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321 Wesley St # 2, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2T5, Canada
250.716.8861
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Japanese joint run by Japanese people!!

This isn't your average Japanese joint. This is authentic Japanese food. Large menu with the staples and things you normally don't encounter. Place was packed when it opened for dinner at 5:00pm. That's always a good sign. I eat sushi almost every day and this place is better than most... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 13, 2015
vancity8
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vancouver
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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41 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
vancouver
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This isn't your average Japanese joint. This is authentic Japanese food. Large menu with the staples and things you normally don't encounter. Place was packed when it opened for dinner at 5:00pm. That's always a good sign. I eat sushi almost every day and this place is better than most Japanese places in big cities.

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Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is a Japanese-run diner with authentic Japanese food. It is more of an Izakaya and although they serve good sushi, it is really a rather Izakaya restaurant where you order more or less "kaiseki" - one plate at a time (though their bento lunches are great and great value). The service is great. It is downtown and in an... More 

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nanaimo bc
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

To us who know quality authentic Japanese food, Bistro Taiyo was the place. However, the last dinner visit a month ago was not excellent as usual, but thought maybe it was just that evening. Today I dropped in for a sushi lunch. . The sushi rice was not fresh and seasoned as it should be. It was dry, crumbly, hardly... More 

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starssevenpotato, Owner at Bistro Taiyo, responded to this review

We are sorry for making you feel uncomfortable. And please let us explain why that happens about omelettes color. Our Japanese rolled omelettes(dashimaki tamago) are freshly made in the restaurant everyday. Sometimes you may see a gray color because dashi, soy sauce and eggs can have a chemical reaction caused by temperature. Because we make it fresh without any preservatives... More 

Nanaimo, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I would say this is the best tasting sushi in nanaimo. It doesnt have the best atmosphere but the food is so good, I would choose this place over a "fancier" looking place any day. If you havent eaten here yet, you are missing out.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Nice izakaya in the old city quarter. Sushi prepared using proper ingredients and no substitutes. Green tea brewed perfectly. I'll definitely come back here

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Nanaimo, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Taiyo is a great small sushi place with a very authentic feel. Run by a group of younger Japanese and often has quite a lively scene with VIU students.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

perfect small japanese restaurant, awesome food, nice service, recommanded for everyone, the menu is also well furnished large choice of dishes

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

In town for a casual weekend before a meeting, we needed a comfortable affordable dinner. Bingo Tripadvisor! Best saki I've ever had, great soup, delicious desserts, great prices. Wish I had this at home!

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Victoria, Canada
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Found this place using trip advisor.. and thanks to previous reviewers, it's now my number one sushi place in Nanaimo. Rolls were fresh and the spicy tuna was actually spicy! Service and staff were quick and friendly.

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Nanaimo, Canada
Top Contributor
206 reviews 206 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 321 Wesley St # 2, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2T5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: 250.716.8861

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 19
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions

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