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Kobe Japanese Steak House

1042 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1A3
Tel: (604) 684-2451
Fax: (604) 684-0307
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Steaks
  • Price: $$$$ ($45 or more)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 5PM - 12AM
  • Canada’s first Japanese Steak House offers an array of Fantastic Steaks, Succulent Seafood, Teriyaki Chicken and Garden Fresh Vegetables. Colourful Samurai style Chefs perform with flashing blades as you watch your dinner being cooked. Intimate cocktail lounge and Japanese country styled décor enhanced by priceless artifacts.

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Cramped and Very Smokey inside
By straw_hut of Vancouver (downtown) (22 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

Went here for Valentines dinner with the signicant other....

We ended up being 30 min. late but they held our spot. Upon arriving, I immediately found out this place is cramped! If you are clausterphobic, you better go elsewhere. The dining area is on level 2 and 3 but the washroom is on level 1.

After sitting down on our table on the 3rd floor, I had to use the men's room so went all the way back down to the 1st floor. Unfortunately, some waitress spilled a bottle of beer right in front of me and drenched my nice shoes and lower part of the jeans. All the staff apologized and we got free sake.

When we were about to order, I double checked with another waitress about using the entertainment coupon good for 38$ off. She said we could not use it even though when I made reservations a week ago, a lady said it would be honored. We argued so we got $20 off our bill.

Despite these two shortcomings, the food was good and it wasn't terribly noisy inside so at least we could chat. We had to share a table with probably about 10 others as this is usually the case with Teppanyaki places. Also, our clothes and hair smelled heavily like oil and soya sauce right afterwards. Nothing more romantic than that! However, I'm not complaining since it will be like this for all places that cook in front of you.

Overall, it is a very pricey experience so I'd go here only if I could use the coupon. I'd rank this place one notch above Osaka teppanyaki.. Food and service was good, plus, there are a lot of hot waitresses and genuine Japanese workers. I gave Ambiance 2 stars because of it being cramped, oily and smokey inside.

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What point is a reservation if Kobe doesn't honour it?
By AO of Delta, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

Made a reservation at Kobe for a special occasion. Arrived a few minutes ahead of my reservation. When we provided our name at reception to the four hosts, one of them asked my name, and another interrupted (which I thought was odd), and asked us to wait in the lounge. The restaurant lounge started filling up, including a bus that arrived, with people waiting for tables. After about 10 minutes, we asked for the status of our table. One of the hostesses said she would check upstairs. She asked for my name, and asked if our entire party was here, which I told her they were. She never got back to us. About 10 minutes more, we asked again about our table and a different hostess said she would phone upstairs. She picked up the phone and I went and sat down. Again, she did not come to look for us or update us. The bartender asked if we wanted another drink, and I advised her we were about to leave. She said she would inquire for us which she obviously did because, within 5 minutes, another lady showed up with an appetizer and apologies, although no reason as to the delay. The lounge was so full by now that it was hard to move. About another 5 minutes later, another lady came and spoke to us. She apologized and explained that there were people upstairs still eating and that they hadn't left yet; they were taking longer than expected, and we would be seated. I told her I was frustrated that we had made a reservation and had to wait, and that no one had communicated to us prior as to why there was a delay. She guessed it would be another 10 minutes or so. We waited another several minutes, and then decided to leave. Why would I want to give my money to a business that obviously doesn't care about me as a customer? Businesses are always managing customer expectations. When you offer a reservation option, the expectation is that a table is readied for the time you scheduled. I have never waited for a reserved table, and my expectation certainly isn't to wait for over 30 minutes and have two different hostesses act like they are "checking" on "my" table, when there is essentially no "my" table. This type of service made me feel lied to and disrespected. Poor judgment, Kobe. Don't offer reservations and stop duping your customers.

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Over 90 minutes without table & food
By andresbuy of Coquitlam (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 2:40am [Dine in]

- made an online reservation around 3:30pm
- got reservation confirmation around 4:30pm for 7pm
- arrived at 7pm was told a few minutes...okay
- was called and brought the the lounge area
- after a few 10 mins or so, we asked when is our table, was told all party has to arrive first...(all parties arrived, just 4 of us), was told she will look into it
- after 20 mins passed, we asked again, was told the next one available...
- friend got really mad and talked to manager
- manager said another 20 mins
- after 20 mins, manager came back saying the table ordered ice cream, so asap...
- imo, if the customers ordered like sake after ice cream we will have to wait even more?
- at 8pm we finally got seated, table consist of 12 chairs, somehow they need to wait for the other parties (we don't even know) to place order???
- didn't actually got to eat until 8:30pm...
- at one point friend found out another party was here at 6:30pm and still didn't get seated at 7:30pm
- the fact that if restaurant reply back saying they are at full capacity, i would feel way better rather than standing around for an hour before getting seated...at one point a waitress had an accident and pour drinks all over the lounge floor...my brand new shoes got splashed already in just a few hours of wearing them =.=
- at the bill, they charged us a drink we didn't order, had to get it canceled out...
- menu stated all dinners include: Teppan Shrimp Appetizer (3pcs), Shabu Shabu Soup, Garden Fresh Vegetables, Rice, and Japanese Green Tea...had to ask for the tea...=.=
- don't think we will go back ever again, the experience back in 2007 was good thou

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Great Food, Poor Value & Service - Won't Repeat
By pliversidge of Coquitlam (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2013 - 5:43pm [Dine in]

Took my family out to celebrate my daughter's 13th birthday. No real teppanyaki show, chef didn't really seem interested in doing anything apart from cooking -- didn't even take the hint that it was my daughter's birthday. We'd also told the waiting staff beforehand and turned up with a cake but it still got missed. Meanwhile, the table behind sang 'Happy Birthday' to one of their guests!

The food was very tasty and there was a lot of food but for the money paid it was to be expected. I had the unenviable seat on a corner so with them cramming everybody around the 'pit' I had no space and spent the entire meal banging knees with the 6'4" gentleman sat next to me.

Overall, a very disappointing experience and just not worth the hassle of driving Downtown. I think my daughter would have been happier going out to a local restaurant two or three times -- even wearing the helmet at Montana's was probably better.

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Vancouver has lots of great restaurants - Kobe is not one of them
By karms053 of Downtown Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 9:27pm [Dine in]

I went here tonight with my husband, as a special date night. We were sorely disappointed. First off, we were herded into the lounge area with no one telling us how long we had to wait for our reservation. Service seemed uncoordinated, with 4 different people asking us if we needed drinks. Our "chef" upstairs was charming enough, but we were shocked when he cut up our $50 steak into stir-fry bite portions. Then we felt rushed to leave even though we were not finished the bottle of wine that we had ordered. Tourists - Vancouver is chock full of small restaurants that are FANTASTIC and much more affordable. We recommend passing Kobe by on your way elsewhere!

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Great night out but check your bill carefully
By Joecher of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

We go there about 2-3 times at Kobe for a night out during special occassion. We were there last Saturday. The place was packed but been there so many times, I had made reservation for dinner. Food was good, I loved the mustard sauce, we were at Osaka Teppanyaki on West Broadway, Kobe's quality is much better than Osaka, then you also pay more for the quality. All in all, it was pleasant and the food was good. When the bill came, we were shocked to see services charges being charge, if we didn't check the bill properly, we would have given them tips on top of the service charges that they charge us without telling us. So, check your bill before you pay. I wonder how many people paid tips on top of the service charge that was charged to the bill???

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Good Replacement
By bishoptakesking of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 27, 2010 - 1:40am [Dine in]

Planned on going to the Coast for dinner after a busy day of Boxing Day shopping, but they were full up. The place next door looked pretty good so I checked the reviews on this site and yelp and decided to give it a go – glad I did. Place is a little pricey but totally excellent and more than filling, the perfect end to a long day. There were only four of us and we didn't have a problem getting in or getting seated – they took up to the dining area in a little less than a quarter hour and we had some drinks and some sashimi until then and watched the Canucks wail on the Oilers in the lounge. Menu seemed a little out of place for the style of the place but the things they had for eating looked tasty enough. William's a lapsed vegetarian and he would have liked a little more variety for his choice, but the rest of us like flavor in our food and got a pretty good cross section of the menu and mixed and matched a bit. The lobster and steak were definitely my favorites and the next time I go I think I'll get the emperor's special, which was what Mark got. Bill came, we split it and went down to continue watching the game. Cool place, really chill, needs more veggie stuff and better quality menus (not the food, the actual menus).

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A Nice Surprise Afore Leaving
By wanderinged of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

I do a little bit of globe-trotting but felt the need to register my two cents about this place I was eating at three nights past. I must confess that I had found myself less than impressed with Vancouver – the over-abundance of sushi places in this city is matched only by those of donut shops in Toronto, hot dog vendors in New York, or bad teriyaki dives in Seattle. I was getting tired of sushi, even if most of it was quite good, so the people that I was staying with recommended we hit this place.

My friends demanded that we get there early, as tables fill up quickly. There were three of us and we were seated fairly quickly, arriving at six and arriving at our tables about ten minutes later. I've been to teppanyaki restaurants before, in Japan and elsewhere, and have visited a place very much like this in Palm Springs a number of years ago and another one in Hawaii one year past. This place blew them all away.

In many of my experiences the chefs are a dry and stoic lot, friendly up to a point. The chefs here were friendly and amusing, sharing small little anecdotes and playing with the faux-foreign ambiance that the restaurant seems based around. The food was also magnificent, but that was only to be expected given that my friends, like myself, are all foodies.

Overall, an excellent experience. They make an excellent Bloody Mary, though they call it them Caesers in Canada for reasons that I have never been able to understand. With luck, the next time I happen to be in town, I will be able to visit this place again.

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Waited an Hour and a Half
By z5m2 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 12, 2010 - 1:15am [Dine in]

Made a reservation for 6:30 and showed up late by 10-15 minutes, but was told everything was "ok." Sat in the lounge for over an hour waiting to be seated, being ignored by staff and gradually surrounded by loud, obnoxious groups of "yuppy"/aging "yuppy" customers. We were just about to leave, when our table was finally "ready" at about 7:50 pm. It was another 15-20 minutes before our order was taken and the chef arrived. Food was average, but nothing we couldn't have made ourselves at a fifth of the price. Watching the chef was entertaining. Biggest issue was arriving at 6:45pm, being ignored by staff and service "beginning" at 8:15pm. Unacceptable. The least they could have done was told us that we'd have to wait for the next seating and it would be over an hour. Sorry, not coming back here again.

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Excellent Steak
By timsuggests of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 15, 2010 - 11:03am [Dine in]

With Morton's little more than a pleasant memory, I feared that I would fall back into the old habits of Gotham, than Hy, then Gotham, then Hy, and so on. While perusing this site I came across a listing for this place, which was unexpected. The mix reviews I read led me to believe that this was a restaurant of extremes; that people either loved it or loathed it. I wondered what could inspire such passion and went to see for myself.

First, the restaurant is crowded. The lounge area is comfortable and the bartender affable. I worried that perhaps the lounge was all their was, but as a single diner I was able to be taken upstairs quite quickly and the upper floor proved a revelation.

There are a handful of other teppanyaki steak houses in town, but none match this place for sheer grandeur and atmosphere. The narrow stairs give way to an open dining arena, spaciously arranged. I cannot speak for the naysayers on this list but I find myself siding with those who love this place; there is fun to be had here and the food is simply exquisite.

I purchased the fittingly named Emperor's Special. The lobster was some of the best I've had in a while, the steak tender and moist. The mustard sauce they recommend for the steak heightens the flavor and makes the experience all the better. Some of their specialty drinks are on the fruity side but their sake is as strong as any I have had in Japan itself.

Over all, the entire dining experience was one of the better ones that I have had; this establishment will be added to my rotation of steakhouses in the coming months and I look forward to sampling other items on the menu.

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overrated and overpriced (will not go back again)
By hy1121 of Richmond (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 7:05am [Dine in]

i got a $25 for $50 deal from an online coupon, so i decided to give it a try. we (2 ppl) ordered 1 hibachi steak ($39.95) and shared order (an extra $15.00). how can an extra bowl of rice and soup cost $15.00. VERY UNREASONABLE!!! with taxes and tips, came to $76.00. (overrated and overpriced)

food was just okay. i can out perform that easily with a piece of $7.00 tenderloin from costco. i'd rather go to GOTHAM STEAKHOUSE. kobe is not worth it at all. will not go back again.

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Put on a nice little show.
By Briann of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 23, 2010 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

This place was awesome. Downstairs you can wait with a drink in a huge waiting room its' alike a lounge downstairs, their tropical drinks were really good for an asian place, and upstairs they seat you in a u-shape. You really get to interact with other customers and the cooks, and even though it's really expensive its' so worth it. All the food is good and they give you a lot of it. Not everday you go to a restaurant and have the food cooked right in front of you. They put on a nice little show.
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got to check it out
By michellevv of Toronto ON (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 9:26am [Dine in]

Looking for some good food and a lot of fun? New to Vancouver/Japanese style cuisine? Then this place is a must try.

Received a certificate as a wedding gift to this restaurant from my old co workers so I hurriedly made a reservation for the husband and I to try this out. The chefs are very friendly and although it may seem awkward at first to sit next to a complete stranger for dinner, the feeling quickly goes away because everyone is there for the same reason.

Pricey, but would most certainly take friends/family from out of town to experience the atmosphere that is this restaurant.

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One of my favorite places
By amitadas of coquitlam bc (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 26, 2010 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

Kobe is a good friend and a special treat! We grab the entertainment book every year, and get it paid for with one Kobe meal. It's more than a tradition, it's an institution. I have had it all and it's all fantastic! If I could only figure out the dipping sauces!!!

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A Worthwhile Experience
By genkurosawa of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, March 26, 2010 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

It’s been a long while since I’ve indulged my love for teppenyaki style cooking. There’s precious few places that one can go to in this city for such cuisine, and fewer still of any real quality. I saw an advertisement for the Kobe Steakhouse in a newspaper and decided to go and try it, though my hopes were not especially high before entry.

The auspices of the place itself are lovely enough. I went in on a Thursday night. The hostess guided me into a rather comfortable lounge, where the wait was short and the drinks were varied. I allowed myself some sort of drink named for the Buddha that was heavy on the rum and flavor before being taken up to the dining room proper.

Once there I was given a menu that seemed perhaps a little out of date, though the options were varied enough to warrant a few moments of study. I eventually decided on steak and lobster. Another family was seated beside me and I had to wait for them to order, but that is only to be expected at this style of restaurant.

Soup arrived and was a good enough appetizer, perhaps a little strong on the mushrooms and weak on the onions, though that is a matter of opinion and I have always preferred the latter to the former. The food arrived shortly thereafter. The children on the family next to me squealed with delight as the chef performed his show and I must admit to no small amount of joy myself.

A strong part of this style of cooking is the performance of the cooks, who all seemed personable enough and skilled at the task at hand. My chef, Gordon, was polite enough to introduce himself over the course of the meal, and the food as he prepared was as excellent as the show that he provided.

Perhaps this place is a little pricy, but it should be noted that prime rib is always going to have a greater cost than the squirrel burgers that one can find at various other locales throughout this city. The menu could use perhaps another option or two, though I cannot say what those options would be – Gordon has certainly mastered what is offered and I look forward to seeing if the other chefs there can match his excellence.

This is the kind of place that I would recommend and I look forward to such an experience again.

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Great New Restaurant Opens Just in Time for Expo 86
By manager of commercial drive (24 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

Seriously give this place a pass.

We recently had our staff party at this establishment. It looks like it could have been a decent looking place 25 years ago. We had a huge reservation. We were herded like cattle to the slaughter. Some drinks in the holding area before being sat around the communal table...late. No big deal. What is a big deal is the way the servers acted like zombies. No cheerful greeting, smiles or anything of that sort. Yes, they were young attractive ladies. But they didn't seem like they wanted to help us in any way or even really be there. They just floated through the meal looking perplexed. We spent over $5000. But that's not the point. I can't imagine how many out of town groups have wasted their $ on this Japanese restaurant. They have it down to a science. Get em in. Take as much $ as possible. Get em out. Never see em again.

Oh by the way. The food is OK and overpriced.

Thanks for the memories Kobe!

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'Ultimate' Dining Experience
By janastade of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

I had my first experience at Kobe and it was amazing! My date and I had the Ultimate, and it was definitely one of the best choices on the menu. Our chef was talented and funny, and kept everyone at the table smiling as he flashed his knife skills and set things on fire! From there, the food just kept coming - succulent shrimp, beautifully done steak, and flavourful grilled vegetables - and the best part is, it is all done in front of you! The food is fresh, tastes great, and leaves you very satisfied by the end of it all. The staff were also excellent, we had specialty Kobe drinks served in special mugs, which we got to keep! Overall, it was an exciting, friendly, yet still romantic dining experience. I would highly recommend Kobe to anyone looking for great food served in a unique way.

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Well worth going to.
By docnorris of West Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 15, 2010 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

A patient of mine gifted me with a gift certificate for this establishment early this year, but up until recently I simply did not have time to make use of it. Having now gone, I wish I had taken advantage of his gift sooner.

This restaurant offers a teppanyaki experience, which is still fairly unique in this city, but I have never been to any place within Vancouver that matches the Kobe for quality of food or simple ambiance. Their lobster is simply exquisite, and their steak melts like butter on the tongue. Even the shrimp they offer as a teaser for the delights to come is a pleasure for the tongue, something to be savored.

My children didn't complain about eating the vegetables - for once - and the staff kindly offered them chopsticks cleverly held together so that their small hands could make use of them. Both children seemed pleased with this offering, and more pleased with the food they devoured with such alacrity. I cannot say I blame them, though both my wife and I were able to restrain ourselves to eating in a more dignified manner.

If there is a fault to be found at this restaurant it is in the simple fact that it is as busy as it is, which is only to be expected from a restaurant with such a fine dining experience to offer. Reservations are a must, though I am told they have difficulty keeping them exact given their limited amount of spacing. Still, I am assured the wait is never too long and look forward to testing this promise, perhaps as early as next week.

All in all, an excellent and most enjoyable place to eat. Highly recommended with a roundhouse kick for greatness.

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Bum's Rush...
By tarthomas of Richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 11, 2010 - 8:12am [Dine in]

Took my husband there for his birthday with my sister in-law. Had 6p reservations. Spent 35$ on 3 drinks downstairs because we had to wait for a table at 530p. Server then came and asked if we wanted to go up early. For sure. It is very hot and heavy with grease. The bill was over $200 for 3 meals, 1 bottle of wine and 1 bottle of sake. Before we were even finished the food on our plates, our bill was presented and no mention of the dessert that was supposed to come with our meals. And of course we had to leave a tip. In this day and age, I will keep a tight hold of my money for somewhere that is not trying to flip our seats for the next eager suckers.

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Perfect place to go on a date
By Hungrysymbiotes of West Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 2:33pm [Dine in]

We (my girlfriend and I) hadn't been to kobe in a while so we made reservations last saturday night. When we got there it was pretty busy so they got us to chill out in their lounge. Although we weren't able to go up right away, the waitresses were getting us drinks right away and the hostess kept coming back to us with an update on how soon we would go up.

Our chef was hilarious, making jokes as he's throwing around spatulas and spices. The food definitely deserved the 'incredible' rating; the steak was very tender and the prawns were delicious (great sauces for them too). Not to mention the soup that was included in everyone's meals was great (I find that starters can definitely make or break your meals and many people forget to include them in their ratings).

Aside from the food we tried some of the Kobe's special drinks. I went for the Chi chi (can never go wrong with a Pina colada made with vodka), while my girlfriend had a Mai tai. Let's just say if that Mai tai had any more booze there would be no room for the pineapple juice.

The service was very quick, from the time we sat down in the lounge and got our first drinks, to the after dinner coffee and tea we had before going home. They (the waitresses) were all very friendly as well.

I definitely suggest this restaurant to anyone who wants a good steak and seafood meal (there's also chicken and veggie meals, but I haven't tried them yet). Although it cost more than the average japanese restaurant, you are definitely getting what you pay for, and you can't beat the authentic environment with old japanese relics spread throughout the restaurant.

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