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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

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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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

72% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
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Tasting Menu (6)
Casual (6)
Romantic (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Tapas (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Authentic (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Business Meals (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Vegan (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Fun (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 16 hours ago

Surprised to see 20% service charge added for a small party of 3. Food had either too much sauce or too little. Kuidaore was not up to expectation. Too much carb and not enough fish.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Need better service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Disappointed by the service at this venue, which cast a shadow over everything else. For instance, I had to wait for over fifteen minutes for new chopsticks while I watch two servers (not so subtly) fight over who would get to serve a table of two young women. I can't blame them for this, but just wished they were skilled enough to flirt AND provide decent service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Uneven quality of food. Sashimi was superb. Makisushi, not so much. Robata strong, but sauces a bit too overpowering. Attentive service, but because it was empty, I felt a bit rushed. Start to finish in 70 min.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Dined here with my parents for Restaurant week while they were visiting. My dad can be a very picky eater and he really enjoyed himself, bravo Zentan!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was all very good - we did the restaurant week menu in which we got to choose 6 small dishes between the two of us. We also got miso soup and garlic edamame, and finished with 2 different desserts. It was just the right amount of food and the flavors were all different and distinct. The seabass and scallop dumpling was my favorite - the sauce it was in was creamy but extremely light. The server was very helpful in drink choices, helping us find drinks that suited our tastes. It was a little chilly but otherwise, the atmosphere was good. It was nice to see there were smaller tables on the outer edge of the room for some quieter dining, and larger high top tables for groups. There were 3 sections of the restaurant so it was split up well and wasn't too loud.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Went to Zentans for restaurant week since we loved them when we went there last time. Both of us are vegan but they were able to easily accommodate us. The smoked eggplant is absolutely delicious, just as I remembered it. This last time though we left feeling as we got much less food for the time before, and were still feeling hungry.
We each did the restaurant week menu and shared 8 small plates and dessert. We both did sake flights which are super fun and great to progress through the different sakes with the different dishes.

Tags: Vegan, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The food was absolutely incredible so kudos to the chef. The service was exceptional as well...if you go here ask for Namgay (Namy). She did such an outstanding job and really took care of my partner and I. Also, while you are here try their wide selection of sake (we had this milky looking one which Namy suggested). Their whiskey passion fruit cocktail was also amazing. Overall this place far exceeded our expectations and we'll be sure to come back. It's all small plates/sharing style so don't be afraid to try items that you otherwise wouldn't normally. Don't be afraid to trust your server since they'll be able to better guide you. Keep in mind they have had the chance to try all items on the menu. Thanks Namy you gave us an unforgettable experience <3

Tags: People Watching, Tapas, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 24, 2018

WONDERFUL food, beautiful atmosphere. Great service

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

The food had little to no taste. Not exciting at all. The waiter was very courteous.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Average sushi in central Washington

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Everything was A-Mazing! Our Server was incredible, food was divine - only the slightest of constructive criticism was our server seemed to disappear for long periods of time in between courses. She might have just been giving us uninterrupted discussion time, this was a combo business meal / friends catching up - so since everything was amazing, I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt. LOVED IT! and will go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food, Romantic, Tapas, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Sake flights were wonderful. Great food and new cocktail specials!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Thank you. Great meal and excellent attention from wait staff.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Stay away. Lots of other great sushi restaurants in town. Awful. Overpriced. Old fish. Waiters with attitudes. Totally overpriced. Uncomfortable seating.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had the Kuidaore meal. It was one delicious course after another. There was nothing that missed the mark. My one piece of advice is go hungry. The service was very quick, polite and unobtrusive. Great experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was delicious. Menu selections were diverse. Outstanding customer service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Don't make any reservation or put any special requests. Walk in like you are going to Burger King; cause you will be treated like you are in one. Your weater will smell like beer and weed, no kidding!
Very disappointed.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Good food , slow service, nice enough restaurant.

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 (Spain)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Fantástica comida y fantástico trato. Recomendable 100%

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Absolutely scrumptious! We tried so many dishes and particularly enjoyed the Brussels sprouts, wagyu beef, rock shrimp, maki rolls and cod in broth.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent Asian fusion, big choice of small plates, very reasonable prices, nice drink menu, comfortable and easy for conversation. Menu is creative and practical, divided so you can navigate salads, grilled food, maki rolls, etc. We like to do a course of salad and grilled food, then a course of maki. Perfect place to have a leisurely meal with drinks and catch up with friends.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The ambience and services at Zentan was great. However, the food was ok and would not recommend the Sushi. Not a place I would go again. There are a lot better sushi places around the city.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I arrived about 20 minutes before the kitchen closed, and I was still served well and greeted warmly. My server was very informed about the menu and sake ‘tasting’ options. It was lovely! I ordered the polished rice sake trio.
I ordered the gyoza, lamb, and pork small plates. The presentation was beautiful.
My only regret was I did not come earlier so I could experience kuidaore!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

I was intrigued by the focus on basic Japanese fare in the menu, but disappointed by the meal. We stuck with staple items such as miso soup, makizushi and nigirizushi. The food was acceptable but unremarkable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

There were a lot of younger couples and large tables making it slightly louder than normal. The food and service were great, but the noise level was a little high.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Only sushi we could find open on thanksgiving. Fish could have been fresher. Ambiance was nice. Service was outstanding. Restaurant was a bit cold.

Tags: Good for a Date
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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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 (Washington DC)·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 21, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was unexpectedly delicious. It was a last minute reservation and we had not heard of the place. We were all so pleasantly surprised! Great food, great drinks! Wait staff was very nice!

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 (München)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Gute Essen

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 (San Francisco)·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 19, 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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 (Washington DC)·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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