Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

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~ 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.

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Sun 8:30PM - 8:45PM
Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 5:00PM 8:30PM - 8:45PM

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SH
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints. The food quality and service is amazing.

NJ
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Japanese food to another level! Love it! 2 thumbs up!

KB
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing and service was exceptional. Not only that but the environment was very nice. Flavours were beautiful and had an amazing time for our anniversary. Thank you Yuwa

S
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous meal at a very reasonable price. Great range of non-sushi, non-sashimi Japanese dishes. The stuffed shitake tempura mushrooms were amazing.

AC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Chefs have always been a cut above here. Good place to take someone who has perhaps not experienced high end Japanese food

CL
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience every time. Delicious food, creative menu and great service.

K
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yuwa has some of the best sushi ever! Their fish is extremely fresh and they cook it to perfection! Their rolls are to die for! 11/10 would recommend!

ST
Toronto
43 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was very fresh, well presented and reasonably priced. We will be back soon.

DJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

First time we went it was five stars across the board. This time there was a flickering light over our table which made my wife wonder if she’s was having a migraine. I presume this was a one time problem that will be fixed next time we go!

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Friendly service and high quality food - great dinner!

IB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible! Sable fish the best ever. Recommend the Cave de Lugby Sparking Rose from Borgougne

KT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We friendly service and not overpowering. Felt very comfortable. Food is excellent. Fish is very fresh. Price is reasonable for the quality for the food. Will definitely go again.

HT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Family gathering

DJ
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A local treasure we hadn't yet discovered - we will be making this a regular special night out with friends and family. Service and food quality/presentation was outstanding.

DC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Japanese restaurant in town. Everything is exceptional including the service. No need for loud music as the food sings loud and true.

HS
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Romantic diner

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

very spicy experience i give 10/10

TV
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Japanese food in a great setting. A go to place in the neighbourhood!

b
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver !

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food!

TE
Vancouver
58 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Usual excellent service and food quality.
Pricing is fine dinning and fair value.

P
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the most wonderful Japanese restaurant . We had a fabulous dinner and a Sake tasting that was
so informative and delicious. Our favourite family destination.

ND
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

OK, a Special Occasion in the sense that every day should be treated like a special occasion. :-)
On a rainy Wednesday night, Yuwa was an oasis from the cold and dark - a warm, light, beautifully designed room with the best Japanese food that we’ve had in a long time. The service was that perfect balance of warm, intelligent and helpful, but not intrusive. We put our choices in Miho’s hands and had a most excellent meal. From the tuna & avocado, to the deep-fried blossoms, to the very addicting ebi-shinjo bits - we enjoyed everything that was placed in front of us.
Highly recommended!

L
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I use to be a regular here when it was 'Zest'. I just went back after 4 years to 'Yuwa', would recommend this
to anyone looking for a classy Japanese restaurant for a special occasion, date or family gathering. I would not recommend for large parties with children. Every dish was beautifully presented with care. I will definitely be going back in the very near future.

ER
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Food & Great Service . A Japanese restaurant not to be missed !!!!!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great place! Awesome foods!

Z
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great as usual with Kayoko! Love the food, lose the chefs, love the people. Always a great time whenever I have a craving for sushi and sake!

KO
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A chic menu, expertly prepared and delivered. The food was delicate and absolutely delicious!

p
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

good food with excellent service, plan to dine out again this coming week!!

SM
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was superb, but before that came, the experience was special. Reserved a table for 6, arrived on time, and was seated on time. Wait staff were extremely helpful in discussing aspects of the menu items. All menu items were delivered in sequential, timely fashion. Superb fare. Wine complimented our choices perfectly...highly recommended by all 6 of us.

EN
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent, I definitely would return to try more dishes. Service was well-timed and friendly.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappointed when we come here. Food is fresh and delicious- they offer a good variety of traditional and innovative dishes. The restaurant is simple, clean, and inviting. staffs are friendly, and the sushi chefs at the bar are engaging.

t
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding every time!

MC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great place with wonderful food. Such a nice change from standard Japanese fare offered at most places throughout this city. Decent prices for great quality. Only issues; It took a while for someone to notice us when we entered, and a few staff just walked past without acknowledging us. As well, we had a reservation, and the table set aside for us was squeezed in the corner near the staff service area and kitchen entrance. A bit of a surprise. But, we asked to sit elsewhere and were quickly accommodated at the counter. Will happily return! Thank you!

0
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Sophisticated authentic Japanese food, discrete service, very good choice of beverages, quiet background music, perfect for an early evening business meeting. Now and always in the past and hopefully always into the future. Both the simple and also the creative Japanese dishes. i’m always very happy to come back.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Perfect experience

CZ
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate at Yuwa on Wednesday evening, invited by our guests from out of town. We all enjoyed it so much that we returned on Saturday. We tried some new dishes and ordered some we liked from our previous visit. We appreciated the excellent quality food and the gracious servers.

CZ
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The menu has plenty of variety, and the server was helpful in answering questions. I also found they were accommodating of allergies and dietary preferences. This is the best Japanese restaurant I've been to in Vancouver. I will return many times.

OT
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolute delight every time I walk into this Japanese restaurant. Every dish sings. Would highly recommend anyone to try chef/season’s special - one of a kind.

R
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A nice quiet restaurant far away from the hustle of downtown Vancouver. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. The service is excellent.

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