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Risty's Cafe and Sushi Bar

8542 Granville St.
Vancouver, BC V6P4Z7
Tel: (604) 266-0633
Neighbourhood: West Side

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Sushi places around Granville & 70th
By aquadl of Vancouver (44 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 7:22am [Dine in]

Arrived for dinner around 6:30pm.

Seated Immediately, choose a seat by the windows. The bench seat a not bad ... updated from the the old Risty's days.

We ordered the Gyoza and 2 x Chicken Bento Boxes. The kids, especially M gobbled down 3 Gyozas, while S ate 2. We also gave them some Shrimp tempura and California roll and Miso soup.

The meal was solid, not excellent, I found the tempura batter was not light and fluffy and the salad looked a bit timed. But the chicken and the california roll was solid.

The w/c were clean, mens was small, the womens doubled as a handicap one also. The retaurant portion is also clean.

When we were done, the bill came, it had a 10% discount on it .. which is nice. We paid by CC and then we were on our way.

This place will compete again Komi Sushi .. .about a 1/2 blk(south) away, but is worth a try.

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Emphasis on SUSHI
By doughgirl of New Westminster (45 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 11:18am [Dine in]

I think the name of this restaurant should have been changed to "Risty's SUSHI and Cafe Bar". I have tried items from both the 'Japanese' menu as well as the 'Canadian' menu. After about half a dozen visits since the restaurant's 'makeover', which has resulted in a very stylish interior, my fellow dining guests & I have been consistently pleased with the various items we tried from the 'Japanese' menu. I think the Japanese food here is worth my making the effort to travel from New Westminster to Marpole.
However, on one visit I tried a burger because I wanted to know how the non-Japanese food would be, and I was very disappointed. I tried a burger that came with processed cheese even though I told the server that I did not want processed cheese. With my burger I opted for 'pan-fried potatoes' that I found tastless and greasy.
Please, go for the JAPANESE food only and take your time picking from the plentiful, wonderful variety.

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Good food good service
By stevendrowe of Vancouver (44 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

We were just in the area and decided on this place for a quick lunch.

We were welcomed with a smile with a very jolly smile and the waitress was as jolly throughout our entire time there. Very attentive and concerned that everything was good. She was also very chatty with the other people, some who were regulars and they knew each other by name. Very warm and friendly feel about it.

I had the Eggs Benedict which was very good indeed. Usually lots of restaurants will stuff your place full of fries but got a decent serving of fried potatoes. My partner had a burger which he thought was extremely good and the fries were perfect. With 2 coffees it all came to $18, not bad at all.

What I would change:
1) the coffee was average, tasted a bit like nescafe (not good)
2) the furniture needed a little updating, when the guy behind me moved (and he moved a lot) it shuffled me about making it uncomfortable for me
3) needed a bit of a paint job

Other than that we would go in there again if we were in the area.

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Breakfast not-so-special
By me_hungie of Marpole, Vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

I stopped in for breakfast a few weeks back and wasn't overly impressed. I gave it another shot yesterday and had an equal experience. Nothing wrong with the place, but for the price I was a bit disappointed with the food. Skimpy on the hash browns, only white or brown toast... Service was decent, but not overly attentive. I haven't tried the Japanese menu, but I will come back and give it a shot, based on positive reviews. For good, cheap breakfast, see my previous review. ;)

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Expectations surpassed
By Nighthawk of Delta [Ladner] (21 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 2, 2010 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

Came on the basis of great reviews so expectations very high. My gf had a huge teriyaki ydon plate that she thoroughly enjoyed. I had a sushi combo that was exceptionally satisfying. We shared a soft-shell crab that was sublime. Every patron in the dinner seemed to be sharing our experience. Decor far from eloquent or even upscale but all else including device makes up for the modest setting.

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Cafe AND sushi? Sound scary, but it works!
By roferg69 of Kerrisdale, Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 26, 2009 - 11:42am [Dine in]

We've been to Risty's several times now, and every time time they've not failed to impress. I was at first really skeptical about it - Canadian 'greasy spoon' diner food AND sushi? I figured for sure that at least one of the two would be nasty, if not both. I couldn't have been more wrong.

I've had a burger and fries there (the gravy was SO good), and it was definitely a cut above the typical greasy spoon diner fare you'd expect. As good as that was, it's the sushi that really keeps us coming back. Their prices are cheaper than reasonable, and the combos are a fantastic deal (we LOVE the Spicy Combo! Kimchee beef roll FTW!). And the sushi quality is a total knockout! Tempura rolls hit the table with HOT fillings, spicy rolls are actually spicy with flavour, and everything seems freshly prepared. Even their bubble tea is good!

The food is excellent, but the service is even better. Everytime we've gone it's been the same waitress working, and she's adorable. Always happy and friendly and smiling, she's happy to take your order and refill your drinks, and really projects a welcoming feeling throughout the place. It's a little restaurant, but it's very homey and cute inside, and absolutely spotless.

Risty's has become our de facto sushi spot - top notch food and service at a rock bottom price. Can't go wrong!

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Great Neighborhood Diner!
By kunger13 of Marpole (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

I really like this place. The breakfasts are good value if a bit flat at time, and truthfully they should probably drop the western entrees totally as the sandwiches and dinners are really not that great ( they were inheirited by the previous owners ), but the sushi is really outstanding! Whoever is making it knows what they are doing and its always consistently great.

The hostess is always there, smiling and inviting and really making you feel like a guest in her home, while they have had some ups and downs with new wait staff, the core are great and I feel special like its 'my' place when I'm there.

I hope they are in business for many years to come and I recommend it highly!!! :)

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Only been here once.
By Denzie of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 1:27am [Dine in]

The service is ehh. When the waitress was taking our orders... she didn't listen very well. My friend said "yaki udon" and the waitress was like "yaki soba." without a "?" sound at the end, and my friend had to correct her. It also took a very long time for the waitress to refill our tea cups... and also a very long time to grab her attention to get the bill since she was helping a customer wanting to take out for 20 minutes.

Food was not that good... for my friends. They all ordered some type of udon, whether it be in soup, or fried. The beef in the yaki udon was over cooked.. and so were the udons in the soup. I however was smart and did not order noodles.. and rather sushi because they had special sushi to try from. I ordered the Pink roll, it wasn't amazing.. but it also wasn't bad.

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Some amazing sushi
By 18Jellybeans of Richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 1:14pm [Dine in]

Like all other customers I was really doubtful if they could make the huge change from the old Risty’s Cafe which had a very good Canadian food menu to the new sushi bar and cafe. But, all my doubts were cleared when I had my first sushi combo there. The sushi was fresh, made fast, the service was impeccable and they didn’t bring in your orders separately! I didn’t try much of the English/Canadian food there since the pictures outside did not look that appealing but the sushi was great. They are a good restaurant but the customers have cut down visits since the new sushi menu was added... come on people give sushi a try and I promise you won’t regret it. Great place, great food, and great service at a very low price.

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Where else can you get a burger and a bubble tea for under $10?
By AreaMan of N. Burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 26, 2009 - 7:35pm [Dine in]

Took a chance on a place that oddly offered both traditional greasy spoon fare and sushi, and happy to report they do both very nicely! The sushi is fresh and very reasonably priced - especially the combos and bento boxes.

They also do something far too few sushi joints do: they bring your entire table's food at once, not just one person's! I hate sitting there while someone feels bad about eating their food. Despite that, hot food (including sushi rolls with hot fillings) always come out hot, and nothing ever tastes like it was made and sat under a lamp. Their BBT/slush/milkshake menu is pretty extensive too.

If you've been hesitating to give them a try, don't wait any longer! This is a gem of a place.

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New restaurant
By Raymond83018 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 12:36am [Dine in]

I was just walking down Granville St. when I saw that Risty's changed its name to Risty's cafe And Sushi Bar. So i did what I always did try it out. I have been there before and it was good service and and food but the place was just too old, if anyone has been there they would agree with me. Any ways the new owners sure changed the place in a good way. 1st thing walked into the door was the waitress greeting me and seating me down for a enjoyable lunch. I was handed 3 menus, one was the old menu, and the new Japanese one and the drink menu. I wanted to try the new stuff so asked for the special Box which was I choose 3 items and made my own lunch,which was really neat, I also ordered a Hony Milk Tea, man i was thinking they had everything. The food was decent speed, i got it in about 8 mins and the drink about 4 mins. I choose Salmon Sashimi, chicken teriyaki and tempura. It was better than i expected from a new place and with another menu. I had a little chat with the waitress and found out that this restaurant was owned and oprated by her family, which is really nice to know. I had the Box and Bubble tea for only under $13 which was a really darn good price thses days on top of that i got 10% off. So i paid and she handed me a take out menu, which i was look at and most likely go back there one of these days. i would suggest people who read this try out this place, it was worth my time.

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Not impressed
By Monzie of Richmond (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 1:30am [Dine in]

Being a Canadian-Japanese fusion restaurant, I expected a whole lot more from their food. Generally, the service was alright, nothing impressive at all. Also, I wasn't too sure what to order, but I ended up with a seafood udon, which turned out to be a huge mistake. The sushi rolls I hear were quite good; it's just too bad that I wasn't in the mood to eat them. Other than that, another friend of mine ordered a yakiudon and the beef was extremely stuff. Not to mention, two other friends ordered beef udon and the beef slices were clumped and stuck together unappealingly. The western food looked a lot better, and so did the breakfast, however I didn't try anything from that side of the menu.

I was expecting to enjoy dishes that were a mix of both cultures, instead I found myself looking at two different types of menus, beckoning me to pick either side. How does that make sense? Not to mention, they post a lot of their menu up on the walls with unattractive, distracting, printed out low-quality photos of random items from their menu. The prices weren't even that great either.

Definitely, will not be going back

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Good value for the money
By leroy43 of The Drive, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 23, 2005 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

It's a classic burger and fries kind of place. Their soups are home made and tasty, the burgers are the kind you need to have plenty of napkins on hand after you lick your fingers clean, and the fries are hot crisp and delicious. I even indulge in the gravy sometimes. Even the coffee's really good, and I've had self-proclaimed coffee snobs say so.

The menu runs the usual gamut: burgers with all the extras; classic sandwiches like the Reuben, Club and Monte Cristo; meals like liver & onions, ground steak with mash and veg, turkey with all the trimmings; even classic old fashioned ice cream milkshakes. And who can forget the all day breakfast with classic french toast, fried eggs, omlettes filled to bursting... The only time you'll get in trouble with the menu is if you stray from classic diner food and go for things like the chef's salad.

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