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ZENZEN

4.7
4.7
60 Reviews
$41 to $100
Japanese

Japanese street food (‘Yatai’) in the heart of Gisborne, Macedon Ranges.
Bright colours, bold flavours | Casual and laid back dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 4432 5347

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Gisborne

  • Cross street

    Opposite to Gisborne Library

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 60 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Japanese

  • Northern Suburbs

    Best Overall

  • Northern Suburbs

    Best Food

  • Northern Suburbs

    Best Service

  • Northern Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

  • Northern Suburbs

    Best Value

  • Northern Suburbs

    Fit for Foodies

  • Northern Suburbs

    Healthy

  • Northern Suburbs

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Northern Suburbs

    Romantic

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  1. MC

    MichaelC

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great. Service excellent

  2. JO

    JessicaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service and the food was great and the staff were very accommodating!

    ZENZENResponded 4 days ago

    We are thrilled to know that your visit to Zenzen was a great and satisfying one. Thanking you for your feedback JessicaO!!

  3. SP

    SuziP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were advised our meals would take a bit longer due to demand and takeaways. Worth the wait. Exceptional food and friendly wait staff. Thank you for making it a great night. Definitely will be back.

    ZENZENResponded 6 days ago

    Arigato SuziP, Appreciate your understanding and we are glad to hear that you have enjoyed your visit. It was a very busy night with dine-in and takeaways. Thank you again and looking forward to serving you soon.

  4. S

    Sandra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was the first time we had been there but we will definitely go back.

    ZENZENResponded on May 19, 2022

    Hi Sandra, thank you for your lovely feedback, looking forward to your next visit

  5. DF

    DiningFoodie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, welcoming staff- our fav place to dine in Gisborne

    ZENZENResponded on May 19, 2022

    Thank you DiningFoodie. we are glad to hear that you have enjoyed your visit. Appreciate your comments.

  6. NC

    NayCee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was delicious, staff were accommodating to children (colouring book and pencils). Would definitely go back!

    ZENZENResponded on May 19, 2022

    Ohayo NayCee, we are thrilled to read your feedback and comments and glad to know that you have enjoyed Zenzen

  7. JB

    JakeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent! Friendly service! Very tasty! Would recommend!

    ZENZENResponded on May 9, 2022

    Hi JakeB, thank you for your review and glad to read that we have met your expectations again! Appreciate your support.

  8. SG

    SGEE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    There seemed to be quite a few items crossed off the menu which gave two of us very limited options for a choice of mains as we are Coeliac. Ended up ordering the same as first visit. That was a bit disappointing.

    ZENZENResponded on May 19, 2022

    Thank you SGEE for your feedback and comments. We are almost ready to release our updated menu, that was the reason there were few dishes unavailable. Appreciate your concern, but please do watch out for the updated version coming out very soon. Also, there are a lot of dishes can be made to accommodate the coeliac requests, so please do not hesitate to have a chat with our wonderful staff, before placing your order. Thank you again, and see you soon.

  9. TP

    TraceP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love Zen Zen! The food is beautiful and the service is fantastic! John is the best!

    ZENZENResponded on May 19, 2022

    Konnichiwa, TraceP. We really appreciate your support and review. Looking forward see you all soon.

  10. CG

    CathG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome! We expected nothing less. Only suggestion is… it might be a kind idea to avoid corner seats on the banquet for larger groups. Getting jammed in there and in need of a wiz isn’t ideal ;)

    ZENZENResponded on May 4, 2022

    Thanks CathG for your feedback, it was nice to seeing you all again, Appreciate your support and we will take your suggestion into consideration.

  11. LP

    LaurenP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Would absolutely recommend ZENZEN to friends and family, beautiful food & awesome vibe! Will be back!

    ZENZENResponded on May 2, 2022

    Hi LaurenP, Thankyou for dining with us at ZenZen, very happy to hear you and your family enjoyed your meal.

  12. S

    Shelly

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The service was very friendly and the food was delicious. We tried a number of different things and loved each one. The online ordering system had a few issues, and the main meals had a significant wait time after ordering, which was surprising given the rest of the meal came out very quickly and without issue. The menu was fairly expensive, but everything tasted authentically Japanese, and was clearly made with love. Overall, we would definitely return again for a fun experience with friends.

    ZENZENResponded on May 2, 2022

    Hi Shelly Thank you for providing a detailed feedback and review of your visit to Zenzen. Glad to read that you have enjoyed the meals and our service. Certainly, we will look into the difficulties you had with the online ordering system as well as we will investigate the issues surrounding the delivery of main meals. A busy Saturday service and an influx of orders into the kitchen at the same time could have resulted in the slight delay with your main meals delivery. We appreciate your concern

  13. EM

    EmiM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, amazing service, and a great family-friendly place

    ZENZENResponded on May 2, 2022

    Hi EmiM, Thank you for your feedback and response. Glad to know that you have enjoyed your evening.

  14. SD

    StaceyD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Great venue A couple of issues with delivery of meals (Don’t think we got one dish) Staff were lovely

    ZENZENResponded on April 21, 2022

    Hi StaceyD, Thank you for your feedback and sorry to hear about the delivery issue and potentially missing a dish. Apologies from the entire team, We will take this seriously, discuss with in the group and investigate to rectify the problem, so that we could serve you better next time. Meanwhile please feel free to email us to discuss it further.

  15. BC

    BenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely delicious food at reasonable prices. The service was first rate and the atmosphere too. The Corn Tempura is a must have!!

    ZENZENResponded on April 20, 2022

    BenC, Thank you for your review, support and feedback, very much appreciated

  16. MT

    MadiT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful staff and service. Food was absolutely delicious.

    ZENZENResponded on April 20, 2022

    Thank you MadiT for your review. Happy to hear that you have enjoyed your Zenzen visit

  17. J

    John

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely Place! Review requires min of 50 characters

    ZENZENResponded on April 16, 2022

    Aloha John, WHAT A FANTASTIC REVIEW !!.... absolutely thrilled to read your experience. Thank you for your visit.

  18. LD

    LorraineD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a great experience! Staff were very friendly attentive and informative…. The food which we left up to ZENZEN staff to order for our party of 6 was delicious. Definitely will be a regular visitor to ZENZEN

    ZENZENResponded on April 13, 2022

    Ohayo LorraineD, Thank you for your time and review on Zenzen and for dining with us. We are very happy to know that you have enjoyed our recommendation and selection of dishes.

  19. DB

    DorothyB

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    All the food at ZenZen is so awesome. A relaxed atmosphere, great service with food and drinks served quickly. Staff very friendly and helpful. Will return regularly. Thanks ZenZen.

    ZENZENResponded on April 6, 2022

    Thank you DorothyB for your feedback and comments.

  20. TM

    TeresaM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice food and nice venue. Would be good to book further in the future than just a week before.

    ZENZENResponded on April 1, 2022

    Thank you TeresaM and glad to hear that you have enjoyed your visit to ZZ. The ongoing covid situation and staff unavailability had restricted us from opening up the future bookings. But, the reservations are now open for the whole month of April, if that helps. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

  21. B

    Buzz

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Having spent a lot of time in Japan I appreciate being able to get high quality Japanese food.

    ZENZENResponded on March 20, 2022

    Thank you Buzz for your lovely feedback and comments, surely will pass it onto the chefs. Looking forward to seeing you soon

  22. BT

    BruceT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience1

    food was OK but not up to the standard of the parent restaurant Noise was almost unbearable, waitress had to shout to be heard, conversation was impossible

    ZENZENResponded on March 18, 2022

    Hi BruceT, Thank you for your feedback and the honest review. The Zenzen menu is based and focused more on a Japanese street food style, while Kuzu menu has been given more emphasis on a modern Japanese Izakaya style offering. Thus we completely agree with your comparison on the menu and appreciate it very much. It was a really busy Tuesday night at Zenzen, we were booked out and apologies for the inconvenience with the noise. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

  23. MS

    MelanieS

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Great service and great food , thank you. Although very busy the staff stayed on top of service .

    ZENZENResponded on March 13, 2022

    It was a our pleasure to you serve you both MelanieS. Thank you for your feedback, appreciated.

  24. MC

    MichaelC

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. We will be back. Excellent

    ZENZENResponded on March 14, 2022

    Thank you MichaelC for your lovely feedback, it was a pleasure to meet you and serve you. Looking forward to your next visit.

  25. F

    Fiona

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    ZENZEN is a welcome addition to Gisborne. Delicious food with menu options for all. Great service. We'll be coming back again!

    ZENZENResponded on March 11, 2022

    Hi Fiona, Thank you for your feedback and comments. Glad to read that you have enjoyed your visit, food & service. It was a pleasure to serve you.

  26. KH

    KirstyH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Wow what a gem of a restaurant. Amazing food and service. Gisborne has been waiting for something like this. No need to travel to Melbourne for good Japanese now

    ZENZENResponded on March 11, 2022

    Hi KirstyH, We are glad to hear that you have enjoyed the food, service and the ambience. Looking forward to serving you again. Much appreciate your review.

  27. MG

    MareeG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was fresh & flavoursome. Great variety of food on the menu. We could have eaten the entrées as a main meal, but we added mains as well. Portion sizes were increased to accommodate for 4 people. The staff were attentive and friendly. We all enjoyed our ZenZen experience.

    ZENZENResponded on March 11, 2022

    Thank you MareeG for your comments. We are thrilled to read that we have managed to meet your expectations.

  28. EG

    EileenG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We decided to try a variety of dishes, all were excellent. The service was prompt and friendly.

    ZENZENResponded on March 6, 2022

    We are thankful and excited to hear that we have managed to meet your expectations. Appreciate your review. Catch you soon.

  29. SS

    ScottS

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    excellent, as always. Recommended.................

    ZENZENResponded on March 5, 2022

    Thank you ScottS for your visit. Appreciate your feedback.. See you soon

  30. CN

    ChrisN

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Thank you for a lovely night full of fabulous food and a great drink selection. We were very grateful that you were able to order for us so that we got to try a little bit of a lot…. Only negative comment is that it was a bit loud with all those hard services so it was hard to hear each other.

    ZENZENResponded on March 1, 2022

    Thank you ChrisN for your comments, great reading and glad that you have enjoyed the visit and our suggestions..

  31. S

    Sarah

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was absolutely delicous and the service was great. Will definitely be back!

    ZENZENResponded on March 1, 2022

    Thanks Sarah for your lovely feedback. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a pleasure!

    ZENZENResponded on February 27, 2022

    Glad to hear and thank you!

  33. SM

    ScottM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food and service was fantastic - we will be back and will definitely recommend. We had a table next to us where the family disagreed (argued) with each other all night - not Zen zen's fault

    ZENZENResponded on February 26, 2022

    Thank you ScottM for your visit and the feedback. Very excited to hear that we have managed to meet your expectations. Sorry to read about the table next to yours. Looking forward to your next visit.

  34. IO

    IanO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best meal we have had in Gisborne. Very happy to have this restaurant in Gisborne. Will be soon to try more of the menu.

    ZENZENResponded on February 20, 2022

    Thank you IanO for your review, feedback and support. Cant wait to see you again...

  35. NT

    NatalieT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and great service. Even put leftovers in a takeaway box for us

    ZENZENResponded on February 19, 2022

    Thank you NatalieT for your visit and the review. Super excited to hear that we have managed to meet your expectations.

  36. JB

    JesseB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, drink and atmosphere! Awesome having a quality Japanese place in town. We grazed on 6-7 share plates between 4 of us and we’re not disappointed!

    ZENZENResponded on February 16, 2022

    Thank you JesseB for your review and comments. Glad to hear that you have enjoyed the place and the visit.

  37. MS

    MegS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible food, lovely service! Highly recommend.

    ZENZENResponded on February 16, 2022

    Thank MegS for your lovely review. Much appreciated.

  38. C

    Courtney

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing! Will be back to work our way further through the menu

    ZENZENResponded on February 10, 2022

    Thank you Courtney for your feedback and looking forward to serving you soon.

  39. S

    Stuart

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful evening, great food. Quick and easy to order.

    ZENZENResponded on February 5, 2022

    Hi Stuart, Thank you for your visit, feedback and comments. Glad to read that we did manage to meet your expectations.

  40. SH

    SimonH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing food, absolutely love this place. The Bao are phenomenal

    ZENZENResponded on February 2, 2022

    Thank you SimonH for your valuable feedback and comments!!

FAQs

ZENZEN offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 4432 5347.

ZENZEN is rated 4.7 stars by 60 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for ZENZEN

13 Hamilton St Gisborne, AU-VIC 3437

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Opposite to Gisborne Library

  • Neighborhood

    Gisborne

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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