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Zen Sushi Bistro
Zen Sushi Bistro

Zen Sushi Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zenbistromillbrae.com
  • Phone: (650) 697-9988
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Everyday 11:30am-2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5pm-9:30pm
    Friday - Saturday 5pm-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Nao Shiraishi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For catering of $300 or more please place your order 24 hours in advance.
  • Entertainment: Zen Bistro's lounge hours make it the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights. The innovative design and ambiance provide for a great place to gather with friends, enjoy music, and sample the after hours menu or huge sake selection.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Wednesdays -$1 Oysters and $1 small house sake
    Thursdays- All Sushi Roll are $7 (Roll Out Thursdays)

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is street parking and a free parking lot next to our restaurant.
A word from Zen Sushi Bistro
Zen Sushi Bistro is a refreshingly new chic restaurant that offers a casual dining experience in a hip and classy environment. The head chef, Nao Shiraishi, offers a diverse menu of Japanese cuisine at a reasonable price, including a variety of creative and tasty sushi, donburi, udon, and sukiyaki. On Friday and Saturday nights, Zen Bistro's lounge hours, until 2:00 a.m., provide for a great place to gather with friends, listen to music, and sample the after hour's menu or huge selection of sake. Whether it be the excellent food or the innovative ambiance, Zen Bistro brings a new era dining and lounge experience to Millbrae designed to satisfy a wide range of customers.Continued
Diner Reviews
  • "This was my second time visiting Zen Bistro. My wife and I decided to go on a Thursday night because they have a special running on Thursdays: all sushi rolls are only $7. Needless to say, we ordered four excellent rolls! The service is fast and efficient, and the sushi arrived about seven minutes after we had ordered it. Our server was good, although not possessed of much personality. Definitely can't want to go back again and try something new!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Very friendly and attentive staff. We were especially pleased to see that families with small children were welcomed. The food was delicious and very well presented. Sushi rolls are half price on Thursdays so be sure to make a reservation if you're planning on dinner in Millbrae on that night."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Been here before and enjoyed everything, but last night Zen seemed a little off. Food was not as tasty or presented as beautifully. Loved the waiter!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was our first time at Zen Bistro. The sushi and sashimi were excellent. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Good sushi place, food took a bit too long,that was the only drawback. But very good food and service"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Menu had more items and rolls than your average Japanese neighborhood restaurant. There were so many out-of-the-ordinary dishes that we wanted to try, but will have to come back to do so. Had blue fin tuna on the menu, which indicates this restaurant is really Japanese fine dining. We had 6 adults and 2 toddlers in our group and felt comfortable. All the food came out about 15-20 minutes after our order. Server was great and friendly. Place started to get packed towards dinner time. Making reservations is highly recommended. It took a while to get the bill, maybe because we didn't ask for it. Furniture is mediocre but food and service make up for it."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The sushi choices were fantastic and delicious! The only down side was the wait for the check "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We got there right at opening, so not many people were there. The server was clearly in training, so there were a few things he missed, but he was pleasant and made a good effort. We had a few kinds of rolls, a salad, and edamame. Everything was delicious, and we enjoyed the Snap Dragon wines (Cabernet & Riesling). The orange mouse tart was first served frozen, but then replaced for one that was ready to eat. The only thing that really turned me off was the conditions of the seats. Most of the coverings were disintegrating. Overall, it was a good experience."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "came here looking to try a new Japanese/sushi place and discovered a pleasant surprise. liked the modern decor. service was prompt. tried a dinner combo box and 2 rolls (I forget the names). the teriyaki chicken & salmon were both were prepared well. the fish in the sashimi & rolls were fresh. great spot to come back in the future"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Beat up furniture, no sparkling water, sushi was average, waiter in training was very sweet but not a good waiter."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We made reservation for 7 people and there is last minute change and we have to add 5 more people. They are very accomodating and add extra table so we are able to have a group of 12 on the spot. Their food is very acceptable. Their appetizer is tasty and the price is reasonable. The waitress is very friendly. I love the place, the food and the people."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I would have walked right by this place and never booked if it wasn't for the reviews here but I certainly wasn't disappointed. (You will be if you don't reserve - they are very busy and fill up fast!) The Sushi was amazing and the menu was extensive. This is Sushi done by Japanese people with Sushi training; they know their stuff. Great service, knowledgeable staff. Prices were very reasonable. Thursday is $7 Sushi specials, well worth remembering. I would highly recommend and will return. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Came here on a Thursday for the $7 all sushi rolls promo. Who can beat that?! Decor is modern and hip, service was great. Tried some Walu sashimi, ehh wasn't completely defrosted.. I've never had icy Walu before definitely a first. As for the rolls, nothing special. I'd only come back on a Thursday. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We were staying in milbrae for a wine tour the following day and we ate here because the reviews were good. We made reservations online fast and easy. We were seated within 5 mins upon arriving. It's a hip place with great sushi and good food. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We has three pork ramen's and a California roll. The food was average and the service was poor. I had to keep calling the wait staff every time i wanted something. They should check in on their customer more often. I will give this place one more try."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Visited with a friend who was in from out of town. Was very pleasantly surprised to find that they had specially priced rolls on the night that we happened to dine there. Taste and quality were good, and you can't beat the discounted prices!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We have been here before and were expecting outstanding food. We ordered a number of smaller plates instead of a dinner. The beef rolls were mediocre as was the yake soba. The othe dishes we had werent bad but nothing special. The best thing we had was a special sushi which was quite delicious. We have definitely had better food in other Japanese restaurants."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Large selection of sushi options made it worthwhile to try something new. Very fresh food. A little pricey but noticeably better food than most sushi restaurants. Service was far better than average for a slow to moderately slower evening. This was our first visit and we'd definitely go back"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "food was actually good. Wait person lacked attention and focus. Perhaps needs more experience, training, and common sense."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I loved the different types of sushi they had to offer"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Everybody is friendly and greet you promptly. Food is good with decent portion. Price is reasonable and they offer special deal. Foods come out quickly without 10 minutes. They have a lot of special rolls to choose from. We will definitely come back to try their other rolls."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Waiter very aggresive in pushing high priced items. Seats old with broken cover and dirty bathroom."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Situated on a popular street in Millbrae with other shops and restaurants. Could be cozy enough for a couple's night out, but is also kid-friendly for families. Rolls are good, especially the crunchy California roll. The tempura is also excellent. Is a tad pricey for what you get, but the restaurant has a special "roll night" one night during the week, which has their rolls at a discount. Will definitely have to check it out again on that night!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Not cheap for that small food. That doesn't match the Yelp's $$ sign."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "Compare to the price, the taste of the food is very disappointing. Everything is too sweet. I like sweet, but even for me, they are too sweet! Nothing WOWING. We were seated at a table behind a glass partition, there was a group in the corner that is LOUD (not energetic, more of annoying). Being behind the partition, the sound is amplified. Very annoying. Our server is the best feature of our visit. I don't think I will come back here."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Have eaten much sushi elsewhere over the years. Have also cooked and consumed more than my fare share of New England lobster. This was one of the most memorable ways of preparing lobster I have ever tried. Live lobster, tail cut and served sashimi style, then remainder of lobster cooked in a fantastic spicy ramen noodle soup. Truly extraordinary. My first time here, really memorable, will be back again!"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "The menu had so many options but they all felt like they were very similar with very subtle differences. Just so many options that it felt overwhelming to pick and choose. For some reason, this place had lots of families with young children coming here. I don't have a problem with kids, but these all seem to have the kids that would hollar and scream, so it was noisy. Then there was only 2 waitresses in the whole place, which wasn't too bad for the size of the restaurant. But two times I asked a bus-boy and a different waitress who brought our food (but not our main waitress) for a straw, and they both didn't bring it out. Our main waitress was great though!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I am picky about my sushi. This place has ok sushi. Its not the best its not the worst. Its about average for sushi in the area."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "I went to Zen Bistro for dinner with my husband. We had grilled asparagus, Agedashi tofu, Rock N' Roll, a combination dinner of California roll, chicken teriyaki and Tempura. They were all tasty. Then we ordered a cream puff and a snowball, which weren't so good. We should have ordered some other desserts. The service was very good and we enjoyed our eating out. I would hghly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Modern decor. Service wasn't bad but could be a bit more personable. Food was good. We ordered the some bento boxes, gyoza, dragon roll, tokyo ramenchicken, tuna tataki and cold sake. A little on the pricey side but the food was almost good enough to justify the cost."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "We came here for the first time on a Thursday, had no idea they had all rolls $7. To say the least, we will be coming back! Food was fantastic, they were very busy so service was ok but it was efficient. Thumbs up!"
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "We visited on a Thursday and found they offered $7 for any roll on their menu. Made the choice for rolls very easy! Many of the rolls had tempura or were lightly deep fried. A bit too much fry for us but we still managed to consume about 4 rolls between the 3 of us. We also had a bowl of their varied sashimi and it was delicious. The prices were normal for sushi and incredibly inexpensive on their $7 Roll Thursday. Fun place. Nice job. Unexpected find."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "Had dinner with my wife at the restaurant. Sushi was fresh. Food was good. However service need improvement. After taking our order, the server didn't return to check with us after we've almost finished our food. We had to wait for her to add some tea. Then, after we finished our dinner, she came by to give us the dessert menu. However, she didn't come back to take our order for over 20min. We decided to ask for the check (from another server) instead."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Sushi is featured, but their small plates, izakaya, was fun and yummy. The grilled asparagus was delicious. Their nigiri hamachi was incredibly generous - the huge thick slice of very fresh hamachi was an unexpected surprise."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "Zen bistro honestly had one of the tastiest sushi I have ever had! (O.J. Roll, Volcano Roll YUM). The oysters were fresh and delicious and the service was awesome and got our food out so quickly! The $1 oysters and sake wednesdays was a great plus"
    Dined on 7/24/2013
  • "It was my second time there. I like the setting with bench seats and the movable walls providing some privacy for groups. Food and service were fair, not exceptional, but would still recommend to others. Price range is reasonable."
    Dined on 7/14/2013
  • "Very surprising restaurant, somewhat of a hidden gem. Very amiable staff, we decided to challenge them to see if the chef could prepare a "special dish" for us and he did! Would definitely come back!"
    Dined on 6/7/2013
  • "Had a great feeding frenzy and will return for sure!"
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "Great bento box choices, plenty of parking and good selection of sushi rolls."
    Dined on 6/28/2013
  • "My first time there. Nice place. Fair prices on their menu. Not outstanding, but up to my expectation. Will visit again. Thanks for the yummy complimentary green tea cheesecake after I liked them on Facebook."
    Dined on 6/28/2013