Cafe Zen

Cafe Zen

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Hours
Sun
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Mon
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tue
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wed
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thu
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fri
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sat
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Ratings and reviews
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2017

RATINGS
Food
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
3.6 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
C$1 – C$16
CUISINES
Cafe, Canadian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
meals, features
Is this restaurant romantic?
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles112 reviews
Excellent
55
Very good
27
Average
19
Poor
8
Terrible
3
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Moe B
Vancouver87 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 friends
We—three of us—could have used a little more Zen at Café Zen on Yew the other day. With its yellow walls and mirrors, the café, even on this sunny day, seemed a little dreary. Not sure why. No lighting in the back of the café? It wasn’t as inviting as we had hoped it would be. On the food front, our friend started with the house chai latte. She’s pretty particular and was pleased when our server told her it was truly blended in-house, not a mix, but when the tea drink came—yikes, what a face she made. She said it was undrinkable. She sent it back and, rightfully, was not charged for it. I had the traditional Bennie, which was fine. My wife and our friend each had spinach-mushroom-feta crepes. They arrived as described but somehow lacking—not a ton of filling, resulting in not a lot of flavor. There was a $3 surcharge, which the server informed us of upfront, when my wife asked to substitute the hash browns (which were actually more like tater tots). This was our first time there. It will likely be the last. It was so ho-hum. There are just so many other better choices.
Written April 11, 2024
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NauticalNeilP
Aurora24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 couples
What a find!! Had brunch on Saturday and are we ever happy we got the table (the whole time we were there, the place was full with a line-up). Coffee was excellent, as were my club sandwich and my wife’s avocado toast (both prepared specially as we requested). Service was timely and attentive without being rushed. Great vibe, clean and efficient. We shared our find with my local daughter and we’ll also be back next time we’re in town.
Written February 3, 2024
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Dennis Linden
Medford4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 friends
It’s a fine place to meet up with friends and enjoy a hearty hot breakfast. Food is simple and clean. Coffee is hot and endless. Clean and always friendly. Staff helpful and pleasant.
Written June 16, 2023
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llagonne66
La Llagonne583 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 couples
While walking around Kitsilano, we stopped at Café Zen for a quick lunch. We had the baked veggie bagel melt and the strawberry/banana crepe. The crepe was fine but the bagel was not very tasty. Nice terrace on a quiet street, reasonable prices.
Written June 11, 2023
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Andre T
Toronto184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 friends
During my visit I decided to meet Harry at Cafe Zen. We have not seen each other in over 25 years. I had the French Toasts and he chose Eggs Benedict. No disappointment there. Service was friendly and professional. She recognized Harry from a past visit long ago. Will return on my next trip, for sure!
Written November 30, 2021
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drpetr68
Vancouver421 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 friends
Never disappoints! Old fashioned eggs, toast, waffles, pancakes, juice and coffee. Does not pretend to be anything but a place with a good breakfast. Favoured by locals and visitors alike.
Written September 25, 2021
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Explore55864229447
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 solo
Went to zen cafe after walk along kitsilano beach. Great place to warm up with hot coffee and friendly service.
Written July 12, 2020
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Trevor T
White Rock31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 none
My wife & I found Cafe Zen by chance on a sunny Sunday morning. We both had eggs benny for brunch. Very impressed with the quality of the food & service. Cafe decor and decoration very colorful and bright. Will definitely visit Cafe Zen again in the near future. Have no hesitaion in recommending it for Breakfast/Brunch
Written July 1, 2020
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JWR
Vancouver104 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 couples
This place USED to be among the very best breakfast joints in the city . But the last few times I've come either the food or forgetful service ruined a simple meal . Yesterday we had a brunch for two . Service was pleasantly fast pleasant and efficient . It was the kitchen staff who let down the front end staff during our visit . We ordered Eggs Benny , a side of pancakes and bacon . The pancake side was first to arrive along with a cold side of bacon . Benny came up next with cold potatoes . Timing and rhythm is everything from kitchens especially with eggs & breakfasts. We were simply let down and a complete lack of caring or dedication to deliver the advertised menu items were obvious . It ain't brain surgery !! With other fantastic breakfast and brunch options just blocks away Is advise the owners of this tired old brand to either pull up their socks or sell and close er up . I will not be returning any time soon .
Written November 4, 2019
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Andre T
Toronto184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 none
I remember this place opening over 3 decades ago when living in Vancouver but never visited. This time my host took me there and it was very enjoyable. My eggs were done just the way I like them. Most places can't get them right ie over medium but not too runny. The place was very busy on Saturday morning and I returned with a friend the following Tuesday. It wasn't busy and most enjoyable as well. Service on both mornings were very attentive.
Written October 16, 2019
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Grandma6Boys
Greenwich219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 none
Our friend who lives in Vancouver found this place for a Sunday morning breakfast. . We got there about 9:00, the place was sort of busy, but when we left there were at least 20 people waiting to get in. The exterior doesn’t give a clue to how adorable it is inside. The food was absolutely amazing. Everything we had was delicious. Omelets, eggs over easy (cooked perfectly) and French toast...all good choices!!! Highly recommend!!!
Written October 8, 2019
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vasha52
Vancouver9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 none
We live nearby and had a breakfast there a couple of times. Very cozy place with comfort food and very friendly staff.
Written October 8, 2019
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SIYtig
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 none
My friend and I visited Cafe Zen on a Wednesday early afternoon (today). I arrived earlier and then my friend arrived. I knew I wasn't hungry because I'd had a late lunch but my friend was undecided when she arrived. She ended up also deciding not to have any food at the end and we ordered a Mocha and a Latte. There was literally only one other table that was occupied so the place was far from being busy and there was no good reason for the waitress' attitude. We weren't occupying a coveted table or anything. Regardless, being a "good" Canadian, I apologized and going on with our reasons for not ordering food as I realized the waitress had the most unwelcoming stare and she wasn't even listening. Then she turned her back with no comment whatsoever. My friend and I were both shocked at the rudeness. I will definitely NOT go back. The Kits area is full of servers (maybe she was the owner, I don't know) who are more than happy to provide good friendly service. Your loss, Cafe Zen.
Written September 11, 2019
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Eric T
Vancouver2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 couples
Nice place for breakfast. Have not been for many years but still good as we remembered. Do try it out one weekend
Written September 6, 2019
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2019VAN
Canada5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 couples
Eggs Bennie are served with very strange hollandaise sauce, watery and tasteless. Likely, the sauce is made of instant powder, mixed into a sauce. Eggs were not properly cooked, whites were watery yet the yolks were hard. Potatoes were out of a bag, ok if you don't mind that sort of thing I guess. We will not be back.
Written April 21, 2019
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