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Zen Sushi & Sushi Bar

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26952 La Paz Rd, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-3040
949-643-1232
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Dinner

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
I crave the Sunset Roll constantly

Zen is just a low-key, local sushi joint with a dozen seats at the bar, a couple of booths and a small outdoor patio in a Target shopping center, sandwiched between Thai and Italian. But I can't help returning for tastes I can't find anywhere else. I first got hooked on the Marilyn Monroll... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
Virginia S
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San Clemente, CA
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San Clemente, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Zen is just a low-key, local sushi joint with a dozen seats at the bar, a couple of booths and a small outdoor patio in a Target shopping center, sandwiched between Thai and Italian. But I can't help returning for tastes I can't find anywhere else. I first got hooked on the Marilyn Monroll. Later it was the Sushi Burrito.... More 

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Aliso Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We found Zen about 2.5 years ago and average about 3 visits per month. The food is always delicious, and Marcia takes care of us like family. It is very casual, and the food has never let me down. Do not miss the Yummy Seabass. Very reasonable pricing.

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San Clemente, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is the only sushi joint we go to now. All-you-can-eat option is great and we eat there regularly...in fact, we are returning tonight. Not the usual humdrum atmosphere with Asian music and decor, this place is playing contemporary music with TV screens everywhere. Fun little outta the way place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is our favorite neighborhood Sushi place. They know us when we come in. Very cozy place friendly staff and great sushi always!!

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