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Cafe Zen

1631 Yew St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Kitsilano)
604-731-4018
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Ranked #525 of 2,804 restaurants in Vancouver
Cuisines: Bistro
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: Kitsilano
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: Kitsilano
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English first
Golden, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I had read the reviews and thought I might give it a try. The service was fine but the food....come on. The home fries were packaged and really poor. This place offers them as a side on practically every dish, so couldn't they be bothered to make real "home" fires. The omelet was mediocre, stuffed with avocados with black spots.... More

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St. Marys, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Great omelets and eggs Benedict, with variations to suit everyone. Friendly and competent service too, particularly good for breakfast regardless of time. Three of Vancouver's Fire/Rescue were there as well, and if service folk like it, it's got to be good.

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Oakville, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

Consistently great breakfasts. My blueberry buckwheat pancakes were out of this world and others I dined with last week always get the eggs Benedict.

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Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

You can judge for yourself how popular this place is (and has been for the last 20+ years) by the lineup on Saturday and Sunday. I've been here probably 100 times over the years and nothing ever changes, in a good way. The old Chinese lady sold the place (years ago) and now it's run by people I don't know,... More

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Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I have been here before but that was a long time ago. I needed a place with wifi and this has it. Opened earlier than most places on Sunday. I had ordered a greek omelette and a friend had ordered some sort of bagel with toppings. This was a huge plate with crispy fried potatoes. But it was just poorly... More

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BC, Canada
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

This is one to try out. Good service and great breakfasts, consistently done for years a couple of blocks from Kits beach. If you go early, it is really quiet and if you go a bit later, there is a lineup. Your choice. Try the chorizo Benny. Everything is great so don't worry about making a wrong choice.

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Stromboli, Italy
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Great pancakes and omelettes. Service can be too stretched. (Hire more staff maybe they should?). Good spot for morning dining.

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Okanagan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

My fiance is a big fan of eggs benedict so when we sought out our romantic weekend getaway in Vancouver I sought out the best bennys. Thanks to some great reviews on tripadvisor I knew that we had to at least try this place. It should be noted that the only places with eggs benedict in town are disappointing even... More

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We have been going to Cafe Zen for years, even before it went through new management. Maybe it's nostalgia but we have eaten Benny's everywhere and this is still our go to place. The restaurant now pumps out the breakfast at a ridiculous rate and occasionally the English muffins are browner than they should. However, we are very loyal customers... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

This place is a must for your morning fuel. Yummy, HUGE portions, very happy patrons and if there is a line, you'll be in there before you know it.

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