probably a $100, but it's worth the visit, it's about the experience, after all.

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Little bit overpriced
By canucks11 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

Overall
Having been in various cities in Japan, I can't say the food you find here will be completely authentic; however, I can attest to the fact that the design of different rolls/dishes are unique and creative. I would recommend friends and family to try this place at least once (if not more).

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The sizes of the sushi / sashimi here will cater to those who enjoy authentic sushi. (Sorry, Sushi King and Samurai Sushi lovers will be left wanting.) The quality is good, and as mentioned, creative.

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During two dinner visits, the service could be said to be attentive and timely. Other tables appeared to be served as well. Due to the layout of the restaurant, it is possible for some tables to be "unseen" or easily forgotten.

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First time here
By Faster of Richmond (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 2:35am [Dine in]

First time in Ebisu on Robson, big different in menu and price compare to Ebisu in Richmond. Here has more different choice in appt., main dishes and dessert. Most of the food are so delicious and don't forget their drinks...so many different kind of shooters! This was really a good moment over there in this weekend!
However, when I read those last posts in here. I totally agree that their service need to be modified. Some food and drinks are really too slow coming to my table. I hope they can do it better later.
P.S. they didn't force us to pay for large tips!
Cause we did a wrong calculation on the bill, they just kindly asked us "something wrong on our service or food?" and we said "no, everything is good" No one gave us bad attitude afterward. However, we found out that we calculate wrong! Feel so sorry for them! We will go there again and pay more tips to them!

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