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.
My fiancé and I had an overall good dining experience at Kobe Steak House. My fiancé has been to Japan on several occasions and spent months at a time there. The reviewer below implied that Kobe Steak House didn’t compare to those in Japan, he’s probably right, but for Vancouver it’s pretty good. The chef was fun, the server ok, the food really great, the atmosphere--dark. If you’re looking for something different, then give it a go.
I had a friend came to town for a short visit. I TOTALLY regret about bringing her there for the only dinner we had in town. I heard my colleague mentioned she used to go to this place a lot and loves it. And I asked my friend if she would want to give it a try.
Then, ok, once I stepped into the restaurant, I knew I might got into a wrong place. The decoration.... It's like the classic "fansy Japanese bar" in a 80's Hollywood movie. And then the waitress came to greet us. OH, a white girl with an Asian dress. OK, the whole place gave me a feeling that I am inside a 80's movie setting of a Japanese place that ninja are everywhere and all Japanese men are samurai. COM'ON. It's 2008!!
Ok, let's forget about the deco for a sec. If the food is good, then I can live with it.
Food, pricy for the quality. The taste is very westernize.... it's not Japanese food (I've eaten Teppanyaki in Japanese before). Everything was on the salty side. Nothing special. I can grill and stir fly the same quality of food at home, seriously.
Ok, while they cook, the chefs would give a show of throwing knifes. playing the pepper mill like bruce lee, etc, but they have no facial expression AT ALL. If the "show" is the selling point of the restaurant, they totally fail it. I felt like I was watching a circus show, but the preformers (the chefs) gave me the look that they want to get off work sooner. And I am not kidding, my chef ran away with light speed after he finished cooking. And the service wasn't great either. The chefs only cook, they don't take the order. The person serve the food also wouldn't take order. And then the person who can take my extra order came, but sorry, she doesn't take the order of the drink. Then you need to get the person who can take the order of a drink. I thought human can be multi-task, but not the staff in Kobe.
I regret because there are so many nice places in downtown, but I brought my friend to this crappy so-called Japanese restaurant. After dinner, I told her there are many good food in Vancouver, but I just brought her to a wrong place.
This place could be cool for kids and people who barely meet Asian in their life. Otherwise, it's totally not cool. I won't go back again.
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.
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.
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?!
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!
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.
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.
Not much to say other than it was fun and the food was great. I've wanted to go for a while, and I've tried a few Japanese steak house style restaurants. This place was really upbeat and fun and the service was fast paced and they didn't make any mistakes. The food was delicious. My only complaint was that I wanted to try more. I guess I'll just have to go back and order from the other half of the menu. This time however, I'm going in a larger group so I can steal some off of their plates. : )
And yes, I like my steak raw and no they didn't over cook it. It was pink and delicious.
Kobe has the most talented chefs in Vancouver. The food is incredibly flavourful; it is the only place in the city where I can actually eat steak. Even at renowned steak specialty restaurants, steak is often too tough for me; but when I order rare steak at Kobe, it is cooked to perfection. The chefs perform the cooking in front of you, providing a feast for all your senses. It's a delight to watch their fire tricks! Kobe staff are always cheerful. Some Japanese restaurants I have been to offer a fork with disdain--that attitude is never found within Kobe. Kobe staff provide the option of a fork in a respectful manner.
Kobe has the absolute best food I've ever tasted! Everything is fresh, the portions are huge, and their dynamic menu offers a great range to choose from.
So wear your stretchy pants if you plan to visit! You'll be glad you did.
- 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
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.
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!
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???
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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