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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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tasty
By daisuke of Richmond (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 5:14am [Dine in]

Pretty decent food and view for a place that now occupies the old Hooters space. Interesting food mix as it's Japanese meets western meets Mexican in a way. They have natchos japanese style as well as burgers.

The tuna dishes were pretty good but I loved the chikuwa dish as well as the steak. The service was very good considering all the drunken yahoos that must have been celebratiing a birthday or a wedding.

I'd like to give it another go and add to the review.

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Great trendy place!
By dsosa of downtown, vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 9:27am [Dine in]

There is always a line up to get in here, which is a very good sign.

The atmosphere is great for groups or just a date.

The food is unbelievable, sushimi is so fresh, rolls are decorated beautifully, the presentation is great on everything.

Drink menu is large....lots of different cocktails, shooters, beers and sake to choose from.

Service is a little slow, but if you are with good company who cares.

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Got sick from eating here..
By foodnme of Vancouver, BC (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 10:07am [Dine in]

I wrote a review, but it must have been deleted.

Anyways, I ate here with my other half and we both got really sick eating here. It wasn't food posioning, but I would say the cleanliness of the place probably. We both got sick right away eating here and were sick for the next couple days. My other half got sick last time we ate here about a year ago as well.

The first table we were seated at smelled really bad, so we asked to move to another table, and they politely moved us.

Service, decent, except we ordered spici tuna sushi and they brought out a spicy tuna sushi, which we ate, loved, and then they brought out another spicy tuna sushi (which looked like regular spicy tuna roll) and then took away the first half eaten order of spicy tuna sushi and told us it wasn't supposed to be for us. It was a strange moment.

Ambiance - ok, but I just didn't like how the first table smelled.

No matter how much I crave the food, I would not go back to this location.

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It is more a sports bar than a restaurant
By forgamez of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 22, 2007 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

I was there at the exactly same time as the poster below (Right at 5:00pm to catch the Canucks game). In regards to the service, I would agree it was a little lacking for the first hour. Took 15 mins from the time we sat down before "I" had to flag someone down for attention. The bar was only 15% full at the time. And after we ordered, it took another 15-20 mins to get us our drinks, which again "I" had to remind them of.

Actually, I noticed that the kitchen is really slow at getting items out. I ordered oysters (raw), chicken wings, nachos, tacos. Each took 20mins each. (I remember I ordered nachos at the 1st intermission, didn't get it till 3:33 left in the 2nd period). The bar was at max 75% capacity, and the items I ordered are not that complicated.

In terms of food, it was average. The menu looks exactly the same as R^2 in Richmond (which I have left a review for). So i avoided the izakaya + sushi type dishes.

The oysters were decently fresh. Nachos were your standard nachos. The wings were standard too. And the Tuna tacos were slight above average (I would get those again).

The one good thing is drinks here are cheap. So I would recommend this place to get drinks for sure.

Ambiance and decor could have been so much more. Excellent location and space, but the interior design justs lacks any coherent style. It looks too generic. Ebisu is kinda of going for the izakaya style, but falls short because of the food. It will never be what Hapa Izakaya is in terms of a restaurant if it stays this way.

If you are looking to get drinks or want to go to a sports bar but want Japanese food, go to Ebisu. Don't come here for just the food.

PS. Please hook up your LCD screens so you can see the games in High Def. I know the Canucks game I watched yesterday on CBC was in HD, and your tv were not displaying in HD. The picture quality was awful. If you want to be a sports bar, you need to fix this easily fixable problem immediately.

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A Great Find!
By Atarius of Burnaby (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 12:23am [Dine in]

Me and my friend decided to go one Thursday night. The service was excellent! The hostesses and our servers were all very polite and efficient. We ordered yaki soba and california rolls (we were snacking) and we thoroughly enjoyed and finished everything!

I loved the ambiance of the restaurant; it's very modern and you get a great view overlooking Robson street. It's also got an intimate atmosphere, so I suppose it would make a good "date" restaurant.

I highly recommend Ebisu to everyone and I will surely return!

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Disappointed really
By Frank1964 of New (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

I was invited by business assocaite. Too bad. This whole oriental sushi thang is long in the tooth now. Earl and some pubs are walking distance now so much better choices around. Eye candy at those places (short skirts on long legs) or little food here. what's it gonna be?
I can tell by looking at the menu that the place was not too expensive. The sushi was not anything special and occasionally rough. The chocies were your standard Japanese items eaten all over the world. California and dynamite rolls and f course miso soup.
Service was slow but not way too slow. Typical.

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Great hangout
By psiloveyou of surrey, bc (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 2:06pm [Dine in]

Love the raw oyster blowout here! It's ten oysters for 14.99 with a bunch of sauces you could put on top. It's basically what I come for. And the beef sashimi and sashimi salad mm... I'd say the rolls are mediocre and not worth ordering. Great ambiance, very busy restaurant and okay service. Cheap drinks!

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Date Night 1
By Bdubbz of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 1, 2010 - 7:04am [Dine in]

Date Night 1

The other night I was with my date, doing a lil shopping on Robson. Got hungry and stumbled in front of EBISU Robson. We decided to check it out, the big line-up and all made it the more seductive lol

She ordered…when I was taking a 2 cuz of some bad hotdogs... Anyways, the first dish that came was the TUNA FISH TACOS. When I put that thing in me mouth, the Mexican making love to the Japanese shit yum yum

Creamy avocado, sashimi, rice, lettuce, tomatoes & the taco shell…OMG When the bill came, she told me she’s taking care of it....WOW She said she got $20 credit for $10 at VANEATS.CA.

A woman payin is rare, all boys agree come on lol
I did buy her ice-cream after ;)

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Impressive new food!
By KungFu of Coquitlam (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

I haven't been back here in a while and I was left wondering why. The experience I had here last week was great! I'm not sure when they changed the menu or maybe I just forgot what they had before but there were quite a few dishes me and my friends ordered this time that were delicious! Notably something they definitely didn't have before was the Miso Ramen! I love ramen and I would definitely have ordered it on my last visit but I don't recall seeing it on the menu. So I gave it a go and it was really good! My friends also thought it was pretty good but they said it was a bit too small which I didn't mind because who wants to stuff up on ramen when there's so much else to eat? The cook-if-yourself beef tongue was a neat quirk and quite simple yet tasty. We had a few of the traditional dishes as well like the fried chicken and mentai udon, pretty good still.
They were very busy but my waitress was really nice and smiling which is a an improvement from last time, although we weren't a huge party like last time so maybe she was not as flustered.
Definitely will need to make a mental note to come back more often as places like this are perfect for me!

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Good Food, Service Ok
By johny of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 7:02pm [Dine in]

We've only been here once. First Impressions.

Food: Had a variety of appty's. Most of the food was quite good. Except for the hair we found on the Ebi mayo. The oysters were very good as was the tuna tataki.

Value: Not bad. Not great.

Ambiance: Very cool and nice view overlooking Robson. Too bad there's no patio.

And finally, Service: I have to agree with the other reviews. This was a big turn off. Not friendly to us. We were very polite (not an overly obnoxious teenager or drunk patron). We didn't understand the servers attitude, but oh well, we didn't tip that well either.

We liked how the Chef's yelled in Japanese "Iras-shai-mase" when we entered.

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Perfect place to eat & hang out!
By Eichi of East Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 6:44am [Dine in]

I was here Friday a couple of weeks ago to hang out with a bunch of my buddies and I must say this restaurant was really nice!
For service, our waitress we had was always smiling and really friendly to us even though I could tell she was extremely busy with the Friday crowd! The place was completely packed! - Always a good sign! I don't think we felt like needing anything so we never had to flag her down. We had empty water glasses for a while but then of course we had the beer constantly flowing so that wasn't really an issue. For a minute I thought that we might have been too noisy because even the manager came over to say hi and talk to us a bit but I later realized that he recognized one of my other friends who's apparently a regular customer here and he turned out to be a great host, really nice guy, chatting with us and making sure we were having a good time.
Foodwise, we ordered a bunch of different tapas plates as I think this is what they specialize in so I can't pinpoint every dish that we had, we must have had 15+ dishes altogether. The ones that did stand out though were the Yam Fries, they were very crispy and nice & thick. The chicken karaage was great as well with a new twist of having 2 interesting dipping sauces with it - I've never seen that at other Japanese restaurants, cool. There a couple of tasty rolls too, samurai roll and this other roll with cream cheese, and I love cream cheese so that roll was heavenly!
The drinks were really good value too considering that we were in the core of downtown I haven't seen better deals around here especially with the great atmosphere, high ceilings & good looking people. Sure you can find cheaper beer in some hole-in-the-wall if you're into that sort of thing, but for what you get here, it's awesome!

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Terrible Service
By azndragonboi of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 7:48pm [Dine in]

So we arrived at 7pm and was told it'd be a 15 minute wait by the hostess, while we waited more and more people were being seated and by now it was 7:30 and still no room and the hostess told us she doesn't know when we'll be seated, just a little but more she says, this was only after enquiring again as they did not seem to realize how long we have been standing there.
7:45 we were finally seated, my friends and I were starved and annoyed at this point but we could finally eat or so we thought.
Drinks came in about 3-5 minutes.
We had ordered food at the same time as the drinks but that took a good 20 minutes to come as well.
We frequent Ebisu quite a bit and know that it could be somewhat slow, but this time it was exceptionally disappointing.
Once the bill came round, the waitress just stood at our table waiting for us to sign the bill with no sense of privacy.
I was tempted to leave no tip for the horribly slow service, but I just left what was mandatory and left, I'm sure the rest of my table felt the same way.
Hopefully, next time won't be as bad.

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Good food, but the service is terrible...
By daerave of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

First and foremost, the food is good, and the drinks are cheap.
If thats all you care about, then don't read the rest of this.

But the service is horrible.
My girlfriend and I went there with 6 other friends, so we expected a complication or two.
And yeah, they messed up a bunch of orders for the group, most specifically the two dishes my girlfriend and I ordered, they completly forgot about one of them.

However the real problem is with the tip.
What they dont tell you, is that the tip is already included in the bill, at least a base percentage is.
I paid by debit, so when the debit machine asked if I wanted to include tip, I declined because I had a ton of spare change and bills I wanted to unload.
The waitress immediatly told me upon reviewing the bill that I had forgotten the tip, I mentioned I would pay in cash and she seemed ok with that.
That is until however that I had noticed on the bill that the tip was already included.
That soured the experience for me. With that, the forgotten order and the other mistakes, I decided to leave them with the 'auto-tip' and be done with it. In my eyes the service didnt warrant more.

.... so the waitress chases us down, noticing I didnt leave the physical money I said I would, and demanded I pay it. What ensued was a 5 minute arguement over her NEW bill that was an extra 10 dollars on top of what we'd already paid for.
Eventually we explained to her that it wasnt against the law to not pay a tip, I ~had~ paid for the food plus the base tip, and that was that. She seemed convinced and trotted off, I think she just didnt want to bother anymore (she was kind-of outnumbered)

We probably wont be going back there.
Too bad too, as the booze is cheap.

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Keep Going
By joytoeat of Richmond (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 2:53am [Dine in]

Be going there for over 1 year!!! Their food and service are still in good shape! Both managers are nice and helpful! However, one thing need to be improve - SERVICE! I have been there for a while...they keep changing waitresses! Those new waitresses are not as good as those before. They are always talking and standing around...most of them are japanese! Because most of the time those japanese will group together talking in japanese!!!
Also, time for waiting food is really too long...lot longer than before! I hope they can improve these two things!

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Good Food
By rashpal of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 8:20pm [Dine in]

Great spot on Robson, tasty dishes which were brought out in reasonable time. The restaurant was pretty busy, however the service was still good. The prices were reasonable as well. Nice touch with the Saki in the bamboo jug and cups.
Can't remember what the dish was called but it was one where the waitress came and "blow torched" it on your table - it was great, highly recommend it!

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Rude host, mediocre and overpriced food
By FLR of Somewhere in New West (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - 11:24am [Dine in]

I heard great reviews from friends for Ebisu on Robson so when we decided to go there on Friday, I was excited.

We requested a table for 9 people and since it was a busy night, we understandably had to wait an hour. Around the time the hour was up we returned and went inside to wait for our table, we had to wait an additional 20-30 minutes and the host reluctantly decided to let us in as the rest of our party was not there. I reassured him, they would arrive shortly. He said well "I don't like to wait", but I will let you in.

We were seated and began looking at the menu, we ordered drinks and as we were settling in, only 10 min's later, the host came over and began ranting, he said "I told you I don't like to wait", you should have waited outside "don't EVER let this happen again", "next time (as if!!!) don't do this again" I said, we waited over an hour for our table and we have already ordered drinks, our friends are parking the car. He reiterated "Next time, don't let this happen again" and stormed off. As he left the rest of our party walked in.

We ordered a variety of items on the menu, I found the food mediocre, nothing special, though, I quite liked the tempura fries. Beer was cheap and the waiters were very helpful and friendly, it was the host who ruined the evening for us. We ended up with 10 people in our party and the bill came up to about $210, the gratuity was included in our bill.

Based on my experience, I will NEVER step foot in that place again, I would rather go where the host knows what customer service is all about.

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Best 'Chillin' place to go !
By FoodKING of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 4, 2008 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

I have been to ebisu many of times with my friends and have always had a great time !! The ppv's on the amazing flat-screen tvs with great food ! The service could be a bit better but other then that . its all goooood !
If you're having a b-day party or need a place to chill and have some drinks with some friends. id definently recommend ebisu !

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Cheesecake Heaven!
By Monika of West Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 1:28am [Dine in]

My sister brought me here to this little hidden gem on the 2ndfloor of robson for the first time, hot place it was packed with people. I gave Ambiance only a 3 because it looked like everyone was having too much fun making it a bit too nosy for my tastes but the atmosphere it great if your more with you friends, dark and nice music!! Serving japanese tapa kinda food, most of it pretty good but i ate better before; i usually don't get dessert but my sister insisted and i'm so glad i did, the cheesecake pie i had was absolutely mindblowing i felt like in heaven!! my sister had the a strawberry crepe and itwas pretty big. My waitress was super nice and always smiling and got us everything we needed promptly! Coming back at least for the dessert and cheap drinks and snacks

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Way beyond my expectations!
By DUI of Downtown (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 8:03pm [Dine in]

My friends told me to come to this place which they said was "the old Hooters" so I was expecting something of the like. Little did I know they completely revamped this place from the tacky white and orange Hooters to a super trendy looking lounge/restaurant! I was immediately impressed by the decor as soon as I walked in, from the bumpin' music to the big wooden sign at the front everything looked in harmony and very hip!

The place looked more like for drinks so my expectations for food weren't that high either, which was a great idea because I was totally blown away by their delicious dishes, the tiger mayo, the oyster motoyaki, thunder fries, deep fried chicken, it was all so good I ordered more even when all my buddies were already full and we had to pack it!

The servers were super friendly and not to mention hot & cute (I think I know why my friends were wanting to come back so desperately now!) The owner/manager guy even came up to chat with us, nice guy! I'm guessing he knows some of my friends since they come quite often. Also after reading some reviews here I need to clarify a fact. I don't know where these people source their stories from but I spoke with the staff and they swear that the operators of this place are authenticly Japanese. It's the same company as Kamei Royale which obviously is Japanese owned. (duh same owner)

DEFINITELY coming back, gonna make this my regular stop from now on and bring friends to party and eat!

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Not a suitable dinner choice
By Anjew of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 10:49am [Dine in]

I can picture Ebisu as a solid lunch and after dinner experience. It does almost feel like an asian sports bar.

The one memorable dish I had was the taco rice which was flavor full and to die for. Of course without being too lazy, I'm sure anyone can prepare this dish at home.
The service was alright and the food wasn't too bad overall. I found it a bit too pricey for what it was.

Their drinks are flavorful and sweet as we had a lychee drink which came highly recommended.

I will probably end up back here at some point...

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