My top ten sushi restaurants in Vancouver

July 4, 2011

A couple things to note:

1. I don’t like going downtown, thus the absence of much down there.

2. This is just Vancouver proper, there are many great sushi places in Burnaby, Richmond, Coquitlam and beyond.

3. While I’m always up for trying something new, I tend to base my impressions on a select group of items, some of which aren’t sushi at all: Tuna & salmon nigiri, dynamite roll, spicy agedashi tofu, tako sunomono, anything with eggplant or octopus, spicy tuna roll, and likely whatever the special is. Despite my enjoyment of the dynamite roll, I never order tempura. I enjoy a good motoyaki but rarely shell out for it and tend to avoid teriyaki dishes, though I like all sorts of Japanese soups.

4. I’m not rich. Most of these places are your low-medium price point spots.

I guess you want the top ten?

Honourable Mention:

Ebisu – This place is great during the daytime and somehow becomes way overpriced in the evening. I go there all the time, but never past 2:30pm.

601 W Broadway

10. Tomokazu – Despite me giving it a thumbs down on Urbanspoon, I figured this list should have an all you can eat sushi spot in it. I think this is the best of the bunch despite spotty service over the years.

1128 W Broadway


9. Sea Monstr Sushi – This makes the list mostly because it was my first date with a cute guy. But the sushi was good too. 🙂

A – 55 Powell Street


8. Ro Sushi – This is my cheaper than cheap sushi choice. It’s right by my work and they deliver. Sure, there may have been some health code violations a few years ago (and if you ever look it up, you’d be surprised by the number of restaurants on that list), but everyone needs a place where they know your order before you’ve even placed it.

542 West Broadway



7. Kai Sushi Bar – This makes the list because of its proximity to my house. I could crawl there and barely skin a knee. While I don’t know how long a mid-high price point sushi place will survive such a residential area, I have to give them credit for a nice menu and consistently good service.

3093 Oak Street


6. Kimbob E Ramyun – A Korean restaurant?! Well, the title of this post isn’t “My top ten Japanese sushi restaurants in Vancouver” – though sushi is a Japanese word… hmm.. Anyways, I love me some Kimbap, which is the brother/sister of sushi. Looks like it, tastes kind of like it, with similar though not identical foods inside.  I’m just saying, Korean sushi is worth checking out. And cheap!

423 Seymour St



5. Samurai Sushi House – ENORMOUS. Seriously. The fish is decent and the cuts are massive.

5888 Cambie St


4. Toshi – The fish is superb, the lineup is annoying, but the fish is superb.  If you know anything about the sushi scene in Vancouver, you’ve heard of it.  But honestly, I’m just as happy going to my top three. (All surprisingly nearby.)

181 E 16th Ave


3. Shiro – Get ready to sit uncomfortably close to someone else, with bustling servers running past you. They jam everyone in, which is a good thing because otherwise you’d be waiting a long time.  A great mix of price, quality, speed, and homemade wasabi – and you get pocky at the end.

3096 Cambie St


2. Sushiyama – How dare I place something ahead of the renowned and line-up oriented Toshi?  Sushiyama never disappoints.

371 E Broadway


1. Zipang Sushi – After recently taking out of town guests here over any other place in Vancouver, I realized it is my number one.  The quality is always amazing, the menu is extensive and the prices totally reasonable. Plus I like the random decor.

3710 Main St.



  1. Pretty good list. I thought Kai Sushi Bar is kinda pricy. Will have to check out a few of these places.

  2. […] Sushi and Okonomiyaki at Zipang (Also found on my top sushi in Vancouver list) […]

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