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Zen Bistro - Millbrae

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420 Broadway, Millbrae, CA 94030-1906
+1 650-697-9988
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17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Thu - Tue 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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San Francisco, California
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Came with the family last week as other people I know love this place. I found it to be okay. A lot of different sushi rolls on the menu to choose from. We went and they had all rolls 50% off, I think this is all the time but not sure. I may try it again to see if its... More 

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Thank myab672016
Millbrae, California
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83 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

This place has the best sushi in Millbrae. Fresh and good quality sushi. I love ordering their maguro toro and hamachi toro. Their fresh uni is so delicious! Huge and sweet that melts-in-your-mouth delish! It's reasonable, too! Order the live uni not rolls. At times the service is slow and that's what stop us from coming here. Other than that,... More 

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Thank Rowena L
Westwood, Massachusetts
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250 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Upscale restaurant. There is parking on the street on in a small parking lot. We went on a Wednesday night, the wait staff was friendly and accommodating. We tried the tempura, sushi, gyoza and sashimi. It was all excellent and my mother who is very picky eater, loved it.

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Thank swansfromBoston
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148 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Had lunch here and order a ramen. It was very average and the soup was spicy hot when it shouldn't be. It was explained to have been modified for California taste. The only reason that I could think of is to disguise the real taste. I have ordered the same (at least the same name) elsewhere and it's not like... More 

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Thank TeddyBTraveller
Bonita Springs, Florida
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

We were in town for a few nights and wanted to walk to a restaurant. While there are tons of asian restaurants in Millbrae, this one has the nicest atmosphere so were extremely pleased that the food was even better. We normally take a few pictures, but it looked so good we dove right in. We had the special duck... More 

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Thank marionleem
Millbrae, California
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65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Zen Bistro's fish are swimming in the fish tank when you arrive--can't get any fresher. The food is freshly prepared with a deft and delicate hand so the essence of the food's flavor comes through. We've been there for a delicious Dim Sum lunch, and also for a full 10 course banquet, and always we've been impressed with the food.... More 

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Thank Janet F
Paso Robles, CA
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415 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

The Happy Hour menu at Zen Bistro was a real treat for us. An excellent assortment of dishes and beverages at very competitive prices -- and delicious too! Their regular menu is extensive - - - we look forward to returning and trying some other options.

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Thank paso57
Redwood City, California
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

My son took me to Zen Bistro for my birthday and I was so pleasantly surprised. It had a lovely, quiet, Zen-like atmosphere. He had the beef sukiyaki and I had a pan-fried noodles. We also shared a sushi roll. My son definitely enjoyed his meal and I enjoyed my pan-fried noodles which was topped wth 2 delicious shrimp, lots... More 

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Thank Fran G
San Francisco, California
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95 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

I was craving for a Japanese meal after work so the boyfriend took me to Millbrae. From the outside, the place looks tiny but it's not. Luckily there was no wait/no long lines that Friday night. We were seated immediately since there's only the two of us. We ordered the duck breast (this one's yummy) , some unagi, sashimi and... More 

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Thank BPenuliar2015
Millbrae, California
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

This place is awesome. Fresh food, good prices and always great service.We come for dinner at least once a week -- its that good.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$45
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
Monday
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:30
Thursday
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
Friday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 420 Broadway, Millbrae, CA 94030-1906
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Millbrae
  • Phone Number: +1 650-697-9988

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?