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Bistro Taiyo

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321 Wesley St # 2, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2T5, Canada
+1 250-716-8861
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Today
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I just returned from snowboarding in Japan, so great Japanese food was fresh in my mind. We had a fabulous meal at Bistro Taiyo and was impressed with selection on the menu. The place filled up quickly after opening but we had a very private table in the corner. It was Japanese food heaven!! We will be back.

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Thank Greenwiz89
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We met for lunch today at Bistro Taiyo.I had a bento box which was delicious.-It had teriyaki chicken over rice,potato coquettes,salad,sushi,and a kind of spring roll.The food was fresh and very tasty. My friend had the pork and egg rice bowl.My other friend had curry over rice. The servers were prompt and very nice. The bistro started to get very... More 

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Thank slurpeemama
Nanaimo, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

I was surprised to have such a high quality authentnic sushi here in Nanaimo. If you know the Japanese culture and sushi, then you would definitely enjoy what this restaurant has to offer. Chef and all staff are Japanese, so you can really enjoy the atompsphere. This place is like a hidden jem in downtown! Lunch and desserts were awersome... More 

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Thank ashwood77
Whitehorse, Canada
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

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.

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Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 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 

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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 11 August 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 

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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 11 July 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!

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Thank smr48
BC
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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 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

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Thank overlookBc
Nanaimo BC
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48 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 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.

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Thank apiutarde
Ucluelet, Canada
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 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.

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Thank SpencerTouchie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$19
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 321 Wesley St # 2, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2T5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-716-8861

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