12 best sushi spots in Vancouver

Feb 3 2020, 9:00 am

Vancouver’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean has made the city synonymous with good sushi.

Whether you’re looking for high-end, intimate sushi bars, or low-brow bang-for-your buck joints, there’s a sushi spot to fit every budget and occasion.

While there are dozens of restaurants dotting the blocks in nearly every Vancouver neighbourhood, only a handful live up to the title of some of the best sushi restaurants in North America.

From one-of-a-kind omakase dinners to homegrown signature rolls to straight-from-the-market Japanese fish, here are some of our must-try sushi spots in Vancouver.

Sushi Bar Maumi

 

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Before booking at Maumi, an intimate reservation-only 10-seat restaurant in Vancouver’s West End, be sure to check the list of rules. There might be some strict policies here, but we assure you it’s worth it to taste Maumi’s nigiri sushi imported fresh from Japan. This spot offers two services nightly from Monday to Saturday, one from 6 to 7:45 pm, and a second from 7:45 to 9:30 pm.

Address: 1226 Bute Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-609-2286

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Blue Water Cafe

 

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Any dining experience you have at Yaletown’s Blue Water Café will be an unforgettable one. The award-winning restaurant is known for its top-notch service and spectacular seafood, so you can safely bet its nigiri, sashimi, and rolls are some of the best in the city.

Address: 1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-688-8078

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Masayoshi

 

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If you’re a sushi lover and live in Vancouver, chances are you’ve heard of Masayoshi Baba’s eatery, Masayoshi. Open for dinner service Monday to Saturday, this Fraser Street spot offers a sensational nigiri omakase.

Address: 4376 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-6272

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Tetsu Sushi Bar

 

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This West End sushi bar has been serving Vancouverites since April 2017. Tetsu’s offers a lunch service from noon to 4:30 pm from Friday to Sunday, and a dinner service from 5:30 to 10 pm from Tuesday to Sunday.

Address: 775 Denman Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-5775

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Miku and Minami

 

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It’s hard to think about Vancouver’s top sushi joints and not think of Miku or Minami. Located in Vancouver’s waterfront and Yaletown, respectively, both restaurants offer stellar service and one of our favourite rolls of all time, Aburi Oshi Sushi, which was first introduced to Canada in 2008 by Miku, the Aburi Restaurant Group’s flagship location.

Address: Miku – 70-200 Granville Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-3900

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Address: Minami – 1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-8080

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Tojo’s Restaurant

 

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The internationally acclaimed Tojo’s is a pretty legendary institution when it comes to Japanese fine dining. Chef Tojo has created signature rolls such as the BC Roll and the Tojo Roll made from West coast Dungeness crab, avocado, spinach, and egg rolled inside-out topped with sesame seeds (also known as the California Roll), and also introduced omakase to Vancouver’s food scene.

Address: 1133 W Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: 604872-8050

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Ajisai Sushi Bar

 

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This Kerrisdale sushi spot offers affordable sushi and sashimi in a cozy atmosphere. Described often as a hidden gem in Vancouver, Ajisai has some delicious — and Insta-worthy — dishes such as a quail egg-topped roll.

Address: 2081 W 42nd Avenue
Phone: 604-266-1428

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Toshi Sushi

 

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This South Main restaurant has been operating since 2004. While it doesn’t take reservations, many would agree the potential line you might face to devour Toshi’s nigiri is well worth the wait.

Address: 181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-874-5173

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The Lobby Lounge and RawBar

 

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You may miss the Lobby Lounge as you stroll through the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s lobby up to Botanist or out to Giovane for a sugar bun, but we’d urge you to stay and enjoy the delicious rolls from the main floor eatery. This spot also does an epic Spot Prawn Long Table feast during late spring, perhaps you should time your visit around then.

Address: Fairmont Pacific Rim — 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Phone: 604-695-5300

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Kishimoto Japanese Restaurant

 

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Diners who head here can expect delicious Japanese cuisine from Chef Akira Kishimoto and his team during dinner service from Tuesday to Sunday. The fish used here is flown in fresh from Japan at the Toyosu Market in Tokyo.

Address: 2054 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-255-5550

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Sushi By Yuji

 

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Another hidden gem for sushi in Vancouver, this time tucked into Kingsway. Sushi by Yuji offers patrons sweet uni and some amazing nigiri for both lunch and dinner.

Address: 2252 Kingsway, Vancouver
Phone: 604-434-0003

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