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Octopus's Garden Restaurant

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1995 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
(604) 734-8971
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5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Thu - Tue 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 0
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  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Get the Omakase, amazing experience

Went here recently after years of hearing about this place. We got the omakase, and it was the BEST sushi experience I've ever had. Sada-san spoiled us with a house special shooter, soup, sashimi, nigiri sushi, tuna fish, and dessert. It was truly an amazing experience, and worth every penny. A... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Cowboy_Buddha
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59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here recently after years of hearing about this place. We got the omakase, and it was the BEST sushi experience I've ever had. Sada-san spoiled us with a house special shooter, soup, sashimi, nigiri sushi, tuna fish, and dessert. It was truly an amazing experience, and worth every penny. A must try if you love sushi and are visiting... More 

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Thank Cowboy_Buddha
Tokyo, Japan
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50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

No question Octopus Garden is the best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. I live in Tokyo but actually look forward to Chef Sada's omakase once a year. It is exquisite and far more creative than kaiseki courses in Japan, though I enjoy that as well. He is a lovely man who loves cooking, creating and serving. There are quirky little trinkets... More 

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Thank chakimama
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

If you want a true "knock-off-your-socks" experience try it. There is only one choice: small...75$ or large...more$...per person. Of course you need to be a tad adventurous, but the reward will be ecstasy! Make sure you sit at the counter. Enjoy

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1 Thank Felipe C
Vancouver, Canada
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46 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

Went to partake in chef Sada's stellar sushi at octopuses garden. I didn't have a reservation but one of the two servers sat me at the sushi bar. Both servers were dressed in traditional kimonos and added to the ambiance. I went with the uni shooter, assorted sashimi, nigiri sampler and some nigiri Ala carte. I also tried Orion beer... More 

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Thank Stefan S
Vancouver, Canada
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160 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

You come into this small, hidden Japanese restaurant and you really don't know what to expect. A hidden gem in Kitsilano? Or another sushi place that Vancouver is notorious for? Considering one is able to find sushi at every block imaginable in this city. When I enter you see the unconventional layout of a restaurant that brings the character of... More 

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Thank Grant L
Vancouver
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Sada is the owner/chef of this restaurant who comes up with the various menu items. He travels to Japan on a regular basis and from time to time works in a kitchen of one of the top Japanese Inns in Japan and trades ideas with the chef there. When possible he brings over ingredients from Japan as well. Some menu... More 

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Thank OKBJYT
Vancouver, Canada
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We heard a lot about Octopus' Garden over the years but never had the opportunity to go. We generally don't venture out to that part of town for dinner. Its a bit far for us and always busy. As expected parking wasn't easy around there. I drove around a little bit looking for street parking but to no avail, I... More 

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Thank BigToeFur
Monte Sereno
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54 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

A colleague recommended this place and I was not disappointed. The sushi was phenomenal - some of the best I've ever had. I've been to Japan over 10 times so I know what authentic sushi when I see it. Octopus Garden is a tad on the expensive side but I expect quality when I pay a higher price and they... More 

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1 Thank Jay F
Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

During a recent trip to Vancouver we decided to head out for sushi and found Octopus's Garden, it was in the neighborhood where we were staying. The good things about it was the food, it was really really good! The bad thing about it we were kept waiting for over an hour, this could be remedied with a reservation as... More 

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1 Thank Ashleigh M
White Rock, Canada
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Have you ever been charged for tea in a Japanese restaurant? I hadn't either, until I went to the octopus's garden. The sunamono salad was small and they charged the same amount (more than $8) for a vegetarian salad as one with crab, shrimp or lobster. Prices were high. The rolls we had were average at best. Service was below... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1995 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Kitsilano
  • Neighborhood: Kitsilano
  • Phone Number: (604) 734-8971

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Sushi
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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Kitsilano
Kitsilano is one of Vancouver's most transformative neighbourhoods. With a long history of coffee culture and poetry readings, its days of flower children and buskers may be long-gone, but not without leaving their mark on the number of organic restaurants and fair-trade cafes in the area. At the centre of Kitsilano ("Kits" for short) the almost idyllic expanse of Kits Beach offers the opportunity for a relaxed afternoon of beach volleyball or sunbathing. Along with the beachfront, nearby public pools and trendy street-beats have driven up the homeowners prices, making it a haven for stylish home goods stores, from design and furniture, to supplies and appliances. The multitude of both families and public spaces also make it a happening neighbourhood in the summer, when festivals and fairs take to Kits' streets.