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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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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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fun
By sabrina38 of langley (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 5, 2008 - 11:58am [Dine in]

My new boyfriend took me here...his favourite place, we used an entertainment book coupon worth $34 and the bill was still $120, i had the steak and chicken and he had the lobster, steak and scallops. When we return, and we will, with friends, i will stick with the seafood, i couldnt finish my steak, and would have spit out more then 3 bites if i wasnt being watched by everyone around me...too much grissle. the chicken was chicken, not worth the money, but my bf's lobster and scallops were insanely good - we recently tried both at the boathouse and i must admit Kobes was WAY better! I definately would not go here before heading out for the night as the smell of grease leaves lingered in my hair and clothes all night. I had to make an effort not to think about the smoke and grease at some points as it was so thick it felt as though i was suffocating. the drinks were slow, although i don't know why, considering that is where they try to make the most money, with a fruity drink being over $10. The ambience is the reason you return. We were seated with all couples and the kirin and sake was flying as well as Fried rice and shitake mushrooms, all ordered and shared by our generous table dweller to be shared with everyone. Felt like we were all friends by the time dinner was done, we were lucky tho as the other table had an unhappy couple seated with a young group of 6 girls. Its not a place you can linger at after eating as they move you out quickly, you can move downstairs to the lounge, but then again, why would you want to when the drinks are so slow and expensive. Go eat and leave take a walk in the fresh air afterwards, and you are ready for the next fresh air lounge. I will return for the shitake mushrooms and lobster/scallops and will try to fill whole table with friends. Given the negative its still a place i will return. Its original and a vancouver legend...

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Authentic Ambiance, Poor Food & Service
By MCW of BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 6, 2006 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

I first thought this would be a good meal, but it turned out so ugly I don't even dare to pull it out of my memory again. We arrived there at around 7pm, and we were led to the downstairs bar to wait for our seat. After 20mins we went up and it shocked me once I got up stairs because there was a couple of old women wearing a fully traditional kimono. I guess that's the uniform for managers? The decorations in there were very authentic, and so are the overall designs.

We got seated, and not surprising there was another group of customers also sat down beside us at the same time. The most disappointing part was the chef. He wasn't Japanese (not that I expected him to be) but I'm not even sure he has acquired all the skills yet. He failed 3,4 times in certain tricks and they weren't that interesting either. Anyways, the other group of customers beside us ordered tons of drinks, and at a certain point, they started to offer drinks to the chef, until at last they ordered drinks right for him. I find that some what not professional, because he wasn't even half way through cooking anything.

The food arrives, and I totally got mad at this because I ordered the "KOBE EMPEROR'S SPECIAL: Lobster & Steak" it sounded like enough, but when it came, the two are only roughly the size of your hand when put together side by side! What a rip off, the prices were high, but the food only worth half of it.

To avoid further damn to my mental health, we left that place ASAP, and like every customer, we find ourselves covered in grease….. I would never ever even go near that building again!

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Fun atmosphere, and good food.
By Lumdingo of Main Street, Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 10:41am [Dine in]

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.

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The Best
By CuisineQueen of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 2:20pm [Dine in]

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.

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Three cheers for Kobe!
By a_game of Vancouver (east) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 8, 2013 - 10:11am [Dine in]

What can I say, I always enjoy eating at Kobe!I have always received excellent service, and outstanding food while dining at Kobe.I have been to Kobe with large groups and small, and we've never encountered a snag. But hey, when you've been in business as long as Kobe you must be doing something right.

Kobe is also really helpful with dietary restrictions. One of my best friends has a gluten allergy and another is vegan, I called ahead of time to see if they could accommodate this and they were more than helpful in explaining how.

I dine out fairly often, but I keep coming back to Kobe. It truly is a special experience!

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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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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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A secret worth sharing!
By Nate_Vole of Surrey (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 7, 2009 - 11:57am [Dine in]

The family used to come here once a year, making the trek out from Surrey for the good eats. It used to bug me that I could never find advertising for this place anywhere until my brother told me that the place is kind of a secret, the sort of thing you share with your nearest and dearest.

So I grew up and I've kept that idea alive, coming here with my friends every couple of months. A bunch of us get together, pool our money, refuse to eat all day and then come and gorge ourselves on the amazing food of this place. Three or four Ultimates later and none of us want to eat anything else for a couple of days.

You gotta make a reservation, though, and you gotta expect that there's gonna by a delay if you're coming on the weekends. The place is usually packed, a sort of testament to the quality of the food given the lack of attention this place gets media-wise. I think this is, bar none, the best food in the city.

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My Kids favourite place to eat
By thehipnip of North Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 2:29am [Dine in]

I have 5 kids and when I ask them where do you want to eat tonight? They say Kobe's. Fantastic show with the chef flipping utensils while cooking. Food is excellent. It might all taste the same but still great. As a joke, ask for Ketchup.
Beware that your clothes will smell like Kobe's cooking after you leave the restaurant, this is a good thing. I think the price is too high but I guess you are also paying for the show in front of you too. Ask for Chef Mike, skinny oriental guy. He is the best Kobe has as a utensil flipper. I definitely recommend this restaurant to first time daters, although, my family and I have visited this restaurant approximately 8-10 times this year. Ok, I recommend this restaurant to anyone who's not tried it. You will love it.

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Awsesome...They still have It !
By mcgillvary of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 4, 2008 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

My companion and I had the pleasure of dining at this, dare I say old establishment and wow,it was every bit as good as I remember. The greeting we received at the door by a lovley young lady set the tempo for the rest of the service. Impeccable! The girls serving the drinks in they're retro sexy outfits were on the ball and the host was funny and accomadating. But best of all the food was everything I hoped, they always had the best teriyaki chicken in the city and still do and the lobster..OH MY GOD !! We love this restaurant and give them a 10 for consistently being one of the best in Vancouver. Way to go Kobe!!!!

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dinner kobe style
By brighteye of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 10:34am [Dine in]

had dinner there last night.even tho we had a 8 o clock reservation we were taken to our table at 9pm after i went and asked the manager what was the point of making a reservation if it had no value.. so he kindly compensated by giving us a free drink on the house.. i would have prefereed not waiting or being told at the time we phoned in that we should come later.. the steak was terrible.. tough.. not worth the price ..sea food was great..the whole entertainment value was nice..had to def wash our clothes and jackets to get the smell of the bbq smoke out.. may go again but maybe not on a saturday night.

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KOBE: Kings of Better Eating...or just plain good.
By Leesee of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 8:24pm [Dine in]

When I entered the Kobe lounge, I was struck by the simplistic beauty of it, the grand scale of the place, and thought to myself: "Geez. And this is just the place where people wait." Low lit with dark sensual colors, the lounge offers a very relaxing atmosphere where customers can talk to one another while sipping at various kinds of drinks, some of which are quite memorable, such as the Buddha cup.

After a very short wait, my compaion and I were led up a flight of stairs to the next floor, with the same sort of atmosphere that puts the customer at ease and not overly analytical as to where they want to sit and such. The U shaped positioning of tables and chairs offer a more interactive approach to dining, rather than just sealing customers off at a single table or booth.

The presentation is astounding. Fun, interesting and intricate, the chef we had obviously knew what he was doing, and doing it very well. He was attuned to who wanted what, how to seperate portions, and was overall very attentive and kind. Ask for the teriyaki suace. ;)

I left the place with a full stomach and was delighted with my experience. Hopefully, I can return as soon as possible, and I do believe my next experience will be even better.

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Perfect family restaurant
By tanakakatsumoto of Burnaby, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

Excellent food and awesome company, thats all you need to have a great time. This place is a great place for family and friend get-togethers and I will most certainly come back here to eat! The food here is better than most Japanese restaurants here in burnaby and seems to have a fusion of korean and chinese food. Overall good place!

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