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Sun 8:30PM - 8:45PM
Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 5:00PM 8:30PM - 8:45PM
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.
Mother’s Day dinner. Food and service were great but portions were tiny.
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.
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.
Environment is good. Food is ok. Service is disappointing.
Our server went beyond and suggested a great wine when the one we ordered was out. She was very engaging
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.
Excellent food, refined service. A real gem!
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.
Wonderful warm ambience with outstanding service.
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.
Expensive but worth it, and a refreshing change from Vancouver's good but homogeneous Japanese restaurants. Excellent service. The sablefish is delicious.
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).
The service was top-notch. I’d like to see more B.C. White wines on the menu. Otherwise great experience overall.
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!
Excellent food/service/atmosphere! The service was top notch and very creative dishes! Will be back again!
Amazing sushi. Great service. Always enjoy coming here.
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.
Always so good!!! I live in Malibu and always come here every trip to Vancouver..
Great food and service!
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.
Wonderful food,creatively and artfully presented. Service is attentive but not intrusive.
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!
It was amazing! And nato (?) our server was great!
Wow...The best japanese restraunt ever in Vancouver! I strongly recommend to all Japanese food lovers. The atmosphere, service, and food.....everything is perfect. I will defenetely come back.
YUWA is becoming one of our favorite Japanese restaurants in Vancouver. The staff is very courteous. The food is always good and consistent. Book your table, they get booked up fast!
An amazing Japanese restaurant. I haven't been able to stop thinking about some of the dishes since I went. Melt in your mouth, fantastic food and the service was impeccable! Went for an anniversary and it was perfect!
Group of six with diverse tastes. Staff walked everyone through their tastes and delivered a multi-course meal that moved from cooked veal to raw fish. Highly recommended...and I’m picky.
Although the name has changed, the food is still as good as it was as Zest Japanese, if not better. The freshness of the fish, and the presentation are top notch. The authentic Japanese presentation, and service makes you feel like royalty. The prices are on the high side, but well worth it. This is the best Japanese restaurant I have eaten at in the last while, and is now my go to place for Japanese. Will definitely return for more dinners here, and whenever I need to impress my out of town guests with great Japanese food.
Took pride in everything they do. Great food and excellent service.
Yuwa offered a spectacular Valentine's Day dinner - it was perfect from start to finish! Every dish was meticulously prepared. I can't think of another restaurant that offers Yuwa's quality - worth every penny!
Yuma has taken over from Zest and although we loved Zest, Yuwa is equally good. Lovely quiet ambience, great and knowledgeable servers and wonderful food. It's our closest local restaurant and we love it.
Food was absolutely delicious and fresh. We ordered the salmon tartare, Madai carpaccio, wagyu beef dish and two rolls. One had soft shell crab which was very tasty and the other roll was the lobster roll which was pretty decent but didn't blow me away, but very fresh ingredients. The service was great as well. The only negative was they ran out of two dishes we wanted to order. Restaurant opened at 5 and or reservation was at 630, so odd to have run out of a roll by then. The other dish was a specialty dish so they probably had a limited amount of that item.
The fresh sheet was absolutely delicious ! We ordered a few dishes twice because they were so good. The service, attention to detail and ambiance is all 5 star.
The menu is all your favorites done by expert hands using the very best local and import ingredients. We are so excited to go back again and again.
Enjoy you are in for a real dining experience.
Best Japanese food in Vancouver. Great service, just excellent.
Loved the food - and the wine list was good as well. Very fun evening - everything tasted amazing!
Pricey but exceeded my expectations. Great service. Received thoughtful, discreet attention from staff. Ambiance is chic and tasteful but a little cramped for fine dining. Don't expect a lot of privacy as its a small space. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.
Very creative exciting menu; wonderfully tasty food. The new additions to the menu make for an even better selection than before.
VERY tasty new combinations of food, high end service, and great ambiance, quiet and classy.
Like that there is a female chef. Love the many vegetables on the menu.
It was a hidden gem as Zest and now, as Yuwa, the restaurant continues to provide outstanding Japanese cuisine - authentic, creative and worth every penny! The sushi is simply exquisite - the freshest fish/seafood and extremely well-balanced (rice/fish proportion). There are plenty of Japanese restaurants in the city and this is one of the best.