Zento Sushi Restaurant and Sake Bar

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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.


Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese, Contemporary Asian
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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
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Phone number
(215) 925-9998
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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.
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Private party contact
Event Coordinator: (866) 364-9010
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
*Street parking is free after 5:00pm every Wednesday of the month.
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Public transit
Market-Frankford Line- 2nd Street Station
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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.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout
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SB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived at the location , after paying for an Uber, specifically to get to the restaurant, only to learn that the restaurant doesn’t even exist anymore. It is permanently closed, but still appeared on Open Table, which caused us to waste time and money. Open Table is clearly not reliable. I hope you will find a way to make this right.

B
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great

DH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was closed last Friday night (7-27-18) and seems to have gone out of business, even though our reservation was confirmed by Open Table.

b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was closed, not there anymore!!!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It’s closed take it off open tabel

JM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Here's an idea: don't enable reservations (Open Table) to restaurants which are no longer open. Reservation accepted, went to the location and it's no longer in operation. Wasted trip.

j
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

I hope this was an off night for Zento. The entire experience was really bad, from soggy edamame to an hour before food rolls were served...won’t be coming back.

l
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always! Will definitely return again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We waited for 10 min before a host even came over to us to seat us. Then another 10 before the waitress came to take our drink order. We were at the restaurant for an hour and a half before we got our food. Three tables came ate and left before we even got our order. We ended up taking our food to go because it took so long to get our food. The sushi wasn’t even that good and was deffinetly not worth the price. I will never go back

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

After an hour no food so we left.

MZ
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Great and convenient location, nice space other than noise but well below average sushi, sashimi, rolls. One of three special rolls ordered was good (fusion), other two not good (old city and hot tuna).

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was very tasty however we waited an hour for food and only half was brought was and the rest took another 45 minutes. This is our 2nd time going there in a sat and both time the wait was ridiculous. They need to hire more cooks and servers.

GF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Sushi portions small and just not great. Expected more.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was pretty good, but they had one server for the entire place. It wasn’t very full and our food took pretty long.

RG
Atlantic City
45 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Read ambience perfect sushi a great service

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was super slow, not sure if it was just that night. Sushi rolls were good, but unusually tiny

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No matter the occasion, Zento never disappoints!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good time overall
Portions were very small for the price

ME
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious but service is a bit slow

T
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

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".

B
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

P
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

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.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

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

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

a
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

OT
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

B
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

F
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

l
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

E
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

MB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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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