Zen Japanese Restaurant

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Contemporary vision. Traditional roots. These are the qualities that highlight a dining experience at Zen Japanese Restaurant. A landmark on the West Vancouver dining scene for more than 20 years, Zen continues to thrive because of our unyielding commitment to using only the highest quality, sustainable ingredients and unmatched service. Enjoy edible art in a sleek, stylish dining room that offers spectacular ocean views and magnificent sunsets. This is more than just a meal. It is a true culinary experience that is simply …. Zen.
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DG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Pricey, but absolutely delicious. A fantastic splurge with innovative cuisine.

U
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and creative sushi along with the usual standbys

j
London
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always outstanding. It’s one of our favourite local options

l
Vancouver
412 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dining companion said " This is so spectacular! Don't you wish that you could this way every day?"
Wonderful evening!!

SS
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Every time. Never disappointed. Although the cocktails they serve are not my favourite, fir example I do not like having ice in my martini glass.

C
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went there for Dine Out. I was surprised by the prices on the menu. However, it was very good value for Dine Out dinner. Service was good. Ambience was mediocre.

LD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Zen. Have been going there for years. It has beautiful and creative dishes. The professional chefs are dedicated to fine food. The dishes, the menu, the plating are all beautiful.

GA
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The special rolls are very good. We sat at the bar and watched the 4 sushi chefs work.

LD
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fuimos con amigos.
La comida es muy buena. Creo que el mejor sushi de west y north Vancouver.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing,serviceis

MH
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Male server is always so friendly and outgoing. Female server is cranky and doesn’t want to be there.

D
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Zen for many years, and have always enjoyed the food and service from Lauren who has served us for many years,

SB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. We eat there often and it is always great food but Friday night it was the best we've had.

l
Vancouver
412 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lunch was wonderful and the service was excellent!!

T
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, fresh and customized to delight by our fantastic server- thank you Zen our dining experience was amazing!!

JW
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

An excellent blend of service and very high food quality and taste. One problem was sun light coming in through West window, plus mirror effect from another adjacent window. Just about drove our guests and myself spare as could not get away from the glare. Hurt our eyes it was so intense. Blinds were eventually drawn, but it took 30 min to get that and the fix was minor. Sunglasses in the shower I've heard of, but not in such a fine restaurant. Recommend strongly you fix this one. Other guests might get litigious -- though this one put up with it, the food was so good.

J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Food is decent but overpriced. Service was sub par. Waitress wasn’t the most attentive. I phoned them on Monday before they opened and left a message to make a reservation and over a week later, I still haven’t heard back from them. Very disappointing and anticlimactic. .

SC
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The New York steak was mediocre — seemed to be short staffed.

NM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zen is always fabulous. Excellent and unique choices with wonderful seasonal offerings.

DB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sushi in Vancouver. Great service. On elf our favourites!

F
Phoenix
78 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fantastic restaurant. The Ebi dumplings are fantastic. The sauce that they serve them with is yummy. The ocean wise prawn tempura are perfect. The California roll is the best anywhere.

The service is second to none. The hostess is so welcoming and Lauren the server is second to none.

The homemade peach pie with ice cream was better than delicious. And the pie was for our anniversary!

DF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not our first time at Zen and always a positive experience. Dinner in two at 6:00 great, as not busy and service very quick. The lady waiter was very attentive and informative, making suggestion to suit our taste. Sable fish cooked different was the highlight of the evening. Not at the expense of the two maki and appetizers also excellent.

R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

We had two complex sushi rolls. To our surprise the fish was cooked and not raw. They were not nearly as special as the ingredients in the description. The noodle salad was swimming in a dressing, kind of like a soup.

t
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We often visit Zen for family dinners and are never disappointed with the quality of food or the excellence of service. I recommend all my friends who are looking for a quality Japanese food experience to visit Zen.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service was excellent. Delicious sushi on the patio on a nice summer Vancouver evening...hard to beat that

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zen is always good. Always reliable. And I always enjoy the high quality of the food.

MH
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service.

T
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was knowledgeable and thoughtful
I’ll be back to sure!

OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, very nice and friendly staff!

LH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and great food!

MH
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great genuine server. Expensive, but best sushi on North Shore.

GR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we have been going to Zen for years and it has always been a great experience, the staff have been there a long time and we know them well. The owner is a great person, always greets my wife and I when he see us enter the restaurant and so do the staff. I recently took my Granddaughter there for dinner and she was impressed as she loves Sushi and lives in Toronto and she mentioned to me that the Sushi at Zen was the best she has had ever.

F
Phoenix
78 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. The service is impeccable,efficient and friendly.
The oceanwise prawn tempura are so fresh and absolutely delicious. As was the dynamite roll. The best I have ever had. The ebi dumplings are really really delicious. The sauce is to die for.

This is the best Japanese food in the lower mainland.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent creations, excellent quality sushi and related products. Great and friendly service. We were sitting outside, so hard to guess the noise level inside.

J
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great in every way. We will be back and will recommend it to many people

U
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are always top notch!

CS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great experience. The food is consistently great, as is the service. We highly recommend this restaurant!!

F
Phoenix
78 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch. The service was 5star.

The ebi sunomono is absolutely fantastic. They melt in your mouth.

The dynamite roll with Oceanside prawns were the best that I ever had even for here

Other restaurants seerve this and it is gummy or loaded with mayo.
This was made fresh and it was so so flavourful
👍

T
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both food and service were incredible.

GA
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fast and friendly. The sashimi pieces were a nice size. The scallop roll was very different. Very good.

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