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  • Food4
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  • Reviews29

Octopus Garden

1995 Cornwall Ave
Vancouver, BC V6J1C8
Tel: (604) 734-8971
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Features: Patio
  • Hours: Mon - Tue: 12PM - 9PM, Wed: Closed, Thu: 12PM - 9PM, Fri: 12PM - 9:30PM, Sat: 3PM - 9:30PM, Sun: 3PM - 9PM
  • Frequented by die-hard local Kits patrons. Silly name for a restaurant; but serious sushi. Eccentric and colorful decor.

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Excellent high end japanese sushi fusion
By vanfoodie of Downtown, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 2, 2005 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

This is a small little restaurant with a bar, 5 small tables for two, and a nook for maybe 6. The air conditioning is shaped like an octopus. The chopsticks are served with a card with japanese pronunciation of and the english translation.

The food here is sushi with a fusion of western style. The spicy tuna roll was a little bland but the spicy scallop roll rocked! The sashimi deluxe plate was beautifully decorated with a variety of fresh seafood. It was fresh, varied, and very good. For these succulent dishes the prices are on the higher side.

Overall if you want to find fine fresh sushi with an elegant presentation and price is not a concern then this is the place to go.

The restaurants link is here which contains the menu and prices (be warned that the menu looks out of date):
http://www.van-info.com/octopus/english.html

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love their omakase!
By i_heart_food of Kitsilano, Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 6:57pm [Dine in]

I always go for their omakase. Omakase is a menu where the chef prepares several dishes with the freshest ingredients that day. You should notify them of any food allergies. Their special sushi's are one of the best I have ever tasted! Especially their hamachi. I order the $60 one and it includes dessert as well as about 5-6 courses. It is a lot of food for me usually. I recommend first comers to try the omakase menu! It's really worth the try.
The service is very good. You have individual tea pots and they are filled up with hot water often by the servers. They are very polite and friendly. They also explain the omakase dishes very well.
It's a very small restaurant, so I'd recommend reservations for weekends. Overall, very nice small restaurant to go for great omakase.

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Good but slightly disappointed
By alinxx of Burnaby (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

I came here for my birthday dinner about a month ago.
I had high hopes for the restaurant after hearing such raving reviews.
We had the $100 and $60 omakase. Yes, it was a lot of food. Everything was very fresh and unique but it wasn't as good as I hoped. In the end, we felt that it wasn't worth what we paid. However, if you have the money, it's probably still worth it.
The service was good. The waitresses were polite and kind. However, the food took forever to come, which on the other hand might be a good thing because it was the head chef that was preparing our food I believe, and good food cannot be rushed.
They sat us in the "private room" in the back, which isn't really a room, we're just isolated from the main dining room. However, it wasn't really "private either" because there's another two-seater right beside us which did become occupied as we were half-way through the meal. Their table was literally right next to ours, you can barely get pass the two tables.
Overall, it was a good experience. I've always wanted to try omakase. However, the disappointment still lingers to this day.

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Why did we waste our money here?
By lotusseed of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 14, 2011 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

We went to Octopus Garden for a Saturday night dinner around 6:30pm. Due to a back log in orders, our server told us that the sushi bar would be delayed, I found this strange considering the restaurant was barely filled with customers. We ordered grilled cod which had good flavour but the portion size was extremely small. Tempura shrimp was sub-par, spicy scallop roll and nigiri sushi were a disaster. The quality of the sushi was horrible, the rice fell apart the moment chopsticks touched it. Basically we have been to all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants that had better quality sushi. The price was totally not worth the quality and amount of food we had. Also the restaurant charged $3.50 for tea, we were ok with paying for tea but the quality of tea was not worth $3.50, we have had better tea at Starbucks/Blenz for cheaper. Since we were waiting so long for the sushi to arrive, we decided against ordering more food and went else where to eat a second dinner.

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octopus garden
By RebeccaH of Mt.pleasant , Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 21, 2011 - 1:16am [Dine in]

First things first, I was supposed to come here last year for my 24th birthday but the lack of good reviews threw me off. However, I went here tonight with my boyfriend and to say the least ( and eventually the most ) it was GREAT.
For starters we ordered the Deep fried tofu in Agadashi sauce along with warm Sake. For seconds we had the Spicy Albacore tuna roll which was great, the tuna melted in your mouth and the spice added a great kick, simple but incredible. Then came our Sweet Yam Tempura and Chile+ Cream cheese rolls. They were an unexpected delight. I personally find a lot of westernized rolls to be a bit... well a bit... less then traditional if that makes any sense, However these were incredible.
We ordered another bottle of Warm Sake and for the finale the tempura banana ice cream. Not to sound to astounded... But this entire meal was great. The atmosphere was inspired as we sat at the low table and our servers were great. It was expensive , however i feel that it was worth every penny.The sushi chef's were incredible . I would say this is the best most unique sushi in Vancouver. I'd definitely recommend it for a special occasion.

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Will never come back here...
By vancityfoodie of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 18, 2010 - 10:04am [Dine in]

So we heard from some friends that this place was pretty good and we went to try it on a Friday night a while back. First of all, when we got there, it was just us and another party of 2 in the whole restaurant... a bit weird for a Friday night. It took a while for them to seat us for whatever reason. We got the menu and we noticed
that the prices were pretty high. We thought that it would probably we outstanding because really, $30 for a roll! We ordered the Sada Roll, the Lobster on Vacation, agadeshi tofu, Dragon Roll, and some raw oysters.

So first of all, the bill came out to around $120 for two people and nothing actually stood out. We went home feeling rather empty.... in the stomach and the wallet. The rolls were small and not that flavourful. The only thing that was above average were the oysters... sadly. I can't believe we even tried this horrible restaurant. We'll be sure to NEVER come back and NEVER recommend this restaurant to ANYONE. BEWARE.

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Still licking my lips a day later
By EandE of Richmond (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 12:24am [Dine in]

It was an impromptu decision to go to Octopus garden as we were shafted by a certain Dineout Vancouver restaurant which shall remain nameless. It was a good thing however as we ended up trying some of the most creative sushi this city has to offer. We had the Pavarotti udon, tuna orange gomae salad, seared ahi tuna and the SADA roll. All the dishes were exquisitely presented. The quality of the ingredients are excellent. Very refreshing.

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Oishi
By fatD of Yaletown (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 12:06am [Dine in]

We stumbled on this place one night a few years back and have been regulars here ever since, Sadasan's one of the top chefs in town (along with Hide at Ajisai and Hojima at Sushi Hachi) serving new, creative, Japanese cuisine. Ingredients are top notch as well as the heart that Sadasan puts into his food.

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Amazing Sushi, $$$ but you get what you pay for
By jimbovan of South Granville, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 11:52am [Dine in]

This is on my tops list for places to eat in Vancouver. The staff and chef Sada are very friendly and welcoming. The food is authentic japanese, with many repeat customers from Vancouver and abroad. The menu is not overly diverse, but if you do not see something you like, ask, as they can often prepare things for you.

The spicy tuna roll (formerly spicy tuna z) is incredible and a must order. I usually ask what fish they have fresh and order fresh nigiri. They frequently have otoro, akami and chuo toro which is a real treat. On my last visit chef prepared us a foie gras sushi which was not on the menu, but absolutely amazing - I thought it would be too rich but it was perfectly balanced with a mango glaze. If this appeals to you, ask him to prepare one for you.

I would characterize this restaurant as being on the expensive side - I expect to drop $40 minimum at each visit so its not somewhere I go every week. But the quality and service are outstanding, so it is never too long before I return again. Reservations often required especially in the summer as the beach crowds descend to the area.

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