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Zengo Denver

2775 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Zengo is a sophisticated blend of Pan-Asian styles and flavors. Chef Richard Sandoval, whose accolades include Bon Appétit Restaurateur of the Year and Mexico’s Toque d’Oro, artfully spins Pan-Asian ingredients into colorful, beautifully balanced dishes designed for sharing. The beverage menu features innovative, hand-muddled cocktails as well as an extensive selection of wines, sakes and tequilas. The vibrant décor fuses traditional and contemporary tastes, the perfect setting to sample Zengo’s acclaimed cuisine. For a relaxed yet upbeat afternoon, sip our signature cocktails on our outdoor patio.

“Zengo is by far the best restaurant in Denver, maybe even the country.”

The Denver Post

“…the coolest looking eatery in the west, it’s certainly unlike any other restaurant in Denver”
America’s Top Restaurants, Zagat

“Hot List Restaurants” Conde Nast Traveler
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Daily 4pm - 11pm
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2:30pm
Happy Hour
At the bar, lounge & patio
Monday - Friday 4pm - 7pm
Late Night Happy Hour: Sunday - Thursday 9pm - close
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Phone number
(720) 904-0965
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Richard Sandoval
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Private party facilities
The vibrant décor of Zengo fuses traditional and contemporary tastes, the perfect setting to sample Zengo’s acclaimed cuisine.
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Private party contact
Tanya Gaines: (877) 245-1496
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Zengo would be happy to tailor a catered menu for your off premise event.
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Cross street
15th & Little Raven
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Parking details
Monday - Saturday, Sunday Brunch offer Complimentary Valet.

Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Union Station Light-rail

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Live DJ at Sunday Brunch
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Special events & promotions
Bottomless Brunch
Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-2:30pm

Monday-Saturday from 5:00-7:00pm at the Bar & Lounge.
Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
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vipLifeIsTooShort (Denver)
1.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

It was closed. Please don't take anymore reservations for it.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Open table shouldn't allow you to make reservations at places that are no longer in business!! Puts a wrench in date night . . .

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
1.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

It's closed. Update your crap, OpenTable. Don't book here.

MnMC (Denver)
3.0  Dined on May 2, 2017

We were in to celebrate two birthdays and our waiter, Steve, was very accommodating: he needed to inquire with the bartender and chef a number of times regarding offerings and ingredients. The Ahi and Salmon pokes were delicate and flavorful, the Zen Omikase was tasty and well-suited for a group of four (we requested an additional portion be added so everyone had a serving of everything) and the Soba Noodle Sauté, Pork Ribs, and Bulgogi Tacos were thoroughly enjoyed. We appreciated the open feel of the space, and the mix of retro wire chairs and sculptural wood wall were a lively part of our dinner conversation. Unfortunately, they were out of two of the dishes we wanted - the Spicy Lump Crab Guacamole and Duck Maseca Pancakes, but we still ate well and shared nearly everything including a reasonably priced bottle of wine. Though we all enjoyed the side of thin sliced pickles, the Chicken Sate was dry and arrived sans peanut sauce - our waiter took it off the bill for us. Portions are rather small and pricing a little high, but the valet service is complimentary and in a 2-hr parking area, that makes a real difference for leisurely dining. Table maintenance was an issue at our small four-top, but Steve was otherwise attentive and friendly, and he graciously took care of our Birthday desserts and coffees. All in all, we enjoyed our celebratory evening and would return for nibbles/tapas, and a drink.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
2.0  Dined on May 1, 2017

We have eaten at Zengo many times before and had a great experience but have not been there in over a year. We went to celebrate a family birthday.
They were extremely overwhelmed. It started with only one valet person. He was doing the best that he could running back and forth but when almost all of customers need to use this service due to lack of available parking, you need to have more than one valet parker.
We had reservations which they didn't seem to care about although we were seated promptly. However, we sat at our table for almost an hour without service. At the forty minute mark, my husband inquired and our waiter came over about ten minutes later to take our drink and food orders. We received our food before our drinks and some of our drinks were beers. The bartender could not make a drink. Two of the three that we originally ordered came out as other drinks because they were out of the main ingredient of the ordered drink so they just randomly substituted a drink. They were good about taking the drinks back as we did not want them and they did not charge us. The newly ordered drink was a gin and tonic that tasted terrible, how does that happen? We just paid for it. The food was good but they were out of several items that they didn't tell us about until after the order was in process and then the server can back for a different order. At the end, only sorbet and churros where available for dessert so we passed. The food was good but not as good as it has been in the past and other people had dishes that cooked at their table and the entire restaurant was being filled with smoke.
The entire night the lights were turned up really high so you felt like you were being interrogated. It was seriously bright, almost like after hours lighting for cleaning purposes. Our server tried his best but we will not return.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
1.0  Dined on May 1, 2017

Worst Denver dining experience I've ever had on May 1 2017. We used to love Zengo, it was different and great food/service. We will never go again. They were out of Vodka (two types), and we got our wonton tuna tacos before any drinks ever arrived (server said bar was backed up - only about 6 people at bar). Tuna tacos were mostly white rice. No soy sauce on table, no sushi dipping bowls. No black cod available and it is one of only about 5 full entree size items on the menu. Sushi was inedible. Edamame was soaked in oil! Stir fry beef dish stone cold like it was made the day before. Tenderloin was well done shoe leather. Poor server was by himself and could not come close to keeping up. We bussed our own table and had to get soy sauce from other tables! Waygu beef at $13/oz with 3 oz minimum contained pieces that were pure fat (about $3/piece)! We complained to our server (he said he's heard it a lot lately) and to management. We were comp'd some of the food, but then they added $20 to the price of our bottle of wine! Server said he told them they overcharged on wine but maybe it was because our food was discounted. They did end up taking the $20 off but what shady business practice that was. We will never dine there again.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
1.0  Dined on May 1, 2017

I'm beyond disappointed with what Zengo has become. I've been a loyal diner since 2013 and today was unacceptable. They took off their best tapas and added on sushi. It was similar to the sushi you get from king soopers, the fish was dyed and thinly sliced. They replaced the black cod with mahi-mahi and they did not have grey goose or belvedere. It was the worst dining experience I've had in years. We had to send a dish back because it was cold and we had to bus our own dishes and put them on the table next to us. I will never be back.

Lisa (Denver)
2.0  Dined on April 30, 2017

It was a quiet night at Zengo when 4 of us went for a meal. The menu is interesting - with a mix of small plates for sharing. We like the location - easy to get to from the light rail or by car.

CGarr (Denver)
4.0  Dined on April 21, 2017

This was the first time I have been back to Zengo in a couple of years- food was great and the service was good but I do miss the brussel sprouts~

vipDBear (Denver)
4.0  Dined on April 21, 2017

If you go by other reviews, you might think that Zengo has really gone down hill in the last year, or since changing things up a bit. I would argue that this is not the case. We visited Zengo previously about 15 months ago and then last Friday. I was not terribly impressed with our earlier visit. This time, however, we went on Friday during Happy Hour so we could try a couple of drinks and an appetizer before dinner. We took a couple of seats in the bar area. Since they do not have any beer on tap (bottles only) I decided to try one of the $5 cocktails, the Whiski Wash. I enjoyed it and my wife liked the vodka/basil drink named the Brahma. The Chicken Karaage is chicken thigh meat served with a Korean chili sauce and was quite good. Since our service was good we saw no reason to move to the dining room and ordered our dinner in the bar area. We had the New Volcano Roll to start. I ordered the Squash Curry (which turned out to be pumpkin), and my wife got a spicy prawn dish of which I don't recall the name. Everything was very tasty, but if you shy away from spiciness with some heat, you may want to avoid Zengo. Both dishes were spicy in their own right, but not so much that it took anything away from the flavor of the underlying food. I really enjoyed the curry and could still taste the pumpkin. The spicy heat to the prawn dish is one that your mouth won't soon forget and stretched my palate a bit, but I would order it again if in the mood for such. The portions were good (we took home part of the prawn dish), so we didn't have dessert. In any case, the service, food and ambiance were all to our liking and we recommend giving Zengo another try.

vipMoodyFoodie (Denver)
3.0  Dined on April 15, 2017

We have been to Zengo's many times. This was our 1st time since their remodeled and the service was less than desirable. It seemed as if our waiter was on a self inflicted high. Yes, high off of something and we were dining with our 10 year old who was very uncomfortable with the twitching and erratic movement of the our waiter. As we were asking questions about the new menu he couldn't keep still and was consistently touching his nose and mouth and shaking. He had multiple band-aids on five of his fingertips that were dirty and it was just sad to experience this with our 10 year old. I excused myself and found someone to assist us in changing our waiter. I didn't want to make him feel uncomfortable either and they sent someone over to assist. As the night continued he did come over a couple of times to make sure we were all right and seemed to be coming down off his high.

Also, the bathroom wasn't clean and the toilet seat in one of the stalls was detached and just propped on the back of the toilet.
This experience is not what you would expect from Richard Sandoval brand and we were very disappointed and will not be going back to Zengos.

vipAHHA (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2017

Our first visit since the remodel. Although I like the larger tables, with more space in between tables, I liked the old, more colorful décor better. I also miss the larger menu, though everything we tried was exceptional, as before.

awesomefoodandservice (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2017

Great food, server was attentative, and automosphere was on point.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 9, 2017

Michael M. was amazing!!! Knew just what we wanted and kept the food coming, even with our dietary restrictions. Will be back.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 9, 2017

Yummy, creative dishes and great wait staff. Perfect for a date or a group.