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1155 14th St NW, Donovan House, Washington DC, DC 20005 (Downtown / Chinatown)
202 379 4366
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Ranked #188 of 2,568 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: Thoms Circle
Transit: McPherson Square/Farragut North
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)
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79% Recommend
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1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The food I did get to try at zentan was fair, but the service made the entire meal unappetizing. My friend had made reservations and we checked in at the host stand. She ignored us and seated a walk in that had arrived just ahead of us and was quoted a 30 minute wait. As a hostess myself I understand... More

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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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48 reviews 48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We had a wonderful late dinner here on Friday night. It was rather loud in the front portion of the restaurant but the hostess sat us in a quiet area and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The edamame was great, as was the Peking chicken. My husband liked his sushi but said it wasn't the best he's ever had. The... More

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Shawn D, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Kara, Thank you so much for great review of Zentan! I am so happy we were able to find you a quieter table to enjoy your evening with us. As for the sushi, can you inform me of what you had ordered? Our sushi program is something we pride ourselves in due to the overwhelming amount of fresh seafood we... More

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301 reviews 301 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

My cousin and I went to Zentan to try out their happy menu menu well he was in town visiting, and overall, the food was fine but the service was haphazard. I had been to Zentan during restaurant week or year or two ago, and I didn't really think it was all that special. I decided to go to here... More

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Bristol, Maine
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Nice location, excellent service, lovely dining areas. Small menu with fresh and delightful items. Extensive Saki and wine list.

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Shawn D, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the kind words about Zentan! We couldn’t agree more with you on the way you had described Zentan and are so glad you feel that way. You had mentioned the extensive sake list - are you a sake fan? It’s always so much fun to go through our list with the adventurous sake drinker, as there... More

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14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Great Atmosphere, lovely food from the hotplates to the Sushi, visited several times, usually service is very good, on my last visit not so great as it appeared that there was lots of training happening & all waiting staff were being tailed by trainees - however before we had the chance to complain the front of house staff came up... More

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Shawn D, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your review, Mrs. P! We shouldn't have allowed our service to suffer while training new employees, however I am glad we were able to show our apologies with a round of drinks that evening! We are heading into some Spring and Summer changes for both our food and beverage menus shortly, so I hope you will... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We first went there by default. There had been a snow storm and it is less than a block from where we are living. We had walked by many times but were hesitant because it was a "hotel restaurant." Those hesitations were totally unfounded. It is tapas style, which allows you to taste all the great things. The sushi rolls... More

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Shawn D, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

I don’t think you are alone in avoiding the normal "hotel restaurant", as the experience and food are quite commonly not up to par with other restaurants in the area. However, when Bill Kimpton started our company, this was the exact idea he wanted to change. All of our Kimpton Restaurants are Chef driven with their own unique menu concepts... More

Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Enjoyed our meal, good all round. Decor modern and nice atmosphere. Nothing fancy here, just good casual Asian flair and feel.

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Shawn D, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Thanks for the great shout out about our "Yummy Japanese" menu! We would completely agree with you! Chef Jennifer's mission here is to find the best quality ingredients available and allow them to speak out loud for the perfect bite. Hope you can join us again soon as we have added some really great components to our menu since August... More

San Francisco, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This restaurant is a great find. They are located in the Donovan House hotel. BAR - their bar has a great selection of wine, beer and well mixed drinks. The bar staff are friendly and provides sound recommendation on drinks and food. RESTAURANT - the food selection consists of asian fusion cuisine. We had the ramen (which was very good... More

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Shawn D, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, Jei! I love the title of your review as it contains two of Chef Jennifer's favorite things... Ramen and Dessert. Believe it or not, Chef Jennifer has a big sweet tooth, so there is a lot of time and effort put into her dessert menu each season. We would completely agree, The Capitol City ice... More

Newton, Massachusetts
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68 reviews 68 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Zen tan is located inside the Kimpton's Donovan House and is a trendy upscale combination of a cocktail lounge and Pan Asian restaurant that is both tasteful and exciting. Service is exceptional and it matches the food that is cooked to perfection. We tried the beef and shrimp dishes and they were amazing. Although the restaurant is fairly large and... More

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Shawn D, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Perfection, exceptional, amazing attentive, cozy...keep em' coming please! I will never get sick of hearing these words. Thanks for all the kind remarks. It really helps affirm that we are doing our jobs well. Please, the next time you are in town, come back and say hello. On your second visit you are officially a repeat guest and now responsible... More

Salt Lake City, Utah
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Like most Kimpton Hotels, the restaurant in the Donovan hotel is outstanding. Zentan is an Asian Fusion restaurant with great service, a superb bar and outstanding small plates. The bartender, Josh, was fun to chat with and did a great job. I will definitely return to Zentan the next time I’m in DC.

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Shawn D, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Josh? Fun to chat with and doing a great job?!? Where the heck was I that day? I 'm kidding. He's an amazingly talented mixologist and modest as can be. I'm so happy you came by Zentan during your stay at the hotel. Not everyone gets a chance to with their busy itineraries. Was there anything in particular on Chef... More

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