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Cafe Zen

Kitsilano
French, Japanese, 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
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch

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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 6
    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
Good Location, Good Vibe, Only OK Meal

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
rstwohee
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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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111 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 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 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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Vancouver, Canada
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107 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 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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319 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 429 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 22 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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27 restaurant reviews
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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 37 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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Golden, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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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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Additional Information about Cafe Zen

Address: 1631 Yew St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Phone Number: 604-731-4018
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Kitsilano
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
Cuisine: French, Japanese, Bistro

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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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?