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Sai Woo

158 Pender St E | between Main st. and Columbia st. on south side of Pender st., Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1T3, Canada
+1 604-568-1117
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good14%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“chop suey” (15 reviews)
“fried rice” (21 reviews)
“shaking beef” (5 reviews)
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Chinese, Asian, Korean, Contemporary, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
158 Pender St E | between Main st. and Columbia st. on south side of Pender st., Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1T3, Canada
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Sai Woo
1. Beautiful Ambience
"Wow, Vancouver has just cranked it up a notch"
See reviews that mention great asian fusion
2. Super Friendly Service!
"I could not have chosen a better place"
See reviews that mention service was impeccable
3. Fantastic Large Party Venue
"The service was impeccable and the canapes were delicious"
Marvin P
See reviews that mention service was impeccable
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I came here for a date a couple nights ago. I had heard fantastic reviews, and recommended this place to a few people, but had never personally tried it. Now I am so happy I did! My date was Taiwanese, and she said the chicken...More

Thank Z3155CMbenjamind
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

I came across Sai Woo on instagram and thought the photos looked amazing. I was not disappointed, the food was so good, great decor, nice atmosphere and the service by Tracey/Head Chef was brilliant. Tracey helped my husband and I choose the right amount of...More

1  Thank RKgt89
sallip123, Owner at Sai Woo, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

Thanks for the review. Tracey is an excellent part of the Sai Woo team and so glad you got to meet Chef Issac! please join us again soon when back in Vancouver. Salli

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We decided last minute to try Sai Woo out again tonight. We were here a year ago and to put it lightly, it was a disaster and very disappointing. Tonight was the opposite. It’s always safe to order a bottle of Champagne so we did...More

Thank Johan L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful atmosphere and delicious food. It was our servers first night and she did amazing and the girl training her was a little hard on her but she was fantastic.

Thank stirfry3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The venue is worth five stars will a great feel and look. The service is decent but nothing beyond and did not have a team energy whatsoever. They could really use someone up front in charge. The food is creative but a little heavy on...More

Thank frozenheli
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Avoid. I really wish I had avoided this restaurant in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Exposed brick walls and a nice interior are not enough to satisfy my taste in a good restaurant. My family of 4 and I tried to eat at Sai Woo on Oct 18,...More

4  Thank skalafoto
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As opposed to the “garden variety” Asian décor, Soo Wai is truly gorgeous—complete with incredible lighting fixtures. There are old Bruce Lee movies (without sound) projected on one of the walls, further adding to the unique charm. (This may sound silly in a restaurant review,...More

Thank KenCookie
Reviewed October 10, 2018

If you're interested in great Asian fusion food served family style and enjoying it in an authentic old style brick walled room, this is the perfect place for you. Also, if you've missed watching an old Bruce Lee movie, they are looping on the wall...More

Thank jeffreyr280
Reviewed October 8, 2018

Atmosphere is really nice, exposed brick in a heritage building, comfortable seating. The staff were all friendly and attentive. The food is not really Chinese, it's trying to be Vancouver's version of PF Chang's - and failing. The Shaking Beef was served in thick hunks...More

Thank Wet_Coast1
Reviewed October 4, 2018

great combination of very old traditional building and modern stylish design. we only had beer and appetizers, both were excellent. Food is asian fusion I believe.

1  Thank rienko
With the recent exodus of massive new building
projects hitting the neighbourhood, Chinatown; which
has always been one of the city's most vibrant areas;
is even more buzzing and buoyant than ever before.
Playing host to some of the city's best pan-Asian
cuisine, from fusion food to traditional home-cooking,
Chinatown has remained faithful to its roots as a
space which clambers with shop signs and welcomes
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 158 Pender St E | between Main st. and Columbia st. on south side of Pender st., Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1T3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 604-568-1117
  • E-mail
In the heart of Chinatown an historic storefront conceals the secrets of Sai Woo. Our modern dining room serves asian-inspired cuisine created with fresh ingredients and surprising, lighthearted twists. Cocktails are crafted with precision using top-shelf liquors, fine teas, and exotic fruits. We invite you to join us to write an enchanting new chapter in the history of Sai Woo. our upstairs dining room seats 100 and hidden downstairs lounge holds 75.
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