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Zakkushi Charcoal Grill

823 Denman St
Vancouver, BC V6G2L7
Tel: (604) 685-1136
Neighbourhood: West End
  • Cuisine: Barbeque, Izakaya, Japanese
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Dinner, Late night
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 5:30PM - 1AM, Fri - Sat: 5:30PM - 2AM, Sun: 5:30PM - 1AM
  • Zakkushi Charcoil Grill is a Japanese grill house serving charcoal grilled meat and seafood as well as salads, appetizers and sashimi.

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A different izakaya
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 11:02am [Dine in]

I've been to the other izakaya's and this place is a bit different as the robota grill is front and centre. Menu has various meat choices. Tried the sampler which was very good. They also have varied chicken skewers which were just ok. Good beef tar tar and agadashi tofu. A good atmosphere and it sounds and feels like a place in Japan. Service was decent with prompt service. Value is just solid as it's just a tapas place.

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only one complaint
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2008 - 9:35am [Dine in]

I like this place because it's similar to the other izakaya's in the area and has that Japan-feel to it. The food is good and creative, the servers are attentive and the ambience is comfortable. The only complaint from my last visit was the smell of detergent probably from the freshly mopped floor. Good value at $66 (not incl tip) for 3 adults & 1 small child with two large sake's.

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BBQ for the homesick Japanese
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 3, 2007 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

I tried this place with some friends who used to live in Japan. They said it was authentic, but not as good as you get there. We were seated at a cramped table in this smoky (and not very clean) place and judging by the large number of Japanese, it looked like they serve the real thing.

We tried the oden (not Odin the god, but the similarly named soup), and it had a little of everything in there. The broth was tasty, and the unidentifiable morsels inside were all interesting. We also had the skewers with various minced meats stuck to them. They tasted like BBQ, but there wasn’t much to distinguish one from another. We tried the rice balls which tasted kind of like potato cakes. Also there was a selection of karaage on sticks. And of course, sake.

The service was sporadic, but the place was busy so we understood. The smoke seemed to fill the place, so those with sensitive lungs should maybe get takeout. I have been to a few of these places, and this one is not as good as most. Plus it was expensive. As a previous reviewer remarked this is a place to have drinks and snacks. That is the function of this sort of restaurant in Japan. A place where workers can meet and drink and blow off steam. Not a restaurant to get a hearty meal. Will I be back? I doubt it.

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Mmmmmm...
By kwailan of Coquitlam (75 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 11:05am [Dine in]

I am probably biased. I love anything skewered and cooked over charcoal.

Coming from Stanley Park, we were driving down Denman looking for food. Saw the charcoal grill sign, and decided to give it a try. But they are not opened for another half hour. Guess what? We waited in the car! It was worth every second of it.

The food was fantastic, service friendly and decor nice. What more can I ask for?

Well, speed for one. They should consider setting up additional grills. The waiting game can get to you if you are in a hurry. That's why I only gave it 3 stars overall.

Will definitely return, but only when I have time for a leisurely meal.

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Juicy! Absolutely delicious!
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

Mouthwateringly juicy skewers. LOVE the bbq sticky rice variations! Yummmmy! LOVE the bbq onigiri (riceballs). The chicken I've had each time I visit is never dry. The beef skewer is done perfectly pink/red inside without being raw--tender and juicy the way it should be! The bacon wrapped-anything skewers never taste or hint at being fatty, oily--never dripping with oil/fat, only juice! This is one of the few places I'm willing to subject myself to bacon cooked in any form aside from bacon bits on salads/potatoes.

Service is always friendly. Sometimes it feels understaffed on the waiter side. Great place for drinks with or without snacking. Just perfect for chilling with friends and chatting between bites/skewers. =) Of course, there are more than just bbq offered here.

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Good for little munchies
By EatsFats of Vancouver (321 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

This place is probably best for drinking and eating, not really a "full dinner" kind of place. Tasty little bits of grilled food.

If you have been to Japan, these are very common restaurants and specifically for this purpose. Just tasty, small dishes, perfect for hanging out and having drinks with friends (even if I don't drink). You won't be super-impressed (or you shouldn't be!) nor is it home-cooking that's for sure. But the food is different.

It is a bit pricey (nearly $50 for 2 of us after tax, tips, and we don't even drink). Whether it is worth it to you is pretty subjective. If you have not tried these places, you should go at least once.

There are other similar (but not identical) places around town. All the izakaya places come to mind, but not exactly. This one here is definitely decent, but not as good as the ones we remember in Tokyo and Kyoto. But it is a lot closer...

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Great Tapas Place
By Goodwrench of North Vancouver (40 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 22, 2011 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

We stopped by here last night for some grub. I've been to this Restaurant before, but, hadn't been here in about a year.

They had a new menu, but, kept a lot of the Favs I remember. The restaurant serves tapas, or mostly skewers of meat. It's a good bite size. They do build up after a while.

We had the Asparagus Maki. Very good, it was asparagus wrapped in bacon. Octopus Salad, was good. A really interesting tasting salad. Comes in a really tiny bowl. Seaweed Salad. Which I didn't like. Other Seafood Lovers on the table loved it though.. It was fishy. Stand outs were the Black Cod. Awesome! Black Cod grilled in foil with some mushrooms. Chicken Kiragi is still good here. It's not just the Chicken wings, it's pieces of chicken. Had Prawn Sashimi. Was good. Food was every bit as great as I remember. They've got a dish called Deep Fried Chicken Skin. And, it's deep fried chicken skin. Holy... that is not good for your health, but is it ever good.

Beer was gold, and a pitcher fills 4 glasses.

Service was great. There was always lots of servers who are willing to help.

Bathrooms are clean. Sometimes there's a line up.

This place is pretty expensive. All those little sticks add up. There's a time limit per reservation, there's only 2 hours then they boot you out. But, it's easy to stay there 2 hours. It's just fun hearing all the chaos going around.
It's definately someplace I will be going back to in the future. If you don't mind blowing 50$ on a meal every now and again, try this place out.

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Excellent Skewers!
By JooJoo of East Vancouver (82 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 19, 2009 - 2:50am [Dine in]

Zakkushi makes excellent skewers, my favorite is the beef tongue and rice cake on skewers. They make a very yummy deep fried baby prawns with soy sauce to dip on the side, its fried so you could eat everything except the shrimp head. I loved the beef and veggies in soup alot! (I actually ordered one to go after dinner) The salmon sashimi was really fresh, great to accompany the skewers with. Great place to hang out and grab a sake!

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Grilled Skewers on Charcoal
By LordofFoods of Vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 5:40am [Dine in]

Oden, Robata and some cooked items are the main items on the menu. Most of the previous review is accurate. This place use to have a line up most nites. They still pack them in. But it is a small place and not hard to fill up. Prob 30 seater + bar area. There are no great secret or mystery to the food here. Just simple unpretentious japanese food. Similar to what you would find most japanese eating and drinking back home.
There are a decent selection of skewers. Unlike the some of the previous reviewer, i did not like the grilled sticky rice with cheese. The oden was nice though the broth was a bit bland. Worth going to try and experiment with the different food here. It is not 'wow' food or comfort food. More like snack and drinking food. For that it is a tad on the pricey side. The sake could be served colder. Dinner for 2 with sake was $110.

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Will give it another try
By bobo of vancouver (47 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 19, 2006 - 2:00am [Dine in]

I've been wanting to try this place for some time, but they were always too busy. Finally, I went there on a weekday lunch time and the place was empty! The food was good but not my cup of tea. The udon I ordered was perfectly cooked but somehow the broth was sweet, so was the piece of tofu like thing. I'm not a big fan of sweet food but perhaps you are. I would try again someday at dinner time and see if they have anything interesting.

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Oishi katta (yummy)...
By chimera of West End, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 23, 2005 - 10:54am [Dine in]

The food was great - I'm starting to salivate just thinking about it! Some reviewers mentioned that the skewers were small but that's the normal size in Japan, and the prices were very reasonable. After the reservations fill up, they keep a waiting list which we were on. The food takes a little long but if you're in good company and you keep your drinks filled, it's not that noticeable. It was a perfect place to catch up with friends we hadn't seen in awhile...

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the waiting game...
By eatmore of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 8, 2005 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

The servers are quick to place the orders and get you your drinks but the wait for your food is much too long. It's a place to go with a bunch of friends to whoop it up but I suggest some snacks elsewhere to tide you over.
Chicken is the primary meat being cooked here over real charcoal but it sort of lacks taste of what a chicken should taste like.
The prices are quite low so I guess that quality has to suffer at some point.

Plan to be back in a couple of weeks to see if there is any change.

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Below Average Kushiyaki
By foodforall of West End (21 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

After visiting this place I am truly perplexed. Why the line up? Why the crowds? All I can say is that a cozy atmosphere seems to go a long way, even when the food is below average. The food here was very disappointing. The service was just okay. The ambiance was cozy but nothing great. It just goes to show you that if a place like this can make it there is no shortage of inexperienced palates out there ready to pay plenty for subpar ethnic food. Not recommended.

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Good Grilling!
By DavidLee of Richmond, Vancouver (25 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 13, 2005 - 8:16am [Dine in]

They really live up to their name in Charcoal grill! It was very hard to find parking, but that is normal around that area. When I walked in there was a very youthful buzzing ambiance but the scene as a whole was too hectic for my preference. Maybe because it was really busy at that moment. When I was finally seated after a short wait I quickly wanted to order a drink because I knew it was busy but the server told me she would be right back, which turned out to be over 5 minutes, but when she came back she was really nice. The menu had a big variety of skewers to choose from, they even had a combo set where I could choose a bunch of different skewers for a set price which was neat. I ordered the Special Yakitori-don which also came with an egg which the regular Yakitoridon didn't have an egg, and it was very delicious! The prices are not expensive at all either! Overall it's a good place to be with a bunch of friends to have some drinks and grab some grilled snack foods.

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Deeeelicious!
By foody604 of vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 1:58am [Dine in]

Japanese Izakaya at it's finest! Little intimate setting where the food is grilled right in front of you! They have little skewers ranging from their meatballs that you can customize with your favourite toppings to delicious sticky rice cheese skewers. Just writing about this is making my mouth water.

Service is great and the staff are always smiling and happy to serve you. You definately get what you pay for me. I would recommend this to anybody looking for some japanese food "izakaya" style!

The location on 4th is pretty good too. Looks like a little sweat box from outside, but nice and cozy on the inside. Pretty much the same menu, with great friendly staff too.

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Solid Izakaya
By booju of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 6:44am [Dine in]

I've dined at Zakkushi on multiple occasion, so I'm just going to sum it all up in one review.

Food - You'll find most of the common izakaya items (ebi mayo, beef tataki, oden, udon, etc), but Zakkushi's focus is on robata, specifically skewers. The chefs here have added a twist to the traditional skewers, like adding cheese to chicken, among other variations. Though creative, this didn't always translate to good taste. I found most of the items in the menu very one-dimensional in taste since ingredients were often served alone and the chefs didn't go beyond the salt or soy sauce in seasoning the food. However, one might argue that this is the traditional of japanese robata.

Service - Nothing much to say here except that service is as you would expect at any izakaya restaurant. Prompt and friendly when called for, but otherwise non-existant.

Value - Same as the other izakaya restaurants in town. For the quality and type of food, it is fair.

Ambiance - Though small and often too crowded, this place radiates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Everyone here is looking for a good time and with alcohol in the equation, most people leave happy.

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sticky rice rules!
By lowawa of Kitsilano, Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 11:24am [Dine in]

The atmosphere is lively, the staffs are energetic and friendly. The food is great. The 5 peice zakkushi grill is a good start for firt timers. I love their shabu shabu salad and all the dishes they do with sticky rice. The sticky rice + cheese grill is just so tastey! I like to sit in the bar and watch the chef grill stuff, its just so entertaining and plus they hand your dishes directlly to you so you dont have to wait for the waiters to hand it to you. A place i go again and again to hang out with friends!!!

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they dont respect customers!!!
By chica of vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 7:46pm [Dine in]

First of all, the seats are soo uncomfortable, and the servers PRY all over you when you forget to take off your shoes. Since its a "bbq" place the ventilation(?) sucks, at times, its rather hard to breathe. The servers are not attentive, they just want you to order, eat fast, pay and get the hell out!! We had a max time of 1.5 hrs, and when we still had 1/2 hr left, the servers took the people for the next reservation to stand around our table. Also, the food is nothing special, the portions are small and rather expensive!! the chicken skewer is absolutely tasteless, while the chicken wing, looks like it had been blanched before being bbqed is SOO salty!! the yakiudon was stirfried with traces of fatty pork(really disgustingly fatty!!) and traces of vegetables, all for $8!! I would never come here again!! I'd rather go to some place more promising like Simply Delicious!!!

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Worth it
By J.Nguyen of Vancouver (downtown) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 6:28pm [Dine in]

I love the ambience; the music is upbeat and very suitable for the kind of dining experience they offer. The service is, of course, as smooth as it can be. The restaurant is relatively small compares to most other one around so the server can always be around whenever you need them. The food is great too; they offer a unique dining style that isn't popular like the Izakaya style around here. Overall I love this place and the way the staff there treat their guests. I've always left there, satisfied and that's why I regularly go back. Strongly recommend this place for people that enjoy good food and a relaxing atmosphere.

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this is the place!
By FarajYassine of Vancouver (downtown) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

Zakkushi has a simple layout of Japanese fast dining, yet welcoming décor
and atmosphere.
My experience at Zakkushi, was the turning point of my hopeless scavenge for great
quality food with value for money. I don't believe I could recommend any single item
from the menu, simply for the matter of not being able to choose just one item. Given
the opportunity from the first mouthwatering bite of fresh meat, that was charcoal
grilled right before me, kept my appetite craving more and more.
The cleanliness was flawless for an open grill concept, due to the quality ventilation
system that ensures the flow of fresh air into the property.

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