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Takarabune Japanese Restaurant

6459 Victoria Drive
Vancouver, BC V5P3X5
Tel: (604) 321-0036 Order Online
Neighbourhood: East Vancouver

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Authentic Japanese
By xlee8 of Delta (113 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 12:11am [Dine in]

Food: assorted sushi, negitoro roll was all fairly fresh. cali roll was typical altho a littler larger than ur standard size. agadashi tofu had 6 large pieces. i liked how there was diced radish and ginger for garnish. added a special something. edamame was a little bit larger than we were use to- no complaints there! gyoza was average.

Service: we were seated promptly upon arriving. server came by to refill our tea. food came in a timely manner. didnt have any problems waiving anyone down at anytime.

Value: a tad pricier than most japanese restaurants...however those are prob the chinese run japanese restaurants! i dont mind coming here once in a while, it's near by, the sushi/sashimi is fresh, and there's just something about a japanese restaurant actually run by japanese ppl!!

Ambiance: interior has a few jap signature pieces as an attempt to give it an authentic feel but for the most part it's fairly boring. booth seats make up most of the seating but there is a bit of seating available at the sushi bar if ur so inclined.

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Yummy!
By hungryfordinner of Vancouver (125 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

Food: Really delicious authentic Japanese cuisine! I love how their miso soup isn't overly salty like most restaurant's. Really fresh sashimi. Great tempura!

Service: Very friendly servers. Food could have come at the same time though...

Value: Pricier than other Japanese restaurants, but nothing outrageous. It's good quality food so it's worth it.

Ambiance: Decent.

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Not too bad
By EatsFats of Vancouver (312 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

Well, no doubt about the rating for me here. A rare place actually run by Japanese I think. The food is very decent. Nothing super-outstanding, but not bad either.

Inside, well ... middle of the road. Nothing amazing here. Service is pretty decent, no complaints. And the food? Decent. Nicely done, not like some of those mass volume, ultra-cheap places. My one complaint is the house special roll, which tasted good, was well done, but it is GARGANTUAN! I mean, how are you supposed to eat this bloody thing? Kind of misses the point, doesn't it? Pretty good deal though.

It's not somewhere I'd go to get "wow'ed", but if I'd a craving for sushi and I was close by, this is probably the best choice in the area. Good value, good food.

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Hasn't changed much
By Kujibo of West Vancouver (127 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

This is one of the first japanese restaurants I used to frequent 15 years ago. Had a recent visit after not being back for a few years. It really hasn't changed very much. It's a real japanese restaurant.

Food I can't complain about. Nothing too special, but nothing bad. My biggest complaint is they seem to cut the sashimi too thick now, and sushi is also a bit too big. Sashimi should be thin enough that you can load enough soy sauce on it without choking down a huge piece in one bite. Sure you probably get more this way but it's just not right in my opinion. I think a 4 is a bit generous for food, I actually give it a 3.5.

Service in the past has been alright, but nothing special either. On this trip though the restaurant was pretty busy and service spotty. They bring water in tiny glasses. I like to drink a lot of water when I eat sushi. I would have needed 8 of those glasses, and I knew I wasn't going to get it. Only got one refill and was dry for most of the time. Come on, just give us bigger glasses or leave the pitcher or whatever. It was hard to ask for stuff because they were rushing away before you could finish talking.

Ambiance isn't any different than 15 years ago. Back then it was fairly acceptable, but restaurants have made a point these days of making themselves a special place to visit. Even places with crap food have nice digs. Honestly this place looks like a bit of a dump. But you might find the same thing in Japan, so it's only out of context here.

One thing I did notice on this visit is in their latest menus, their bentos and boats are actually priced pretty well - $12 to $17 for dinner boxes and $41 for a boat for two. That's quite reasonable for authentic japanese so props to them.

There are other Japanese places I'd rather eat (even if not Japanese run) but I'll probably be back once every couple of years for the something different experience.

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Great !
By christine88 of Vancouver (east) (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

Went with my friend to eat here today, and one of the waitresses recommended me the Dragon Roll. It looked really nice and was delicious. I also ordered the Deep Fried Chicken wings, which i'm in love with, it is really cripsy and tastes great. The waitresses are very polite and helpful. I will definitely go to this place to eat again.

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Very good !!
By stellaacmes of Vancouver (east) (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 9:01pm [Dine in]

Haven't been here for about half a year and realized they changed the owner, I ordered the bbq black cod and i highly recommend it. The fish is very smooth and tastes great ! The sashimi is also very fresh. The service is really good as well, the waitresses are really nice and friendly. I highly recommend this place, and will go back frequently.

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Consistent quality
By richie_rich of vancouver (39 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 15, 2008 - 1:46am [Dine in]

Hello there,

Whenever I'm in south Vancouver and have a craving for some Japanese. This is the place!! Location wise...its kind of hidden in a corner of a little strip mall between Churches Fried Chicken and Value Village. Parking is okay and it tends to get busy during the weekends so come early. My favs are the B.C. rolls, the variety of bento boxes and the specials they have on a white board as you enter the establishment. Highly recommended.

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Good japanese food
By valueseeker of Marpole, Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 8:48pm [Dine in]

I have gone to this Japanese restaurant many many times and is my favorite restaurant. There is nothing fancy on the menu, but the food is good quality and the prices are reasonable. The wife and I went there for lunch today and had bento boxes. The sashimi in her bento box tasted very good and the chicken terriyaki is always yummy (not too much sauce and crispy skin). I don't think you can find better bento boxes for the price. Unagi rolls and chopped scallop rolls are our favorites. The chopped scallop they use are plump in size. Tempura udon is another favorite of mine. Service is almost always very pleasant even when they are busy, which is most of the time.

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Good quality
By foodmonkey of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

First time here. Recommended by someone who frequents the place. Regular sushi place ambiance with strangely large chairs in the booths. Food was very good overall. Cali rolls were well-stuffed with crab. Deep-fried mashed potatoes were excellent. I didn't care for the chopped scallop (bland) roll but two others at the table did, so they win 2-1.

Very good if you're in the neighborhood. Not a drive-across-the-city destination, though.

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Good food, good prices
By Junior98 of vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 1, 2006 - 1:19am [Dine in]

This place is always consistent. I've been here a number of times and it's a good place to go if you're looking for a place to just have dinner with family or a long time partner. The decor (especially the chairs) leave a lot to be desired. The prices are very reasonable, and the staff is all Japanese. It's very busy with mostly families which means there's kids so can be kind of noisy.
The servers are nice but they could probably use an extra waitress or a bus boy.
There's numerous bentos and combinations to choose from. And I pretty much like all their dishes. I don't like the grilled mackeral because it tastes like it was obviously frozen (rubbery) and the sushi can be slow. I'm not a big fan of california rolls and the ones here are no exception. Unfortunately, most of the combos seem to come with the obligatory three pieces of california roll.
The dressing they make for the salads is delicious.

The parking lot is kind of tight so I prefer parking in the Value Village parking lot next door.

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Changes, unfortunately, not for the better.
By technicality of South Van (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 7:21pm [Dine in]

The food was solid, like it usually is, except for a few strange changes. The Ohitashi is usually prepared in a manner in which the spinach is assembled in a rectangular shape with no loose ends. The one we got today is a different story. The spinach wasn't assembled in any particular fashion and was extremely sandy. Tenpura tasted and smelled oily. The rice used in the sushi and dons is no longer Japanese rice. However, the zaru soba and unagi are still about the same as it used to be.

The original head chef no longer works there after the restaurant changed hands back in August. Mango pudding and Corona is now added to the drinks and dessert menu via hand-written self-adhesive address labels.

Takarabune has always been my go-to authentic Japanese restaurant in the area in which I live, so I've witnessed their changes over the years. And unfortunately, this may be the last time I return.

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Okay good, okay prices, bad service
By sushiyumyum of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

The food is consistent.. its good but it's not great. They have a good chicken teriyaki but their sushi is just 'meh'. The service is terrible.. i go to this place every now and then for convenience since it's very close to where i live. Every time there's a wait, they dont even bother to acknowledge that i came in and would like to put my name down for a table.. instead they just continue serving the customers that area already seated, not greeting you until they feel its convenient for them. Dont ever leave cash that almost equates 15% tip and expect them to give you change back. One time the service stank and i gave them 40$ (two twenties) for a 35 dollar meal and expect them to give me some change, but they just assumed that its all for them. I had to eventually ask.

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Excellent Japanese Food
By nogami of Coquitlam (39 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 1:54am [Dine in]

Went to Takarabune with a group of 8 people - had a great time, we ordered a big feast and it was delivered very quickly and efficiently by the servers!

Food was very tasty, and quite reasonably priced. Decor is basic but clean - it's not really designed for large groups though. It tends to be quite busy on weekends, so phone ahead for reservations.

I'll be back!

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Consistently good.
By truereview of New Westminster (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 13, 2006 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

Been to this restaurant a number of times, and will continue to go back. The ambiance can be a little loud since it is a small place and many families come here for dinner. If you have a larger group I'd recommend reservations. The food is excellent with real crab in their cali rolls, and good donburi bowls and box combos. I love how this place is owned by Japanese, which is reflected in their polite service. I always have a consistent experience when I come here. The only negative would be their prices are a little expensive for dinner, but otherwise a solid restaurant.

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New owners are not Japanese
By Helpful Joe of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

I used to love this place. Perfect genuine food that the staff really put a lot of effort into preparing.

But the owners have changed, and so have 90% of the staff. The main waitress lady definitely puts a lot of effort in, and the new sushi chef still seems decent, but really it's not the place it once was.

I would still go if you want some ok cheap Japanese, but it's no longer my #1 place for genuine Japanese. I haven't found a new one yet... although I do have an idea of where to try next....

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Real sushi... & the 'other stuff' is excellent
By Helpful Joe of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 1:00pm [Dine in]

I'm not a sushi fan, so I like that the 'other stuff' is so good. They do a great job of all of the dishes, and the various sea foods are done really well. Feels like you are in Japan - you get to see the sushi chef working away in the middle of the restaurant.

Service is good... bringing you drink top ups and a little sample of something extra that you didn't order. Decor is average. Value is better the average considering the quality of food you are getting (I normally spend ~ $30/person here).

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This is my hidden gem
By ratrod of Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2009 - 4:50pm [Dine in]

I really do like this place. The staff is generally friendly, and the chefs are always quick with hellos and goodbyes when you're coming an going. The place looks pretty good too, but it does not have that special something that brings it to the next level.

The food though, is really good and well prepared.

p.s. The house roll is HUGE! It's practically a novelty.

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Average Jap restaurant
By Bellybean of Burnaby (14 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 6, 2006 - 10:43am [Dine in]

Went there couple days ago for dinner. The menu has a a lot of hot food items and the regualr sushi and rolls. Ordered the sockeye salmon sashimi and came with 5 very thing slices. It was a little pricey considering the ambience and services it offered. The decor inside is a little old and out of date. Other food were ok but not impressive. After all it is not bad but nothing really standout.

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eye2bye
By a5a96561 of arbutus ridge (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 11:02am [Dine in]

Not fancy but excellent value.Preparation excellent and everything fresh as can be.No reused cooking oil here,tempura done to a turn.It's the nearest we,ve found to a tradtional Tokyo establishment at 1/4 or less of the price.
Location somewhat obscure,tucked away in a mini mall onVictoria off 49th.Menu somewhat different lunch and dinner.Avoid the week-end or be prepared to wait.

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Under Rated
By JapaCan of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, August 6, 2006 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

I love eating at japanese restaurants but recently stopped going for a while due to being dissatisfied with so many of them! If you're tired of going to IMITATION Japanese restaurants go here. Highly recommend the Boxes and the Boat if going with a couple friends. I also loved the ramen and california rolls.

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