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Octopus's Garden Restaurant

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1995 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1C9, Canada
+1 604-734-8971
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17:00 - 22:30
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Edmonton, Canada
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329 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've eaten sushi world wide including at the Tsukiji market in Tokyo and this was comparable. Best sushi I've had in Canada and amongst the best anywhere. The ingredients are exceptionally fresh, high quality and expertly combined. There was literally nothing below excellent and we tried ma y menu items. The service was precise and friendly. We came all the... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We made a reservation for omakase ($75/person) on a Friday evening. The restaurant is small and cozy. The octopus-themed decoration is over-killed and make the restaurant looks messy (or homey depending on how you look at it). It is not the place to go if looking for a high end or romantic dining experience. We were being seated in front... More 

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Thank Robin L
Vancouver, British Columbia
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

Everything is just average. sashimi is very fresh but it also reflects on price. The uni shooter is very very good though! I don't think I will go back anytime soon.

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Thank xiaoc_cc
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71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

Went here recently after years of hearing about this place. We got the omakase, and it was the BEST sushi experience I've ever had. Sada-san spoiled us with a house special shooter, soup, sashimi, nigiri sushi, tuna fish, and dessert. It was truly an amazing experience, and worth every penny. A must try if you love sushi and are visiting... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

No question Octopus Garden is the best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. I live in Tokyo but actually look forward to Chef Sada's omakase once a year. It is exquisite and far more creative than kaiseki courses in Japan, though I enjoy that as well. He is a lovely man who loves cooking, creating and serving. There are quirky little trinkets... More 

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Thank chakimama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2015

If you want a true "knock-off-your-socks" experience try it. There is only one choice: small...75$ or large...more$...per person. Of course you need to be a tad adventurous, but the reward will be ecstasy! Make sure you sit at the counter. Enjoy

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2015 via mobile

Went to partake in chef Sada's stellar sushi at octopuses garden. I didn't have a reservation but one of the two servers sat me at the sushi bar. Both servers were dressed in traditional kimonos and added to the ambiance. I went with the uni shooter, assorted sashimi, nigiri sampler and some nigiri Ala carte. I also tried Orion beer... More 

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Thank Stefan S
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2015 via mobile

You come into this small, hidden Japanese restaurant and you really don't know what to expect. A hidden gem in Kitsilano? Or another sushi place that Vancouver is notorious for? Considering one is able to find sushi at every block imaginable in this city. When I enter you see the unconventional layout of a restaurant that brings the character of... More 

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Thank Grant L
Vancouver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2015

Sada is the owner/chef of this restaurant who comes up with the various menu items. He travels to Japan on a regular basis and from time to time works in a kitchen of one of the top Japanese Inns in Japan and trades ideas with the chef there. When possible he brings over ingredients from Japan as well. Some menu... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

We heard a lot about Octopus' Garden over the years but never had the opportunity to go. We generally don't venture out to that part of town for dinner. Its a bit far for us and always busy. As expected parking wasn't easy around there. I drove around a little bit looking for street parking but to no avail, I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:30
Monday
17:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:30
Thursday
17:00 - 22:30
Friday
17:00 - 22:30
Saturday
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1995 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1C9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Kitsilano
  • Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
  • Phone Number: +1 604-734-8971

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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