A funky Japanese Restaurant that strays from the ordinary.
The Eatery is a hip place to be any day of the week, but as it has already been stated one would not like to have a first date or an introduction to the family there. The service leaves something to be desired, but I think it is partly because they are severely understaffed at all times. Plus as it is “the place to be” it’s consistently packed and the waits can be long just to get a table, not to mention receiving your food. The best time to go is normally during the day for lunch as you can eat, have room to breath, and often receive your food on time. On the whole the food is a little pricey in comparison to most Japanese food restaurants, but the menu offers interesting variations on old classics (the Godzilla Roll comes recommended). Ultimately though the Eatery provides a very hip atmosphere, with plesant but over worked staff, and is not a bad place to grab a bite to eat and a beer with your friends, just as long as you have time to wait.
Due to the overwhelmingly poor service, overall this restaurant receives a poor rating from me.
Food was ok, fairly decent sushi but nothing exceptionally special.
Service was very poor. Took 2 hours to get our food, order was mixed up, child not served a cup of miso soup for 45 minutes. Server left half way through the drink orders and did not return. Bartender had to be found to complete drink orders. Never once asked if we wanted drink refills. When our dinner finally did arrive the combo was short more then 1 roll. Waitress never once offered explanation as to why service was so slow. Had to inquire multiple times as to where our food was. Server also expressed displeasure at being asked to split the bill for us.
Ambience: Although known to be funky, the music was blasting so loudly that we couldn't hear eachother over the table. It went from Funk to Flunk in my books. The music caused the waitress to have a difficult time hearing our orders and the continual techno dance music pounding during dinner made us want to eat and run.
I would not dine here again.
The Eatery has a cool menu and decor, but one of the worst sushi plates I have found in Vancouver! There are other places that offer much better taste, quality and value in their sushi than here. Next time we are craving the crazy style sushi rolls we will stick to Ebisu (Robson) or Charcoal (Richmond).
We ordered a dozen wings (honey garlic), Captain Crunch roll, Paper Crane roll, Jalapeno Popper roll, Tex Mex roll & The Volcano. The wings were breaded & deep fried, only had a tiny bit of sauce and were very dry. The rolls were so dissapointing- each were extremely small and did not taste very fresh. The Captain Crunch (deep fried California roll) had lots of rice but almost no filling. Don't think I will be going back here again.
I have eaten at the Eatery many times and it has been good every time until tonite. I just had the worst sushi ever and am incredibly disappointed. I have never written a review on any restaurant but this food quality was so poor I felt compelled to let others know.
All 3 varieties I had of sushi were cold, the rice was mushy and tasted atleast day old. The yams were cold, the avocado overripe and the cucumber had lost all crispness. I couldn't finish the meal and because it is pouring, didn't venture out to return it and get a refund.
I will never eat at the Eatery again.
We went there for a dinner on the weekend. The sushi took more than an hour to come. While waiting for the food the waitresses went out of the way to up sell alcoholic beverage, though each of us already had two drinks. When we declined and inquire about our food, we had to face a frown. Finally when the sushi and rolls came, it was terrible!! I don't appreciate this sloppy stuff. I just felt that we wasted two hour of our life and never go back to this restaurant again. Bad choice
This place used to have a great reputation. Some years ago, I thought it was a fun place to eat and people watch. In the the last couple years I've found the food less than great and overpriced and the service has been really poor. I have not had a friendly server in ages. I won't be going anymore.
Sushi are really good here but every time we order from the daily special menu, they always end up charging us the full price. We asked them to fix that 20 times already and the price is always wrong in my bill. Bunch of crooked! Check your bill or remember the price of what you order on special! So many people don't notice and don't get the discount in the end.
Me and my girlfriend dined here. She raved about the place, but I found it disappointing. The menus and general cartoon/weird decor was cool, but I thought the place was too dark and the music too loud: more suited for a cocktail bar. Definitely worth seeing once, but not sure if I'll go back.
I was at the Eatery again last night, as I have been going there for the past 4 years. Once again, I was impressed with the food and service. The restaurant was a bit chaotic but I believe it was due to the new menu launch that took place. The Eatery replaced some old rolls with new funky ones, which are unbelievable. I had the Crazy Spice and Figa Roll and was very happy. They also added a Wasabi Martini to the menu. I was a bit hesitant ordering it, but I did just to try. IT WAS GREAT. Not too spicy, and very refreshing. My server was nice, friendly and caring. The kitchen was a bit busy, but she informed us our rolls might take an extra 5-10 minutes in the beggining. It was worth the wait. I noticed the age range increased in the past year from late teens to mid twenties. A definate place any young couple, grooving parent, or singles would want to go.
The Eatery is, and will be, my favorite sushi restaurant.
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Alright, all I'm gonna say is that if you find this place too dark or too loud, you're probably just too old! (Nothing a much-younger-girlfriend or flashy new sports car can't fix. JUST KIDDING!) I can see that this place has got a lot of fans, and a lot of haters too, and that just makes me love it all the more. And it looks like I'm gonna say more. A lot more...
The Eatery is an EXPERIENCE -- while it can provide a quick, easy place to catch a bite (though maybe Saturday night at 8pm this statement rings less true..but I have gone in during non-peak hours and been in and out at astounding speeds!) the Eatery also provides a more..."involved"... experience for those who seek it. Trip balls and gaze at your surroundings. Jam out with your clam out to the DJ's beats. Perv in the photo gallery while pretending to wait for the washroom. Perv on your smokin hot waitress (but subtly...I have heard they can be kind of crazy?)
The food is freakin hilarious, but I go there sometimes with my friends who don't like sushi and there's plenty of boring stuff on the menu for them too. (Ha!) Plus the prices are super reasonable! I don't think any of the rolls cost more than ten bucks. Yes, you can get slightly cheaper sushi elsewhere, but the prices aren't off the wall and you get amazing atmosphere and ridiculous selection as well. And I mean RIDICULOUS! The menu is like thirty pages long! It's awesome! Basically, there's something for every one, unless you're old or left your reading glasses at home, or are just a plain old wet sock.
This place is a party! The ambience is such that you feel you've almost entered another world...I mean, what kind of restaurant has crazy shit hanging from the walls, AND a freakin DJ, AND to-die-for-munchies (TUNA TEMPURA!!!!!!! Trust me! OH and also ICHI ROLL mmmmmmm hot contenders for a last meal, let me tell you!) AND delicious offerings from the bar that border on cheap!? Oh, and the bar tender, I think his name is John? Now there's a character! Seriously, such a cool dude, always up for a chat, making you feel welcome and at home even if its your first time through the doors. I think he's an artist or something.
Also super cool is the proprietor, Randy. You'll see him in there all the time, cruising around the restaurant and working the room, saying hello to everyone, it's really awesome, totally makes you feel welcome, such a friendly vibe! One of my BFFs had her birthday party there, and he even gave her an Eatery g-string! So hilarious!
Oh God, I've really spun a bit of a novella here, haven't I? Anyway, let me return to my point, which I lost so long ago: that YES, it can be dark and loud and crowded and chaotic, but hey, that's why those of us who love it love it so much. Give me hot and noisy to an anemic cookie cutter Cactus Club any day of the week! If you haven't yet, you must give this place a try, it's a Vancouver institution for good reason. Let the haters hate! VIVA EL EATERY!
I have always been a fan of this place. funcky sushi roll and loud music (live DJ). It is an awesome place for friends to chill.
I have visited them a couple of time this summer and "disappointed" is the only word that can describe my experience.
You can never catch your server's attention. It takes forever for anything to be delivered to your table. Chicken wings are over cooked (which might be why it takes forever). Sushi rolls are over priced. There is only one bathroom for each sex.....
First of all.... we were seated right by the kitchen where we could see everything going on behind.
The guys cooking in there didn't have ANY head bands or hats on, and they looked like
students working part time jobs. Some of them were going in and out of the kitchen making very loud noises. We ordered the love boat- the tuna sashimi was fine, as it was drenched
soggy in some sauce that made it okay. There was only one thing needed to be said about the rolls: they were WARM...actually there's more to say about the rolls, too much rice compared to fish, and the "fusion" thing wasn't really working out..The ingredients seemed mismatched and made it even disgusting.
This place needs to work less on their websites or "funkiness" and improve on food quality.
Cuz people come here ultimately for the food, not to stare at some cool cartoon displays.
I've lived in Vancouver for 2 1/2 years, and have been to The Eatery in double figures since I moved here. I've never been disappointed with the food, and in fact, the Tuna Tempura dish would be part of my last meal on Earth. It's phenomenal.
The service varies depending on when you go, and if you've booked a table. If you book, you're all set. No waiting around. If you just show up, expect a wait. It does seem like they could do with hiring a couple more servers per night, especially on weekends, but I can overlook that. If you go for an early dinner, you'll find yourself getting served very promptly.
I absolutely love the sushi - the menu is large and varied, and the selection for non-sushi eaters is vast. You'll find something for everyone.
They have a deep fried Mars bar on the dessert menu too. If you're tempted to clog your arteries, I'd suggest you split it with at least one other person. It's very rich, but a try-at-least-once-in-your-life kind of deal.
Unfortunately it does seem that the music has become louder over the last couple of years. Either that or I'm just getting old. Either way, it would be good if they'd turn it down a smidge so you could hear your conversation.
Despite that, I'd recommend it to anyone, purely for the Tuna Tempura, if for nothing else.
In the past 12 months we have gone twice for two of our daughters teenage birthday dinners. Each time the service has been consistent, the food has been consistent and we leave with full stomachs.
It's a great hip Kitsilano restaurant with an extensive menu (give yourself time to read through it) and a very cool atmosphere that doesn't disappoint us.
We went to the Eatery recently for a birthday party with a group of eight people, all in their mid 30s. I had never been before, but some members of our group had, and warned that service was sometimes so-so on busy nights (we went on a Saturday). I can only speak from my one-time experience, but the service was some of the best I have ever had! Not only was our server (Alicia?) prompt, polite, and helpful with the menus, but she actually made the birthday more enjoyable. One of us had some mint leaves in a glass that we had already poured some beer into; she apologized profusely and brought us another glass and another entire big Sapporo! When it was time to order, she was very helpful with menu suggestions (it's a big menu) and was very accommodating. Food was pretty quick considering how busy it was. She came back for quality check and chatted with us for a while. After dinner though was really special. Didn't even have to be asked, once plates were cleared she brought out a free dessert with a sparkler. Made the whole occasion really enjoyable!
(She was also really pretty, wanted to ask for her number but didn't have the nerve. So maybe I'm a bit biased.)
I had driven by this place many times during the day but never was that interested by the exterior. It's way different on the inside (at night?), with cool neon signs 'Miso Horny', 'Who's Your Sushi Pimp', etc. Funny pictures by the bathrooms too, maybe not that appropriate for little kids/conservative parents. The entire place was a little grungy for a restaurant, had more of a bar feeling to it, but was interesting enough it didn't matter (though I can see how some people would be turned off). The ceilings are covered with crazy sculptures and pop-culture paintings. Like other people have said, it's a little dark inside, and REALLY noisy, but hey it's not aiming for the fine dining experience, and it's great at what it does.
Don't have too much to say about the value. It was more expensive that your average sushi restaurant, but way more fun. Sure you can get the average roll for <$5 at most places, whereas the 'Funky Creations' at the Eatery cost more, but some of the more expensive ones were well worth the money. The drinks were average price, some were clearly aimed at a younger crowd (the Jailbait?) but were overall good value.
Overall, the food was really good. We shared a bunch of appies and then ordered individual rolls/sashimi.
Tuna Tempura - simply delicious! We got one but then ordered three more in total because they were so good. I was expecting regular tempura with tuna instead of veg/prawn but it was very different, don't know how to describe it but it was EXCELLENT!
Fat Elvis - similar to the tuna tempura but with avocado not tuna. Not quite as good as the tuna but still awesome.
Barbeque 'Carubi' - really good.
Nobashi prawns - okay, nothing spectacular.
Gyoza - low point of the meal for me, not as good as other gyoza I've had.
Devil's Tail - fantastic, little bit spicy, favorite roll of the meal.
Volcano - presentation was beautiful, roll was delicious (deep fried) but I didn't like the "bed of spicy crab meat".
Spicy salmon crunch - shaped like a flower, quite simple but absolutely delicious. Better than spicy salmon/tuna/scallop rolls I've had elsewhere.
Tuna/salmon sashimi - very good, very fresh.
For drinks I had mojitas, sake bombs, and beer. The mojitas were really good.
Overall we all had a great time and I will be going back for sure.
I've been to the Eatery several times. The food is always yummy & well-priced, the decor a matter of personal taste, the music too loud, and the service has ranged from ok-ish to great.
Specific to my most recent visit:
I met up with a small group of friends and the causal atmosphere was perfect. We noted some of the weirder decor (smoking bunnies?) and it definitely gave us something to talk about. I didn't really hear any specific music as I was trying to focus on listening to the conversation (the sound was muffling - I couldn't hear what someone 3 seats down was saying - unless we talked LOUD). Our server was sweet and helpful with menu questions.
We ordered all food to share. The pork gyoza was ok (but I don't often find GREAT anywhere). ALL the sushi rolls were totally delicious! We got 8 very different ones to try - ranging from veggie to all kinds of seafood, sweet to spicy. We all found them tasty (I was especially happy cause I'm pretty timid of anything with the word "spicy" and, although there was noticeable spice, I still liked it).
Perfect ending: all the food (2 small starters - I didn't try, gyoza & 8 rolls) came out to $14 per person!
The entire restuarant takes 'scene' to a whole new level. It's basically like Sushi in Wonderland, or a white-washed version of Japan on cocaine. The entire restaurant is trying [a lot] too hard, but hey- it has people talking, right? A memorable experiance for sure, a few times I kind of felt like getting up and dancing on my table because the music was so club-like. I don't think it would have been too out of place either. It's a good place to go on a blind date because theres a lot to talk about, plus you would avoid any awkward silences because you can hardly hear yourself think. Bottem line: its a fun place to be 16 and drunk. Oh, and the food? Well.. it was nothing special. Not traditional japanese food at all but fun to try. Prices were decent. Service was fine. If it wasnt for its outrageous atmosphere I don't think i'd remember it.
Yes the Eatery is not a quiet, uptight posh place, but it does have some great interesting rolls and an edgy atmosphere. We have been there at least 30 times and usually order the same thing. I have ordered rolls that I didn't like, but no one will like everything. I have brought many visitors here, and everyone has loved it. But I would only recommend it to those with an easy going attitude and an open mind. Knowing that the service is never to speedy we never go with a time line, and we always go knowing what to expect, and just enjoy the visit.
The Green Hornet Roll, Viva Las Vegas, and the Tuna Tempura are are favorite.
The food is just wrong, Dont mess with Sushi...good sushi is good sushi thats it.
The room was so loud that I couldnt even talk to anyone at our table. We all laughed about how bad it was.
Dont try so hard.... this place would be ok if I was wasted and 18.
Or If I smoked three joints and had no tongue
We went there last night, Sunday, for 7pm because a couple of friends went there on their first date and they enjoyed it and they invited us out. We said yes. I looked the restaurant up on Dine Here and was a little worried about what I read. I still kept an open mind. We got there a little before 7. There were a couple of tables open, but our friends hadn't made reservations but we were seated in less than 2 mins. Hostess was friendly. She left us with menus and our waitress came by in about 2 mins to ask about drinks etc. The decor is eclectic and funky, and defintely not high end, but cool, in its own loud way. The music was loud-ish, for a restaurant, but not as loud as I was expecting from the reviews. You can hold a conversation if you are speaking in a normal voice or maybe slightly louder. Our friends arrived and again the waitress was back quickly to see if we needed drinks etc. The menu does take some looking thru, as it is 16 pages.. with lots of NEW stuff you have to read thru. That is a bit of a pain, but also cool too. My partner and I ordered tempura, the cap'n crunch, which is a tempura battered and deepfried california roll, goma ae, as we love it and sunomono. We also ordered the Love Boat, a combination of rolls etc. The tempura, prawns and veg, was plentiful but our waitress may have forgotten it as we had to ask for it. It was a bit soggy and the veg, even the zucchini was crisp and the broccoli and cauliflower were pretty raw. I am used the veg in tempura being tender and crisply coated. The goma ae is different, but very good. The sunomono was room temp or maybe even warmer and of the tarter version. The balance of sweet could have been better. The Love Boat had several new rolls to us and some marinated tuna. The rolls were ok, but, I didn't find that much difference between some of them.. they were pretty subtle changes to change a roll from one to the other. The marinated tuna was decent, tho, very sloppy sauce. We ordered the cappuccino mud pie and our friends tried the Mars attacks, coated and deep fried Mars bar with vanilla ice cream and whip cream served in a metal martini glass. The mud pie was premade, I think and was toooo cold, it was rock hard. The Mars attacks was not bad tho... would order that again. My partner enjoyed it more than me, but I would probably go back again and maybe choose more familiar stuff that I KNOW what it is supposed to taste like, to make a better comparison.