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Zengo - Santa Monica

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395 Santa Monica Place #306N, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Broadway)
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.
+1 310-899-1000
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Large groups

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 63
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fun Different

The dishes were quite unique and delicious and they even had a gluten free menu. We had great service, friendly and prompt. We were there for an early dinner, so didn't have any crowd. the music was loud when we arrived but they gladly turned it down immediately upon our mild request.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 17, 2014
Ron D
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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122 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Our server was fantastic and we loved the lychee mimosas. The food was horrible. One of our dishes was cold. You could tell some of it was pre-cooked. We did like the "french toast" (I can't remember what it was called.). Also, I wasn't a fan of the rooftop seating. It looked dirty and the seat was wet.

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Los Angeles, California
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110 reviews 110 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The dishes were quite unique and delicious and they even had a gluten free menu. We had great service, friendly and prompt. We were there for an early dinner, so didn't have any crowd. the music was loud when we arrived but they gladly turned it down immediately upon our mild request.

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Los Angeles, California
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480 reviews 480 reviews
373 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The food is excellent here. The service not so much. We were a big group but there was no other table dining on a Wed night. So it shouldn't have been too hard for our waitress to get all of our orders and drinks in a prompt timely manner. From the moment we sat down, I think it literally took... More 

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/las /vegas
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87 reviews 87 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

First time I visited this restaurant, I fell in love with it! Loved the decor and the really unique and tasty food. We sat on the patio overlooking Third Street and it was a very nice atmosphere. Service was excellent. Well, the second time I dined here was a big disappointment. I returned for a birthday celebration for myself and... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We stopped by here for lunch. We shared a few plates. The atmosphere was fantastic, there was a really nice feel to the place. The interior is an ultra modern rooftop restaurant. When we were there they did a special deal for $39 you can eat and drink all you like. When we were there one Saturday afternoon, there was... More 

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Los Angeles, California, USA
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166 reviews 166 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We did not enjoy the latin-asian fusion food at all. Very strange flavor combinations that just didn't work. Food is a one star, but here's an extra one for the beautiful open air decor and setting.

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Bingley, United Kingdom
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90 reviews 90 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Enjoyed a nice dinner with friends here based on taking the unlimited small plate option with drinks for $49 ahead. This was a really nice way to go enabling us to try nearly all the dishes with unlimited good beers, wines a fun cocktails to boot. Some good dishes but nothing out of the ordinary compared to a wagamamas or... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Zengo is an urban-sophisticated Latin-Asian restaurant with mid-range price points. It specializes in tapas meant for the table to taste and share, with its weekend brunch special offering unlimited small plates + bottomless mimosas for $40/person. Any desire I could want for from a Sunday brunch was appeased with my visit here. An assortment of palatable menu options and plenty... More 

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Tampa, Florida
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

My husband and I had a deal voucher for Zengo and was quite satisfied with our experience. Although it's a tapas restaurant, their portions were generous enough. I would suggest you request an outdoor seat - LOTS of people watching. When you arrive, you take an elevator up to the restaurant. I think they need a better sign indicating you... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Wandering with 2 sets of families in santa monica looking for a place to eat and happened on this place onto of the smo mall. Very warm welcome and seated inside on a long table.Freindly waiter explained the fusion style menu and recommended sharing which we did. The food came out at nice stages(not all at once) and it was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 395 Santa Monica Place #306N, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    (Broadway)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-899-1000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
  • Cuisine: Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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