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About Zentan

Modern Japanese Comfort Food by Chef Yo Matsuzaki

We want our guests to have an experience not just a meal. We encourage sharing and utilization of our highly trained and educated staff.

Kuidaore (noun) to spoil oneself with food -- Come in to find out how!

1155 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast : Mon-Fri 7:00am to 10:30am Sat-Sun 8:00am to 11:00am
Lunch : Mon-Fri 11:30am to 2:30pm Sat-Sun closed
Dinner : Mon-Thur 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Fri 5:30pm to 11:00pm
Sat 5:30pm to 11:00pm
Sunday 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Rooftop Bar : Open at 4pm M-F, and 12pm for Brunch Sat & Sun
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri in Zentan - 3:00pm to 7:00pm, Mon-Fri on the Rooftop - 4pm to 7pm

Cross Street:
Thomas Circle

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 379-4366

Website:
http://www.zentanrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
The DNV Rooftop offers live music every Thursday night starting at 6pm! (Rooftop is only open during the Summer months)

Catering:
Please contact our Private Events Manager, Mariah Howes at (202) 379.3777 or send her an email at mariah.howes@zentanrestaurant.com

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available at the Donovan House front door.

Public Transit:
McPherson Square/Farragut North

Executive Chef:
Yo Matsuzaki

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please inquire about our Private Dining Room and/or Rooftop Lounge to host your next business or social event. Contact our private dining coordinator Mariah Howes at 202.379.3777 or send her an email at mariah.howes@zentanrestaurant.com

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Tired of turkey? Come join us for modern Japanese cuisine this Thanksgiving!

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Come join us this Christmas Eve between 4:30 and 7:30 for modern Japanese cuisine.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Come join us Christmas Day for dinner between 4:30 and 7:30!

Private Dining

Let Zentan restaurant host your next event. Our professional staff and award-winning cuisine are sure to meet all of your catering needs. The stunning private rooms at Zentan can be used for business dinners, social events, promotional dinners, cocktail receptions and even full restaurant events.

Zentan Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Romantic (7)
Casual (6)
Business Meals (6)
Tapas (6)
Fun (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Spicy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Waterfront (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The food is always excellent and the service is very pleasant

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Had a 6:30pm reservation. Wasn't crowed at all and service was quick but then it got busier and the service finished as well as the ability of the kitchen to produce...took over an hour for sushi. The duck and steak skewers were medium rare which is not my liking. I loved the creativity and the harmony of the dishes in the past...loved the pineapple sushi. Sadly the pineapple sushi is no longer an option and on this adventure the harmony and the creativity wasn't as impressive. The staff has all been relieved and new people in including management and I felt the quality has dimished. I come from California to eat at this place while visiting the last two occasions, but I don't think i will on the next visit.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

They were missing a lot of stuff on the menu. Food was decent but the sushi rice had a lot to be desired. The service was ok - friendly but not too attentive. We still had a good time and enjoyed our lunch.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We loved our meal here. Tasted from the various categories and everything was tasty, somewhat unusual, fresh and very good. Even the desserts which we did not expect to be special, were indeed that.

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (München)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Gute Essen

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Best Japanese food outside of Japan! Service was stellar too.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was good. The waiter did not write down our order, and therefore forgot to bring us one of the dishes. We did not bother to say anything about it. The prices are a little high for what you get. There are no large plates, just small plates. I am accustomed to getting a "small hot sake" in a carafe, but here they call a small hot sake a "glass," and a "carafe" costs extra. There are only western style desserts, nothing Japanese (e.g. beignets instead of red bean cake). The beignets were delicious; but it's an odd way to end your Japanese meal. It's a sleek, stylish atmosphere. I did not like the music - too modern and thumping. It should be more soothing. Still it was an enjoyable evening, and we were not rushed through our dinner.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 18, 2017

the sushi and drinks were great. I would go there again.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The food was delicious. Because they serve the food tapas style, we ended up ordering a lot of dishes. It was a little pricey, but good food and atmosphere for a special occasion. We heard the rooftop deck was nice, but there were 15 people waiting at the elevator to go up, so we bypassed the deck and took a walk instead.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 20, 2017

One of the best Asian inspired spots I've been to in a while. The plates were creative, coupling ingredients that one would not expect. There were combinations of flavors that I could not describe, which is always a delight. The wait staff was very attentive and had a depth of knowledge that spoke to their enthusiasm for the cuisine. We enjoyed approximately ten plates, a few from each section of the expansive menu. Presentation was exquisite, all were well prepared, and arrived at just at the proper time. The Sake selection was broad and superb. I will make a point to revisit Zentan when downtown.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for a Date, Tapas, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Four of us went for restaurant week and got the prix fixe menu, which came with three small plates each. Most selections were absurdly small; many did not taste good; some were of generally low quality (some of the chicken was gristly). Additionally, service was slow. It took over an hour from ordering for our last dish (a sushi roll) to show up. Drink refills had to be requested. All in all, a very expensive way to waste time on mediocre food.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The food was only so so. There was a lot of it, but the rice was gooey and the flavors muddy.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

They had a very nice restaurant week lunch. It was the first time to eat at Zentan and it was impressive enough to go back!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

The service, food, and drinks were perfect for a little get together with friends. I'd definitely recommend it for a good meal!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Don't bother with this place.

Random food delivery rate, overworked table service and ridiculously slow bar staff.

Food was ok but overshadowed by the low standards everywhere else.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Came to D.C. for a weekend trip and this was a nice meal with friends. The service was great the staff were super cool and the food was tasty.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The food was very good but the place is not pleasant.

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·Dined on August 2, 2017

It was wonderful! We went to celebrate an anniversary and although I appreciated the verbal "congrats," it became too much when four staff members told us that. One time is good enough from one person.

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Tea, Happy Hour, Spicy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Hands down one of the best meals I have ever had! The food was masterful. Executive Chef Yo Matsuzaki has created something magical! Definitely will go again and again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We had an awesome time..good food, awesome service and great ambiance. Our server Caidin deserves a special mention. (Hope I spelled his name right).

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Highly overpriced and not very authentic Japanese. Didn't like the fact that there was wasabi sauce in the yakitori. Not kid friendly food.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Zenton, had great tasting food and nice sushi but totally overpriced for the tiny portions. The staff was nice overall, however this restaurant was non- accommodating in every way. First of all they seated us in a table that was directly in the sun and close to other tables when the restaurant was very open and when we asked to move it was a bigger deal than it needed to be. Second, I moved around the side of the table to be closer to my boyfriend and they made sure to tell me that that could be a problem if another table came. What they should have said is, "can we move you to a place that is more accommodating?"

Also, we had just missed the HH menu by about 15 min. The menu looked to have some great things on it. We even asked if we could order those items at full price since we had missed the HH window and they said no. If you can make something in a restaurant it should not be dictated by time. If diners want to eat something on your menu, make it for them! I am sure the ingredients were still in the restaurant.

They only served Sake in a tiny glass (about the size of a large shot) that cost about 11 bucks, which is way overpriced.

I eat out all the time and sadly, this was by far the most uncomfortable, overpriced dinning experience I have had in DC. We were scared to ask for anything for fear of getting shot down since it had happened too many times within the first 10 mins of us being in the restaurant.

This place has all the ingredients to be great but they need to relax a bit, lower the prices or beef up the portions for the dishes they are currently serving. The angst they created totally overshadowed the great food and the All-Star Chef.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Excellent service, ambiance super, la nourriture était bien mais quand même dispendieuse. Pour les sushis il y a mieux sur le marché et il n'avait pas la bière commandée.

Dans l'ensemble bon restaurant mais...

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 (New England)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Sushi was unremarkable but other izikaya dishes were quite good

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

I visited Zentan for dinner with my friends. Overall, service from the staff was great. A little slow at start but once we requested to speed up the service, we got what we asked for.
We each ordered course meal ($65/person) and some drinks. The total bill came out to be around $340.
This was for a special occasion, so I didn't mind the price, however, the food was underwhelming and overpriced. Given the price tag ($65/person for the meal), I was expecting little bit more delicacy, but it was really basic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We left disappointed, hungry and out a big chunk of money. Miso soup and Brussels sprouts with peas were good, but it ended there, the duck skewer really chewy, portions not even tapas size. Server was attentive, but hard to understand when she reviewed the menu. Quite overpriced for what you received. Will not return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Outstanding small-plate Japanese dining experience. Though not for everyone, tasting flights of sake and/or Japanese scotch whiskey were lots of fun. Every dish was well-prepared and delicious.

Tags: Spicy, Cozy, Healthy, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The food and the service was awesome. We were celebrating a special ocassion, and our server , Adrian, made sure to make it special. We had sushi and some of their signature appetizers, and we were not dissapointed with what we had read about the restaurant.

Needs Improvement: The hostess knew it was a special occasion, and although we received a cozy table, we were put in the noisier part of the restaurant. There were many tables open, and some more thought could have been put into this. Instead they went with server rotations.

We tried the rooftop bar to have some cocktails , and it was a big dissapointment. The view was great. Unfortunately, there was loud rap music dropping F-bombs every few words. It really killed the ambiance for us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 27, 2017

amazing food. we did about 8-9 small plates for 4 people. we got duck, black cod, Peas and sprouts, marinated lamb, lean tuna, marinated tuna, sake 2 me sushi and fire dragon. all were absolutely amazing!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Zentan had some of the most unique and favorable appetizers I've had at an Asian restaurant in DC. With that said, our experience was impacted by persistent fruit flies in the backing seating area. When we asked our waiter about it, he said it's because the restaurant keeps their doors open at lunch and was not apologetic about the nuisance of swatting away bugs. I'll go back to try it again but request not to sit in the back.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The tasting menu was wonderful. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. The chef even came out after the meal to greet us and talk about the meal. Overall a great experience, and would highly recommend to others

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2017

This restaurant has alot of very very good dishes! Both in the sushi variety and skewered meats.
The brussel sprout/pea dish is amazing.
The problem with the restaurant is that it is fragmented so you don't get a warm and cozy ambiance. There are three different seating areas, etc.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Fabulous once again. Let the chef pick your food and you won't be disappointed!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Ben & Manny were awesome, great customer service, great food too thank the sushi chefs

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Japanese small plates. Very tasty - from the chicken/pork meatballs to the eggplant. The garlic edamame is great. And the sushi rolls are the best ever. Plus, a good selection of sake and wine and the craft cocktails were excellent. The service could have been a little faster but they were understaffed. Lots of hotel patrons - this place deserves to be discovered by Washingtonians as it is very good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Went for a special occasion and it was her first time here, it was a surprise and it was ruined because it was so loud due to some kind of party. I had reserved a booth in the back but when we got there all the booths had been roped off for some kind of private party. If the booths weren't able to be used that day I should have been told before I got there so that we could have went somewhere else. So we had to sit near the area and it Was so loud we couldn't enjoy ourselves or hear each other talk. I never complain about restaurants but this was a big disappointment especially on a special day.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Our waiter was phenomenal and the service was great!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 17, 2017

I have been to this restaurant several times. It has always been good. I especially liked the pork belly bowl.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Good for a second visit.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Fabulous meal. We had the Kuidaore which is essentially a tasting menu. A seemingly endless parade of delicious and varied dishes resulted in a memorable evening.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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