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Zento Contemporary Japanese Cuisine + Sake Bar
Zento Contemporary Japanese Cuisine + Sake Bar

Zento Contemporary Japanese Cuisine + Sake Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zentocontemporary.com/2013
  • Phone: (215) 925-9998
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH

    Monday to Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

    Saturday: 11:30am - 5pm (Dinner menu is served)


    Sunday to Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

    Parties Larger than 8, Please Call in to Reserve Your Table
    $45 credit card minimum please
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Sam Ho
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Years of experience with local establishments and organizations to provide on-site and off-site sushi catering service for special events. Sushi Party trays are also available upon request.
  • Special Events & Promotions: The 2nd floor dining room can occupy 30 - 40 people with a full liquor and premium sake bar, overlooking the dining room on the first floor through the glass windows. This stylish room can be used for large private parties or special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Free Validated Parking Thursday-Saturday 5:00-Close
  • Public Transit: Market-Frankford Line- 2nd Street Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: In the event that street parking is not available, Zento Offers FREE Validated (Indoor) parking at Sky Park located at 37 S 2nd St on the North East Corner of 2nd and Chestnut St.
A word from Zento Contemporary Japanese Cuisine + Sake Bar
*Free Validated parking located at Sky Park (Indoor Garage) 37 S 2nd St on the NE corner of 2nd and Chestnut St Thursday-Saturday 5:00-Close

Sexy and trendy two-story spacious establishment with a full liquor and premium sake bar. The main dining room welcomes you with a 10 ft long sushi bar, attended by our talented and skilled chefs. Then few steps away is the full liquor bar fills with good selections of top shelf liquors and premium sakes for all preferences. The warm table setting welcomes our guests to enjoy a fine meal. The 2nd floor dining room is also occupied by a full liquor and premium sake bar, overlooking the dining room on the first floor. This stylish room can be used for large private parties or special events.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "I wanted to find a restaurant to have my birthday dinner with a small group (4) of friends, with good ambience, not too crowded/deserted, good food and drinks. This is a great place to do that on any night!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "I adore Zento. I've been going for years and the waitstaff never changes. It proves it's a good place to work AND great for repeat customers. Their white peach cosmo is worth every penny."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The food was delicious and it came out at the perfect pace. Ordered a bottle of wine and for the price we got more than we expected. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I would not go there, nor recommend people to go there, for the price you are paying, food was ok, but not worth it."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great sushi and wonderful service. The place is super busy on the weekends so make a reservation!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Freshest sushi around! Would eat there 5 times a week! cocktails are amazing too!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Love the sushi! It was all VERY good. The decor is very nice and we all had a great time. I would go again anytime. This is one of my new favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We had a party of 5. Were sat upstairs- would have preferred downstairs near the action with a res. The food was amazing. Some of the best sushi in town but it was coupled with some of the poorest service I have had in a long time. Our server took about 30 minutes to get us a drink and then Tried to put our order into a tablet but it wasn't working,well- not sure if that caused the hold up- but appetizers all came like 20 minutes apart- and then our main dishes were all screwed up we go double of things we didn't order and missing others- after being there for over 2 hours we just ate what came- which was delicious. Plus our bill was over $300. Which for 6 rolls, some sashimi, and some appetizers and drinks - seemed quite excessive!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I made a reservation the same day for a second anniversary. Due to an understandably slow Monday and heavy rain, the restaurant was very quiet. Nonetheless, our server was prompt, the food came out quickly--and tasted great, as usual. The dessert came with a candle, per communication between host and server regarding our anniversary note."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We went on a really busy Friday night. I had made reservations for two, and was disappointed to be seated in a cramped space right near the door. There was no ambience and a lot of traffic. The waitress and hostess were not particularly nice, but again it was very very busy. We ordered sushi and appetizers. The food was very good, but definitely a tad overpriced for the portion size. One plus is that this place has a full bar and is also a BYOB. I did not know that going in so did not bring wine, but others had bottles. There is a $10 corking fee (per bottle I believe) on Thursdays-Saturdays."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We have been to Zento twice now and are very impressed by the quality of their sushi. Always fresh with some interesting rolls to choose from. Very nice and friendly servers. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Always enjoy the great sushi at Zento. The fish is very fresh."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Fantastic Sushi in Olde City. What a great place. Wonderful food and great service. It was a memorable evening. I took friends and they loved it as much as I boasted about from past experiences. Bravo!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Service and food were wonderful. It was a great experience for a business lunch."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great food, quick service, quite restaurant. Everything was great"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Consistently great food and good service. Not to mention very reasonably priced. We will continue to come back!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Arrived at 12:15 for my 12:15 lunch reservation. No one in sight. Waited. Another customer was there to pick up an order and finally called down the steps to the kitchen. Finally I was seated. The nice waiter agreed to make iced tea -- which took a long time, but was nicely brewed. The tuna tartare with potato sticks was wonderful. Had a bowl of ramen with pork and greens. Very nice. Just seemed awkward as I was the ONLY diner in the place the entire time I was there."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "excellent Japanese food but curiously, it is SO EXPENSIVE. Sushi fish portions were very small atop the rice."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Had a great time! They service was personable, friendly and warm. They created an atmosphere where my friends and I could laugh, eat and have a good time. The food was good and fresh too! Amazing experience! Thanks Zento..."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is a wonderful sushi restaurant where there is no corkage fee during the week, but it also has a full bar and wonderful saki selection if you like saki. The food is delicious and the staff is wonderful! We found it last minute and LOVED it the first time when we just sat at the bar so we brought a whole group back recently who also enjoyed it as much! Since we were a group of 6 they gace us the upstairs which is a private little area and so great!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The server did not greet us upon sitting. He was sheepish in asking for our order. Never asked for our drink order. Didn't offer specials or advice. Was awkward."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Too many restaurants have amazing appetizers and somewhat disappointing entrees. We ordered a dozen items, and not a single one was anything less than adventurous, perfectly-prepared, fascinating, and delicious. They actually have a "notable sake list", more than a "notable wine list", but trust me, it IS notable."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The best thing about Zento was the ambiance. A very cute and cozy restaurant with very comfortable atmosphere. Otherwise, the food and service was mostly average to decent at best. We were warmly greeted and immediately seated. Our server was cordial with a good personality, but was slow and inattentive. Water glasses were not kept filled; we were never checked on to see if everything was okay or if we needed anything. I have had much better sushi in other locations in the area and the sushi here is decent, but not a good value. The chicken teriyaki was a rather poorly prepared version of this common Japanese restaurant entree. If the food and service matched the ambiance then Zento would be a 4 star location."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Service is a bit slow and portions are pretty small for the price. I got the Giesha Girl (great drink) but it was so tiny and the pan fried dumplings (5 tiny ones, very good btw). I will probably never order a drink again only food. Love the chargebox in the basement and the food still!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Hot Food came out either cold or lukewarm, order was mixed up and was charged for food we didn't order. Food and service use to be much better."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "There is a sushi joint on every corner nowadays, so it is hard to stand out. Zento is a little gem of a place, with maybe a dozen tables and a high ceiling that keeps the noise low. The service is attentive and the food marvelous. We had four rolls and two appetizers. The four rolls were fresh, nicely textured, and seasoned perfectly. The tuna was of highest quality, the shrimp was not overcooked, and the ingredients all harmonized. For appetizers, try the dumplings - melt in your mouth delicious. The only off note in the meal was the crab cake app, which lacked the seasoning and creaminess one expects; indeed, it tasted like cafeteria fish sticks. All in all, 5 out 6 dishes were not just hits, but home runs. I'll come back."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We went to Zento for a bachelorette party dinner. It was our first stop of the night and definately was the right choice. Our waiter was superb! He made the bride to be and our whole party feel very special. The food was also amazing. The dinner was topped off with ice cream on the house for the bride to be. It was the perfect first stop to an excellent bachelorette night. Thank you Zento!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We would probably never have found this place if it weren't for Restaurant.com. We were going to a show at the Prince Theater and decided to give it a try. We checked and found it had wonderful reviews online. The menu was not extensive, but what they did have was excellently prepared. Our server was attentive. The place was a BYOB, which made it extremely affordable. We would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "everything was wonderful, fresh, and the drinks were delish"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "3 friends and I enjoyed the intimate setting of this place as we wined and dined on some delicious food. The drinks are a little pricey, so we brought our own wine. The uncorking fee was only $5 a bottle and our server only charged us to uncork the first bottle. It is a small place, so I would definitely recommend making reservations in advance as it fills up quickly!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Zento is by far one of the best japanese restaurants in Philadelphia. The sushi is always fresh, the service terrific and overall a great dining experience. I go to Zento quite often, and I have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "A super solid pick for a great night out. Everything is right with Zento."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is my favorite sushi place in Old City - maybe in Philadelphia all together! The people are super nice and hospitable, the sushi is great, the beer selection is good, and the atmosphere of the restaurant is nice. It's not huge, but it doesn't feel cramped, and you can tell someone put a lot of thought into the decorating. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "If you are philly local or out of town, Zento is one of the best sushi restaurants on the East coast. Quality and Taste are excellent. Service is always five star."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "The food is really good - although they haven't changed up the menu in quite a while for some of the more unusual pairings. Sushi and Sashimi need to be fresh, not just inventive, and Zento DOES do fresh well. The wait staff is not as organized and should pay more attention to the diners. Still, a neighbor gem."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Fantastic sushi and sake options. If you enjoy Japanese cuisine, this is a place you need to try "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Zento never fails with delivering impeccable, mouth watering dishes. The fish is always fresh and the specialty rolls are generous in quantity. The crab cake appetizer was just the perfect serving and although fried, not over-fried or dripping with oil. Love this place over and over, just wish I could afford quality sushi every day!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Top notch sushi and not overly expensive. Excellent variety and all is excellent."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Overall great restaurant. BYO with tasty sushi list, small but cool decor."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Went friday for lunch with my wife and it was great, the sushi was very fresh, the beef bento box was awesome the ginger dressing on the salad was light and refreshing. the waiter Ken was one of the best waiters i have been served by he was fast and polite. will do lunch here again when I am in the sushi mood."
    Dined on 4/25/2014