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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
Website
Today
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Large groups

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  • 99
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
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    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
Most recent review
Japanese Small Plates...very tasty!

This small plates restaurant is very good. A little on the pricey side, but the food was excellent. The sushi is very fresh. The James Bond themed rolls were tasty and fun. Restaurant decor was very nice.It has an Asian feel, without being overwhelming. Restaurant door opens directly to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
novicetraveler51
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Large groups
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This small plates restaurant is very good. A little on the pricey side, but the food was excellent. The sushi is very fresh. The James Bond themed rolls were tasty and fun. Restaurant decor was very nice.It has an Asian feel, without being overwhelming. Restaurant door opens directly to outside. On cold winter nights, it might be smart to ask... More 

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DFW
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146 reviews 146 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I was snowed in at the Donovan and so I ate several meals here. It started with dinner. I went in on a cold and snowy night and was offered a hot bowl of ramen. It was so good. It included the most perfectly cooked soft boiled egg I've had. The next morning I had the continental breakfast. Usually I... More 

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Tabetha Z, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

So happy to hear you enjoyed your time not only at The Donovan but with us here at Zentan. Hope to see you again, maybe in less cold conditions! More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Unfortunately the ramen is only available during lunch but they made up for it with a great Japanese whiskey trio. If you're staying at Donovan House I would recommend a night here!

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Tabetha Z, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Glad you were adventurous with our Suntory Whisky flight. Hope to see you in again soon for some more interesting food and beverage pairings. Cheers! More 

Portland, Oregon, United States
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Try the kushiyaki items on the left hand side of the menu - the eggplant, pumpkin and tsukune (chicken "meatballs" on a stick" were super tasty. The sushi was nothing special. Remind the servers to pace delivery of food to the table, or you'll get everything all at once and the food starts to get cold.

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Tabetha Z, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

I apologize your pacing was a little rushed. Thank you for your comments I will share them with the team to better our processes. We hope to welcome you back in again! More 

Arlington, Virginia
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My husband and I had Valentines dinner here last night and were very impressed. We had a dumpling appetizer with sake flights. The dumplings had sea bass in them-so yummy. Then we shared 4 sushi rolls and a bottle of Tempranillo. All the sushi was delicious! We finished our meal with a very yummy chocolate mousse dessert. The server was... More 

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Tabetha Z, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your special night with us! More 

San Jose, California
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Interesting twist on Japanese restaurant: almost tapas-style. We ordered lots of small plates and liked all of them. The grilled shisito peppers and brussel sprouts were both exceptional dishes. The duck was great too. The soup was also great, especially on the cold day that we had. Cocktails were solid.

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Tabetha Z, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

We are so happy that we were able to warm you up on such a chilly day! More 

DC
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We just grabbed a quick drink at the bar, but were impressed by the friendly bartenders and all the food looked amazing. Will be sure to come back for a real dinner.

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Tabetha Z, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words! We look forward to welcoming you back for dinner! More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Have eaten dinner here twice in the past month. Blown away both times. Service was excellent. Both servers made food and drink recommendations that were spot on. First visit was on a Saturday night. Had the Udon, Peas & Sprouts and Nikomi (short ribs) plus the sashimi special. Second visit was this past Thursday. My girlfriend and I shared a... More 

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Tabetha Z, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

Happy to hear your pairings were on point. Looking forward to seeing you and your girlfriend in again soon! More 

Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed a meal at Zentan. It was fabulous. Great Japanese food. The atmosphere was not great, but the food was first rate.

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Thank you for the kind words! More 

Richmond, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The staff and team at Zentan were helpful, friendly, personable and treated me with amazing hospitality.

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Tabetha Z, Manager at Zentan, responded to this review

We appreciate your kind words! The team works very hard to provide top notch service, and it is always a treat to get recognized by a guest. Cheers! More 

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