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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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..coming from a regular...
By pickyserver of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 5:36pm [Dine in]

I go there on average 2 to 3 times a month, and only b/c of the food. Not only is it discouraging to wait for 30min+ w/o being seated on time as per suggested by hostess, the wait for service is even longer.

On Sunday, I actually waited for close to 30min for my food, and they never mentioned that refills cost money, until after the bill arrived of course. While the food didn't come out, we were inevitably thirsty, so sneaky indeed!

I have pratically tried everything on the menu, with captain crunch being my absolute favorite (and I am a health/calorie freak too!). I tried their recent new creations, and was blown away. I am still reminiscing on the taste, which is super successful on the chef's part. The rolls were the Electric Banada (the banada melts on top of the sushi roll), and spinch roll (which comes adorned by peanut sauce, so thoughtful!).

They were actually playing music at an appropiate level on Sunday, as they usually pump it to the ears blast. When I go to the Eatery, I tend to want to eat; if I had wanted to dance and party, would have gone downtown! Sunday's music was actually so good, featuring schol 90s old school hits, bringing back memories.

However, the food came so late that I actually asked for the bill as soon as the food arrived. I never got a quality check, and definitely no interaction between the server and my table..thus 1 for service.

All in all, somehow the food is good enough to get me hooked and keep going back, despite everything else. For that, I applaud you Eatery!

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For what it is, great
By bure of West Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 28, 2008 - 6:44pm [Dine in]

My first time at this eclectic place and I was impressed with the food and ambiance. We ordered multiple sushi rolls and all of it melted in our mouths. The lighting of this place was very dim and decorated with glow-in-the-dark pieces. This is the ideal place for a University student (it's so near-by) that wants something a little bit more than a budget meal.

If you want a laid back atmosphere and something different than your usual sushi joint, check this out!

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Mourning something lost...
By foodlover66 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

It's funny, but I have seen many negative reviews on this site just disappear in a puff of smoke (influence of the restaurant owners, no doubt) - let's see if this one, which is simply fair and factual, survives: I have been at the Eatery a few times over the years, and I was just back there on Friday night after a long absence. It seems that the Eatery I knew (fairly dependable, nothing interesting or great in any way, just straight-up McDonald's of sushi - but there is of course a time and place for that) is long gone. It is now pretending to be a nightclub, and caters to the party crowd and, very obviously, underage drinkers (I remember fifteen years ago having a few spots where my friends and I could go and drink in the first year of University, this is obviously one of the current spots). The food can only be labeled under the tired genre of "fusion" - something chefs do when they have a hard time with quality. A long, rambling menu still exists, but the food is tired and very poor if you actually have an idea as to what Japanese food is supposed to taste like - and quite honestly, the atmosphere is difficult to deal with. The thumping music is so loud, it's hard to have any form of conversation - even with the serving staff. It is grungy and dark, and, as I said, more of a nightclub now - and the food, service and attitude show it. What a shame. The Eatery now serves a very specific niche: eighteen to twenty, drunk or gettnig drunk, not caring about food quality, and out for a nightclub experience with no cover charge. With this, I guess that food quality and atmosphere don't matter anymore. A shame, really, and we can only mourn what was lost.

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nice sushi
By elleb of New We stminster BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

went with a dining group. Loved the atmosphere of the place and the sushi i had was well prepared with fresh ingredients and well presented. Oh yes it tasted great too.
It was a busy place but the service was still good. i can see why it is always busy when i walk past.

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the funky sushi
By haji of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 3:09pm [Dine in]

I have to be honest, I am still torn about this place.
the first time I went, the services was very good and the food was amazing.

But this has varied since then.
from the poor service on some nights
to the not so great food the next night.
Each time I went back there, something would go wrong, It never matched up with our first visit.

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Tight Squeeze, Long Weights, Good Food
By TheSushinator of Fairview, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

If you don't mind waiting 30 minutes and sitting within whisper distance of the next table for good sushi, then The Eatery is your place. Restaurant was trendy, interesting, and had unique food. The service was entirely lacking; next time, we'll do take-out.

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cptn crunch
By Chardonnay91 of kits (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 11:24am [Dine in]

love the captain crunch roll! friendly staff, creative menu. The only thing i find lacking is the interior. Not sure if i'm just picky but the atmosphere could be improved. but overall, i still recommend this place. decent prices

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Groove as you eat. Perfect place for pre-party
By xirco of Kitsilano (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 1:58am [Dine in]

Great ambience - great music. When I was there with a group of 7, they had superb trance & dance tunes spinning by LIVE DJ. No wonder it's so cutting edge and good! Reminds me of good tunes at Ibiza, Spain a month ago.

The vibe and energy of the place is amazing, it's out of this world. For energetic fun experience, this is the place to go. The bunch of us from Malaysia, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland totally loved this place, two thumbs up.

Our waitress was prompt, quick and chatty. She even told us where we can go to hang out and party. And the types of outdoor activities can do, good deals etc.

Food was definitely good and value. Coming over from Australia, this place definitely has a jump in taste. For that price, no complains!

There is also a lounge next to the restaurant to chill out. I'd say it's perfect for pre-party just to set you into the right mood.

If you want an experience - go to the Eatery!

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Viva Las Vegas....
By f1r5t_crush of Burnaby,Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 5, 2007 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

I went here with my husband, and we tried their Funky Sushi, namely Viva Las Vegas, Erotica Roll, Salmon Crunch, and Mango Tuna. My personal fav among those 4 is Viva Las Vegas. I like the fact that they have this kind of fusion sushi, mixing the original style with cream cheese or mayonaise, etc. And the great selection of menu that they have.

I don't really like the ambiance, I'm not saying it's ugly or hideous, it's just not the ambience to eat sushi for me. But I highly appriciate their idea and their creativity to design the place (including their menu book,t-shirts,g-strings).

As for the price, it's a bit pricey if you choose the regular style sushi, I think Asakusa is better for the regular style sushi. But if you're looking for some new style, some fusion in the sushi...then I think it's ok to spend a bit more than usual.

Last but not least, we found the service as....so so... since there were only 2 people serving for all of the guess. So..they were kinda slow.

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What a horrible experience
By mandymay of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

I've been to the Eatery a few times over the last few months, and last night's service was horrendous! I brought my friend with me to show her the place...and I was actually embarrassed! They were busy (as per usual) but I don't think that is an excuse. We were seated promptly and a server came to take our order. We ordered a couple of beers..but they were flat and warm. We waited over 10 minutes for our server to come back to take our dinner order. We waved down the host to see if that would speed up the process...it did not. We sent our beer back as obviously the kegs needed to be changed, and she gave us attitude!

Our food came ridiculously fast..and once we finished our last bite, the bill was delivered! We weren't even finished! (We were going to order another roll or two...)

Instead we left and went somewhere else to fill up! I've never seen service like that before!

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Great, but used to be better
By currant7 of Manila, Philippines (20 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 11:11am [Dine in]

They've recently updated their menu and with the addition of some new items, prices on certain old favorites have gone up. Food portions have also shrank a little overall (noticeably, the delicious Tuna Tempura). I know because I used to come here regularly. The food is still remains excellent, but the service remains poor, with a few exceptions. Not really a family place, as the music is loud and the videos playing on the TVs can be racy. Overall, a great place for funky sushi, if you don't mind waiting in line Friday and Saturday nights and putting up with slow service.

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Why, *I'M* young and hip!
By hannahlynds of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 11, 2006 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

Really, this is not a place to take your mother-in-law for your first meeting to say nice things about her son. This is where your friends take you so you can say terrible things about the both of them. Lovely servers, interesting presentation and a cozy "Oh-look-how-cool-I-must-be-to-eat-here" feeling.

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Awesome
By LOVESFOOD101 of Kitsilano (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 7:36pm [Dine in]

This place is awesome. Those who don't recommend it are obviously not the restaurant's traget clients. This place is young, hip, non-traditional and DELICIOUS! It's not a family joint. If you love sushi and not just the regular boring type you will love it there. The menu is huge and the prices are very good. I would highly recommend The Eatery to anyone who loves trying new tasty food!

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Are you crazy?
By go4it4 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

Yes, it's quite quirky and eclectic with its decor. However, after an hour wait, our table was off-balance and sticky. The menu is huge (good and bad). It seems to be just me, but it felt so dirty in the restaurant, even the air. The server was polite though, when I had found that my tuna sashimi turned out to be more like a frozen fish popsicle. Not so tasty. I would go back, however, if I was outvoted by a large group of people.

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Food Good, Service Bad
By FoodJunkie of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 3, 2006 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

Ok, this place is NOT cheap as some of the other reviews have reported. It is average price paid for sushi in Vancouver. The quality of the food is pretty good, but the service is POOR. While the servers are likeable, the service to your table is sloooooooow. I once waited 5 minutes at the front entrance waiting to be seated without even so much as a hello. Unfortunately the food quality does warrant the occational return visit.

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Cheap, fun, great food
By hankijune of Yaletown, Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

If you want sushi on the cheap, as well as other dishes such as great short ribs you have come to the right place. A student hang-out and for those that just want large portions, great prices, and great tasting food, this is the place. Ambience is pretty cool. Not a place to go for a quiet romantic dinner, but good for everything else.

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Really liked this place!!
By Steph of van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 12:27am [Dine in]

Went there for the first time a few weeks ago and was very impressed with the menu.... took me foreeever to choose because there were just so many things I've never heard of before. Service was good. Really liked the vibe in there, liked the darkness & candles & sexy pics.

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No offense
By alinxx of Burnaby (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

No offense, but I believe a lot of the good reviews given to this restaurant for their sushi are from people who don't eat sushi a lot, or are just impressed by their wide variety of special rolls.

Food: I came a couple times, most recently with UBC friends, and a lot of them gave positive reviews for the sushi rolls but they all tasted the same to me and weren't spectacular. Vancouver has tons of sushi restaurants with way better special rolls. Maybe it's just because there's a cool western-asian fusion crazy vibe or something here. I don't want to be biased though, I've only tried their sushi rolls so can't say much about anything else.

Service: No rudeness or anything but slow and we had to ask over 5 times for utensils and waters. Our waitress seemed tired or didn't like her job or something.

Value: Not bad, not cheap either. Affordable.

Ambiance: Great for kids who like the dark loud vibe feel but it's hard to see sometimes and not very comfortable seats.

All in all, I would return if others would like, but if it was up to me, I would take them elsewhere.

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Unique sushi sports bar
By samw_bc of False Creek, Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

My date and I came here on a Thursday night around 9pm. The restaurant was packed with people. The patrons were mostly college age. As expected, it was a party atmosphere. It was loud.

The table we sat at was tiny. It was like a table for one. We sat about 1 foot away from the next table. It was not comfortable. Looking around, almost every table had ordered alcohol. This is definitely not a family restaurant. It was more like a sports bar with loud music, a bunch of TV's, young party-goers, and a big alcoholic bar. The restaurant was full of beautiful people both patrons and waitresses. When it comes to the waitresses, this place is like the Earl's or Cactus Club of sushi. I would have rated the ambiance a 3 but I'm bumping it up because of the beautiful waitresses and female patrons.

After we ordered, we had to wait about an hour before the food arrived. I wasn't happy with the service because it took a very very long time for the food to arrive and to get the bill. Basically, it took a very long time to get access to our server.

Generally the food was good except for the bowl of rice which was either overcooked or just old. Because of this, I'm bumping the food rating down to a 3.

My date didn't like the experience because of the service and the ambiance. She does not want to return. For me, I would return if I came with a group of people who want to drink. scream, and party.

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Gross curry bowl
By polska of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

Went on a friday very early....5pm so there was no thumping music club vibe yet. I hate sushi but the boyfriend loves it so I often have to compromise on restaurant choices. He really wanted to go here so we went.
We ordered the veggie gyoza to start. I ordered the chix curry bowl with noodles and he ordered 3 different rolls. My chix curry bowl came with a basic salad to start (iceberg lettuce, tom, and cukes). The dressing on it was tasty. Gyoza were satisactory as well. Now comes the bad part (for me anyways). My curry was awful. Just gross. I had 2 bites and couldn't eat anymore. It was waaaay over curry powdered. Thats all I could taste. My boyfriend tried it and thought it was disgusting as well. The noodles were also overcooked. My boyfriend loved his sushi but this is not his review so thats why the low food rating.
I guess the lesson learned is don't get anything that is not sushi or japanese type food.
I won't be back but for those who like sushi this is a funky (allbeit tired and worn) looking place. I can see the appeal to the UBC crowd. Service was decent but it was early when we went and not even close to packed yet.
Next time my boyfriend wants sushi from here it will have to be to go.

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