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Cafe Zen

#422 of 2,876 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Neighbourhood:
Kitsilano
American, Cafe, Canadian
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1631 Yew St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 3E6, Canada
+1 604-731-4018
Today
07:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 16:00
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Sechelt, BC
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Breakfast served all day! Eggs Benny Chorizo, Eggs Benny Florentine with Gluten free bread and A Savory Greek crepe were ordered. All came with their cube potato fries. Excellent service. The restaurant serves til 4 pm. We were happy to have hand crafted Americano, latte and chia latte. Will return Hands Down! bravo!

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Thank Brenda R
Ahmedabad, India
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food and taste. These people really know what they are best at. I will definitely go there again and recommend it to my friedns for sure.

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Thank Navdeepmehta
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

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 

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

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Thank Humphry E
London, Ontario, Canada
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 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 

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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 7 September 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....

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Thank crg505
Sw Grand Mound,
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 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

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Thank Melodie E
Sydney, Australia
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108 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 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 

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Thank BKP-Sydney
Toronto, Canada
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46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 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.

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Thank Dawn_Nadeau
Jakarta, Indonesia
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55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Canadian
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 16:00
Monday
07:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 16:00
Thursday
07:00 - 16:00
Friday
07:00 - 16:00
Saturday
07:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1631 Yew St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 3E6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Kitsilano
  • Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
  • Phone Number: +1 604-731-4018

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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?

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Kitsilano
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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