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Zentan

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Downtown / Chinatown
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1155 14th St NW, Donovan House, Washington DC, DC 20005 (Thoms Circle)
McPherson Square/Farragut North
202 379 4366
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Zentan is your DC destination for Modern Pan Asian Cuisine. Our ambiance...
Zentan is your DC destination for Modern Pan Asian Cuisine. Our ambiance is perfect for social events, dates, meetings and celebrations and is rivaled only by our chef inspired, seasonal cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. Our sushi is sustainable, flown in fresh and crafted into cold plates and maki’s you won’t find anywhere else. Iffy about raw food? Not a problem! Our extensive selection of Modern Pan Asian cold and hot plates are sure to satisfy any pallet. Each dish is served from the kitchen as soon as it’s prepared; just think Asian Tapas! Here are a few dishes to whet your appetite: Myazaki Beef Hot Rock (cook it yourself, japanese river rock) Peking Chicken (bao buns, black garlic hoisin, cucumber) Maguro Crudo (goat cheese, fuji apples, pumpkin seed oil) Shagalicious (crab salad, cucumber, miazaki beef, tempura ebi, crispy leek)
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    Very good
  • 37
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  • 13
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Back to college

Dined there with my college age daughter. We agreed that it was like a tapas restaurant. Food was very good (especially the short rib) although a bit pricey. The waiter recommended the beneigts for dessert and he was spot o!. So delicious! My daughter said she would be back for that with her... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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South Hadley, Massachusetts
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South Hadley, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Dined there with my college age daughter. We agreed that it was like a tapas restaurant. Food was very good (especially the short rib) although a bit pricey. The waiter recommended the beneigts for dessert and he was spot o!. So delicious! My daughter said she would be back for that with her college friends.

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Lindsay D, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi kate9340, Thank you for your feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your experience, especially the beignets! We hope to see you when you return to visit your daughter, as well! Thank you. Kanpai! Lindsay D. More 

Vienna, Virginia
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140 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

A nice Japanese restaurant. Nice ambience, good service, fun sake flights and good food. Recommended.

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Lindsay D, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hello fiamma11, Thanks for dining with us and taking the time to provide feedback. What I love about the sake flights is finding a new favorite sake that you hadn't tried before! We hope you'll come check out even more of what Zentan has to offer! Kanpai! Lindsay D. More 

Athens, Greece
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81 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We stayed in Donovan Hotel so as we were tired after a long drive from Philadelphia we decided to try Zentan witch is located inside the hotel although we are not great funs of sushi.We thought we could find some other dishes except of sushi so our server showed us all the cooked items on the menu and suggested the... More 

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Lindsay D, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hello Npasxa, We are so glad you decided to join us during your stay at The Donovan. We love that you found so many options you enjoyed outside of our sushi selection! Wishing you safe travels and hope to see you again soon! Thank you! Kanpai! Lindsay D. More 

Alameda
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90 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A very helpful waitress guided three of us through a bewildering selection of sakes and dishes.Kaisen Gyoza, Mushi sakana, Peas and Sprouts, Nasu, Tsukune, Kakuni Yaki, Gyu Tataki, Imo Tempura and Beignets and Zen Mousse desserts. The $99 worth of food was a bargain, the $60 sake flights an extravagance.

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Lindsay D, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hi lancereyno, We are delighted that you joined us and had the dining experience we want to achieve with each of our guests. We love when guests get as excited as we do about Chef Yo's culinary creations. We can't wait for you to join us again to try even more of what Zentan has to offer! Kanpai! Lindsay D. More 

Orlando, Florida
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The waiter recommended several small plate and roles for three of us to share. We took his recommendations after the sales pitch and didn't regret it. The cocktail with the ghost pepper extract was amazing, and the sushi was incredible. I like the raw fish so my rolls were simple. You could taste the freshness of the seafood. As usual,... More 

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Lindsay D, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hello Vince S, We are so glad you enjoyed your server's suggestions! Our sushi chef, Lin, does an amazing job and we are happy that translated during your experience. Thank you and we look forward to your return! Sincerely, Lindsay D. More 

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I had some dumplings and a set of assorted sushi pieces; food was really good, great deserts. If you're hungry carry out additional money, somehow it's a little more expensive than other sushi places. I would definitely come back!.

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Lindsay D, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Thank you Diego Z, we are super happy you enjoyed the Kaisen Gyoza! It is a very special dish to Chef Yo as it was passed down to him from his grandmother. We look forward to your return visit! Best, Lindsay D. More 

Indianapolis
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Good but expensive breakfast. Service was fine, food was fine, but It was expensive. Atmosphere was OK.

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Lindsay D, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Hello Rickkamm, Thank you for the feedback on your breakfast experience. We are listening and will look to make some adjustments based on it. Sincerely, Lindsay D. More 

Eagleville, Pennsylvania
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110 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Great location on Thomas Circle - easily walkable. Nice decor. Very friendly wait staff. Menu is interesting - eclectic Japanese. Food was delicious, nicely presented, and not over-priced. Sushi bar turns out beautiful and delicious creations.

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Ronse, Belgium
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Had a small dinner with a friend. We sat at the bar and enjoyed a beer with some small dishes, sushi and sashimi (we let the chef make a selection). Good service from the bar tender. Nice interior which gave the 'zen'- touch to it all.

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Les Matelles, France
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98 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

nobu-like asian fusion restaurant the food is great. Try different dishes and share to optimize your experience. Special mention to the firecracker makis!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1155 14th St NW, Donovan House, Washington DC, DC 20005
    (Thoms Circle)
  • Public Transportation: McPherson Square/Farragut North
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 202 379 4366

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups

Description

Zentan is your DC destination for Modern Pan Asian Cuisine. Our ambiance is perfect for social events, dates, meetings and celebrations and is rivaled only by our chef inspired, seasonal cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. Our sushi is sustainable, flown in fresh and crafted into cold plates and maki’s you won’t find anywhere else. Iffy about raw food? Not a problem! Our extensive selection of Modern Pan Asian cold and hot plates are sure to satisfy any pallet. Each dish is served from the kitchen as soon as it’s prepared; just think Asian Tapas! Here are a few dishes to whet your appetite: Myazaki Beef Hot Rock (cook it yourself, japanese river rock) Peking Chicken (bao buns, black garlic hoisin, cucumber) Maguro Crudo (goat cheese, fuji apples, pumpkin seed oil) Shagalicious (crab salad, cucumber, miazaki beef, tempura ebi, crispy leek)
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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