Contemporary vision. Traditional roots. These are the qualities that highlight a dining experience at Zen Japanese Restaurant. A landmark on the West Vancouver dining scene for more than 20 years, Zen continues to thrive because of our unyielding commitment to using only the highest quality, sustainable ingredients and unmatched service. Enjoy edible art in a sleek, stylish dining room that offers spectacular ocean views and magnificent sunsets. This is more than just a meal. It is a true culinary experience that is simply …. Zen.
Serving Lunch and Dinner
Zen Japanese Restaurant is recognized by patrons and critics alike as one of the city’s finest dining establishments. Inspired by traditional Japanese cuisine, our inventive lunch and dinner menus are heavily influenced by the abundance of wonderful West Coast seafood and organic produce.
Proud to be the 1st Metro Vancouver Japanese Sushi Ocean Wise™ sustainable seafood restaurant.
Zen is not just our name, it is our philosophy. Ocean Wise™ is a Vancouver Aquarium program committed to the long term health and stability of the greater marine ecosystem. For further information, please visit the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise™ Program website.
So much more than a neighborhood sushi bar, the expert chefs at Zen Japanese Restaurant in West Vancouver transform a simple meal into an unforgettable experience. While top grade sushi and sashimi remain the cornerstones, Zen’s extensive menu offers something for every palate.
Not sure what to order? Try our selection of “omakase” – chef’s “tasting dinners” – that offer a full range of the best that Zen has to offer.
Are you a Sushi aficionado? Sit at the sushi bar and let our highly skilled chefs prepare edible art in front of you. Please be sure to ask our staff about wine and sake pairings to make your Zen experience complete.
Large conferences, corporate meetings, birthday parties, engagement and wedding receptions, wrap parties, movie sets and concert venues . . . these are just some of the special events for which Zen Japanese Restaurant is ideally suited.
Take in stunning ocean views and magnificent sunsets either from inside the restaurant or from the heated outdoor patio, an ideal backdrop for our creative and unique cuisine.
Our experienced and creative chefs are always available for a consultation and will custom make a menu to accommodate your budget and dietary requirements. The restaurant is available exclusively for your private event. Should you wish to entertain your guests at a venue other than the restaurant, our portable sushi bar allows us to bring the creative artistry of Zen to you.
Here’s A Small List of Past Caterings:
House of Blues Concerts/LIVE NATION: Celine Dion, Eric Clapton, Dreams Come True, Blue Rodeo, Billy Idol, Nickelback . . .
Steve Macklam & Sam Feldman of Macklam Feldman Management: Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Tragically Hip
Canaccord Capital: Office party for 250 guests in Calgary, Alberta
Savage Beagle Nightclub, Whistler: 2004 New Year’s Eve Bash
Nike Corp (Western Division): Whistler weekend retreat
Juno 2009 Sarah McLachlan After-Party: Private A-List party in the Penthouse at the Shangri-La
Good Hope Cannery, Rivers Inlet: Annual staff party at the Premier Fly-In Fishing Lodge
VSO – The Symphony Lovers’ Ball: Auctioned Private Dinner for 15 with Bramwell Tovey as special guest of honor
Centre ‘A” Art Gallery Gala Dinner: Annual Fundraiser Dinner for 150 guests
U2’s 360-Degree Tour Wrap Party: U2 invited friends and crew to an end of tour party at Bar None in Yaletown
Toso restaurant, Gothenburg, Sweden and Per Brunes birthday party: guess chef and private birthday party
Catering Request Form
Planning a party or event? We can host it at our restaurant or travel to your choice of venue.
For further information or to set up a consultation, please give us a call 604-925-0667 or fill out the request form. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you!
Zen is pleased to announce our latest partnership with BOOKENDA.COM, an online reservations system designed to streamline your online reservation needs. Now you can reserve your table online through the BOOKENDA reservation system. BOOKENDA also has a mobile app for your added convenience.
Join our loyalty program by making a reservation on BOOKENDA. Earn points towards a discount on your dining experience:
Each reservation made will earn you 100 loyalty points.
You may earn an additional 100 points by sharing your reservation on Facebook.
Redeem 1,000 points for a $15 credit towards your dinner.
To make a reservation, please give us a call at 604-925-0667 or click on the Book Now button below.
Monday – Thursday: 12:00 PM – 9:15 PM
Friday & Saturday: 12:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Zen Japanese Restaurant is committed to preparing and serving the best sushi and authentic Japanese food in Vancouver, served in a comfortable, eye-pleasing environment. Our chefs will dazzle you with their innovative and artistic creations and we use only the freshest, most flavourful ingredients to prepare your meal.
Prawn Lettuce Wrap
Tiger prawns with savoury mango and avocado sauce, topped with roasted pine nuts and served in a butter lettuce cup
A trio of sushi rice on toasted, seasoned nori, topped with:
Tuna – sweet spiced tuna, scallions and yam chips
Salmon – with wasabi mayo and pickled daikon
Ebi – spicy sesame shrimp, avocado, lime masago
Spicy Octopus Salad
Thinly sliced tender local octopus and Asian slaw tossed in a tasty, spicy sauce
Homemade, pan-fried prawn dumplings
Braised sweet miso sablefish served with sautéed mushrooms and baby bok choy
A tasting of 9 different Zen specialties; truly a Zen-like culinary experience and a great share plate
New Style Sashimi
Lightly torched slices of sockeye salmon and hamachi with chili-and-garlic-infused olive and sesame oil
Crispy Rice Trio
Crispy rice topped with sockeye salmon, ahi tuna and Hokkaido scallops, topped with honey yogurt
Naked Spicy Dynamite Roll
Prawn tempura, cream cheese and spicy salsa roll topped with avocado and crunchy chips
Lightly torched marinated ahi tuna served with creamy fresh avocado, crispy garlic and micro greens
Asian-style minced sockeye salmon wrapped with Japanese eggplant and served with red pepper purée
Local Kusshi oysters on the half shell served with chili daikon, green onions and ponzu sauce.
Looking for a gift that never goes out of style? Consider giving friends and family a gift card from Zen Japanese Restaurant. A Zen gift card can be purchased for any dollar value and can be conveniently reloaded when needed.
Please use the eform on this page to inquire about purchasing a gift card. Please provide information regarding the amount of the gift card and the recipient’s name, whether or not you would like to include your name on the gift card, and any special instructions or requests.
Zen Japanese Restaurant is a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner in West Vancouver, or to celebrate a special occasion. Our menu includes a creative and diverse selection of perfectly prepared sushi, sashimi and traditional Japanese dishes that are sure to appeal to every member of your party. We’re open every day serving lunch and dinner and look forward to serving you.