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Zen Japanese Food Fast

1303 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)
(512) 444-8081
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English first
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I like Zen on Anderson. The food is always consistently good and fast. I wish all the chairs had backs because I don't like sitting on stools with no backs, but it doesn't prevent me from going. Good consistent quality food is hard to beat!

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Ebina, Japan
15 reviews 15 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Austin doesn't have so many Japanese restaurant. I'm a Japanse, so I felt Zen's food is not good and not bad. It's typical American-Japanse food.

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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I love coming here on the weekends with my kids because kids eat free on the weekends, so it brings down the price for us. It is very kid friendly and the staff is very nice. It is a good place to go with your family.

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Forest Park, Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Stumbled on this place after using the laundermat down the street. What great luck. The best seaweed salad I've ever had. Excellent MIso soup, and delicious maki rolls. All for a very reasonable price. The atmosphere is nothing to write home about in this comfortable cafeteria style place, but then you'll be too busy eating to look around. I'll go... More 

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Austin, Texas
Top Contributor
174 reviews 174 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Its good and consistently good. I go here at least once a week. I miss some of my old favorites....menu has changed somewhat in the last year or so. I have not tried the sushi.

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Kailua, Hawaii
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113 reviews 113 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Fresh food and good flavors at pretty good prices are the appeal here. The counter man was friendly and informative, and the "bowls" we had were warm and filling

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Los Angeles, California
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125 reviews 125 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I love this place; been 3 times. Everything is terrific and the people are always upbeat and sweet. Word of warning...do NOT say you want something extra spicy!! They use habanero powder and Texas, in general, does not mess around. I love spicy food, but I made that tragic mistake and the kind guy behind the counter gave me a... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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48 reviews 48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012 via mobile

We stopped in here to cool down from the heat and decided to eat lunch here. I ordered the build.your.own.bowl(b.y.o.b) and the California roll. I got the double meat bowl, shrimp and wild salmon, with the soto mix, chilli-garlic sauce and white rice. I was really disappointed with the lackluster taste and the small amount of meat in the bowl.... More 

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Keller, Texas
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166 reviews 166 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

There are 4 location are Austin as of June 2012. Loved the food here, tastes superb, cheap, fresh products. I will be going back to Austin later this month and I will be sure to lunch it up here at least once. Try a Takko (taco), cheap, large and full of flavor. Awesome!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

We had lunch there one day, stopped in for sushi before going next door to the Continental Club, and went back for lunch again the next day! that says it all!

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Additional Information about Zen Japanese Food Fast

Address: 1303 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Phone Number: (512) 444-8081
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > South Austin
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: Sushi, Asian, Japanese

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