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“Excellent Quality” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zen Japanese Restaurant

Zen Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #15 of 153 Restaurants in West Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 22nd Street
Description: The term “edible art” is an appropriate way of describing Zen’s menu. Inspired by traditional Japanese cuisine, the inventive menu is heavily influenced by the abundance of wonderful West Coast seafood and produce. The premium is on quality, with the best offerings from Japan being served daily. Sushi and Sashimi creations are staples, but Zen has something special for any and all diners including a selection of highly innovative tempura, teppanyaki, and delicious robata (Japanese barbecue) highlighted by chicken yakitori, garlic short ribs, and simply grilled fresh fish. Adventurous diners can choose “omakase” and have our master chef put together the day’s finest selections. Zen’s knowledgeable staff will assist you in choosing the perfect beverage to accompany your meal from an unparalleled inventory of premium sake and specialized beer and wine lists. Zen is also a perfect venue for social and business gatherings
vancouver, BC, Canada
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80 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Excellent Quality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

My husband and I popped into Zen for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We shared several varieties of sushi and were pleased with the flavour and quality of everything we had. The presentation of the food was appealing, the service was very good and friendly, and the décor is inviting and pleasant. We are planning to return to Zen soon for a nice leisurely dinner.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Capricorn49
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  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
West Vancouver, Canada
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Top quality, creative Japanese food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

A cure for the epidemic of ho-hum sushi joints. I live in this community and it is my wife's and my
new favorite restaurant in West Van. They are very welcoming and helpful with suggestions from their quite unusual and scrumptious menu items. If you are visiting this location, it is a must try!
Just finished our second visit this month and can't wait to go back.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank imacpher
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West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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337 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Exquisite sensual sushi”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

Extremely innovative sushi chefs, the food is intoxicating. A must if you love sushi. The food is presented with such creative talent, a visual and taste sensation.

Visited November 2012
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Thank Katherine M
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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1,482 reviews
883 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 317 helpful votes
“Nicely presented sushi”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

We really enjoyed this west Vancouver sushi restaurant. Presentation was nicely done. Combinations of ingredients were special and different. The patio was nice on a sunny day. The drinks were very special but somewhat pricey. I had Asahi on tap, very nice.

Visited August 2013
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Thank Joel K
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vancouver
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Tasty Food Indiffernt Servcie”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

Our entrance to Zen was a welcome from the chefs at the sushi counter, a good start. The hostess seated us on the outdoor patio and a wait person immediately wanted to know our drink order barely before we sat down. After a quick look at the menu we ordered a beer and a wine
as well as 2 soups and an appetizer while we were then going to study the menu. My husbands soup came immediately, wait, then the beer, wait, then the wine, wait a long time then my soup and the appetizer. After we enjoyed these dishes we waited ...finally asked if we could order our dinnner - there seemed to be confusion as to which of the 3 ladies would actually take responsibilty for our table - finally dinner arrived. The food was good, we enjoyed the miso,sunomono ebi, coconut shrimp, and teriyaki dinners. At no time did anyone ask if our food was fine or if we would care for anything at our table. The place was not busy as it was a Tuesday evening so this was not their problem. After another long wait, we finally asked for some tea, more wait and asked for the bill. I suppose at lot of people do not read their bill but I do and sent it back to be billed for the correct wine, 2nd bill, sent it back to be billed for the correct wine, 3rd time lucky, we paid for the items we did order. I think it was just pure indifference in the service - an almost oh well, shoulder shrug - is it because we were using a gift given to us by family in the form of Groupon?
Too bad because there are many lovely places to eat here in West Vancouver
I suggest some staff training in hospitality toward customers, (the chefs excepted) after all we are the ones who left you 15% on the total bill with tax before the groupon discount - even though you really did not deserve it

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank sunshineVancouver
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