Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

4.7
637 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Japanese
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
~ 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Hours of Operation
Dinner Only: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (9:45pm Last Call)
Closed on Mondays
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Phone number
(604) 731-9378
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Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Masahiro Omori
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Catering
Please call for details at (604) 731-9378.
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Cross Street
Mcdonald St.
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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.
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Special Events & Promotions
We offer winemaker's dinner or sake maker's dinner throughout the year. Please see out Facebook page or website for the details
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Sun 8:30PM - 8:45PM
Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 5:00PM 8:30PM - 8:45PM

What 637 People Are Saying
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OT
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very unique fine dinning experience , great Kaseike courses!

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NV
Vancouver
33 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful Japanese experience. Yuwa is top-quality with creative, smaller plates. The Sake collection is second to none in Vancouver. Having recently visited Japan, Yuwa represents an authentic quality Japanese restaurant...Yuwa is worth a trip.

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g
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

simply gorgeus, excellent food, very very lovely young waitresses, highly recommended

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AL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere was great and the food was amazing! Will come back for sure.

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A
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service. This restaurant always delivers. It’s our closest local restaurant and we live it..

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h
Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yuma is better than ever. Interesting dishes and beautiful presented/served. As always, impeccable service. We thought the menu even better than Zest and the interiors have been thoughtfully updated including a new sushi bar which is made from a beautiful piece of wood. Will absolutely return

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BH
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I originally had dinner at this restaurant, while attending a business meeting, but was so impressed that I brought my husband the following evening to experience the wonderful food, ambiance, and service.

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JK
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food at Yuwa !! Our waitress, Meho, was exceptional in knowledge and expertise !!
Very accommodating for our gluten free foods for our son. Even had gluten free soy sauce !
Shin , the manager even remembered us from last year and where we sat !!
Exceptional quality of food, every bite was tasty and mouth watering !
Can’t wait to go back again !
Thank you Meho, Shin and Iori !!

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NT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We hadn’t been to Zest since the changeover happened. The menu was a bit different and still completely enjoyable. The service isn’t rushed so you need to be clear if you’re going somewhere after and have a time limit. Good service, nice sake choices, good food. The music could have been a bit lower volume for me. That’s my only complaint. And I’m certain if I’d voiced it they’d have turned it down.

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SG
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was tasty although the portion sizes small and relatively expensive. Sharing with one other person is best for these items. Some items were innovative and really tasty whereas some were a bit "run of the mill". The waitress wasn't too helpful in recommending the outstanding items.
Overall, I wouldn't run back as it was pretty expensive. Good to recommend to someone for an experience looking for fancy sushi.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Go to fancy date spot for wife and I.

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TL
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always love this place. The food is very good and unique and the service is wonderful. Great quality and nice to have it in the neighborhood!

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S
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent Japanese food served in elegant surroundings. Sashimi and sushi were beautifully prepared, very fresh and delicious. We focused on Yuwas specials this meal and the chawanmushi was silky smooth. The special fish cooked with beans and chestnut was succulent and perfectly balanced. We will be back to try the rest of the menu. Highly recommended.

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f
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent selection of Japanese dishes, top-quality ingredients, very tasty, definitely a repeat.

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JS
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service, and great ambiance. Food was better the last time we ate, especially the wagyu beef, This time, a bit on the tougher side. Fish was excellent, but portions have gotten thin.

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CE
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Except the suggest tipping of 18 per cent was a bit unexpected, normally we pay 15pct, over all it was a nice place for Japanese dinner

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F
Vancouver
44 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our experience at Yuwa was very memorable. The food was more than delicious and the service was outstanding. Four of us sampled many different dishes and each was delectable and beautifully presented. It’s not the cheapest of restaurants, but, in my estimation, it’s worth every penny.
Thank you so very much.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal very much. We’ll return.

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AM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional Japanese cuisine. Not "adapted" or "modernized" , and not inexpensive. Worth every penny for an authentic meal that hasn't declined in quality since the change in name/ownership.

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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and very good food

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F
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Your restaurant was recommended to us & it did not disappoint, fresh, delicious & fun to watch the chefs. Thank you!

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PM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We would recommend this restaurant for experience of having a most pleasant experience. My one comment which has nothing to do with the restaurant but rather the patrons.........I have never seen so many people using cell phones .....I assume they were on social media as they weren’t talking to anyone. It most certainly takes away from the ambiance......what are we coming to ?

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MD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We took our son and daughter-in-law to Yuwa for dinner on their last night in Vancouver. They are not only committed foodies but also know and love Japanese cuisine, having lived five years in Tokyo. They were impressed with the highly creative menu and collaborated with the excellent server to make great choices. All four of us found the dishes sumptuously delicious and beautifully presented. The sake selection advised by the host was outstanding. All in, the meal was exceptionally good value for money. We will be returning to Yuwa ourselves and will enthusiastically recommend it to our friends who enjoy fine Japanese dining.

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T
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Attention to detail throughout in this elegant Japanese restaurant. Not for a hurried meal, the courses progress one by one, prepared with care, and the best quality ingredients. Sit back and savour!

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T
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

At the former site of longtime neighbourhood favourite Zest Restaurant, Yuwa Japanese Cuisine carries on the tradition of superior Japanese dining. Clientele from nearby have remained faithful. Classy, quiet room. Attentive bilingual (Japanese and English) service. Nice to have this without the need to venture downtown. Free parking! Sake tasting flights available on request. Probably one of the few places that serves whole lingcod heads, but come early as quantities are limited. Kaiseki (traditional multicourse dinner) can be enjoyed if you make your request 48 hours in advance. For your birthday, they will sing you the Japanese version of "Happy Birthday".

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Japanese in Vancouver

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful experience. Some of the best sushi and wagyu beef we’ve ever tasted. Easy to get to on the bus, a plus for tourists like us.

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MG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and amazing food. Very k ownkwlwdgeable server and exacting chef. No better Japanese anywhere.

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MB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unique and creative food and a very pleasant environment for enjoying the food.

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AO
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I was expecting interesting delicate Kaisei dishes and we ordered 4 of these from the specialties menu, as well as their costliest roll. The specialty dishes were very small (as expected) but not particularly exciting. The smoked tuna dish had potential if the slices had not been so thin that there was nothing to taste. The sushi roll had excellent rice and tasted very fresh but again the thin slices of shrimp and salmon lacked flavour and I picked up no taste of the crab, which was a major ingredient. Decided to bail rather than ordering more. Likely the less expensive sushi were likely a better choice. Quality of the ingredients was excellent, but I guess my palette is too crude for this restaurant.

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b
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This was a remarkable dinner. Everything was perfectly prepared and presented in a perfect progression. What a fantastic restaurant!

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VL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent services and tasty food!

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RH
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Most of our dishes were very tasty & beautiful presentation. But the portions were VERY TINY & VERY EXPENSIVE! It was quite shocking! I soon realized I needed to order several more dishes to feel full. They need to increase the portion size or reduce the prices. We will not be coming back.

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JC
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been to Yuwa several times under its current name and when it was known as Zest.

The food is always wonderful. Chef is very creative and uses the best, freshest and whenever possible locally sourced ingredients.

The menu is changed often but offerings are always flavourful.

This is not all you can eat cuisine but well worth spending time to truly enjoy the meal. Always truly memorable food.

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DV
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was absolutely fantastic! Service was top-notch, would recommend this place to everyone (and I already have!)

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G
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Nothing special. Vancouver has amazing sushi all over the city. Don’t waste your money.

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M
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The total experience was terrific as always. One of our favorites!

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E
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic as always

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ML
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We were Zest fans who drifted away as its menu kept changing and great dishes like the Chicken gyoza disappeared.

We tried Yuwa and were pleasantly surprised. The cuisine was creative and satisfying, although the gyoza have yet to return. The service was helpful and enthusiastic. Much characteristic Japanese courtesy and ceremony which we appreciated. We will be back !

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BR
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Outstanding food presentation. Exquisite dishes and arrangement of the food.

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