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Bistro Taiyo

321 Wesley St # 2, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2T5, Canada
250.716.8861
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Ranked #27 of 261 restaurants in Nanaimo
Price range: $10 - $19
Cuisines: Japanese
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
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English first
Nanaimo, Canada
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175 reviews 175 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

SO hard to find a great Japanese restaurant, run by Japanese owners, cooks, servers …almost like being in Japan again. Ahhh. Loved it! Small, restaurant tucked away in a funky area of old Nanaimo. Great service, great food. Found the sushi to be a somewhat small serving at lunch for the price but would return again for dinner. Lovely server... More

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victoria
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Inside and out this is the best traditional sushi in town! Friendly staff...good prices.... fresh fresh fish

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Victoria, Canada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Dropped in for lunch one day. Service was good and fast. Food was fresh overall ok. Nice spot we'd go back.

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Edmonton, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

We ordered some sushi to go and ate it outside in this cute neighbourhood. We eat a lot of Japanese food and were really impressed with our meal.

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Guelph, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

As summed up above, this place was a very cute restaurant, and the staff were very friendly. They had a sizeable menu, with fair prices. As for the sushi itself, it was very decent. Not the spectacular/the best I've ever had, but good, fresh, quality fish. If I found myself back in Nanaimo and craving sushi again, I would definitely... More

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Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

we have been dining at Bistro Taiyo since it opened at LEAST 2 times a week..the food is always good, reasonably priced, and the service is awesome! A lot of Japanese restaurants serve farmed fish but this place does NOT!! The owners are Japanese! VERY good..we are very picky..my husband is Japanese..

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

This was our fourth visit to Bistro Taiyo in Nanaimo. The food and service have been consistently good each time. There are many dishes to choose from and after more than 50 trips to Japan over the years, I can attest to their authentic preparation. The sushi and sashimi are excellent, but my favorite thing is to order several appetizer... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

I think I've actually lost count of the number of times I've been to this restaurant. That in itself says something about how we feel about Bistro Taiyo. The food is consistently good, the lunches are great value (love that 'Healthy Meal Set'!) and there is never a lot of empty seats. I haven't been there for supper nearly as... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We got deep fried chicken skin (may sound not really pleasure) but it is really good with mayo. We also got curry rice which was really good and really Japanese, salmon roe on rice (very fresh as well), and green tea tiramisu as our dessert. The dessert was surprisingly impressive which I was really happy about since there are not... More

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is one of our favourite restaurants for Japanese food. We've eaten here several times and not once disappointed. They change the food selection for their benton boxes and each time has been delicious and all for $10.

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