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Zentan

4.2
1458 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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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!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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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
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Phone number
(202) 379-4366
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Yo Matsuzaki
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Catering
Please contact our Private Events Manager, Mariah Howes at (202) 379.3777 or send her an email at mariah.howes@zentanrestaurant.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Thomas Circle
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Parking details
Valet parking is available at the Donovan House front door.
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Public transit
McPherson Square/Farragut North
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Entertainment
The DNV Rooftop offers live music every Thursday night starting at 6pm! (Rooftop is only open during the Summer months)
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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
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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

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.

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What 1458 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.0
service
4.1
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Thanks for doing that weird special request with the post it note! If you were wondering what it meant, it was just me being random.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Thought everything was “okay.” The only thing that stood out was the time it took to order cocktails, get cocktails, order wine, and receive wine. Would have had more if wait staff paid closer attention. Should be a more “shareable” small plate appetizers and a few simpler sushi rolls. Again, we would have ordered more if there was something we could share that was the right size.

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2.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food was fantastic, but the wait was confusingly long. We went in for lunch before heading to the airport. The restaurant was not at capacity (I would estimate 60%), but we waited over 40 minutes for lunch. The server did not return to the table often to check on us, but when he did indicate our lunch would come soon, it didn’t. When we finally received our food, we asked for the bill and promptly provided payment, but again had to hunt down the server to pay so we could leave. Again, incredible food, but a clear sense of urgency when it comes to timeliness.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food was amazing and the portions were great. Very unique flavors that I'd look forward to having again. Unfortunately, we had a very poor service and I don't think I'd want to go back. They seemed understaffed and we were seemingly forgotten for 20-30 minutes after we got our drinks, then for another 20-30 minutes for the second round of food (its a small-plates sushi place).

TLDR: Great food, bad service.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Wonderful food, the seafood noodles particularly were great. I always spend too much at these small food places but unlike many, this one is worth it. Not a place to be seen, but a place to have a great dinner.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Great food. Most food items are served Tapas style.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Best food ever! My husband and I loved celebrating our anniversary here and intend to go back asap!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Came here for a Birthday dinner on Saturday and it was not too busy. The food was delicious, and absolutely worth the price. We were going to order the tasting menu option, but decided against it and ordered off the menu instead. The grill items and sushi rolls were delicious, and when the bill came, the food we ordered for a two person meal ended up costing the same as the tasting menu would have cost for one person. I’m sure its a great option - you would just have to be absolutely starving for it to be worth it.
Only disappointment was the service - despite the restaurant being empty for the second half of our meal, our waiter came to our table a total of 3 times, and we did not get to order until 25 minutes after we had sat down.

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Very disappointed with the food

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Fantastic fresh sushi in a hip environment

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Used to be great. Wasn’t this time. Hopefully just an “off” early evening.

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was horrible. It has gotten really bad. The sushi menu is very short. All the fish was old and fishy. This is a basic hotel restaurant now. Service was horrible as well, and very slow.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

No doubt about it, this is a truly outstanding dining experience. I'm a Brit who spends a lot of time in DC, and food-wise I found this to be right at the top of what this city has to offer. If you like Japanese food this is certainly worth trying out

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Weak ambiance

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

My date and I decided to come here based on the reviews. When we got there we decided to do the all-you-can-eat array of different menu items. It was 4 or 5 groups of food and dessert at the end. We had an amazing time sampling our way through the menu! Definitely recommend.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Need better service

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

WONDERFUL food, beautiful atmosphere. Great service

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3.0Dined on January 22, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Average sushi in central Washington

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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1.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Good food , slow service, nice enough restaurant.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Fantástica comida y fantástico trato. Recomendable 100%

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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