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Cafe Zen

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Kitsilano
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1631 Yew St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
604-731-4018
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7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Delicious, filling and value for money!

This place is a real gem for breakfast and lunch. I ate there three times in a week! Fabulous and tasty, at good prices too. What more could you want?

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 9, 2015
duff2015
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

This place is a real gem for breakfast and lunch. I ate there three times in a week! Fabulous and tasty, at good prices too. What more could you want?

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Thank duff2015
Vancouver
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We went to Zen a lot when we lived in Kits and we still make the trek there when ever it's convenient. Their Huevos Tapatios is my absolute favourite breakfast anywhere. If you're a visiting Vancouver and you want a fancy pretentious breakfast with a great view of the water try one of the expensive restaurants downtown. If you want... More 

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Thank Whitesails
Atlanta, Ga
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117 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

A great breakfast place at Kitsilano Beach. We had breakfast here one morning while staying in Vancouver and were not disappointed. The eggs Benedict was the best I've had in quite a while, my wife had the pancakes and our son enjoyed the eggs Benjamine which was his first experience with hollandaise. The service was excellent, being prompt and courteous.... More 

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Thank RobinsRatings
Del Mar, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

It's become a ritual to eat here when on a trip to Vancouver. My son is a student at UBC and loves to have a full tasty breakfast here!!! The Benedict's are so delicious. Love the lattes too!! Wifi is available which for me is a plus so I can catch up with a few emails over breakfast. Friendly staff... More 

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Thank Susie T
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

Obsessed with their egg benedicts! You can even mix and match. Very good value, you will definitely not leave hungry, and will definitely come back wanting more!

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Thank adillpickle
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Unpretentious and comfortable this restaurant focuses on good food and great service at sensible prices We were made to feel really at home -the menu interesting and the food filling and freshly prepared

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Thank Bob A
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stopped by here on holiday in Vancouver and had the egg, sausage and pancake/waffle breakfast each. When it arrived, we were astounded by the size, but it was so delicious we almost finished it all! The staff were all lovely, really chatty and helpful, constantly coming back to offer drink refills and giving us water. The... More 

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Thank Amy J
Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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122 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I'd read a number of reviews that Cafe Zen was the place to go for breakfast. My daughter and I happened to walk by and thought it would make a great brunch meal. I'm not sure that was the best choice. I very much enjoyed the vibe of the restaurant and the selection on the menu was pretty good. My... More 

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Thank rstwohee
Vancouver, Canada
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Great place for brunch as they have one of the best crab avocado bennies I've ever had. There's always a line so get there early or be ready to wait.

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Thank Luz A
Vancouver, Canada
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110 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 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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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: French
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Kitsilano

Neighborhood Profile
Kitsilano
Kitsilano is one of Vancouver's most transformative neighbourhoods. With a long history of coffee culture and poetry readings, its days of flower children and buskers may be long-gone, but not without leaving their mark on the number of organic restaurants and fair-trade cafes in the area. At the centre of Kitsilano ("Kits" for short) the almost idyllic expanse of Kits Beach offers the opportunity for a relaxed afternoon of beach volleyball or sunbathing. Along with the beachfront, nearby public pools and trendy street-beats have driven up the homeowners prices, making it a haven for stylish home goods stores, from design and furniture, to supplies and appliances. The multitude of both families and public spaces also make it a happening neighbourhood in the summer, when festivals and fairs take to Kits' streets.