Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

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Japanese
As of March 17th , Yuwa will be closing our dining room until further notice and make a full transition to Take-out / Delivery only.
Thank you to all our wonderful guests for the continuous support during this uncertain time

~ 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

What 785 People Are Saying
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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Yuwa never disappoint me. Especially the desert!

OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing fresh food

EV
Vancouver
26 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

A consistently excellent meal!

TP
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been coming for years - top quality food and service

E
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent experience

d
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

If you’re looking for a special night out, you should come here. The sushi was delicious- very fresh and simple. It was pricier than other sushi restaurants in Vancouver with the same great quality sushi, but we’d still come back. They have some really interesting flavor and texture combinations. The owner is very sweet!

SH
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

ES
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect restaurant for authentic Japanese Food! 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
5 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