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Shuraku Sake Bar & Bistro
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Ranked #110 of 3,728 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Granville Street
Cross street: Robson Street
Transit: We are located one block from major public transit stops. Downtown bound buses travel north on Seymour (just east of us) and Outbound buses travel south on Howe just west of us. Using the Sky Train? Closest Stop is the Pacific Centre Mall; just 1 1/2 blocks to our north. Numerous taxis can be found up and down Granville entertainment corridor.
Toronto, Canada
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246 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“You can do better”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

I don't know what the fuss is about with this place. It's on a dodgy block of Granville, the patio offers an intimate relationship with the Translink trolley bus, an overflowing waste bin and some fairly colourful neighbours.

The food is good but not great. The sushi is fresh but there's nothing particularly creative about it. The ling cod is horribly overcooked and tastes like a dress shield. Too bad; it's normally a lovely bit of fish.

Service is good but not great. The decor is nice but not gorgeous. For the same money, you can eat better on Robson.

  • Visited June 2013
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Pensacola, Florida, United States
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Put this one on your "bucket list"”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

My wife and I ate Japanese food in Japan for two and a half years while working there, and Shuraku comes closest to its Japanese counterparts in quality, service, and atmosphere. The izakaya style food was fresh, seasoned perfectly, and each plate was easily enough for two. The sweet soy lotus root was delicious, as was the shrimp and vegetable tempura. The volcano sushi roll was not only delicious, but presented as a volcano (see photo). We had Japanese beer and sake and four dishes for a reasonable price. If you enjoy Japanese food, go to Shuraku.

  • Visited May 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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133 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great Japanese place on Granville”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

For good down home food on Granville, I suggest dining at Shurake Sake Bar & Bistro. The service is great with the authentic Japanese customs and courtesies.

Go with miso soup, wild mushroom salad, kogomi, avocado rolls, mushroom ohitash, live spot prawns, kuro macha, genmaicha, ebi gyoza, tuna isobe ago and salmon teryaki - all balance between veggies and proteins.

  • Visited June 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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384 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Expected better”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Tried Shuraku for lunch a few times mostly because a friend and colleague really likes this place. I think the location is great and the restaurant is nicely decorated, unfortunately, the food is kind of average and not great. I'm sure that I'll be back but not because I pick the place, hppefully I'll be more impressed next time.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank 998MichaelW998
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Vancouver, Canada
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118 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Excellant sushi with a great selection of sake”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

This centrally located japanese restaurant serves up great sushi and their sake list is quite extensive, featuring bottles/glasses in all price ranges. We've eaten there three times now and have always been impressed with the sushi. We haven't tried much in the way of other traditional japanese fare, only the ebi gyoza, which quite frankly was a bit boring and they don't offer a standard pork gyoza alternative. Either way, if you want some great sushi, go here.

  • Visited May 2013
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