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Shota Sushi & Grill

5688 Yew Street
Vancouver, BC V6M3Y3
Tel: (604) 263-8068
Neighbourhood: Arbutus Ridge
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Delivery
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Located on Yew Street, Shota’s warm Japanese inspired decor with arched windows and high ceilings invites diners to relax, enjoy fine food & wine and to absorb the ambiance. As well as seating in the main dining room, Shota’s bar accommodates up to 30 and the pretty, outdoor terrace is heated and used well into the fall.

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Really good rolls
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 6:39pm [Dine in]

Came to this restaurant in the heart of Kerrisdale on a Saturday afternoon for lunch. When we arrived I half expected a typical small Japanese restaurant, but this place was spacious and cozy. My husband and I really enjoyed the comfortable couch-like chairs. We ordered a scallop magma roll, a red roll and a tobiko fried rice.
The scallop magma roll was spicy tuna topped with chopped scallop, masago and shota's original black sesame sauce. I'm not usually a big fan of spicy tuna, but this version was nice and not really spicy. What made this roll delicious was its unique taste and the black sesame sauce. The red roll was salmon katsu, cucumber and avocado topped with crab meat, smoked salmon and tobiko. Also very tasty and fresh. The salmon katsu was crunchy so that added a nice texture to the entire roll. The tobiko fried rice was a nice combination of tobiko, rice, shrimp and some kind of sweet radish topping. It was really good. Service was pretty good - our teacups were filled quite often. Overall it was a nice experience, but I imagine I would have to spend way more money if I wanted to try the more exotic items on their menu. Hope to come back soon! =)

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Love the Rolls!
By moussy of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 2:49am [Dine in]

Shota is right beside the big starbucks on 41st in Kerrisdale. This is seriously the only sushi place in Kerrisdale worth visiting. After going to the others, they cannot compare.

Their special rolls are delicious, especially the scallop magma (?). Their sashimi is fresh and diverse as well, ranging from the typical to very expensive and unique sashimi. This place is for the adventurous and traditional sushi lovers alike. Service is attentive as well. A great place to go. But, the udons aren't so great if you're a udon lover.

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Always Delicious!
By eliogee of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 9, 2010 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

Have been to Shota a few times now, and every time I have been more than satisfied. Yes it may be a little more pricey than the average sushi joint, but it is so worth it for the quality and freshness of the fish. The wild sockeye sashimi is to die for, all the fish used in their specialty rolls is amazing as is all the nigiri I have ever had there. If all you eat for sushi is the standard California Roll or Dynamite Roll than sure you can get comparable sushi anywhere, but if you eat sushi for the fish, this is the place to go. Have also never been let down with the appetizers. Spinach Gomae is fresh and light, sunomono salad has little bunches of rolled noodles - truely unique, and the deep fried spicy tuna well again, just delicious. The restaurant itself is also nice. Standard tables, sushi bar seating, booth type seating and big comfy chairs in the middle - you never know where you will end up. I find the lighting to be nice as well. Very well lit, but it's a soft light which makes for a nice mood. The only area that is slightly lacking is the service. Although I have never had an experience as some others have reported, they are a little slow with refilling tea, clearing plates, and bringing the bill, but the order and food arrival has always been very prompt. Even though I have to drive a good 20+ minutes to get there, it's definitely my top choice for sushi in Vancouver.

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Horrible Service
By paucho of Kerrisdale, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

I've been to this place handful of times, but the wait staff never fails to disappoint. My last visit, the hostess walked past us several times before she sat us to the sushi bar. Took several minutes for the menu to appear and for the following five minutes no one came to take the order or confirmed if we placed an order. I could not take it any longer and had to walk out of the place. Such poor service.

From what I remember, the food was decent, but nothing to write home about. They don't have a separate lunch menu, which is another disappointment.

I will never go there again.

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Decent Sushi in Kerrisdale, Creative Menu
By rmfont of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 23, 2010 - 11:34am [Dine in]

Compared to many of the "Japanese" restaurants in Vancouver this one is pretty good. Visited for the first time a few months ago on a friend's recommendation and returned a few times since then. I agree with some of the other reviewers who've found the menu to be a bit pricey, but it's still worth checking out. The food has always been extremely fresh and the service has been friendly and attentive. The menu covers all the bases and also offers many unique and creative rolls and dishes worth trying. Even with the simple dishes like sunomono and gomae, there is a noticeable difference in the quality and taste compared to cheaper restaurants. Will be back again.

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Too Saucy
By StephMauer of South Granville (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 1:14pm [Dine in]

Atmosphere was good! The toro tuna sashima was one of the best I've had. Had a great balance of meatiness and meltiness. The speciality house sushi's were creative but were covered in sauce. The subtlety of the fish was overpowered by black sesame paste, and mayonnaise. But if you like sauce. Go for it!

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meh
By hotdogg of kitsilano (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 2:03pm [Dine in]

Food: was okay but definitely not outstanding

Servie: they weren't busy when we arrived so we got our seats right away but the server disappeared without giving us a menu. We waited about 20minutes. our server came back and asked if we were ready to order. i was very upset but decided to just let it go. we got the menu and ordered. we waited 45minutes for our food.. they weren't busy at all. i was furious.

Value: way over priced for what you get.

Ambiance: not so bad

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Great Sushi Place
By jrgirl of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 6, 2007 - 4:40am [Dine in]

I always had the dinner for 2. Their special rolls and hot pot are amzing. The price is a little bit expensive. But I guantee you they worth it.

Everthing is good expect sometimes there are a few small flies and mosquitoes in the restaurant in summer time.

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Not a fan of this place.
By valhalladclxvi of North Van, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

Okay, I've actually spent time in Japan so a few comments here. First, in any and every real Japanese restaurant, you will get good service. Not so with this place. Additionally, if you are going to charge a lot for your food, it better be good and not sub par. Well, I guess that is too much to ask for here. Considering there are a million decent Japanese restaurants in Vancouver, I will definitely not be coming back here anytime soon. Hopefully, they can turn things around.

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Love the scallop magma roll
By Arlui of Richmond (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

I come to Shota every so often (it's kind of far since I live in Richmond) but this is definitely one of the places I would go if I wasn't thinking of all-you-can-eat. Their scallop magma roll is REALLY good and I will always order it. Their tempura is also very fresh.

I'm not sure how it was for other people but we are always greeted promptly when we arrive and food usually come quickly.

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way over priced
By the_world of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 2:12pm [Dine in]

Kerrisdale has too many sushi restaurants as it is. They are all average but this restaurant boasts to be the best in Kerrisdale. I don't think so. The food is ok. Not great but not bad...however, the prices are too high for the quantity and quality of food. Asa and Hachi are just as good for less money

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Best scallop magma roll
By mspiggy of Burnaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 13, 2009 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

I am an occasional diner at Shota as it is unfortunately not located in my neighbourhood. However, everytime I dine here the rolls are consistently delicious, with fresh seafood rolled in original recipes. I feel I must clarify some false claims in previous reviews as Shota does have lunch menus for good value. There are bento boxes for less than $10 and a special famous roll sushi with salad, soup and a side for under $13.

My ultimate favourite is the scallop magma roll with spicy tuna and scallops drizzled in a yummy black sesame sauce. Spicy tuna is also another favourite with their own house special sauce and pieces that melt in your mouth. I always leave Shota very satisfied.

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Disappointing
By VanFan of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

I decided to try Shota after being told over and over again how great it is. To my disappointment, not only is the sushi really not that great, it's also overpriced. The only plus I can think of was the presentation.

I wouldn't go back there. I'd rather spend my money on decently priced sushi that tastes better.

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Always Great
By mistral Bistro of Kitsilano (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

We love this restaurant and go there almost every week - the only time we're not working in our own restaurant. The lunch formula of $12.95 is an excellent value, it offers miso soup, salad and 1 choice of 4 little appetizers, plus a choice of one of the Speciality rolls. All the rolls are excellent, salad always fresh, miso soup and tea nice and hot and appetizer tasty.
The room is comfortable and design tasteful and shows the investment of the owners. It is not a hole in the wall like some other sushi places, and if you complain about the prices, you should take that into consideration.
Service is always courtois and discreet as well as professionnal.

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