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Kadoya Japanese

1063 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1M5
Tel: (604) 608-1115
Fax: (604) 608-1113
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 11AM - 10PM
  • Kadoya serves sushi, sashimi, appetizers, rice bowls and noodles, gyozas and spring rolls, tempura, teriyaki, combos and boxes. Well known for their creative rolls.

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By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

I came here for a late dinner once with 3 other people. It was pretty late in the evening and they were offering a special menu. Basically you could create your own bento box. They had plenty of items in different sections and you choose one in each section for only $7.95. It made for a cheap, but really good meal.
The service was great, she kept coming around re-filling teas with a smile. The restaurant, like another reviewer mentioned, is really small and the tables are close together.
I would definitely return to eat here when on Davie, I hope they still have these specials!

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"Creative" really means "westernized"
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 3, 2011 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

So the holiday week met with a sushi craving so we ended up at this location as the Denman one was closed.

This is one busy restaurant with tables literally cramped together and as long as you don't mind overhearing your neighbour's conversations or having rear ends butt your table you'll survive the experience. The neo-blue tinge and chilly ambient air means some will be dining with their jackets on.

Despite our small table we ordered quite a few dishes including your basic Alaska and dragon rolls which where at best mediocre - run-of-the-mill taste but the wet tobiko and even wetter innards leaving a small pool of water on the plates was off putting. The shrimp spring rolls used whole shrimpbut was douced in a sweet and sour sauce making it all the less appetizing. The ika karaage used a panko-type crust leaving an oily and heavy coating ruining the nicely cooked squid rings. The wild salmon and toro nigiri was easily the best items of the meal and dare I say stick to the nirigi instead. By the way, tea is extra here but the refill is free. Brown rice can be requested here. Depending on what is ordered it seems certain prices on dishes raises some eyebrows for me.

The service is minimal so do expect to flag down servers for tea refills but they do clear dishes fairly quickly.

Very average and with the plethora of sushi restaurants in the area I would not prioritize coming here especially if I had to wait for a table again.

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When was the last time they mop the floor?
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 2:00am [Dine in]

I was looking for sushi, saw Kadoya and thought small, not too busy and cheap.

I sat down in the corner by the window, ordered and my food came fairly quickly. I love the chicken teriyaki, the Tuna, salmon nigri & prawn ebi where fresh, delicious and large in size. I was full from my meal, couldn't finish my chicken teriyaki and pack it for work.

It wasn't until I was leaving, thank god, I look down on the floor where I was sitting, and saw filthy, dirty floor. I looked around the place and could see they haven't cleaned very well, which made me wonder how clean they keep this place.

Sushi is great, the clutter on the walls, its small place & dirty floors, makes me question if I will return.

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Good sushi, generous portion, tiny table
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 21, 2007 - 11:34am [Dine in]

They have beautiful and yummy sushi at a great price, and the service was fast. But it was REALLY uncomfortable. We (4 adults) ordered a lunch box each plus a spider roll to share. There simply was no space to put everything on our tiny table so we ended up having to clear the content of one box into another to get rid of one box before we even started eating. There was very little elbow room even for us, 4 skinny people, and the tables were close to one another . Next time I will order take-out.

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yummy creative sushi
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

Stopped in for lunch with some friends from work and, despite making reservations, we still had to wait quite a while to be seated. It's a busy little place.

I ordered the chicken teriyaki bento box and the gomaae appy. While the teriyaki and the tempura was all pretty good (and the gomaae was very good), the sushi my friends ordered was excellent (yeah I picked a few piece off their plates). I'll probably stick with the sushi on subsequent visits, since this appears to be Kadoya's forte.

The servers were friendly and attentive, and the decor is colorful if not inspired....

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Busy little sushi parlour
By bozlee of Tsawwassen (102 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 23, 2009 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

Went for the first time today for lunch with 3 friends. Tables crowded together but enough room to eat. Service was just OK and certainly not poor enough not to tip. Disagree with the last reviewer, in my mind you tip unless the service is intentionally poor. Many of the servers rely on the tips to supplement minimum wage. Quality of the sushi was above average and tasty. Sushi rice was on the warm side but the rolls were fresh and good. Will try again for the speciality rolls.

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Specialty Japanese Roll
By LordofFoods of Vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 5:01am [Dine in]

This place on Davie does have good rolls. Have been here since they opened and have notice the inconsistent quality of their food. I've been eating specialty rolls for more than 8 years. This place does not have the best rolls. But really no one can make the claim. As a good roll has to be fresh and made with love and quality ingredients. So consistency can vary daily. The rolls are probably what they do best. Everything else on the menu is not up to par. The teriyaki is slightly better than a good AYCE. The miso taste like it's been boiled and slightly bitter. It is chinese owned and operated. They should have some special on the specialty rolls. As I feel that spending $30 at a place like this to fill me up is not good value. And the service is eratic. Need constant reminder to fill my tea even when not busy. They seem to stand by the counter and need to be reminded to check on the guest.

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Mixed Feelings...
By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (51 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 16, 2008 - 1:34am [Dine in]

party of 8 tonight

before...i review the food and services and values, i will need to talk about this place's cleanliness...

Ok...now....I may not...be mr.clean himself....but I am definitely not going to let a baby cockroach spoil this review or my dinner...although i did see one right under my chair the first thing i noticed when i sat down. than again, if you compare this place to places in asia, they got it way worse and hey, the people there aren't doing too bad - proportionally and ratio-wise.

sure....the place is not clean, floors are sticky - which is about the only thing i noticed that posed a health (not serious but normal) hazard towards those with an 'extreme cleanliness mentality'. one thing though, the bathroom was decently clean, which i was surprised.

second thing that i checked to make sure if things were decently clean were the utensils and glasses and they were indeed clean...which is all that matters to me. if i happen to unknowingly ingest cockroach dung or insect body parts than..oh well...the chances are that it won't kill me. ya most of you are probably thinking, "what kind of home environment and life do you live amongst!?" and i would normally reply, "please be reasonable"

now on with the food and value...

for a downtown location, this place is good. the price and portions are very fair and the menu is pretty big - especially on the selections of all the different kinds of fusion and contemporary rolls.

tonight we had ordered 9 different kinds of house rolls, a salmon teriyaki dish and a soft shell crab.

the rolls were all delicious and decently portioned - ranging between $7-9 / roll. teriyaki had good portions too and came with a bowl of rice. soft shell crab was mediocre and i seriously wish they wouldn't add extra fried tempura batter to the bottom because it doesn't make the dish look any bigger or prettier - just a waste of ingredients.

one complaint i would say about the rolls is the taste were all only slightly different. most of the time, mayonnaise, rice and avocado were the 3 dominant ingredients i could taste - despite each roll having vastly different other ingredients. but this complaint isn't big enough for me to not come back for more because i like this place.

service was good, waitresses were attentive to our needs and frequently came to our table to refill our cups of tea. definitely not rude but not top-notch - just normal and that is exactly what i would expect from this level of eatery.

value = 110$ including tips all together which i'd say was decent.

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Art on a roll!
By diningdandy of downtown vancouver (56 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 1, 2007 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

Joined the site just to rave about this little piece of heaven.
Kadoya is a cafe sized establishment at the heart of davie street.
As soon as you walk in your senses are graced with a tantalizing smell of tempura to walk through the crowd is to watch people marveling at a generous sized piece of art like watching people in a museum watching the Mona Lisa. After a wait during rush hours (lunch and dinner) your seated by a smiling friendly waitress (unlike alot of places the service is always friendly) and
asked if youd like to start with tea or water. The green tea is great and doesnt have that gritty after taste some teas get. On the walls are mountains of customer reviews about the amazingly colorful rolls. The sashimi is unbelievable and mouth watering i recommend the spicey sashimi (salmon and tuna are both equally great) and the clam miso to start. Both are generous sized and are wonderfully presented. The rolls are colorful and ive never seen three kinds of roe on a roll! All the rolls i have tried are delicious one roll the snow white i had my doubts about since it contained coconut... it could've gone either way but kadoya pulled through and gave me a palatte pleasing experience and the desert roll was to die for! And what did an incredible meal consisting of the best sashimi, miso soup and sushi with a desert roll for two people set me back? 50$ with tip I also go in there frequently for smaller meals that set me back from 10 - 15$ with tip. The bento boxes are also tasty and filled to the rim with delicious goodness and will set you back about 9$
Amazing value and the best sushi ive ever tried. Take it from someone whos tried almost every sushi place in Vancouver and has spent anywhere from 5 - 25$ on just a roll. This is the best value with 5 star taste anywhere.

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My kind of sushi place :)
By cluttermind of vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

I like the rolls and sashimi slices. The rolls are creative and well made, not a hasty job at all. The sashimi is on the thick side but not steak like, just right. I enjoy the food so much I can't say I notice the amiance, it never bothers me. Service is pretty good and friendly. Not a 5 star dining experience but more of a regular stop to get so me good food :)

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Great take out place.
By frugal-diner of richmond (20 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 9:23pm [Dine in]

Went to Kadoya based on previous review on this site and it's location. Was almost full at 6 PM. Small restaurant with tables placed very close together. Got a big take out order. Waited for 20 minutes. Watched a waitress sleeping at a table during her break. Very busy little restaurant. Great tasting sushi except unagi roll. Both the chicken teriyaki and Katsudon were delicious. Tempura were light and flaky without overly greasy. Would definitely go back if I am in the neighborhood and wanted some good sushi.

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excellent value
By dwightcharles of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 13, 2007 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

Exceptionally good sushi and sashimi--possibly the best I've had. The tempura is passable. All staff go out of there way to be friendly. Not prompt with the bill. Ambience is crowded, echoey and plain.

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Knows how to roll
By luvs2dine of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 3:22am [Dine in]

This place is great!!

They have such a nice selection of specialty rolls that are very tasty. The portions are very filling (I'm a bigger guy that loves to eat) and they are all reasonably priced. My fiance and I usually spend around $35 for the both of us and we're more than satisfied.

The service is quite good. At times they might over look you, but that's due to the place being so busy. All you need to do it get their attention and they are very attentive to your needs. The food comes out quick and the presentation of all the dishes are very pleasing.

The ambiance is also quite nice. It's a smaller type place but it's very cozy and welcoming. I love the multiple comment cards along the walls from many customers all over the world.

I highly recommend this place if you're seeking some tasty and unique Japanese cuisine.

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Surprise find
By WeekendChef of Burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

Spent the weekend with the hubby downtown and in our search of an early dinner, discovered Kadoya. What a happy discovery too! Very small room (30 seater) and very close quarters to the table next to you but not unpleasantly so. This kind of dining experience can be made pleasant or unpleasant not so much based on the restaurant but on the people sitting next to you. If they're obnoxious, the meal is going to be bad no matter how good the food. Fortunately, our visits (so far) have been beside like-minded folk. I haven't tried the specialty rolls yet but will the next visit and can't wait. Hubby loves the sashimi and says it's very fresh and generously portioned. The rolls are flavorful and my cali roll just melted in my mouth. Quite possibly the best cali roll I've ever had. Fresh, flavourful and beautifully created. Service has never been a problem for us personally though. We've been in during the middle of the afternoon to early early evening so maybe it's just a matter of how busy they are. We've been greeted with a cheerful hello, tea was quietly refilled, food cleared after checking with us if we were done, and bill brought promptly. Paying with a credit card was no problem and an overall outstanding experience. We're very much looking forward to going back again in a couple of weeks.

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Terrible.
By smiley1 of Vancouver (Killarney) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

Reading all these reviews, I hoped it would be worth going to. Me and my boyfriend went to Kadoya and the first thing we thought was "why is it so dark?"
It's a small place. I ordered a few rolls + wakame. He ordered salmon roll. They were terrible, and we wished we ordered noodles instead but it was too late for that. The rice was a little warm and too sweet. The taste was not good. The wakame was okay, and the only thing out of all the things we ordered that we felt it was okay eating. The service was okay, like any other sushi place.
Reading all these reviews I'm starting to wonder if they changed the chef. The food was not good and I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone.

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Excellent
By LBG of Vancouver (downtown) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 6, 2010 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

Kadoya is fantastic, and we go there regularly.
Their rolls are particularly good, and all are worth trying.
Their Wild Salmon Sashimi is a must to try, outstanding.
Spicy Tuna is really good too.
Their roll combos and bentos are excellent, and good value too.

The service is pretty good. The place itself is tiny, and always busy.

Yummy, - do try it!

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The best sushi in Vancouver
By jlin of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 3, 2010 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

We eat at Kadoya on average once per week (both take out and dine in). I have to say it is the best sushi place in Vancouver. The ingredients are clearly fresh and high quality, and their special rolls are creative and delicious. The restaurant itself is tiny but nicely decorated and always packed, which gives it great character. Its too bad they took down all the customer comment cards that used to line the restaurant walls, but a few remain back by the washrooms. The chefs and servers great you immediately when you walk in, but sometimes the service can be spotty when it is extremely busy (ie, it can be difficult to get refills on tea). But that is a small price to pay for the quality of the sushi!

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cute little place
By Lys of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

as said before, service can be a bit disappointing.. but the cute little notes on the wall kinda make up for it. a nice read while waiting for your food to come. food is delicious, decent portions, decent pricing for that part of town. i agree that the place is cramped with too many tables.. one time we had to sit by the bar and it wasn't half bad. interesting to see the chef make your food.

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Solid Sushi
By zach_food of Vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 2:03pm [Dine in]

This place is an ideal corner (well close to a corner) sushi joint, as it has good size portions which counteract the seemingly expensive prices. The quality often matches your expectations as well. I am going to have to differ from the norm, however, and recommend staying away from (if you go often) the massive house rolls. At first, they are exciting and unique, but pretty quickly I came to realize I am more satisfied with sticking to other, simpler items. Sushi is good though, and try the big rolls if you want that indulgence. I find the simpler, focused rolls (Spicy salmon, yam tempura, negitoro is a classic combo) to be just as good and much more cost efficient. Don’t get me wrong, I like to spend money on food, but I've also learnt in some cases, the strengths of a restaurant aren't always what you first think. Menu items are hit and miss, tempura has always been good, and some of the soups are worth a try. As for the gyoza, you can find better elsewhere but they are cheap enough here to make them worthwhile if you are sticking away from the big rolls. Easy to get enough tasty food for two under $20 -- that is why I keep going back.

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Best specialty rolls yet!
By brendwal of West End, Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 5:19pm [Dine in]

Wow! I've been to ALOT of sushi places, and I just stumbled into this one and ordered a couple of their HUGE specialty rolls. Absolutely fantastic and very creative. There normal stuff is good, but the specialty rolls are....did I mention....fantastic! Been there 3 times now just to make sure it wasn't a fluke, and time after time, they fail to amaze. Nice staff. Good service. Lots of international 'letters of thanks' from past diners on the windows. Small place. Great specials after 9:00pm like the previous poster stated as well.

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