Restaurant Awards 2024: The Best Casual Japanese Restaurants in Vancouver

These are the top casual Japanese restaurants in the city, according to our Restaurant Awards judges.

The Best Casual Japanese Restaurants in Vancouver 2024

Gold: Kishimoto

There’s an abundance of cheap-and-cheerful sushi spots on the Drive, but gold winner Kishimoto is where you go when you want stunning Japanese dishes in a comfortable, neighbourhood-y environment. Chef Akira Kishimoto embraces local ingredients through an uncompromising Japanese lens: you’ll find plates of seasonal tempuras, perfectly grilled succulent B.C. sablefish collar and binchotan charcoal-grilled mushrooms served beautifully but without pretension.

2054 Commercial Dr.


Silver: Stem Japanese Eatery

Over in Burnaby, find silver medallist Stem Japanese Eatery to be committed just as passionately to a sense of place. Comfort food executed elegantly (see: the staub gohan, a seasonal spectacular served in a piping-hot casserole dish) is the name of the game here. Whatever is offered in croquette form—order it.

5205 Rumble St., Burnaby

Stem Japanese Eatery. Photo by Leila Kwok.

Bronze: Sushi Hil

Sushi Hil has a more narrow focus (sushi and sashimi), but the limitations of the menu only highlight chef Hilary Nguy’s expert execution and commitment to sophisticated simplicity. 

3330 Main St.

Sushi Hil’s chef’s selection lunch set.

Honourable Mentions

Dosanko and Miku are our honourable mentions: Dosanko is an ode to Japanese home cooking, while Miku has continued to hone its aburi game. 

Dosanko, 100–566 Powell St.,

Miku, 70–200 Granville St.,

Find more of the best Vancouver restaurants on our list of 2024 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Award winners.