About Shuraku Sake Bar & Bistro
We offer traditional Japanese cuisine with contemporary flair; the freshest ingredients available, extensive offerings of super premium dai ginjo sake, creative cocktails and a thoughtful selection of wine that pairs well with Japanese cuisine. Our knowledgeable and attentive staff will guide you through your experience in a fun and helpful way. An interior featuring warm colours & Japanese architectural art bathed in muted light await you.
You could describe the menu as ‘sushi-sushi' style. A vibrant menu designed for fun! On the menu you will find small plates, plates for sharing and exquisite plates for passionate Japanese food lovers. On the feature sheets; fresh finds, seasonal items and traditional Japanese offerings valued by our Japanese guests.
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 4:30pm,
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 12:00am
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
At Shuraku, our kitchen concept is open. Counter seating is available both at the kitchen and the bar so pull up a seat and enjoy the show!
All along Granville Street you'll find shopping, theatres and nightclubs. If you are a sports enthusiast; General Motors Place (the Canucks and other live entertainment) and B.C. Place (the B.C. Lions) are within walking distance. Is the game sold out? Enjoy a cocktail while you watch our HD screen in the bar area. Whether you are alone or with a group you are sure you to have a great time at Shuraku!
For business, a special event or pleasure; we can provide catering services from cocktails to a full-service event.
With over 20 years experience, our catering coordinator can surely provide you with the assistance required to help you host a successful and memorable event. This can include everything from event coordination, site selection and staffing to delivering prepared selections to your party.
Please call Iori Kataoka should you be interested in our services.
We are centrally located in the heart of downtown Vancouver (Granville and Robson). You will find metered parking available on Howe St. (southbound street; one block west of us), Hornby Street (northbound street, two blocks west of us) and Seymour St. (northbound street; one block east of us). You may even luck out on Granville Street! Public Lots can be located off the alley just behind us, and in both Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and the Telus Building located just north of us.
We are located one block from major public transit stops. Downtown bound buses travel north on Seymour (just east of us) and Outbound buses travel south on Howe just west of us. Using the Sky Train? Closest Stop is the Pacific Centre Mall; just 1 1/2 blocks to our north. Numerous taxis can be found up and down Granville entertainment corridor.
Private Party Facilities:
Conveniently located in the heart of Vancouver D/T and walking distance from all major hotels, Shuraku offers 30 people intimate sake tasting dinner course to 80 people cocktail party with beautifully crafted Japanese cuisine created by Chef Masa. Still some space left for 2010 Winter Olympic.
Private Party Contact:
Iori Kataoka: 6046876622x
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
We offer sake dinner events throughout the year inviting sake makers from Japan and/or local sake specialists. If you are interested, please sign up by sending an email message to email@example.com.
Shuraku Sake Bar & Bistro Ratings and Reviews
Pleasantly surprised by our dinner exper ...
Pleasantly surprised by our dinner experience. All the dishes we ordered were well-executed and made for a very nice dinner for my family and I. The lighting was perfect, the ambiance was comfortable. The restaurant was loud, but not loud enough where we couldn't hear each other. Food was fresh and delicious. Standout dishes for me was the Hitsu-mabushi and the BBQ whole squid. Outstanding! Don't want to spend the money to dine at Minami or Miku? I think you'd be just as happy here at Shuraku.
Got greeted as soon as we entered the re ...
Got greeted as soon as we entered the restaurant. It had a nice dim atmosphere with the back wall lit with thin strands of lights behind a paper mural. The food was excellent however there seemed to be an insufficient amount of people working since our food took extremely long to arrive and even getting the bill to pay for the meal took longer than usual.
I was in Toronto last year and I was ama ...
I was in Toronto last year and I was amaze with their Japanese buffet, but people said I should go in Vancouver and it's way better, so I expect a bit more, the server offer me a special for lunch, and it was average the portioning of the food are too small and tempura were okay , it took a little while before it was serve, the guy who's serving was nice .
I first went to Shiraku about a week pri ...
I first went to Shiraku about a week prior. The restaurant had a good, upbeat feel to it. The first time I went, I had the smoked salmon under glass. It was amazing! The eggplant agebatashi was also excellent. The server forgot my sunomono salad so hopefully it was taken off the bill. On my most recent visit, I went there with a young friend before going to a concert. We ordered sunomono salads, the eggplant agebatashi, the smoked mackerel and an assortment of sushi. We also ordered an assortment of pickles that the server forgot to bring and when I mentioned it, the cost was deducted from our bill. The sunomono salad had thick rice noodles whereas I prefer the thin ones and the sushi seemed like any good sushi in the city. It is the other things on the menu that make Shuraku special. Unfortunately, they were out of lotus root on my second visit so we were unable to try it. Unfortunately, the smoked salmon under glass was also not available the second visit. We enjoyed a delicious meal anyway. If you love food, this is a great restaurant to explore new tastes and the staff are friendly and attentive (if somewhat forgetful).
We booked last minute The restaurant w ...
We booked last minute The restaurant was cheerful and busy. There were greetings and orders being called put in Japanese which added to the charm. Food was good. Staff were friendly courteous and well trained. A fun place for dinner
I visited few times and and last visit w ...
I visited few times and and last visit was the worse experience that I had. There were many staffs but they provided not enough service. I need to wait long time for me to order the Sake. I made reservation long ago and asked to reserve the bar table and they gave us a table near the entrance. We have kind of argue with them to get
the bar table seats.
Fresh and tasty sushi in the heart of downtown
I thought that I got pretty good sushi in Montreal. Well, let me tell you, there is nothing like fresh sourcing in Vancouver to make a difference. The chefs are Japanese and take their art very seriously. The place is clean and oriental in style, but in a small eatery like this near Nordstrom's you are not looking for decor as your primary motivator: it should be the food!
The Bluefin Negi-Toro was exceptional, the balance of the rolls were all very, very good. The chef's sampler of sashimi was expensive for what was offered, but you could taste the quality in the selection of fish.
Beer prices are reasonable, wine list is forgettable. You are not there for the wine!
I would certainly return, excellent overall value for the money.
Good enough, but nothing to write home about.
Best described as a mediocre, to slightly better than mediocre dining experience. The restaurant is in a great location, in the heart of one of the main shopping and dining areas. The restaurant was pretty, and offered an acceptable ambience for my wife and I, who were on a getaway for the weekend. It was not particularly romantic, though, because tables were fairly close together. The service was pretty good. The food was, as stated in the title of the review, good enough. I was hoping for more - flavour, value, etc. The ramen soup was salty, but acceptable. The sushi was not, especially for the cost. The rolls were rather small, all things considered, and on par with a very typical sushi restaurant in Toronto. The black cod was also okay, but did not stand out in any way. Overall, I am sure that we would just try somewhere else next time.
Dishes are small, okay. Called me 3 hour ...
Dishes are small, okay. Called me 3 hours before the dinner and told me that the minimum payment per person was $25 and that they don't split bills. This should be told a lot earlier than 3 hours, I would not have come here if I knew that. I can't relocate 9 people in 3 hours.
The Invisible Table
Went for a pre-concert bite. Very busy, even though we reserved, seemed like we were placed at a random table that was lucky enough to be vacant. Turned out this must have been the "invisible" table - NO service, even though later arrivals were getting served and food. Had to go to maitre'de to get attention after about 15 minutes (no water, no server welcome, nothing....) Good sushi/ blackened cod/ sake when it came. Irritating. Bad service detracted from a good busy bistro.
We had one night in Vancouver and tried Shuraku based on reviews. My husband wanted Sushi but my teen son does not eat Sushi. After a review of the menu, I surmised this would make both my "boys" happy. We had a great time and everyone left happy!! According to the receipt, our server was named Yoko and she was the sweetest and most helpful server we have had in a long while. When I mentioned I really enjoyed the wine, she wrote down all the vineyard information without me even asking. Great experience overall!
Love at first bite!
So happy to discover this place! We ate some of the freshest sushi we have ever tried... Melt in your mouth experiance. Appreciate that they don't add excess ingredients, and sauces to the sushi. It was simply perfect. Also tried a variety of interesting sake from their extensive menu.
Service was excellent in spite of it being a very busy Saturday night. Looking forward to my next visit to Vancouver so I can get back to Shuraku!
The food was very fresh. Uni and the che ...
The food was very fresh. Uni and the chef's sashimi is always an indicator of the quality of the fish being served.
The premium sake was great and what impressed my guest most was that it was served with a thermometer and heated in a water bath, something rarely seen in many North American Japanese restaurant.
The decor is nice but be prepared as this is not a quiet traditional Japanese sushi house but more of a contemporary noisy popular eatery.
Parking is a bit of an issue as it is in the heart of the entertainment district so go by foot, transit or other modes that don't require parking is advised.
Overall experience was fine. It would be ...
Overall experience was fine. It would be much better if the waitress could give us more time to look at the menu instead of rushing us to get our order. She came 3 times in total trying to take our order not long after we sat down. The restaurant wasn't very busy yet as we were there at 6pm. Sashimi was fresh and other food was good. Will go back again.
Has management changed?
I have been coming here for lunch since it opened 8+ years ago. The food is still very good and it's good value, but it seems that the service (operations, not attitude) has declined since late 2015. I noticed all the staff have changed. On my past few visits I found myself craning my neck looking for a server to place my order, or at the end of the meal, trying to attract a server's attention to signal for the bill. The staff, when they do come, are friendly and polite. I'm not sure what has changed.
Very good food and interesting dishes. Must try!
The service was very prompt and courteous. We were late for our reservation and the restaurant staff were very accommodating and sat us when we got there. Well priced drinks and the recommended sake was very tasty. Favourite dishes were the Three Ways of Tuna and the Ebi-Mozza Spring Rolls. Both were unique twists on traditional Japanese dishes that made them new and interesting. I would recommend those two for sure! Servers were very nice and knowledgeable. Reasonably priced and very tasty!
Amazing food, OK service
A hidden gem that you'd walk past every day and never think to go in. Great lunch specials and fantastic tasting food. Service is a bit slow - you won't be blown away be the wait staff but overall a great spot to grab lunch - if you aren't in a rush!
Very convenient location for us as we we ...
Very convenient location for us as we were going to a concert at the Orpheum across the road. Everything tasted good and was fresh - perhaps just wasn't a stand out for me. I would go back if I was in the area! Service was very friendly. Loved that they had multiple types of green tea you could choose from!
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