Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

4.6
902 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Japanese
~ 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 902 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Gaby
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING. Fantastic! Family owed
Great staff awesome food the best

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GeoffG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, great service! Excellent wine and sake lists.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The setting of the place is not Japanese style.The raw materials and cooking of food are far inferior to craftsmanship.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Glad to see Miho again, the best server at Yuwa.

Sashimi fresh: squid, bluefin and japanese Mackerel.

Chicken was a bit over fried and salty last night.

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vipannie
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super lovely. The food was delicious. Easy to find parking. Staff were very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the special birthday dessert!!!

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tuty
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The atmosphere looks expensive and the prices are high, but the food is not worth it. I would not recommend it.

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kellyb
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner, Service was excellent as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Horrible sushi and rolls but nice beef carpaccio and a good sake menu. It is very expensive with little to show for that.

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vipNVancouple
Vancouver
40 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This resto is not just a neighbourhood gem, it is a Lower Mainland destination. The fresh fish variety is fantastic, varying daily. I tried some Japanese fish I was not familiar with and I was not disappointed. The chef has found a wonderful combination of taste and texture and seasonal favours. Corn ice cream, made with fresh corn, for example. Yum. There’s a great selection of Sake and Japanese spirits, some available by the flight. The service is attentive and very knowledgeable about the food and Sake. There is an outdoor patio as well.

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Vancouver2020
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 stars all the way !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The kitchen was really busy and it took longer than expected to prepare the food. Not a very pleasant experience. Other than that, this is decent restaurant.

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chairmanG
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent!!! Best chicken karaage in Vancouver!!!

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MatthewK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

There are 2 menus. I recommend the menu that dosent have any main dishes on it. We are of they’re Japanese i Ajay’s menu with only the specials and they were all delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very friendly and attentive server who made great recommendations with both the food and drink menus! The sushi rolls were unusual and especially deliciously!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Best Japanese food I’ve ever had.

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SandraG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb fine dining Japanese food. Very flavourful and outstanding visual presentation.
Can’t wait to go back.

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RodolfoV
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Uni nigiri was very badly made, with the rice not properly compressed, and so fell apart at the first touch. The amount of uni was also far too small, and this definitely cannot be considered good value for money, especially considering how high the price is.

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vipKimG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place always delivers and we love it! The people, the food, the service all of it is top notch.

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LeeKon
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot say enough about this restaurant. The food is sumptuous, creative and served with grace.
The Yuzu Sake is like drinking a summer day on a bed of clouds.
Yuwa never disappoints!

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brianm
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This meal was superb. The best sushi by far we have ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Inventive flavours, authentic and progressive sushi bar.

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CamM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent. Lovely staff. Excellent food and great value for quality

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vipOpenTable Diner
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is friendly and food is fresh. Quite reasonably priced considering the presentation and quality.

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1GFfoodie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, wonderful food and exceptional caring service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Excellent service! Love this place!

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Fans
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, just cannot find some dishes we used to like from the changed menu

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Mack
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was recommended to us by our daughter a little further than we wanted to go as we live in the maple ridge area. We were pleasantly surprised. The presentation of food was definitely top notch. Prices were reasonable for what we ordered. I said to my husband when you get food like that you really don’t care how much it cost as it was so so good. We will definitely be making that drive again
I look forward to trying different items next time

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Cyclens
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fish tasted very fresh. One of the best tamago unagi and chicken karage I ever had.

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user
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

we had to wait a while between each dish that was served and the wait became really long. they ended up forgetting one of the dishes we ordered but they took it off the bill. would recommend to people who drink as they eat and enjoy long dinners but not people who want to get all their food at the same time.

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BevH
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique dishes with creative flair, Yuwa is a lovely restaurant to enjoy the flavours of Japan.

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JackyL
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Sashimi or sushi did not surprise me in such price level. Grilled or cooked cuisines are good though.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great sushi. Good place to go if you appreciate good sushi with fresh fish, but be aware that it is pricey and you don't get big portions (for understandable reasons).
We would recommend this place, but nothing really stood out for us. No wow factors.

It also might not be fair for the restaurant, because only their patio was available when we visited. Their indoor might have better feelings.

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RachelG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was authentic and delicious and served at just the right pace. The wait staff were delightful and knowledgeable - particularly about the wines, and careful thought has been put into compiling the choices available.

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AlexT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

sashimi prices overcharged if you order by piece, it's a big rip off

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SHom
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yuwa never disappoints. The food quality and taste is always high, consistent and amazing. It is absolutely one of my happy places. The staff and the service is amazing.

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vipMLL1385
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining on a quiet, scenic patio. The best, most creative Japanese food in Vancouver. Delightful servers. It doesn’t get any better !

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vipKellyL
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! It’s always great to have a nice blend of authentic sushi & cooked dishes :)

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vipKimG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Japanese in the city

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Mentcle
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The staff at the resturant were very respectful and friendly. The food was amazing, I highly recommend this resturant if you want fresh and flavourful Japanese food !

FAQs

Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant) offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 731-9378.

Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant) is rated 4.6 stars by 902 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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