great meal from start to finish
From the smiles and energy of the hostesses to the kindness and attentiveness of our waitress to the excellent food, our meal was outstanding! I highly recommend this restaurant.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The sushi rolls were really
The sushi rolls were really good. We had the firecracker roll, the ocean roll, and the typhoon roll, but the ocean roll was my favorite. The brussel sprouts were also good. They had a bit of a bite to them that was very tasty.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sushi and sashimi were very
Sushi and sashimi were very fresh and good. Would definitely return.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Return to Zentan
From the time I arrived at the parking lot, until the end of the meal everyone involved is friendly, attentive, and professional. I enjoy dining here because the bartenders do more than pour drinks, and aren't the typical pretentious "mixologists" you so often encounter in other upscale lounges. These people know cocktails, how to determine what the customer wants, and how to serve the beverages.
The sushi is always fresh, well-presented, and expertly prepared. The waitstaff checks on you without constantly intruding or hovering. The ambiance is active, but not loud. This is a place where well-dressed people in thier 30's and up can enjoy themselves in a classy environment.
It's always a pleasure to dine and drink at Zentan!
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, Food and service were excellent. Love the restaurant!
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as always!
One of my favorite neighborhood restaurants while I'm at work.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
They Don't Do Sushi Anymore :-(
The food is still good but it was disappointing to find that the new menu eliminated most of the shushi choices. We used to love this place specifically for their great shushi. It's still ok but not as good as it used to be.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
New menu but still yummy
I am so sad to say that resin tapirs slaw is no longer on the menu at zentan. Also, they ave tones tricky to tapas style. I am extremely upset about the Singapore slaw but te food was still so yummy and fresh. They're dessert is even to die for! Will continue to dine here and look forward to our next visit! Definitely try the golden eye roll
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicous but pricey
Had a great time at Zentan overall. Food was delicious, service was good, but it was a little on the expensive side for what we got. Still, I might be tempted to go back and try some of the other dishes on the menu.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Some great food, some just decent
The food ranged from excellent to just okay. Luckily the plates are small so the less good dishes didn't overly influence the meal. Our server was great but mumbled and the restaurant is a bit noisy ( but in a good way).
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent on many levels
New menu items are great and appropriately priced. Service was friendly and attentive. Drinks were great! I cannot wait to return.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
One bite was better than the next
The food was just outstanding! The staff were all very friendly. It was hard to choose which dishes to order as they all looked very good. For small plates, most dishes were served with healthy sized portions. The Kale Salad was particularly excellent...very tasty!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef Jennifer Rocks!
I went to Zentan for the first time after they had just brought in a new executive chef, Chef Jennifer. She rocks! The menu was amazing, as was their bar menu! Service was great, really enjoyed everything!
I'd recommend trying the beignets, they were so good!!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, and quality of service. The old saying, you get what you pay for applies here. One of my best restaurant experiences in quite a while.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Birthday Dinner
We had a great time at Zentan celebrating a birthday on a Friday night. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was fun. We had a group of 14 people and two of the people showed up unexpectedly. The staff at Zentan were flexible and pulled up extra chairs to make room for the additional guests. In addition they allowed the group to pay with separate checks which made everything much easier. We had a great time and will be back.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a fabulous dining experience, excellent service and food!!
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Asian tapas? Yeah sure!
We came here for restaurant week: fabulous! It was quiet, just the right amount of darkness to be romantic but still be able to see your food. You order dinner as a series of small plates, with some larger ones mixed in. The gyu was tender and super flavorful. The hamachi sashimi was paired with mandarin orange juice and was great. We also had a small plate involving tuna, goat cheese, pear and Jalapeño that we really recommend. Overall we had ten dishes and loved all of them. Also the zentan cocktail was pricey but worth it. We are seriously considering bringing our friends here when they come to visit this weekend.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great ambience!
A little off the beaten path for tourists, but a great restaurant and great food. Pretty decor and good service! Bento boxes are delicious as is the calamari for an appetizer! Have been here several times and never disappointed.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy 1-2 Punch!
We started off the night with dinner at Zentan. Service was friendly and prompt. Food was delicious, especially the beef tacos and pork belly. Mmmmm. We ended the night on the rooftop bar and took in a beautiful view, a delicious drink, and a great end to a great evening.
8/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
went for restaurant week, $35.13 for a four course meal. Food was fantastic, did not have any dishes that I did not think were absolutely delicous. Highly recommend the escolar, and the ribs (do not remember the menu name of the ribs, appetizer but very very good)
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
How many times can I say yummy!?
Went for restaurant week, something I usually don't do, but I had a desire for Asian food. Since they are small plates, they added a 4th course, which I pretty neat. They seem to understand the spirit of what it's all about. Service was good. My server really knew his product and seemed excited about telling me about it. Food stole the show (as it should).
8/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Loved this place! The food and the ambience was great! Keep it up! Great for groups to go as well!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Zentan was a wonderful establishmen
Zentan was a wonderful establishment. We had a patient, humorous, knowledgeable and great waitress. The food selections were superb and our food came out promptly!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef Nguyen is amazing. I hope people will recognize how talented she is. We tried almost the whole menu by just 2 visits. Most restaurants have hit or miss items. Her menu is 100% hit hit hit, BIG hit. Just order any item, you won't be disappointed. The food looked too pretty to eat, great presentation and tasted so so so...good !!!! Service was above par, pleasant & courteous hosts, and Shaun Doyle the manager was very gracious. We just added this restaurant to our favorite list among with Inn at Little Washington, Komi, etc....
See you again real soon.
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had a wonderful meal here while down in DC for a conference at a nearby hotel. I am so glad I ventured out. The sushi here is wonderful, with intriguing flavor combos. Srvice was friendly and attentive. Bar seems good as well -- two kinds of negroni on the menu.
9/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
I dined at Zentan with two friends and we had several Asian tapas that evening. All of the items were prepared and served very fresh. Each item had a very fresh taste and was very good. The server was friendly and attentive to our needs. The restaurant was not crowded and had a nice, intimate atmosphere. In addition, the decor is very nice and well-done.
Overall, I found this first experience at Zentan to be excellent and would definitely dine here again.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The ambiance is very nice
The ambiance is very nice and the decor. The servings were very small - I knew this is the way they serve - but $14 for one scoop of cerviche was expensive -- 3 tastes. We found prices high for the quantity served. Service excellent. Will we go back, not sure with so much competition in area.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is a gem. Menu is very creative, plating is spectacular.
We had a very attentive server and Chef came out to meet us.
Wish I lived closer to DC so I could eat there more often.
Will certainly return to this great restaurant any time I am in DV
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service!
My husband and I came here to celebrate our anniversary and we had a difficult time picking our order from all the delicious options. We were not disappointed with our order! Our server was very professional and friendly, but not at all intrusive. We enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be back another time!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Zen in Zentan....
One of my top five restaurant's in Logan Circle....yum yum and definitely great service!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A well-kept secret
If you haven't been to Zentan, do yourself a favor and go now before the secret is out. Chef Jennifer is doing some AMAZING things at this place, and the quality of the food and the genius of the preparation is something you don't find everywhere in DC. Take advantage of being able to get a table now before it's too late. Order the beignets for dessert and the skewers for an appetizer, and don't miss out on the specialty cocktails.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really Wonderful Meal
Amazing service and food. The small plate style was a welcome change and everything tasted delicious.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great romantic treat
It was a convenient location with good and quick service. Food was delicious and even surprised us on one or two occasions. Tea compliments the maki very nicely. Wished we had had more time to go to the rooftop.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Shawn was top notch!
Everything was well appointed in the dining area and the food was awesome. Shawn gave a great rundown of everything for us. We enjoyed our visit and will go back!
10/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Terrific food and service! We went before the theater and they were prepared to help us make our time without rushing us. The food was decadently rich, and the portions were perfect! Really, really great!
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
great for fam
Zentan was great! My family, including two 10 year olds, came to visit my husband and me. It's pricey, but super nice. The ambiance is lovely, the food is interesting and well-made, the drinks are phenomenal. If your kids are over 8 years old and are adventurous eaters, this would be a great experience for the whole family.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Out of town regulars
My husband and I ate here about six months ago (twice in one weekend!) and made sure to find time to return for dinner this past weekend during our visit to D.C. Although the menu had completely changed, it was still so delicious. We missed the tofu appetizer, though - now only available at lunch. Really good veggie sushi (and non-veggie, of course). Service was great and made helpful recommendations.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great mix of skewers, small plates, and sushi. Friendly and accommodating staff. Food was delicious all around. Loved the black bass, tacos, lamb meatballs, skewers, kale salad. Interesting and unique cocktails. Great experience.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed the dino kale. Have been to the restaurant in the past and enjoyed the food. Just need a larger portion for the dino kale salad.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Highly recommend for fresh
Highly recommend for fresh sushi and Asian fusion. Convenient location outside Thomas Circle at the Hotel Donovan.
5/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impressive, Most Impressive
Service was great. Drinks were some of the best in DC. Food was stellar. Cannot wait to return.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Looking forward to going again
This was my first trip to Zentan. The food was excellent; I really like the small plates and the variety was very good. There were a limited number of vegitarian dishes but they were all very good. Hope they add some more. The cocktails were good but a bit expensive for the size of the drink (even for DC).
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Breakfast & Great Service
We stayed at Donovan House Hotel, and wanted a nice breakfast/brunch spot. It was easy to make reservations and they were able to accommodate gluten free and vegan options. Would definitely go back again!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent all around!
While Zentan definitely caters to those who will be okay spending a little more, it is well worth it. The tapas like serving style helps build a fun experience for all at the table because everyone can sample each and every plate if desired. The statff are exceptionally friendly and willing to accomodate any wish. I highly recommend Zentan and will be returning.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot for lunch
We had a great lunch at Zentan. I had a dish called E____ Crudo. I don't remember the name of the fish but the dish was outstanding. Mouth watering just thinking about it. My clients had the duck reuben and thought it was delicious.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Hotel Restaurant
Part of the DC Kimpton hotels-restaurants. Excellent asian-sushi cuisine; creative presentations; lots of variety. Wide selection of meat, seafood, and vegetarian options. Service and atmosphere great! The menu can be a little intimidating the first time, but our waiter explained everything and recommended excellent options.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Restaurant gets better and better
The new Vietnamese chef is wonderful- we have enjoyed her addtions to the menu and learning about new food and preparations! The restaurant manager, Shaun, is super! He is extremlu friendly and helpful!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place to meet friends
Every part of the experience was notable. The hostess was friendly and informative and the evening started there. The ambiance is hip and stylish. A fusion of contemporary and Asian motifs. The lightening was soft but bright enough to read the menu. The ambiance was energetic and playful.
The food was excellent. We had a combination of the sushi, salad, and modern Asian cuisine. Each course was delightful and the deserts were memorable. Not overly sweet but playful. Each dish had a good balance of seasoning and textures and there was not one item we thought was unbalanced.
The hit of the night was the service. All of the servers were friendly, helpful, and enjoyable. Alejandro was the top of the night!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Zentan is fantastic!!
I can't say enough good things about Zentan!! The food, wine, atmosphere...everything is superb. This is my favorite restaurant in all of DC.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Expanding my horizons
Trying to find the right balance of food, cocktails, and ambience ALL on a Sunday night was tough, but Zentan was the perfect setting to celebrate a birthday/girl's night out. The variety of small plates gave even our least adventurous plenty to choose from. The service was knowledgeable, very responsive and seamless.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM