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Zen Chinese Bistro

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45 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04101-4501
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

Fast service and great food. I ordered the Chef's Special of Chicken W/Bok Choy and was blown away by the taste. The ingredients are Locally Sourced.

Thank Brandon C
Scarborough, Maine
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122 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

We craved some good Chinese for New Years Eve , Well.. that doesn't exist except in 2 really hard to get into tiny places with limited choices in Portland . When Zen opened we were quite pleased with the quality of the food . We have been a number of times and even entertained friends here . In recent times... More 

Thank MainePerfectionist
Portland, Maine
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556 reviews
443 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016

This was my third visit to Zen. The restaurant is tucked-away on the backside of downtown adjacent to the Old Port. I went with a friend for dinner during First Friday Art Walk. It was his first visit. Because it is off the beaten path, it was not crowded, though there were certainly some patrons in their large space which... More 

Thank James F
Alfred, Maine
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118 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We had a nice lunch, they have a lot of gluten free options. The Singapore street noodles and fried rice were great, they also have gluten free chicken wings and boneless spare ribs. I had no reaction to any of the food and it was a nice change to be able to have Chinese food, I have missed it for... More 

Thank Sean M
New Brunswick, Canada
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112 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

We ordered take-out and brought it to our hotel. They have a large selection of gluten free dishes and it is the main reason why we chose this restaurant. Service was fast and quite reasonable in price. We had the orange chicken and the sesame chicken with rice, both were fresh and tasty. I would recommend and hope to return... More 

Thank Bose2
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Love good Chinese Food but this is not the place to go. I don't give too many restaurants only "1 star" however the food is terrible and you cant believe the price!!!!! The Shrimp in Lobster sauce is the worst I've ever had. It's in a clear glue like soup with very few shrimp and the General Tso's chicken was... More 

Thank Swdumont
Portland, Maine
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Ate at this underrated restaurant after having an excellent take-out experience (2dine in). Both times, food was flavorful and fresh. The price is higher than typical take-out Chinese places, but the restaurant atmosphere and food quality justify the price difference. The Zen Platter was a lot of food for an appetizer. Crab Rangoon was real crab. Pork spareribs were not... More 

Thank EvieMPtld
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

The layout of this place is a bit odd and it does look like it is in an old house, but they have great food and drinks at a fair price. We are bar people so we always sit at the bar and really enjoy the service and they often have specials for HH or games. I would suggest one... More 

Thank irish7lad
Gorham, ME
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Initially just did a drive-by and it looked like a small quaint little corner place. Then read a newspaper review and decided we'd try it. Upon entering the restaurant, we immediately noticed how much larger it actually was. Booths, tables, bar and an entire upstairs for dining as well. Service was prompt, food was excellent. We liked it so much,... More 

Thank MosquitoME
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Large clean restaurant/bistro. Ingredients used were reasonably fresh and varied but the flavours are not authentic Chinese. The whole set up of the restaurant suggest it is catered more for the "Western" palate.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Chinese, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04101-4501
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 2077756888

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