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US$10 - US$19
CUISINES
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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Reviewed 4 days ago

If I could I would give Bistro Taiyo more than a five star review. The service was exquisite. Polite, efficient, and friendly people. Very quick service. I have eaten sushi at every place in town and I like this sushi the most. The salmon quality...was excellent tender and delicious. Every ingredient was abounding in flavour and always surprised. I left feeling lighter than when I came in and less sleepy that is how clean the food is! It seems like a truly authentic Japanese food place with little westernized elements to it. Nanaimo is blessed to have this place.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed October 15, 2022 via mobile

This little Japanese restaurant is located in a picturesque little oasis of downtown Nanaimo. Judging from the amount of reserved tables and walk ins it is very popular. My husband and I ordered an assortment of sushi while my son had the ramen. The food...was delicious, pleasantly presented, and quickly prepared. Our wait staff was friendly and attentive despite the rush in the restaurant. We would absolutely eat here againMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed July 28, 2022

Some of the best I have ever had and I’ve had lots. Great service and delicious food. The spicy dynamite tool was so yummy. Nice ambiance and a cute little place

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 15, 2022

It really is hidden away and from outside it is very unassuming. Even when you first enter it is not a "smart restaurant". Once you start to receive the food you realise that you are getting a very genuine experience. We had a "beginners set"...sushi and the Oyako Don (chicken, rice, egg, onion composition). Both dishes were excellent. So glad we were recommended it by our B&B host, otherwise we would never have found out about it.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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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
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Reviewed October 7, 2020

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

Date of visit: October 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

In five years of living in Nanaimo I have never been let down by bistro taiyo. The staff are always amazing, kitchen is consistent. They even often remember my name! I love this place as a date spot, but also so lovely to sit alone...and eat slowly. I love you bistro taiyo! A true community gem.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Bistro Taiyo is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5