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Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

4.8
4.8
1003 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 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • 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

  • 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

What 1,003 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Japanese

  • Vancouver

    Best Food

  • Vancouver

    Japanese

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  1. TL

    TamaraL

    Vancouver

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favourite Japanese restaurant in the city. The food is always excellent, interesting and beautifully presented. We always try to have a few reservations in the calendar.
  2. PS

    PaulS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was very tasty, excellent service., reasonably good value.
  3. JT

    JacquelineT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely evening at Yuwa. We were visiting from the U.K. The restaurant was close to our accommodation, nice food and excellent service.
  4. MH

    MikeH

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. Amazing food and spectacular service.
  5. MC

    MarieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Already planning next trip back, Yuma never disappoints!
  6. BH

    BevH

    Vancouver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    By the time I made reservations the only available table was for outside. Unfortunately, the temperature was around 29 or 30 Celsius. Hard to fully enjoy the meal experience when it is so hot out. However the food and service remain outstanding.
  7. HI

    HIROKOP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every foods we had were Excellent!! and service was very good. I and my husband were relaxed and enjoyed great foods.
  8. A

    Adam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our favourite restaurant in Vancouver. There's a lot of care and attention that goes into the food and service at Yuwa. Highly recommend it.
  9. P

    Pete

    Calgary

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High quality, creative dishes and excellent, attentive service—a winning combination.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal with evident attention to detail with all of their preparation. The flavors were amazing, the fish was fresh, and their sake flights were delightful. We will absolute go to this neighborhood gem in the future.
  11. HX

    HaotongX

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food, taste and services, but you need be patience for your dishes.
  12. G

    Gleefully6

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried about 8 different share plates and they were all delicious! The quality was amazing and the service was fantastic! Highly highly highly recommend! I go here often with my friends and we enjoy the sake flights! The staff is super knowledgeable and are great with recommendations!
  13. TF

    TomonoriF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best sushi in town hands down. The sushi rice was prepared to perfection and the sushi ingredients were fresh.
  14. A

    Amarr

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good quality of food and top notch service
  15. JD

    JamieD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a beautiful meal that was very delis ious. The staff accommodated celiac vegetarian needs very well. Patio outside was lovely. Thanks. Hope to return again.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cologne Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a feast! Japanese cuisine at its finest. 10/10 points - will be back
  17. AR

    AnydayR

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish had its own unique texture and flavour. Service was careful and attentive, but not intrusive.
  18. DB

    DavidB

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    West side gem. Consistently great food in an understated atmosphere.
  19. b

    bonbon

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    this is a nice place to dine in ,we sitting inside the restaurant and the patio is open , the mosquitoes keep bugging us when we having dinner. That is the worse experience, other than that everything is fine.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience
  21. A

    Anonymous

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure dining at Yuwa. Thank you for the great food and service. See you all next time.
  22. BH

    BeaconHillLisa

    Seattle

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    This is a very traditional style Japanese restaurant. Very fresh fish, nicely presented. Premium sake and Japanese whiskey. Quiet Kitsilano location. Beautiful patio seating. Service is excellent! Premium food and premium prices, but everything was really fresh!
  23. P

    Peruvian

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great all around
  24. JK

    JKong

    Las Vegas

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food; great service; patio seating is very comfortable
  25. PW

    PaulW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A simply wonderful restaurant. The food combines classic Japanese traditions with innovative ideas, all with a touch of real talent and art. Highly recommended!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The sushi rice was not good. This is vital for good sushi. The other dishes were very tasty but because of the portion sizes I felt were not great value.
  27. YR

    30plusYearsReviewer

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    After restaurant Zest’s name changed to Yuwa, the size of sashimi reduced to very tiny pieces. In my honest opinion, the (value) seemed (low) comparing with the other similar restaurants. Actually I have ordered five different sashimi out of their menu along with other stuff. My bill indicates that I spend $100 per person. As a result, I have decided not to go to this Yuwa restaurant anymore. And in my humble opinion, there are quite a few other restaurants in Metro Vancouver offering better value comparing to this “Yuwa “ in the ($100 per person sector).
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fantastic food!!
  29. KY

    KyleY

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very relaxing atmosphere, the food was delicious.
  30. B

    Beeper

    Vancouver

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We prefer Yuwa for Japanese food. The chefs are trained properly, and the menu is unique because it has choices that are available year round, but as the seasons change, wonderful items are prepared to take advantage of the fresh choices that are getting harvested and caught in the ocean, and found on farms. Even the tea tastes better than everywhere else. You have to make your reservations early in the week because the restaurant fills up quickly!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautifully plated small dishes with many exotic Japanese ingredients. Best uni we’ve had since visiting Japan
  32. R

    Ralph

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner last Friday evening at Yuwa was superb in every way. Our sushi was fresh, delicious, and appeared to be expertly prepared. The sake list is wonderful. I don't know of any Japanese restaurant in North American that has better curated choices. We enjoyed different sakes including Daiginjo style. And there is just one word to describe the sake and the experience... "heavenly." And the service... friendly, attentive, and super helpful. Our server's expertise guided us perfectly through the cuisine and the sake. Our overall Yuwa dining experience ranks up with some of the best experiences we've had in Japan. Last week, we were visiting Vancouver from Philly, and now we wish Yuwa was closer-- it would be a regular go-to spot for us. Our thanks to everyone at Yuwa for a wonderful evening!
  33. DB

    DavidB

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always reliably great food. Sushi is precise and clean. Kitchen food is cravable comfort fare.
  34. J

    Joey

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant as it always is. Great good, great outdoor atmosphere.
  35. L

    Lovelunchonarun

    Vancouver

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was exceptional. I congratulate the chef. Really good meal. Yes, it's a bit pricey but I think it was worth to try. I will come back when they have the fancy bento boxes. I've heard it's really fantastic.
  36. AJ

    AaronJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    great! really fantastic, fresh food. service was a bit slow with the nigiri, but otherwise amazing.
  37. l

    layschips

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Lots of sashimi selections and tasty rolls. Food preparation was a bit slow though. The sesame icecream was also delicious.
  38. T

    Tiana

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my second visit to Yuwa, as always amazing food, amazing service, everything is top notch. Highly recommend :))
  39. B

    Beeper

    Vancouver

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are never disappointed at Yuwa. The staff wears asks which makes us feel very good about eating there. The new items that are constantly on the menu are always fun to order and delicious. The restaurant is clean. The large staff that prepares meals are well trained. The staff pays attention to your order, and rarely makes an error. Definitely go there. You will love it.
  40. b

    beats

    Manitoba

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Refined sushi eating with tablecloths and excellent service. High quality and very enjoyable.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

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 1003 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 17 times today
Google Map for Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

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

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Mcdonald St. x 16th Avenue

  • Neighbourhood

    Kitsilano

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • 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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