Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

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706 reviews
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~ 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.

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

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EV
Vancouver
64 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a great group menu put together by Shin. The sashimi was super fresh and tasty. This was my favourite part of the meal. The tempura battered shiitake mushrooms with ground chicken was also delicious.

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L
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is incredible with many specially dishes unique to Yuwa.
The service is always outstanding and their selection of sake and fruit sake is impressive.
I personally think it is the best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fantastic service

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LB
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Yuwa twice. Each time the food, service and ambiance were all of the highest standard. I will definitely be a regular at this restaurant.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Fresh raw fish, friendly service, nice atmosphere....price seems a bit on the high end, there a couple comparable Japanese restaurant within the neighborhood with more reasonable pricing....Raisu is the one off the top of my head.

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b
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a wonderful restaurant consistently providing a terrific experience. We took a visitor there and ordered a number of sashimi, sushi dishes and several rolls. Each dish was beautiful and each roll was perfect.

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VG
Vancouver
49 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. I’ll be back.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!

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SV
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The specialized dishes were delicious and I would recommend them. However, all four of us left the restaurant hungry. Small servings, regrettably. Strongly recommend you order a bowl of rice. misoshiro and tsukemono with your meal.

Value for money because the quality was high and authentic.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal experience!

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pretty much the perfect Japanese restaurant

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a lovely evening. Highly recommended.

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DT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

anniversary

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JK
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a course meal selected by the chef. Other than the steak which had too strong and sweat source over it the seafood were excellent, well-prepared. Really enjoyed our meal. The price was reasonable for the quality and the amount provided.

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OT
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Satisfied... never disappointed
Highly recommended
It is not just a dinner . Every dish is like a piece of art and you can feel the heart from the chef

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RP
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must-try for anyone who loves Japanese cuisine; I truly enjoyed their sakura features, especially the Baby Sakura Shrimp and Spring Cabbage Croquette - I shall be dreaming of this constantly.

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K
London
13 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Foods not as good as last time, and service so far so good if they can pour wine for us that would be better

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s
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

food was not up to expectations,service was not good

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous five star Japanese fine dining. Second only to a special omakase meal I had when last in Tokyo.

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IP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Very noisy for a quiet restaurant
We asked for a separate area but that wasnt available
A surprise from what was normally a great restaurant

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G
London
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a gem! The food is exquisite without being pretentious, the menu is large, the ambience good, the staff friendly. What more could one ask?

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KL
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very fresh & flavourful
unique culinary methods
👍🏻

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LE
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best Japanese Restaurant in Vancouver. I flight to Vancouver often from LA and I always need to go to Yuwa. Thank you

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FD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Freshest sushi ever! Not inexpensive but worth it for a special occasion. (For us, it was our annual trip to Vancouver from the East Coast.) Ice cream next door (placed called Glace) tops off a great meal.

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W
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation to celebrate my wife's birthday. And we very satisfied with the whole experience. Everything almost perfect.

We ordered the omakase kaiseki, which will change every month for most fresh seasoning fish. Very gorgeous, fresh and variety decorations of food, outstanding service, rare and delicious Japanese sake (jikon), special drink of peach sake as a surprise, all of these for $120 per person without alcohol, and definitely the experience worth the price.

The sashimi concurred us, it almost melt in your mouse, your tongue can feel the tenderness and sweetness, each chew is a new experience. With the sake Jikon, it*s not a so sweet sake, a little bit karakuchi, but perfect for the dishes. It won't cover the sweetness in the food and keep your taste fresh. Compare with the other dishes, the fish in nimono was a little bit over cooked, taste is good, but the texture felt like chewing a well-done steak.

We are already planning the next visit and cannot wait for its chief's recommend sashimi and other sake.

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JS
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very well done Japanese cuisine. Expensive but well worth it. Quiet location, small ish restaurant. Fantastic service with lots of great menu choices, too quality ingredients and an excellent wine and sake menu.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Sashimi and Sushi were made just perfectly. Service from beginning till end was also just as amazing. I would definitely recommend to a friend!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely spotless and fabulous service and food - be far the best Japanese food/restaurant I know and easily one of the top restaurants in Vancouver with a wine list not nearly as ostentatious as that of some of the usual spots highly praised in the city!

Plain old wonderful experience all around!

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A
Vancouver
28 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great hidden gem in quiet neighbourhood. Fresh seafood and attentive service. Quality is worth the higher price. Good for special occasion.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my husband’s birthday with our kids and in-laws. Everyone loved the food and had a wonderful time.

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S
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Authentic Japanese cuisine served in an elegant room. Yuwa's menu is anything but ordinary and the dishes are flavorful, fresh and beautifully presented. Overall a wonderful experience.

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ES
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Really fresh fish. Seating is limited and restaurant is small.

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SE
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Think the cooking technique/execution, portion size, presentation did not support the pricing. Prices high for what one gets. Tendon simmered dish didn't have much tendon..2 pc smaller than a tiny pinky. Lots of brisket. Sablefish ultra small suitable for a small child as if it was leftover odds and ends. Chawamushi was flavorful. Sushi fresh. Nice decor. Good service. I do not mind paying $$$$ for quality but i did not see it here; the dishes were totally one hit and many misses.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Fabulously fresh fish and seafood presented in innovative way.

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P
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is very romantic with very few restaurants in the area. Great to walk to if you live in Kits. Service and quality of food is top notch! Fresh Japanese food is worth the price at this friendly hideaway. Parking is Free and plentiful in the area. Our guests from out of town loved it!

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DH
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently one of the best dining experiences in Vancouver! The freshest highest quality ingredients prepared in a Imaginative and traditional Japanese style! I dream of the flavors until I return to do it all again! Very special Service staff highest quality Sake make this my go to for a special night in Vancouver!

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LL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Great service. Lovely ambiance. Will definitely return.

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Pre-ordered the kaiseki at the sushi bar months in advance and they even took my credits card information for confirmation a few weeks in advance. Arrived and they didn't even make notes about seating us at the sushi bar and didn't prepare our kaiseki so we didn't get to do it. Offered nothing as an apology just sorry. Food took almost 1.5hrs to come for the two of us and didn't come until we chased them.

Food was good but not worth the price point either.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Slowest food service — whole staff unapologetic about it.
Any sashimi there is over priced and lacking... just go Octopus Garden

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M
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

For people that have never been to Japan and don’t know too much about Japanese food, maybe they’ll find the food above average or unique. However, for us, it was quite not worth the value, especially the Canadian lobster roll ($24) and grilled sable fish roll ($30), these two rolls fare really not unique in taste and presentation. We found these two rolls completely over-priced and bland. The Hokkaido Hotate the hotate was over-cooked. Service was above average and could definitely feel the Omotenashi the restaurant tries to bring to its customers. Thank you.

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