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Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant), Vancouver, BC
Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant), Vancouver, BC
Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant), Vancouver, BC
Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant), Vancouver, BC
Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant), Vancouver, BC
Award-winning

Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

4.8
4.8
1225 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
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.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Japanese (Washoku), Sushi
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (604) 731-9378
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Masahiro Omori
  • Private party contact
    Shin Knauf-Nakamura, General Manager: (604) 731-9378
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighbourhood
    Kitsilano
  • Cross Street
    Mcdonald St. x 16th Avenue
  • 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.
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Kaiseki Course - 7 days notice required

    $190.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Our KAISEKI COURSE is 7-8 seasonal courses including dessert. We offer this course at the chef's table (sushi bar counter) only, for up to 4 guests. We require a reservation at least one week in advance, which is FULLY PRE-PAID in order to have seasonal ingredients to be flown in from Japan. This charge is NON-REFUNDABLE, however it is transferable. We suggest a dining time anywhere between 2.5 hrs to 3 hrs to fully enjoy this course. We are unable to offer gluten free or vegan/vegetarian options, PLEASE NOTIFY US YOUR DIETARY RESTRICTION AT THE TIME OF MAKING YOUR RESERVATION.

What 1,225 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Japanese

  • Vancouver

    Best Service

  • Vancouver

    Japanese

1,225 Reviews
  1. Debra

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dinner as always - atmosphere, service, food, overall experience - My favourite place and always amazing!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    outstanding on every level; and consistently so over the years

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  3. FrancoO

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Repeated visits… this place is awesome. We will return again, and again.

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  4. LaurelleS

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The owner and her staff continue to keep this a wonderful neighbourhood favourite. Excellent food, wine selection, service and atmosphere. Easy to converse as music and noise are at low levels in the background. We tried a few seasonal dishes along with our favourite sashimi- really enjoyed the sable fish roll and tempura fiddleheads. Glad see and drink the Arneis on your wine list. See you again soon.

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  5. Bishy

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner at Yuwa was a wonderful experience - the food, the atmosphere and excellent attentive service. All of the dishes we selected were amazing and was server was helpful making recommendations. Iori, the owner is a consummate professional in not only her knowledge of wine but the best of Japanese sake.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service. Everything reminded me of authentic restaurants in Japan.

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  7. Didier

    New York City

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Has to be one of the top 3 Japanese restaurants in town! Way beyond sushi (which is 1st class)... the chef creates many delicious cooked dishes.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We LOVE it here and go 2 or 3 times a month. We have eaten at many places over the years and this is by far the best. Chef shops daily for fresh ingredients, the sushi and rolls are the BEST. The kitchen prepared food is wonderful and the front of house staff and service is warm and engaging. We don’t understand how they make it so tasty and fresh, every single time. ♥️ You need to eat here! Make reservations. As the weather warms up they have outside seating.

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  9. ChrisN

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Superb high quality food and great range all prepared and presented to perfection

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  10. TacomaLocal

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely and elegant dinner choosing a la carte items mostly from the specials and tapas. Highlights included gomae made with kale, sesame and nuts; the chef's sashimi selection; seasonal tempura with matcha salt; and Shima Abi Namero. Attentive service was helpful, friendly and not uptight. Such a wonderful evening!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and service. Thank you for a fun night.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the most unique and special meals we have had. The sushi was fresh and delicious, the Japanese tapas were yum, and the sake was fruity and crisp. The main chef was knowledgeable and friendly.

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  13. Janetyork51

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great local kits spot, excellent interesting menu, lovely people.

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  14. Burgundyboy

    Vancouver

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another amazing experience of beautiful, delicious food of excellent quality along with wonderful service. Can’t wait for our next visit.

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  15. Anonymous

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service as always! Thank you, Yuwa staff.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a fantastic experience at Yuwa. 5/5

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  17. Steve

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This is a place for true foodies! It isn't a trendy place, but the food is phenomenal. None of the dishes disappointed and the service was impeccable. Their sashimi includes a variety of fish that are not easily found elsewhere. However, the cooked dishes is what really shined for me. A strong recommendation for a restaurant that may not have the highest reviews on Google (which I think is due to not having a trendy vibe).

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  18. Bacio

    Tokyo

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been there, I've always received the best food and the most thoughtful service. Highly recommended for families, couples, friends, everyone!

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  19. BasalSkull

    Vancouver

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow, wonderful kaseki dinner. Sever was attentive and spent time describing every item on each dish. Felt well taken care of. Definitely worth it, especially for special night out.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, service and relative value. Ngiri was delicious and sake options was excellent. Definitely worth a repeat visit.

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  21. Karelia

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, and a very nice ambiance. We are definitely will take our friends and family there.

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  22. ClaudiaS

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite restaurant in Vancouver and it never disappoints! Recommended if you want authentic Japanese.

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  23. MichelleW

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is okay except the uni sashimi was bad. We brought the food to the waiter. She said “I checked with the kitchen, they said it’s not fresh but it’s eatable Because it’s not completely spoiled yet.” 😅 None of the sushi chefs wear masks. Since they are in such close contact with raw meat, I’m quite surprised.

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  24. BillB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    季節の料理には堪能しています、本格的な日本料理を食べたければ最高だと思います。 全てが吟味された材料と調理法で創作料理に何時も満足して居ます。

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  25. DougJ

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Incredible food and service! We have been going to Yuwa several times a year for the past few years (often to celebrate special occasions) and it usually always a treat!

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  26. TPatrickC

    Manitoba

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner with our family. Great variety and everything was super fresh and tasty. We also enjoyed the sake flight!

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  27. TimothyK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and very nice staffs. Food was out of this world.

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  28. Qiang

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Service is great, food is subpar and overpriced for the quality we get.

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  29. JanN

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently Yuwa has varied and delicious dishes and friendly attentive service!

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  30. SarahD

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for the most special evening. We felt right at home.

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  31. HIROKOP

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was excellent. Very uncomfortable, if sitting directly under the ceiling heat.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The experience was great. I’ve been to many kaiseki meal, but this one was a bit of a miss. Food was good. Service was great. I was hoping for more of a Japanese kaiseki experience. I was also hoping for more seafood and ingredients that was stated that we would be enjoying for the evening was being or coming from Japan . Majority of the ingredients seems to be from BC. There was nothing wrong with the product, but please say so on your description/ or menu offering on your site. Would even pay a little more if all ingredients were actually from Japan.

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  33. Diner

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always outstanding. Service perfect. Background music soothing.

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  34. Debra

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spectacular as always! My favourite place in Vancouver…

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellently prepared high quality Japanese cuisine, with tremendous service and ambiance. Always a pleasure to dine at Yuwa!

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  36. Pettirosso

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful meal, every dish was excellent. It was beautifully presented and the quality of the ingredients was allowed to shine. We enjoyed the Masumi Aka Yamahai Junmai Ginjo sake with our dinner We had wonderful pickles to start, the matsutake tempura was a seasonal treat, the kale goma-ae was the best I've tasted, the sable fish was delicate and perfectly prepared, the red wine miso stew had a delicious umami sauce and we finished off with a spectacular Kabocha cheesecake for dessert. It was comfortable seating and the music was soft. the perfect ambiance for a relaxing dinner and quiet conversation.

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  37. Didier

    New York City

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous Japanese food. Our group really enjoyed both the cooked dishes (with seasonal specials) and also the classic very fresh sushi. We can't wait to go back. Manager Iori really knows a lot about sake!!

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  38. AnitaS

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and the service very thoughtful. Time just flew by, a lovely experience.

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  39. GavinF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Elevated and beautiful food, great service. Will be back for sure.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favorite sushi restaurant in Vancouver. Real authentic japanese cuisine and great service from staff there. My husband is a vegetarian so they call us to make sure what he can eat or not. Just show us how much they care their customers. Every time we go there we enjoy all the dishes. Highly recommend to go there.

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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 1225 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

2775 W. 16th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6k 3C3

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross Street
    Mcdonald St. x 16th Avenue
  • Neighbourhood
    Kitsilano
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Japanese (Washoku), Sushi
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • 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.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Masahiro Omori
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (604) 731-9378
  • Private party contact
    Shin Knauf-Nakamura, General Manager: (604) 731-9378
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