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Zest Restaurant
Zest Restaurant

Zest Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.zestjapanese.com
  • Email: zest@zestjapanese.com
  • Phone: (604) 731-9378
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Yoshiaki Maniwa
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Zest has hosted private parties of many Vancouverites throughout the year. Our experienced catering consultants will assist you with all aspects of your event including wine pairing with award winning Japanese cuisine. Easy access from D/T (10 minutes drive) with plenty of private parking available
  • Private Party Contact: Wine Director (604) 731-9378

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mcdonald St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Zest Restaurant
Zest is located in upscale neighbourhood of Vancouver West-side. Atmosphere is elegant and serene such as Japanese simplicity combined with sensuality and elements drawn straight from West Coast landscape. The menu items are mix of traditional Japanese and adventurous with European flare. Presentation is decidedly modern. Chef's Omakase Course (up to the chef menu - requires min 24 hour prior reservation) containing 7 to 8 courses of chef's special creations using seasonal local ingredients is a must have item here. Or you may choose number of small plates accompanying with your wine and sake from the award winning wine/sake list.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The view of the gas station is deceiving - this is one of the best restaurants that Vancouver has ever seen. Top-notch Japanese!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Zest is surely the best Japanese restaurant on the west side. It is in an improbable location on a small plaza near the corner of 16th/Macdonald. The decor is simple, the ambience pleasant and quiet. The menu is interesting and changes with the seasons. This is not just a sushi restaurant-- it has a full array of options, using fresh local ingredients where possible. The waiters explain everything patiently. All the food is beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. Zest is a real treat for all the senses!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "My wife and I had been to Zest before however the others in our party had not. All 3 other guests (2 local and 1 out of towner) all raved about the food (quality, taste, presentation). We had great service as well. Sat at the bar right in front of the chefs (Awesome)!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This is our second time. First time was maybe 2 years ago. A friend recommended it again. Clean, quiet, white table cloth. Service was very good; not rushed. Dishes came one at a time. Not pricey but not great value for money. Tasty, fusion Japanese. Small selection of sakes."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Dined here twice, enjoyed both times. Good place. Perhaps best in the neighbourhood. Not world class but excellent. The tea and Sake list are good (the unfiltered sake is awesome). Go for the Zest dinner prix fix option, at 60$ its good value and lots of food, a good sampling of the kitchen."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "superb Japanese West Coast fusion food - beautifully presented small touches, like the stone for the chopsticks, show attention to detail wonderful place to take friends for good food and conversation"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Consistently friendly and prompt service. An authentic Japanese feel, and something new and interesting on the menu whenever I go. Entirely worthwhile."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "This is one of Vancouver's best Japanese restaurants, with an innovative menu selection (though still serving the best "traditional" items). Try some cold saki with your meal."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Best sashimi ever but prepare for pay for the quality."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Dishes such as the duck carpaccio and four of a kind sashimi were impressive in terms of innovative fusion flavours and ingredients. Although the price point is high, it is comparable to other restaurants of the same calibre. I would recommend the restaurant's 'specials' and cooked rolls/dishes as they are what sets this restaurant apart in the flavours department. Cold rolls such as the zest roll was 'uneventful' compared to other dishes. Overall vibe is wonderful and service was mostly attentive though waned towards the end of the night. Highly recommended to at least try once during your time in Vancouver; approach with an open mind and palate."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We tried the Valentine's Day set menu and were not disappointed. The trio of cold appetizers was absolutely delicious. Who knew that cold spinach salad could taste this good. The duck carpaccio was also delicious. The staff were very friendly and the food was served in a timely manner. This restaurant specializes in Japanese fusion food and makes you want to return to taste many of the other mouth watering dishes."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It is a fushion Japanese restaurant. If you are interested in the new style, but not traditional Japanese restaurant, this is the one. It is a little pricey."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "I can't wait til my next visit. Quiet enough for a great conversation, service is friendly and polite, food is clean and modern and please do order Matcha tiramisu! I would have wanted to order 3 of it if I hadn't been so full. (It was a special occasion and the dessert was complimentary. I was so happy and feeling special!)"
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Excellent pan-Japanese restaurant. Very friendly service. Great value and easily the best sushi in town amongst their many other takes on Japanese fare. I've eaten quite a lot of Japanese, in Japan, at revered places, and can attest to this being truly excellent. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "We had the set menu for $60 per person. Food came in at an appropriate time. Ordered extra abalone cooked with sake. Delicious! Service was impeccable. I would definitely go again!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Our evening at Zest with a friend could not have been better -- starting with free parking right outside the door and a lovely understated but warm ambiance, to an invigorating menu and exquisite food. All the "standard" Japanese fare is available, but with an extra flair, beautifully prepared and imaginatively presented. I loved my agedashi tofu presented in an olive tray, and my husband was very pleased with the "fluffy chili prawns", which he ordered because he was so intrigued with the description! Our friend ordered from the extensive sashimi and sushi options and was delighted with both. The small room provides wonderful spaces for quiet conversation, which we appreciated. Zest is truly a hidden gem and we will be back!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The kinpira appetizer was interesting, though not what I expected from the menu description, and the organic green salad okay if not memorable. My husband really enjoyed his beef tenderloin but my grilled spring salmon was rather dry and not nearly as good as the sable fish I had on a previous visit. Our shared panna cotta was nicely presented, and service was very good."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Yes, prices are quite a bit more than the average neighbourhood fare but what a gem. Two dishes were outstanding!! Agedashi Tofu was amazing. We had the BC wild ling cod agedashi from the set menu and the broth was so delicious we decided to order the agedashi tofu off the regular menu...Presentation & taste were unbelievable. Another fab dish was the roasted duck carpaccio...WOW. The 'Tuna in Three Ways' was another big hit for my friend. I was rather disappointed in the rolls we had order but definitely be back just for the other items on their menu. If you are a Sake fan or just interested in trying different types of Sake, menu also offers a trio of three sake tastings. Comes in beautiful glasses and an explaination of each."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "A wonderful menu selection. We particularly enjoyed the tuna in 3 ways and duck breast carpaccio. For dessert, we fell in love with the black sesame ice cream. Service we perfect. We particularly enjoyed the timing of how each dish was presented - so we could savour each one as it arrived and didn't have to eat everything all at once. One other nice thing about the restaurant is the wheelchair parking space right in front, which is very convenient for wheelchairs because there is no curb to worry about."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Very good quality Japanese food ... the way Japanese food should be served and enjoyed. Not your average Japanese restaurant that serve farmed salmon. Zest uses high quality ingredients and they serve organic dishes, ocean-wise and wild salmon. The decor and the ceramic dishes at Zest are unique and a cut above. Prices are reasonable for this quality and for the art of dining. Good neighbourhood gem and just appropriate for a special occasion, a romantic dinner or to impress that someone on a first date. First time to discover Zest ... will return to try more items on their menu. Service is exceptional and jazz music playing in the background. Very hip! Don't change a thing - you've got the formula for success which is needed in Vancouver!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "One of the things I love about Zest is its consistency in food quality. Can always expect the food to be exquisitely made - makes the whole dining experience that much more refined. We each ordered the Dinner Course and it was just the right amount of food for one person."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Zest is one of the best Japanese restaurants I have been to in Vancouver. A very interesting menu which changes seasonally. Simple and lovely decor, pleasant ambience, excellent and very helpful service, The food is superb! A real treat in every respect."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Everything I ate at Zest was fantastic. I wanted to order the entire menu but had to narrow it down. The service is exceptional. Very attentive without being overly familiar and in your face. Just polite and respectful. The sable fish and the three kinds of tuna sashimi was had were heavenly. Not only was everything delicious but also healthy. I can hardly want to go back."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I love Zest have been going here for years. It is honestly the best sushi place in Vancouver. Their prices are set perfectly and even the simple of things taste so good. I highly recommend the chicken karage, tuna amigo roll, and the aggadashi tofu. The flavours at Zest are unlike anything you have ever had. If you are a foodie it is a must go."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The food is exceptional and the service outstanding without being stuffy."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "super food , window table sadly looking at parking lot, but the comfortable booth , terrific food and efficient service made up for it . the only negative was the french press coffee. They should buy a better brand though great to know they are making an effort with coffee lovers . will happily return"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Gourmet Japanese dining without having to go to the West End or Yaletown! Had a sake tasting flight and the omakase. Excellent in every way."
    Dined on 9/8/2013
  • "Foods is very nice, the quality of the foodstuff is high. This restaurant have true Japanese chefs. Cooking techniques is first-class."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "A group of us had a fantastic dinner with memorable and unusual dishes such as duck soba (with an exquisite broth), pulled beef croquettes, calamari salad, mushroom salad, and of course, fine sushi. Yoshi and his staff continue to offer new specials that are thoughtful and delicious, without tasting contrived. This is our go-to restaurant for Japanese food."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Japanese food could be much noodles, salty tastes and excessive rice sushi? Not at this sophisticated hidden place that only regular patrons know about. The food is very fresh, prepared from scratch, ofter different that before, amazing variety and combination of tastes. They have been at this location for 8 years. Have amazing choices of sake. Cold sake but will serve you warm if that is what you want. The very high quality food ingredients and the hand made preparation costs money. Make a choice: sophisticated tastes and delicate presentation of tasting portions or all you can eat standard fair rice a noodles elsewhere. Yes, and ambiance is selection of jazz or classical."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "This was our first time at this restaurant. The seafood somonono salad was not what we expected, it had a jelly substance on it, we were used to more of a vinegar based salad. We enjoyed the California roll and the dynamite roll, but the ocean roll was not to our liking. It had seared mozzarella cheese which had a real strong flavour that was not to our appeal. Desserts were great! Service was very friendly, however not attentive. We ordered edamame, which never came to our table. The overall experience was good. Would recommend trying this restaurant. A little over priced."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Sympathetic restaurant in a part of the city where there are few good restaurants. Delicious, atypical Japanese food. Friendly & attentive service. Our second visit. We will definitely go back many more times."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Chose Zest last minute and the food was amazing. Very authentic Japanese food. Would definitely be back to Zest in the near future."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "As usual,the food and service was excellent and the staff very friendly"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The Tasting menu was very good... every dish was very flavourful"
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "All the dishes we tried were excellent. The sushi was just so-so."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "This is my 4th trip to this restaurant and what keeps me going back is the food,service and not many people know about it. Really fresh food."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "The omakaze menu was unforgettable. It's a rare opportunity to taste authentic Japanese food using local ingredients in Vancouver. Really special. The service was impeccable. Highly recommended! Thanks chef Yoshi!"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "We love sushi, but you can get this type of sushi anywhere. I was a bit disappointed. Nothing to write home about!"
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "Creative, fresh, and tasty and satisfying Japanese food! Very good sake list. Service is outstanding."
    Dined on 10/23/2013