We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Bistro Taiyo

COVID-19 update: See the added health and safety measures this property is taking.Read more
Travel safe during COVID-19
Visit our Travel Safe hub to see how we're helping you make more informed travel decisions during COVID-19.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
Read more
Updated 21-12-30 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Bistro Taiyo
Updated 21-12-30 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Ratings and reviews



US$10 - US$19
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
View all details
meals, features
Reviews (73)
Filter reviews
71 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Traveller rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews sushi agedashi tofu authentic japanese food master chef my favorite restaurant izakaya takoyaki dishes diners
Selected filters
Updating list...
Reviewed March 16, 2021

Bistro Taiyo is my favorite restaurant in Nanaimo and has consistently provided excellent food and service for almost 20 years. The sushi made at other restaurants in Nanaimo tends to be heavily Westernized and slathered in weird ingredients, but here you'll find only traditional Japanese...dishes exquisitely crafted by a master chef to bring out the natural flavours of high quality ingredients. I have never had a bad meal there, and it's the only restaurant I can eat at when I'm feeling unwell and have no appetite. The meals served there tend to be light and nutritious, yet also incredibly delicious. My favorite dish at Bistro Taiyo is the takoyaki, but it's a bit of an acquired taste so I don't recommend it for first-time diners. The agedashi tofu is a close second; both are made using the chef's special recipe and are far superior to the same dishes served at other restaurants. Pretty much everything made there is excellent, but I do recommend a bit of caution for diners who've never experienced authentic Japanese food as some of the dishes may taste odd to a Western palette. It's great to try new things, but make sure you know what you're ordering!More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed October 7, 2020

Amazing izakaya cuisine, and the ramen is incredible too. Very reasonably priced and great atmosphere.

Date of visit: October 2020
687rieh, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Bistro Taiyo, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2020

Thank you so much, we hope to see you soon!

Reviewed March 29, 2020 via mobile

The wonderful staff loaded us up with delicious food. We enjoyed crispy tempura, tight maki and delectable sashimi... cannot wait for our next meal here!

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 15, 2020

Whenever I travel, I enjoy checking out the local food scene before I arrive. When I saw this place online, I knew that I had to visit here during my trip to Nanaimo. Located in the Old City Quarter, this restaurant is a quaint little...gem. The staff were friendly and professional, and the food was fantastic! The menu is extensive, and it has items that I normally don't see on menus at other Japanese establishments.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

What a fantastic restaurant. From sushi to salmon belly these guys make a varied selection of delicious and truly authentic Japanese food in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The service is also wonderful and we always feel very welcome back (yes, we're return customers!!). Highly...recommend the Takoyaki, crispy octopus and gomae (spinach with sesame sauce). On Sundays they only serve Ramen: my favorite is crazy good - black sesame with roasted pork and garlic chips. OMG.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed August 5, 2019 via mobile

As an expat from Japan, now living in a Nanaimo, whenever I miss the atmosphere and the comfort foods (as well as sushi, of course!) of Japan, I pick up a phone to make a reservation. And Yes, I talk in Japanese to make this...reservation as well as while at the restaurant! This restaurant which means Bistro Sun, sits in a corner in a charming old town of Nanaimo. It is peaceful and lovely inside, food delicious and the Japanese young couple, the owners, and staff members are warm and attentive. My husband and I sit there over sake or a Japanese dry beer or two and favorite foods, and as always enjoy our time together, happy as a clam... A must in a Nanaimo.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed August 1, 2019

Love the sushi, best miso i have ever had and the bento boxes are delicious. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Lunch or dinner you will not be disapointed.

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 21, 2019

The best thing about this restaurant that serves sushi tapas is that the food is fresh. Not so impressive are small portions-a roll consists of a few pieces-and fine dining prices. They charge for tea which is usually free in competitive places. Potato croquettes-no sauce-were...very small. Pork dumplings were not great either. Miso soup OK but nothing special. Sashimi-raw fish-OK but six thin slices of salmon for $10 is not a filler. For a total of $75 we got 2 appetizers, tea, 1 sashimi and 2 rolls. Will not return there.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed October 22, 2018

One of our best restaurant experiences in Nanaimo. Good location, nice ambience, very friendly servers and excellent service. We thoroughly enjoyed their miso soup, assorted tempura, unagi roll and chicken karaage. It was all delicious and we left feeling very full and completely satisfied ~...for a grand total of $33.00! We will definitely be back. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

I haven’t been there for awhile so decided to go for lunch the other day. All Japanese staff and chefs , great service and very cute waitress served us. Food comes out quick and there is no ridiculous “Fusion” nonsense that goes on which drives...me crazy! Traditional Japanese style. The best thing they do is their chicken karaage! Exceptional and totally Japanese style too. Great spot to go and they have almost anything you ask for even “Natto”More

Date of visit: September 2018
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Best Western Dorchester Hotel
774 reviews
.48 km away
Coast Bastion Hotel
2,290 reviews
.48 km away
Harbour Light Motel
90 reviews
.94 km away
Travelodge Nanaimo
403 reviews
.98 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Asteras Greek Taverna
1,320 reviews
.06 km away
Gabriel's Gourmet Cafe
422 reviews
.37 km away
Red's Bakery
85 reviews
.37 km away
La Stella Trattoria
225 reviews
.05 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Nanaimo Museum
188 reviews
.41 km away
The Port Theatre
62 reviews
.50 km away
Vancouver Island Military Museum
43 reviews
.48 km away
Old City Quarter
63 reviews
.06 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Bistro Taiyo staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Bistro Taiyo

Yes, Bistro Taiyo offers takeaway services.

Yes, Bistro Taiyo is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Bistro Taiyo is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5