Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

4.8
861 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Japanese
~ STORY OF YUWA JAPANESE CUISINE ~

Chef Masahiro Omori is the Executive Chef / Co-owner of Yuwa Japanese Cuisine who was born and raised in Chiba, Japan. His grandmother "YUWA" passionately owned a fish market in Chiba, Japan for over 50 years. Yuwa's dedication to her craft deeply touched Chef Omori and he lovingly brings her spirit forward with his professional experience at a well-known long-established Kaiseki restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.

Chef Masahiro Omori brings specialized regional dishes from across Japan taking advantage of the highest quality, freshest local BC ingredients. These can all be paired with our specialized selection of wines and sake.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 861 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lulu
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Good drink list selection, patio is nice and quiet. The main issue is food, It’s not very good and expensive. Not sure if I would go back again.

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SandraM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service. Definitely worth a visit. Try the sake flutes.

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vipmattob
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Last minute date night on an inclement evening. Great food and service, we will be back!!

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HollyH
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We decided to eat outdoors in compliance with the new pandemic concerns. It was not as satisfactory as eating indoors, but it was an adventure, and we enjoyed it. The food was superb as usual.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food from

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CatherineM
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a good bet for fine Japanese dining! Always get the specials and the Eli Shinjo bites.

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Yums
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delectable cuisine
Excellent cheerful server
Excellent safety measures to separate each table, very assuring

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Ellen
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, friendly staff and delicious food. Highly recommend!

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MartinD
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and even better food. Servers and owner were very attentive, and they obviously take pride in the food they serve.

Awesome experience.

Thank you

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JMHB
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yuwa is the best dining experience I ever had in Vancouver. The service process, customer service and food are all excellent.

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vipPLam
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have always enjoyed our meal at Yuwa. The sushi is top notch and the service is excellent. It is our go to Japanese restaurant. Close to our neighborhood. Never disappoints

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Flayrah
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

After a rough start (waited 10 minutes inside the door for recognition from waitresses who would glance at us but ignore us until I finally went and accosted one at their cash register), the evening went well. Good table service, manager tried to make up for our wait with bubbles, and fairly good food. Sashimi was excellent. Appetizers and sablefish were great. BBQ Pork Back Ribs were fairly tough and fatty. Good pacing, good ambiance despite covid protocols.

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Ashley
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great dishes that were well prepared. Our server took the time to explain each dish and how it's best served.

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BevH
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely, relaxing experience - dining on delicious Japanese cuisine. Especially appreciate the seasonal choices.

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ElfriedaP
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yuwa is my new favourite Japanese Restaurant. We have been there several times and will bring back friends. They are so hospitable and the food is outstanding!

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peterc
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food quality are very good. Outstanding service and very nice decor.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for dating.

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beccaswallow
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

AMAZING! My birthday dinner here was impeccable! never been before and is a real hidden gem!

Do not hold back on trying something new or different because everything is wonderful. Make sure you save room for dessert, the cheesecake and the black sesame ice cream were the highlights!

Pricing is decent for the amazing service and quality of every dish, so fresh and worth every penny.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a nice place. Food was good

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Todd
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Overpriced for the quality. Food was good but not amazing.

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CatherineM
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What more to say? We’re becoming regulars because we want to see what new specials they’ve added to the list! We love the ankimo, monkfish liver, but they have a new roll, the “surf and turf”. So clever and delightful. You can really taste the richness of the beef, which plays off the lobster so nicely. There was a delicious little clam soup. And lovely little mochi for dessert though my husband had the lychee sorbet with coconut jelly. Thanks for such gastronomy!

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SahandM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing service and some of the most fresh sashimi I've had. The Wagyu stew was amazing as well.

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vipVanGirl
Vancouver
55 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing service, incredible food, beautiful plating !

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OCCR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent on all aspects

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Lithgow
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There are so many great places in Vancouver to enjoy sushi. We all have our favourites that we frequent and know what to expect. Temaki, Shiro, Toshi, and Miku are some of mine. All fantastic. But without a doubt, Yuwa is undeniably on another level. It will seem unassuming at first. The freshness of the fish was exceptional, the rice perfect, the tempura crispy and tender, the specials were unique and exquisite, and the service was wonderful. There is a reason this ranks number two on the Vancouver Restaurant awards. They deserve it. I look forward to visiting again and highly recommend.

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carpete
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing, memorable dishes - beautifully presented. Traditional with a creative touch. Attentive, fast service. Attractive space.

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BevH
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The seasonal dishes were very tasty and unique. The service is very friendly and attentive. Always a pleasure to dine at Yuwa

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience on all aspects. Food was amazing. Felt very safe as they complied with all covid rules for running a restaurant. Would definitely eat here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best Japanese cuisine in Vancouver. The closest one comes in Vancouver to truly feeling like you are sitting in a restaurant in Japan.

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ColleenL
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A stunning restaurant and absolutely amazing food. It felt like a very special night out and we also felt completely safe and cared for - important in these strange times!

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Carol
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about our dinner was perfect. This was the best meal and dining experience I have had since the pandemic began. It was our first time to this restaurant, but will not be our last.

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HollyH
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience was perfect: the food, especially the ribs, was excellent. We don’t want to recommend this restaurant too glowingly because we might have trouble booking a table in the future!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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CatherineM
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Authentic Japanese cuisine. Yuwa avoids the commonplace offerings and always has a genuine feel.

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best places to go for sushi. Everything was very fresh and service was superb! A wonderful place to celebrate Christmas.

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felixy
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and amazing staff. We go back there regularly for special events or just when we're craving really good Japanese food.

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MichaelB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb, original takes on Japanese cooking, with a warm and inviting atmosphere and wonderful service. Highly recommended!

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Erik
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We pick up sushi sometimes, but we rarely eat high-end Japanese food. Decided to try Yuma for something different on my wife's birthday, and boy did it deliver! It was so nice to be transported away from the pandemic for a couple of hours, tasting flavours and foods prepared in ways we'd never tried before. Service was friendly and flawless. Highly recommended.

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JuliaD
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are food lovers and eat here often. It never disappoints; it's a fantastic restaurant with fresh seafood!

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CatherineM
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you would like unusual, exquisitely prepared Japanese food, this is the place. From the monkfish liver pâté to the duck salad and mushroom tempura, it was delightful. We had several other dishes. Just be adventurous through their very carefully designed menu!

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Anne
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service. Best Japanese food in the city.

FAQs

Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant) offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 731-9378.

Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant) is rated 4.8 stars by 861 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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