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Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

4.5
554 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Japanese
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We are excited to announce that Zest Japanese Cuisine will be re-envisioned as “Yuwa Japanese Cuisine,” with our new Executive Chef, Masahiro Omori at the helm. Chef Omori’s grandmother “Yuwa” passionately owned a fish market in Chiba, Japan for over 35 years. Yuwa’s dedication to her craft deeply touched Chef Omori and he lovingly brings her spirit forward with 20 years of professional experience. Look forward to a culinary tour of regional Japanese cuisine and sake utilising the freshest local BC ingredients. Each dish has a story and a wonderful glass of wine or sake to go with it!
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (9:45pm Last Call)
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Phone number
(604) 731-9378
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Payment options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Masahiro Omori
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Catering
Please call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mcdonald St.
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Parking details
Parking is available in front of the building off 16th or at the back of the building accessing from Mcdonald St to the back alley. Or there are plenty of free parking along 16th Ave.
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Special events & promotions
We offer winemaker's dinner or sake maker's dinner throughout the year. Please see out Facebook page or website for the details
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 554 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SweetRevenge (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Yuwa offered a spectacular Valentine's Day dinner - it was perfect from start to finish! Every dish was meticulously prepared. I can't think of another restaurant that offers Yuwa's quality - worth every penny!

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Annegw70 (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Yuma has taken over from Zest and although we loved Zest, Yuwa is equally good. Lovely quiet ambience, great and knowledgeable servers and wonderful food. It's our closest local restaurant and we love it.

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Chachki (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was absolutely delicious and fresh. We ordered the salmon tartare, Madai carpaccio, wagyu beef dish and two rolls. One had soft shell crab which was very tasty and the other roll was the lobster roll which was pretty decent but didn't blow me away, but very fresh ingredients. The service was great as well. The only negative was they ran out of two dishes we wanted to order. Restaurant opened at 5 and or reservation was at 630, so odd to have run out of a roll by then. The other dish was a specialty dish so they probably had a limited amount of that item.

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kellyb (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

The fresh sheet was absolutely delicious ! We ordered a few dishes twice because they were so good. The service, attention to detail and ambiance is all 5 star.
The menu is all your favorites done by expert hands using the very best local and import ingredients. We are so excited to go back again and again.
Enjoy you are in for a real dining experience.

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vipJonb (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Best Japanese food in Vancouver. Great service, just excellent.

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AndreaG (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Loved the food - and the wine list was good as well. Very fun evening - everything tasted amazing!

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Pricey but exceeded my expectations. Great service. Received thoughtful, discreet attention from staff. Ambiance is chic and tasteful but a little cramped for fine dining. Don't expect a lot of privacy as its a small space. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

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Aura (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Very creative exciting menu; wonderfully tasty food. The new additions to the menu make for an even better selection than before.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

One of the BEST PLACES I have ever been. If you didn’t try heir Chutoro, you are missing out in life. It’s definitely one of those items on a bucket list.

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SweetRevenge (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

It was a hidden gem as Zest and now, as Yuwa, the restaurant continues to provide outstanding Japanese cuisine - authentic, creative and worth every penny! The sushi is simply exquisite - the freshest fish/seafood and extremely well-balanced (rice/fish proportion). There are plenty of Japanese restaurants in the city and this is one of the best.

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EJNew (Sydney / NSW)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Better sushi than in Japan - melted in the mouth! Friendly service. Nothing to much trouble. Great way to end our holiday in Canada.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

We were treated like hot celebrities right when we entered the restaurant. Food was also very tasty and authentic!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Beyond phenomenal. Was so fresh and so authentic. Service was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Amazing!!! My go to place once a month when I fly in from LA

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vipcrossover (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

One of the best Japanese meal I have had in a while. The sashimi was fresh, and the cooked food (saba fish, udon, tempura...etc) was all delicious. Service was friendly and attentive. We found a small piece of fish bone in our sashimi, and our server Miho took care of it right away. They gave us one complimentary dessert (sake crème brulee), and we ordered the panna cotta as our 2nd dessert. Both were excellent!! As a side note, they only have a few small parking spots in front of the restaurant. Street parking is highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Wonderful service wonderful atmosphere and wonderful food

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Kuki (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

"Good" is a fair word to describe Yuwa's sushi quality, but is it overpriced? Oh Yes. The service was good and the waitress was kind, helpful and polite as you would expect. sushi rolls and nigiris were mediocre based on what you would expect from "one of the best" sushi places in the area.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

The portion of meal is quite conservative , otherwise, food quality and service are excellent

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viptikiski (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Nothing less than the usual stellar food and service

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OpenTable Diner (Adelaide / SA)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Excellent service, staff was very attentive to needs at all times. Elegant atmosphere with a relaxed mature ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

The food was delicious. Great ambience.
Great service.
Highly recommend.

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vipYummy (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

A perfect evening. Impeccable service — attentive, polite, friendly, efficient. Beautifully presented and delicious food. Innovative and different and tasty — lily bulb tempura, chrysanthemum gomae... If we did not like a dish, the server wanted to know why so she could share the comments with the chef for improvement. We weren’t so keen on the Berkshire pork as we thought it was a bit dry. It could have used a sauce. Loved the deep fried sole, sablefish and sushi.

The decor was lovely. Plain with muted colors highlighted with large stunning pots of orchids. Noise level low so we could hear each other and talk without shouting. Quite rare these days to find a quiet restaurant. We were very pleased.

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Zephyrin (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Yuwa was amazing! Food was yummy and fresh, sashimi was delicious! Would come here on a. Regular basis!!

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vipovishunter (Portland)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Very nice Japanese restaurant. Very attentive host staff. Food was lovely. More to my taste than the loud, hectic more prevalent sushi bar scene. Now on my "A" list for a nice dinner in Vancouver.

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Alfie (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Yuwa did not disappoint. The chef's choice sashimi was exceptional. Each fish showed its own character! Lily bulb tempura and the udon were perfect. Sake brulee reminded me of zabaglione and was a treat! Altogether it was a delightful meal.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Food and service was excellent, our second time there, will come back more often

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David (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on November 16, 2017

Nice atmosphere & authentic japanese gourmet with traditional pottery plates
Well hospitality and service manner !
Will comeback again!

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on November 16, 2017

This is Japanese food in Vancouver elevated to a whole new level. Impeccable preparation and presentation. Each dish we had was exceptional, from good old agadashi tofu to brand new taste experiences. Sake creme brulee was to die for.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic re-invention of restaurant formerly known as Zest. Awesome food with authentic Japanese items that you likely won't find elsewhere. Attentive and friendly service ... perfect. Also a great wine and sake list for excellent food pairings. Prices are low considering the quality of the food. Overall superb.

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OpenTable Diner (Saskatoon)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

Could not ask for a more perfect night out for a meal.
Reservation via online website was a breeze, I had special requests which the restaurant emailed me back to fulfill the requests. Even phoned me on the same day to confirm my requests and my reservation.
A staff greeted me and my family at the front, offered to take our coats for us, seated us, explained the specials for the evening.
All the staff was very accommodating and friendly. Even the chef was very friendly and acknowledged myself and my son as we watched him make the special gluten-free, off the menu, sushi for my son.
The food came out in sequence so the night rolled out like a movie/play. The chef made my son's meal first so my son would be eating as soon as we sat down.
The meal and night was so perfect that we wished we could go back the next evening!!

Thank you Yuwa Japanese Cuisine!!

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