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Cafe Zen

Kitsilano
French, Japanese, Bistro
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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: Breakfast, Brunch

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  • 21
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  • 10
    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
Casual dining at its best!

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
Bob A
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

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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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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112 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 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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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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Vancouver, Canada
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84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 412 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 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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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
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 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
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106 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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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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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, Japanese, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?