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871 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC, V6G 2L9

604-608-1677 | Website

This popular Japanese izakaya in the heart of Denman Street sizzles with texture and flavour.

Category: Restaurants


Cuisine Type | Japanese
Ambiance | Casual
Meals Served | Dinner
Amenities | Local Favorites, Wheelchair Accessible
Pricing | Less than $20
Payment | Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa


Neighbourhood | Vancouver City Centre
Getting There | Directly across from the West End Community Centre
Cross Street | Between Haro and Barclay


Sun - Thur 5:30PM to 11:30PM, Fri & Sat 5:30PM – midnight, Closed Monday

Profile Last Updated: February 13, 2009

A Success Story
When Kingyo opened in October 2006, curious patrons came by to check out this funky eatery, yet another izakaya in a city chockful of them. But they must have seen something they liked because they haven’t stopped coming. Busy and packed, even on weekday nights, Kingyo has gained a loyal following and thrived in a neighborhood already awash with casual and inexpensive dining options. The fresh seafood and good selection of inventive tapas-sized dishes bursting with texture and flavour have also gained accolades. It won Vancouver Magazine’s 18th annual restaurant awards for best place in the city for casual Japanese dining.

Beef Tongue, Anyone?
The menu is made up of tasty small plates. The seafood is fresh and plentiful: tuna carpaccio, salmon carpaccio, tuna tataki and sashimi dishes. There are also various rice and noodle items, as well as the classic Tokyo sukiyaki. The Kingyo-style steamed mussels are particularly tasty, steamed in sake with bacon, tomato and onions in a garlic butter sauce. But the house specialty is beef tongue. While other places might also serve this delicacy, Kingyo serves theirs sizzling on a hot rock. Patrons can then grill the raw meat to their desired level of doneness.

Feels Like Japan
The interior of the 60-seat eatery is distinctively Japanese. A tiled Japanese roof hangs over the bar and intricate wood cravings hang on the walls. There are plenty of interesting bric-a-bracs on display too, like a wooden screen and sheathed swords. One wall is given over to a collage of black and white photographs of Japanese scenes. The tables and chairs feel antiquey, the perfect foil for the clean simplicity of the white plates and bowls. In the centre of the room is a 15-seater table, perfect for big parties or a convivial dining experience with new friends. The centre of the table is open, with graceful stalks of bamboo dividing the two sides, lending an air of privacy but also bringing nature in.