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Yoshi Japanese Restaurant

689 Denman Street
Vancouver, BC V6G2L3
Tel: (604) 738-8226
Fax: (604) 801-5076
Neighbourhood: Stanely Park
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • In a city that has more sushi restaurants than you can shake a stick at, it's Yoshi's traditional approach that sets it apart. That means traditional Japanese cuisine, but also traditional Japanese service - a beautiful combination. The menu features a nice blend of old (Ishiyaki - beef seared on a heated rock) and new (Deep Fried Marinated Chicken appetizer). Guests are treated in a ceremonial style: a warm greeting upon entering and dishes that arrive to the table one at a time.

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Mediocre at best
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2008 - 9:32am [Dine in]

I've been here a couple times now and nothing too memorable. Two good things: free u/g parking with a security guard watching your car, and attentive servers refilling tea cups without asking. The food and ambience, unfortunately was mediocre; not much different than a Daimasu or equivalent. Agedashi tofu, sushi and tempura was the same old style. The decor is so 90's and they should be promoting their patio but weren't taking advantage of their good location.

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Horrible Service & Rip Off.
By JooJoo of East Vancouver (82 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 12:35am [Dine in]

Its true this place makes no effort to resolve anything for customers. I agree the food is good but they are also cocky about it, I used to love them for the quality of the sashimi they serve, but after one bad service I got from my server and the restaurant manager, I will never come back to eat here, not to mention their prices are pretty steep for what they serve for casual Japanese dining. I ordered a small unagi sunomono salad which was $7.50, assuming it would come with vermicelli noodles like any sunomono salad, but they filled the entire bowl with cucumbers and topped it with a few pieces of unagi, no vermicelli noodles, so I asked my server about it, she said she will bring a bowl of vermicelli noodles over to make it up but will have to charge me for it, she charged me $3.50 for a SMALL DISH of vermicelli noodles that was barely enough for two bites. I was like what the hell? When I asked for the bill, I told the restaurant manager and he casually said "OH" as if he gave a shit and made no effect to resolve the issue. He did not even apologize and still made me pay a total of $11.00 for a small dish of sunomono salad, ridiculous!! They better figure something out with their customer service! The restaurant furniture & decor inside looks cheap and makes you feel uncomfortable too. This place is a rip off!

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Authentic and Delicate
By FoodAdventures of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

I had lunch with a client last Monday. I have been there 3 times in the last few weeks. It was a pleasant discovery of a restaurant that serves authentic Japanese food. My client and I both ordered the Kaiseki, which consists over 20 bite size items. Unlike many other Japanese restaurants in town that big portions, Yoshi has authentic sizes that makes the food tastier the way the food sits on your taste buds. The time it takes to make these items is like an art that needs patience and delicate hands. The higher price is worth the quality and taste. I can't wait to go back.

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Great Japanese
By patrick_bateman of downtown, vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 11:25pm [Dine in]

I came here with family this past weekend for a nice dinner. I was especially craving Japanese food because I had come back from Hawaii and had some great suhsi there, so I wanted to try and duplicate the freshness that I had in the sushi over there.

The quality of the fish is excellent, and extremely fresh. But then again it should be for the price.

The taste was great, although I found that the house rolls were average tasting, and their was some crab shell in the roll still.

The ambience was nice, but not very private and the decor is very simple, very 90's as someone else put it.

The free parking and security guard watching the cars is a huge plus. Make sure to tip him after, he is a friendly older man.

I enjoyed my visit, and would probably return, but I still put Kamei Royale a notch higher in the same category and recommendation.

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Excellent Sushi
By frederation105 of Yaletown (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 12:13am [Dine in]

The sushi we had here was top notch. The sashimi was fresh and well presented. The rolls were not that creative, pretty standard, but delicious. The slightly warm, soft rice and the fresh ingredients had a lot to do with this. Good maki sushi is always made with warm rice. It is rare to find this and we certainly appreciated it. Service was good, no problems in this area. The decor looked a bit out of date and the place is in need of a makeover. I would recommend this restaurant if food is your main concern and ambiance is not that important.

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Most authentic and best overall sushi in Vancouver
By LovingSun of West End, Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

Since there are so many sushi places in Vancouver, I often tend to forget what sushi is all about... Yoshi's offers 'real' sushi and the emphasis is on sushi, not rolls, That being said, it's not intended to stuff you until you can't eat anymore, but it's quality food.

I ordered a few other dishes as well (Gomae, soba sushi, Tempura) and they were very good as well. The freshness of the sushi is the best however. The ratio of fish to rice is just about right and you can really taste that they use good quality fish. Therefore I didn't mind paying a little more because you really get what you pay for.

Ambiance is nice. Service was average, but we sat at the sushi bar and the sushi chef was very nice (and helpful).

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We'll be back again and again
By Dagwood of Pemberton.BC (42 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 13, 2006 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

Tonight was our first visit to Yoshi's and we were impressed. We didn't stray far from the usual stuff we order - chicken karaage, agedashi tofu, (excellent) goma-ae and several rolls. Next time we'll venture further into the menu.

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Ambience great, service people rude
By nvancouver of Unknown (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 6, 2007 - 12:25am [Dine in]

The ambience was great - outside on the patio. The food was quite good too. However, the staff was extremely rude.

one of the rolls had so much wasabi in it i couldn't eat it. I mentioned this to our head waiter and she said that's how they make all the rolls. I mentioned that perhaps this was even too much. During this conversation, she made very mean faces at us and made no attempts to resolve the situation. Finally, she brought out another roll and then charged us for it. I mentioned that I didn't think we were going to get charged. She made such a stink, made such a rude face, and gave us such a hard time, telling us we don't know how sushi should be made. she finally cut the $5 roll cost in half because we had "already eaten half" (not true).

In the end, we ended up spending over $100 and she gave us such a hard time about this $5 roll. She was very rude throughout the process. Everyone else was nice, but i was quite surprised at what little attempt they made to ensure we enjoyed our experience.

in sum, pretty good food, very rude staff. i'd never go again.

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An authentic Japanese restaurant
By Geezer of North Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 1, 2006 - 11:08pm [Dine in]

A friend in CSIS let on that Fukushimasan, long time lead sushi chef at Chiyoda (now closed) could be found here. A first visit by an undercover tactical unit confirmed the report and reported back on the quality of the establishment.
It's good. Not the "smoke gets in your eyes" "bottoms up, and dream of Yokohama" of Chiyoda ... (It's got windows for God's sake!) ... but on the quality and variety of the food it meets Tokyo standards. Particularly memorable were the Soft Shell Crab Karaage, garnished and accompanied by herbal vinegar sauce, and the battera sushi ... a massive slab of mackerel pressed on to seasoned rice and dressed with sea weed. To call it a sushi restaurant fails to convey the full capability of this authentic Japanese restaurant.
Well-staffed. Service was attentive and thoughtful. The room is somewhat spartan but dark wet evenings don't favour the view.

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High quality authentic japanese food
By mistraal of North Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 7, 2008 - 11:05am [Dine in]

In Vancouver where poseurs abound, authentic Japanese restaurants are hard to come by; all you can eat places run by non Japanese chefs are everywhere; people have a jaundiced view after frequenting such establishments.
Yoshi's has classic food beautifully prepared, second to Tojo's at much lower prices, and excellent in taste. I feel that some that eat here are comparing Yoshi's to those horrible all you can eat places and do not recognise its value.
Some people overeat at Japanese restaurants because of their experiences at cheap japanese dining(they're gluttons) and are surprised by Yoshi's prices; however how can one protest about prices when a dinner for two at a bad eatery(such as Earl's) costs more than Yoshi's.
I do not require a server fawning all over me to make my meal a wonderful dining experience. It's all about the food!

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Top tier service
By ooomph of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

took my mother to yoshi's on denman for her birthday. it was a pleasant experience. we both tried the mini kaiseki, so got a variety of food to taste. freshness was outstanding, and the sashimi was served in an ice bowl - probably the freshest i've had. i'm not a big fan of fried food, but the shrimp tempura was memorable. i tasted one grain of sand in a clam, and there was a seed in a lemon wedge, but otherwise the food was great.

service was outstanding. waiters were extremely courteous and respectful, helpful without being intrusive. it's more pricey than most places, but i would recommend yoshi's for special occasions.

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Almost as good as Tojo's
By Tuzio of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 5, 2005 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

OK, so my wife, friends and I stumbled to Yoshi's this weekend and it sure was a treat. I ordered the assorted sashimi, scallop cone, miso, salad, soba, negitoro roll, tobiki nigiri and it was all divine. The bill came to about $60 and it was well cheaper than my Tojo's bill of $100+ but the quality was almost at par but the ambience was much better. They have a patio that I want to sit in next time and a pianist that entertained us during our meal. The shrimp tempura which my friend had was freshly killed and fried on demand - now that's quality. I highly recommend Yoshi's and maybe I'll see you there :)

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outstanding experience
By Brodikens of Fairview/S. Granville,Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 26, 2009 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

My first visit and it was very worthwhile one, that will be repeated!
I was invited out for lunch by a friend who knew that I love Japanese
food. She told me that I would love the food here and I did. I ordered the "house special item", the lunch "Kaiseki" , a very traditional style
Japanese presentation, with seven different items that used seasonal avaliable fresh ingredients each prepared in a different way. The taste and presentation of the meal was outstanding, everything was so fresh and so finely prepared , it was a like a work of art for me to enjoy both
visually and in taste. Good thing we both had the afternoon free to take our time and enjoy this traditional Japanese fine cuisine. The "Kaiseki" treated me to a cold appetizer, hot soup, fresh tuna, seasonal squash
dish, grilled (Kobe) beef, 'Tome' noodles and 'home made' ice cream (Japanese style). The server was attentive but not intruding and hot tea was always at hand as it should be. I was told that the decor does not match the food which was true, but it was pleasent and besides I was enjoying my meal too much to notice (could the decor have made the food taste much better, doult it). I have not found Kaiseki offered any where else and I would recommend this 16th century Japanese traditional meal for a true taste of Japan . I am going back to try some of their other 'regular' Japanese offerings soon and will report then.
By the by, my friend treated which I will return the favour to her.

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excellent food
By july88 of canada (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

excellent food. very fresh and lots of choices that can't be found in many japanese restaurants. good selections of wines and sake.the food comes to table in a variety of modern plates and it's very fresh. a little too pricy,but considering their location, well...they can still drop the price. private rooms are also available.
patio is open in the summer and the view makes the dinner become a little romantic. free secured underground parking, which is great for downtown vancouver. at the entrance you are greeted in japanese and most of the staff is japanese. worth going again.

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Not worth it
By producer4000 of Memphis (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 16, 2008 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

Sashimi was good quality but everything else I can get better at home. I had really high hopes for west coast sushi. A sushi experience in unexpected Montreal was 100 times better at the same price.
Our chef was personable and somewhat entertaining but that doesn't make up for mediocre-at-best food.

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Decent but not romantic
By mdstephanierw of Edmonds, Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - 1:33am [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I went to the restaurant based on a suggestion made by his friend. The food was decent and its aunthenticity is unmistakeable. However, it wasnt as awesome as Guu nor Hapa Izakaya. And it's pricey too. But the service was excellent.

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Outstanding Service / Best Quality Sushi
By KyleKoch of Kitsilano (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

Service was the best I have experienced.

Having worked years ago as a waiter, my demands are over-the-top. Yoshi deserved the 25% tip (not 10, not 15, not even 20, but 25). That is coming from a former fine dining and french cousine waiter.

Whoever wrote that criticism about Yoshi service has no idea of good service. Also, Yoshi's delicate wasabi is better (and more subtle) than any other sushi restaurant I have visited (roughly 30 in Van).

We spent $300 for two people. Yes, that is a lot. It was my birthday. $120 was in fine (cold) saki. I loved the yellow tail and blue fin tuna as well as the more affordable local tuna. Never have I enjoyed scallop sashimi until Yoshi.

Sit at the bar. Watch your host prepare lobster ... it is quite unbelievable his care for quality and artistry.

Only 1 other sushi restaurant compares to Yoshi's and that is Tojo.

Tojo is very expensive. Like Yoshi, it has great saki. Both have great quality Sushi.

Yoshi's:
- view of the Mountains
- Stanley Park
- view of the ocean
- Mid-range priced
- great saki
- great sushi
- great service

Tojo's
- twice the price
- no view
- great saki
- great sushi
- great service

You decide.

I prefer Yosh. There is no other.

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Fantastic Food, Totally Unpretentious
By Mambolica of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 25, 2007 - 2:20am [Dine in]

The sushi and sashimi portions are large and succulent, which more than makes up for the slightly higher prices. I have never eaten unagi so tender ! The tempura is light, crisp and not greasy. There is an ample Japanese alcohol list, the tea keeps coming, and the staff are polite and prompt. The decor is low key and kind of dark, but there are floor to ceiling windows for a great view. There's no snotty attitude here, no pretensions or trendy 'fusion' elements.

I've dined at a lot of Japanese restaurants in Toronto and New York to Winnipeg and Whitehorse and this is a truly fabulous dining experience. This is the second time I have dined at this restaurant and both times it has been phenomenally delicious. Don't judge it from its exterior appearance - it's grand ! I suspect that any time I pass through Vancouver, I'll make Yoshi's on Denman a regular stop.

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Decent sushi
By goodeat2nite of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2007 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

Nice place to eat, a little crowded and overly busy, but for sushi definitly above par compared to some of the other resturants in the area. Depending on who is preparing your meal the food can very a bit (thus the lower rating), and service goes down hill the busier the resturant gets, which happens quite often due to the location. Nice quality sushi, but not the best I have had.

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Great fish, cold unappealing decor.
By bricklane of Gastown (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

The quality of fish and sushi is fantastic, lovely presentation.

The restaurant could seriously use a coat of paint(especially at the entrance, and an interior update, it's very early 90's cheap. Everytime I walk in (we get lunch takeout from here once a week) I am surprised by how stark yet messy the restaurant is. The bar is always piled with paperwork and the back room has a glass door exposing stockpiled items and cleaning supplies. Very cold atmosphere and far from romantic, but good sushi. Except the chop scallop roll or cone, Watery and bland.

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