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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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Favourite hangout
By yumm of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 1:31am [Dine in]

I would say this is one of the Japanese izakaya place that I go to and it would always be a lovely experience.

Its a cozy little place full of life! They have an amazing selection of skewers that its great to munch on with a glass of plum wine. My girlfriends and I love to hang out at this place for dinner and drinks before we hit up the clubs.

Definately a must go!

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My 5th visited restaurant in Vancouver
By misterqc of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

First of the food here is great. I had a tuna and rice dish that the server recommended and it was exceptional. This is a small but very busy restaurant. The service is ok. It takes a while to get the attention of the servers. I’d say the value is bang for the buck, as once again I was blown away by that dish. The ambiance was great

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ONe of my fav jap places
By hungryforfood of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 7:08am [Dine in]

they really shud have more of these charcoal places around here. BUt this place is one of my favorites, my regular must have dish is the daikon salad which has that really appetizing plum sauce. My favorite skewer is the uzura bacon, i usually order a lot but should stop myself cuz of the cholesterol in those eggs :P
the other skewers were also really good, haven't tried one that i didn't like yet! Their atmosphere is really lively and you get to see the chefs make your skewers and everything. Food usually came at a good speed too. love it there!

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rushed izakaya
By sojuman of Burnaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

I have been to Zakkushi many times and spent a lot of money there. Our bills for two people are never below the $120 range. We keep coming back as the food is very unique and the taste cannot be replicated at any other charcoal diner. The food is good. However it's not all about food.

The atmosphere is very casual yet loud. Many international students come there to spend their parents' money from overseas. The staff often join their patrons for a shot or two and I have no problem with that. They do however mess up the bill quite often, so it needs to be checked.

The big complaint I have with this restaurant is the fact they want a fast turnover of tables especially on busy nights. They basically want you to eat and pay your bill. The part I don't get is that the staff were familiar with us and even rushed us! Bringing the bill is one thing, but actually going as far as asking you to pay and leave is another! I was shocked at this as we were customers who spent a lot of money there and often!

I understand that they want fast turnover to bring in cash. But if we are spending a lot of money there then why not keep us there???

Because of this its hard to come back.

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to those uninformed
By mojoyaris of Richmond (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

I've been reading what other people have posted and found out that there are alot of individuals who don't know or understand Izakaya or Robata type food. If you know how to appreciate this type of food you will understand. If you know the culture from where this food came from you will understand. I think for those of you thinking you'll get a belly full of food at a cheap price, don't go there. It is afterall tapas and it's supposed to go with drinks. It's not really meant to fill you,
In Japan people would go to places like these after work to meet up with coworkers and friends before they went home. They work long hours and don't want the fuss of having to cook at home and it provides them a place to unwind from work and stress and just hang out and drink. The food is supposed to accompany the drink. It's not really meant for a sit down dinner experience.
Think of going to a neighbourhood pub and you have this, a Japanese version of it.

Yes the atmosphere is brisk and at times pushy, but it's always loud and fast paced. It's not really BBQ. Don't think in terms of American food, please. It's insulting.

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Great Little Bites
By gourmet152 of vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 29, 2007 - 10:54am [Dine in]

This was a great experience. Slightly different feel and vibe than Guu, but with very good little bites. Overall, the seasoning is just right here and all of their staff get right into serving you. It's almost hard to miss if you don't look closely. They are known for their great charcoal flavoured skewers. Definately give everything a try. We've been back several times since.

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Great hang out place
By chubbychick of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

I went there yesterday for the third time.
The place is moderately busy at early dinner time (on a weekday, that is), but I'm guessing it will get busier as the night goes on.

The atmosphere is very casual, and the food is never disappointing. I would recommend all of their skewers, especially the cheese maki (sticky rice wrapped with bacon & cheese). The oden combo is a great choice for those looking for less greasy food. This place is a good getaway from all that sushi and teriyaki.

Be prepared to see extremely small portion of food. It's not the cheapest Japanese food you'll find, and finding parking may be tricky. Nonetheless it's a great place to spoil yourself once in awhile.

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Delish
By daisuke of Richmond (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 7:14am [Dine in]

The line-ups suck at times but when a spot opens up and you're raring to go, this is the place. Your clothes end up smelling like charcoal grill but it's worth it to eat these mighty grilled meats on sticks. The grilled mochi, The grilled beef tongue, the hearts, the chicken skewers everything was delish.
The newest loaction on 4th avenue, although smaller serves up the same delicious charcoal grilled meats so if this place is too packed, head across the bridge. it's worth it.

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Just like being in Japan...
By Stezo of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

If you've never been to Japan and you're wondering what sitting in a Japanese pub on a Friday night might be like, then look no further.
The food is excellent and very authentic. The service is pretty solid - friendly but they're so busy that you might have to flag one of them down occassionally. The atmosphere is fun, loud, and authentic Japanese - the servers and lots of the customers are Japanese.
This place can be very busy, so your best bet is to make a reservation - otherwise you can easily wait for an hour.
Don't let the outside appearance turn you off - it looks drab but the inside is much better.
The only criticism is that they have a very limited beer selection.

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i'm still hungry!
By righ of coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 14, 2005 - 1:00am [Dine in]

skwers make everything so small. i went with a friend and we just kept ordering and the bill came to a lil over $60 before tips. however food was goooooood and the charcoal makes ur mouths water.server was nice and attentive. took us a long time to finish that meal (around 2 hrs mostly waiting for food) drink orders were fast. they accept reservations but i never remember...

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yummy
By Tinika of Downtown Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

The food is comparable to Guu, I enjoyed the assortments of bbq skewer dishes. The aspargus with bacon was pretty good. However, the daicon salad was a little bitter (I was told that they're usually pretty good).

Service was okay, I like that they don't scream their lungs out shouting "welcome" in japanese like all the other jap restaurants...maybe they were too busy to do so..haha

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Good Restaurant???
By okayisay of vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

I was waiting out the door for them to open one cold winter night with my stomach rumbling with hunger and eager to try the BBQ that they are so called "famous" for. Boy was that a mistake...

First off, when directed to our seat by the host whose English was not understandable we had to sit in the seats that you have to take your shoes off for and then awkwardly climb into because we did not make reservations. Fine, fine, I'll sit there I said I am not going to let you ruin my BBQ night even thought I felt highly uncomfortable with my feet lacking protection from their dirty restaurant carpet. So as I made my way in, they did not even have the courtesy to set up the little mats for us ahead of time and instead one man walked up to us and just shoved the mats to us as we were crawling through... can you tell how I am liking this place?

Then when we ordered, the food arrived promptly. However it was very disappointing. I would rather have had the BBQ chefs take a longer time cooking then to have it the way it did when it arrived: over salted teeny-tiny chicken wings on a skewer, tasteless chicken thighs that were the size of my pinky, and a tasteless poorly prepared Udon that came with rancid pork.

Not only was the food poor but the waiters lacked common courtesy entirely. All they want is the money and shoving as many people into their restaurant a night as they can. And, this is accomplished by rushing the customers that actually come early and wait outside the door expecting to get a reasonable time to eat. Sure they do not actually say “Get out, your time is up,” but the waiters give you dirty looks when we sat around for 3 minutes after finishing our sickening food that we had ordered.

The owners of this restaurant charge way too much for the amount of food the customers receive and how they receive it. I would not recommend this place to anyone ever.

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I gave it another try... and it was... HORRIBLE!
By foodforthot of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 30, 2009 - 4:42am [Dine in]

After the first time of getting my orders placed wrong and charged double for what I actually ate... I decided to still give them another try. But to my expectations, it was worse than ever.

Service: Only fair. I understand that their English isn't the best, but overall they are friendly. They don't have attentive service, as they only come to you to place your order and give you the bill. But in between, you get no service at all. And the worst is... THEY REPEATEDLY PLACE THE WRONG ORDERS... and CHARGE YOU DOUBLE FOR WHAT YOU ACTUALLY ORDER. That was absolutely horrible. It happened BOTH times when I went here. They don't listen and look carefully when you POINT to the menu indicating what you want. Then they bring double orders or make you wait 45mins for one chicken skewer, and at the end, they charge you double for everything. I had to literally raise my voice to get my bill properly settled.

Food: As any other Izakaya, their food is very similar. It's tapas style with some drinks to go along. They specialize in robatas, but I think their robatas are overrated. For the quality and price, I'd rate Guu, Gyoza King, and Zakkushi all the same. No real difference in terms of food. It's what you expect.

Ambiance: This was HORRIBLE. The first time, the atmosphere of the chefs and customers talking was fine. It was normal as any expected Izakaya... warm, cozy, relaxing. Nothing out of the ordinary, a friendly vibe.

But the second time I went, I was disgusted. They had a group of 20+ young teenagers who ordered maybe over 30 pitches of alcohol to drink. And they were swearing, shouting, screaming, and causing a riot. What is MOST UNEXPECTED is that the chefs and waiters actually hang out with the group of teenagers. One of the waiters were drinking with the kids as he served them, paying no attention to the other customers. And the chef who made the robatas allowed a young teenage girl to walk over his robata stove and hug him while taking a photo. This kind of behavior is absolutely unacceptable at a restaurant.

Few concerns:
1) Why didn't they open a private room for these 20+ young teenagers who are going to swear, scream and even take of their clothes and throw it on the floor? Don't they think this will disturb other customer's appetites? Didn't they know in ADVANCE that there will be a big group coming to eat? This is a problem of service at Zakkushi.

2) A restaurant should not repeatedly place the wrong orders... and then even charge you double the amount of $ when you didn't actually eat so much. And when you try to talk to them, they don't listen. Again, needs improvement in service.

3) Lastly, as I paid my bill along with my friends (during my second visit)... the waiter thoughtfully said, "I'm sorry it was so noisy tonight". Well, I'm glad there was an apology at least. But... is their apology valid when they allow a waiter to DRINK with the teenagers? And even run into the robata stove to take a personal photo?

I will not come here ever again. The most I'll do is give the Zakkushi on West 4th a try instead. But Denman? Needs to really learn what is called 'service'.

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Love it, tasty food you won't get stuffed on.
By urdailo of Cambie (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 27, 2007 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

The place is fun, food is great, add some beer and you have a winning combination.

If you get confused, get the sampler. Get the grilled Onigiri. Actually, you can't go wrong with anything.

Stick with the grilled stuff.

Go in the winter, sit near the grill for effect!! Mmmmm....yummy, warm and toasty!!

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Yummy
By shushi of vancouer (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 7, 2007 - 12:33am [Dine in]

This is the 4th time that I have eaten here, and I haven't been disappointed yet. Their ebi mayo is amazingly delish. Their agedashi tofu is completely different from any other place in town and comes with tasty mushrooms and egglplant, it seems like they make their own tofu as the tofu is amazingly soft and moist on the inside. We also had their kimchi yaki udon, which is also a great dish and the udon noodles are so scrumptious and soft. Of course you must try their charcoal grilled skewers - we always get the chicken with nori flakes. This time we tried the tomato with pork, and when you take a bite, all the yummy juices from the cherry tomato explodes into your mouth. The place is a bit small with not too many tables. If its especially busy, you may have to share tables if you are desparately hungry, but the atmosphere is so casual, it just adds to the hominess of the place.

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