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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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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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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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Two Restaurants, One Location
By errons of New Westminister (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 7:00pm [Dine in]

The food at this place has always been great, but trying to keep a reservation during the weekend has always been a problem at this place. The management apparently noticed this, because they added a menu for their lounge and now it feels like there's two restaurants at one location. Even when things are hectic you can still get really good food, and the downstairs food tends to come a little faster than the stuff upstairs. Not as much food, mind you, but their Ahi Tuna Salsa is one of the best things I've ever tasted.

Me and the buddy I went in with didn't even bother going upstairs, we just ordered everything off the downstairs menu and called it a night. Food was fantastic and I think I'm going to have to come by more often just for the bar menu. There's only a small number of things on there now, but hopefully they'll expand it. Awesome addition in an already awesome restaurant, and fixes the one problem I really had with the place.

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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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A Magical Evening
By tomriddlefraser of New West (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 10, 2011 - 11:08am [Dine in]

Some friends and I saw this place listed in an Entertainment Club book and decided to check it out. The prices made me a little leery but James decided that we should press on and I'm glad we did. Place had this very relaxed atmosphere on a Sunday night, exactly the sort of vibe we were looking for, though the stages caught us by surprise a bit. They've got a waiting area that feels like it should be a restaurant, but the real restaurant is actually on the second floor.
The four of us ended up splitting two Emperor's Specials, which was a lot of food. They charged us for the sharing but, overall, I think it was worth it. They have a hot plate in the center of the table upstairs that I used to keep my sake warm. James had something typically fruity that came in a little statue while Em and Eva drank Sapporo. The food was excellent, though it was sometimes hard to flag someone down when I wanted to get another drink. The place was busy, really busy, and I think the next time we come here we're call ahead and make a reservation.
We are definitely coming back, though. This place was awesome.

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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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Greatest Place.
By miahashart of Kitsilano (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I had a running bet over who could score higher on their GPA, with the winner choosing a restaurant and the loser covering the bill. I wanted to go to Bishop's but I didn't win, so we ended up at this place instead. I'm kinda glad Erik won.
He made the reservation for seven this past Thursday. We got in a little after seven and ended up waiting in the lounge for twenty minutes, which was a little frustrating but part and parcel with eating at any good restaurant with limited seating, so whatever.
We got up to the dining area and the place was packed. Our table took about ten minutes to fill up. We got a corner seat close to the far wall, which was nice and intimate, but we had to wait for everyone else to order before they started bringing our food. I was having a few doubts about this place. Glancing at the other tables made me think that this might be more flash than substance, but when our chef arrived about ten minutes after we were seated and started to cook my doubts were laid to rest.
The food here is amazing! I had the chicken and shrimp and we split a shrimp appetizer. The chef was a lot of fun and spent time chatting with us while cooking the food. He had a sense of humor about everything and totally made the night. I got something called a Cherry Blossom to drink and was very happy when the staff was willing to call us a cab.
Sort of tempted to throw the bet next time out, but I think it'd be more fun to choose this place and have Erik cover the tab. We so need to come back here.

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Great Little experience
By Mreats of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, November 26, 2010 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

I dined here 4 days ago with my wife and her friend.
It was a great experience seeing our food prepared in front of us and the little
jokes the chef made as he was cooking.
We met a really nice couple seated at our table thingy and had some great
conversation.
The ambiance was great and everything about this place was spot on.
My only reservation was the portion size. Small.

Thumbs up for this place.

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Best Place to Eat
By yogastretch of Surrey (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 15, 2010 - 10:43am [Dine in]

My buddies and me wanted a change of scene from our usual eats in Surrey so we took a trip downtown before hitting the clubs. We'd heard of this place, sort of a “Mongoli Grill, but better,” and we're all big fans of the Mongols so we decided to give it a shot.

So glad we did. Food was amazing~! I ate the chicken/shrimp combo thing and it was tasty as hell. The portions were huge and the show they put on was kind of awesome, though I think I'll put less product in my hair the next time I come here because they really set the food on fire. There's like a wall of flame on the table! They've got cool statues and things everywhere and it's like being in some other world when you're there, like China or something.

Things were a little pricey but the food was worth it and the girls were hot. They also have this drink called a Smiling Buddha where they bring you a bunch of alcohol and you drink it from a Buddha's belly and they let you keep the Buddha. My dad hates the little thing but I've got it in my room now and it's kind of awesome. I'm staring at it as I type this.

I don't know what ambiance is so I can't rate that and I'm giving it a three just to be on the safe side. Definitely hitting this place again.

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Terrible In Every Way
By s_awe of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 9, 2010 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

Overrated and overpriced. I ordered a Hibachi Beef. $39.95. It's no better than an overcooked slab of meat from Costco. It was chewy and tasteless. Ordered a Steak & Lobster. $54.95. Steak was also tough, lacking in any flavor. Lobster was overcooked and tasted like kerosene. Everything was basically drowned in teriyaki sauce and butter to disguise the lack of flavor. The so-called "chefs" are laughable. They demonstrate no skill whatsoever. Service is just as lousy. Ordered a big beer to share. It took forever to receive one glass, and just as long to get the second glass.

To add insult to injury, they charge an auto 15% service charge. For two people! For terrible food and terrible service. Absolutely will not return again ever. Stay away!

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