Zen Sai
Zen Sai

Zen Sai

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.zensaisobe.com/
  • Phone: 3055342700x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lounge open Tuesday-Sunday 4pm-Close

    Monday Closed

    Dinner Service
    Tuesday+ Wednesday 5pm - 10pm
    Thursday 5pm-11pm
    Friday + Saturday: 5pm -12am
    Sunday 5pm-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Fusion / Eclectic, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Mike Hiraga
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Zen Sai is available for private receptions and dinners by reservation only. Contact events@clevelander.com for more information
  • Private Party Contact: James Butler 786-267-2606x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 10th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at Zen Sai, and there is also street parking and public garage spaces available.
A word from Zen Sai
Zen Sai on 10th & Collins is an Asian-Fusion experience with intimate outdoor dining and a hip indoor lounge. Specializing in Craft cocktails and sexy plates made to share; Chef Mike Hiraga brings a Zen-sual twist to social dining with fresh seafood and authentic robata-grilled items.

Signature items at Zen Sai include Fried Bok Choy, Black Cod with Yuzu Miso Sauce, Scallion Wrapped Ribeye, Pork Belly, Robata Grilled Octopus, Miso-Mustard Glazed Sea Bass, and Rock Shrimp Tempura with Serrano Aioli and Worcestershire Sauce.

Zen Sai also features an extensive wine list, fine sakes and specialty cocktails to complement menu items.

Located in the heart of South Beach at the Historic Essex House Hotel
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Zen Sai reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (8)romantic (8)fit for foodies (6)late-night find (6)neighborhood gem (6)good for groups (4)special occasion (4)hot spot (4)great for lunch (3)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Awesome!
    RamziVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Awesome food & Great professional friendly service. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas bar
    Lee69
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I sat at the bar and the bartender, Julio, was on point. Food was very tasty and the presentation was beautiful. I highly recommend this place and I will go back next time I'm in Miami
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and cocktails
    BruceC
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We selected Zen Sai based on the on-line reviews and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious. The Bak Choy was addictive and the Black Cod super but we felt there should have been at least four slices. I enjoyed the Scallion Ribeye the most. The staff were outstanding, attentive and extremely friendly and accommodating. Every request was fulfilled with a smile. Our waitress, Sarah, felt like a friend/family member by the end of the evening. And did I mention the drinks? It was obvious a lot of care went into their preparation. We will definitely go back to Zen Sai on our next trip to South Beach; hopefully we will also make happy hour where we can sample some of the food along with the drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the ceviche!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The ceviche was delicious and fresh. Some of the best I have had in all of my years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Asian Fusion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    A nice variation of Tapas like food, great service and friendly personell
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service
    GismondaVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Very nice and welcoming restaurant. We were welcomed when we arrived at the front entrance, and taken to our table. Our waiter was very attentive, and helpful. He gave us a very good rundown of the menu, including the specials of the day, and gave us first class service. Great venue, good value and very friendly atmosphere. A great evening, thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food!!!
    Teocali
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We were sure the place is going to be full - it was almost empty mid-week, around 9 p.m., not sure why, as the food phenomenal. We had Yellowtail Jalapeno, Pork Belly sliders, Spicy Tuna, BBQ Eel, Black Cod, Shrimp Tempura and Padron peppers - they were all G-R-E-A-T! Prices are more than fair and overall value for money is unbeatable. Staff was really nice - especially Desiree - who made our dinner even better! Next time we're on that part of the world - we'll be back at Zen Sai.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I cannot say enough great things about Zen Sai. The food was some of the best I've ever had...Chef Mike's Fried Rice and Pork Belly Sliders were my favorites. The drinks were delicious and strong, but hid the alcohol very well. Andrew, our server, was by far the best waiter we had in Miami; he made great recommendations for the menu and helped us find a great local bar to drink at afterwards. The price was a little expensive, but honestly it's totally worth it. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to have a great dinner, whether it's a romantic night out or just getting some food with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have a wonderful dinner
    Berta
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Our waiter was amazing and the food was outstanding. This was a great find for all four of us. We will definitely go back the next time we are in town. We had a need for gluten free and they still had incredible food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 66 reviews are from the Zen Sai reviews archive.
  • Enjoyable Dinner
    LoveFood
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Food was great. Great outdoor spot with some privacy. Great for groups.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    jaf0808
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Loved the food here, specifically the garbanzo spring rolls, yum! Also blackened cod amazing. We had a table for two by the pool, very pretty ambiance however the mosquitos ate my legs up! I couldn't wait to get out of there to stop the itching which was the only downside!
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem!
    Luv2EatOutVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Found this restaurant by accident while on vacation alone in SoBe. I went on a Saturday night, it was very quiet in the restaurant but very loud around the corner on Ocean drive. The wait staff were amazing, very friendly and helpful in selecting menu items and drinks. Every dish and drink they brought out was beautifully prepared and delicious. The Garbanzo spring rolls are a must! I loved it so much I went back the next night to try a few more items on the menu! Don't miss out on this place while in South Beach!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You pay what you get
    Albert
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Good food, reasonable prices and very good service. Though I was looking for a sushi restaurant end they only had 5 different kind of rolls.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best meal ever!
    Carlzp
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We cannot rant more convincingly about Zen Sai... The eat service ever. The most delicious menu ever. The flavours of even the most standard dishes (like edamame) were so different to anything we've tasted before. The service was outstanding... Did I mention the service? Outstanding! The ambience was perfect, we had an outside table by the pool (there is only two of them so book early), and they even gave us a free glass of bubbly each as we were celebrating our engagement! The wine list was really good too, try had wines from most regions and the staff really knew their wines, bonus points from us for that! Do not miss this gem. It is down as our favourite retaurant of all time now!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Haven Amid Din of South Beach
    Austinite
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The appetizers were extraordinary, especially the spicy rock shrimp and chick pea spring rolls. The sliders were interesting, flavorful, and light. The sushi rolls were tight and tangy and unpredictable. The sake sangria was to die for as was the very smooth sake margarita. The happy hour had great food choices and drinks 1/3 the price. Suffice it to say that we went twice for dinner at Zen Sai in 3 days, once with the kids and once more romantically without. We will be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pure Enjoyment..
    JJGuy
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    What a fantastic meal.. Prior to our reservation the manager called me personally and told me the Chef would not be there that evening due to him falling ill. I am not sure any restaurant in the world would have done that and the sheer class of that alone made me willing to trust that my meal would still be up to par. The entire experience was fantastic. We had a fun waitress, Desiree who took great care of us and made very good recommendations. Fun evening and fantastic food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic service and fantastic
    Hanne
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Fantastic service and fantastic service! Nice and quiet spot in a wild and hectic neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very good, server
    TrendingVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Food was very good, server excellent and very attentive. The biggest issue is that it's located in the middle of the Sobe nonsense. If it was located South of Fifth, it would be hitting on all cylinders. Too much exposure to street noise and rowdiness
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I was looking for good sushi in South Beach and found this place ... not exactly a sushi restaurant, although we did have 2 delicious rolls there. The food was amazing and our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. This place is a gem and we'll definitely be going back on our next trip to south beach!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food before our night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We went to Zen Sai to celebrate a bachelorette party before heading next door to the Clevelander Hotel. We weren't rushed and were able to spend a rather long time just enjoying ourselves and ordering small plates and sushi as we wanted to. Afterwards, our waiter helped us to skip the line at the Clevelander and go up to the rooftop bar for some awesome people watching. The food at Zen Sai was delicious and perfect for sharing with a group. The drinks were equally as delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noodleless in Miami
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Our first time in ZS. Friendly service. Average food. Slow main course. After waiting 45 minutes for a fresh noodles dish we were advised that they have just run out of noodles..... We asked for the cheque and left. They did give us a 30% discount on the bill but no noodles...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely spot, really good Asian
    Chicken
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Lovely spot, really good Asian 'tapas'. Sweetheart of a waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seriously Excellent Asian Tapas
    DDDDVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Zen Sai was a truly great dining experience. We were 10 ... six adults and four kids ranging from 5 to 16 years old. Jose, our waiter, did a super job in taking care of all of us ... from the youngest to my 70 year-old father. We ordered a bunch of things, each came out as they were prepared. HINT ... Come with a group! We found everything to be very good to excellent. The black cod was out of this world; everything else was wonderful. All the adults had cocktails and with tip, we ended up spending only about $45 per head. The price to experience and value ratio is great. We ate outside... Reserve an outdoor table in advance and enjoy the dinner. When you're done, you're a block from the beach, so you can walk off the experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Asian fusion
    GeorgeW
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Every restaurant that keeps inventing new ways of expanding fusion definition deserves some extra credit. This place located literally around the corner from the South Beach action serves very interesting, tasty and innexpensive (considering touristy location) Asian inspired fare. Everything we had: ribeye, spicy tuna (on delicious crispy rice), tuna tata and tempura were simply delicious...to the point that we had to order more of two latter items. We also had a prosciutto based roll flavored with truffled oil - one of the most inventive rolls I've ever tried. And finally, the most impressive part of our dinner was impeccable service: friendly and very attentive. Great place for an outdoor meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, terrible service
    HarrisonVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We went with a party of 6 on a Saturday. We were seating and greeted quickly and we quickly placed in our drink order. The waitress seemed more interested in our plans after than taking the order. After about 15 minutes after we ordered the drinks we ordered the food. About an hour later we went to the manager to see why we had still not gotten our drinks yet. After an hour and 15 minutes we finally got some of our drinks. We got a bottle of sake but no glasses. Food slowly began coming out after an hour and a half. The place wasn't very crowded and the bar was completely empty. After another 30 minutes the final meals came out after continously going to the manager to ask whats going on. The food was at least very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food for a very reasonable
    Foodie11
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Great food for a very reasonable price! We were a group of 7 and sat next to the pool, which was a beautiful atmosphere. The food came out at different times and we were missing a couple of sides, but the server took the items off the bill and brought some free sushi as compensation which made up for it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem!
    EvvEbt
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Found this by review only, but could not be more pleased. The food was fantastic and service equally so. Been to Nobu, but this is better for everything above. Much quieter experience and not just moving people through like some places. Sat outside by the pool which is actually right behind the Clevelander, so can hear music in background which is nice, but not too loud. Will definitely go back when in South Beach again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Many tastes, all delightful!
    Eurydice
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Zen Sai is the restaurant of the Essex House hotel in South Beach. The entire staff is attentive, friendly, and enhances the dining experience! We ordered many different dishes - fried bok choy (wow), edamame, garbanzo spring rolls with cilantro curry cream (my favorite discovery), fingerling potatoes, Jalapeno Yellow Tail, grilled organic chicken and ribeye with balsamic teriyaki, chili garlic and serrano vinaigrette sauces. Absolutely everything was delicious. For dessert we had bread pudding, dipped in waffle batter and fried and then served with vanilla ice cream. Overkill? Yes. Could've served 4-6 people. But it was divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic service and food
    hsdiva
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Zen Sai is a terrific restuarant you won't be disappointed in! The staff are very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. The sea bass was fresh and fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    Echw
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    i was very impress with the level of attentive service by Andrew and his collegues. our valentine's night went flawless. i would have suggestions on the selection of the set menu, very good some and other pairings could have been different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Eddy
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    One of the best experiences I've ever had ! Great service with everyone in the restaurant. Server , management has this place running great. A must go experience. Loved it and will definitely go there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    CookieVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Awesome! Food was great. Service was good. Ambience was excellent. Had a great time here w friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    The food was delicious and the service was amazing. Everyone was very friendly and very attentive to the table. Our waiter recommended some excellent cocktails and dishes. I would highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great meal. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    We had a great meal. Food pairings were superb. Our waiter Jose was exceptional. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server Andrew was superb,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    Our server Andrew was superb, I would go back as long as he would be there to take care of us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food, quiet location
    Lopi
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    Only 1 block from the crazy strip is this wonderful restaurant and hotel. We sat by the pool for a late dinner great food and set service. We will definetly be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu the food was very
    DAVD
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Great menu the food was very unique and awesome taste.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be prepared to wait
    SN61
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    We sat down by 8:30PM and were very well received by the host and the bar woman. We placed our order and the first appetizer took about half an hour to be delivered. 3 other appetizers were missing and after more 30 minutes we canceled the remaining of the dishes and decided to leave.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most impressive of all was
    Willem
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Most impressive of all was the service, explanation of the food and the enormous dedication to food. Having been in Japan several times, I do recognize some North American influences, but the quality is excellent and although not recommended by the crew, the Black Cod is our favourite and we actually ordered another portion of this great dish. A very nice and relaxing outdoor dining place - I wish we had this near to us in the Netherlands...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Mrman
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    The food was very good but the service was amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.