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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: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 47
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 8
    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
Do the hibachi!

I have always really liked the atmosphere of Zen and like the food (always like, sometimes really like). But we did the hibachi grill and had so much fun! The food was great, the show was even better. And it was pretty well priced for the event and the large amount of food. Definitely a fun... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
bethielynn
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Antigua, Guatemala
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We've lived here for several years now and Zen has consistently been one of our favorite restaurants. The ambiance is tranquil and mellow, the service is efficient and friendly, the cook is an excellent one, and the food is delicious. We're always greeted with a smile and our food is always fantastic. Perfect for dates, meeting dinners, and dinner parties.... More 

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Zen is in an upscale restaurant and attracts expats, tourists and business people. Great ambiance -- outdoor terrace seating under a thatched roof with a small lake just below the restaurant. It's a bit of a drive from the center of town but worth it. Grab a taxi -- pretty inexpensive. I went for lunch and had vegetarian spring rolls... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I have always really liked the atmosphere of Zen and like the food (always like, sometimes really like). But we did the hibachi grill and had so much fun! The food was great, the show was even better. And it was pretty well priced for the event and the large amount of food. Definitely a fun, non-standard night out.

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Tel Aviv
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

The restaurant is located within a special set- up, good ambiance BUT , the food is truly not worth it. It begins with their attempt to please all- the menus has dozens of different dishes... This in itself is problematic... We were three people and had ordered 7 dishes. One was really nice and all the rest were truly dull,... More 

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Kigali, Rwanda
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164 reviews 164 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

A nice venue with an interesting menu. Maybe too ambitious. The curries are bland and not spicy. The quality of the fish used for the sushi needs improvement. Often they are either soldout of menu items or just don't have them. I did enjoy the dumplings (when they had them). The service is average for Rwanda and the prices in... More 

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Pewsey, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Lovely outdoor and beautifully appointed restaurant in a quiet part of Kigali. We enjoyed our lunch here, The service was excellent and the staff charming. The food is an 'Asian mix' really - beautifully presented but a little bland. However I can really recommend this place.

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Switzerland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Very nice place, and a good and fast service. Food is a bit average, especially for Asian food lovers. Missing some spices but overall ok.

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Paris, France
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Can't fault this place and one of my favorites - good on all fronts although not gourmet. The restaurant, outside and covered, so bring a scarf in colder season, is particularly nice and has a good view of the city. There is a large choice of Asian fusion food, decent cooking and very good service.

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Kigali, Rwanda
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

a nice place to go with ur family ... relax and enjoy the food and drinks ... really loved this place

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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

First of all, dont follow google directions to get here! It will take you to a place called Kaizen instead. Check where it is before you head out - we ended up taking a taxi from the centre for 5000 francs... Food is nice though not special, and service is fast enough and fair. Atmosphere is nice, though the water... 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, Thai
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?