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About Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

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!

2775 W. 16th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6k 3C3
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (9:45pm Last Call)

Cross Street:
Mcdonald St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 731-9378

Website:
http://www.yuwa.ca/

Catering:
Please call for details.

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.

Executive Chef:
Masahiro Omori

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant) Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (21)
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Good for Anniversaries (18)
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Good for a Date (17)
Authentic (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Healthy (12)
Romantic (12)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Business Meals (7)
Cozy (6)
Tapas (5)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Spicy (2)
Fun (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 11, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 9, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 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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 (Vancouver)·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.

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 19, 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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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Organic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (Sydney / NSW)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Seasonal
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vip
 (Vancouver)·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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Wonderful service wonderful atmosphere and wonderful food

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·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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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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

Tags: Tapas
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Nothing less than the usual stellar food and service

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 (Adelaide / SA)·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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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating, Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (Vancouver)·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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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Portland)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·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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 (Vancouver)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Saskatoon)·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!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Excellent food and service. They went out of their way to make sure we had a first rate experience.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Wife's birthday and they remembered. Very polite Japanese staff. The traditional welcome and goodbye in Japanese way.
Service good and professional.
Sophisticated atmosphere. Nice upscale feeling.
Food was creative and high quality.

Ordered 7 dishes between wife and I. All very good.

One thing I wasn't sure about. The wasabi is quite weak and need a lot to get a kick. Other than that it was great.

The price is fair for the quality and quantity.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Not worth it. Over rated and over priced. So disappointed. Won't recommend to anyone.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Overall, my wife and I were a bit disappointed with the Restaurant. We felt like we made a mistake choosing this Restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. We both regretted not having gone to Ajisai or Minami.
For the price we paid we could have eaten more food with same or even higher level of quality at those two other restaurants.
We felt that portions were a bit short, but the biggest problem was speed. We ordered everything at once but it came at a desperate rate. I think from one dish to another we had to wait easily 15 to 20 minutes. It broke the mood of our dinner.
Very much appreciated the detail with the dessert for our anniversary. But despite that, we won't be coming back nor recommending it to our friends and family.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My friend and I shared appetizers. Every one was delicious. My only observation would be that portions could have been larger for the price. Service great and not rushed. Very enjoyable experience

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Really enjoyed our visit. Delicious, excellent service, good beer, very enjoyable experience!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great Beer
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We missed our favourite Japanese restaurant when it closed earlier this year for a Reno and Chef change. We were thrilled to see that although the menu is different the food is all very good. The sushi rolls are the same as the sushi chef has remained the same — they truly are the best in the city!! All the original servers have returned so the service continues to be impecable!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on October 25, 2017

A good restaurant that's over priced for what you get.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Perfect dishes using top quality ingredients. Nice contemporary setting and great service.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We were not sure what to expect (we were given a gift certificate to this restaurant), other than it had been a regular award-winner under it's old name Zest. The restaurant, however, looked very cozy and inviting with it's new decor.
After looking at the menu, I wasn't sure how to order, as there wasn't the usual "appetizers & entrees" list I'm used to and the pricing didn't reflect that either. I asked our server for some help and she explained that most of the items were "small plates" that could be shared and that you would likely order a multitude of different items.
My wife and I did our best to choose items we thought we would like, but for the most part we were guessing, as we're not familiar with Japanese food.
Nonetheless, the food appeared and tasted very fresh and was beautifully presented, including the plates they were served on.
The owner, Iori, came around was happy to chat with my wife and I and answer all sorts of questions we had.
All-in-all, it was a very good experience, but we would have benefited by going with someone who is more familiar with Japanese dishes.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Organic, Authentic
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