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Zakkushi Charcoal Grill

4075 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5V3P5
Tel: (604) 874-9455
Fax: (604) 874-9455
Neighbourhood: East Side
  • Cuisine: Barbeque, Izakaya, Japanese
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Dinner, Late night
  • Hours: Mon - 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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Kawaii = Cute, and also Cozy
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

Went on a Friday night with my hubby. Love it that it's open until 12am.

Drove by twice before we finally found it though. The front of the restaurant is pretty nondescript and the signage is poor. It wasn't until we walked closer that we saw the tiny Zakkushi sign. It's in the strip mall before King Edward (before the RBC bank) in the corner next door to Mr. Sub and Beefy Beef Noodle.
The ambiance is very warm and welcoming and we really liked the little cozy booths. Everyone that works there is Japanese, so it gave us a feeling of being in Japan, especially with its decor and tiny space. They also have larger communal tables for larger groups. It also took me awhile to locate the washrooms - very kitschy Japanese with some kind of waterfall spout water tap. Definitely interesting.

There were a lot of food options and the host was very friendly and helpful in offering a few recommendations. We started with the Zakkushi Set - a combination of a few of their grilled meat skewers.(Chicken, Pork, Beef, Garlic stubs wrap with sliced pork) All delicious, but small. We also went with their Tsukune - chicken meat balls, nothing really wowing about it, the meat was nice, but didn't have a lot of flavouring. For more filling dishes, we tried the Unatama Fried Rice - Unagi fried rice and the Ochazuke w/takowasabi - little crunchy bits of octopus w/ with in soup. Both were yummy and unique, The rice came in this bamboo tube container and was pretty good. I had wished the Ochazuke was bigger and heated up more, it was lukewarm by the time it got to our table. We both enjoyed the taste of the soup and the itty little bits of octopus. After this, we were still hungry, so we went with the Pirikara Nikomi - traditional beef stew in hot pot - came in this cute little metal pot kept warm over a candle lit holder. Loved the tender meat and the soup base was quite delicious. Also very small, but good. I would imagine in a large group it would be quite difficult to share these tapas and you would have to order a lot to be full.

Another reviewer was totally right, we spent $40 between the 2 of us and only left sort of full. Also we had to ask them several times for tea. They should know to refill the tea rather than us chasing them for it. A cute place to come with a few people for a lot of really unique authentic Japanese dishes, but not all the time. We liked it, but not sure if we'd be back.

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Nice and cozy
By FoodMan99 of Surrey , B.C. (66 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 28, 2011 - 12:20am [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I were just at Zakkushi restaurant! Mmmmm small portions but delicious! Very fresh tasting sushi and the grill.... well I had nothing from the grill. But I'm sure it was great too. The ambience was terrific, for a small place they've packed a lot of atmosphere in there. Very good service too, although you shouldn't have to ASK for tea. They should just bring that out for you.

Nothing comes cheap though, so expect paying like $40 for two. Still not too bad. Peace homies!

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Cool Japanese on Main
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 12:13pm [Dine in]

I've had satisfying dinners at the other two Zakkushi's so I was looking forward to checking out their third location. Our family of four stopped by without reservations on a rainy Friday evening so we were expecting a wait. It was only about 15 minutes and the hosts were friendly. We got a shared table right in the middle. The outside of the restaurant has a low-key look to it - no windows and no obvious signage. The inside is dark and lots of wood and very cool. Nice four-seat booths and two-seat booths and one large table in a semi-private room for parties up to 20, I'm guessing. We ordered a number of dishes including Natto Gyoza, Daikon Salad, Chicken Skewers, Mentai Udon, Vegi-Kushi set and others. The place was packed so food came a little slow but we were ok nibbling slowly. The menu has a large selection and I wanted to try more but with only four of us, we didn't overindulge. We'll be back next time. Total bill incl tax, tip and a large sake and soft drinks: just under $80. We need more places like this, in the 'burbs too please!!

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SOOOOOOO expensive
By hungryfordinner of Vancouver (125 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 20, 2009 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

Food: It's not realy anything special...just skewers of meat. A beef skewer really is just a beef skewer, which you can get almost anywhere. The only memorable item was the mochi skewer, the cheese mochi in particularly was really good.

Service: Food came in a timely manner, servers were nice.

Value: I know this is supposed to be a tapas restaurant, but I was expecting more ..food. Even Guu, which is a tapas restaurant, has MUCH better value. The skewers here are TINY. The pictures on the menu are blown up, the skewers are actually about 4-5 inches and only about 3/4 of that is meat. The appetizer was the most disappointing. We were enticed by the 'choose 3 appetizers for $5.XX'. There was about two mouthfuls' worth of food. I am not kidding.

Ambiance: Neat little restaurant, seems kind of out of place location-wise though. But, the interior is nevertheless, nice. Has a 'japanese feel' to it.

Compared with Guu, this place fares much worse. Next time I feel like spending money on expensive Japanese tapas, I'll be heading over to Guu. Good one-time experience, won't be back again!

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South Main has changed...
By chefdave of Downtown (58 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

Soma as they call it now has changed dramatically. Noticed a new Modern Filipino restaurant and couple of new joints up and down Main from King Ed down to 8th. My colleague suggested I hit this new place on Main called Zakkushi. From what I hear, they have other locations in the city. Excellent Food and skewers but parkings tough. Decent priced drinks and sake list. All in all very good value !

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not what you'd normally expect! - it's better!!
By honorberry of kits, vancouver (43 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 14, 2009 - 5:05pm [Dine in]

Zakkushi on Main is an excellent place to enjoy good food and to chill out without the pretentious atmosphere.
Unlike the typical sushi places popping up everywhere, Zakkushi specialises in Izakaya (japanese bbq skewers) simple as it is, the corn on a cob, belly pork, quail eggs and the sesame ice cream are a must!
Located at the corner of King Edward and Main, there are parking stalls in front but they are often taken. Staff are always run off their feet, you may have to wait a while for tea refills or for your drinks to come but it's well worth it.
I recommend reserving a table

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Very good if you're willing to pay for it
By Laudanum of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 6:57pm [Dine in]

I went here with a friend out of curiousity. When you first enter, the entire kitchen gives you a warm japanese greeting. Aww. When we were seated, our waiter even took our coats. The atmosphere in this place is very good. It has many interesting decorations, including a large rock at the corner of the sushi bar. Expensive looking. I ordered the California Roll, the Zakkushi set, and the Miso soup. The Zakkushi set consisted of 5 different types of meat skewers. All very delicious and tender. The california roll was fairly straightforward roll with albacore, though the fish eggs on top gave it that extra "fancy" touch. I don't really like fish eggs eggs, it turns out, but I'm sure they're amazing if you like the texture and like throwing your money around. As for the miso... well, miso soup is miso soup. Service was very solid. Bill was pretty big, but expected. When we left we were given another warm "Ohayo Gozaimasu!!" I would consider going here again the next time I have money to throw around.

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Japanese Tapas
By vancouvertasty of South Main, Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

I've enjoyed the Zakkushi on 4th at Burrard since it first opened and was very excited for the new location on Main.
The interior is great, cozy and warm. The decor is unique and beautifully done.
The food - awesome. The tofu salad is both creamy and crisp. The skewers are fantastic - Mochi Machi is smoky and crispy, the umeshiso maki is delicious, the combination of the umeboshi with the grilled chicken thigh is perfect. We had a few communication issues with our Japanese server, but she got the other server to come by to answer our questions.
The previous reviewer perhaps doesn't understand that Zakkushi is a tapas restaurant and that dishes are to be shared and that they don't arrive at the same time the main they would in a standard restaurant. The restaurant very clearly states tapas on its menu.
Highly recommend and an excellent addition to Main Street.

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overly salty
By chica of vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 8:41pm [Dine in]

first of all, its a nice cozy joint on main street, with mediocre food and service. the servers that work here are annoying because they're always in a hurry to collect ur dishes and then give u ur bill as soon as possible. the food is alright, but its really pricey, i mean $6.80 for appetizer sized deep fried squid....where one can get a nice one for only $3 at Simply Delicious. i had the albacore tuna sashimi , the chicken kebab,and the chicken karrage. the tuna sashimi is quite fresh, but its really thinly sliced and the chicken karrage comes with a minimal amount of deep fried chicken bits. the chicken kabob is really salty. for the price of the dishes and the small sizes, i would probably not return....by the way, we're in a resession.

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A great new find on Main St.
By lifeoffood07 of Surrey (32 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 1:44am [Dine in]

We were driving down Main St. looking for a place for dinner when we spotted a funny looking place beside the RBC by 25th Ave. There were flowers outside and we saw some people going in but there was no restaurant sign. Curious, we stopped by and checked it out. It was the third of the Zakkushi franchise. No sign was up yet but they were open. The place is new and nice. Really nice atmosphere and really funky bathrooms. They speciallize in kushi dishes, so we ordered a bunch of different meats on skewers. The portions aren't very big, typical of tapas so you can try a lot of different dishes. Our meal came out to about $80 for the two of us with just 1 beer. There is a lot of variety to keep us wanting to come back and try some more. The Bukkake Udon is good to finish your meal after trying a bunch of the skewers.

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one of my favorite places to in vancouver
By theencyclopedia of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 2:17am [Dine in]

I have been going to this location since it opened and i keep going back. I have brought alot of firiends to eat there as well and all of them end up loving it too.

The tsukune are probably the best thing on the menu along with best chicken kaarage in town if you ask me.The kani agedashi tofu is quite a dish as well.

It can be a bit pricey but i find its totally worth it. The drinks are very well priced and delicious as well. Ive had some really great times there since its been open and i find the staff very friendly and accomodating. It can be a bit busy as well so its good to call ahead and make reservations.

Overall its one the best japanese dining experiences in vancouver. I find the main st location to be the best as well followed closely by the west 4th location.

Highly recommended.

oh and if you havent been you have to check out their bathrooms as they are truly wonderfully designed

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A Bit Pricey
By Foodums of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 1:00am [Dine in]

I've been lured here many times by their yummy skewers. They're about $2 each, and there's a fair variety. It does take a heavier bill to fill your tummy, as the dishes are pricey for their portions.

When you're seated, you get a towel to wipe your hands with. The servers are usually very friendly. Despite staying till closing one night, we were not rushed at all.

It's a gorgeous restaurant. The lighting, decor, and music definitely adds to the fancy atmosphere.The washroom comes with mouthwash - although I've never used it myself.

A word of advice: reserve a table if you plan to come here around dinnertime or you will probably have to wait for seats.

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Great mother day dinner
By kimberly999 of North Shore (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 4, 2010 - 4:27pm [Dine in]

I was here for mother's day dinner. The food was good, but some dishes that i ordered didn't come out, we been waiting for a long time, it's seem very busy, so they may have forgot about that, but it's still very good food, and service, they also bring out a mother day card, and small cup of ice cream... my kid love it very much

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What a drop
By daisicklo of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 2:06pm [Dine in]

Second trip there was a BIG disappointment. Service went downhill bigtime. Service was slow. Waitress forgot some of our order. Other dishes came with incomplete portions. Had to chase the waitress who was very absentminded.

And most important of all, the food didn't taste the same. The charcoal taste is gone. Food was not hot.

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Sadly disapointed
By sarina50 of vangroovy (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 2:30am [Dine in]

Having had a fantastic experience and food at Zakushi before, I thought it would be a great place to go for a low-key dinner with my sister to celebrate my birthday. Unfortunately, other than the great ambiance of the room, we were sadly disappointed in everything else.

I want to preface my review by saying that it was an unusual night, there were 5 birthdays being celebrated and very large groups of people. However, I don't think that should affect all the other smaller tables in the restaurant.

After being seated, we waited almost 15 minutes for someone to acknowledge us at our table and take a drink order. It took us asking the host directly if there was somewhere to put our coats as we were in a small single seated booth. After that, the servers pretty much disappeared for those of us in the 2-seater booths.

Food wise, our tofu salad and the grilled garlic shoot with pork skewers was excellent as always, but that's where it ended.

Parts of our order were forgotten, parts came cold and we literally had to go find servers to get water or make additional orders. The chicken kaarage came so undercooked it was almost raw. As experienced foodies, it's quite rare (excuse the pun) for either of us to send food back to the kitchen unless there's a serious problem, but what made it even more unusual was that our same uneaten plate came back five minutes later! We were told that the chef was properly trained and that in the chefs professional opinion the chicken was cooked appropriately. When we explained, then demonstrated to the poor 'stuck in the middle' host that the outside was still white-beige and the inside raw pink, it was obvious he was uncomfortable and could only offer to cancel this dish from our bill. Nothing was offered to take its place and there was no apology. I know they were busy, but in all my varied restaurant experience I've never had a chef send back the same plate of food that had a complaint.

During dinner I was joking with the host about how many birthdays they had because they shut off the music and lights and there is a jovial "happy birthday" song sung by the staff at the table. I mentioned that it was also to my birthday celebration and got the 'oh, happy birthday' and a nod.

While I'm not someone who usually goes in for the happy birthday song or aknowledgement, I thought it would be kind of fun after seeing how they do it. But it was probably a good 40 minutes after we finished dinner with plates still on the table, and foregoing desert, before we finally gave up and asked for the bill.

Considering they had already had birthday celebrations I guess I kind of had my hopes up. So, this was an unfortunate experience which left me sad and disappointed...and without dessert.

I'm not sure if I'll ever go back, but it definitely won't be on the weekend.
Darn. Was so happy to finally have Izakaya in the neighborhood.but I'm going to have to rate this restaurant as total hit or miss. After tonight, I say miss it.

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Would come back
By leigh of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

When you first walk into Zakkushi, you'll notice the dining area is quite small. The ambiance is really nice since it reflects traditional Japanese yakatori bars. There is a small bar that sits 2-3 people and several tables which you need to take your shoes off to climb into the seating area.

Service was pretty good on the night we went, but there were no other people waiting for a table. We were greeted with smiles and seated promptly. The place was full most of the night and they didn't seem to rush us. Our plates were cleared timely, tea was brought to us constantly. Eventually, they gave us an entire tea pot since we were drinking a lot.

Value - it's comparable to some izakaya places in pricing. The skewers (robata) were about $1.60 - $3.00 for one. If you're here expecting to get full on huge portions, this is the wrong place. This is a tapas type of environment and you are here for the experience as well as the food. Paying $6.80 for the Ika is about right. Guu and Kingyu are about the same price for the Ika. To quote one reviewer "If you know how to appreciate this type of food you will understand." It worked out to be approx $30 per person for the 3 of us.

Food - We ordered a soft shell crab and it was one of the better ones i've recently had. The chicken yakatori was cooked just right, juicy and flavorful. chicken hearts was okay, it was one of the weaker ones. Beef and pork was also cooked perfectly. Sashimi salad was decent and fresh. If you want to try various skewers, you can get the sampler, it's pretty good. The chicken udon was okay I guess, only had like 2 pieces of chicken.

Overall, we were all happy with the food and service. We will definitely be back.

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Awful service... disappointing compared to our last visit
By The Main Street Troll of Vancouver, BC Canada (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 5, 2010 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

Our hostess seated us in a small booth next to the wall. I noticed that there were several of these and indeed they were cramped. Considering this was a tapas place where multiple dishes are brought out I felt like they didn't make the table large enough.

The menu is great and the food is delicious. We ordered 2 plates of skewers, one roll, and one congee dish. Everything was great except the skewer plate they forgot to bring out.

We followed up with the bus boy (our waitress disappeared) and he said he would check in to it. Unfortunately nothing came of it and we ordered our last drink for no reason. I'm a little confused at how they could screw up 3 times on a simple highball but at Zakkushi this happens. I had to ask 2 times for a lime in my gin and soda. Citrus in highballs is common practice pretty much anywhere in North-America, but apparently not at Zakkushi. I don't recommend ordering highballs there as they only filled the glass up with soda half-way, and don't seem up-to-date on bar-tending.

The decor is cool if your sitting at a regular table, but like I mentioned before we felt cramped in our booth. It was also annoying to hear the hostess scream something in Japanese every time they seated someone. The once amusing novelty wore off fast.

So all in all I'd say our experience was disappointing due to the lack of service. It was really annoying when the waitress decided to make an appearance with our bill in which she charged us for the dish that never arrived. We won't be back anytime soon.

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Finally in the Hood!
By grnbastard of South Van (17 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 11:03am [Dine in]

There's finally a decent quality Japanese joint in the neighborhood next to Shiro's! This place rocks from the food, the service - right down to the ambiance. It's a lot bigger than the one on 4th Ave. and the menu is slightly different. The diffent types of chicken, Moto Machi and P-Toro skewers are absolutely delicious. Worth every penny!

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Why the hell did they open one here?
By okayisay of vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

Don't the people who own "Zakkushi" know that main street is ghetto, where no one is gonna be paying a damn $11 dollars for a spider roll where they worked the whole day for? The service is rotten, just like any other Zakkushi, I guess it's their training motto: Feed customers quickly and kick them out ASAP!! The other seeming 'good' reviews for this restaurant are suspicious because if you really dined here, experienced the service and eaten the junk they give you would not return. There plenty of better sushi restaurants on main street, don't go to this one people.

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great but some area still need work
By shane8585 of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

ok, the place is beautiful... it may be the best build-out i have seen on main st. The food is better than expected and the service is great. everyone greets you when you show up and they all yell thank you and good bye when you leave.
here is my three complaints:
1. no napkins???
2. no tea or water to start you off.
3. here is the big one; the main courses do not arrive at the same time... so one person eats while the other awkwardly waits and then the roll are reversed where the other is done just about the time the other persons food arrives. this sucks the life and enjoyment out of a romantic evening.

my question; why spend so much effort on interior design and provide a poor dinning experience. When I choose to go out to eat WITH someone I expect the kitchen to time it so the food comes out at the same time or at least close to the same time.

I will go back one more time because the food is good and the people are nice. the Management needs to gain control of their kitchen.

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