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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. 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.



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, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

80% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (7)
Cozy (5)
Good for a Date (5)
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Creative Cuisine (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Healthy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Casual (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Romantic (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Tapas (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 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 2, 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 15, 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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·Dined on November 15, 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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 (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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 (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 27, 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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 (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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 (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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 (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 6, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on July 23, 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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 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

The food and atmosphere were great. Good service and reasonably priced as far as sushi goes. Fish tasted fresh and was well proportioned in the roll. Would definitely eat here again.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Love this restaurant!! Food and service is always outstanding!!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 17, 2017

I was looking forward to trying this place after reading decent reviews online and was already disappointed upon arrival as the entrance to this place was difficult to find and blocked with overflowing trash bins. Looking past this, my mother and I walked in and asked to be seated upstairs at which time we were told there no longer was one - they had recently closed it. Not a huge deal. The waitress walked us past a warn down looking bar situated in a narrow hallway into a shoebox of a room that was the main dining area. I was looking around for the rest of the restaurant- the images online are so deceiving. There are about 6 tables total, situated in a U-shape around the parameter of the room, all facing the bar. Beautiful, very large Asian backdrop behind us and an unpleasant front view of 2 large flatscreen TV's playing a basketball game. With such a small space housing a fairly busy bar, 6 full tables and two sports games, the noise level was on high. Ambiance is awkward and confusing. Our waitress brought waters over to our table a few minutes after we sat down and asked us if we'd lik anything else to drink. We were really interested in trying a good sake (as this place advertises itself as a sushi and sake bar) and looked to our waitress for some suggestions to conclude that she either didn't know much about the different options on the menu or didn't want to be bothered with our questions because she was no help at all. We ended up choosing a $35 bottle of sake from the minimal info the menu description gave and ended up hating it. Although we felt bad sending it back, I wasn't ok with $35 down the drain in our first 10 minutes there. Again, some help with selecting a suitable sake in the first place would have been nice. We ordered another, run of the mill sake that took 20 mins to arrive, coming after our luke-warm, overly fishy sushi and dumplings. We couldn't push ourselves past a couple of bites and left hungry and disappointed as soon as we could.

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Thanks
Liked the salmon and plum sake
Wife liked her sushi
Calamari good

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on March 10, 2017

We decided to try a sushi place we haven't been to for something new and quickly realized why we go to some of the same places in Philly. Initially our waitress brought water over immediately which was good but then we found ourselves just waiting around with menus and no drink ordered even placed. We were seated approximately 10 minutes to 9pm, and a little over 40 minutes we finally received our first drinks. I will say the Avocado martini was at least a good drink. As for the food, the real california roll did not taste fresh. The rest of sushi which consisted of all specialty rolls ranked ok-good. Unfortunately nothing really stood out to make us feel as though we'd go back.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 2, 2017

My two friends and I ate at Zento on a Thursday night, so it's difficult to gauge how loud/energetic the restaurant would be on the weekend. The service was pleasant and attentive and the green salad was delicious. We were all happy with our sushi choices, and even though the special rolls were a little on the pricey side, they were delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 1, 2017

This place gets 1 star only because their food was edible and did not make anyone in my party sick.

Last year, I hosted a party at this restaurant and everything was fine except for the long wait for the food-- but I figured it was because I had such a big party and that was OK especially because we had our own room upstairs.

This year, things changed and there is only a downstairs now. I made the reservation on opentable and got three phone calls demanding that I had to give them a credit card number to hold the space because it was their new policy. I wasn't very comfortable with this, but I did it.

We got to the restaurant and the place was not set up for us. The woman setting it up argued with me about how the tables should be set up and I just thought it should've been done already. It was a Wednesday night they should've been honored to have that much business.

For a 7 o'clock reservation, we finally ordered around 7:30, and around 8:20 I asked the waitress (very nicely) if the food was almost ready. She said that it has not been that long, to which I responded it's been almost an hour. She started arguing with me about the time she put in the order. Any customer service employee would know not to argue with the customer, but to simply apologize. It was embarrassing and unprofessional.

When the food came out it was just OK. The presentation was nothing special.

The owner is a complete ah* with zero customer service etiquette! Do not go here!

NOT GOOD FOR GROUPS

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 24, 2017

$6 salad is a great deal!

Tags: Fun
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