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  • Food4
  • Service3.5
  • Value2.5
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  • Reviews27

Bistro Sakana

1123 Mainland Street
Vancouver, BC V6B2S2
Tel: (604) 633-1280
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Izakaya, Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Patio
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30AM - 2:30PM & 5PM - 9:30PM, Fri: 11:30AM - 2:30PM & 5PM - 10:30PM, Sat: 5PM - 10:30PM, Sun: Closed
  • "New Concept" Japanese dining. Izakaya style plates and sushi. Bistro Sakana "is a place to have a good time, a place to enjoy your meal; eat and drink until you are satisfied!".


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Pretty good.
By Spree of Burnaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 21, 2007 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

Because I work nearby to this restaurant, I've ordered take out from them quite a few times. I like the food, it's good, but at the same time, it's a bit on the expensive side, for me anyways. The staff are friendly and the place has a nice atmosphere, but it's really tight in there and hard to get around, especially with the waitresses running around. Overall, it's a good restaurant that I'll go to again.

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Very high marks
By mikegiga of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 25, 2006 - 10:55am [Dine in]

I’ve been to bistro Sakana many times and have always enjoyed it. We live in the area and it is nice to have a place like this that does not have the usual Yaletown suspects buzzing around inside. On top of that, the sushi is excellent and very fresh. I give it very high marks.

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I love bistro sakana
By alexiana of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 13, 2005 - 11:38pm [Dine in]

I used to work nearby and I spend a great deal of my salary in this restaurant for lunch.

The price for lunch are pretty decent.
The food is excelent, high quality, very fresh, real sokeye salmon.
I love their dynamite roll as well!

Don't miss this place!

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Good food, somewhat innovative but nothing out of the ordinary
By fungtional of Richmond (12 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 2:46am [Dine in]

Considering there are dozens of Izakaya hotspots and Japanese restaurants in general, this is nothing spectacular but a good experience nonetheless. They definitely has some of the freshest oysters i've tasted, very sweet and juicy. The sushi rolls are somewhat innovative, at least the crispy ones were. The Salmon Carpaccio was my favourite and the Halibut Cheeks were good as well, though the cheeks were a touch overcooked.
But a good place to get japanese food on a weekly occassion specially with the price point. Not extremely expensive for a Yaletown spot.
Good job Sakana, things are only looking up.

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Overpriced but fresh and well presented
By ting of Richmond, Vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

I went to Bistro Sakana expecting fresh, good sushi, and inventive Japanese tapas, and my expectations were met. I was pleased with the fresh scallops and wild salmon. They had brown rice sushi, where were a delight for the health conscious eater. However, the brown rice used were the short grain kind - I would have preferred something a little more toasted or wheaty tasting. I was disappointed with the tiny portions. Each roll only had 4 pieces - and at $5-10 / roll, the bill sky rocketed. We each spent $34 per person - including tax, tips, but no alcohol was ordered.

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By deebomb of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 2:11pm [Dine in]

Honestly, I have had sushi that is just as fresh and just as delicious (maybe minus the pretty presentation) for much cheaper. Gyoza (not the best I've had, although quite good) ran me 6.50, at least a couple dollars more than most places, while the ebi suonomono was a joke at 4.50, with 3 small prawns, and 3 chopstick's full of noodles, at most. Also, the brine the noodles were in was very unapatizing, and WAY too salty. I've been here before, and their rolls and sashimi are very good,so stick to the those items---all in all, food-wise, Bistro Sakana is good, but not good enough to warrant the prices.

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Used to be a great place for a date...
By Smurfy_Spice of 604 area code (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 7, 2007 - 3:42am [Dine in]

I've been a lurker on this site for quite a while now, and this is the first time that I've been compelled to write a review. We used to love Bistro Sakana for it's great sushi, but lately things have changed. The sushi is the same great sushi, but they have changed their music to a faster tempo playlist...some kind of contemporary electronic crap like Moby...and it's LOUD! I am a fan of the old school jazz that they used to play softly in the background, but now it's so loud that one cannot hold a decent conversation without shouting at your partner. My friends have also commented on the loud music as did the two tables seated beside us. I will gladly order take-out, but I doubt I will ever eat in there again unless things change.

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