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About Zento Sushi Restaurant and Sake Bar

Zagat Rated 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. The warm table setting welcomes our guests to enjoy a fine meal.


132 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Sushi, Japanese, Contemporary Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch/Dinner
Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 925-9998

Website:
http://www.zentooldcity.com/

Entertainment:
"Reverse Happy Hour" at Zento every day from 8:30pm-10:30pm. Enjoy half price Cocktails and selected food items at the bar area only.

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 or Let us cater at your location or home. Chefs on premisses upon availablitiy. Contact dp@zentocatering for more details.

Parking Details:
*Street parking is free after 5:00pm every Wednesday of the month.

Public Transit:
Market-Frankford Line- 2nd Street Station

Private Party Facilities:
Zento Sushi Restaurant+ Sake Bar is the ideal location for your next private event. Bring your guests to enjoy the trendy establishment and vibrant scene as our skilled chefs and professional waitstaff take care of the details.

Private Party Contact:
Event Coordinator: (866) 364-9010

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout

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.

Zento Sushi Restaurant and Sake Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

64% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (4)
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Quiet Conversation (4)
Cozy (3)
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Good for Groups (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

No matter the occasion, Zento never disappoints!

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Good time overall
Portions were very small for the price

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Not happy the menu of web site and open table is nothing like what they actually office. All the hot foods are gone form the menu. Of the six of us, two do not eat sushi. The staff had no answer on why web site was never updated.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was delicious but service is a bit slow

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The sushi was great, wine selection not so much. But above all, we were disappointed in the service. The waitress just walked up to us, not even making eye contact and just said "Are you ready". No hello or anything, which I thought was odd. Then we proceeded to wait an hour for any of the food. She came by and apologized but never offered a drink on the house or any sort of compensation for waiting way too long for food. I get sometimes you get backed up or find yourself understaffed and I'm usually very patient when that happens, but at least offer your customers that are feeling the most pain of it some sort of food/drink/monetary "sorry for your troubles".

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Staff stayed well-beyond closing time without any pressure for us to leave. Thanks for great sushi!

Tags: Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Zento was a most enjoyable sushi experience. Service was pleasant though a little slow. The sushi & saki were excellent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Family New Year's Eve dinner
Delicious, creative, friendly staff, knowledgeable waiter, chirisushi bowl awesome! Signature cocktails, Fair prices,
Great ambience

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Authentic, Spicy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The place looks very nice, the service is average, the food is just OK and all of it is way overpriced.. Will never come back and would not recommend to anyone.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Favorite sushi spot in Philly. Truly perfect for any occasion and every night! The menu and sushi is perfect!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2017

My husband and I wanted Sushi for our 1 month wedding anniversary. Love this new hidden treasure we found in our neighborhood. The sushi was amazing and the shrimp dumplings.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Liquor license lapsed which we didn’t know so it became a byob

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Cool cozy, scenery with great food choices. Taste great! Double check before you go to see if they received their liquor license. Sign says “& Sake Bar” but we needed to BYOB.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Out of date website
Everything we picked out from the online menu wasn’t actually on the menu any longer

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food3
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The ginger dressing salad and the seaweed salad were perfect. The sushi was delicious and was made very quickly. And the mochi was nicely made and sliced because we were splitting it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I made a reservation but the restaurant didn’t honor the reservation system. They were open but were not sitting customers due to a catering event. It would have been more appropriate to update the reservation system or call the customers who had reservation and inform them about the circumstances. Driving to the restaurant and learning that the restaurant wasn’t sitting customer isn’t a good practice.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent sushi! Great variety. Very efficient service as well!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Appetizers (edamame and a rainbow trout ceviche) were very good. Two of our rolls were generally good (though not as spicy as expected), and the branzalino (sp?) roll was excellent. The flight of sake was also very good. The service was very good. The atmosphere while we were there was relatively quiet, although it is the type of place that I could see getting loud if it had been more crowded. Having TVs in the back dining area (rather than just facing the middle bar area) was a little odd, and hurt the atmosphere a bit, I think (though I’ll admit to checking scores out as the night progressed). The cost was about what you’d expect for a nice restaurant in this area. Overall, very good; we will come here again.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

As always the food was amazing. Christian our waiter was great! Made sure we were happy! I highly recommend Zento!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great service! Great food! Our server Kelly was very helpful and took the time on a busy night to answer our questions and help us to enjoy a great night

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Every piece on every plate was fresh and vibrant. The presentation was beautiful. Christian, our server, was knowledgeable and friendly, and offered the perfect suggestions while guiding us through the menu. We had a delicious and memorable experience. Thank you Zento!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine here. We are eat here everytime we are in Philly.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

It was a really nice dining experience. The seating is a little tight, but still quite comfortable. I love the atmosphere and our server was just the right amount of attentive and friendly. The sushi was very good quality.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

My husband and I had a great meal and enjoys the calm, easy-going energy on Friday night. We definitely will be back as the sushi was very good and you're able to BYO (although we didn't this time). Will be spreading the word, for sure.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We always look forward to returning to the location of our first date ( down the street at the original). Food was good but clearly the original chef is no where to be seen. It was good sushi but to us lost it's vibe. Not sure we will return

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

My favorite sushi in Philadelphia. Freshest, most delicious fish. Never want any other sushi! Mexican Roll and Maguro sushi are my top favs. Very flavorful miso and awesome shrimp dumplings too.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Service was efficient and very friendly. The sushi and specialty rolls were excellent with lots of flavor. Also, loved the steamed dumplings and spring roll.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The sushi was excellent! Everything was so fresh. Service was friendly and efficient.
The 4 of us willBe back! A very good experience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Zento was a bit of a disappointment after reading all the great reviews. My husband and I ordered sushi but we found the rice a bit 'wet.' The Tamago sushi was squishy and wet, it must have been frozen before. The portions and value is great, definitely not the best sushi. My salad was over dressed as well. If you're looking for authentic, look elsewhere.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Always good food and drinks. Great for a night out with friends.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Three friends for a Saturday ladies night out. We requested a relatively quiet table and we were able to hear each other just fine (sitting right up front - we didn't mind. Not much change from outdoor temperature during a hot July night). The service wasn't perfect but we were far away from our servers other tables, and also we didn't need much attention. Our waitress was kind, helpful, understanding, and warm. Food was delicious. 2 miso soups, 4 specialty rolls, 1 app, 2 desserts = less than $30/pp. Highly recommend and will be going back for more occasions!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Groups, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

I had never been to Zento until last night 7/15/17 and didn't know what to expect. My date and I shared 2 apps. One was tuna tartare and the the other was a very small yellowtail sashimi. Both were enjoyable with the tuna being very good and the other was good despite the very small portion size. The rolls were very good and desert of fried ice cream was OK. I definitely would go back as I like the vibe of the area.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 11, 2017

My pinky is bigger than the size of their eel that they have in the sushi roll.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Very fresh sushi and great service! We've been to Zento once before using a Groupon too. Great location in Center City Philly near many tourist attractions. The only downside is that the main restaurant is very dim, beyond romantic. Be prepared to use the flashlight on your phone to see the menu details.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Great service from the hostess, bartender & server. Food is excellent!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Happy Hour, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Ok, amazing place..great hostess, fantastic server! Thanks Christian (Slater)! This guy is the full package of waiters.. knows the food, the sake, and the parking situation.
Food... Dynamite! Delicious Japanese cuisine. So let's sum up:
Great people, great food, great place..

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 17, 2017

I have been to Zento a bunch of times, and the food is consistently good. There are cheaper places in Philadelphia, but the quality matches the price, so is definitely worth it. The waiters are the right amount of attentive and friendly, and during weekdays they allow you to BYO bottle. I highly recommend Zento!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Very friendly. Attentive and great service for our evening out. Nice cozy attractive interior comfy seating. Really enjoyed the experience !!!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Prior to our visit we looked at the website which listed entree options other than sushi. When we went to the restaurant they told us they no longer offer any entrees other than sushi. I was very disappointed because my husband doesn't eat sushi and had very little option to choose from.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Decor is nice and server was as well, but the food was really sub-par. Sushi rolls were nothing special and the salmon teriyaki my wife and I both got was so salty it overpowered the fish. Presentation was wanting, and Sauvignon Blanca had no flavor. I expect more in this location of Philadelphia.

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