Updated: March 31, 2017
- Removal of Hoshi Sushi at Sandbar
- Miku Sushi up from #4 to #3
- Added updates about Sushi Bar Maumi and slight commentaries.
Wondering where the best sushi in Vancouver, BC is? We got you covered! (like the umbrella stuck to your hand the whole of October-February) This list on VancityAsks underlines the BEST sushi Vancouver has to offer.
This is not the best deals sushi (you can call it cheap if you like), we have that too! If you’re looking for the best value sushi then check out our Vancouver’s best cheap sushi here. The best value sushi (in other words, best cheap sushi) would be for those looking for well price sushi that taste good; good value for the most part. Large portions, reasonable quality, and amazingly shocking prices. Yeap! They exists.
Although this list here is for you sushi connoisseurs who want to savor the best of the best. Whether you’re a visitor who have been told about Vancouver’s awesome sushi scene, or a local sushi fanatic…these are the sushi restaurants in Vancouver you want to try! These sushi spots are known for the best quality, best taste, best freshness.
You can rest assure that the five best sushi in Vancouver listed here will satisfy your craving for luxury or uniqueness in quality. Give it a read please (in good Canadian manners… eh).
Ajisai Sushi Bar is a little out of the way from downtown Vancouver. (if you’re looking for good sushi in downtown Vancouver, then Miku is the place to be). Still, this hole-in-the-wall sushi bar within the Kerrisdale community is well worth the hike (it’s Vancouver, a green city, so you better be hiking or taking the transit…kidding, 4 AM talk). Ajisai Sushi Bar is as authentic as it gets; it’s ran by a Japanese owner and recommended by other sushi chefs, Ajisai Sushi Bar has built a reputation of excellent quality sushi authentically created for your palate’s pleasure… dare we say, the best sushi Vancouver has to offer? (Maybe, depends on your palate and preference).
Surprisingly, despite it’s reputation, Ajisai Sushi in Vancouver is priced reasonably with a spicy salmon roll at $4 (very standard pricing) and a salmon nigiri at $2. This combines both quality and value which is why we’ve listed Ajisai sushi #1 in our list of best sushi in Vancouver.
Address: You can give Ajisai sushi a visit at 2081 W 42nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6M 2B4
Sushi Bar Maumi is a slightly lesser known Vancouver sushi restaurant (not anymore, it has been featured in various media since. Among sushi enthusiasts, Sushi Maumi has been notoriously known as a taste of Japan in Vancouver with sushi chef Maumi serving memorable Omasake experiences for about just $70/person. Freshest seafood imported right from Japan, perfect sushi rice, exact temperature for your enjoyment – did you know, a good sushi chef warms the rice and fish in his hands bringing it to the right temperature before serving for your enjoyment during an Omasake? Which is why, you ought to eat it immediately at serving…such a delicate art.) nestled in Vancouver West-end. Unfortunately, the seating size only accommodates 12 people with three tables and a sushi bar. They do serve take-out but not during Omasake sessions (available only by reservation). At VancityAsks.com we like to feature these locally owned, specialty stores that may be overlooked and Sushi Bar Maumi tops the list. The BEST sushi in Vancouver hands down – for it’s type (authentic, no-frills dining with stupendous quality & freshness.) They have local fish and fish freshly imported from Japan.
This Vancouver sushi bar is renown for it’s precise execution, freshness, and quality. Yet, the prices are surprisingly fair. It may not be the place you go for a large dinner party. They also don’t serve alcohol or rolls. This said, if you enjoy good sushi in Vancouver then Sushi Bar Maumi is your place to go.
Hear from Scottie on Yelp:
“Best sushi in Vancouver. I’m half japanese and my wife was born in Tokyo, we know our sushi and this place is legit”
Address: Give Sushi Bar Maumi a visit at 1226 Bute Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 1Z8
As a further note, looking through their Facebook page is much like browsing through a fish market. The owners at Sushi bar Maumi in Vancouver truly care about freshness and quality of their ingredients.
Up for Revision – 3. Hoshi Sushi at the Sandbar:
Hoshi Sushi at the Sandbar is another must try. You get a waterfront sushi experience on Grandville Island. You know it’s quality over quantity because the Sandbar is run by Sequoia Company of Restaurants. They are known effectively for good dining experiences; it’s the same company that runs the restaurant at Stanley Park.
The SandBar is actually a seafood restaurant but it has it’s own sushi bar and sushi masterchef, Hoshi Tsutomu, hence Hoshi sushi. If you’re planning something special and willing to splurge for a memorial night/afternoon then go for Hoshi sushi at the Sandbar. A fair warning however that experience can vary (which is why we’re likely to replace this recommendation).
Address: Visit Hoshi sushi in Grandville Island at 1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3R9
Miku is the epitome of fine Japanese dining, with a modern twist. It’s neatly located right by the waterfront (literally 5 minutes walk from Waterfront Station) with views of the Vancouver inlet by Canada Place. It is the mastermind of Seigo Nakamura. Miku is the sister restaurant to another top Vancouver sushi restaurant, Minami.
Whether you’re looking for a celebration experience downtown or a romantic dinner for your significant other, Miku Restaurant is an experience you won’t soon forget.
Take a look at the pictures bellow. You’ll notice that Miku has some creative sushi creations that looks deliciously elegant. We’ve listed Miku as the #4 Best Sushi in Vancouver because their restaurant is not specifically a sushi bar. It’s easily one of the top fine Japanese dining in Vancouver however with delicious sushi. Their rolls are also rather creative and appealing.
Note that Miku Restaurant’s prices reflect the prime location and aesthetically crafted food. Their famous aburi sushi (which is a must-try at Miku) will cost you $17 for dinner. (typically not suffice in portion for a meal in itself.)
As you may know, Miku is no secret to Vancouverites who enjoy good sushi and Japanese cuisine. Read the following review by LongBoardTime on Trip Advisor:
“Was recommended by hotel front desk and did not disappoint. Their signature flame seared salmon sushi with jalapeno has been on my mind ever since.”
Address: Give Miku Restaurant a visit in Vancouver and try out their specialty aburi sushi at 200 Granville Street – Suite 70, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1S4
Enjoy great waterfront views at Miku Restaurant.
5. Hitoe Sushi
Hitoe Sushi fully deserves it’s spot on the top 5 list of the best sushi in Vancouver. It is known for it’s fresh and authentic sushi. It’s hard to go wrong with any sushi order at Hitoe Sushi. There’s a consistency with the quality and freshness of their food. Hitoe Sushi is one of the few sushi restaurants in Vancouver run by an actual Japanese sushi chef who takes great pride in the food he makes.
It’s situated in Vancouver hippy neighborhood, Kitsilano.
The service is excellent, the decor is authentic and welcoming. The menu prices is a good deal for the quality and service you’ll find at Hitoe Sushi. With this, we’ve placed Hitoe Sushi as the #5 best sushi in Vancouver.
Here’s what Starry4 on Trip Advisor has to say about Hitoe Sushi:
“A few years back, I would have given it 4 stars, but it certainly deserves 5 stars now. It’s not easy to find a restaurant that gets better over the years. A lot of them would just be the same or some may even slide backwards in either their taste or services once they thought they had captured the market. This makes me think that these people at Hitoe not just work hard, they work with their hearts.”
This is what Candy L. on Yelp shared about Hitoe Sushi in Vancouver:
“This place is one of Kitsilano’s, and even Vancouver’s, best sushi restaurants. It’s very well hidden. Upon first glance, Hitoe looks cheap and average (and it is definitely not badly priced!). Take a chance and step inside.”
Address: You can give Hitoe Sushi a visit at 3347 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6R 1N6
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There you have it. Hope you’ve enjoyed discovering the best sushi restaurants in Vancouver, BC. Don’t wait, give these delicious sushi restaurants a try share about it bellow. Your comments, feedback, and suggestions are welcomed! As always, the recommendations on VancityAsks are not sponsored; we try to keep it as impartial as we can, disclosing any possible bias to truly discover the best of Vancouver together!
When you think of Vancouver, you likely think of rain, sushi, and beautiful scenery (in that order) so make sure you try Vancouver sushi if you’re visiting from out of town.
Ps. In case you were wondering, why is raw fished called Sashimi:
The Long-short, it means pierced body in Japanese. (sashi = pierced) + (mi = body)
This is apparently from sticking the fish tail and fin to identify the fish being eaten. Besides that, it would make more sense to call it cut fish wouldn’t it? Although kiru, the word for cut, was inauspicious back then, so sashimi it is…so long as it tastes good.