Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

4.6
915 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 915 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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vipPassion4fandb
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrating mom’s birthday tonight! Excellent food, presentation and service. One of our favourites.

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FrancoO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Yuwa because we were Zest clients and really enjoyed that experience. Yuwa is even better! Each dish was at the top. Elegant, beautiful with a lot of depth and excellent execution. We will be back for more.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What amazing food and amazing service. Went for my birthday and was really something special

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KarenP
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and lovely, professional service. A delightful evening for us all. We highly recommend Yuwa Japanese Cuisine.

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JamesP
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food: super fresh and fine fish sashimis. Delicious sushis and special rolls.

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Chefscompanion
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! The dinner was so delicious;)

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vipKimG
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite place that never disappoints!

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JocelynY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a pleasant surprise in a nice quiet neighborhood, service is outstanding, food is amazing.

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RussellM
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining on Yuwa's patio was quiet, the food amazing and the service was great, too.

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Mari
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had to wait a while for some reservation mistake, but they made up for it by sincere apologies and service. Food is great. We are glad we went.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal in the outdoor patio

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a super nice dining experience. Me and my friend was very satisfied with both food and service. Definitely will recommend to friends.

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NgPl
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Food is delicious and well plated.

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AlisonW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The location is quiet, and free parking close by.

Menu selection a bit disappointed.

Drink menu is better than expected.

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vipMichael
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my opinion Yuwa is the best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. The staff is very knowledgeable and the Sake selection is top notch! The food is so fresh and delicious. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant.

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chowchow313
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A gem in the neighbourhood. Food was delicious and artistically crafted. Service was attentive and not overbearing. Very calm atmosphere. We will be back.

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Gaby
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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GeoffG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
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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annie
Edmonton
5 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
10 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
42 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
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
4 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.

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 915 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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