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.
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.
We made a reservation at 6:00pm on a Friday night, and we still had to wait 45 minutes! This isn't our first time dining this this style of restaurant where they cram everyone in a single table, however, our party of 6 was tall guys and yet they still crammed another family of 3 in our table. I literally was touching the person next to me the whole meal. The waitress was very unprofessional, she could not respond to a single question about the menu. The food itself was awful, I had the Kobe steak dinner set menu, and the steak literally taste like butter. I've had the real Kobe steak and this was not even close to the meat! The chef was not funny, same joke every time, Which I understand but do I have same conversation every time? No I don't! The only thing I can say good about this restaurant is how fast they bring the bill to you. If you want a one Joke show, and awful dining experience with overpriced fake Kobe Steak this is the place for you.
So, I’ve been seeing this guy for a couple of weeks and he turns to me and he says, “Hey, I know you like Japanese food and all and some of my friends went to this place called the Kobe downtown. Do you wanna check it out?” And I was all, “Sure, why not?” It took a couple of minutes to find out where it was (who knew there was a street between Georgia and Robson?), but once we got there it seemed sort of low-key and gangster-ish all at once, like some kind of spy movie. All mood lighting with dark colors, pretty waitresses and big booths. We check in with the hostess and are taken to our seats and I’m looking around, trying to see what other people are ordering, but people are only drinking down here and I’m wondering if we can get some sashimi or when we’ll see a menu and then our hostess comes back and asks us to follow her.
And I’m thinking to myself, what the hell is this? We go up this narrow flight of stairs and past this big Buddha statue and I’m getting ready to rub the belly when I turn a corner and WHAMMO~! Giant flame! Turns out that boothy area downstairs is actually just their waiting room. The real food is served upstairs. We get this huge menu (the thing is half my size!) and we’re looking over it. He gets steak and prawns and I’m looking around, trying to tell what’s what, but the other tables are all mad chaos and open flames and I’m all wondering what to order. My hostess comes back and recommends the chicken, so I grab that.
A few minutes go by and we get some soup and I’m wondering what all the fuss is about at the other tables when our chef finally arrives. The actual chef! Dude’s sporting the entire table’s food, raw, and I’m suddenly thinking that he’s going to cook the food right in front of us and I’m right! There’s lot of juggling knives and flying food, sesame seeds falling in spiraling slow motion, it was awesome! My chicken, sadly, came last but by the time it arrived I was so incredibly hungry, staring at everyone else’s food, but it was so totally worth it! I didn’t know chicken could taste that good! I swapped some chicken with my mister for his steak and the steak was good but, man, that chicken has to be tried to be believed!
Place is so totally awesome!
Dined at Kobe Restaurant October 9/09 - party of 4. We had a reservation for 6:30 p.m. We arrived on time and were seated promptly. A waitress appeared and drink orders were taken. Another waitress appeared (not one of the eight people seated at our table could understand a word she said) and somehow we placed our orders. The chef appeared; he was pleasant enough but very lack lustre compared to the other chefs immediately around us. The food was fresh and very delicious. No second drinks were offered to anyone at the table. No water was offered to anyone at the table. In fact once the chef left we were basically on our own. Lukewarm green tea was served. No dessert was offered and the bills were handed out. Payments were made. (A rough estimate of at least $1000.00 for the table). We were thanked for coming and found ourselves out the door at 7:20 p.m.!!! Not even one hour had passed. Kobe seems to want you in and out as quickly as possible. This is not a leisurely dinner; there will be no second drink and who needs dessert when you have 7:30 reservations to fill. For the money being charged at this restaurant, it is unbelievable that you would be forced out in @ 45 minutes. Vancouver has many fine restaurants that appreciate their diners and welcome their business. We will not be returning to Kobe. If we wanted "fast food" there is always the Golden Arches. Be warned!!!
Was in town to do attend a convention and my host was gracious enough to take me to a plethora of his favorite restaurants. He saved his personal favorite – and, in my opinion, the best – for last. The Kobe Steak House isn’t a restaurant so much as it is an experience, a place of roaring business and incredible food in terms of both quality and quantity.
We sat in a lounge area for a while until they were ready to take us upstairs. I was surprised by this; the lounge itself had the atmosphere of a restaurant, but nothing could have prepared me for the surprise that was waiting for me on the upper level. As my friend grabbed the menu and described “teppanyaki” cooking, I sat and looked around in awe. I swear to god the cooks there were juggling their knives, setting the tables in fire, putting on a hell of a show to the delighted faces of those in attendance. I could hardly wait for our turn.
My friend handled the ordering, grabbing us something called “the Ultimate.” I was worried that he only ordered one for the both of us, but the truth was it ended up being more than enough food. I was full a little more than half way through but could not bring myself to stop eating; the food was simply that good. I was in heaven from the start of the meal all the way through to its conclusion.
The one problem was the food coma that both me and my host were ready to enter after the meal was done; lesser men might have accepted defeat and taken the leftovers home with them, but the two of us were deadest on defeating this massive amount of food. Neither of us ate much the following day – it was just unnecessary given the amount of food we’d had here, and I fear that I’ll never have anything quite so tasty.
I suppose it gives me an excuse to come back next year.
This girl I just met told me that we should come check this place out, so we did. I'd told her I liked my food hot and this place was off the charts hot - they cook the food right in front of you and it comes steaming and fresh, which is amazing, and the cook was juggling his steak knife while making the food! It was like nothing I've ever seen.
The food itself was amazing. I ordered shrimp and steak - I can't remember what they called it on the menu - and ended up with a whole whack of other stuff besides. I don't remember the last time I gorged myself like that, but I just couldn't stop eating the food was so good. Place was pricey but given the quality of the food it's totally worth it.
I don't know what the place is like during the week but it's packed on a Friday night. We went in without a reservation and it took a while to get up there. I thought about leaving a couple of times but Miranda said it'd be worth the wait and it totally was. You end up waiting in a bar, though, so it's not like you're sitting or standing around to get taken into the actual restaurant and the service in the bar is awesome.
Upstairs, though, everything gets a little hectic. The food comes fast and furious, but it can be a little tricky to catch a waitress with all the stuff going on. Once I got one to come over the drink came pretty fast, but actually getting one was a trick. It might have been because we were on a back wall.
Over all, though? Awesome experience. I'm going to count my pennies and get back on here as soon as I can.
I've been to the Kobe a few times, and every time I go there i always have a great experience. I get seated at a table close to my reservation time, the servers are always gorgeous and nice. But what keeps me coming back is two things, one the food quality. Its clean ,cooked right in front of you, so there's nothing to hide. No crazy ingredients, no worrying if its been on the floor. It cooks in front of you then you eat it. I love that. Also the entertaining cooks always put on a cool little show for you. Its that spirit that keeps me coming back. Favorites are defiantly the ginger sauce and the ultimate is SO good. I share it with my lady.
Kobe's once offered great food, entertainment and service. For those of you who have been to Kobe's over the years like myself save yourself the dissapointment and pursue another destination.
The lounge now offers an interesting experience where the only service you don't have to wait for is the bill, that is if your fortunate enough to get served which most of our group wasn't.
Then on to the performace where you are distracted from the fact that it has been 20 minutes since you last saw your server. Upon asking several staff members as to whether an order could be placed with them our server did arrive to take our second drink order since being seated 30 minutes prior. However it was a mute point as we did not see our server again until dinner was finished in which she arrived to present everyone with the wrong bills which included the drinks that still had not yet been recieved. Thankfully another server managed to get almost all of the bills correct and our server finally arrived with most of the drinks that were ordered.
If this wasn't enought they had stapled a reciept showing the 15% gratuity that was to be paid on top of the taxes. Wow. We spoke with 2 managers in which all we got was a "sorry". Sorry to say we won't be returning.
I've been here many times... each experience getting worse.
Ho hum... Watch out for the kobe steaks!
The teppanyaki chefs are good. But the waitresses are below industry standard. Get the chef a computer and sake drum, so he can serve me!
Prices are steep for something ho-hum. My friend found out the hard way, just because the place is called kobe steak house, doesn't mean all the steaks are kobe! sneaky!
... Like a Hong Kong gangster movie. I'm surprised this place hasn't been shot up yet.
I just went here for my girlfriends birthday and it is what everyone says it is!
First off id like to tell everyone (if everyone dosent know yet) that this is a tepanyaki restaurant. tepanyaki is when a chef cooks the food in front of you on a big flat iron grill and does tricks and stuff (FIRE)
That being said, i expected more stunts and WOW factor. Sure, it had the onion volcano and the "witty" comments, but it wasn't what i expected.
The food is very good, but extremely overly priced. Make sure that your are rolling in cash before you go here because even SHARING your meal cost $15 extra!!! Also the portions it self was also very small. If you are really hungry do NOT GO HERE.
The service was okay nothing wrong with it. The restaurant has a very dark and has some what a romantic feel. I do have to say that some of the waitress are very attractive!
My girlfriend and i shared the "Ultimate". Every entire comes with a bowl of white rice, shrimps(3), vegies, miso soup, and a little small cup of green tea. The ultimate itself cost around $64 and it consist of; scallop, lobster, steak, and chicken teriyaki. We also order a bowl of fried rice(sorry forgot the price)
Overall its a nice place to go once in a while. Since all the chefs are trained to do the same stunts you wont get much variety out of it. The experience is quite fast so make sure you have something to do after dinner! Remember it is not for the CHEAP
We visited Kobe for the first time yesterday. We had a party of 14 and had made the reservation that same morning. When we got there, we were told that they have no record of it. And instead of perhaps contemplating that they might be the ones who had screwed up, we were accused of never having made that call. The decor was dark and dingy. When we walked into the dining area, you can smell old, rancid grease. There was a film of sticky grease on the chairs. All in all, the place looked and felt like a dump. As soon as we sat down, they wanted to take our orders. What happened to giving customers a chance to look at the menu first?
My partner and I decided to share the ultimate platter which was the most expensive and looked like it had the most food. We were told that if people decided to share a dish, they had to pay and extra $15 in order to get extra appetizers for the 2nd person. Well, the $15 got you one small bowl of soup, a bowl of rice and 3 tiny shrimps-I can't call them prawns, even though they were advertised as such.
The seafood was done extremely poorly-overcooked and too chewy. If you want good seafood done right, go to places like Kirin or Sun Sui Wah. The chicken and steak were done well, but the portions were small. For almost $80 for just one dish and told by the waitress that it's more than enough for two people, I expect quality and quantity. They tried to trick you by cutting everything up in smalls pieces so that it's spread out over your plate. Push them back together and you'll see that there's not that much. Morton's or Gotham's definitely offer better value and food than this place.
As for the much ballyhooed show from the chef, we got to see a fire on the grill and the onion volcano...woohoo! Aside from that, he just cooked. To be fair, I guess whether you get entertained or not depends on what chef you get.
I would never go back. Even if they were charging half price for their stuff, you could never get me to go back. There are so many other wonderful restaurants in Vancouver that deserve the premium prices that they charge for their food-this is not one of them.
3 words, not going back
Food: Very high quality food, but completely destroyed under the hands of the so called "chef". The proportions does not match up with the pricing. What's more the way the chef cooked it was very suspicious. I don't understand how a full steak of mine could end up as small 5 cubes. That's a little too much shrinking. He cooked three steaks at the same time, and the crowd that sat next to us somehow had left overs.
Service: We waited for the longest time ever! We only had actually eye contact with the waitresses twice! One letting them know we are here, and the other, getting our bill. The chef was another big joke. Not only he neglected our group, he was just chatting away with the crowd that he knew previously, as I assume from their conversation. Furthermore, the chef wasn't Japanese, not that it mattered, but he completely failed to obtain Japanese Teippan skills as well. He's tricks were minimal, the one I saw in Japan was like cirque du soleil.
Value: Our bill came to around $250+ for the 4 of us, yet none of us were full. (We're all average body type) so you be the judge.
Ambiance: One word: Grease. Unless you have a really good washing machine and detergent, don't wear any clothes that you have the slightest adoration for. By the end of the meal, you'll smell like it. It was rather dim, and even though the decor was nice, it was rather crowded and small.
I would recommend this as a place to go with friends visiting from out of town. It's great fun and a totally different experience. The restaurant itself is competely caught in a timewarp of 1970s Vancouver and I love that. The waitresses on the other hand do look a little porn star like and it is a bit cheesy looking. That doesn't take away from the fact that they do a great job.
The food to be honest is not the reason why you'd go there. The steaks were tough and the chicken was okay. The shrimp appetizers were the best. It's pricey and it's pretty stinky..the fans don't seem to work very well.
There were a lot of families there and everyone seemed to be having a really great time so as a one off experience, I'd say YEAH! But I wouldn't go there again. For the money you spend, I'd prefer to try out other Japanese steak houses.
A colleague of mine told me to try this place while I was in town, blathering on about how the food was kicked in front of him and the chefs juggled steak knives and played with fire. His wife supported his outlandish tales and it seemed a thing worth trying, if only to alleviate the myriad disappointments of what should have been an exciting visit.
It bothers me to admit that my colleague was right. The chefs do cook the food right there and they do seem to juggle their knives. I was afraid, briefly, that some stray bit of hand would end up in my steak or lobster, but the cook possessed some uncanny skill and a seeming disregard for his own safety. Certainly, it was like nothing I'd ever seen on my side of the pond and the food was a delightful thing to be savored, every morsel succulent.
They cooks also seem part magician, toying with fire as a child might with a favored toy. To carry an analogy, the waitresses could be the scantily clad assistants of old - certainly, they were unobtrusive as they ferried drinks to thirsty patrons. The joy of the restaurant, and the food particularly, brought a smile to my face. The fact that the bill was put on my expense account only made it all seem more worthwhile.
Possibly the best time I had while staying in this strange city, and a reason to return to it regardless of what the future might hold.
Every few years my sister and I come to Vancouver to take in the sights of the mountains and rain. She's always been fond of storms and I like trees, things Vancouver manages to give us in excess. Almost a decade ago the manager of the hotel we stay at while in town recommended that we try the Kobe Steak House; given the lack of storm that night we called and made a reservation.
We ended up waiting fifteen minutes past our reservation period, but that's only to be expected on weekends and the lounge was comfortable enough. The free drinks we were given more then compensated for the wait, and my sister has since taken to collecting the little buddhas and geishas they serve some of their drinks in.
By the time we got upstairs and ordered we were both ravenous and the food, thankfully, was more than we were expecting. Both of us had been to teppanyaki places before and we have been to others since, including other restaurants bearing the same name in California and Hawaii and Virginia. None of them compare to the quality offered by the one in Toronto, the sheer fun that seems to permeate the place.
They recently redid the lighting, made the restaurant brighter. A shame, I think, as I was rather fond of the old smoky atmosphere; it made the place feel like a movie set as much as a restaurant. As a positive, the menus remain the same and the food, if anything had actually gotten better. I like the sense of age and permanency that the Kobe seems to hold, that sense of tradition worked into the architecture of the place.
My sister likes to bring them fish for their aquarium. I am not sure if they keep the fish, but at least they are willing to humor her. We are both rather fond of the place and look forward to visiting it again when the storms and trees bring us back to this part of the world.
A friend of mine has been ranting about this place for years, always talking about it in the vaguest terms in a way that made me think that he was making the place up.
Been doing a little backpacking, though, across the great Canadian North and I'm now staying with him for another couple days and he was all giddy about taking me to the Kobe and lo and behold, the place actually lived up to his constant ranting.
I've never seen a place that combines the whole dining/show experience quite like this one does, and while the smell does linger it's not any worse than any of the crap the rest of my gender wears. The food is worth it, though; I'm going to try and get there another few times before heading back down south.
Probably the best food I've had this side of the border.
The food is terrible to what it used to be. Osakas is much better. A couple of the old chefs from kobi opened there own place and its not as nice inside but the show and food more then make up for it
I dont like the fact of the dark stairs to go upstairs since i had my grandma with me and she had a hard time going up and down.
5yrs ago this place was good but i would never go back there again and i gave it 3 fair shots to see if it was just a bad experience
Six women went to Kobe's to celebrate a birthday. Our reservation was made three weeks in advance for 7:30. We were kept in the lounge until 9pm. The manager apologized and sent over shots, however, shots really did not help with the delay. When we finally did get to the table we were jammed in like sardines. It was uncomfortable. We waited for another half hour before the waitress took our selections. A member of our group has a health issue that requires her to eat on a regular timetable. She spoke to the manager about some speedier service--to no avail. We did not feel like it was the evening we had anticipated or that the Kobe name inspires.
Our chef was fine the food was tasty, but there was no offer of dessert (which by the way was the reason the manager gave as to why we were so late being seated--the people prior to us were finishing up their dessert which was non-existent).
They refused to give separate bills which was really a frustrating problem at the end of the meal.
When we left the restaurant we were all covered in grease and smelled absolutely disgusting. I would not reccommend this restaurant. The glory days are behind them.
Kobe used to be one of the main reasons I bought an entertainment book - I would never pay for two full priced meals at Kobe, it isn't worth it. But these days, if you have a lackluster chef, the whole experience is hardly worth a 2 for 1 coupon. Kobe isn't as good as it used to be, although it is far superior to the other teppanyaki place on Broadway and Burrard (yuck).
If I had no other choice, I would go to Kobe, but for primo steaks, there is always Griffins, Mosaic or the Keg around the corner. Kobe isn't worth the wait anymore.
I have been to Kobe a few times now ever since I was introduced to by my friends. It's got a great atmosphere, great decor, awesome cooks that has never failed to please us.
I just wish that the restaurant management would do something about the service, because there's always a comunication error. I had spoken to a few of them and they're great young women who came to canada on working holiday visa, but unfortunetly, they're not delivering their job. Mistakes were made with the simple ordering and special request and questions about the menu was not delivered properly. Service was just absolutely terrible.
Another thing that bothered us during our last visit, was that we didn't get any service at all. The restaurant was busy so we understood and waited patiently. While the younger girls were running around like chickens with their heads cut off, there was a group of elder ladies with the same uniforms just chatting and laughing in their little station there. The other group beside us were furious and tried to flag those ladies that were standing there to come over. Finally got their attentions and they didn't come to us directly, the funny thing is they went to get the other girls who were so busy already to come see our table. Now that was something.