Login or Register
Do a search below using the city or postal code search box if your city is not listed above.

3.5
  • Food3.5
  • Service3
  • Value2.5
  • Ambiance3.5
  • Reviews88

Hapa Izakaya

1479 Robson St
Vancouver, BC V6G1C1
Tel: (604) 689-4272 Reserve Online
Neighbourhood: Central

Reviews

Displaying 81 - 88 of 88 Reviews FoundSort: Useful | Helpful | Reviews | Date
Very cool first experience...
By luckygirl1974 of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 26, 2010 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

Hit Hapa last night after talking about it for years, literally, with the BF. Super fun time, relaxed atmosphere but exciting because of the style of the room and anticipation of new yummy food. Food lived up to our hopes (would give it 3.5 stars if I could) although we did have to eat quite a lot to get full as there isnt much in the way of starches on the menu. Nifty way of racking up the bill I suppose, but also dropping its value score.

Service was good, nothing crazy. Certainly friendly enough even if the odd detail was missed. Will go back, and hopefully with more people as it seems like that kind of place, good for sharing etc.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Solid Date Night
By bighotdog of surrey (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

This night started with my lovely girlfriend and I deciding to dine at a Japanese restaurant. After hearing recommendations from my co-workers we decided to give it a try. We were greeted by a busy waitress who asked us if we wanted to grab a spot at the bar since it would be a 45 minute wait for a table. So we gladly took the seat and absorbed the ambiance. It was quite loud at the bar as the chefs shout out the order everytime a waitress brings it in. It is also quite dark inside, we almost walked right by the place.

Anyway, for the food itself we ordered the King Crab roll, Lamb chops, Ebi Mayo and the Ishi-Yaki (which is the rice in a stone bowl).

The King Crab Roll was quite nice with a nice savory sauce. The amount of rolls for the price was about right, but if you are really hungry, you may need to have two orders.

The Ebi Mayo was good, but it was not spectacular. It was a standard tapa.
The Rice bowl we had was unmemorable, it was just average but filling.

However, the lamb chop was surprisingly good at an Asian restaurant. It was cooked medium rare and served with some type of a sweet and sour sauce.

All in all, we do recommend this place, whether you are craving Japanese or want to impress a date. The food is good but not spectacular.

A side note, we actually came back another day around 8:30 and there was 2 couples ahead of us. We requested a table of 4 and were bluntly told that it was "not going to happen". So we went to Ebisu instead but that's another story.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance

<More reviews below advertisement>

Let me say it again, PRETENTIOUS!
By momochan of Vancouver, BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 4:13pm [Dine in]

I love Japanese tapas spots and last week I went to Hapa for a brithday party. If you have more than 12 guests, you are forced to order a set menu that is $30 per person. Luckily, the confirmed party was less than 12 people.

My pregnant friend and I were the first to arrive and they quickly seated us at the round table right by the door. We were asked to take off our boots and climb into the seats. Other tables were just regular tables which didn't require patrons to take off their shoes. But the server was adamant about us taking off our shoes after I mentioned that my friend is pregnant (I have a big belly so I could pass off as pregnant too) and that I had a foot injury (which my foot was wrapped) and I was comfortable with taking off my shoes. The server insisted that we did and my friend was struggling to take her shoes off in that small hole where you put your feet. I said "You're making a pregnant woman struggle!" Finally, the server gave us a table upstairs.

Our party had ordered about 20 different varieties from the menu. If you want to have something in your tummy, the rice and the noodles are the way to go with other tapas. Ordering mulitple tapa dishes on its own will leave you hungry for sure.

One couple ordered only tapas and their bill was $130 for 2. My friend and I ordered one rice, one noodle dish, 2 drinks and shared a gyoza tapas for about $60 for both of us. So your bill really depends on your ordering common sense.

The drinks were yummy, and costs an average of $8 per drink. They are not large but it's delicious. The servers will ask you repeated if you need another drink when you still have a quarter left. If you say yes, they will take the drink with the quarter left so say no until you have finished your drink.

If you haven't noticed the music, after awhile, it will get to you. I'm used to the clubbing scene and even the techno/rave music and its volume will get to you when you're trying to have a conversation (perhaps being upstairs mean we're closer to the speakers). My friend said he feels like he's shopping in a boutique or something.

The tea service was exceptional, they kept topping my tea with hot tea. Probably because tea is $1.50 each.

The waitresses are very friendly, and some dresses quite provocatively to get the male patrons to return.

For the value, I would go to another Japa tapas establishment and not return to Hapa unless someone is having another birthday there and has to be a good friend.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
How the mighty have fallen...
By Joe_Camels of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 14, 2008 - 2:27am [Dine in]

This place use to be solid... after a two year hiatus from this place, we decided to head back. Boy have the place gone down hill. Service is still solid but the food is not as good as it use to; not to mention their menu selection is so limited now and many items are not available. I guess they lost a lot of their chefs to other izakayas or they went back home. If you want good food, go somewhere else. If you want to gawk at the pretty ladies or just have good drinks, I guess that's still okay. I haven't tried the one on 4th Avenue yet. Though I'm hesitant... so many other places that are better. Justin, you need to get your ass in gear... you're losing customers.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Slightly Dissappointing
By stockex of Richmond (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 12:00pm [Dine in]

A couple of friends and I decided to try Hapa after hearing much about it. From the outside, one could hardly tell it was an open restaurant. But once you enter, it was a whole different story. The vibe from the restaurant was lively without being too busy or crowded. We were warmly greeted and seated at the bar while waiting for a table.

The wait was not too long, probably since it was a weeknight. Service was personal, friendly, and efficient. Even though we sat upstairs where there were only 3 tables, we never had a problem with getting service. We ordered a variety of tapas and dishes. Personally, I expected a little more. The Ebi Mayo had a distinct flavour, but one that I did not particularly enjoy. The Tako Wasabi and Beef Tataki were among the better dishes; both had strong flavours without being overpowering. While being satisfactory, the cheese tofu paled in comparison to others I've had before. Suprisingly fresh, the shrimp and avacado salad was also quite nice.

Overall however, the food was below the level we all expected. Even if the hype about the place didn't exist, the appearance of the restaurant as a whole suggested food of a higher quality would be present. I would probably not go back a second time.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
left a good impression, will definitely go again!
By pickledonion of burnaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

My friend and I came across Hapa Izakaya and decided to try it out. It's dark inside but it's a nice warm chocolatey feeling. We were allowed to sit where ever we liked and so we opted for the second floor. We were the only ones upstairs which was nice for us ;) We decided to try the daily tapas specials on their menu. We were delightfully pleased with the quality of the dishes and it didn't take too long for the food to arrive. Presentation was nice as well. Definitely a place to go where you need to savour the food and not rush it down in order to get the full flavour and feel of the food. I would recommend this place for dates and after-shopping snacks!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance

<More reviews below advertisement>

great food and place
By asian-qt of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

I have been to Hapa Izakaya a number of times since it opened. The food has always been good and among my favourites are the torched mackerel, the tuna belly on garlic toast, the ebi mayo and the chicken karaage. The place is comfortable yet sleek and sexy. The service, though, could use a bit of improvement, but not bad.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
HAPA? half the food, half the fun
By daisuke of Richmond (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 26, 2006 - 5:25pm [Dine in]

Hapa or "halfer' is right. Double the price for poor value and poor service. Overpriced dishe served by attractive waitresses who can't tell the difference between local and import beers. An owner who couldn't stop mentioning to anyone who would listen that he was a "hapa" and named Justin and that it was his restaurant. I think the whole city knows that by now and maybe you should consider calling your next venture 'My name is Justin and i own this restaurant" If they spent more time on the food instead of trying to make the customers understand who owns the place it might not be too bad.

The food was overtly salty, which makes for having to order overpriced and water-down drinks a must. ( a cheap bar tactic and throwing salted prezels on the table might be a better trick), the tardiness of the service only rivalled by 'The eatery' and the atmosphere pretentious but very nerdy.

Spend your money at any of the Guu establishments. They'll get your order right havre it to you within 10 minutes and everything will taste great. Avoid this place unless you love hearing the owner talk about himself.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance

Images

Displaying 401 - 4 of 4 Images Found