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For 2
Fri, 2/23
7:00 PM
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Booked 7 times today

Zen Sushi Bistro

255 reviews
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$50 and over
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  • Good for Groups (2)
  • Happy Hour (2)
Japanese Resturant
Dining Style
Home Style
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Japanese, Seafood, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday -Sunday 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5pm-9:30pm
Friday - Saturday 5pm-10pm
Closed: Monday
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Phone number
(650) 697-9988
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
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For catering of $300 or more please place your order 24 hours in advance.
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Parking details
There is street parking and a free parking lot next to our restaurant.
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Zen Bistro's lounge hours make it the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights. The innovative design and ambiance provide for a great place to gather with friends, enjoy music, and sample the after hours menu or huge sake selection.
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Special events & promotions
- Mondays- All Night Happy Hour! $2 Drinks, $4 Appetizers & $5 Sushi Rolls
- Wednesdays -$1 Oysters and $1 small house sake
- Thursdays- All Sushi Roll are $7 (Roll Out Thursdays)
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 255 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKenny (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Have been going to Zen Bistro for many years. I love the sashimi and nigiri. They are very generous with the fish cuts and it is incredibly fresh.

Service is usually quite spotty, but this night the server was fantastic. The restaurant can get very crowded.

At the risk of sounding racially biased, I feel that the management tend to give preference to Chinese speaking customers. I saw this night a family complain to the manager that the wait was too long and magically they got a table. There was still a bunch of folks waiting. Also when the server was taking our order, that same table rudely interrupted her to ask for something.

I am Japanese and appreciate service as part of my dining. I hate rude customers. Please appreciate your servers and consider other customers. You are not the only person the world.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

The sukiyaki was very very good and the rolls were priced perfect considering that it was happy hour Thursday ($8 rolls).

Reserving a table on Open Table let us ahead of the queue. It pays to reserve online.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

Great deals on their happy hour menu. The kids loved the $5 California roll. Food quality is very consistent and enjoyable.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

Sushi was great. Very helpful advice from server regarding sake. Restaurant was busy and wait staff seemed a bit overwhelmed. But the quality is so good, we will return.

vipluv2eatout (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2017

Lots of good and different options. Try the sake flight! Had a sake I'd never think to order and liked it.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

So disappointed this visit to Zen Bistro, service still good, politeness and efficiency from waiters and waitresses good.. but the food has gone way way downhill unfortunately. We ordered two of the combination sushi platters (because we felt one was not enough for 4) and got small portions of sashimi, not like the last time where the slices were large and fresh. This time they seared our sashimi! Even cooked a few pieces, if I wanted cooked fish I would have ordered cooked fish. I just wonder if they were hiding the freshness of the fish, maybe it was day old and they needed to hide the color. Have never received cooked sashimi in any high quality Japanese restaurant, especially if I ordered raw sashimi. Very disappointed! Not sure if I'll be back, it's very hit and miss at Zen, and consistency is a major factor.

OpenTable Diner (Yosemite)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Staff was excellent and the food was exceptional.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on July 14, 2017

CUSTOMER SERVICE [Wait Staff] (Poor) »» A More Genuine "Welcome Greeting" Upon Arrival would have been appreciated .. AT LEAST offer Hot Tea or Water as soon as Customers were seated and not for them to feel neglected (after waiting about 15 minutes for beverage to be offered)..especially considering the fact that 18% "Gratuity Charge" would AUTOMATICALLY be added to the bill for 8 or more people (which was not an issue if service was adequately provided) .. Wait Staff should have a bit more knowledge of the food if there were inquiries from Customers about certain items .. Acknowledge the Birthday Recipient (perhaps a single scoop of ice cream with a candle at the end of dinner would have been a nice gesture) when it had been noted on the Open Table Reservation that the party was there for a "Birthday Event" >> These are just some of the basic gestures to be expected at such an establishment that has been around since 2008.

FOOD & PRESENTATION (Fair) »» There were a few items that appeared somewhat disappointing as far as quality was concerned.

OVERALL EXPERIENCE »» We certainly hope that the Owner/Manager/Staff will take note of this for possible future visits. Thank You.

vipKenny (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on June 23, 2017

Have been here many times. We keep coming back because the fish is very fresh and the sushi chef is terrific. This visit the food was again good, but it was the worst service ever by the wait staff. Tardy, inattentive, disingenuous, forgetful. We would have ordered more but we just needed to get out of there. Service has never been their strong point, but this was pathetic. So much for omotenashi.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

There are many Japanese / sushi restaurants in the Bay area and this one was nothing special. The food was average and the restaurant staff was uninviting. Not worthy of its high ratings on open table.