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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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grease pit
By sherrie of Maple Ridge (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

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.

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Same old same old
By uberjeanie of Coal Harbour, Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 1:02am [Dine in]

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.

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worst service ever
By cath_ss of richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 7:18pm [Dine in]

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.

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Dinner, Entertainment and Atmosphere!
By Paul_B of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, October 5, 2006 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

I've been reading through the reviews on this page and frankly I'm a little shocked. I've been a loyal Kobe customer for many years and would like to explain why.

I first visisted kobe about 10 years ago. When you first walk into Kobe the first thing you recognize is the authenticity of the atmosphere. Japanese decor and artifacts cover the place really setting the mood for your meal!

Before being seated at your table you get to hang out in the downstairs lounge. Big comfy couches and AMAZING tropical drinks await you there. =)

After the lounge you move on up to the tables. The tables are in a U-shape with the chef in the middle. You are seated around the table with other customers. At first this seemed a little strange to me but really does turn your meal into a bit of a social event. Indeed I've made many business connections because of this unique seating arrangement.

After you order your meal the chef brings out the ingredients and introduces himself. I don't know where they find these guys but they are some of the funnest, most entertaining people I've ever come across. I've never had a problem with any of them (and I'm sure I've seen them all). After introductions are made the fun begins. The chefs chop and slice everything right in front of you. They use fire and strobe lights to enhance the experience. The interaction with the chefs and how my food is prepared in front of me is what I really love about this place.

Portions are large and you never walk out hungry.

I'd say that I would recommend Kobe to all my friends but I think I already have! =)

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Fun and food
By MrsB of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 12:58pm [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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Fancy shmancy meal
By jenaye of E Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 19, 2005 - 4:05am [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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Good show, old man!
By kammage of The Punjabi Market (11 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 1:50pm [Dine in]

I'm actually a little surprised to read some of the more recent negative reviews. I've been to Kobe's a few times now and have never been forced to order drinks at the bar. Yes, one time it was extremely busy and we were asked to sit in the lounge for a bit until there was space, but we weren't forced to order anything. The ladies working there were all quite nice and welcoming.

Last I went there was around September. We were brought upstairs right away. It was 7pm on a Monday evening, so I guess that's probably a good time to make your reservations. We sat down, and within a few minutes the servers brought us water and took our orders.

The food was tasty. Maybe not worth as much as they charge, but if you have an Entertainment Book, that makes it all better. One great thing about these kind of restaurants is that they cook it right in front of you, so how can you go wrong - if something doesn't taste right, the chef is right there to fix it up for you. You'll never complain about something being too cold.

To expand on that, they give you a great show when they cook. It's full of laughs, and food is flying everywhere (controlled of course). Our chef joked with us, made us laugh, and did all sorts of cool things with his cutlery. The lighting is a little dim, but with all that fire going on it doesn't stay dark long.

I would call this a special occasion type of place. Good for a date or some kind of celebration. You might stink from the food and smoke so hitting up a club after this wouldn't be smart. However, if you're just there to have a good time with friends or your SO, this is a good choice.

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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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Bland food, sexed up waitresses, not really Japanese...
By Florentine of Yaletown, Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 8:36pm [Dine in]

Kobe's probably hasn't changed since it opened in 1968. And I don't just mean the interior, but I also mean the menu. Times and tastes have changed, but this place hasn't! It's a throw-back to the when going out for any ethnic restaurant was considered exotic and daring, to when there weren't really any Japanese restaurants in Vancouver. The food is very westernized and it's apparent that's who they're catering to - the tourist/white, middle class North American market.

The quality of the steak is good, and it's a decent dinner, but the taste of everything is relatively bland. It's not exciting. It's just plain steak. Same with the prawns/shrimp. Everything is very bland and obviously westernized. Considering the hundreds of other Japanese choices in Vancouver (many of which are the real deal), and the super high prices, the only time I'd come here is if you're with a group of friends and you want entertainment, and you're not fussy about what you're eating. Japanese authenticity should also not be a priority when coming here, even though the decor appears to be Japanese.

They have "fried rice" on their menu, which to me is a red flag. I love how they advertize it as, "... a heaping bowl of delicious fried rice, cooked before you with all kinds of good things". !!!

Because you sit at what's essentially a big grill, you end up smelling like your dinner for the rest of the night. Be warned.

The waitresses/hostesses were something else. While many restaurants around town hire eye candy, the waitresses (I don't know if it was the make-up, or the hairstyles, or the body language), but they looked like porn stars. It definitely attracts a lot of young frat boys and mid-aged business men to the restaurant, there's something very strip-club about them. It was very strange. It takes away from the restaurant and makes it feel very "boy's club".

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Dinner and a show
By AliceCarrol of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice, once on a date and recently with a party. Both times it were great.
It's definitely not a step-in step-out kind of restaurant, so go with the intention of spending at least an hour. There was time to have a drink in the lounge and chat which to me is really half of what going out to dinner is all about, I don't want to be rushed. Then we went upstairs to the dining room proper. I've had teppanyaki before, but this was even better than I was used to. The chef put on a good show, there was juggling and playful patter and flaming onion volcanos, and he seemed like he was really enjoying himself.

For food I had the Ultimate both times. It's really a lot of food, almost more than I could eat, but it's great because you get a little bit of everything. They start you with some miso and rice but go easy on the rice so you'll have more room for the seafood and chicken and steak! They serve with some fresh sauces that go great on the veggies, or on everything. As far as their menu goes, if you're paleo this is an excellent option, but if you're vegetarian it's not really for you. The staff were attentive and efficient. It's a bit pricy but I'll definitely go again.

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Favorite Date Spot
By Ben Damon of West End, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 9:18am [Dine in]

Waiting in a restaurant is kind of a mood killer. Lounges, waiting areas, those tacky benches or cocktail stools that some places use, none of them help. You con't get comfortable, there's never any service, and you're stuck in limbo until someone arrives to take you to your table. The Kobe doesn't have that problem - you can sit down, order food that isn't available in the teppanyaki part of the restaurant, and the bar is right there. At this point, it's almost like they've got two restaurants going at once and both of them are excellent. Downstairs works for a little lite conversation and getting the party started, and then the upstairs is dinner and a show. It's the perfect way to start a night out.

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Really good time
By LiteyCam of Burnaby, BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend took me here as an early Christmas present and it was really good. The music and decor was really cool and they had all this finger food in the waiting area that made the wait not so bad, which is better than pretty much every other restaurant I've been to. It's Christmas and you sort of think that every place is crowded, the people here do a good job of sorting things out and keeping people moving and that was actually nice. The dining area was upstairs and they had this really cool layout, half-circle tables with grills built right in. My boyfriend had steak, but I'm a vegetarian so it was nice to see they had options for me. They even cleaned the grill and cooked my food first without me telling them to do it, so that was really nice of them. Anyways, the food was really good and I'm going to have to come back here during study break because everything here was really really good.

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A Vancouver Institution
By stockjockey of Shaunessay, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

A Vancouver institution. Our group of 25 meet monthly a Kobe and are always pleased. Having never been disappointed.
The ULTIMATE is just that. Generous amounts of succulent steak and seafood are delicious, the chefs always entertaining.The staff gracious and eager to please.
A terrific venue for larger groups and worth every penny. Money well spent!

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Best Time and Excellent Food !
By mary765 of vacnouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 9:45am [Dine in]

Had our staff Party there and chilled in the bar before dinner. Very cute girls
serving in the downstairs area. The atmosphere in the bar was really nice and we stayed
there until our party was complete. Upstairs is the dining area where you sit aroung a big table
and the chef performs in front of you. The food was so good and combined with the sauces ,
bang on ! The whole night was a success and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place
for a superb time. Four stars for sure.

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Updated Menu - Amazing Food
By djangie of Vancouver (downtown) (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

Finally! Kobe has a new menu including beef tenderloin!! It's amazing; melt-in-your-mouth, the only thing that was missing from this place. The ambiance never fails to disappoint, fun for all ages, my only complaint is that they shoo you out of there while you're still eating your last bites of food. Great steaks, expensive but worth it.

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A Night to Remember
By rp of N. Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 5, 2011 - 11:25pm [Dine in]

Time and time again my girlfriend and I go back to Kobe Steak House and we always have an absolutely amazing night out!
Our last visit was probably our favourite. We were seated right away and served very shortly after. We ordered the Shitake Mushrooms, the Teriyaki Combination and the Lobster. The Chef at our table, Chef Gordon, was entertaining, funny and engaging. The steak and lobster were cooked to perfection and were mouth watering. As for drinks, you must try the Mai Tai, very dangerous as hard to have only one, but really really good!
We can’t say enough good things about Kobe, we love the atmosphere. You can have a date with your loved one or an outing with a group of friends and the ambiance is perfect. We always know what we can expect and treat ourselves to a dining experience here every couple of months. If you have not tried Kobe Steak House you are missing out.

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Fun and Romantic
By gwencopeland of Deep Cove (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

My husband took me here after we got back for our honeymoon. We had agreed to try different restaurants once a month and this was his first choice and I think it was a good one. The food was very good and entertaining to watch and the mood of the place was interesting. I especially liked the chicken and shrimp though I wish they had a few more vegetarian choices. The drinks were really good and the service was good surprising how busy they were. My husband, Arthur, says that their steak was amazing but I've never been a big meat eater. It was pricey but entirely worth it and I'm thinking of bringing my sister here when she comes and visits next month.

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A good place.
By Sean Stark of Langley (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 12:08am [Dine in]

This is an excellent place to sit back and enjoy conversation and a unique dining experience.

Myself and three of my associates came here on a recommendation and spent a good amount of money over two hours. We had no reservation and were in little hurry when we entered. We passed the time in their lounge until being invited up to the restaurant proper. Menus were presented, food was chosen, and soup was served. The food took some small time to arrive and was cooked in the proper Teppanyaki style, which is to say at the table. The chefs were witty and the service efficient and that's the best one can expect from most places.

What sets this restaurant apart is the quality of the food and the ambiance. The steak and lobster are simply exquisite and their specialty drinks are also worth taking a look at. The air in the restaurant is quiet, not nearly as smoky as one would expect from restaurants of this type, and conducive to speech. I despise restaurants with loud music or garish themes; the understatement to be found here is something more restaurants could learn from.

Overall, an excellent place that I will be recommending to my friends.

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Good place to catch up.
By Terry Wilson of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 27, 2010 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

Went here a few days ago and had a really good time, just me and an old friend from high school. Music was low key and the lounge was comfortable. A lot of places you go to the music is too loud or the ambiance is just all wrong to do anything other than eat and get out, which works for some guys who might just want to oogle a girl and get out. The Kobe isn't a good place for that, which works for me. I prefer enjoying myself when I eat, not getting a headache.

The food was also really good. I'd heard mixed things about this place but I didn't see anything bad about it other than having to drag myself from Surrey to come here. If there was a Kobe in Surrey it'd clean up, but as it stands it's decent motivation to get down town and live a little.

Drinks are really good. I liked the Kamikaze and had a sake chaser. They've got grills on the tables and I used that to keep my sake warm. Did the chicken and really dug it, melted in my mouth like butter. The show they put on while cooking it is entertaining and I screamed like a schoolgirl when they did that “wall of fire from the onion” thing. There's a couple girls I can think of wanting to bring here as soon as I can work up the cash.

Place was totally worth it.

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A new tradition.
By annroberts of Kerrisdale (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 27, 2010 - 9:09am [Dine in]

The whole family came into town for the holidays and I needed something to keep them out of the kitchen until Christmas Eve. The original plan was to go to the Samba or Kirin, but we saw this place in our coupon guide and realized we had never been, so we called in and booked a reservation for sixteen a few days before going in. They managed to squeeze us in, but we still ended up waiting a half hour before they took us up. The kids were getting hungry and my husband wanted to know why we couldn't order the food while waiting in their sitting room and we got to talk to the manager, a man with the unlikely named of Razz. We were starting to get a bad feeling about this place but we were eventually taken upstairs and that sort of explained things.
This place is a specialized restaurant. They do this thing where they cook the food right on the table and for a reservation of our size they needed to get a table clear. The kids were taken in by the showmanship of the cooks, my husband was taken in with the selection of Japanese beer, and I drank something called a Cherry Blossom that I recall really liking, though just one was enough for me to decide to cab home after. It was the perfect restaurant for all of us and even my husband's brother, a professional cynic, loved the place.
My husband and I split an Ultimate, which is a sort of sampler of everything on the menu. I recommend it as a good place to start when coming here, as you sort of get everything they've got and it was the only thing on the menu that offered scallops, which I love. My husband ate most of the steak, as I've never cared for it. He said it was quite lovely. We both thought the chicken was superb.
It's a little expensive to come back on a regular basis but we're thinking of making this an annual tradition for the family.

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