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Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

4.7
4.7
985 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 13 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 985 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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    Japanese

  • Vancouver

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  1. AR

    AnydayR

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    bonbon

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience
  4. A

    Anonymous

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    BeaconHillLisa

    Seattle

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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!
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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).
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fantastic food!!
  11. KY

    KyleY

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very relaxing atmosphere, the food was delicious.
  12. 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!
  13. 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
  14. C

    Craig

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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!
  15. DB

    DavidB

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always reliably great food. Sushi is precise and clean. Kitchen food is cravable comfort fare.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 :))
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. TL

    TamaraL

    Vancouver

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favourite Japanese food in the city. Extraordinary in every way!
  24. E

    Earthling

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Every dish we ordered tasted good. Some portions are small so we got to order more and try different dishes.
  25. h

    hjkb

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent selection of nigiri and sashimi. The unagi was incredible. Other dishes were wonderful as well, and the sake flight was great.
  26. LW

    LoisW

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meals were wonderful. Interesting and tasty. The service was attentive and responded easily and efficiently to our needs and requests. We were both impressed and look forward to a return visit.
  27. O

    Oldman

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The place itself was nice. The decor simple but elegant. The problem was the food. Very underwhelming. The nigiri portions were small for the value. They need to figure out what type of restaurant they are. Either make it a Japanese restaurant or a sushi place.
  28. v

    vincent

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Sat outdoors a bit chilly but they had good heaters. Kids were running all around in the garden and yelling but that was hard to control. Overall good quality always good and service very good.
  29. M

    Morshean

    Vancouver

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, sushi, tempura, blackcod, wagu and ribs!
  30. p

    pkwok

    Vancouver

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very satisfying meal. Everything was fresh and delicious. We sat outdoors. Quiet with fresh air. Service was excellent.
  31. HC

    HarrisC

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food are very nice and special. Many choice in Japanese wine.
  32. ML

    MLL1385

    Vancouver

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. Very creative, great staff and delicious seasonal specials.
  33. BH

    BevH

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Peaceful ambiance along with artfully prepared dishes allow for an exceptional dining experience
  34. TL

    TamaraL

    Vancouver

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVE YUWA! Our favourite spot in the city and it’s right in our neighborhood! Always exquisite service and unique and delicious dishes.
  35. A

    Alex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We liked food at Yuwa Japanese Cuisine, service was very professional. All the meals we picked met our expectations. We had a pleasure of a short chat with the owner, Ms. Iori Kataoka who found time in her busy daily routine and shared her thoughts on her Japanese food experience. One advice: make sure you let them know in advance about your food allergies. Other than that, the time we had spent spent was very enjoyable. Thank you for that!
  36. FC

    FrankC

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great Japanese tapas and other interesting dishes.
  37. KO

    KatO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Most dishes we order was delicate and well prepared. Today's special (katsuo no tataki) was not satisfactory, both both taste (too thin and too much soy sauce ) and price (too expensive for that volume ). Other small dishes were uniquely made.
  38. GB

    GenoB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very Nice Place! Authentic Japanese Cuisine! Beautiful dishes!
  39. ML

    MLL1385

    Vancouver

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best, most creative Japanese food in Vancouver.
  40. B

    Benjack

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best sushi/Japanese in Vancouver. Sashimi platter is so fresh and amazingly delicious. The wagyu beef finished at your table is another stunner. We love to take advantage of all the seasonal specials- so many creative varieties of tastes, smells and textures. Great wine/sake list. Thoughtful service; quiet jazz music for candlelit, relaxed atmosphere but restaurant is always full and humming with conversation. Highly recommend!

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 4.7 stars by 985 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 13 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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