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Zest Restaurant
Zest Restaurant

Zest Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.zestjapanese.com
  • Phone: (604) 731-9378
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Tatsuya Katagiri
  • 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
  • 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mcdonald St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • 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.
A word from Zest Restaurant
The Best Upscale Japanese Restaurant
- Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Award
Gold Wine List Award
- Vancouver International Wine Festival

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.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a fantastic place that combines fresh, creative dishes with a level of service not typically found at "mom and pop" sushi restaurants. All the little things contribute to the experience: water glasses are kept full, dishes are cleared quickly, and servers are courteous. There is plenty on the menu to satisfy someone who is raw-fish-adverse. The dishes, even those found commonly, are delicate and flavourful. I will say that all this goodness is built into the price. Overall...loved it."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I enjoy visiting Zest because the food never disappoints. My customers are always impressed as well. While generally I am not the biggest fan on Japanese fusion cuisine Zest does it with class. The Uni Shooter off of the seasonal menu had great tastes and textures. The sauteed mushroom salad is always delicious. The Zuchinni Blossom Tempura was light and delicious. Consider this restaurant for a special occassion or a business dinner."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great service and the Food was good. The only thing is the food portion was super small. We ordered the grill fish for $20 and it was so small I finished it in 2 bites."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Love this restaurant. Took my son and his wife here as we've been talking about it for awhile. They eat out a lot and I would say they are true foodies. Well, he said it was better than I described it."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Zest was recommended to us, so we went as a special occasion. The waiter was knowledgeable and helpful but food service was extremely slow. The fish was very good but the portion size was very small for the cost. Halfway through our meal, the hostess came to the next table and asked the people to leave. They were almost done, having their coffee and getting ready to pay the bill. This was totally unnecessary especially in the attitude that she showed to the people. It certainly put a bad feeling about the experience of our special evening. Needless to say, we won't be back. There are many more restaurants in the city."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We actually ordered off the menu and booked an omakase dinner for two the day before. They have cheaper omakase selection, but for $100, they gave us the full meal deal. We've been to other japanese restaurants that offered omakase, but Zest delivered remarkably. We had a 7 course dinner, and they went all out on the ingredients. As an example, on two of the 7, we have uni incorporated into our meal. The service is outstanding and the servers really know their ingredients well."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food is okay, nothing spectacular. Our server has trouble explaining the dishes and today's specials, due to language barrier, so it made things a bit awkward for us. The food we ordered came separately, and took VERY long to arrive. It's nice to have this upscale Japanese restaurant in that neighborhood, but I think I will not go back here for a while as there are far more better Japanese restaurants in Downtown, which isn't that far away."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "You'll be pleased to find some of the best food and wine pairings here at Zest Restaurant where the staff take great pride to present simply outstanding elegant dishes. They use only the freshest fish along with local ingredients and a creative approach to preparing mouthwatering food that will delight your tastebuds. This is my new favourite spot for dinner because it's casual, fun, better priced than most and the staff are lovely. Go there.... you'll be glad you did.... I promise! TIP: Be sure to make a reservation."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "From traditional dishes to modern fusion offerings, Zest provides an ultimate culinary experience for those who like to venture into new things. The wine pairing and sake suggestions is a big attraction for this restaurant. Wine Wednesday and Sake Sunday provide extra discounts to customers on those days."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We sat down to one or two flies buzzing around the window. Then saw foreign objects in my water glass. With that aside, the sushi was good and fresh. Tasty dishes. The service for us was quite slow and the young servers confidence was yet to hit speed. Service can be hit and miss but the food was quite good. and please deal with the fly issue."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Zest's excellent food continues but its surge in popularity since it won Best Japanese in the Vancouver Magazine awards has caused the level of service to suffer a bit. The level of individual attention has dropped on weekends due to the increase in diners. The experience is not quite the same."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My friend and I enjoyed the dinner menu. The portions were reasonable and the courses were interesting - if a bit heavy on sashimi. Would definitely eat here again."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "After reading the vanmag reviews I was really excited going here. We went as a group of five and ordered a variety of food. The crispy salmon roll on their specials was a stand out the duck cappachio was also lovely. The rest was nice but no more exciting than restaurants around."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Waitress struggled describing our dishes in English, very difficult to understand bc of strong accent. Food was very good, but a lacked that little extra to push it into real foodie territory"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The four of us had a fantastic time starting with trying to chose from all the great menu items so we could still sample everything. The Gomae was the best I've ever had, as was the Calamari salad beautifully cooked and presented. The sushi was fresh and perfectly presented. The pork loin roll special was excellent and beautiful, and the beef tenderloin with apple salad was an interesting and very delicious entrée. Ginger creme brûlée was subtle but excellent and the ice cream dessert with sesame/green tea was something new and delicious. Being a birthday dinner two of the waitresses even sang Happy Birthday. All in all, a great find. Very highly recommend and will return."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This is an excellent restaurant featuring interesting and flavourful dishes. There is a daily list of specials, accompanied by a substantial list of everyday offerings. All the usual dishes are there, but there is also a range of more interesting variations. There is also a good range of sakis, and the distinctions between the different types are explained well."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "great food,my girlfriend like it.I think they can improve the ambience of the resturant."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The entire first experience at Zest was wonderful. Everything about the evening was perfect, from the decor, the service and most importantly the food. My friend and I will return many more times! "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "As usual, the food and service at Zest were very good. I was, however, somewhat taken aback when we arrived for our reservation at 7.00 p.m,to be told that we must be out by 9.00 p.m. For a restaurant such as this - as expensive as this - this is not what I'd call good customer relations."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Small restaurant with a downtown feel. Very good service and food."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "As the title says: food is too much over priced!!! I can order similar quality dishes at other places. Also I was sooooo angry to find out that because i was a bit late. So they disallowed the 1000 points reward. I wanna say that I went to that restaurant mainly because of the promotion of extra points but it turns out that I didn't get the points nor satisfied with the food. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We returned to Zest for the first time in a few years after they won the recent Van Mag Award for Best Upscale Japanese in the city. Obviously, we shouldn't have waited so long to return! The menu has a wonderful daily fresh sheet that emphasizes what's available in season. Our fresh sheet was filled with tempting halibut, fiddlehead, white asparagus, and spot prawn dishes. We enjoyed a variety of small plates that redefine whatever thoughts you might have on traditional Japanese flavours. It's a wonderful fusion. We started with a fiddle head and white asparagus gomae, followed by crispy calamari salad, Nagasaki Hamachi Sashimi, Spot Prawn Ngiri Sushi, and a seared halibut filled with local, fresh ingredients. We can't wait to return. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Zest was wonderful. We had the tasting menu, a great way to sample are variety of both raw and cooked dishes. Seafood was awesome, but the best dish might have been the chicken with mushrooms and asparagus. Awesome, attentive service. Great experience. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "From the 5 star service to the fresh, delicious food, Zest restaurant excels on every count. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The food at Zest is excellent. Everything is fresh and comes in a decent presentation. Wine list is comprehensive and is very good for a Japanese restaurant. Overall service is very good. The only thing I don't understand is that the sever was a bit strange. I talked to her and asked her questions about the menu. She replied to my friend instead. It looks like she does not want to talk to a guy. Perhaps I am not that good looking! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "It was so nice to dine at Zest the other night. The service, décor and food were beyond what I thought could be found in my neighbourhood. I will definitely be returning for another evening soon. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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