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Hapa Izakaya

1479 Robson St
Vancouver, BC V6G1C1
Tel: (604) 689-4272 Reserve Online
Neighbourhood: Central

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Excellent
By LoveChow of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 12:06pm [Dine in]

I went here yesterday with a group of 11 and it was great! Service was amazing - really top notch! They were always attentive and brought drinks/food shortly after we ordered. The Hello Kitty drink is good - as is their new Strawberry Sake Margarita. We did the set menu which came with 11 or so dishes for $30/person so we really got a good variety. Fish + chicken were cooked perfectly and all the dishes were so tasty and we were all extremely full by the end. Decor was great too. I'd definitely come again!

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Not the same
By eatlots of vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

We used to go here often that we pretty much memorized the menu. After a break, we decided to back to our usual spot and to our surprise they changed the menu. We were dissapointed when they removed most of our favorite items. Plus the other items we would settle for weren't available. it was a consistent trend that they would run out of items on their menu. Perhaps do a better a job on your purchase ordering.

On the plus note, it is a great place to have drinks, girls are pretty etc. Sake

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Busy, Busy, Busy
By TCA of Coquitlam (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 12:56am [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant on countless occasions. And the three things that never change here is the great atmosphere, delicious spin on foods, and that they are constantly very busy!

For some past reviewers, it may be a good thing for them to know, that they take reservations from 5:30pm-7pm. From about 7pm onward, they leave for the walk-ins. So if you plan on popping into the restaurant, I strongly suggest making a reservation as many reviewers have said that they were rushed.

The food is a great twist on Japanese food! I am Japanese, and there have been certain restaurants that try to take on that new "twist" with the Japanese food...and most of the time..it fails horribly..as it seems they couldn't make the original dish right..and tried to add random things in order to fix the problem and then labelling it as fusion food. Hapa has a great twist, and great food! I strongly recommend their ebi-mayo (deep fried shrimp with their spicy mayonnaise sauce!) - absolutely delicious.

They've recently renovated, and it looks great! The location might be a bit hard to realise if you haven't been there before. It's not the most *flashiest* restaurant over there. As it is all painted black and at the corner! ENJOY!

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Bad Hostess
By ratatouille of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 8:32pm [Dine in]

I like Hapa Izakaya in general - I think it has a nice atmosphere and the food is decent. It's a great place for groups. However, I was there one time with a smaller group of 4. Being the first one to arrive, I was not treated very nicely by the hostess. I was waiting for a table for 15 minutes or so and was told I had to wait in the restaurant and could not come back. I did not want to go to the bar alone so I opted to wait in the front. A larger group of people arrived without a reservation shortly after. I saw a table (for 4-6) free up and the hostess whispering to another waitress. Before long, she sat the group that came after I did. I confronted her about this and said that they were here first and were waiting right outside the door. I knew this was a blatant lie. The hostess needs to learn how to be more sincere, smart, and do her job right.

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My birthday meal
By sageb1 of Whalley, Surrey (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 12, 2007 - 4:24am [Dine in]

for my birthday, i had the fried shrimp & mushrooms with tea for $9.28.

the shrimps were delicious, but the mushrooms were a little too juicy.

i feel that i have to come back again and try the sushi offerings.

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Hapa is o.k
By etsuko of west vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 5, 2007 - 1:27am [Dine in]

I used to go to Hapa Izakaya quite a bit but haven't been lately. I re-visited for the first time in long time and was a little bit unhappy. The service was not as good as it used to, food was just o.k. I think since they open new hapa food and quality has not been the same. dissapointed

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Inconsistent, but good enough
By jacob_kessler of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

Service and food quality not particularly consistent. One evening could be perfection itself, with outstanding service from attentive servers along with sumptious dishes. Other evenings, the food quality would be so-so paired with horrendous ignorance from servers who seem more mindful of their appearance than tending to your needs.

When it's good, it's great. When it's bad, it's awful.

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meh
By jackc of Main (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - 12:30am [Dine in]

Place was alright... I think it was overrated. Definately had better izakaya style food. But the rice cooking in the hot clay bowl was good. Other then that.. the waitress didn't know much about the food or the wine. Could go back.

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Glad I gave it a second chance...
By SONofFOOD of North Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 3, 2007 - 11:05am [Dine in]

The first time I went to Hapa, the meal was awful, the service poor and the ambiance less than memorable... that was two years ago.

I recently went there again as part of a party of four and I am glad I did. While the prices are a bit high for the amount of food you get, there is no denying that the flavor and presentation are solid. Each dish (out of the 13 that we all shared) was tasty in their own unique ways, the service was much improved and Justin (I believe he was the manager) was an extremely gracious host.

We will definitely go back!

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so fun! mmm saki
By jboogie of North Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

We checked out this place with a client. I had a Hello Kitty drink and the boys had the house saki that comes in the bamboo flask while we waited for a table. They were so good! I don't eat seafood but really enjoyed the chicken dishes and the spinach salad. The boys ordered the ahi (twice!),oysters, and a seared fish...they raved about it. This place is loud but very fun! We ordered the most expensive bottle of saki on the menu to try it...and honestly we enjoyed the house saki more! Great fun place to go with friends! I'd go back in a heart beat...the food is great for the low price and the service is fun and attentive.

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Should have told 'em it was my birthday.
By Bacchus of Main St (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 22, 2006 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

Great food, good service and an entertaining venue. I enjoyed the tapas although I am not a big mayo and ranch dressing fan and would have preferred a few more dishes without these features. The cold Saki was great and the food was prepared quickly. We were checked on many times through our meal. The prices are very reasonable for the quality of the dishes. I enjoyed the Korean rice dish immensely. I will go back, and maybe I'll say its my birthday to see if lack of birthday courtesy warned of below still exists.

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Just so you know, the service fee is not included in the bill
By postage1 of West end (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 26, 2006 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

We went in for some drinks and was great until they totally forgot that I ordered another beer. The server who asked me if I wanted more beer was just walking around for a while and we just decided to get the bill. When the bill came, we didn't have exact change plus tip, so we were waiting for change. When we asked where our change was, the responce that we got was "Just so you know, the service fee is not included in the bill." I am a server myself and I KNOW how it works... I hate servers who shows that they want massive tip. HATE THEM. Change is always given, unless otherwise told. It just ruined my night and the whole hype about this Izakaya. Never going back.

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Mmm Good!
By 604Venus of Richmond (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

One of the best Japanese restuarants that I've been to! The food is truly outstanding. The prices are a little high, but for the service and quality of food, I think it's totally worth it!

Definetly a place to try for all Japanese food lovers!

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How can you not love Hapa?
By lovetoeatVan of downtown (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

We happened across Hapa one night walking down Robson st and as we walked by the restaurant, someone was going into it and we heard all these screams and wondered what the heck was going on in there. I tried to look in the windows but as anyone who has been before knows, that's impossible as they are blacked out! We went in the front door and even though we didn't have dinner there that night, we sat and had drinks and enjoyed ourselves immensely! We promised ourselves we'd go back for dinner and have probably 10 times since then. Great menu with lots of choice and we love the atmosphere. Great place to take friends from out of town! In our top 3 restaurants in the city along with Relish and Wild Rice!

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Something Different
By tmillius of Downtown, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 1, 2005 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

When you walk in the door you are greeted by the entire staff in Japanese, which is your first indication that Happa is unlike any place you have been before. This is Japanese pub food and it is not played down for Western tastes, so I would recommend that you be comfortable with Asian food. Try the pork and steamed buns, it is awesome, as is the deep fried prawns with salad dressing. The sushi and sashimi although good, is different then would you would find in a normal Japanese restaurant, so talk to your friendly server to avoid surprises. Everyone I have taken here has really enjoyed it and it is now one of the places I go to regularly.

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So good!
By vwulanda of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, June 7, 2005 - 6:17pm [Dine in]

If you love japanese tapas, cheese, and creamy food. This is the place to go. Not only the food, they also serve tasty tiramisu and creme brulee. Guys will love this place so much since 80% of the waitresses are gorgeous (this coming from a straight girl ^_^).

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Good Food Loud Place
By foodcritic81 of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

Been to this place numerous times. Always solid food but a bit loud. Everything that we ordered on the menu was really good. Must say that this place has died down over the years. I remember when it first opened and how hard it was to get a table here, even during the week. Now, it's a lot easier. I guess with places like Guu around, there are similar places to choose from.

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decent izakaya
By i_heart_food of Kitsilano, Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 7:26pm [Dine in]

I had read so many great reviews so I decided to go instead of Guu. The place is more spacious, quieter and more modernly decorated than Guu.
I found this place to be a bit too pretentious for my liking. The food was decent but was more expensive than Guu.

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Loser Host Refused Me a Table in a 1/3 Full Restaurant
By Lance G of West Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

Arrived hungry around 7:30pm on 11/Jan/2014, being a party of one, I was refused to be seated but for the bar, (next to drunks watching sports), or to sit in front of a tall counter with the wall a foot away from my face.

I asked this if I could wait for another party to leave their table but was flat-out denied. Two other rooms with many seats available, but the host would not let me sit at any of them??? The first time I've ever had to walk out from being refused a comfortable place to eat.

Hapa Izakaya: Why are you hiring hosts like this that treat single guests as unworthy to seat???

I have eaten at this location a few times and could not believe that this would happen.

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Need to fire sashimi chef
By sashimi_ftw of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

We ordered this sashimi dish that had salmon, tuna and snapper pieces of sashimi, but they were cut as sushi size. The 6 pieces of saba were length-wise cuts from the fish (wtf), had bones in them and they were not fully cleaned! How can the japanese chef live with himself serving this garbage is beyond me.

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