Where do you find the Best Sushi in Vancouver?

Vancouver is a haven for the best sushi bars in Canada. It has more than 600 sushi restaurants which makes it the country’s Sushi Capital. With all of this amazingly good restaurants (from high to mid-end), it will surely be difficult to decide where you’ll eat if that sushi craving attacks again. You, your friends, and your family may ask where you should go on your next sushi adventure, a lot of people will surely have their own recommendation as to what is indeed the best sushi bar in Vancouver. Similarly, people take into consideration different factors in deciding such as the price and the quality of food. This article will give you the top three best sushi restaurants in Vancouver, taking into account the price (whether it’s worth it or not), the taste of the food, and the overall quality of the dining experience.


  1. Zest Japanese Cuisine

Address: 2775 W 16th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6K 3X5, Canada

Phone: +1 604-731-9378

Website: zestjapanese.com

First on our list (it’s not cheap – not on a student’s budget)…Zest Japanese Cuisine offers a dining experience that is surely one of a kind. The place’s overall ambiance gives of an elegant vibe together with its selection of fresh sushi which the chef (and the owner) Yoshiaki Maniwa prepares using the fish he usually buys the day itself. Its vegetables and other seafood are guaranteed fresh and you’ll be able to feel that yourself.

Some of its bestsellers and definite must-tries include its five-piece omakase (literally means “I’ll leave it up to you”) sashimi, Tuna Amigos sushi roll, Ocean Pacific roll among many others. These are served one at a time which gives you enough time to savor its tastiness and freshness. Pair your choice of sushi with their incredible wine selection and surely you’ll get a unique sushi experience.

Just a warning, though, Zest Japanese Cuisine’s menu is a bit pricier than other sushi restaurants—but it’s certainly worth your money’s worth. If you’re dining with a friend, better prepare around 80 CAD for average consumption.


  1. Miku Restaurant

Address: 200 Granville St #70, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1S4, Canada

Phone: +1 604-568-3900

Website: mikurestaurant.com

Miku Restaurant in downtown Vancouver is another phenomenal high-end sushi stop for all you sushi lovers. Its ambiance is exceptional and it delivers first-class dining experience starting off with its beautiful interior which displays traditional Japanese paintings. Their service crew are also top-notch; they are efficient and they make sure that you get the first-class experience that you deserve.

Miku is known for its Aburi Oshi Sushi (Aburi-style sushi is sushi that is blow torched – ideally with a charcoal for additional flavor as they do at Miku) or ‘cooked and pressed’ sushi wherein you can see the chef blow torching the raw fish and decorating the plate to give you not just exceptional taste but pleasing aesthetics as well. While you’re there, make sure you order their bestseller, the Salmon and Ebi Aburi Oshi Sushi—it literally melts in your mouth. And while you’re at it, try their famous desserts as well—they’re equally delicious.

Another reminder though, Miku’s wonderful dining experience comes with a price. If you’re dining with a friend, prepare around 90 CAD for average consumption.


  1. Toshi Sushi

Address: 181 E 16th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V5T 4R2, Canada

Phone: +1 604-874-5173

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Toshi-Sushi-133112986718262/

If budget is a little tight but your sushi craving cannot be extinguished, then Toshi Sushi in 16th Avenue in Vancouver is the place for you. Toshi Sushi offers highly delectable and authentic Japanese sushi at an affordable price.

You will surely be overjoyed with Toshi Sushi’s food selection however, you may want to try their fresh and delicious classic nigiri and sushi rolls like King California roll and Philadelphia roll. These are made with perfectly cooked rice and undoubtedly fresh raw fish. They also serve torched aburi sushi if raw does not suit you. Toshi Sushi also serves a variety of food other than sushi and sashimi. Their miso-glazed eggplant and black cod are a certified hit.

Their services are also good considering that their place is always busy because people go crazy for their food. If you’re dining with a friend, prepare to pay around CAD 25 depending on how much you’ll order. Just a reminder, there are always people lining up to get a table because they don’t accept reservations, so be there early. Don’t worry though, the wait will surely be worth every bite. If you’re not a patient kind of person, Toshi Sushi offers take outs too.


These are simply three of the best sushi bars within Vancouver; and surely, there are more. What can you say about this list? Do you agree with my top three or do you have your own?  Share your thoughts!


This is an article written by Marie Concordia for UBCFoodie. Share your comments and thoughts bellow.

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