Wonderful warm ambience with outstanding service.
Unfortunately, it's impossible to try Yuwa and not compare it to Zest. The food during the Zest years was definitely better. This isn't to say Yuwa's food is not good, it is. It just isn't as Zest was. The dining room seems brighter though, which is very nice. And the service is attentive and good. Food coming out was not paced well, so be aware if you order hot and cold. Perhaps the kitchen needs some attention. We could see into the kitchen and it was relatively loud and seemed like wait staff were waiting for hot food despite there being several people in the kitchen. No doubt Yuwa is a neighbourhood gem, and a wonderful spot. Bbut it is sad to see Zest go.
Expensive but worth it, and a refreshing change from Vancouver's good but homogeneous Japanese restaurants. Excellent service. The sablefish is delicious.
For table of 5 we were able to make a reservation in the same day. We visited this restaurant for the first time and left very satisfied with food and service. I have to mention service was outstanding (lovely waitress) and I hope she was tipped well for her service (perfect timing and good ear for requests).
The service was top-notch. I’d like to see more B.C. White wines on the menu. Otherwise great experience overall.
Amazingly tasty food, well prepared and exquisite. Many vegetable options for example, a choice of Kale Gomae or Broccolini gomae!! Wow. Every dish was artfully presented on the plate and each plate was a unique piece in itself. Amazing service and a very quiet refined ambiance. Highly recommended for different and healthy alternatives to the ordinary Japanese fare. Very yummy!
Excellent food/service/atmosphere! The service was top notch and very creative dishes! Will be back again!
Amazing sushi. Great service. Always enjoy coming here.
Came here for my mother's birthday, and left feeling so satisfied. It's more on the pricey side, but I mean that's expected from a high quality Japanese restaurant.
Always so good!!! I live in Malibu and always come here every trip to Vancouver..
Great food and service!
Wonderful as always. The sushi/sashimi is delightfully fresh and the service is wonderfully attentive. Moreover, recent reincarnation has led to interesting new dishes being added to the menu.
Wonderful food,creatively and artfully presented. Service is attentive but not intrusive.
The restaurant formerly known as "Zest" has a new Chef/Co-owner and has successfully reinvented itself. Hard to imagine but it is better than before. An outstanding menu of thoughtfully prepared traditional Japanese dishes with a "local ingredients" twist complements the exceptional sashimi and sushi items. Brilliant wine list, not bloated with the usual suspects but all carefully chosen to complement the food. Same for the sake menu. Service; first class, food; amazing, atmosphere; serene. Don't come here expecting twenty kinds of rolls stuffed with mayonnaise and anything else the kitchen could find. And don't come here expecting a raucous Izakaya style experience. But do come here if you want to truly experience all the subtle nuances of exceptional Japanese cuisine. Congratulations and here's to many more successful years!
It was amazing! And nato (?) our server was great!
Wow...The best japanese restraunt ever in Vancouver! I strongly recommend to all Japanese food lovers. The atmosphere, service, and food.....everything is perfect. I will defenetely come back.
YUWA is becoming one of our favorite Japanese restaurants in Vancouver. The staff is very courteous. The food is always good and consistent. Book your table, they get booked up fast!
An amazing Japanese restaurant. I haven't been able to stop thinking about some of the dishes since I went. Melt in your mouth, fantastic food and the service was impeccable! Went for an anniversary and it was perfect!
Group of six with diverse tastes. Staff walked everyone through their tastes and delivered a multi-course meal that moved from cooked veal to raw fish. Highly recommended...and I’m picky.
Although the name has changed, the food is still as good as it was as Zest Japanese, if not better. The freshness of the fish, and the presentation are top notch. The authentic Japanese presentation, and service makes you feel like royalty. The prices are on the high side, but well worth it. This is the best Japanese restaurant I have eaten at in the last while, and is now my go to place for Japanese. Will definitely return for more dinners here, and whenever I need to impress my out of town guests with great Japanese food.
Took pride in everything they do. Great food and excellent service.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Best Japanese food in Vancouver. Great service, just excellent.
Loved the food - and the wine list was good as well. Very fun evening - everything tasted amazing!
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.
Very creative exciting menu; wonderfully tasty food. The new additions to the menu make for an even better selection than before.
VERY tasty new combinations of food, high end service, and great ambiance, quiet and classy.
Like that there is a female chef. Love the many vegetables on the menu.
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.
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.
Better sushi than in Japan - melted in the mouth! Friendly service. Nothing to much trouble. Great way to end our holiday in Canada.
We were treated like hot celebrities right when we entered the restaurant. Food was also very tasty and authentic!
Beyond phenomenal. Was so fresh and so authentic. Service was exceptional.
Amazing!!! My go to place once a month when I fly in from LA
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.
Wonderful service wonderful atmosphere and wonderful food
"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.
The portion of meal is quite conservative , otherwise, food quality and service are excellent