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Cafe Zen

Kitsilano
Bistro
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1631 Yew St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
604-731-4018
Today
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • 18
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  • 10
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best breakfast place in Vancouver

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2014
Kevin B
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Vancouver, Canada
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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45 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Nice little joint and a bit tight for space but certainly packed on weekends and holiday, not the least expensive breakfast place but only OK or slightly below average. There were 3 of us and the place was not busy at all, plenty of free tables, Water and tea/coffee served promptly and was adequate quality, coffee not as hot as... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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297 reviews 297 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
406 helpful votes 406 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My BIL's favourite breakfast restaurant. Stayed at the Coast Coal Harbour and had to drive to Kits to have this breakfast. I didn't want to go, and shouldn't have, but gave in. Not worth arguing. My mistake. For the umpteenth time. Used to live a block away, 25 years ago and still I went. Again. It was busy. Sunday morning.... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

There is nothing special about this place. Mostly locals go there and the food is consistently ok. The waitresses are polite but the lady who seats people is too busy on a weekend morning to really care to seat you as soon as it is possible for the cafe. So if you want to go in a grouper bigger than... More 

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

eggs look/seem like they are poached in a microwave. blueberry buckwheat pancakes are awesome. they charge you to split meals. upgrade to fruit salad instead of hash browns is $3.50! nothing exciting going on here though.

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Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is a lovely spot and very cosy inside. That's about it for the merits. The food was boring and bland and the servers aren't very friendly.

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Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is one of my absolute favourite places for breakfast in Vancouver (I often come here for "breakfast" in the afternoon). Highly recommend the French toast or the chorizo eggs benedict. Drip coffee isn't particularly great but the latte/cappuccino is good. The tables are packed in like sardines, and there's still a long wait on weekend mornings. It can get... More 

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Golden, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 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
48 helpful votes 48 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1631 Yew St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Kitsilano
  • Neighborhood: Kitsilano
  • Phone Number: 604-731-4018

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Bistro
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm

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