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25775 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL
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Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Pacific Rim
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: hwy 161
Description: Trendy, romantic atmosphere with an up beat tempo and decor. Has banquet room, great for entertaining clients, Kid friendly, Outdoor seating, Both Lunch and Dinner, Reservaions excepted but not required

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English first
Greenville, South Carolina
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Odd place....Very clean, very spacious, kinda elegant. Food prices are a bit high, but food is decent. I think the decor is so sparse and this is what steals from the typical "cozy" vibe that restaurants usually have. I had read past reviews on here about slow service and staff saying they'd been super=busy beforehand, and the same thing happened... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Stayed at Hampton Inn across the street and after the first meal, we felt the best at Orange Beach and ate there 2 more times. Service, quality, friendliness and choice of meals, made us Iimmediately make arrangements to come back.

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Decatur, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Gilbey's (was Zen) is merely average as a steak and seafood restaurant. We had loved Zen a year ago when a large family group went. This time selection limited. Service was spotty and slow considering the place was far from full and lots of staff standing around. Loud music incongruent with fine dining (as prices suggest). Sea scallops had a... More 

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Beulah, Michigan
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

under the same ownership with much of the same menu. The owners wanted to highlight that their restaurant was NOT merely a sushi or Asian fusion place. Therefore they changed their name to Gilbey's. They decided to keep a number of their original dishes but added American dishes such as steak & fish. I have a challenge with restaurants that... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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38 reviews 38 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Zen was one of our favorite restaurants, but we noticed that they never seemed to be very busy. Perhaps that's why they changed from Zen, with an Asian fusion emphasis to Gilbey's, with a seafood and steak theme. The ownership remains the same. They retained a few of our favorites from the old menu, including two of our favorites, chorizo... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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67 reviews 67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Ordered Scallops served in on a bed of Sweet Pea Risotto. The scallops were cooked perfectly, but over salted on the bottom. The risotto was not creamy nor fully cooked and rather bland. We were served pesto in oil. We couldn't enjoy the pesto for the over abundance of olive oil. The sesame crackers served with the pesto was on... More 

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Foley, Alabama
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124 reviews 124 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

I always thought the Zen restaurant was a sushi affair, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is a good old American restaurant. We went for lunch with a large group and we had a limited menu of four choices, a burger, trout, Ribs or chicken. Our table had three of the four entrees and all were great.... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

When dining out on a Friday night, one expects a good crowd and perhaps a wait to be seated. But when we got to Zen on Friday, January 17, 2014, there were only three tables occupied with diners. Experience tells me that to beware. Pricy with entrees from $18 to $20, my partner the Fried Rice Stir Fry and found... More 

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Usually stop by this restaurant on visits to Orange Beach. Dropped by for sushi roll and cocktails on Saturday night. Dining lite, so our group of four sat at a high-top table in the bar area. This place has the best bar tenders. Entertaining and fast on service. Lemon drop was adorned with dry ice. Good selection of vodka, had... More 

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Cedar Falls
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

My husband and I walked from our hotel room looking for a place to eat. Came across Zen, the menu was posted outside on a table. As we are looking it over the hostess comes out and invites us in to get a better look at the menu. It worked, we stayed. Had a very pleasant waitress. I ordered the... More 

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Additional Information about Zen

Address: 25775 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL
Phone Number: 251-981-2988
Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Orange Beach
Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
Cuisine: Pacific Rim

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