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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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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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Not worth it, service extremely poor
By holidyinn of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

I went there with my 2 other friends a few weeks ago on friday for dinner. We waited about 20 minutes for our table and finally got seated. It was quiet busy and we were craving some sashimi so we didn't mind waiting.
When we finally got seated, we noticed our table was not clean at all, had some smeared rice on it which was disgusting but we just wiped it with some napkins.
We finally decided on what to get and can't wait to eat, however no body came to take our orders and it has been about 15 minutes. We tried to wave down some servers but they didn't even pay attention to our table and some of them were just talking to each other.
Our waitress finally came to our table...she was not polite at all. No smile on her face and seems annoyed when we asked a few questions. By this time...we were already starving!
We ordered some drinks, they came pretty fast but my friend did not get the red wine he ordered, and got a white wine instead.
10 minutes later, our sashimi finally arrived and i gotta say it was great! Toro there is excellent.
few of our other orders came slowly one by one and the server that gave it to us i believe he was a manager since he was wearing a dress shirt...he did not even say what the food was and he looked very angry and just put it on the table and left which left us very confused to as what it was since it was our first time there.
By the time we finished everything, our table was full with empty plates, no body came to take away the plates and not even clear our used plates.
i gotta say, overall, this we a very bad experience for us. and would never go back again...im gonna miss the food though.

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Nothing special
By tcj of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 10:43am [Dine in]

Went there for an early dinner and saw that they offer happy hour menu from 4:30-6:30 pm. There's fresh oyster @ $0.99/pc, 2 rolls for $6.50, and even nachos. The rolls aren't impressive at all, but all dishes are presented nicely. Green tea was solid, and that's probably why they charge $1.50/person. Don't think I'll be going back again.

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Needs Better Organization
By msem of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 20, 2009 - 11:17am [Dine in]

Went to Ebisu with a larger sized party so I understand that it might be more hectic and slow. The service itself was good enough, they got us what we wanted, there when we needed and were nice. However, we were getting items we never ordered (and they insisted we did when we told them otherwise) and some items we did order we never received even though we reminded them. At the end the billing was also a mess it was split into two different bills but the orders weren't organized by the two different tables. We also got billed for the items we didn't get. I think the problem was that we had way too many servers taking orders it was hard to get it organized.

What really bugged me was that my boyfriend paid for our portion of the bill and we left we shortly got a call from a friend who said the server insisted that he didn't pay. So we had to walk back to the restaurant and luckily he paid by debit and not cash so we had proof that we paid but nonetheless it was unnecessary.

I was pleased with the food but I'm not sure if I would go back.

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That much sweeter!
By KimmyK of Kerrisdale (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

I haven't been back to Ebisu in a while so decided to pop in with a few of my girlfriends.
It was super busy for a Tuesday but I later found out why when the hostess asked me if I wanted to watch the game or just dinner. I wasn't even sure what "the game" meant so I answered "dinner" and she seated me on the other side of the restaurant. Then the Canucks game went on and you heard all the "ooohs & aahs" with the occasional "YEAH!" when they score. As you can tell I'm not into hockey so it was a little noisy but I'm glad the restaurant was big enough to seperate the hockey crowd with the dining crowd (very clever!)
The waitress was very warm and friendly when she came by and we ordered a pitcher of red sangria which was absolutely delicious, she also mentioned that they were doing a hockey night special for pitchers of beer so maybe that's why so many people were there but I don't like beer so I had to pass on the deal.

Had a chance to look at the menu and realized they were doing Happy Hour from 4:30 to 6:30 which I don't think they offered the last time I was here (unless I missed out) but wow it was cheap! They were offering 25 wings and dollar oysters along with sushi that was like roughly 40% off. We got a couple of their special rolls that I also noticed were cut in price from their regular menu. I guess the economic times hit everyone. Their rolls that used to go for $12 are now down to $8, we had to get 2 rolls because it was so tempting! We got the Mango roll which was good, the Volcano roll was just ok, I wouldn't get that again and this shrimp ball hotplate that they pour in front of you. The clam pasta was good but it seemed like there were more shells than the actual clams? Some of the shells were empty.
I still can't believe they are making it cheaper now and they were still just as great tasting as the last time I had it, hardly believe this is on Robson! Impressive!

I can't even figure out why it took me so long to re-visit this spot but refreshing all my sweet memories (and adding to them) have got them on the top of my list again!

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Hot destination on a Friday or Saturday night
By zetafix of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 2:14am [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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Can't say I hated it.
By noshingallday of Quilchena, Vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 10, 2008 - 7:21pm [Dine in]

The food here bores me! it's the same thing being repeated in all the other "hip" sushi joints around town. I mean, it was good, but really, it didn't live up to the hype.

It's a fun place for a huge group and it does have a pretty specific target demographic (if you go in you'll find out for yourself).

Maybe I just didn't feel the 'vibe' of this place. It's not prententious, but it just irks me for some reason.

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Delicious
By ManU33 of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 2:01pm [Dine in]

Tonight, I went to EBISU on Robson for dinner!
It is a Japanese fusion restaurant. Yet another one~ XD
The menu prices range from $4ish to $13ish, so it is not very expensive~ Because it is a lounge kind restaurants, there is a range of cocktails, liquor, and wine to choose from!
interior of EBISU
The interor is dark and filled with Japanese paintings. Also, the restaurant put a lot of little western lamps here and there; it is very nice!
lamp~
The food was very nice too! Although the waitress was kind of... not very professional, it is a nice place to dine with friends and have fun!
AMBIANCE: Mild!
FOOD: GREAT!
PRICE: GREAT!
SERVI: OK!
MENU of the night: for 2 ppl

Oyster Blowout: The oysters are place on a big platter over ice. There are 6 different things you can put on your un-seasoned oysters. They are: the regular ponzu (sour spiced soy sauce), a tomato cocktail sauce, a teriyaki kind soy sauce, some grounded carrots, lemon and chopped onions. This was very delicious! The oysters were very fresh and the sauces really complemented the oysters and brings out its fresh taste! THIS IS A MUST ORDER!!!

Prawn Tempura: The prawns were very fresh and the batter was deep fried very nicely. Not oily, and not very heavy! Also, it comes with an asparagus tempura too! XD It was very delicious!

Ika Meshi: This is my favorite dish! Grilled Squid with unagi, ****ake, and sushi rice all rapped together stuffed inside! The squid was grillled perfectly! Not too crunchy that will gonna hurt your teeth, and soft enough to taste the charcoal taste and the juiciness of the squid!!! THIS IS A MUST ORDER!!!

Creme Brulee Cheesecake: This is a baked cheesecake with a creme brulee style topping ontop! It comes with whipped cream, a few petals of strawberries, and caramel drizzles! It overall tastes good. The only bad thing about it is the cake base of the cheesecake was soggy and too sweet... so it makes the whole cake kinda weird... but if you take the cake base off, it is really good! One of the best baked cheesecake I ever tasted! Very creamy, and filled with vanilla bean and very eggy!!! XD

Large Hot Sake: If you order a cold sake, they serve it in a bamboo sake bottom! IT'S REAL BAMBOO!!! SO COOL~ XD If you are legal age, I would totally urge you to order it!! haha~

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

Food
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.

Service
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 - 3:35am [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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Good food, good service, badpaying policy
By chispita of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

Came here last night with a group of friends, and had a great time. The ambiance was nice, though the noise level did get a loud at times. Service was good.

Don't be afraid of over ordering since portions are quite small - 2 or 3 dishes per person should do.

Everything was great until we came to pay. The problem was not the price (we came up to $25 per person, tip included) but the fact that we first of all asked for separate bills (which wasn't honored) and we were later told we could not pay with more than 3 credit cards dividing equally. We wanted to speak to the manager but our waitress had promptly disappearing after telling us we could not pay with all our credit cards. This was the sour point of the evening.

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1st time- WOW, afterwards-EHHH
By Diamonds of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 11, 2008 - 2:18am [Dine in]

love the environment and everything when I went there the FIRST TIME. Food was great ..everything was great. Became a regular customer ever since then. However, I've heard that the beef tataki is not very good (b/c i don't eat it). The wings, saba sushi--must try! The lychee cocktail is really good too! Will mostly go there again, but once in a while only.

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In Awe
By FoodFiend of Downtown, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

I am honestly befuddled at some of the reviews on this restaurant. How anyone can have anything bad about this establishment is really beyond me. Could be competitors of other Japanese Izakaya-like places or just jealous? I have been dining at ebisu regularly for well over 6 months now. The servers are very nice and the friendliest I've ever experienced at any restaurant. Casual and very comfortable, although not as attentative or experienced as those high end restaurants but Ebisu isn't charging 25 bucks for a Beef Sashimi either to warrant that kind. Definitely not snobby like Hapa. The food is pretty good too. I stick to my regulars, Chicken Karage, mango roll, saba inferno, all delicious, last time I went they had a hot pot special too but didn't get to try it, the server told me they are doing a dine-out type thing too. Only little peeve I had was the fact that they put way too much onion in the Yakiudon, but easily remedied by telling the server you want less, then it's perfect. Atmosphere is very cool, sometimes the place get's a little too packed and loud on the weekends but hey, a good sign if the restaurant is packed eh?

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Potential...
By Ema of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 19, 2007 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

Had a pretty nice dinner at Ebisu this evening. Looking a past posts, my comments are similar, this would definitely be a great place to grab some drinks before the club, or while watching a game, not typical for a japanese place. Drinks are cheap, and the atmosphere is nice. The service is not so fast, but the waitresses are pleasant enough. We tried the tuna tacos in crispy wontons, which were quite good, and the prawn gyoza, which was also good. We ordered a strange Kobe beef roll with cream cheese too, not quite like anything I've tried before, but interesting for certain. I'm sure I'll be back as the prices are quite reasonable, and it would be a good place to go with a bigger group.

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Not the best, but very good!
By nana79 of East Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

I don't think this place is 'The Best' as others claim it to be but it's pretty darn close! My favourite japanese joint for a bite is still the little place down the block (towards denman) but in terms of comfort and service I give them a big thumbs up. Super nice servers and a very cozy booth compared to the loud servers and rock hard park benches at the other place, what would you prefer? The cocktail list is very original and delicious to boot! Quality of food was decent, some dishes weren't very impressive but not terrible either, tried their pasta and stone rice bowl which was pretty darn good. Probably will come here back and forth with my old frequent dining spot, pretty hard to pull me away from my regular but ebisu just might do it.

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A great spot for to drink
By hollywood_gal of Los angeles, CA (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 8, 2007 - 2:37am [Dine in]

I'm from L.A and a friend from Vancouver was showing me around robson street and we ended up at Ebi su.

We ordered the raw oysters and loved it!! the old bad thing was The beer tasted watered down.

This place is great if you want to be in a loud drinking atmosphere but after 3 pitchers of the watered down beer the noise was tollerable. The waitress kept on hitting on every guy at the table and kept ignoring the girls....

Overall the food was great and I would probably go there again maybe just for dinner before the drunken parties.

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Confused servers!
By fishtron of Vancouver West (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 8, 2007 - 10:31pm [Dine in]

Food was all delicious (especially the Colossal Cheese Skewer and the fusion rolls), beer was cheap ($10 pitchers sunday-thursday), but the servers could not recall who ordered what so lots of food got switched around. They also failed at separating our bills. I suppose they are used to large parties gathering to share drinks and appetisers rather than ordering suppers separately.

Though we never got around to go beyond beer, the drink menu was seriously impressive. Go after supper for drinks and chat a lot: the ambiance is great for that.

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Review by Fish on behalf of The Last supper, recorded 2007-09-02, posted 2007-09-08

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Great!
By Natsuiro of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 6:03am [Dine in]

I've been here a few times and I think I've tried almost everything on the menu that's not sushi and the only thing I didn't like was the yakitori. Everything else was pretty good.

I love this place because of the cheap beer and oysters! I also really like the ika meshi. They even put small bits of unagi inside.

The service is pretty good but the ambiance is so so. I like being able to watch tv but that kinda takes away from the experience.

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Sangria and Oysters? I'm in!
By dish245 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 9, 2007 - 2:23am [Dine in]

Some girls and I came here for some drinks after a friend had told us about the cheap jugs. Must have raised their prices, but didn't matter, we ordered sangria instead. Delicious! Also feasted on cheap oysters (12 for $13) which were fantastic (but you can't really screw up fresh raw oysters), we will definitely will go back.

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not worth your dinner money!
By iluvjapfood of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 4, 2007 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

This was my first time heading to Ebisu (Friday night). I had heard a lot of good thing about it. I came here for dinner with my bf and order only 5 dishes. We orderd the unagi roll, the sizes are NOT worth the price, 7.85 or something for 5 pieces. The presentation of the rolls were not worth it at all. I don't know if it was that night or the chef who was making the roll, but for the price of those roll, I expected more. Their "Ebi Mayo" Tiger Prawns, seemed like SHRIMP size! I've had tiger prawns "ebi mayo" at other Jap tapa places and these were not even close to par with them. The scallop over the flaming pot dish was not worth it. There were 4 pieces of scallop on top of a big shell cooking over a fire stove. The pieces were way too small. The chicken karaage was too salty and the mayo SAUCE that came with the chicken and tiger prawns ebi mayo were exactly the same and they had NO taste at all. These were typical dishes we tried, and they weren't even that great.
Food wise, I was totally disappointed and wouldn't go back for dinner unless I had to. The food is NOT comparable to Guu or Shiru-bay, espcially for the prices.

Overall, the ambience was nice, more of a lounge / drinking place (place to watch the game) with snacks, than a place to have a decent japanese tapas dinner. It seemed like more drinks/beer were served than food. I bet the prices are hiked to cover the cheap drinks. The food seemed to be "chinese" style rather an authetic japanese. Our table was slanted and wobbly. I say, you should try it once and decide for yourself.

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