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Kenzan Japanese Restaurant

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45 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
(03) 9654 8933
Website
Today
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 34
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious Japanese food

My sister and I especially like to have lunch at Kenzan when we're feeling nippy for Japanese food. While the overall price for everything is relatively expensive, we happily pay because the quality of the food you receive is excellent, in addition to the portions being quite large. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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73 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We have been to this restaurant multiple times. In fact, I have celebrated quite a few special occasions here over the years. They have never fail to deliver. Service is immaculate. Food is authentic. Sushi and sashimi is fresh. Atmosphere is pleasant. My only little suggestion would be for the restaurant to consider increasing the variety / changing the menu... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Our first time trying out Kenzan and was really blown away by everything. The staff were incredibly genuine and polite, the food was incredible and the service was fast and friendly. We tried the fixed menu option which was lots of little serves over about 45 minutes. I love Japanese food and I can't wait to visit again. Cheers.

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London
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Tried this one when we couldn't get into Yu U, nearby. Not a patch on it sadly. Tempura was a bit greasy with not very light batter and my colleagues had some kind of meat do it yourself stew, which was not at all good. Very hidden inside an office building but to be honest I wouldn't go our my... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We have visited Kenzai several times and almost always include a visit when we are in Melbourne. I have to say that our visit at the beginning of the week was more than a disappointment. One of our party was ill following the meal. The sashimi and sushi did not taste fresh and they obviously were not. Maybe the fact... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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214 reviews 214 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

After reading a review in our in-flight magazine we turned up for lunch without a booking . Luckily we were the first to arrive a few minutes before they were serving and shown a table as soon as they were 'open'. Within 30 minutes the place was full and people waiting - so if you want to lunch a bit... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Japanese visitors impressed by food thought it authentic and loved the atmosphere,! We had banquet for 4 good value

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Broadbeach, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

A Japanese restaurant that has stayed in the one place for over 20 years is testament to how good it really is. Service is impeccable, the food is unbelievably good, and the price is moderate. Been dining there for over 20 years and can honestly say it has remained the japanese restaurant of choice for that time. Exceptional.

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

My sister and I especially like to have lunch at Kenzan when we're feeling nippy for Japanese food. While the overall price for everything is relatively expensive, we happily pay because the quality of the food you receive is excellent, in addition to the portions being quite large. The presentation of the food is lovely and the staff are very... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

We booked a business lunch in one of their private rooms - the 'real' Japanese experience where shoes are removed as you sit on what appears to be the floor, but you sit down with your feet under the below floor table. Even though we had a private room, the walls were paper-thin (traditional as many would say), but this... More 

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melbourne
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We have dined at Kenzan almost weekly for many years. It is always fresh, consistent, and the staff are lovely. We love the seaweed salad to start and then the shiitake tempura mushrooms. The medium combination platter is very generous with a great selection of seafood and we like to get extra oysters. We are so pleased with our selection... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 45 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: (03) 9654 8933
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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