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Shizen Japanese Restaurant

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1706 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1Z5, Canada
+1 250-381-8228
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mon 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friends live close to the gates of China Town so this location is great for a quick take away! The yam roll and salmon sushimi are soooo good here!! It's nice for dining in too, as I recall they have a sushi pizza!

Thank Lindsay H
Victoria, Canada
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90 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great busy little spot. Friendly fast service. This is one of the better Japanese restaurants in the city with a unique setting. Sushi was very fresh and artfully displayed. You can tell they take the art seriously here.

Thank Jeffrey H
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2017

This is my absolute favorite Sushi restaurant on the Island! The food is amazing, they have this sushi pizza and it's super tasty with spicy tuna on top. Also one of the only places to find a Tuna Don. They're rolls are amazing as well! Lots of different options, each one as delicious as the last. Lots of options for... More 

Thank Krista P
Victoria, Canada
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97 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2017 via mobile

Went with a friend for lunch. We were first in and we were told "not open for 5 minutes)" but had hot tea in front of us in seconds! Soon people started pouring in and the restaurant was full! Miso soup was wonderful as was the vegetable and seafood tempura. Enjoyed every bite. Been there before and will go back.... More 

Thank Marilyn and Les T
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190 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2017

smaller portions for reasonably priced food. Excellent various choices of fresh sashimi. Service is not great, mechanical and slow. The staff is reluctant to answer questions about items on the menu. Parking downtown is a bit of an issue. This is a busy place. We will be back.

Thank GinnyKelowna
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 31, 2017

Ate for the first time today at Shizen. I shared lunch with a friend and we had the Bento boxes (Tofu and Beef), and extra yam tempura and dynamite rolls. We both enjoyed our choices and the prices were less than are listed in their online menu. Very reasonable lunch.

Thank gjw16
Victoria, Canada
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35 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2017

This is one of our favourite sushi restaurants in the city. The menu items are a bit different but everything is always so good. Sometimes the service is a bit hectic when it's busy, but that's to be expected. I love all the orchids on the window :)

Thank Chloé G
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64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2017

The place is little small with lots of tables arranged. But the food here is amazing... Can't complain as finding veg food in Japanese restaurant is a little tough. But we really enjoyed every bite of it.

Thank Megha M
Victoria, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 30, 2016

I'm a regular at this restaurant, both for dinning in, and taking out. I'm guessing 30+ visits over the last 3 years, and I have had a good experience every time.

Thank chevykevy2016
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63 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed October 27, 2016

As soon as you come in they offer you green tea :))...very nice touch as outside was very cold. We had some pasta and cooked sushi...we loved it very much. I notice they also have Japanese style sittings ...tatami rooms.... close to Fan Tan alley and China Town.

Thank laurentiu-cristian

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1706 Government St, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1Z5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 250-381-8228

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