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Zen Sushi & Sushi Bar

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26952 La Paz Rd, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-3040
949-643-1232
Today
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Oh what sushi and service!

Don't be turned off because the place is small. I've been here 3 times in the last 2 months -- obviously because it is great. Great fresh sushi and great service. The staff makes you feel welcome and quickly knows your name and preferences. They also like to suggest new items. Their yellow tuna... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2014
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Laguna Woods, CA
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San Clemente, California
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Best sushi place I've been to in a while. Fish was fresh, sashimi cuts were thick, had unique flavored rolls, and the service was prompt and friendly. They also would do little things like give us little samples and an extra sashimi wedge of salmon on the plate of a philly roll I ordered. I'll definitely be back!

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Laguna Woods, CA
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113 reviews 113 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Don't be turned off because the place is small. I've been here 3 times in the last 2 months -- obviously because it is great. Great fresh sushi and great service. The staff makes you feel welcome and quickly knows your name and preferences. They also like to suggest new items. Their yellow tuna is so very fresh -- as... More 

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Escondido, California
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171 reviews 171 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
466 helpful votes 466 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The place might be a small, hole-in-the-wall sushi bar/restaurant with not much eye appeal but we left as very satisfied customers. The employees were very friendly and our sushi rolls and sashimi were prepared in warp speed. The fish was so fresh, it was still wiggling.

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Orange County
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I'm a very busy traveler, yet if I want to have something to hit the spot, fast, and filling I'm a two roll guy, and the sushi chef knows me by name, calls out my usual, and I'm eating, and then on my way. The food is great, the chef is terrific and really makes sure you are welcome and... More 

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Aliso Viejo, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Creative, fresh, and they care about you - it does not get better than that!! We have been going to Zen for the last year and they have been very consistent in every way. Way to go guys!

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Orlando, Florida
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872 reviews 872 reviews
347 restaurant reviews
566 helpful votes 566 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We stopped here with a few other friends based on how close it was to where they live and decent reviews on here. The service was excellent and with a smile at every turn. We were treated like family and felt very welcome. I had the crunch roll and it was pretty good. My wife had the dragon roll and... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is our first choice for sushi. It's always fresh and flavorful, the atmosphere is always welcoming, and the presentation is creative (if that's what you want.) They also make exceptional traditional sushi and sashimi. My personal recommendations are the firecracker and the Elvis. I won't spoil the fun by saying what's in them, but man are they good. As... More 

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Aliso Viejo, California
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

Pretty average overall. Lots of specialty rolls to choose from but they all tasted so much the same. No hot towels upon arrival which is one thing I love about going for sushi. Hot towel signals Sushi Time has begun! Way too much cream cheese involved in the rolls. If you want American version of sushi this may be the... More 

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Fremont, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Another small Japanese restaurant that we heard about. We had sushi rolls and shashim dishes. Food was very good and staff were friendly and efficient. Definitely recommned others to visit.

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Laguna Niguel, CA
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66 reviews 66 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

This place gets top billing for sushi in South County. We've tried them all and it's the freshest and cleanest place! Always crowded, not enough servers but super friendly and never get your order wrong. Really original rolls and good prices!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 26952 La Paz Rd, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-3040
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Aliso Viejo
  • Phone Number: 949-643-1232

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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