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Zengo - Santa Monica

395 Santa Monica Place #306N, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Ranked #40 of 554 restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Broadway
Transit: The Big Blue Bus and Rapid line both have drop offs in front of the Santa Monica Place at the corner of 4th Street and Broadway.
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86% Recommend
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Boston, Massachusetts
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58 reviews 58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I had been to the one in Denver, and really enjoy this type of food. They have latin/asian tapas. Nice outdoor space, and friendly staff.

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Santiago, Chile
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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Our family was traveling together in March this year when we visited Zengo. There were 15 in our party, including 6 children between 6 and 15 and an infant in a stroller. Many places we ate were complicated over the idea of handling such a large group but at Zengo we were welcomed, given a lovely location in the outdoor... More

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Uxbridge, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I visited this restaurant twice on my recent trip to Santa Monica. I had two 17 years old girls with me for march Break. We had dinner out every night, but they enjoyed this restaurant the most. The restaurant is on the third floor of the mall and the open air tables overlooking third street promenade were particularly nice. The... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Came here with my family for lunch. It was really dead. Only 2 tables filled at 12:30....hmmm the concept latin asian....maybe???? hmmm We decided to do a bunch of dishes family style. Carnitas asian noodles, Specialty house salad, asian chick wings, tampanadas and carne asada sliders. The only thing we liked of the 5 dishes was the chicken wings! sweet... More

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San Diego, California
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95 reviews 95 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Zengo is located on the third floor of the mall structure overlooking the shopping district of Santa Monica. The decor is modern and comfortable and has a great outdoor seating area. The real attraction, though, is the food. The menu is packed with interesting fusion dishes that take the best elements of Asia and Latin America and create wonderful experiences... More

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Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We went here as part of the invitees after Helen Hunt's performance at the Broad Stage. Loved the large patio and bar area. Our waiter was friendly and chatty. He recommended a lovely hot, spicy margarita which was fabulous! However, that being said, I was appalled at the total lack of decor in the ladies room. So bad that I've... More

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Santa Monica, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

The place is large and accommodates large parties. Food is served family style. Empanadas were tasty. Tuna tacos were a but fishy. The ingredients seem authentic and some of the food packs a real kick. Nice bar space and good view over the promenade

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Moscow, Russia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Peruvian-asian, with a nice view, great decor, awesome ceviches and tiraditos, perfect lamb — and cheesecake!!!

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stamford, ct
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196 reviews 196 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We loved the fact that Zengo was upstairs near the promenade in Santa Monica--it gives you a chance to do some shopping and people watching, as well as exercise after your meal--but we didn't like that it was almost hidden from view--you sort of have to know where you are going beforehand--there is no presence on the street, and hence... More

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Dallas, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

what a cool place. excellent visually, great indoor/outdoor bar, well dressed staff, attentive, professional - alittle too robotic actually, think it was trained into them all! Not objectionable, just very subdued. Had small plates and drink specials at the bar. Would recommend, and will return. A little hard to find in the shopping center, have to walk through a long... More

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