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

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  • 31
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nihon no Nimono Otaku!

I love, love, love Japanese food, and at every opportunity, for the past 30 years, I've gone to every Japanese restaurant I can find. I have to say, Taiyo is my favorite, and not even the glittering lights, and Japan forward Denman Street in Vancouver can draw me away from this restaurant. I am... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
DIslandgirl
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Nanaimo, Canada
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I love, love, love Japanese food, and at every opportunity, for the past 30 years, I've gone to every Japanese restaurant I can find. I have to say, Taiyo is my favorite, and not even the glittering lights, and Japan forward Denman Street in Vancouver can draw me away from this restaurant. I am not a big fan of "Japanese... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

First time tonight. Grabbed a quick take out order. Service was amazing very friendly and helpful staff food was incredible!

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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

If you're looking for authentic Japanese, this place is legit. While they do have great sushi, Bistro Taiyo has all of the Japanese comfort foods you never seem to find at other sushi joints in town. With such a vast selection, the Bistro Taiyo menu has something for everyone with Japanese staples such as a la carte sushi, sashimi, domburi... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Very good food, however went there as a couple to have a Saturday night dinner with my wife. Waitress takes my order of Gyoza for Appetizer, and Assorted Sashimi for main course and my wife has Sunonomo salad as Appetizer and Prawns with noodles as main course. My assorted sashimi comes out and I proceed to eat the dish (wondering... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Authentic Japanese, fresh ingredients! I enjoyed the steamed veggies and rice with the tasty home made spicy mayo. Spring rolls, potato croquettes are crispy and delicious! All the staff are friendly and the service is excellent.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

Small restaurant in the Old City with items that you don't normally find on the menu in Canada. Vegan friendly - they'll make the miso vegan (no bonito) if you ask, as well as having lots of other menu choices. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. Best to arrive by 11:30 for lunch as it fills up fast.

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vancouver
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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
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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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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children

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