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Shizen Ya on Hornby

985 Hornby St., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Downtown)
604-568-0013
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Ranked #138 of 2,810 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $45
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Loved the salmon salad and the spicy tuna roll with avocado. The teriyaki beef was too overcooked and the chicken breast was dry. Just stick to the rolls.

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Vancouver
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90 reviews 90 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Waited for almost an hour for a table that never materialized. Staff were completely unconcerned and were never forthcoming that they had no availability, even though that it was known that we were watiing for a table for a party of three.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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71 reviews 71 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Shi-zen-ya is a healthier sushi place that uses brown rice. I eat brown rice on a pretty regular basis but I just was not a huge fan of the food. It was just very…blah to me. He had a Dragon roll, Dynamite roll, and this food called Gommae which I did enjoy. Yelp told us to get sesame ice cream... More

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Toronto, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

A pleasant place for lunch. Friendly staff and a varied and interesting menu. Prices are fair for the cuisine and the area. First time I have tried sushi made with brown rice and although I am sure it is much healthier, I still prefer the classical approach personally. It was certainly not unpleasant though. Worth a visit if you are... More

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London, United Kingdom
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130 reviews 130 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The place is very small, 7 doubles and one table if 4/5. We were five and had to wait 15 minutes for a table but it was worth while. The sashimi was absolutely great. You could felt the freshness. The roles and everything were very good as well. At the restaurant they only use brown rise, so for those who... More

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ABBOTSFORD B.C. CANADA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Stopped by for a quick lunch and once again enjoyed it. Fresh and tasty. Great prices for top notch food. I see why they rate high on trip advisor.

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

HIGHLY recommended! This little gem was only 5 minutes' walk from our condo. It is very easy to miss, as it is a very small, narrow place with limited seating. It is not some fancy sushi bar where fancy people go to sip sake and talk of hedge funds. It is just good food, pure and simple. The menu is... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This is a true hole-in-the-wall on Hornby near Nelson -- I doubt they can handle 20 sit-down customers -- and we had to wait 20 minutes to be seated toward the end of lunch hour. We only learned about it through the recommendation of a friend who lived in Vancouver. But the sushi and other Japanese food was simply terrific,... More

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Milan
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113 reviews 113 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I spent over a week around this area and tried several restaurants. This is one of the best ones I ever tried in my life. Everything is organic and the fish tastes like heaven. We were five people we got several rolls (all amazing), a chirashi (small but incredible), and some sashimi (really good). A friend of mine also had... More

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Springfield, Missouri
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Great food with very subtle changes to make things a bit more healthy. If you've never had maki rolls made with brown rice then you might notice it more but I am quite happy to make that substitution. All the food I had was great. Sashimi wasn't the premium grade that you might get elsewhere but I was happy to... More

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