We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Dining out is all about value.”
Review of Ichiban - CLOSED

Ichiban
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Dining out is all about value.”
Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

My partner and I dined out this evening at Ichiban and on walking in, it looked good. Typical furnishings for a sushi restaurant. We were greeted warmly and seated promptly. There was only another couple in the restaurant and it was a Friday night during the dinner hour. We looked at the menu and prices are double what they would be in a city environment and that's ok if the food quality matches.

Well that's the problem. Mid-teen prices for a bento box that should cost pre-teen numbers. My chicken teriyaki was dry and the tempura had been re-warmed. The California roll was real crab and passable but for the price I expected more creativity and stand out food vs just mediocre.

By contrast the sushi restaurant directly across the street was jumping. Not a seat available and people waiting to get in.

My partner ordered a chicken teriyaki roll and some sashimi and was disappointed by both. Her chicken was not fresh and the rice was tasteless.

So, advice: go across the street and hopefully the owners read this truthful review instead of the fluff prior. A real review focuses on service, food and quality as well as fair pricing.

Save your money and don't go here until the owners adjust their pricing to match the food quality or increase the quality and creativity to be able to call their prices fair.

Visited June 2014
Helpful?
Thank moae111
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

13 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    4
    6
    1
    0
    2
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Victoria, Canada
2 reviews
“Lovely people, delicious food”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

I love ichiban sushi! The food is always great and the owners are absolutely wonderful people! The prices are quite a bit more then dining in Vancouver but all the sushi places on the coast are. The lunch boxes are always a great deal if you are eating on a budget. I love the quality of the fish, the spicy tuna rolls, even the salad dressing on the green salad is Delish! I just love this place and I'd recommend it over the sushi bar across the street any day!

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank vic2urist
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Powell River BC
Level Contributor
39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Our favorite place in Sechelt”
Reviewed 15 March 2014

Excellent fresh sushi, generous portions of fish. Also great lunch boxes - the best value. Friendly fast service. We always stop there on our way to the ferry.

  • Visited February 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Zuzana K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice comfortable Japanese restaurant”
Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

Our favourite Japanese restaurant on the coast serving a selection of Japanese dishes including the standard sushi, and tempura. Comfortable relaxed atmosphere suitable for small groups or families however it is not presently open for lunch.

  • Visited February 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Nisse W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Ichiban also viewed

Sechelt, Sunshine Coast
 
Sechelt, Sunshine Coast
Sechelt, Sunshine Coast
 

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing