Guide: 8 spots for the best sushi in Vancouver
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Well, it’s been a month since we put out our first guide to Vancouver’s best seafood spots, which means that now’s the time for our second instalment. This go around, we’re focusing on the best sushi in Vancouver. Honestly, it’s a tall task, considering we have arguably the best sushi scene in North America.
Here is our restaurant guide to the best sushi in Vancouver.
A Mount Pleasant mainstay that seems to be constantly busy. That’s okay by us though- the food makes it more than worth it. Classic sushi at very reasonable prices, which probably explains why there’s always a line. We’re cool with it, since we just end up ordering more once we’re in there.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 4:30PM-9:45PM
Where: 181 16th Avenue E
The home of the California roll, Tojo’s is the place to go when you really want to impress friends from out of town. Chef Tojo continues to experiment with new flavours, plus the recently introduced cocktail hour menu makes this spot more approachable than ever.
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 5PM, Cocktail Hour Thursday to Saturday, 4PM-6PM
Where: 1133 West Broadway
Miku for sure has the best views on this list, and we can’t argue that their aburi style sushi is delicious. Sure it’s pretty upscale, but that makes it that much more fun to visit when you’re grabbing dinner to celebrate something.
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 10:30AM-10PM and Friday/Saturday, 10:30AM-11PM
Where: 200 Granville Street
Another spot that features aburi style sushi, but with a slightly lower price point. Green Leaf has long been a favourite of ours, whether we’re there for a quick dinner or grabbing a platter as takeout. Check it out and we think you’ll agree with us.
When: Monday to Saturday, 11:30AM-3:30PM and 5PM-10PM
Where: 3416 W Broadway
The first of our omakase only choices, Maumi is for true sushi aficionados. The large majority of ingredients are imported from Japan daily, to the delight of the two rounds of 8 diners lucky enough to be there that night. That said, a price point of only $75 for 11 nigiri dishes is actually an incredible deal.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 6PM-9:30PM
Where: 1226 Bute Street
Our second pick for omakase only spots. These guys offer a slightly more substantial meal at a slightly higher price point, plus they claim to use real wasabi in their dishes. Now, that is a treat that is incredibly rare. Not just in Vancouver, but around the world.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 6PM-10PM
Where: 4376 Fraser Street
This spot on Commercial is a sort of blend of a la carte sushi experiences and omakase levels of dining. Imported Japanese fish is elegantly prepared in a variety of ways. Don’t pass up on their signature smoked salmon oshizushi.
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 5PM-9:45PM
Where: 2054 Commercial Drive
A sleeper hit, Sushi Mania on Main Street is a great choice in a city that has intense competition for sushi places. All sushi combos are under $10, and udon bowls are 6 bucks. Definitely our top pick for a budget sushi spot to check out in Vancouver.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11:30 AM-9:30 PM, Sunday 12 PM-9:30 PM
Where: 3851 Main Street
And those are our top picks for the best sushi restaurants in Vancouver. From omakase to iconic spots to balling on a budget, there’s no shortage of places to check out here.