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Tsunami Sushi

1025 Robson Street, #238
Vancouver, BC V6E4A9
Tel: (604) 687-8744
Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • One of the few sushi restaurants in Vancouver to feature a miniature "water canal" with boats floating by and carrying your favorite sushi to pick and choose from.

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Gimmick but not much more
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 3, 2008 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

Food: sat at the bar and had the california roll, ebi sushi, dynamite roll, tuna roll and some salmon sushi. Everything was quite standard and nothing to rave home about. The way it just circles around makes me wonder how long some of it has been on the conveyor belt. Some of the items did seem a little old. Expensive for what you get and it's easy to go overboard as you keep reaching for more dishes. Careful what you pick or your bill will be a little more than what you expected.

Service: Not much. We were seated promptly at lunch and tea was refilled. Bills came fast. It was a little awkward having them watch over you though.

Ambiance: The little boats are cute but I think comes at the price of freshness. Clean enough but nothing special.

I don't think I will be returning since there are just too many places on Robson to choose from. Better luck next time!

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I love this place.
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

I love this place for the sushi & the little boats that travel circular at the bar.
I've been going here for years, its worth paying more for their sushi, and its all about the presentation. This place serves alot of people, busy or slow, you get awesome sushi and its a fun place to go with a group. I couldn't believe it today, it wasn't busy, sat right down, and had a great lunch, enjoying my sushi.

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Decent default sushi joint.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 3:16am [Dine in]

Bar seating is the only way to go here. The booth seats at the edges of the room is too boring to sit in. There's no real point in going to Tsunami if it isn't for the sake of grabbing food off of the rotating boats. It's certainly not for the sake of fresh raw fish that you go there. It's mostly decent in quality, but to sometimes you do end up seeing the same piece/dish of fish making its 5th+ round in front of you. Ordering directly from the waitress and/or sushi chef brings you what you want quicker and cleaner. Still not sure on the fresh factor. If you're worried about that, you should go to places like Tojo's, or any of the many other choice sushi places.

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the quality is just not there
By doodlebug of vancouver (58 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 12:50am [Dine in]

Tsunami is a fun place to eat. I like the floating boats and the chefs make the sushi right in front of you. The service is fine but the sushi itself just isn't good. Perhaps it's because the plates have gone around a few too many times. Some of the fish on those boats just look awful! The karage and the dumplings were good though (and were still warm). I'll return again one day when I'm in a hurry to grab a quick bite.

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Solid Tsunami
By diningdandy of downtown vancouver (56 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 19, 2007 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

The srevice and ambiance were fantastic at this place but nothing really blew me away, the rolls were tasty but the selection was so-so, Not to many menu items and i had heard they had great spicy sashimi, THEY DO NOT HAVE SPICY SASHIMI!!! There regular sashimi tasted fresh, the miso soup was good and everything was really solid but nothing blew me away i think your mostly paying for the room which is considerd a status thing to some people which is why 'supposably' celebrities stop by. Basically you have your choice of whatever comes floating by on boats or a handfull of things on the menu, they have a great mud pie though and id recommend the house roll but like i said Not fantastic not terrible just solid.

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Fun sushi boat experience, but what is that stuff?
By Rasputin45 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

So we went to Tsunami sushi. I had always wanted to try conveyor belt sushi, I think this is the closest to that in Vancouver. It was really fun to sit at the sushi bar and watch all the boats go by and pick what I wanted to eat. However, I'm not a huge sushi expert so I found myself wondering what was in many of the dishes on the conveyor belt. This is probably my fault but twice I wanted to pick tuna but picked some kind of smoked salmon instead. So I didn't get exactly what i wanted. Service was great, miso soup was very nice. I found the oysters on the conveyor belt a little too strong on the vinegar. The prices seemed pretty high overall, you are def. paying for the boat experience, I would say it was worth it if I knew enough to pick what I wanted off the boats. I enjoyed it but I would think twice about going back.

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Not worth a second visit (nor a first)
By gallivantplease of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 20, 2006 - 11:16am [Dine in]

A friend and I were looking for some quick sushi downtown, so we settled on Tsunami. The decor looked neat and neither of us had dined in a moving sushi-boat setting. Sadly, the sushi did not live up to our hopes. They have no special rolls, only standard California and tempura. The gyoza is a joke. To end our meal we grabbed the fruit plate off one of the boats, and it tasted old and soggy. One plus is the service; friendly and always keeping tea cups full. Otherwise, I advise you to stay away from this place...the fish made me feel a bit ill afterwards and the quality does not merit the prices. Dissapointing, to say the least.

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Don't ever go there
By bobo of vancouver (47 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 19, 2006 - 3:31am [Dine in]

I was there for late lunch. The sushi bar was virtually empty but the waitress still recommended it. After watching the same plates circle around and around and around, I decided to have a plate of salmon nigiri (2pcs) and a plate of seaweed. The salmon was warm and not fresh. I decided to order a la carte. Unfortunately, everything I wanted was either sold out or no longer available, so I left still feeling hungry and $15 poorer for the 2 dishes. 5 mintutes later, the warm salmon had me searching for toilets. Needless to say I never went there again.

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I was expecting too much from such a little place
By squirt of East Van, The Drive (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 3, 2006 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

Went here for lunch a few days back, initial service was excellent however once we were finally seated it took our server almost 20 minutes to take our order. Overall the food was pretty damn good, the prices were ok but its the server I had that ive decided not to go back!

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One of my favorites
By Jadore_dior of downtown vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 30, 2005 - 1:42am [Dine in]

When I used to live downtown, one of my favorite sushi joints was Tsunami Sushi. Tsunami has been Japanese owned and operated for more than 10 years. One of the few authentic Japanese eateries left. My favorites are the salmon toro maki, spicy tuna with avacado maki, chicken karaage, and chicken katsu. My mom used to go there at least 2 times a week for lunch back in the day when she worked in one of the office buildings downtown. I prefer Tsunami becuase of their quality over quantity. Too many non-Japanese owned restraunts are quantity over quality. Their fish is always super fresh! yummm

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does not worth to wait 30-40 mins
By DoubleHungry of North Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

The food was OK, I would like to taste it again but i am not passinate about it.
We were advised 15min to have a seat at 6pm on a weekday but it took almost 40 mins. so it was so annoying.
However, food was tasty and seats were comfy to enjoy supper.
I tried a combo and a california rolls plate. But each of us get served at different times so some of us had to watch others eating. I would recommend kalamari sushi.

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Disappointing service
By nina of New Westminster (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 7, 2008 - 11:44am [Dine in]

After a busy afternoon shopping at robson street, my friend and I decided to go for sushi, and not knowing exactly were to go, we decided to try Tsunami, since is fairly popular and all the signs of awards received by the place sounded promising. We were greeted at the door by a very un-friendly woman, who was clearly very tired of dealing with customers. We asked for a table for two, and she asked if we wanted the window or the bar, and since we were hungry we told her that id did not matter, whatever was faster was fine, as she reply that the bas was faster, so we sat down to wait. a group of three people came by and were seated, then a couple, and then one more couple, and they were all seated and ordering food, and we were still waiting! we asked the angry lady what was going on, and she keept angryily saying "but they are seated by the window, and you said you wanted the bar, and the bar is faster!" looking at us like we were stupid. not understanding what the problem was with the window (later we realized, is coverd by som construction stuff) and how come the bar was faster, we were finally told we could sit by the bar; I have to say, is the worst "service" i've received in a very long time. Now to the food: every single little dish of wasabi looked old, and as another reviewer mentioned, some of the dishes are absolutely unknown for the unexperienced sushi eater, and there is not a lot of people to ask questions to. Some of the rolls were ok, but some tasted like they have been seating there for a while. I can assure you, I've had better and much cheaper sushi at Fujiya, so the boat thing is just not worth it.

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The worst japanese I ever had!
By cee-licious of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2008 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

My friend felt like having jap food and we were in the area so we decided to try this place. I might have came before but if I did it was a long time ago therefore I did not remember my experience. The place was pretty empty to start. Sat at our table and we took a look at the menu and was wondering where the rest of it was. There is basically half of a menu compared to other restaurants..any other restaurants. Food was pretty over priced but the amount that we got. Nothing seemed appetizing to begin with. We were contemplating leaving before we even ordered but just decided to stay. Order chicken teriyaki and some rolls which were super tiny. The teriyaki didn't even come with rice! Too many staff for such a non busy place..they were busy just chatting with each other and didn't seem to care who heard. Will not come back ever. There are wayy better restaurants out there. Everyone should just pass on this one.

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I noticed the significant change here.
By nething4me of kerrisdale, vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 9:56am [Dine in]

I have been coming to this restaurant since I was a little kid. My dad would take us to the library downtown on saturdays to do our home work while he went to the office to do his. We would meet for lunch at tsunami and the three of us would each our lunch there. As the years got on the place never changed. It was always the same. Lately though I have noticed that it is the same decor as it was in the 90's. The worst part is the food quality has gone down hill but the prices are still up hill. I never understood why the place wouldn't update it's dated decor or give it a little shine. The rice is not the same as sushi rice, it was chinese restaurant rice. I am a little disapointed with the place as I am soon going to be taking my son to the library downtown on saturdays.

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Floating sushi bar- they do it before you! A great place to take your loved one
By frank cook of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 30, 2010 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

I did so to the suggestion of a friend who always goes there during her visit in Vancouver; My girlfriend and I had a great time-the sushis are floating on little boats which is great since you may actually see them before you choose.Quite different from all the other shops in town I've been to- actually, the only other place like that I saw was in Banff, it was a train, and the only other similar feature was the <> of the plates.

Don't let the 80's era video deceive you in the entrance; Tsunami sushi is a great place and they deserve the awards they won. I'll bring the lady back whenever I'm in the mood for great,fresh,tasty sushi!

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I recommend it
By ptstrong of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 11, 2009 - 6:45pm [Dine in]

I don't normally write reviews but I had to say something about one of my all time favorite places to eat sushi . Went last nite and just had a great meal ! This is an authentic Japanese owned restaurant and that has been in business for over 20 years !. Got to be doing something right to stay in that business that long in this town. I 've been going since I was a young lad and still enjoy there delicious sushi today.

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Grocery store sushi would be better...
By zahirs82 of Seattle, WA (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 11:22am [Dine in]

The title says it all...packaged sushi from your local grocery store, no matter how old, stale, generic tasting, would actually be MUCH better than the sushi at this sit down place. We had ordered 3 different types of sushi rolls and each one was horrible. The porportions are completely scarce compared to what you get at any other place, the fish tasted stale, and the sushi bland. I would say, you are better off getting a more exciting experience with the hotdogs off the street on Robson instead of this place. We also had ordered the seaweed salad, which I have NEVER had bad. This was soggy, over salted and the amount was so less that you could see the bottom of the bowl (amount to MAYBE a table spoon). I love seaweed salad for that strange texture and crunch, didnt have it. Anyways, I guess all the bad reviews on there plus this one should give you a hint by now. But trust me, it's not even an average, 'ok', sushi place. It's plain right bad. Eat somewhere else!

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Had an great meal
By Franksak of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

Went the other night with friends and everything was excellent. The food was very tasty and I especially loved their spicey tuna and salmon belly with bonito flakes. They were both different than the usual stuff. I have heard that this place was on the pricey side but I found it to be very reasonal. I think its easy to eat a lot a sushi because it’s all very tempting and fun to try. Piece for piece though, their prices are excellent. I eat a lot of sushi on a weekly basis so I know my pricing and have tried all the good sushi places. This place has both. It’s been around forever and now I know why.

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Definitely NOT Worth It
By mybelle of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

I went there with my family last year and we were in the mood for sushi. We decided to go up and check it out, thinking that the menus would be posted on the windows. They weren't. Even so, we went in anyway and was greeted by a waitress who brought us to the table. The waitress did not bother to smile or give us a warm welcome. Instead, she just placed down the menus and left. When we looked at the menu, we were astonished to see the overpriced items! Unfortunately, I do not remember the exact pricing, but I remember that one particular dish - a sushi plate, I believe - was $11-$17. The sushi was small and devoured within minutes. The chicken teriyaki that we ordered was not worth its value either because there was no rice and the "special" sauce was nothing special. By the way, you have to pay extra for rice. As for the ambience, the mirrors make the restaurant look bigger, when in reality, it is pretty small. The all-you-can-eat section is okay, I guess. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant though.

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Over the years a great Restaurant !
By akiman of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

We've been going to Tsunami for many years now. We started going when we had no kids and enjoyed the ambiance and qualtiy . What has been great about this place is once we had kids , they turned out to love this place as well ! It's been consistently good for us and it's such a relief when we ask our kids where they want to go eat , they both say "Tsunami Sushi "versus some junk food joint. It's a lot of fun and one of our favorites.

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