Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

4.8
831 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 831 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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Carol
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dinner was perfect. This was the best meal and dining experience I have had since the pandemic began. It was our first time to this restaurant, but will not be our last.

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HollyH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was perfect: the food, especially the ribs, was excellent. We don’t want to recommend this restaurant too glowingly because we might have trouble booking a table in the future!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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CatherineM
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Japanese cuisine. Yuwa avoids the commonplace offerings and always has a genuine feel.

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places to go for sushi. Everything was very fresh and service was superb! A wonderful place to celebrate Christmas.

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felixy
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing staff. We go back there regularly for special events or just when we're craving really good Japanese food.

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MichaelB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb, original takes on Japanese cooking, with a warm and inviting atmosphere and wonderful service. Highly recommended!

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Erik
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We pick up sushi sometimes, but we rarely eat high-end Japanese food. Decided to try Yuma for something different on my wife's birthday, and boy did it deliver! It was so nice to be transported away from the pandemic for a couple of hours, tasting flavours and foods prepared in ways we'd never tried before. Service was friendly and flawless. Highly recommended.

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JuliaD
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are food lovers and eat here often. It never disappoints; it's a fantastic restaurant with fresh seafood!

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CatherineM
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you would like unusual, exquisitely prepared Japanese food, this is the place. From the monkfish liver pâté to the duck salad and mushroom tempura, it was delightful. We had several other dishes. Just be adventurous through their very carefully designed menu!

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Anne
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Best Japanese food in the city.

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vipMark
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver hands down with excellent wine and sake pairings.

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vipLaurettaC
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Fresh ingredients, friendly staff great atmosphere!

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HowardT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best authentic Izakaya Japanese restaurant on west side..

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vipDeirdreC
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant!

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JeffH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was a symphony of tastes for the palate. This is fine Japanese cuisine on a different creative level than any other restaurant in Vancouver. All of the presentations were artistic and the tastes sublime. Simply outstanding.

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LoriM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!

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vipreviewernickname
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place, been twice this year and it’s always been good.

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JudieT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening by many accounts.

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LeslieN
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Everything was perfect. I highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable sashimi, Japanese food and service!! The very best in the area.

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vipJohn
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My absolute favorite Japanese restaurant in the city.

Amazing combination of creativity, taste, presentation, and service. And. A Great selection of fine sakes to accompany the delicious meal.

Have always left this place feeling very satisfied.

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Anonymous
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm, intimate, and gracious dining with excellent service.

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vipMark
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owners and staff make dining experience so special. No surprise rated best Japanese cuisine in Vancouver!

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vipWilliamM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by a wonderful crew of staff. Delightful, creative, and delicious dishes as always. Just wish the portions were bigger.

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peterc
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Sashimi were not fresh. Sushi and cooked dishes were not good.
The place is nice and would recommend to friends for the place (room and outside balcony) but not the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come every year for our wedding anniversary . They never disappoint.

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Jigs
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, comfortable outdoor seating and the usual wonderful service, outstanding food, a wonderful evening.

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vipCTBallet
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved this place. Amazing food and desserts!!

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AnitaF
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious food, beautifully presented and skilfully served.

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vipMark
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio seating needs to be a permanent feature!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is our favour neighbourhood spot. The food and ambience is top notch. But it is the owners, service and staff that make it extra special. They go out of their way to make us feel welcome, know our fave dishes and wine, and always go the extra mile.

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Bishy
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our anniversary dinner here the other night. Everything was exceptional, a memorable meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Work Promotion

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NgPl
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Good and tasety food. Quiet place to be enjoyed the dinner. Highly recommended.

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VictorL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service, great food, reasonable prices. Undiscovered jewel of Japanese cuisine.

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malcolmk
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our favorite local Japanese restaurant. Beautiful food presentation!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and very Covid mindful

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MilanM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yuwa nails it every time!
My wife and I have had several wonderful meals and Yuwa before, and this one just adds to the collection. The food is exquisite, the service impeccable. Highly recommend it!

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vipBloodDonor
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent meal at Yuwa. The wine list remains very interesting and reasonably priced. Even with the COVID restrictions, the food was outstanding, the service excellent and the comfort with their safety practices very high. Can't say enough positive about this restaurant.

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Catie
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was one of our favorite restaurants. I always considered it expensive but worth it. Last night dinner was a total disappointment. Service was slow, that could be because of reopening pain. Some of the things we ordered were just so-so. The waitress was inattentive. Whatever I say, I have to repeat, I wasn’t the one with the mask on. We ordered noodle to share, she brought 3 small bowls but no extra chopstick for the noodle. Even in normal times, there would be an extra pair to split the noodle, in this time, there definitely need an extra pair. She brought dessert and 3 spoons, we have to ask for 3 separate plates, does she expect 3 of us to eat from the same bowl.
Given their price and service, we won’t be going back there for a while.

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 831 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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