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
I have not been this impressed by a meal ...
I have not been this impressed by a meal in a very long time. Authentic Japanese undertones meet fresh, local ingredients with a creative twist. If you're looking for that cookie-cutter, Western Japanese food you get everywhere else, you won't get it here!
This is the second time I've been to Zes ...
This is the second time I've been to Zest. The first time I went, the food was excellent. Lots of flavour, and every dish was amazing. I was really looking forward to our meal there. This time, the food had little to no flavour at all. The ingredients were high quality, so the lack of flavour was a big disappointment. We ordered about 6-8 dishes, and only about 1-2 were good. If there was just a bit of seasoning or some flavour, they would have been so delicious. One of the rolls was $27, and I feel that it was worth $18 at the very most, as there was no flavour. The server was the best thing about the meal. She was very friendly and helpful in choosing dishes for us. I will be going back to Miku from now on, as their food is awesome.
I haven't been there for a few years; t ...
I haven't been there for a few years; they were always good, but have since upped their game.
You probably can't go wrong. We had half a dozen things, and not only was there not a weak item, there was not a weak ingredient; clearly a high degree of attention to sourcing. Every mouthful was an experience to be savored. The portions were small, but the flavours intense and engrossing, so it really didn't feel like we needed more afterward. And while not cheap, the bill was about half of what I was expecting for that quality. Good service too, in that unobtrusive but very polite and engaging Japanese waitress genre.
This was our fourth visit to Zest and as ...
This was our fourth visit to Zest and as before our dinner was delicious!!
Presentation of our food was very appealing, service is always attentive and helpful in guiding our selection of saki.
This is not an inexpensive restaurant but you are not getting the usual sushi selections here.
We are already planning our next visit and we're bringing friends.
We like Zest as a nice treat; a special ...
We like Zest as a nice treat; a special place that our family looks forward to. It is expensive enough that it is not a frequent destination, but we also feel that we get very good value for our money.
What we enjoy is that everything that comes to the table is a delight; each dish seems carefully crafted, and is an individual experience. It is also nice to eat small bits and bites slowly, taking time to enjoy each dish.
The service and atmosphere are a very nice combination of gracious and casual- that itself is a special skill.
On our last visit three of us had dinner with a bottle of wine. The bill was about $150.00 before tip.
Zest remains one of our very favourite r ...
Zest remains one of our very favourite restaurants-- and hands down our favourite Japanese restaurant. The food is fresh, creative, and immaculate in presentation. Prices are reasonable for a high-end restaurant. Service is very attentive. We'll be back, again and again.
I was looking for a modern Japanese rest ...
I was looking for a modern Japanese restaurant to take my boyfriend out to for his birthday and read excellent reviews about Zest. I'm so glad I picked this place because the food was exceptionally fresh and flavourful, and service was attentive and top notch. Quality of quantity definitely won the game here.
One could tell only best ingredients are ...
One could tell only best ingredients are used in this restaurant. I have been going to this restaurant since it opened and the food is always fresh and delicious. Presentation is simple in a good way..you could tell the food is the focus. Service is always fantastic . Portions are a a bit on the small range but i would rather have good food than quantity, :)
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!
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