Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

4.5
602 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Japanese
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
~ 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Hours of Operation
Dinner Only: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (9:45pm Last Call)
Closed on Mondays
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Phone number
(604) 731-9378
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Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Masahiro Omori
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Catering
Please call for details.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Mcdonald St.
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Parking Details
Parking is available in front of the building off 16th or at the back of the building accessing from Mcdonald St to the back alley. Or there are plenty of free parking along 16th Ave.
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Special Events & Promotions
We offer winemaker's dinner or sake maker's dinner throughout the year. Please see out Facebook page or website for the details
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

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

What 602 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.0
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Nothing special. Vancouver has amazing sushi all over the city. Don’t waste your money.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

The total experience was terrific as always. One of our favorites!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Fantastic as always

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

We were Zest fans who drifted away as its menu kept changing and great dishes like the Chicken gyoza disappeared.

We tried Yuwa and were pleasantly surprised. The cuisine was creative and satisfying, although the gyoza have yet to return. The service was helpful and enthusiastic. Much characteristic Japanese courtesy and ceremony which we appreciated. We will be back !

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Outstanding food presentation. Exquisite dishes and arrangement of the food.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Expensive but delicious!
The menu is interesting and they have a fresh sheet with more selection. We had the stuffed mushrooms, dragon roll, veal cheeks and sockeye salmon tartare with yam chips...yummy!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Presenation is excellent. Service is great. Portions are decent. Taste is great

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great food and excellent service

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1.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Pretentious restaurant.. Would not come back again. Server was very condescending because we didn't order the more expensive items on the menu. Not only that, service was slow and good came out even slower. Ended up giving 10% only for tips.

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

It would be better if the service could pick up pace.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

walking distance to our home. so impressed. fabulous unique dishes and sushi rolls. order what you cannot order at every Japanese restaurant. love, love , loved. Will be regulars.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

absolutely exceptional- very passionate cook. truly outstanding quality

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Fantastic meal, with amazing fresh ingredients. The staff were excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Great food and service!

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

I was here twice last week. The food is very good. I’m vegetarian and had no difficulty choosing many interesting dishes. The staff are lovely. And if you want peace and quiet, a challenging commodity in any restaurant, this is your place.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

This place reopened with a new chef after a lengthy closure. Formerly Zest, it was one of the treasures of Vancouver. We returned expecting that the experience would be unlikely to meet the high standard of Zest and were pleased to see that they weren't far off the mark. The menu is a combination of the usual Japanese fare and creating and unusual dishes. The duck salad and the agedashi tofu were spectacular. We were well looked after and not rushed. There are hundreds of Japanese restaurants in Vancouver and this one stands out. We were not rushed and will looked after by our host. Next door is Glace, the best ice-cream in Vancouver, so make sure that you go there for dessert.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

What a gem of a restaurant. The food is authentic and delicious. The service is impeccable - friendly, sincere and helpful. We will be back again ... and again!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Yuwa is my go to restaurant when I want exceptional Japanese food. The chefs are so creative, each dish is carefully composed and presented and most importantly delicious!

This is not an all-you-can-eat run of the mill sushi place. But a place to go if you have time to leisurely enjoy a wonderful meal.

A gem located off West 16th and MacDonald.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Mother’s Day dinner. Food and service were great but portions were tiny.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

My husband wanted to come here for a Mother's Day dinner as he had visited previously. The interior was very basic and relatively crowded more like a casual moderately priced place. So I was shocked when I looked at some of the prices on the menu. $300 for some of the bottles of wine and sake. The sake was so incredibly high priced that I lost interest. The beer was a little more reasonable at $12 for a large bottle. I settled on an $8 glass of wine. The appetizer prices were not too bad and the food was good if not exquisite or gourmet. I had passed on the $26 sablefish entre as I didn't think I was hungry enough given that we had ordered a few appetizers for the table. I needn't have worried as the dish was appetizer sized. My $17 smoked tuna was even smaller. The highlight was the desserts we ordered to share which were reasonably priced and delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

We loved our evening. We have traveled to Japan, and being at Yuma is absolutely authentic in every way. As an aside, my husband was recently at Tojo’s and will not go back as the prices were much more costly than Yuma,difficult service issues, and the group he was with thought the food was not as good PLUS, luckily everyone checked the bill because they were double charged for the wine and noticed it.

Families with young children were there, plus every other age of people and everyone was happy. Free parking all around the restaurant. Fun having a new kind of green tea, and love watching the sushi and other dishes being constructed.

Our first choice when we want an authentic Japanese meal. Loved it when it was Zest, and love i5now.

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Environment is good. Food is ok. Service is disappointing.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Our server went beyond and suggested a great wine when the one we ordered was out. She was very engaging

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3.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Just think if it makes sense to u about this restaurant will be charging u with same price of 10 pcs assorted tempura with shrimp and 5 pcs of tempura yam, for me it’s non sense, however it happened in this restaurant just because 5 pcs of tempura yam are not on their menu. Dinner time was limited to 2 hours which it’s normal usually but our food came so slow so how can we finished our dinner within the time frame that they set for the customer. My dinner was from 630 pm to almost 9 pm which after we pushed them our food to come faster or cancel my order! Food taste just so so nothing really surprise me, dessert menu was lack of choice.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Excellent food, refined service. A real gem!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I liked the ambience a lot. Decor was simple yet gives a very modern and classy feel, with the main focal point on the center of the sushi bar. Raw food (nigiri,sashimi) were fresh and prepared well. Cooked food were executed nicely, had nice flavors and presentation. Every dish came on a timely matter, definitely a place to enjoy your meal and not to be rushed.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Wonderful warm ambience with outstanding service.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Unfortunately, it's impossible to try Yuwa and not compare it to Zest. The food during the Zest years was definitely better. This isn't to say Yuwa's food is not good, it is. It just isn't as Zest was. The dining room seems brighter though, which is very nice. And the service is attentive and good. Food coming out was not paced well, so be aware if you order hot and cold. Perhaps the kitchen needs some attention. We could see into the kitchen and it was relatively loud and seemed like wait staff were waiting for hot food despite there being several people in the kitchen. No doubt Yuwa is a neighbourhood gem, and a wonderful spot. Bbut it is sad to see Zest go.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Expensive but worth it, and a refreshing change from Vancouver's good but homogeneous Japanese restaurants. Excellent service. The sablefish is delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

For table of 5 we were able to make a reservation in the same day. We visited this restaurant for the first time and left very satisfied with food and service. I have to mention service was outstanding (lovely waitress) and I hope she was tipped well for her service (perfect timing and good ear for requests).
Thank you.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The service was top-notch. I’d like to see more B.C. White wines on the menu. Otherwise great experience overall.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Amazingly tasty food, well prepared and exquisite. Many vegetable options for example, a choice of Kale Gomae or Broccolini gomae!! Wow. Every dish was artfully presented on the plate and each plate was a unique piece in itself. Amazing service and a very quiet refined ambiance. Highly recommended for different and healthy alternatives to the ordinary Japanese fare. Very yummy!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Excellent food/service/atmosphere! The service was top notch and very creative dishes! Will be back again!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Amazing sushi. Great service. Always enjoy coming here.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Came here for my mother's birthday, and left feeling so satisfied. It's more on the pricey side, but I mean that's expected from a high quality Japanese restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Always so good!!! I live in Malibu and always come here every trip to Vancouver..

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great food and service!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Wonderful as always. The sushi/sashimi is delightfully fresh and the service is wonderfully attentive. Moreover, recent reincarnation has led to interesting new dishes being added to the menu.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Wonderful food,creatively and artfully presented. Service is attentive but not intrusive.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The restaurant formerly known as "Zest" has a new Chef/Co-owner and has successfully reinvented itself. Hard to imagine but it is better than before. An outstanding menu of thoughtfully prepared traditional Japanese dishes with a "local ingredients" twist complements the exceptional sashimi and sushi items. Brilliant wine list, not bloated with the usual suspects but all carefully chosen to complement the food. Same for the sake menu. Service; first class, food; amazing, atmosphere; serene. Don't come here expecting twenty kinds of rolls stuffed with mayonnaise and anything else the kitchen could find. And don't come here expecting a raucous Izakaya style experience. But do come here if you want to truly experience all the subtle nuances of exceptional Japanese cuisine. Congratulations and here's to many more successful years!

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