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Zen

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Nyarutarama, Kigali, Rwanda
+250 782 588 593
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice food and ambiance

Tried the Chinese cuisine and teppanyaki on two different occasions. The Chinese cuisine is good and settings are nice and comfortable, service is prompt and good. Teppanyaki food is average but the Chef is very entertaining. Worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 10, 2015
rustyarm
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Singapore, Singapore
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Kigali Province, Rwanda
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Thai green curry oh my god not thai food at all i don't understand why people can make thai food then they sale thai food the place nice

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Thank Looknun
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Lovely meal, lovely setting. All food was very good, but the dumplings get it the excellent mark. It's at the top end of the Kigali price range, but would recommend.

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Thank RMBC3
Singapore, Singapore
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Tried the Chinese cuisine and teppanyaki on two different occasions. The Chinese cuisine is good and settings are nice and comfortable, service is prompt and good. Teppanyaki food is average but the Chef is very entertaining. Worth a visit.

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Thank rustyarm
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Zen is always worth a trip to Nyarutarama if you are in the mood for some high quality food which you cant get anywhere else in Kigali (not the quality but the dish). The Golden Fried Tilapia is unbelievable. The setting of the restaurant is really nice, the staff friendly and service oriented. The little water things around the terrace... More 

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Thank ThomT77
New York City, New York
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

The outdoor (under thatch roof) dining is nice, but unfortunately, Zen's food really disappointed. Standard cheap take-away type noodle and rice dishes, but the price tag was much bigger. You'd do much better to stick to what Kigali is good at and eat local fare.

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Thank LAKinNYC
Kigali, Rwanda
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Zen is my favorite restaurant in Kigali, the food may not be the best there is but it is good and the service is excellent.

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Thank tania210
Kigali, Rwanda
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

this is one of the fine restaurant in Town with a variety of Chinese food you need to try it for you to discover how good it is

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Thank DavidG20
Accra, Ghana
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

The restaurant's location is quite serene with great ambiance and good food. I was able to use their Wifi to communicate, since that was my first stop when I arrived in Kigali.

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Thank dleo78
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

It's a nice restaurant with great ambience and good food but the prices are too high, more expensive than better restaurants in the area! The washroom was in serious need of a makeover. If money is no problem then give it a try! Otherwise you can get better value elsewhere.

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Thank JohnWilkins2011
Mahnattan48
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

The location is convenient, ambience very nice - open air concept with full overhead coverage, as is common in Kigali - and the staff is very friendly and helpful. However, the food was very oily and heavy. I ordered Pad Thai and got a greasy mess with thick noodles that did not resemble any Pad Thai I have had anywhere... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Nyarutarama, Kigali, Rwanda
  • Location: Africa  >  Rwanda  >  Kigali Province  >  Kigali
  • Phone Number: +250 782 588 593

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Asian, Thai

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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