Frustrating to be able to make a reservation on-line in the morning and then turn up to see hand-written notices that the restaurant will be shut for a few days. Why not turn off the OpenTable bookings?
Can’t really provide a review.... even though we had reservations the restaurant was randomly closed.
The food is amazing.
We were trying this restaurant for the first time. Being that two people in our party were vegan we thought it would be a good choice.
Best tacos I've ever had. The drinks were unusual but very tasty. I did not have the burger but it was rated highly by a couple of our guests.
Service was excellent. Overall a great experience. We are definitely going back for more of these tacos and to try .pretty dishes.
Was very impressed with the service! Very kind and helpful staff, explained everything very thoroughly. Flavours were absolutely delicious! Overall a very great evening!
We were unexpectedly in Vancouver due to a missed flight connection so we looked up best vegan food in Vancouver Zend did not disappoint The food was amazing - even for my not so vegan husband. The waitress was super nice and very knowledgeable Loved the ambiance And the waitress also told us about the owner and how he had beat cancer with a vegan diet and how he wanted to spread the word. I would highly recommend this to anyone - vegan or not.
The food was really good but the restaurant was horribly pretentious. You could only get a carafe of coffee with 2-3 cups, not a single serve. The servers were really over-the-top with their descriptions of the food, and we got an earful about the vaguely spiritual qualities of some medicinal beverage they sell onsite.
If the food was a bit cheaper and the vibe was a lot chiller I would love this place, but alas, it's very Yaletown.
We had a great meal. Service was excellent. Cheese plate was wonderful. Surprized by how amazing the vegan cheeses were. Not a fan of tofu cheeses served at vegan restaurants but their cashew based cheeses were absolutely delicious. Buckwheat pancakes were amazing as well with the Coconut whip and blueberry/cashew toppings. We'll definitely go back!
Restaurant had run out of numerous items on the menu and had had to exchange some on many dishes. Overall a miss.
Each of the 3 times I've been to Zend, I continue to be more and more impressed. This restaurant makes the most delicious and healthy raw-vegan food. Their inventive menu combined with the non-alcoholic drink menu which incorporates their special Zend kava blend make this a truly unique dining experience unlike any you'll find elsewhere. As someone who isn't remotely close to being a vegetarian or vegan, I've never felt I was missing out for taste, texture, or a filling meal while sampling their delectable foods. My personal recommendation is the "Kelp yourself pasta"...the rich and creamy sauce on the kelp noodles (which are at least equally as good as any regular noodles) is truly a taste sensation. Their food combined with their consistently personable and excellent service make this restaurant a must-dine experience for everyone.
I love eating healthy, yummy food at Zend!
What an incredible healthy secret with a ZEN-D vibe right in Yaletown! This meal was incredible, delicious, savoury and vegetarian/vegan! Surprised our souls and tastebuds. We will be back after the tacos, the pasta, soups, plates and the mushrooms/sauerkraut. Took more to go! Highly recommend and plan on making this a weekly routine!
Someone made me watch a documentary about eating meat and now this is the only place i want to eat.
The food was great, we shared a bunch of plates so we could try it all and in the end we couldn’t decide which was our favourite. They had run out of the elixir which we were all really looking forward to try so that was a bummer since it did feel like we didn’t have something to celebrate with and cheer because they don’t serve alcohol so we did feel we missed some sort of mocktail or celebratory drink. Oh and the kitchen closes pretty early so we ended up having to continue our celebration somewhere else
The servers were extremely friendly too
i had never been and was meeting my blind date and we ended up being there for almost 4 hours. pleasant service, yummy menu and a great evening. so, give it a go!
The food was interesting, healthy and delicious, the service friendly and knowledgable, and the place is non-profit! Doesn't get much better than that.
Second time we've been there, and it didn't disappoint. Little pricey, if you're a foodie like me, but well worth it. The food is well presented and very tasty. Try it, even if you're a meat eater, you may be pleasantly surprised. And, I love the kombucha on tap.
Love the smoothies & the tacos. Congrats on your lovely space in the heart of Yaletown.
Unique food. Nice cocktails. Lovely staff. Decor and layout is odd but intimate. Great experience.
I had high expectations for the food but both the quantity and flavours were not exceptional. I have made similar dishes at home that I thought tasted better...and I am not a plant-based diet connoisseur.. The servers were nice. Price is high for the food though. Maybe that's why I had high expectations. Kelp noodles were $16. I would recreate the same dish at home for a fraction of the price. Of course there are other costs required to run a restaurant business. But pricing has to be reasonable. For a tiny plate of kelp noodles (mixed with sauce and nothing else), that is really expensive. They also didn't have avocado for their avocado toast and offered to replace with cucumber. That was disappointing.
This is a wonderful vegan restaurant that could benefit from a liquor license but the food itself is very creative and delicious.
The music was all over the map and the lights could probably be dimmed to improve the atmosphere but I'll definitely be back.
Excellent service, excellent food! We wanted a quiet space with healthy vegetarian food - and we found it!
The food was just as good as our previous visit but the lady server wasn't anywhere near as helpful as last time with regards to helping me figure out what I could eat as I have a severe allergy to allium (onions, garlic and related). She wanted me to say what I'd like but that always results in the server going back & forth to the chef: better for the chef to be asked which dishes can be made without allium, especially when she later said that most of the savoury dishes contained allium!
I am vegetarian but my husband is an open-minded omnivore and we both thoroughly enjoyed the food and beverages. The server and chef were very helpful and accommodating with regards to my food allergy (allium). The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly whilst not being too overly attentive. Do try at least one cocktail and the Zend elixir shooter but savour every sip!
Quite simply, Zend is the best vegan restaurant in Vancouver. Even the most skeptical carnivore has enjoyed when I bring them and I absolutely love the whole menu.
Great and exiting food in a cosy restaurant. Staff are friendly and know their menu. It was my second visit and definately not my last.
Great service and knowledge of the menu by our server Nicole.
Their special tea is awesome! We all feel calmer and more relaxing after.
Tasty, interesting, food, delivered with a smile, in a light, progressive ambiance.
A nice contrast to the factory restos across the street.
Highly recommend the tacos and the chocolate dessert. Excellent healthy food!!!
My 4th visit and my husband's first. I was so excited to share the experience with him, and super excited he loved it. Its a relaxed atmosphere and I always feel grounded. Vegan food at its best!!! Also, 100% of their profit go to charity.
The food was excellent and so was the service, the space was comfortable but very casual. Would recommend for vegetarian/vegan friends looking for a casual hangout with delicious, healthy eats. One potentially important caveat: there is no alcohol served
This place is THE BEST!! Incredible food, loveliest staff, and such a good atmosphere. The kava kava drink they have was amazing too.. never tried it before, but it made me so relaxed. We can't wait to come back to and try more of the food. Paradise for vegans and conscious folk alike!!
It is amazing place with amazing food, very nice people and atmosphere super service.
This is no by means a negative review. Just wanted to explain why we can't review the restaurant for the following circumstances.
We chose to go to Zend as we have 1 member of our family who is celiac and another member is vegan. However, we were not able to proceed with the reservation as the establishment was not open...somehow, we received a phone call immediately following the reservation that they were not open.
Although we appreciate being notified via a phone call, we did not understand why the system was not set up to make this information public. It was Family Day holiday...and we all do not live in the same house, not even near Yaletown. Had we all driven down, searched for parking only to be surprised that we did not really have a secured reservation.