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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Sushi, Japanese, Contemporary Asian
Hours of Operation:
Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
"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.
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.
*Street parking is free after 5:00pm every Wednesday of the month.
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
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
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".
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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..
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!
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.
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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