Zengo - D.C.
Zengo - D.C.

Zengo - D.C.

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com/zengodc
  • Phone: 2023932929x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 3-8pm;

    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-2:30pm;

    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm; Friday & Saturday 5:00pm-12:00am;

    Bar/Lounge: Monday - Thursday 3:00pm-11:00pm; Friday & Saturday3:00pm - 2:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Fusion / Eclectic, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Richard Sandoval
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are happy to cater a memorable menu of Chef Richard Sandoval's Latin-Asian cuisine to outside locations.
  • Private Party Facilities: Zengo is a sophisticated blend of Latin-Asian styles and flavors. Our beautiful two story building, offers a space full of versatility, with capacity ranging from groups of 10 to 450 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Tim Gabel, Nora Bankert 2023932929x
  • Special Events: HAPPY HOUR Monday-Saturday from 3-8PM at the bar/lounge.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th & H Street NW
  • Public Transit: Red, Green, Yellow lines at Chinatown/Gallery Place
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet service at $12 per car during dinner Wednesday - Saturday only. There is a parking garage within the Gallery Place complex.
A word from Zengo - D.C.
Zengo, which translates to "give 'n take", merges flavors of Chef Richard Sandoval's heritage with his passion for Asian cuisine. This melding of flavors and cultures results in intriguing shareable dishes.
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Zengo - D.C. reviews from OpenTable diners
265 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (150)good for groups (113)great for brunch (104)special occasion (85)hot spot (81)vibrant bar scene (54)great for lunch (47)romantic (43)neighborhood gem (35)late-night find (23)notable wine list (12)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (6)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Fabulous Server - Roberto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My sister and I brought our parents to Zengo for a 40th Anniversary celebration during brunch. We picked it because of the bottomless option to choose as many things off the menu as you like, and for the flowing mimosas! The place was REALLY LOUD, even though we were sitting at a table in the corner next to a window (great view!). The best part of all was that we had a fabulous server, Roberto. He was extremely busy, and pulled in a million directions, but hadn't it with grace. He congratulated our mom and dad on their longtime marriage commitment, and shared a bit about his own family. It made all the difference to have an attentive, relatable person guiding us through the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bottomless brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food here was absolutely amazing and did not disappoint. I had been here for dinner and was very pleased so I knew brunch had to be just as good. The service was fantastic. The cocktails kept being filled without having to ask which in my book is a win during a bottomless brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • convenient to verizon center, but .
    Xpat4ever
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This place was very convenient for a pre-show (Verizon center) dinner. The food was sort of interesting although nothing fantastic. Don't get the Duck Fried Rice as it was very bland and dried out. I would try to find another venue next time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice!
    adam71
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The experience was great. When I told our server that we were there for our anniversary, she brought us sparkling wine with dessert, which was appreciated. We'll be back for the late night dancing!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unimpressed
    emily
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My boyfriend and I decided to try out Zengo thanks to their awesome looking menu, and the upcoming restaurant week. We both had really good drinks (lychee martini and sake sangria), but we were unimpressed completely with the food. The appetizers we had were alright, but our main courses were exceptionally sweet and the lamb my boyfriend ordered was almost inedible. Thankfully the waiter offered him a different dish - the tofu - which was fine, but also quite sweet and neither dish was spicy which they were advertised as. The desserts were also very "meh" - the churro was doughy, not crispy and the avocado panacotta was alright. Would not recommend except for drinks and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great choice
    ArlFoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food is consistently delicious and enjoy the cocktail list. One my favorites in dc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegans & meat-eaters
    MAWG
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a party of 4, 2 vegans and 2 omnivores. It was Friday morning, and we needed a guaranteed place to eat Friday night. Zengo took reservations. Their food was fantastic; the vegan food had as much thought put into it as did the regular dishes. Highly suggested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not like it used to be
    bbly
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I had not been to Zengo's in a long time, it seems that to menu has changed to a point that I will not be returning. There were not enough Asian/Latin fusion choices anymore. I really did not enjoy my food at all the waiter was slow.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Latin Asian Fusion??
    BettySoup
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    As an Asian, the taste is hard to like. It's obviously a popular place, but the food was unimpressive. Server kept up selling me to get something other than tap water.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service!
    Lorelai
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Went with a friend for restaurant week. There was a mistake on the menu and the waitress gave us complimentary drinks as a result!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Entire vegetarian menu & great wait staff.........
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Goodfood
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food. Took my family on vacation, and now one of our favorites. We'll return when back in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a Lunch Date
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I've been to Zengo numerous times, and love the menu for it's flavorful options. On this recent visit, I joined a friend for lunch. The food was delicious as always, but the service this go around was incredibly slow. It was lunch time, so the slow service was not appreciated. I ordered a tuna and watermelon salad which was light and refreshing along with the spicy miso soup, which I would skip on my next go. My friend had the Cubano sandwhich bento box, and was happy with her dish as well. We shared the Xo edamame, which is a must get! However, the edamame came out after our meal, which was not as we intended. All and all, I'll go back again, with the hope that we get a better server next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • "Brunching" Foodie Friends
    Yumster
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We decided to meet our friends here for brunch but had never been to Zengo before. The unlimited drinks with brunch were our selling point. Upon arriving we were seated upstairs. Our table was ready, the decorations were very chic, service was outstanding (props to RedBear), and the drinks were flowing. The food was great for the most part; there were a few dishes I didn't care for. Not terrible, just not my taste. It was very loud inside - great place to meet friends but if you're looking for a romantic spot this isn't it! The empanadas, lobster grits, waffles, egg rolls, plantains, short rib hash and edamame were all outstanding!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Surprise!
    Fussyfoodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were looking for a really enjoyable pre-theater meal -- & we found it! The restaurant was quiet enough to have a conversation, but cool enough for all kinds of folks. (Quiet due to early dining-6pm??). Fussy foodie We had a lot of small plates & sushi, all of which were scrumptious & unique. Especially tasty were the vegetarian rolls & the tuna tacos, but everything was great! The service was terrific as well! We are planning lots of return visits & we all (4) would not hesitate to highly recommend Zengo to everyone. Also, the bar scene looked lively by the time we were leaving. Good find!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch variety
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great variety of eclectic brunch foods. Pretty expensive at $39/each.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • i enjoy eating at Zengos
    alipali62
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    have eaten at Zengos in NYC and DC. DC is my favorite despite the priciness:)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • joydc
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food was excellent as was the service. They had a gluten-free menu which was perfect for one of the members of my party. I was hoping for a bit of a calmer experience. I was there with 2 colleagues and at times, it was a bit challenging to hear the conversation. Great for happy hour vibe but not for a serious work discussion.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Doesn't Disappoint
    HStreetYuppieVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We've probably come here 4 times now, and the restaurant still doesn't disappoint. It's great for out-of-town guests, and has a little bit for everyone to pick from. We tried the Wagyu beef for the first time and it was delicious. It came with a hot stone to cook the strips of meat on right at our table. Legit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best brunch in DC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food is great, drinks are fun. Our waitress was very attentive. Wish they'd bring back the steak and egg tostada, but still great selection. Will def go back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Chinatown Find
    BigWVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This place is rapidly becoming my favorite lunch spot in Chinatown. The food is consistently good, with a creative, Asian fusion emphasis. Probably my favorite part of this restaurant is the big, old windows that overlook all the bustle of Chinatown. It has almost a New York vibe sitting near the windows and looking out over the street. Try to get a table near the windows, those tables are the nicest, by far.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food is really good. A bit noisy with the bar scene downstairs, but the food is always good and the service is too. A favorite place to go to with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    Rado86
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Hadn't been to Zengo in a while and was reminded how good the food and service are. Had the dim sum platter lunch special which was wonderful and quite a bargain for the amount and quality of the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food and drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Exceptional creative menu mingling flavors of Asia and Latin America - delicious drinks too. Really nice decor and great place for parties, a date or just the ultimate foodie experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dynamic food
    DCdiningdiva
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Me and my girls went to Zengo before a concert. We shared a variety of small plates. Not only was the food fantastic so was the service and our cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Loud
    luvfood27
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food was alright, not as good as I thought it would be (may be because it was really busy... idk). Too loud inside. The music was a bit too loud, I think, for brunch. We couldn't hear the server even though she seemed to be talking pretty loud and we had to raise our voices to hear each other. I do not think I would come back here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bottomless Brunch
    RRabbs
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    It is one of the best brunch spots I've dined at in the DC area. You can't beat the price, $35 for all you can eat and all you can drink. You definitely get your moneys worth. The staff was amazing, friendly, fun, and knowledgeable about the menu. They made sure our plates and glasses never went empty. I'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raised prices and now too expensive
    Kell
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The worst part was the raise in price of the bottomless brunch option which, in my opinion, made the experience not worth it. I wish there was some prior notification or mention by our waitress before we began ordering of the price change.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    sshee
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Came here for brunch and it was AMAZING! Our waitress was very attentive and the food came out extremely quickly. Thanks for a great time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great restaurant is even better!
    bardophile
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I love dining at Zengo before a play at Sidney Harman Hall, and I've always had good meals there. After having not gone in a year or so, I found dinner a couple of nights ago simply outstanding: wonderful and unexpected flavors and textures, wonderful service, all in all a complete pleasure. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for foodies!
    Pghfoodie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We chose Zengo while vacationing in DC and the food and service was outstanding! I highly recommend it to anyone! You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loud fun delicious
    BellevueDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This is not the place to go for a quiet drink and conversation. It is loud, with boisterous laughter and thumping music. If you have the right expectations it is a lot of fun. It's not all noise and style however. The service is pretty good and the food is just terrific. Inventive and well prepared small plates. The fusion of Mexican and Asian flavors really works.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quick Bite Became Gourmet Dinner
    CaliDiner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We stopped in for a quick bite before going to a movie and our dinner was delicious....absolutely gourmet quality fusion food. The tastebuds were happy. Our server was a wonderful woman named Stephanie, and it was her last night on the job before going on maternity leave. She was wonderful, attentive, and we couldn't have been happier at the end of our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, Service ok
    TimDVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Zengo was a very good choice for our lunch spot for 6 people. They were quick to seat us and our server was good to begin - then he disappeared. Once food was ordered we only saw him twice. Once because we needed more water (and called him over to our table) and the 2nd to pay the bill. Another server was delivering our food and took better care of our table than our assigned server. But, that didn't destroy the experience. Zengo is one of our faves in DC & we were excited to share it with our friends from out of town. The food didn't disappoint - it was outstanding! We all ordered various menu items and everyone was extremely pleased with their food. We will certainly return!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely worth a visit!
    jriz
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    There is no doubt that Richard Sandoval knows fusion. Zengo combines Latin fare with Asian cuisine styles. A visit will be incomplete without a taste of the Thai Chicken Empanadas and the Angus Beef and Pork Meatballs. A tad pricey, but worth it for an occasional visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was a great place to bring out of towners for brunch/ lunch! The food was amazing and I never saw the bottom of my mimosa glass :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday brunch
    mike11111
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We felt like we got a good deal for a bottomless brunch. Good food and good drinks served liberally.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing every time!
    paris3087VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Zengo is great. The food is amazing, the service was on point, and the drinks were delicious. This was the second time I came here, and it was just as good as the first time I went. If you are looking for unique creations, with a great atmosphere in a energetic neighborhood, then book a table here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Had a terrific, relaxed lunch at Zengos the week of July 4. Great food and terrific value for the price. Server was excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    Etjsinger
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I LOVE Zengo! The food is delicious, the service is fantastic, the atmosphere is great, and the drinks are delicious! This is the best brunch in DC, hands-down! I took a friend here who lives out of town, and he has not stopped raving about it since then :) Thank you for such a great experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.