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Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

554 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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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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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Please call for details.
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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
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 554 People Are Saying
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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!

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.

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.

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.

vipJonb (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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

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

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

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.