Zest Restaurant
Zest Restaurant

Zest Restaurant

  • 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: Sushi, Japanese, 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 6047319378x
  • Special Events: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Zest Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (55)special occasion (48)neighborhood gem (47)romantic (25)notable wine list (20)good for groups (11)hot spot (5)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Over rated
    Giselle
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Not authentic Japanese , more like fusion Pricey for the quality Will not go back nor would recommend it to friends
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Real Deal
    anameisonlyaname
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My wife, who was born in Japan, and I went to Zest to celebrate her birthday and we had a very wonderful time. The food was delicious, a creative and blend and balance of authentic tradition and modern exploration, with tastes and textures that were varied and at the same time went well with each other . The service was excellent, our waitress even opened the door for us as we left, the music fit the mood and at a volume that didn't make it difficult the hear each other like so many modern restaurants. It was roomy yet cozily and romantic. These folks pay attention to every, and I mean every, detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Food and Service!
    mtadVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    High standards in all respects; service, food, all exemplary! We enjoyed ourselves very much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RoostVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Loved the crab with radish sprouts, ankimo, spicy scallop cone, and four kinds of sashimi - with the salmon being the most amazing that I've ever had.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rediscovered gem
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We used to come here a lot when they first opened, then kind of fell off our dining radar.So glad we went back. Every dish was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent sushi
    Nick
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Zest has some very nice specials/appetizers. Uni shooter and truffle yam fries come to mind. Some sashimi is good (e.g. yellowtail), other is tasteless. Overall, it's overpriced for what it offers - mediocre quality fish.
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  • over priced and not good at all
    tonyspoon
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Sushi and Rice under seasoned, my rolls was falling apart... Fluffy beer battered shrimp not even crispy... Salad wasn't tossed in vinaigrette.... Very pricy for what it is.... I do not recommend this restaurant
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  • Food
    U2dine
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The good news is the food remains inventive and delicious. Unfortunatley no uni was available. Service was irractic at best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food but need more staff.
    btee
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The staff was overwhelmed. So they need more wait staff and more cooks to properly deal with a full restaurant. We had to wait for half an hour before we had our starters, the food came first for half the party, and after they were finished, for the second half! food is great, but although the waitress was just excellent, the service was not up to par.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RTseVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Zest has the best Japanese food in Vancouver. The daily specials are really special. You won't find similar dishes anywhere else, and they are always fantastic. The staff are also fantastic. They are always there when you need them, but never in the way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Great service.
    AnnWang
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We had such a great experience the other night. Great food! Great service! Special seating to celebrate my husband's birthday. And, of course the yummy ice cream for treat! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fushion
    black
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    luxury westernized japanese food if you are looking for something high end or presentable this would be a good option
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good!
    Nini
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Best service at an Asian restaurant. Food was delicious, but not a quick dining experience. Would recommend for those looking for upscale Japanese with great service and an atypical menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi Bar Ambiance
    Seajay1VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Friendly, accommodating staff. We visited early Friday evening prior to theatre at UBC. Sushi Bar filled in quickly with regulars being warmly greeted by staff. We were treated very well with no delays in service. Our choices from the raw bar were nicely presented, and just the right portions allowing us to try several dishes. If you like grapefruit the crispy calamari salad is a good choice. We ended with the Zest roll, and while it was very tasty the pieces were not bite size making it messy and difficult to eat. An affordable and pleasant experience. Will definitely return next time we are in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great
    BonVivant
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We love the decor, the great jazz music the attentive service but above all the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Sushi is outstanding, menu changes all the time so always find lots of original dishes, the service is great; simply, a gem
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classy Resturant
    Will
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    First time I'm doing a review. The restaurant is very classy. Food a very delicate and consistent. I've been there twice and both time had exceptional experience. Service are top of the line. Always available when you need anything. Great Japanese restaurant!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for sharing
    FoodyGoody
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This was only our second visit to Zest in a long time. We ordered the Zest dinner course and a few appetizers and mains. The food and presentation are much better than your average Japanese restaurant. They have taken the cuisine to a higher level with their creativity and attention to detail. However, I did find the menu a bit frustrating, because of the poor layout and insufficient menu descriptions to guide my choices. Our server was not helpful and frankly rather short with my slow decision-making and did not offer guidance. In the end, I order a couple duplicate items to the Zest dinner course by accident. It was all good, but it would have been nice to try different items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Date Night
    jlove
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I recently visited Zest (our second time) and had an amazing experience. Prompt service, interesting and varied menu and quality preparation all contributed. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    food2liveby
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    A first visit to this restaurant with a group of 4 diners. We arrived early (5:30 pm) so it was quieter which was fine for conversation. The food was excellent and I really wanted to try more things on the menu: this will ensure a further visit. My two standouts were the Crispy Calamari salad which I asked to have without the grapefruit (due to medication) which was done by the kitchen. The other was the Crispy Soft-shell crab roll which did not disappointing and lovely change-up to a Dynamite roll. Looking forward to my next visit. and I will recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I am never disappointed when I dine at Zest. The food and service are consistently top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Family birthday
    jasper
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Had a wonderful time celebrating my father's 90th birthday. Fabulous food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • real japanese food
    taboboy
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great place to dine with. very great and fresh food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Japanese classy culinary treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The service is excellent. Well timely beautiful dishes that taste great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hate being taken advantage of
    bobsanVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Have been to ZEST SEVERAL TIMES utilizing the theoretic 1000 point deal. I will tell you all that this restaurant changes your reservation to the 100 point deal without your knowledge. I find it appalling that open table allows this restaurant in its data bank. bobsan
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  • Disappointing
    FoodDood
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I had high hopes for Zest. The sashimi was not well-textured (the cuts were blunt, the pieces were too thick and chewy, one of my sashimi cuts still had the skin on it) nor flavorful. The sauces with the "four of a kind" sashimi plate were each one note, with no depth to the flavors. The fish selection was limited. It seemed that the rolls were skimpy on ingredients.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Candycrushang
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Best Sushi on the West side. Beautiful room, tables have nice spacing, white linen, comfy chairs Food to die for! You don't want to stop eating! Fantastic! Perfect for date night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RTseVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Zest is the best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. The dishes are unique. You cannot find the same dish anywhere else. The long list of daily specials changes so there is always something new to look forward to everytime you go. The staff are very friendly and always there when you need them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    An outstanding Vancouver Japanese restaurant in a tradional style. Chef and team maintain the essence of what it means to have an authentic Japanese dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional restaurant
    discriminatingdiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This restaurant does not disappoint. The atmosphere and service is understated, and is free of artifice; lovely, calm music is played quietly in the background. Elegantly prepared, your chosen dishes arrive in a well-paced manner. The serving size is appropriate. Standout dishes include the ling cod and the warm mushroom salad. The menu is really interesting, and atypical of most Japanese restaurants. One would want to return to try other dishes. There are very few Japanese restaurants in Vancouver of this kind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular Japanese Gem.
    IntensePenceVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My Wife and I had the pleasure of dining at Zest over the weekend on the last night of our two week trip to Vancouver and Vancouver Island. During the trip we had many terrific meals but Zest was a notch above. We arranged in advance for the Omakase menu which the restaurant carefully coordinated with our taste preferences. What we got was thirteen courses of heaven which would be a slight to the restaurant to call simply sushi. It was meticulously coordinated art on the plate which tasted even better than it looked. Vancouver is lucky to have Zest and i will dine there first on our next trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 282 reviews are from the Zest Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Fabulous restaurant
    jasper
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Enjoyed our second visit to Zest. Look forward to dining there again. Wonderful selection of sake and staff knowledgeable about pairing sake with menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh sushi with great service
    Dineinandout
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    loquat
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service and Food
    foodiegoodie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Japanese in Vancouver area
    LynnbVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • RTseVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The menu changes daily and the items are always noticeably fresh. The flavours of the food are subtle yet memorable. This is the best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hostess
    Edgewater
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Omakase menu
    Jer604Experience
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi Delight
    JosephCool777
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Zest was a culinary gem. New style sushi, with fresh ingredients, presented beautifully and with care and thought meant that we had a wonderful time, especially with new friends. Highly recommended.....
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate