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Zen Japanese Food Fast

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1303 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-8081
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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    Very good
  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Appetizing and healthy

Zen is not a "fast food" restaurant in a conventional sense. Yes, you order at a counter and seat yourself, but the service is not fast, nor is the food. This, however, is a good thing. The ingredients are fresh and tasty. This is one of the best affordable meals you can have in Austin (Chipotle... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
Jon R
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English first
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Zen is not a "fast food" restaurant in a conventional sense. Yes, you order at a counter and seat yourself, but the service is not fast, nor is the food. This, however, is a good thing. The ingredients are fresh and tasty. This is one of the best affordable meals you can have in Austin (Chipotle notwithstanding).

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austin
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This little place has a good variety of offers and all are exceptionally flavorful and fairly healthy. I especially like the tacos and brussel sprouts.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 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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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
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 20
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Asian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1303 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: (512) 444-8081

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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

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