Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

4.7
929 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 929 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
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MarioG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always a good experience
Service very pleasant and professional

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MikeC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing!
Thank you, we’ll be back.

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TamaraL
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So lucky to have this place in our neighbourhood. Best high end Japanese food in the city!

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ChristineV
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was excellent - our server was very knowledgeable of the food and drinks. She took the time to explain the flavours of FTE drinks including the artisan beers and sake in order for us to make the appropriate choices. The food was also very tasty and looked very pretty when served. This is not a typical sushi restaurant since they serve other unique Japanese dishes. Our dinner was capped off by a very creamy and delicious pistachio ice cream.

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Hoopster
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superior in EVERY way!!! We were very pleased to bring friends and to be back in town after staying at the cottage for much of Covid. Yuwa is a reason to stay in town. Thanks.

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CatherineM
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the usual suspects! Mostly the seasonal specials: chawan mushi with ikura, yam agedashi, ebi bits, duck salad and the seasonal dessert. Arigato!

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NicolaD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Freshest fish we have ever had. Beautifully presented food. We felt like royalty. The servers were all so professional. The sushi chefs are rockstars. So talented. It was my son’s 19th birthday and his first legal beer. He chose Asahi! Thank you for the black sesame ice cream birthday treat. He is heading back to school in London Ontario with memories of a truly special and unique evening.

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vipKimG
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our favourite place and it never ever disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good ambience and service.

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SoniaH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yuwa has an excellent and innovative menu. It is always such a pleasure to dine at Yuwa!

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StevenD
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was outstanding and the service superb. One of the best Japanese in which I have eaten.

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DalinhD
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Desert was not Disappointing! Servers could’ve of explain food better or told us 1 order had how many scallop so we know how much to order at the time!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service and excellent ambiance - as always!

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nikoniko
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very good but a bit on the salty side, too strong it kills the flavour of the fish

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amassing restaurant and arguably one of the best Japanese restaurants in Vancouver. We loved every item on the menu and service and presentation was impeccable. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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viprancouver
Vancouver
29 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Creative cuisine - everything super fresh, seasonal and beautifully presented. Service was great.

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DarleneM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food. Great service. We sat outside but it was warm and comfortable.

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CatherineM
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always, delicate Japanese cuisine. I love the specialties of the season.

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PPLL
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent customer services, neat, tidy, and well hygiene!

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FrancoO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Yuwa because we were Zest clients and really enjoyed that experience. Yuwa is even better! Each dish was at the top. Elegant, beautiful with a lot of depth and excellent execution. We will be back for more.

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vipPassion4fandb
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Celebrating mom’s birthday tonight! Excellent food, presentation and service. One of our favourites.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow! What amazing food and amazing service. Went for my birthday and was really something special

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KarenP
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and lovely, professional service. A delightful evening for us all. We highly recommend Yuwa Japanese Cuisine.

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JamesP
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent food: super fresh and fine fish sashimis. Delicious sushis and special rolls.

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Chefscompanion
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful! The dinner was so delicious;)

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vipKimG
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite place that never disappoints!

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JocelynY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a pleasant surprise in a nice quiet neighborhood, service is outstanding, food is amazing.

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RussellM
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outdoor dining on Yuwa's patio was quiet, the food amazing and the service was great, too.

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Mari
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had to wait a while for some reservation mistake, but they made up for it by sincere apologies and service. Food is great. We are glad we went.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal in the outdoor patio

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a super nice dining experience. Me and my friend was very satisfied with both food and service. Definitely will recommend to friends.

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NgPl
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service. Food is delicious and well plated.

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AlisonW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The location is quiet, and free parking close by.

Menu selection a bit disappointed.

Drink menu is better than expected.

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vipMichael
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

In my opinion Yuwa is the best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. The staff is very knowledgeable and the Sake selection is top notch! The food is so fresh and delicious. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant.

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chowchow313
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A gem in the neighbourhood. Food was delicious and artistically crafted. Service was attentive and not overbearing. Very calm atmosphere. We will be back.

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Gaby
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

AMAZING. Fantastic! Family owed
Great staff awesome food the best

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GeoffG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food, great service! Excellent wine and sake lists.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

The setting of the place is not Japanese style.The raw materials and cooking of food are far inferior to craftsmanship.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Glad to see Miho again, the best server at Yuwa.

Sashimi fresh: squid, bluefin and japanese Mackerel.

Chicken was a bit over fried and salty last night.

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annie
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super lovely. The food was delicious. Easy to find parking. Staff were very nice.

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 4.7 stars by 929 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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