Restaurant type

  • Bistro,

Cuisine type

  • Japanese,


  • Sushi,


  • Restaurant With Party Services,
  • Happy Hour,
  • Wheelchair-accessible Restaurant,
  • Restaurant With Terrace,


  • Upscale,
  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Good For Groups,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
1123 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P2
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • $26 To $60,

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10 incredible female chefs in Vancouver

10 incredible female chefs in Vancouver

Female chefs are a rarity at traditional Japanese sushi restaurants, but trailblazer Etsuko Needham is more than happy to break with tradition. After working in the restaurant industry in Japan for two decades, Etsuko relocated to Vancouver to broaden her culinary expertise. She now serves as the executive chef and co-owner (along with her husband Peter) of Bistro Sakana, an elegant sushi and tapas bar nestled along Yaletown’s cobblestoned restaurant row. In keeping with her groundbreaking attitude, Etsuko isn’t afraid to experiment in the kitchen, and she often incorporates Italian and French influences into her modern fusion fare.

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Vegetarian Japanese restaurants in Vancouver

Vegetarian Japanese restaurants in Vancouver

Refined and sleek, Bistro Sakana takes its cues from the chic Yaletown neighbourhood it resides in. Their menu varies from traditional to original, with rolls featuring Western flavours such as prosciutto or – for vegetarians – sundried tomatoes. An extensive list of hot and cold tapas dishes includes zesty salads and a Japanese take on French onion soup. Vegetarians will never feel so spoiled.

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Van Mag Restaurant Awards: Best of Neighbourhoods 2016

Van Mag Restaurant Awards: Best of Neighbourhoods 2016

Yaletown locals are spoiled for choice when it comes to date-night dining options, but Bistro Sakana stands out from the crowd thanks to its intimate atmosphere and innovative approach. Romantic lighting and soft jazz welcome guests to the contemporary dining room, while in the kitchen, executive chef Etsuko Needham wows with her refreshing take on Japanese fusion. The upmarket menu features classic rolls alongside creative signature selections that highlight local ingredients and a noticeable European influence. Drink options are similarly global in their appeal, with numerous New World wines on offer and 10 different hot and cold sake options.

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