Japanese Food

Vancouver’s Japanese food is so good because the city is swimming in fantastic, fresh fish and because sushi is for Vancouver what fast food is for the US.

There are hundreds of inexpensive, delicious sushi restaurants in Vancouver. So if you need a snack and can’t find the several dozen fast food outlets you’re used to back home, then try sushi. You may be surprised how delicious and satisfying it is, even when you were thinking burger and fries.

Along with excellent sushi, Vancouver boasts many fantastic Japanese restaurants. Some say the best is Tojo’s. Others argue that there are so many wonderfully fresh and innovative Japanese restaurants that’s it’s impossible to choose. You’ll have to try a few and decide for yourself.

Ajisai Sushi Bar
2081 W 42nd Street
604-266-1428
In a quiet location in Kerrisdale, this place has interesting dishes and an excellent staff.

Barefoot Kitchen
1725 Davie Street
604-681-9722
Very fresh and affordable Japanese fusion including corn soup, sushi, fried pork chop, kimchee and excellent desserts. Service is particularly good here and the staff is friendly in a very Japanese fashion. Like going to Tokyo for dinner.

Dan Japanese Restaurant
2511 West Broadway
604-730-0306
Fresh, imaginative fooe and very authentic atmosphere make this a favourite with local Japanese and tourists alike. Some say this is Vancouver’s most authentic Japanese restaurant with better sushi and better tea than you’ll meet with in other sushi restaurants.

Guu with Garlic
1698 Robson St
604-685-8678
Homestyle Japanese food served tapas style in a very lively environment. The favourite of many locals.

Kibune Sushi
1508 Yew Street
604-731-4482
Kibune Sushi has been in the same location for more than 25 years. When you visit, you’ll know why it’s lasted so long. The food is extremely fresh and beautifully prepared. You won’t find the latest innovation here, just some of the best traditional sushi in town.

Lime Japanese Cuisine
1130 Commercial Drive
604-215-1130
The chef here comes from Tojo’s and produces fresh, innovative food at affordable prices and a great atmosphere.

Santouka
1690 Robson Street
Vancouver
604-681-8121
Despite Santouka being a chain, many diners enjoy the ramen here. Try the Toroniku ramen.

Tojo’s
202-777 W. Broadway
604-872-8050
Tojo’s is the most famous of Vancouver’s Sushi restaurants. Most people like it but few want to pay the prices.

Toyo Sushi
2211 Cambie Street
604-879-0990
A bit hard to find right near the Cambie bridge, but well worth the search. Great sushi and tempura, good service and a very nice atmosphere with booths.