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Zen Japanese Sushi Bar & Teppanyaki

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Japanese, Sushi, Diner
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Portomaso Yacht Marina | St. Julian's, Malta, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta PTM01, Malta
+356 2138 6500
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7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Zen was Malta's first Japanese restaurant and it is still widely regarded...
Zen was Malta's first Japanese restaurant and it is still widely regarded to be the best, with a wide selection of specialities and delicacies including miso soup, sushi, sashimi, vegetable & prawn tempura, as well as fish, meat and vegetarian dishes traditionally cooked and served in our Teppanyaki private room. The contemporary style of the restaurant blends effortlessly with the chic menu, providing an all-round, Japanese-style dining experience. Japanese cuisine is a ritual in itself - a celebration of time-honoured traditions, fresh ingredients and charming hospitality. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to guide you - whether this is your first taste of Japanese cuisine or the latest of many!
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Scenic view

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Visitor rating
  • 103
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
It's expensive- but it's worth it!

We were here mid-week for dinner. We didn't have a reservation but were accommodated. We went with table service over sushi bar seating. The seaweed salad was quite unique with several different flavors and was the best I have ever tasted anywhere! We ordered combination sushi plates, but by far... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
mandieree
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Oslo, Norway
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  • Scenic view
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159 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Oslo, Norway
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We were here mid-week for dinner. We didn't have a reservation but were accommodated. We went with table service over sushi bar seating. The seaweed salad was quite unique with several different flavors and was the best I have ever tasted anywhere! We ordered combination sushi plates, but by far the best piece was the 'belly tuna'. I like that... More 

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Ankara, Turkey
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Even all those exaggerated recommandations that Zen restaurant received Zen Restaurant has a really low service and very terrible attitude towards the guests.The food quality of the restaurant is only average. I coud not be more disappointed about this restaurant.

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Malta
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Dining at Zen has always been a great experience. The freshness and flavour of the food and the way it is artistically presented put Zen in a league of its own. The staff are very knowledgeable and always extremely attentive and courteous, reflecting the high standards set and demanded by its management. Zen manages to maintain a consistently high standard... More 

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Naxxar, Malta
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64 reviews 64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This is really fresh and top quality sushi. They offer a great selection of Maki, Sashimi, Sushi, Tepanyaki and tempura. My absolute favourite is the California roll which is usually only on the specials but if you ask for it they usually would accommodate anyway. Which brings me to their service which is absolutely perfect. The restaurant is well located... More 

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Malta
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Been coming here for years and not once have we been disappointed. The food and service are top quality. Genuine Japanese food prepared and presented with flare. Very tasty - a joy to eat. We keep trying new places but whenever I want to be sure that I won't be disappointed Zen is the place

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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Visited here about a week ago and was happy I went. I sat up at the sushi bar and the sushi chefs made my meal fresh in-front of me and I was very satisfied with the quality and the service. The sushi chefs were very friendly and it's always nice to see them proud of their work/curious how their customers... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The food is superb and you're guaranteed a night of entertainment. The chef is excellent and quite the joker but I assure you that he puts on a great performance when cooking your food. Seeing it cooked shows you that they use minimal and mostly natural ingredients leading to tasty results. We opted for the tempura prawns which are divine... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

we have been to Japanese restaurants in many countries and this was right up there with the best. We ate at the Teppanyaki bar, but tried the sushi first. The variety of sushi was excellent, using a good range of fish. The Teppanyaki "performance" by the chef was expert and very funny, but more importantly the food he cooked was... More 

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Saint Julian's, Malta
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

i go to this restaurant very often because it offers great service, amazing food and relaxing atmosphere. Highly recommended!

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Santa Lucija, Malta
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35 reviews 35 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We Visited this amazing restaurant on valentines day, the meal was perfect from in every single expect the food was cooked to perfection and delicious i strongly recommend the seared salmon starter and the Japanese cheese cake was also amazing for a desert. highly recommended for special occasions since the great and service comes with a high price tag that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Portomaso Yacht Marina | St. Julian's, Malta, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta PTM01, Malta
  • Location: Europe  >  Malta  >  Island of Malta  >  Saint Julian's
  • Phone Number: +356 2138 6500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 54 - 100
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view

Description

Zen was Malta's first Japanese restaurant and it is still widely regarded to be the best, with a wide selection of specialities and delicacies including miso soup, sushi, sashimi, vegetable & prawn tempura, as well as fish, meat and vegetarian dishes traditionally cooked and served in our Teppanyaki private room. The contemporary style of the restaurant blends effortlessly with the chic menu, providing an all-round, Japanese-style dining experience. Japanese cuisine is a ritual in itself - a celebration of time-honoured traditions, fresh ingredients and charming hospitality. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to guide you - whether this is your first taste of Japanese cuisine or the latest of many!
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?