Zen Japanese Izakaya

4.5
21 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
We are a small and cozy restaurant in River Oaks are in Houston,
Our menu is carefully selected for you from what you can eat in Japan, many of them are not popular in United States yet, but there are lots of more dishes you should try, you will discover your favorite dish! You may notice we have many Japanese customers here which means our dishes are authentic.
Our head sushi chef is also Japanese, we have special fish selections from Tokyo Fish Market. Please try our fresh daily special fishes.

We hope you experience real Japanese atmosphere in Houston at Zen.
What 21 People Are Saying
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CB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is quickly becoming one of our favorite sushi restaurants. Highly recommend!!

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o
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Japanese food in a casual strip center along Shepherd. Inside the restaurant was nicer than the outdoor appearance and the food tasted great. Our meals arrived at different times so I was disappointed however everyone at our table liked the food when it arrived. I think this would be a good lunch time venue and an informal dinner venue.

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always

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R
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have had countless wonderful meals in Tokyo, and this comes very very close to hitting the mark.

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OT
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Small but nice atmosphere. The food tasted fresh and was good value for the quality. Would go again.

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A
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The raw fish in the chirashi is very fresh and the assortment is excellent. I have been to numerous Japanese restaurants in Houston, Boston, Philadelphia and DC and the quality of the food at Zen is worth coming back to. The service is very friendly. The staff explained the various fish in the dish. They also suggested the best way for my son to eat his toro don. This is my second visit to Zen and I see many more in the future.

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R
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice little spot! Service was outstanding and sushi was delicious. Recommend.

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OT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It’s a good spot for a chill friend dinner during the week. Get the tuna tower and the white peach sake.

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BR
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The server was very nice but not very attentive. The food was excellent

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D
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It’s just a so-so restaurant. Didn’t worth the dine there. The wagyu beef was not cooked well. It was still chewy and raw. Had to send it back. The sushi was okay and you get the same in wholefood. So why go to a restaurant? Would not recommend or go back again.

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HF
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It's a smaller neighborhood sushi restaurant near River oaks here in Houston. The sushi was quite good, as good as any other place I tried in Houston. The other Japanese dishes are excellently prepared the presentation with pleasing to the eye--especially the fried eggplant. I highly recommend this place.

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ET
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flat out some of the freshest and best sushi in town.

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UM
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Zen... it is one of our favorite sushi places in Houston. Fantastically fresh fish and flavorful creation!

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n
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and loved the ambiance. Not rowdy and noisy so my best friend and I had a good time talking and eating. The waiter was very nice too

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excelente good and great service

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K
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Most authentic Japanese restaurant I’ve tried in Houston. Creative menu and very fresh ingredients. This will be my favorite Japanese spot from now on.

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m
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Authentic sushi in the neighborhood with attentive service.

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c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always consistent. Fresh sushi. Clean restaurant. I feel like this place gets overlooked because of its location, but we live nearby and go all the time.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Authentic Japanese restaurant with tons of menus which you can not find any other places here in Houston.
Actually this is the only Japanese restaurant we go as native Japanese live in Houston.
I have been using this restaurant for many times and this is the first time I book through Opentable.

We usually order their sashimi and Nigiri with the fishes from Tokyo fish market, always their fish is very fresh and pretty reasonably priced. This time we had their lunch menu for the first time, I was impressed with their Bento Box. It has lots of different items, great presentation and all tasty.
Service is always very friendly and attentive, I always see many other Japanese customers here which explains easily how their food is authentic.
If you want a authentic Japanese food in casual setting, this is the place!

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a
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Horrible sushi. Won’t ver go again. Only good thing we had was the seaweed salad.

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MI
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omakase was outstanding! We loved everything there! Service was great too!

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