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Zawa Restaurant

920 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L3X3
Tel: (604) 255-0470 Order Online
Fax: (604) 255-0471
Neighbourhood: Grandview-Woodland

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Good Selection for Breakfast
By mapia of Port Moody, Greater Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2009 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

I was drawn to this place by the large selection of omlettes. I was very happy with what i found. The food was great, service was solid (not too much, not too little) and the ambiance was relaxed. It wasn't overly busy for a Sunday brunch service (10:00am) but if more people knew about it, I bet it would be busier. Beats most other places I have been too while costing much less. Try it!

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Great Patio on The Drive
By enav of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 13, 2012 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

We order a couple of the Santa Fe Chicken Burgers (since they were on special that day) and they tasted great and were extremely big. We also decided to get them with a salad and there was no extra charge for the substitution. Our server was a young lady and she couldn't have been more kind and informative. My personal favorite aspect to Zawa was their large patio and unique location. It is definitely the best place to come for a beer and some great people watching :)

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Do we exist???
By me_hungie of Marpole, Vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

My first impression of Zawa was that it fit in with the many comfortable, relaxed restaurants on the drive. My memories would have remained positive, but the service... I know I'm going to sound whiny and selfish, but I don't recall ever having more inattentive service.

The food was just fine, and to begin with everything was great. Our initial orders were received in fine form, but once the live music began (admittedly, we were there for the live music, not the food or service), we became completely invisible. After nearly an hour (!) of sitting without our server even walking past, we approached the bar to order some more drinks. We were abruptly told "I'm not your server" and denied any drinks. So we wait. I finally get the chance to flag down our waitress, and order a drink for my girlfriend and myself. She quickly turned to leave, without asking anyone else at the table (6 of us) if they would like anything. A friend across the table promptly called her back, and ordered drinks for three others; the remaining fellow with us (who I didn't know well) wasn't even acknowledged. He gladly would have ordered another drink, but couldn't be bothered to fight for it. I would have ordered at least a couple of more drinks, but barely had the opportunity.

Not one glass was removed from our table the entire time we were there; and after another hour we had to go up to the till to pay our bills (when they finally arrived, they sat on the table with credit cards / cash at the ready for about 20 minutes.). Again, the lady at the till couldn't help us; we were met with "your server will help you shortly". After a minute or so, we were helped, and couldn't leave fast enough.

The food was tasty with great presentation, although the draft beer was flat and a bit of a letdown. The atmosphere was comfortable and relaxed; unfortunately that's not what I'll remember Zawa for. I can't say I won't return (the entertainment was great), but I will at least refuse to be 'served' by the same server.

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This place is the worst-try somewhere else.
By cathy m of Ladner , B.C. (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 5:25pm [Dine in]

Stopped in for a late breakfast today.
It was the worst breakfast i'd ever had.

I ordered two poached eggs with the turkey sausages and "breakfast" potatoes w toast. It was basically inedible.
The turkey sausages were so dried out they were on their way to being jerky.
The casing was like sawing through cardboard to a dried out interior.
These sausages had obviously had been sitting around all morning or maybe since yesterday or the day before. They looked so horrible sitting on the plate.
They belonged in the garbage not on a plate.

The poached eggs were o.k. but the potatoes were only barely lukewarm and soft, the toast was just barely toasted and not even warm. This place can't even do toast.

All i could eat was the eggs. The server asked how breakfast was so i told her and she said she would let the kitchen know. My bill was not adjusted at all. Basically paid $11 for two poached eggs plus the cost of the tea.
Waited 45 min to be served this mess.

Also the bathroom did not have any paper towels.
Sure wish i had gone somewhere else-a greasy spoon would have been a lot better than this place.

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I had no idea...
By Spiderwoman of East Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 5:16pm [Dine in]

I went there cause the bf said the burgers were good.
Was he ever right!!!
I had the Deluxe burger. The fries are tasty too. Try it with gravy.
Or you know.... try some of the other yummy sounding dishes.
Putting the lasagne on the to do list.
Music was decent. Staff was nice. Ceasar was so so but who cares.

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Polenta Fries
By NaokiZ of Kitislano, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 11:32pm [Dine in]

OMG the best thing i ever ate! The combination with red pepper sauce or salsa thing is soo goood

after seeing the new menu they have posted it made me curious.
I had to try it out, and i gotta say im liking it. :) Been there 3 times so far now
The pulled pork they make has a good addicting taste. My date ordered the Gunpowder Steak.
The smell of the steak made both our mouth water.
The spices on it was a rustic smoky flavour.

I highly recommend you all to try their Crab cake, polenta fries (my favourite), the steak (only 15bucks!)

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Terrible Food, Terrible Service!!!!! Dont waste your money or time
By sb of Vancouver (Commercial Drive) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2012 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

I just had my first experience at this restaurant today and it was awful. When I first walked in I was standing like an idiot at the front for at least 4 minutes before the "waitress" actually came to greet me and she seemed shocked that someone actually came in. I chose a place to sit once I ordered and she didnt even offer if I wanted anything to drink, so after about 10 minutes of waiting I asked her for a drink and then it took her another 5 minutes just to bring me a water, while I was waiting for it all I could hear was her yapping to her co-worker in the background about her personal life. The food finally came and it was unappetizing to say the least! The service is absolutely terrible, they dont ask if your doing okay and need anything ....they dont offer you zip.. as a matter of fact they dont even acknowledge your there at all! Way too expensive for what they have to offer. Dont waste your time. Seriously.

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Great Food!
By JennyB of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 1:41am [Dine in]

A few girl friends and I decided to have our ladies night out someplace different and happened upon this great Restaurant on the drive! The patio was quite busy so we decided to try out their lounge area which had big screen tvs as well as nice leather couches . Our server was very sweet and knowledgeable about the menu. Im pretty sure they make the best Bellinis in town! Appys came out hot and were delish . My friend had the chilli prawns and said they were great. My other friend and I shared the nachos which were huge and came with fresh made salsa.. which I appreciated ;) I ended having the cajun chicken pasta which was honestly one of the best pastas Ive had in awhile . Full of flavour. All in all we had no complaints and look forward to going back soon.

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not great food, service is ok but can't make up for bad food
By sln of Commercial (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 12:58am [Dine in]

ok so the other reviews were for breakfast... i might try it out because I live nearby... and live music nights,.. again, maybe.

I was there for lunch there was no music to distract me. I ordered a quesadilla, not really that difficult, the taste was good, except for the fact that there was literally the least cheese I've ever seen on anything on that thing. maybe, MAYBE, an 1/8th of a cup on the whole thing. As far as I'm concerned the cheese makes the quesadilla, the cheese makes anything, this was beyond pathetic. They also served us 'no name' diet Coke, although the server did bring us cans of Diet Coke when we said they tasted a little funny. I also had the homemade chili something soup which was delicious. My friend had a ceasar salad, not too difficult, but it was apparently drowning in flavourless dressing and the lettuce was a little wilty.
Overall very unimpressed with the food, I'll get back to you about breakfast... i would like to support this local business in my neighbourhood, but as of now I can see why it's always empty.

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Always room on the patio
By darnic-nicdar of commercial (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

This place has been around for awhile but never seems busy. It is on the quieter end of commercial drive.

The burgers/un-authentic poutine are really good the rest of the menu is hit or miss.

It seems they are doing renovations slowly. Dog-friendly. Great place for a sunny Sunday afternoon beer.

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