Zengo - Santa Monica

Zengo - Santa Monica

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com/zengosm/index.htm
  • Phone: 3108991000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Brunch, Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Richard Sandoval
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: For your exclusive gathering, host lunch, dinner or a cocktail reception in one of Zengo's stunning private event spaces: celebrate in the sophisticated yet upbeat dining room designed by internationally acclaimed AvroKo; the outdoor bar & lounge offers sweeping views of the ocean and Third Street Promendade; our intimate private dining room is lined with bottles from Zengo's collection of Latin and Asian spirits. Zengo accomodates groups of 20 to 225 for private events. Please contact our Private Events Manager or visit www.richardsandoval.com to view special menus and a gallery of photographs.
  • Private Party Contact: Kandis Leigh 3108991000
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment from LA's top DJ's during Saturday & Sunday brunch from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Public Transit: The Big Blue Bus and Rapid line both have drop offs in front of the Santa Monica Place at the corner of 4th Street and Broadway.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Structure 7 & 8
    Santa Monica Place Mall
    Corner of 4th & Broadway
    Operates 24 hours daily
    First 90 minutes free
    $1 for the next hour, $1.50 each add'l 30 min.
    $14 maximum daily
A word from Zengo - Santa Monica
Zengo is a sophisticated blend of Latin-Asian styles and flavors. Chef Richard Sandoval, whose accolades include Bon Appétit Restaurateur of the Year and Mexico’s Toque d’Oro, artfully spins Latin-Asian ingredients into beautifully balanced dishes designed for sharing. To complement the cuisine, Zengo offers a collection of regional spirits, including Rums, Cachacas, Tequilas, Sakes and Shochus. The cocktail menu showcases Latin-Asian classics, as well as creative interpretations, made with hand-muddled fruits and herbs. Buen provecho!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Zengo - Santa Monica reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (62)good for groups (51)scenic view (44)fit for foodies (41)great for brunch (39)special occasion (36)hot spot (25)romantic (25)great for lunch (21)vibrant bar scene (21)neighborhood gem (19)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • A dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Zengo offers a unique dining experience with food variety for everyone from vegetarians to carnivores as well as sushi lovers. The special pricing on all-you-can-order-and-drink is really special and let's your party try out virtually everything on the menu for 2-hours. I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting fusion cuisine
    MsPeppersVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I dined at Zengo for dinner. There is an outside dining patio as well as a large inside space with views of the shopping center. The food is Mexican-Asian fusion with a mainly tapas menu and about 7 or 8 traditional entree offerings. We opted to try the tapas and enjoyed most of them. Our favorites were the Thai chicken empanadas (3), the Chinese broccoli (actually broccolini) and the bay scallop ceviche which was spicy. The duck confit tacos were disappointing - the duck was not flavorful and the taco "shell" was kind of like rice paper and did not pair well. We tried the Angry Zengo sushi roll which was okay - nothing special and on the tiny size. The wines were a bit overpriced with glasses in the $12 range.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bestie Dinner Date
    DinnerDateHappy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Had a dinner date with my Bestfriend here on a Friday night. Thought it would be crowded but it seemed to be roomy and comfortable. Seating was comfortable,except for the table being a little close to the fire pit. Food was delicious we had the endless small plates option,Thai Chicken Empanadas-unbelievable. I don't even eat chicken regularly,changed my mind then. Ambiance is laid back it's a little loud as it's near the promenade,they close a little early and our server was nice and knowledgeable,no writting down of orders necessary. Only surprise was when we got the bill,our server told us that the endless was a good option to share but not that he would charge us for two endless options but no biggie. P.S. Mango Lemonade-Amazeballs!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Very disappointed in my current meal to previous meals at the Denver location
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunchers Beware
    ilovezengo
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I made my reservation for 3:00pm (like I have before) for unlimited brunch. I confirmed my reservation before driving an hour to the restaurant. As I was parking, I got a call asking if I was coming. I said yes (again) and was told that if I did keep my spot I would have to order a la carte which defeated the whole purpose. I decided to just go to the hostess as I was so close and she said the same thing. After picking up a brunch menu and pointing out the times that qualify I was asked to wait. Eventually I was seated and we got the unlimited brunch. I love this place and it was sad that I was stressed out and felt VERY unwelcome while eating. Our server was wonderful but the vibe was not friendly. Why the last minute changes?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vibrant Brunch
    Adri
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We dined at Zengo for Sunday Brunch during labor day weekend. Through Open Table, we were able to get a reservation at 1230 on the rooftop... it was very hip/chic. There was even a DJ providing great music to vibe to. Our glasses were kept full and the food was delicious. The location at 3rd street promenade was absolutely perf. Would def recommend to others!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JinLA
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was pretty good and no significant comments. Kind of a gimmicky mall spot and the food felt a little cheap.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Marymon
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Have eaten at Zengo's several times and have been satisfied with the food. However, the selections that I and my guests had at this last visit was not at par. Perhaps this was the cook's day off!
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  • service needs work
    Robert
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    No person was at hostess stand for over 2 minutes, hostess stand had wet rag laying on place where you walk up, restaurant had no wine glasses available, one eventually provided was very dirty, waiter's english was poor. Restaurant not that busy, so no excuse. Food was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bro2
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had to insist they check for seats on patio after they told me they couldn't accommodate us there. We looked and there were SEVEN NON RESERVED AND AVAILABLE TABLES AND SEVERAL AVAILABLE BAR SEATS. They simply were too lazy to check and had just uttered the standard line. Unnecessary and unprofessional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch
    Joyce
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had brunch at Zengos and were very pleased with the food and service. the music was a bit loud for us. Overall excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dirty
    Dining101
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Tables were dirty, couches were dirty and stained, bathroom had no toilet paper. If this is a night spot, the management should clean up afterward, get the restaurant ready for day time diners and not leave it a mess from the night before. The food was okay but I doubt I'll be back when there are many other options in the neighborhood who take care of their restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • localresident
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Some very unusual but tasty mixes of Asian and Latin cuisine, though a bit pricey by the time you eat enough to fill up. Restaurant is very large, so tables are usually available even on short notice. Those tend to be inside because the outside deck, with the view of the Promenade, fills up quickly. But still a nice setting with a low noise level. The setting, unusual food and near-certain availability of tables make it a favorite for us to take visitors from out of town.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • never disappoints
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    always good!! the service is great - the cocktails are delicious - happy hour menu is great - dinner menu is varied and I've never had a bad meal in the four times I've been.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, great deal, fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I'm not an all-you-can-eat type, but the $49pp endless small plates/cocktails is a great deal. We weren't sure if it would be a good value, but once we started adding up the plates and drinks we decided to go for it. We had a sushi roll, a ceviche, fried rice, chicken empanadas, a fried eggplant ravioli, brussel sprouts, and a couple of things I can't remember, plus a cocktail and 3 glasses of wine each over a couple of hours. The wine was good and all the food was high quality, which you wouldn't normally expect for "endless." Even individually, the items were well priced. The restaurant is beautiful and the patio is large. The server was great, very patient explaining the concept and dishes, even to some children sitting near us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we love zengo
    Arrchurro
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    its hard to get a sunday brunch that expands greater than scrambled eggs and potatoes. Zengo is the place, such a great deal and the service is amazing. tapas makes it easy to share and the food and drinks come out right away. we had a blast!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Dine LA Experience
    antoinettekunda
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Really enjoyed most of the food - had some really good combinations of spices and flavors. Very hard to find but worth the effort. And then of course Santa Monica on a Saturday night traffic (both vehicle and pedestrian) was a nightmare. Will go again because of the food & atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best deal in SoCal
    MoosemanVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    What can you say about a restaurant that serves delicious, creative Latin/Asian fusion food, with friendly and efficient service, overlooking the Santa Monica mall from the outside deck? You can say "It's terrific!" Then, add the unlimited small plates on the DineLA menu (also brunch on the weekend) for $35 per person, and you simply have the best combination of food, service, locale and price in all of SoCal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    crystal
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The service was excellent. The waiter was friendly and the woman with him was too. The manager came to the table after the meal and was very gracious. It was my friends birthday and we were given the cake, which was delicious, for free. Nice touch! I have frequented a restaurant on numerous occasions for years and was never given anything for free by the owner who knows me by name. I don't go as often. We tried as many item on the menu as we could and would have liked to try more. We liked almost everything and would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad quality food
    Amine
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food wasn't tasty. Sushi tempura cold. We ordered several small plates but nothing was good... The service was nice and friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dine LA experience 7-23-14
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I went with my husband and son and we were all pleasantly surprised for the choices and the quality of dishes. Service and the ambience were also excellent. We chose indoor and it felt so open, airy and comfortable. Their outdoor space looks wonderful if you don't mind the heart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch!
    Sherry
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Had a best friend in town and we chose to lunch on the deck! Great food, excellent!! The DineLA bento box special was simply fabulous!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food not up to par
    Am1LA
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I was excited by the all you can eat small plates, but the food was not up to par. Every dish had a slightly sweet flavor and was very boring. The restaurant is beautiful though and service was good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We tried 6 or 7 small plates (which actually are not too small). Each was perfectly prepared, creative and delicious. The waiter was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Reviewer1000VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We tried it during Dine La week, they offered a great deal: many varieties for an amazing price, we loved everything we tried. For sure we will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food!
    fatnhappy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The service was really great! Came a little late due to some minor traffic in Santa Monica but still was seated around 10-15 min. And after that it was all about the food. My friends and I went there for the DineLa Restaurant Week and it was unlimited seafood for $35, so we came hungry. We were just destroying plate after plate after plate and the service didn't show any signs of slowing down. They had great cocktails and refills were on time. No one really felt left out during the dinner and all the food was pretty spot on. And it is also a great spot to be for dinner since afterwards we were able to walk around Santa Monica and experience a little night life. Overall great place for dinner and would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Treated my friend for lunch on her birthday . A small chocolate cake and ice cream was brought to her gratis. Nice touch. The dine LA menu was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DineLA deal
    wendy14
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    To celebrate a friend's birthday, we selected Zengo dining for dinner. The all-you-can-eat small plates menu worked well for our group. We tried almost all the different small plates. Favorites were: wings, Manchego mashed potatoes, and the pork ribs. The only drawback with the dining was the timing of some of the plates. We had mashed potatoes without anything to go with them because the ribs and the wings arrived either way before or way after the potatoes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer service
    Morena
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Our server forgot one of my orders and when I asked for it again it was brought to me right away meaning that the food was just sitting in the kitchen. I ordered the fried shrimp buns, which are fried so, the taste was not great once it got to my table. Also, the server forgot my boyfriend's order of empanadas and he was sitting for a while without any food waiting for the empanadas until we had to remind the server of it. The server was nice it's just that he forgot our orders twice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth it
    mmcfly
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great find! I will definitely be coming back here. Was surprised how good asian-fusion style food tasted. I loved that the DineLA menu was tapas style. Besides the food, the service was great. Only felt ignored when it came time to pay for the check but its probably because it looked like we were still eating (we definitely ordered with our eyes).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinela week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    was here for lunch during dinela week and got the bentobox - great value for the money and so delishhhh :) happy customer!!!! and their lunch ends at 4pm. yay.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GO UNLIMITED!!!!
    mikes4him
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I came to Zengo for a business dinner and we had a magnificent time! My colleague and I both got the unlimited zengo which we were able to have unlimited small plates, and unlimited drinks! We enjoyed so many of the options and drank several margaritas and had some excellent wine! WE sat outside and had a lovely meeting. It was not too loud to have a conversation and we were able to eat some wonderful food, enjoy some great drinks and we laughed the night away (it may have been the margaritas....) All in all, we LOVED the spicy Guacamole and the Brussel Sprouts. Everything was so good though, so you cannot go wrong. If you are in Santa Monica, you should check this place out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Restaurant
    BerryVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We have been to Zengo many times since they opened and we love it! The fusion menu is creative and tasty and they have great cocktails. My favorite small plate is the Thai Chicken Empanadas and the Prickly Pear Caipirinha is a yummy drink. We have always had good service at Zengo.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Hour
    SecretRendezvous
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I went to Zengo for the first time as a co-worker and I wanted to do happy hour after work one day. I googled happy hour in Santa Monica and this place had great reviews. We met there and had drinks and some minimal dining but everything was great. Service, food, ambiance, and view. I definitely recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FUN!
    ddhug
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Really fun place and great price for an all you can eat and drink brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    For the past few years I have been a big advocate for the weekend brunch, it was a fun experience in a beautiful location. But with the slight increase to the price, the changes to the menu, variable food quality, and the increasingly poor service I am seriously reconsidering bringing visitors from out of town there again.
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  • Excellent brunch, Terrible Service
    DietSchmiet
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Saturday & Sunday brunch is amazing. Delicious food, gorgeous interior, lively (loud) ambiance, DJ spinning on the patio... but consistently poor service. Apathetic, unfriendly service is a downside. Food and cocktails are great, but servers make you feel like you're bothering them when you ask for more. :(
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you like Chili's
    PaulE
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    There is little at Zengo other than hype. The talk of 'fusion' is like that one expects at Chili's of F.G.I. Fridays - fried, greasy and tasteless. If you must go, the shrimp lettuce wraps and the ceviches were the best of the small plates we tried - And we tried most of them
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy!
    ngourdikian
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We opted for the $60 all you can eat small plates & drinks menu. Every single small plate was delicious and exciting to try. I had the limonata and sake sangria and both were so delicious. We were seated outside which was perfect. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone! Great for groups, great for dinner, great for anything.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tuesday Night Out
    Partyof2
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    As the title suggests, weekday night out and the place was fairly empty. They put everyone on the balcony. Great vibe, and view overlooking the promenade. You can see the sun set while enjoying dinner. We ordered several small plates including duck tacos, arepas, and empanadas. I loved the empanadas, and the tacos were my second favorite. The empanadas had duck and pork in them, and came with a mango salsa and a thai type sauce. Great blend of flavors. This place is definitely worth a visit. Multiple visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.