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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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kobe kitch
By tender of vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 2, 2005 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

Have enjoyed the main floor bar here for years...luv the james bondish asian lounge decor, fruity umbrella cocktails and the hottie servers - yum! - you'd think they were all contestants in the miss teen vancouver short black skirt event. No complaints there but in the past few years either i've gotten older (?!) or the crowd's gotten a lot younger.

Last time i went, there was so much testosterone fuel in the room, i could barely breathe...let alone move. Did a quick retreat before i started handing out citations for eyebrow-shaping disasters...on the men. Hopefully they've found a new place to inhabit cuz that room used to be cool.

Anyways, enough about the lounge. Upstairs are big communal stations where you perch and get entertained by knife-weilding wise-cracking chefs and chat with our fine tourists from the south. Food is keg-style...minimum creativity for the gourmet-challenged. Pricey for what you get but you're paying a premium for the concept.

All in all, worth checking out for a breather from all the Vancouver grooviness but you gotta be in the mood for a time-warped experience...and keep the alka seltzer handy.

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We had a great time!
By amelia.s of WhiteRock, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure what's up with the reviews, but we had a great time at Kobe. There was a ton of food, it was fresh and delicious and the show was killer. Yes, it is a bit on the pricey side, but so are all the restaurants surrounding Kobe. Definitely a special occasion place, but the show makes it entirely worth while.

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Loved the Lounge
By bj1955 of Point Grey (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 16, 2014 - 11:32am [Dine in]

I bought a Groupon for the Izakaya Lounge not long ago, we've been to Kobe for teppanyaki before but never the lounge. The appetizers were great, good sized portions and we enjoyed trying something new! Next time we visit Kobe we plan on having appies in the lounge before moving upstairs.

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A great place for a family get together
By j.russell of Richmond - Steveston (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 8:18am [Dine in]

I booked a reservation at Kobe for this coming Mother's Day, my family and I have been doing this yearly for some time now. Kobe is a great place to go for special events, the service is always top notch, as is the food. Fresh steak, seafood, a hilarious show, what more could you want?!

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Try the Wagyu Beef!
By bill_mcd of New Westminster, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 9:51am [Dine in]

My girlfriend wanted to do something extra special for my 40th birthday, so she took me to Kobe for dinner. I tried the Godzilla ( imported Wagyu beef ), it was so good! My girlfriend got the steak and lobster, she was equally impressed with her meal. The service was great and the atmosphere was a blast!

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Visiting from Edmonton, we loved Kobe
By jane_a of Edmonton Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 9:32am [Dine in]

My husband and I visited Vancouver recently from Edmonton, we decided to go to Kobe for dinner as we never had before. So much fun! The show was great and so was the food, seafood in Vancouver is so much better than Edmonton. The portions were huge, we both practically rolled out of the restaurant. I'm looking forward to going back to Kobe again the next time we visit Vancouver.

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A very special night at Kobe
By Jen S of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 23, 2013 - 12:35pm [Dine in]

My fiancé and I went to Kobe recently to celebrate our engagement, what better place to do that than at Kobe! As a special treat we ordered the Wagyu beef, while expensive it was very tender and delicious. If you want to indulge I highly recommend you order this steak! There was a note made in our reservation that this was an engagement celebration, the chef congratulated us which I thought was very sweet. The portions are enormous, I left with a hefty doggie bag for lunch the next day. All in all, I left very happy with my experience at Kobe.

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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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