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  • Ambiance3.5
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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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wow
By Sammark of Richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 1:47pm [Dine in]

i tried to sangria which was great, i tried the yam fries, which was awesome because it was different (as in shape) and the sauce was spicy yet compliemented each other. The samurai roll (with eel on top) was good, meh.. nothign too special, colorful i gotta say. The sasahmi (beef and the seafood) were both above par.

i just want to make a suggestion and see if you can expand and come up with some special sauce. i know this is easier said than done but what Ebisu is lacking is the wow factor in taste. The decor was decent, the color and presentation are just above par but the taste and shocking value weren't there to WOW someone.

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Dark Atmosphere!!
By KungFu2008 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

We went when it was pretty slow, so it was a good service at that moment!
The food is good because i generally love all japanese food! Especially Salmon Carpaccio, Asari Pasta, Chikuwa Cheese, Tiger Mayo....
The lighting was super dark, i kind of like it though! It felt like sitting in a Batman house..yeah!
I dont know a lot of people don't usually like this restaurant because the food is quite expensive!
The hostess was not really did their job, but all the servers were nice and hotttt!
Price were pretty expensive, but in downtown that's acceptable!!

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Racist Cashier Demands Large Tip?!
By yumemi of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

The meal was alright. The waitresses were okay.

But when we went to pay, the cashier started making racist comments towards my friend. WTH!? Not only did he offend my friends, he then Demanded a large tip from us!!! What a jerk! No one is obligated to pay tip - Tip depends on service. The websites feedback email is bogus too FYI.

We are NEVER going back to such a place. There are much, much better restaurants out there with much, much better service.

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The day everything went wrong...
By nogami of Coquitlam (39 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 3, 2008 - 1:11pm [Dine in]

Went to Ebisu on Robson for dinner on Canada day with three people, and it was a bit of a catastrophe... Arrived at about 7pm, seated immediately, restaurant was only about 2/3 full at that point.

Ordered about 2 dishes each, some cold, a few hot. Gomae showed up quickly, followed by the sashimi salad 15 min later. Both orders were very tasty.

Took almost 45 min for my first sushi order to show up (Samurai Power Roll). It was very tasty, but the wait was inexcusable. Cue another 30-45 min wait with no more food appearing. After asking one of the waitresses and another host what happened to the yakisoba and motoyaki we ordered, I finally (20 min later) got a plate... of yakispaghetti instead of yakisoba. I mean come on, it's not like it's difficult to tell the difference between soba noodles and spaghetti (read: spaghetti has bright yellow noodles and the noodles were just boiled in water, not cooked like yakisoba).

Finally decided not to bother waiting anymore for the motoyaki, and we paid up and left. There have been a lot of other good reviews, and the staff did apologise for the delay as we were leaving and said they had computer issues - the "yakisoba" really sealed the deal for me - rather than giving us substitute food, or making us wait on our orders because of kitchen problems, just tell us so we can order something else instead. I really can't see myself going back...

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Good place
By roofofhouse of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 21, 2007 - 12:17am [Dine in]

I've been here soooo many times, both with small groups (3 people), as well as huge groups (25+ people). They always manage to accomodate us. There are lots of staff usually so if you can't find your server, it's not hard to get service. Once in a while, however, there are servers who try too hard to impress with their cleavage. This one girl in particular, wears the most low cut V-neck skimpy shirt and literally bounces through the restaurant. Other than her, the servers are really nice. The decor of the restaurant is really sophisticated and clean. The sashimi salad is really good too but the spicy sauce is just that: spicy. The creamy sauce might sound weird but it is actually really good with the salad. Chicken wings are okay, oversalted at times. Salmon carpaccio is really good too. The asari pasta is yummy. The food is pretty good but the drinks are the main thing. The brown cow... yum. Always get it double, though, it just tastes like chocolate that way. So good.

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Nice hangout
By pompey of Vancouver (41 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 9:51pm [Dine in]

I think this place will have a lot of potential, especially in the summer. The ambiance was very nice, TV screens, bamboo trees, overall a very pleasant atmosphere. The food was solid, I'd have to come back here a few more times to get a good taste of it. Definitely will go back. Beer and drinks are very reasonable!

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Whats with the service??
By bman65 of Downtown, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

This restaurant had been recommended to me by a colleague so I had high expectations. Boy was I disappointed! I do have to say that the food was exceptional but the crappy service majorly ruined the night!
When you go to a new restaurant with 10 people you would expect that the service would maybe be a 'little'challenged but these guys were poor. We got 2 bills for things we didnt order and bills that had exactly the same items on them had different totals! And they include a gratuity on the bill! Sorry but you have to EARN a tip! After waiting 2 HOURS for someone to even come and take an order a tip isout of the question!
The quality of food though was quite exceptional and it might drag me back there in the future, maybe with a smaller crowd though as a larger one is out of their capabilities!

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Awesome Happy Hour
By melly of Kitsilano (26 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 16, 2012 - 1:11pm [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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Ignored.
By mister_jacky of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 3:37am [Dine in]

Ive been here a few times for drinks after work with work peeps. Once for food. Very chill spot, nice hip decor, nice tunes (i swear they found a mix cd of mine). Good looking drinks, food is presented well and is tasty. This place had $11? pitchers of beer at one point. what a deal for dt, except i realized they tasted pretty watery. Still I thought what a cool spot.

When I returned with company for drinks and some food, I was seated and then proceeded to be ignored. The other customers who were seated after us were getting service but we werent. We sat for close to 20 minutes before getting up and walking out. Racist or what, it happened another time i came in to give it second shot. Will never go back. And im half asian. guess they couldnt tell, maybe i would have gotten an order in.

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Solid, really good! Best to go at Happy Hour
By msdinesalot of Burnaby-Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

I ordered two rolls for $6.50 - fancy dynamite and yam rolls. They were really good- the rice is good quality and the prawn tempura was fresh and tender (perfect). Good service, great selection, good location. Overall, I'm definitely going back. I would suggest definitely going for the Happy Hour because the value seems to be the best.. if you go at normal lunch or dinner time a roll of sushi (about 8 pcs) is about ten bucks. So you decide if you really want to pay that much.

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Not Fresh Tasting Food and Terrible Customer Sevice
By missy604 of UBC , Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 1:35am [Dine in]

It was not our first time to go to Ebisu. Actually it was our third. The first 2 times were for appies and drinks and we had a great time. We thought the food was good for what it was and the drink selection was enjoyable. The 3rd time was a couple of weeks ago and we went there for lunch for a friend's birthday. We were very disappointed. We ordered their combos for $10+ each plus some specialty rolls. The first few dishes arrived and we thought they were alright and were actually enjoying our meal. At this point though we realized that no one has come back to refill any of our drinks and clear away any empty dishes. In fact since there were 6 of us, quite a few dishes have piled up and we have resorted to placing it on one of the ledges in between the booths as it was getting pretty crowded at our table. I'm surprised because the restuarant was not full at all and there were only a few tables occupied.

Then came my friend's chicken yakisoba order. She stopped after having 2 bites and said that her chicken tasted old and her noodles tasted sour. She asked us to taste it just in case it must be just her. We did, and yes, the chicken did not taste good and the noodles themselves tasted sour. We called the waitress and my friend told her about her concerns. She said she will bring it to the chef's attention. Our server then came back and told us that the chef said there was nothing wrong with it. She was unapologetic and kept insisting that that was their style of yakisoba. That was the only time our server ever came back to our table and it was not even to replenish our drinks or clear away empty dishes.

We spoke to the manager on the way out and even he was not apologetic at all. I'm really appalled by the type of costumer service we have received from this establishment.

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A good place to chill
By ChinaMan of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

I frequent this place often, about once per week. The food is not the best compared to the other two izakaya down the street, but it's not bad. The niche for this restaurant is that it provides a relax, chill, and lounge kind of atmosphere for you and your friends to kick-back and relax so you can catch the game. I usually go to this place before heading down to the club with my friends, so it's awesome to grab a light snack and get tipsy on a budget (they have drink specials). To sum it up, if you want a sports bar with comfortable seating, come to Ebisu. If you want uncomfortable cramp seats with good food, head down to guu with garlic. If you want over-priced and overrated food, head down to Hapa.

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Good food, good location.
By hbelle of vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 2:24am [Dine in]

If it wasn't for the food, I wouldn't come back. Ambiance is decent, design is poor and doesn't go with the type of cuisine - feels like you're at Milestones. However the food was excellent -- sushi rolls are unique and just as good as its partner Kamei Royale. Service was OK and perhaps a little too casual. We ordered about 7 dishes! and finished it all! again, great food!

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Good restaurant
By mem of east vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 1:14am [Dine in]

Dined here with 12 people before fireworks.
Ordered the dozen oysters; delicious, fresh and great condiments included. Sumarai sushi was a bit sweet for my tastebuds (sauce) but very tasty. Good amount of seafood in the sushi and good portions. Shared a pitcher of pale ale beer for $12.00 (tax/tip included). Pint of beer was $3.33 without tax. Good selection of dishes. All diners were very satisfied with their meal and full after eating. I will diner here again.

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Lunch at Ebisu
By misosweet of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 27, 2007 - 1:38am [Dine in]

This was my first time coming to Ebisu. The ambience is really nice - I can only imagine what the atmosphere is like at night. Lunch is not bad, although I wish they would offer some tapas along with those bento boxes and boat combos. California rolls are nothing special, almost mediocre. I don't know why but I was almost surprised to see the fake crab filling. I guess I was expecting the real thing. Another thing I noticed was the sizes of avacado. I'm not a big fan of avacado but I thought the size of the avacado was a bit excessive (for the Dynamite roll), considering it took up half of the filling. I liked the Chicken Teriyaki namely because it was unlike all those other Chicken Teriyaki bowls they usually throw a handful of bean sprouts along with a bunch of fatty chicken skins and drown it in sauce. I liked that the bowl had cabbage, some seaweed, and mushrooms. I thought it gave a much better flavour. Service was all right. You can't really complain when you were pretty much the only one dining in the restaurant at lunch. The waitresses probably could have checked in once after our food arrived. They pretty much leave you alone after you get your food, and we had to tag them down to get the bill. I have yet to return for dinner, but judging from past reviews, I may have to wait until the service gets better.

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Improvement from last time !
By hamsup of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 14, 2007 - 9:43am [Dine in]

Went there again this weekend and thought I would write up another review. After looking at everyone's post, i must admit alot of the issues have been fixed now. The service has gotten much better. The drinks are still coming a bit slow but I believe its due to a few odd customers who stand at the bar demanding drinks !!! Its a bit annoying when you are eating at the bar and a buzzed customer is demanding shots... wait your turn !!!!

Besides that.. there is now PATIO SEATING for you to overlook robson street ! The chairs outside are comfortable.. and one section of the patio is quite secluded.. great for a party of 6-8 people this summer..

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missing a signature dish !
By hamsup of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 29, 2007 - 1:57pm [Dine in]

I've dined at Ebisu approx 10 times since grand opening. And each time I've had a blast. The sushi rolls are original, presented nicely, and of course delicious. The chicken karage and nachos are always a great hit for shared plates over a few pitchers of beers. Yup that's right there are nachos on the menu. the food is unique and unlike most izakaya type restaurants.

Things I wish would happen...
- more yakitori type dishes. The chicken yakitori is great there but i wished there were a few other types available
- A signature dish, b/c you're menu is so large, it'd be great to have a signature dish that showsoff the chef's skill =)
- Weekly/Monthly specials based on seasonal ingredients
- Patio Furniture with umbrellas =) though I know this is in the works
- A smaller menu, a fine tuned menu with perhaps less items.. less is more... less is more.. (charming ultra commercial)

Overall, the ambience is hip, food is delicious, and the staff all ahve smiles on theirs faces =)

I'd come back again.. maybe this Thursday... and um. Saturday.. lol !

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Disappointed
By loves_food of UBC Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 11, 2010 - 4:06am [Dine in]

I had big expectations when I first walked in. It looked like a nice place to hang out with friends and have some food and drinks. That's what we thought we were going to have when we went to this Ebisu. The food was ok. Nothing really thrilling and the portions were quite small for what you paid. We thought, "whatever it's in downtown." It would have been an ok visit and initially thought we would come back since we liked the ambiance and not a bad hangout spot and they do have a big drink selection.

It was the lack of costumer service that ruined it. The dishes that were used started to pile up at our table. No one came to ask if everything was ok or if we needed anything else. The server never came to refill our water. The only time she came back was when we had to flag her down because we were having trouble with one of the things we ordered and even then she wasn't very polite.

All in all, it was a very disappointing visit and will never go back.

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Merely a rip-off.
By foodfrenzyy.x of Kerrisdale (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 3, 2010 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

Usually when I go downtown, I expect to go to a restaurant of good value, good food, and good service. This restaurant did not fit any of these expectations. I originally didn't want to go to this restaurant when it was "highly recommended" by my friend, but I was so hungry, I just decided to give it a go. When we got in, they told us that it was currently "happy hour", which meant that it was 40% off sushi and that we had till 7:00 to finish our meal, which I thought was kind of strange, but whatever. After we got seated, we were asked if we wanted anything to drink. I ordered to green tea and my friend got a shot of baileys. We then ordered the soft shell crab, some tofu calamari dish, 1 piece of sushi, some deep-fried sushi and a sashimi salad. When the sashimi arrived, there were only 2 pcs of salmon and 2 pcs of red snapper which was loaded with cheap salad and a mediocre spicy miso sauce which was about $8. The tofu and calamari weren't too bad, even though all the calamari were chunked together... The soft shell crab was a huge disappointment. I ordered it in hopes of an actual crab, but what we got were deep fried, miniature crab legs with crab organs, and of course a load of salad to fill up the plate. They completely forgot about the sushi, so we had to re-order it. I'm wishing we didn't re-order it because it was just another mediocre deep-fried dish again. Our total bill came to $46.50 for all that food including $5.60 for that shot my friend got and $1.50 for green tea. I was very disappointed in the restaurant that we left immediately and gave no tip. Restaurant - NOT RECOMMENDED.

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Favourite japanese restaurant!
By Vien of Kerrisdale (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 1:23am [Dine in]

When I am in Downtown I always pull my friends to come to this place! I feel It is the best restaurant to eat japanese food and tasty drinks. I am pretty sure I have tried most of the menu and I never been dissappointed!
Service is very good compared to most other asian restaurants and the waitress is super nice & cute even when it looks like they are so very busy!
The restarant inside is by far the most beautiful and trendy of any asian restaurant I have been to in the city, new people that i bring to here are always impressed by the style! awesome music and comfortable western style looking booths!

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