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Eatery, The

3431 W Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6R2B4
Tel: (604) 738-5298
Fax: (604) 738-5998
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano

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Don't Take It Too Seriously - Quirky and Plenty of Fun
By foundational of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 4, 2011 - 6:11pm [Dine in]

Let's face it - the Eatery is a Broadway staple that has stood the test of time for good reason. It's quirky. It's fun. And they take care of you. Perhaps it is not the most pristine environment. And perhaps the sushi is not fit for the upwardly mobile. But then again - where can you go that gives you such a lively atmosphere without the worry of what shoes you've sported or whether the waiter considers you a big tipper. They want you - period. And it shows. From the bustling pace of kitchen chefs to the attentiveness of staff without lurking over your shoulder every two seconds - the experience surely meets its benchmark. And talk about variety. No. The Eatery hasn't set out to break any records, nor has it the air of certain snobbish joints around town. The Eatery is - however - a welcoming bundle of good ol' fashioned fun - and, of course, fish. How can you beat that...

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Funky Definitely Describes The Eatery!
By Crispy of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 2:31am [Dine in]

For the longest time I've wanted to try this place, and I finally had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago. I really enjoyed the eclectic, party atmosphere. This place definitely says "Have a Good Time!" And the menu is definitely creative! It was hard to decide from all the exotic rolls listed. Some of the fusion dishes look interesting.....maybe we'll try those another time. Mr. Crispy and I tried "The Titanic", and enjoyed all the rolls very much. However, I find the prices a bit more than I'm willing to spend, considering my favourite sushi place (also in Kits) makes excellent sushi for a fair bit less $$. I had a Candy Apple Martini, and it was great. All in all, it was a good experience. Would I go there once in a while if I wanted to party with a bunch of people and eat some clever sushi? Yes. Would I make it my regular go-to sushi joint? Nope.

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Cleanliness is a MAJOR issue! Water and plates were dirty!
By coconutfan of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2009 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

I ventured to The Eatery again this evening for some sushi. First of all, there were very obvious floating white particles in our water. We asked the waitress to refill our water glasses. However, to our dismay, the water still contained "floaties" after the refill. We believed that their water pitcher was contaminated. We decided to drink out of the water glasses sparingly. Really, we should have brought our own water bottles...

The plates were distributed to us afterward. Although the plates were warm to touch, there were particles still stuck on them. We had to use our tissues to wipe the plates...

We tried "The Love Boat" combination which did not satisfy three people in terms of quantity. The sushi was tasty but there just wasn't enough! "The Love Boat" combination came out to be about $34. We decided to order the Japanese pancake (w/chicken) as well ($13). The sauce that went with the pancake was great.

I recommend doing takeout for this restaurant given their cleanliness issues. The sushi is definitely unique and tasty - the most tasty out of all of the Japanese restaurants I've tried. However, the fact that our water was contaminated dampened our dining experience.

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Funky place but bad Jap food and ok service
By foodiejunkie of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 12:04am [Dine in]

If you're looking to have really good Jap sushi, I would recommend that you go to Tomoya Sushi in Burnaby, near Kingsway and Nelson, or Samurai Sushi (cheap and BIG) on Cambie, across Gap at Oakridge.

This place was really PRETTY and FUNKY. However, if you're there to EAT, then this is not your place to go...The sushi rice was WARM (big no-no), and it was way too soft and even MUSHY - obviously made by non-Asians.

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Definitely stands out from all sushi places!
By KJG of Port Coquitlam, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 6:26pm [Dine in]

I have been to this restaurant only twice--and if I lived closer to Kitsilano, I would probably eat here regularly. This place does not get old, and there's so much to look around when you get there.

The food takes awhile, but I won't complain because whenever I've been there--it was PACKED. I've always been lucky to get there before the lineup starts, but when the food comes, it's great. I have never left there unsatisfied, or hungry. Their sushi portions, I find, are a lot bigger than if you went to Nagano's or Sui Sha Ya(sp?).

They have such a varied menu, I think for first comers--you should take a look at the menu online before going in, so you have a better idea of what you want. =)

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Funky sushi, genious.
By regulardinervan of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

girlfriend and I went to eat here due to recommendations. I'm glad to say, it was the best sushi i've ever tasted. Who ever thought about frying sushi and adding simple things like mayo and ketchup would make it taste 100x better. I recommend the cap't crunch roll for first timers like me there! IT WAS VERY GOOD!! the ambiance was kind of...wierd but i sure love that miso horny sign!

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nothing special
By adriansushi of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 6:27pm [Dine in]

After a friend's invite, I decided to visit this place. I heard it's UBC students' fav, even though I don't go UBC, still wanna find out this revolutionary restaurant everybody talkes about for a long time. To be honest, I was pretty disppointed. Maybe it's because I am from country side, but beside all the weird decor that I found interesting, the food was disappointing big time. They were tasteless and poorly presented. With the dark atmosphere and the weird light going around, it was really hard for me to see what I was really eating. The service I rated was ok because the waitress was really cute. Besides there was a big lineup, so i thought that was a busy night for the waitresses to handle, otherwise, she did bring what we asked but just delaying a bit.(she's got this accent which is really cute) the ambiance....i guess it's acceptable to the new generation, I was not comfortable at all. The value....pretty expensive considered the size of the rolls. The one thing I really like is the names of the rolls, really catchy. Other than that, I don't really understand why it could be so popular.

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Overrated
By mikiyummy of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 27, 2008 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

Honestly the service is crap. I made reservations for my friends b-day and we STILL ended up waiting for an hour for a table. And when we got in, the food got to us slow, drinks took forever to come.

Food was ok, but over priced...waitresses are pretty...but that's about it...not sure they were hired for anything other than their looks at this point. Since I asked her for tea and she acutally never bought me my tea by the end of the night.

Ambience is cool and funky but music is a little too loud to have decent conversation.

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Great experience!!! Not a single complaint!
By janjanthebasswoman of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 19, 2008 - 1:16am [Dine in]

I went here based on reviews and a recommendation from a friend with the idea that the food and the atmosphere would be great but the service would suck. Boy, were they wrong! The food, the atmosphere AND the service was fantastic!

It was packed on a Thursday night at 6:45pm (we made a reservation, highly recommended) and our waitress was very attentive, speedy and our food came out really fast. She split our bills as requested and when my friend and I said we'd share the deep fried mars bar dessert (highly recommended) the waitress took it upon herself to split the 6.50 dessert as 3.25 on each of our bills....very thoughtful, no other restaurant has done that before. Very impressed.

The menu is huge, very inventive and has some funny names for the dishes. Even though I'm not a fan of japanese food or fish, the japanese and fish items I tried were good and they do have some non-japanese or non-fish options (butter chicken and captn' crunch roll was good!)

It's a very funky atmosphere...although you are close to other people I didn't feel too close. Good music, funky decor...awesome candle sticks (a red candle stick put into a Dad's rootbeer bottle...classy!) Definitely a popular joint amongst the college crowd.

All 4 of us were first timers and we all agreed that we would LOVE to come back to this unique joint again!

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yet to disappoint!
By just_because of richmond (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 6:42pm [Dine in]

I have been to the eatery several times now, and it has yet to disappoint! I am not a huge fan of sushi, but this restaurant gives alot of variety and flare despite Vancouver's overload of sushi restaurants. They have daily specials, so I recommend you take advantage of them. Great for big groups and great for two people. Dress funky, casual, or messy! It's just one of those places!

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All show no substance
By yenkwo of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 4:45pm [Dine in]

Been to this place about three to four times, and every single time except for the first time it has been a huge disappointment in regards to the food, it is the McDonalds of sushi, wait is it wings, wait what is this place again?!? I love the way they decorated the place, but if I want to look at nice interiors I will stay home. The service is hit and miss, never going back...

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Great time for a different take on sushi.
By v00d00 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 11:32pm [Dine in]

Went there with friends.. we love sushi and thought we'd give this a try. Though their menu is hard to read in the lighting, it's vast and should appeal to most everyone.

Basically we went there to have a different take on sushi. We love rolls and the standard Japanese sushi style, but we've heard this is completely different. We heard right! It's very different, but absolutely delicious. I guess I rated them a 3, but that's a very good 3.. I mean, the place is well done, it wasn't

Give it a try.. I'd highly recommend (5/5) that you just give it a shot. You could absolutely love it there, or you could hate. Beware, I've heard it gets EXTREMELY busy on Friday and Saturday nights.. so go early enough or be prepared to wait and deal with crowds. I guess the crowds would also indicate the popularity.

Try it and see, I'll be going back.. foh shizzle!

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The Waitress didn't even apologize...
By aladdins_girl of Burnaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 1:44pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I were late meeting some of our friends in the packed little restaturant last Friday night. After being seated for a total of two minutes, the food arrived for our friends. The waitress, being so skilled and observant, spilled tempura sauce all done my sweater covered arm as she reached over me to place the food on the table. She didn't even notice, but the other server following her with more food apologized for her and even followed me to the washroom with soda to wash it out... While I was fixing this, she then dumped water all over my boyfriend's pants without noticing that either. The only time she realized (and again without apologizing) was when my friend pointed it out to her. Thanks Pochahontas for spilling food on me so I could enjoy the smell of tempura sauce on me at the lounge we went to after the Eatery.

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lots of choices!
By me_and_food of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 5, 2007 - 12:19am [Dine in]

Took awhile for my dining partner and i to decide what to eat cause there was lots of choices available on the menu. The food came about 15 minutes later and the portions were quite decent. The flavours on the other hand was just ok. I've had alot better. It sounds better than it taste. We also ordered the okonomiyaki which came to us a little cold and when we asked the waitress she said its suppose to be just a little warm... She asked us if we wanted to heat it up and we agreed and it came back like 2 seconds later a little warmed up.

The drink we ordered tasted like juice, couldn't taste any alcohol in it.

Overall the atmosphere is welcoming and the service is good. Might come back again to try other items off the menu.

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funky fun and fantastic
By Ty_Webb of Kits, Vancity (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 2, 2007 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

this is the place to eat for casual sushi in vancouver. I eat here with friends and take my mother all the time. everyone feels welcome. nice young staff. owner is a good guy who will always take the time to chat. the tuna tempura is the best part of the menu!! Only downfall - if you order take out it will take twice as long as they say to be ready.

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Funky Fusion Sushi in Kits!
By ericandkristine of Vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

I've been here several times with my friends and boyfriend, and have never been disappointed with the food. While it may be a bit pricey for sushi, it was a great deal on the fusion stuff for which they are so well known. I try to get something different from the menu and so far I have not been disappointed. From creations such as the 'Bob Marley' (avocado, mango, tuna, cusabi), to the 'Italian Stallion' (prosciutto, papaya, eel, cream cheese, hot pesto sauce), to the 'Zen Maki' (crab, tuna, salmon, prawn, unagi, scallop, cucumber, asparagus, avocado, roe) everything was an absolute hit. As a globe trotter of sorts in the sushi domain, I've seen interesting dishes, but none as many as the Eatery, and definitely not many that compares price-wise.

I've also tried some of their cocktails, and although they could use a little bit more alcohol in them they are pretty good, and at $5 each a pretty good deal.

Though the loud music and dark atmosphere may not be for everyone, it has always been fun when you're just wanting to hang out. Not the place to go if you're looking for something quieter and more romantic for sure.

Overall, favourite place to go for fusion sushi.

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candy for your eyes, nothing for your tummy
By cucci of Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 19, 2008 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

i don't understand why this place is always so busy when the food is close to crap. i feel sorry for the servers busting their asses, while the kitchen puts out wack food. tempura fried sushi rolls? yes, to hide the fact that they're terrible. i think the lighting is purposely dark so you can't see how crappy your food is, or how dirty the tables, plates and cups are.. the one huge plus for this place is that there are so many beautiful people dining here. still don't understand why though.

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unique
By vinns of marpole, vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

I came for a friend's birthday and I'm glad I tried it. The sushi was innovative, some more than others. The tuna sashimi is excellent, while the fried mars bar was ok. Definitely overpriced. The service was slow, and our waitress messed up our bill. I would come back again if I'm in the mood for funky sushi.

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Worth visiting once for the setting
By kitchennightmares of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2012 - 12:26am [Dine in]

I'm sure that I'm not the only one who realizes that this place focuses on style over function. The decor is incredible the first time but the food doesn't live up to the hype. It's not necessarily bad but there is little value and the service is slow so it's not a place worth revisiting.

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riiiiiccce
By kumquaticus of Richmond , BC (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 1:42am [Dine in]

my husband and i ordered a spider roll, a chopped scallop roll, a spicy tuna roll, and a jalapeno popper roll. the rice was overcooked and excessive in every roll, especially the jalapeno popper, which contained just a sliver of smoked salmon and only a hint of cream cheese. the portions were tiny for the price. i loved the decor, and the service was decent, but i will probably never order their sushi again.

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