About Zest Restaurant
The Best Upscale Japanese Restaurant
- Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Award
Gold Wine List Award
- Vancouver International Wine Festival
Zest is located in upscale neighbourhood of Vancouver
West-side. Atmosphere is elegant and serene such as Japanese simplicity combined with sensuality and elements drawn straight from West Coast landscape. The menu items are mix of traditional Japanese and adventurous with European flare. Presentation is decidedly modern. Chef's Omakase Course (up to the chef menu - requires min 24 hour prior reservation) containing 7 to 8 courses of chef's special creations using seasonal local ingredients is a must have item here. Or you may choose number of small plates accompanying with your wine and sake from the award winning wine/sake list.
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Please call for 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.
Private Party Facilities:
Zest has hosted private parties of many Vancouverites throughout the year. Our experienced catering consultants will assist you with all aspects of your event including wine pairing with award winning Japanese cuisine. Easy access from D/T (10 minutes drive) with plenty of private parking available
Private Party Contact:
Wine Director: 6047319378x
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Takeout, 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
Zest Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
The food was fresh, interesting and deli ...
The food was fresh, interesting and delicious. I particularly recommend ordering off the seasonal menu as every dish we tried was delicious.
The service was impeccable. Our server was entertaining and informative without being intrusive. Her recommendations were spot on as were the recommendations of the Sake Sommelier.
This is such a great restaurant for the ...
This is such a great restaurant for the food, top-notch service, and an excellent menu with interesting selections such as the Beef Croquette (seasonal offering), Sautéed Mushroom Salad and Green Tea Cream. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting to enjoy a wonderful meal with others.
I've been here before, and they have yet ...
I've been here before, and they have yet to disappoint. It is a bit of a distance to get there, but worth the drive. My wife and never eaten at Zest before so it was on her list of restaurants to try out. She had already decided that we were coming back before we had even left the restaurant.
My boyfriend and I came here for a speci ...
My boyfriend and I came here for a special birthday dinner and Zest made it a night to remember. Service was amazing, food was even better. We liked how the food we ordered came out a dish at a time and not all together, we found that we were able to enjoy each dishes flavours more. We dined here on a Thursday night that wasn't too busy so the noise level wasn't hard to talk over, but I can see how for some it would be hard as the tables are closer together than other restaurants. Overall had a wonderful experience and will be back again.
This restaurant is a MUST try for those ...
This restaurant is a MUST try for those who would like to try Japanese food with a twist & flare. Their food was fun, presented well and most of all delicious. We practically tried every dish on their Daily Special, not one was a disappointment. We couldn't decide which bottle of wine to order to go with the food, our server was brilliant in suggesting this lovely wine which truly paired with the food well. Bonus, my desert was free since it was my birthday.
Although the restaurant was full when we were there on a Tuesday night, the service we received was quite good and our server was very attentive. Will definitely go back here again.
We enjoyed a variety of good quality sak ...
We enjoyed a variety of good quality sake very much. Presentations of each dish were excellent.
BGM was a little bit too loud for us. We had to speak up to make our conversation.
overall we could have a very good time. Thank you.
Second time is a charm.
Our second visit to Zest and just as memorable and tasty as the first. Several new items on the menu we enjoyed and some of their classics remain. Service was outstanding, prices are moderate but not unreasonable for the quality and finish of the meal. I'd go back for a third visit anytime.
Zest never lets us down. We have tried m ...
Zest never lets us down. We have tried many restaurants in the city and zest is our favorite. The food is exceptional and the whole dining experience is elegant and flawless. The service is unobtrusive . I can't wait to go back. We loved the oysters, the ceviche, the schnitzel was fabulous. The simplest of rolls are divine. The restaurant just gets better. Also one of our party has s nut allergy and the restaurant was very careful .
Delicious dishes, friendly but SLOW service
I loved the braised rapini, fresh sheet for spring (fiddle heads, wild local sea bass) and delicious sake choices. We didn't even use the regular menu - there were over 20 options on the fresh sheet and each dish was delicious. Not cheap, but good value as everything was seasoned perfectly and very fresh.
The place was full with lots of staff, but service was very slow. We had to ask staffer for a drink after waiting about 10 minutes, and didn't get our first dish until we had been there for 30 minutes.
Excellent Service with High Quality of Sashimi!
First time to try Zest Restaurant and have nothing to say except excellent food and service. The scallop sashimi was excellent....by far the best so far. Great service & very good ambiance. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys fine dinning.
We had the omakase menu, for which you h ...
We had the omakase menu, for which you had to book 24 hours in advance. This is our favorite way to dine as you never know what is coming. You get surprise upon surprise. This omakase did not disappoint. Well-thought out dishes, fresh ingredients, great service. All good quality seafood/meat with almost no carb fillers. We tried premium sake (ginjo) and it worked very well with the meal. Chef was friendly and approachable. Will be back!
Along with quiet and unique atmosphere a ...
Along with quiet and unique atmosphere and quality food, the waitress was knowledgeable about the menu by giving us great recommendation and efficient at little things. More rommy parking would be a convenient plus.
We came here as a family for a special o ...
We came here as a family for a special occasion. The staff noted this and gave us one free dessert for the table, in acknowledgment, which was nice.
The food itself was good, but I still find it hard to justify the price tag.
Highly recommend the tuna 3 ways and the 4 signature sashimi.
Best Japanese food in Vancouver
Zest has the best high-end Japanese food in Vancouver. The menu is extensive, with everything from chicken kara-age to sushi and sashimi to age-dashi-gomadoufu to miso-marinated black cod, with seasonal fish and vegetable specials that constantly change. On multiple visits I have never had a bad or even a mediocre dish. The regular menu highlights are the uni shooters, the beer pickles, the black cod, and the sashimi or sushi, but everything is good. The atmosphere is quiet and elegant in a Japanese style, without feeling pretentious.
Great set dinner menu
Having had the smaller Tasting Menu a few times, I decided to try the Dinner Menu ($60). My friend and I sat at the sushi bar and watched Yoshisan slice fish for sushi and sashimi all evening. You can read about the dishes in the online menu. The dishes were all well prepared to be visually appealing, had straight forward, clean flavours and various textures -- from the chewiness of octopus to crunchiness of fish roe. Tempura batter was light. Four pieces of nigiri sushi were bite sized and perfect at the end of the meal. Compared to any multi-course meal at at "western" restaurant, this was good value. Service was attentive and friendly without being intrusive.
The best there is in Vancouver
We recently spent two weeks in Japan. Seeing expert sushi chefs there at work reinforced our absolute awe at the expertise of the chefs at Zest and excellence of its menu. The food is authentic Japanese and as good as the best in Japan in presentation, menu choices and use of regional and seasonal foods to complement the standard menu. There is always a pre printed menu plus an additional fresh sheet of what is special for the day and season so Zest also is part of the 100 mile, Slow Food movement throughtout the world. Our under three year old granddaughter was with us, and loves the food, too. It is our #1 Japanese food choice, and worth the slightly higher price points. Terrific sake and beer, and lovely wine list. Green tea is cream is yummy. Waitresses are Japanese and do well trained.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.