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Cafe Zen

#429 of 2,857 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Cafe, Canadian
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1631 Yew St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 3E6, Canada
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have lived in Kits for 3 years and have tried this place a bunch of times but I never remember being as disappointed as I was last week. I ordered the classic eggs benny with hasbrowns. 1. Ham on benny was a very thin slice of what I can only assume is a low grade sandwich meat 2. Hollandaise... More 

Thank Krizia G
Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Excellent, delicious food and a good selection - crepes, omelettes, pancakes. The super chunky potatoes which come with some dishes are their specialty and can't be missed. Highly recommended - also it's close to the beach, playground, Boat House, Paradiso icecreams (*****) and the next door to Paradiso Sushi shop (*****). It's a lovely corner of Van where you can't... More 

Thank Humphry E
London, Ontario, Canada
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Cafe Zen was once my reliably-perfect, poached egg destination 100% (now, it's 99.9%). I usually go early on Saturday mornings and when I once said "runny yolks and solid whites" the server joked "of course; there's no other way!" No other way... until this Sunday morning. I ordered my usual 2 poached eggs and my husband ordered a Lumberjack Special.... More 

Thank 56Red
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

First morning had a Mediterranean Crepe- delicious, came with has browns, second morning a scramble- also very good- Service good both times- the second despite being very busy- Nice atmosphere....

Thank crg505
Sw Grand Mound,
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Had the BC bennies... so yummy!!! Hollandaise sauce is deelish!!! It's a busy lil place... expect to wait before being seated. A nice lil place close to Kits beach

Thank Melodie E
Sydney, Australia
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108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

A great place to start the day. Good coffee regularly topped up and a massive selection of eggs beni style and the usual omelets and pancakes. My eggs California came with avocado and tomato and by a fortunate mistake one was Florentine with tasty spinach and ham. Wonderful hash browns accompanying. There's an early bird special before 10am which is... More 

Thank BKP-Sydney
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

Visited Cafe Zen for breakfast while visiting Vancouver. This is a busy, family friendly neighborhood spot near Kitsilano Beach. I had an omelet, my husband and son had a standard 'big breakfast' with eggs, pancakes etc. ... service was quick and everything tasted good. Seating is really tight though.

Thank Dawn_Nadeau
Jakarta, Indonesia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

Great place with a nice staff and atmosphere. Had the BLT with egg sandwich and the fruit cup. Wife had huevos tapatios. Got our order in about 5 minutes and both were amazing. Bit on the expensive side for what you get. 5 bucks for a small fruit plate was a bit over the top, but because of the food... More 

Thank paytonsplace
Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

This is a good find for breakfast - quick service, great food and big portions. We sat on the terrace in the sun, and had huevos rancheros (tasty) and the fruit and granola (very fresh and huge portion, see pic). Also lots of coffee refills, great breakfast, recommended.

Thank Lisa W
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

We got lost in Vancouver and just drove up this street. We were hungry and saw this restaurant and it had breakfast and lunch. It was around noon and we had not eaten so we decided to go in. We ordered our breakfast and the food was served quickly. The omelets were cooked well without the eggs being runny. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Canadian
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1631 Yew St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 3E6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Kitsilano
  • Neighborhood: Kitsilano
  • Phone Number: 604-731-4018

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Typical questions asked:
  • 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 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.
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