Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

4.8
871 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 871 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SHom
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Japanese in the city

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Mentcle
Vancouver
9 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 !

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vipMark
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor patio dining is a very comfortable experience with cushioned seating, heaters, umbrellas and white table cloth service. Seasonal offerings are a real treat like the tempura fiddleheads.

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Sushilicious
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Lori and staff for such a lovely dinner for my elderly parents. Not only are you attentive but, the food is amazing. My parents enjoyed everything - especially the Bluefin Sushi. They will be back again and again. We give you 6 stars!

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vipHollyR
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. We are sushi snobs and this place had us at the first bite. Staff are exceptional and attentive. Would definitely go back over and over.

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Victor
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service 10/10
Would recommend to anyone

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RogerioS
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the presentation beautiful, the service impeccable!

Really nice experience! The owner (at lest we believe she was) is a very kind lady that paid attention to all details to make us feel comfortable and special.

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Lulu
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Good drink list selection, patio is nice and quiet. The main issue is food, It’s not very good and expensive. Not sure if I would go back again.

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SandraM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Definitely worth a visit. Try the sake flutes.

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vipmattob
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Last minute date night on an inclement evening. Great food and service, we will be back!!

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HollyH
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We decided to eat outdoors in compliance with the new pandemic concerns. It was not as satisfactory as eating indoors, but it was an adventure, and we enjoyed it. The food was superb as usual.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food from

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CatherineM
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good bet for fine Japanese dining! Always get the specials and the Eli Shinjo bites.

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Yums
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delectable cuisine
Excellent cheerful server
Excellent safety measures to separate each table, very assuring

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Ellen
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, friendly staff and delicious food. Highly recommend!

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MartinD
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and even better food. Servers and owner were very attentive, and they obviously take pride in the food they serve.

Awesome experience.

Thank you

JM
JMHB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yuwa is the best dining experience I ever had in Vancouver. The service process, customer service and food are all excellent.

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vipPLam
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed our meal at Yuwa. The sushi is top notch and the service is excellent. It is our go to Japanese restaurant. Close to our neighborhood. Never disappoints

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Flayrah
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

After a rough start (waited 10 minutes inside the door for recognition from waitresses who would glance at us but ignore us until I finally went and accosted one at their cash register), the evening went well. Good table service, manager tried to make up for our wait with bubbles, and fairly good food. Sashimi was excellent. Appetizers and sablefish were great. BBQ Pork Back Ribs were fairly tough and fatty. Good pacing, good ambiance despite covid protocols.

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Ashley
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great dishes that were well prepared. Our server took the time to explain each dish and how it's best served.

BH
BevH
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely, relaxing experience - dining on delicious Japanese cuisine. Especially appreciate the seasonal choices.

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ElfriedaP
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yuwa is my new favourite Japanese Restaurant. We have been there several times and will bring back friends. They are so hospitable and the food is outstanding!

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peterc
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food quality are very good. Outstanding service and very nice decor.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dating.

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beccaswallow
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! My birthday dinner here was impeccable! never been before and is a real hidden gem!

Do not hold back on trying something new or different because everything is wonderful. Make sure you save room for dessert, the cheesecake and the black sesame ice cream were the highlights!

Pricing is decent for the amazing service and quality of every dish, so fresh and worth every penny.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice place. Food was good

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Todd
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Overpriced for the quality. Food was good but not amazing.

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CatherineM
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What more to say? We’re becoming regulars because we want to see what new specials they’ve added to the list! We love the ankimo, monkfish liver, but they have a new roll, the “surf and turf”. So clever and delightful. You can really taste the richness of the beef, which plays off the lobster so nicely. There was a delicious little clam soup. And lovely little mochi for dessert though my husband had the lychee sorbet with coconut jelly. Thanks for such gastronomy!

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SahandM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service and some of the most fresh sashimi I've had. The Wagyu stew was amazing as well.

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vipVanGirl
Vancouver
55 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service, incredible food, beautiful plating !

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OCCR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on all aspects

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Lithgow
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are so many great places in Vancouver to enjoy sushi. We all have our favourites that we frequent and know what to expect. Temaki, Shiro, Toshi, and Miku are some of mine. All fantastic. But without a doubt, Yuwa is undeniably on another level. It will seem unassuming at first. The freshness of the fish was exceptional, the rice perfect, the tempura crispy and tender, the specials were unique and exquisite, and the service was wonderful. There is a reason this ranks number two on the Vancouver Restaurant awards. They deserve it. I look forward to visiting again and highly recommend.

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carpete
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing, memorable dishes - beautifully presented. Traditional with a creative touch. Attentive, fast service. Attractive space.

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BevH
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seasonal dishes were very tasty and unique. The service is very friendly and attentive. Always a pleasure to dine at Yuwa

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience on all aspects. Food was amazing. Felt very safe as they complied with all covid rules for running a restaurant. Would definitely eat here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Japanese cuisine in Vancouver. The closest one comes in Vancouver to truly feeling like you are sitting in a restaurant in Japan.

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ColleenL
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A stunning restaurant and absolutely amazing food. It felt like a very special night out and we also felt completely safe and cared for - important in these strange times!

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 4.8 stars by 871 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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