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Zentan

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Downtown / Chinatown
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1155 14th St NW, Donovan House, Washington DC, DC 20005-4111 (Thoms Circle)
+1 202-379-4366
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11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 17:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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Dallas, Texas
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173 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was disappointed with the food. I ordered with Udon, sashmi salad and roll. Udon is a really small portion that includes an egg and noodle. It was a real disappointment. Sashmi salad has a very small amount of sashmi. Roll was fine. The food was expensive considering the amount of food.

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Thank Chul A
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi Chul, Thanks for your honest review of Zentan. I'm sorry that we didn't meet your expectations but I assure you we will continue to work hard to improve our food and service. We appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again very soon! Best wishes! More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful experience, good service and the sushi was awesome. Best I've ever had! We tried something from every section of the menu, the have a tasting menu also & honestly might have been cheaper if we'd done that. It wasn't an inexpensive meal, but seriously the best sushi I've ever eaten.

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Thank lulu-bee23
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi lulu-bee23, Wow! Thank you so much for the amazing kind words about Zentan! I'm delighted to read that you enjoyed your meal. It was truly our pleasure having had the opportunity to serve you. We hope to see you again very soon! Cheers! More 

boston
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179 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sat in lounge for an u expected bargain- happy hour appetizers. Cocktails imaginative and delicious. Appetizers were also delicious- i enjoyed the udon with cheese dish, the salmon and tuna spicy maki- pork bao buns and wings were yummy- dont miss this restaurant- also enjoyed the atmosphere-

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Rochester, NY
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32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I normally avoid Japanese restaurants as so often there is nothing gluten free that I can eat. We were staying at the Donovan, where the Zentan is located, and there are not many restaurants around that are open on a Saturday, so we called the restaurant and a very helpful person said that they could accommodate gluten free diets. We... More 

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Thank ASNY
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi ASNY, I'm so happy to read that we could meet your dietary needs and help you enjoy your evening here at Zentan! It was such a pleasure having you and we hope to see you again very soon. Thanks so much for giving us a try! I will share your comments with our entire team to celebrate their service.... More 

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136 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Try the family style set price where they bring you dish after dish until you are done. The food is wonderful. I don't like brussel sprouts but the brussel sprouts dish was delicious. The sushi is very good and we had dish after dish that were better than the last dish. We had fun but the prices were high.

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Thank Sandy W
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi Sandy, I'm so happy to read that you thoroughly enjoyed Kuidaore here at Zentan! It was a pleasure having you here to fully experience Chef Yo's menu. He will be so happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself. Thank you so much for choosing to dine with us at Zentan and we hope to see you again very soon!... More 

Surrey, England
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70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Only went here as the manager of the Donovan had given us $150 credit. Opted for the tasting menu. Food was excellent but the waiting staff seemed to be in a rush. We had no time between courses. As soon as we'd finished one dish, two more would arrive. Didn't take long to finish the meal. Meal and a couple... More 

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Thank Blackthorn
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi Blackthorn, I was sorry to read that you didn't thoroughly enjoy your meal at Zentan. I will work with the service team to help hone their techniques. Thank you for your candid comments and we hope to see you again the next time you are in town. Cheers! More 

Delaware
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409 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Staying in attached Kimpton Donovan Hotel, we tried here for one b'fast...food pricey ($5. tepid coffee), service spotty, and overdone corned beef hash ($15.). Try Old Ebbitt Grill instead!

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Thank wildswanDelaware
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi wildswanDelaware, I was sorry to read that you didn't thoroughly enjoy your breakfast at Zentan. I appreciate your candid comments and will use them to improve our service. Thank you for your patronage and we hope you will see fit to give us another chance in the future. Best wishes! More 

San Juan, Puerto Rico
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is fine. It's small but not intimate since the table my date and I sat -although for two-, was weirdly big. The food was ok, but nothing remarkable. In fact I can't remember what we had. The sake was too expensive for such a small quantity. Service was pleasant and quick. So, it was fine, but would I... More 

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Thank Liza R
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi Liza, Thank you for the feedback regarding your recent visit to Zentan. I apologize that we did not meet your expectations. I will share your comments with the rest of our team and we will continue to work on improving our hospitality. Thanks again for your time and patronage. Best wishes. More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The place is lively with lots of young folks having a great time! The food was very good and reasonably priced. The service very good!

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Thank Margaret W
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi Margaret, Thanks so much for your flattering comments about Zentan. I'm so delighted to read that you enjoyed your meal. I will be sharing your review with our entire team so we can celebrate their service. We hope to see you again on your next trip to DC! Cheers! More 

2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Wonderful food combinations.... wanted to try it all but we settled on the brussel sprouts and the short rib starters... followed by two delicious rolls... and, finally a yummy hazelnut mouse for dessert. However... the downside was the acoustics. .. it was difficult to converse between ourselves and extremely difficult to understand the server because of the ambient noise and... More 

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Thank Louise R
Katie M, General Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi Louise, Thank you so much for your feedback concerning your recent visit to Zentan. I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your meal (sorry for the noise). We appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again very soon! Cheers! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1155 14th St NW, Donovan House, Washington DC, DC 20005-4111
    (Thoms Circle)
  • Public Transportation: McPherson Square/Farragut North
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-379-4366
Description
Zentan is your DC destination for Modern Pan Asian Cuisine. Our ambiance is perfect for social events, dates, meetings and celebrations and is rivaled only by our chef inspired, seasonal cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. Our sushi is sustainable, flown in fresh and crafted into cold plates and maki’s you won’t find anywhere else. Iffy about raw food? Not a problem! Our extensive selection of Modern Pan Asian cold and hot plates are sure to satisfy any pallet. Each dish is served from the kitchen as soon as it’s prepared; just think Asian Tapas! Here are a few dishes to whet your appetite: Myazaki Beef Hot Rock (cook it yourself, japanese river rock) Peking Chicken (bao buns, black garlic hoisin, cucumber) Maguro Crudo (goat cheese, fuji apples, pumpkin seed oil) Shagalicious (crab salad, cucumber, miazaki beef, tempura ebi, crispy leek)

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