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Bistro Taiyo

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2-321 Wesley St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2T5, Canada
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Whitehorse, Canada
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Always happy to stop in here when I'm in town. I like it better than the more popular Japanese restaurants. The Japanese items seem more authentic than other places I've tried.

Thank TheLoxy
Ottawa, Canada
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

The food here is OK nothing special. It is extremely hot and they do not have air conditioning. They had a floor fan on high all through dinner and it really took away from the meal. When I think of Japan and Japanese cuisine it's supposed to be peaceful. Also the order the food came out and was quite strange.... More 

Thank Stephenie E
Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

I cannot pass through Nanaimo without stopping here. In fact, if it wasn't for Bistro Taiyo and a few other awesome little holes in the wall, I would never stop in Nanaimo otherwise because it is such a crass, vulgar hole. I live the the Bistro Taiyo pressed vinegared Mackeral sushi, the umeshiso roll, and the salmon belly. I always... More 

Thank Thinkwire
Bowen Island, Canada
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

Best sushi I've had in a long time. Fresh and unusual menu items served by great staff in the most unexpected city for good sushi. This will be my go to when in Nanaimo!

Thank smr48
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66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

Good place for a business or social lunch. Food is good quality and service is efficient and food well priced. Always impressed when we go. Only maybe 12-14 tables so can be busy. Have never had a bad experience

Thank overlookBc
Nanaimo BC
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76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

Service was good. Food was delicious! I had the Bento Box of the day - while my Japanese friend had a custom ordered salad! I loved the salad, miso and the salmon teriyaki.

Thank apiutarde
Ucluelet, Canada
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2016

I have visited Taiyo on an off for a few years they have good authentic Japanese food, the cuts of sashimi are skillfully executed, and this place offers a great selection on the menu.

Thank SpencerTouchie
Nanaimo, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2016

Bistro Taiyo is authentic Japanese restaurant that is the concept of real traditional cuisine of Japan. How to cut of sashimi is called ”Usuzukuri” that is the most popular way which is the best fresh condition. You might feel that sashimi is very thin if you compared it with like steak or pizza but this is traditional way that how... More 

Thank Lizzy5426
Vancouver, Canada
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2016

For the past few years we regularly travel (every other week) to Nanaimo for our Sushi fix all the way from Duncan. 2hr car ride return. Unfortunately, it is not for THIS Japanese restaurant described here. Nanaimo Sushi fans surely know which TripAdviser #1 restaurant has us so addicted. For the first time in at least 5 years, we've decided... More 

3 Thank Michael L
Vancouver Island, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2016

Without a doubt the best sushi in Nanaimo. In the same ballpark as Ajasai and Toshi sushi in Vancouver.

Thank owen c

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $19
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2-321 Wesley St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2T5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: 250.716.8861

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?