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Zen Sai

Essex Hotel, 1001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Ranked #49 of 841 Restaurants in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Wed 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 10th Street
Description: Zen Sai is an Asian-Infusion masterpiece featuring renowned Chef Mike Hiraga. It's a unique social dining experience on South Beach with small and large sharing plates of fresh seafood and Robata grilled items. Signature items at Zen Sai include Fried Bok Choy, Black Cod with Yuzu Miso Sauce, Scallion Wrapped Ribeye, Pork Belly Sliders, Robata Grilled Octopus, Miso-Mustard Glazed Sea Bass and Spicy Rock Shrimp Tempura with Serrano Aioli and Worcestershire Sauce. Zen Sai also features an extensive wine list, fine sakes and specialty sake cocktails to complement menu items
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Reasonable price, very good drinks, japanese style food but the place was quite empty and no views. Its ok if you are staying at the hotel or if you are looking for a place quiet.

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Columbus, Ohio
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We stopped in for a treat one evening and were seated right away. Very pleasant service. The menu looked DELICIOUS and made us wish we had stopped by earlier in the evening for dinner. Dessert was yummy!

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Paris, France
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We were staying at the adjacent Essex House hotel and were not prepared for the hotel restaurant (Zen Sai) to be so good! My experience with hotel restaurants is not great, but this place deserves a detour, even if you're not staying at the hotel! The staff is very friendly and professional and the food fresh, inventive and delicious. The... More

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New York, New York, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Friends and I had a wonderful meal and had a great time chatting with the bartender Julio. We went back a few days for the happy hour specials!

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Did the $39 four course meal. Great bang for the buck. Service was amazing. Alicia H waited on me and was by far the best server I've seen in a long time. Highly recommend.

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Tampa, Florida
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My wife and I were looking for a non-touristy S. Beach spot for some great food and atmosphere. We were staying at a hotel nearby and read some good reviews about Zen Sai on Trip Advisor and some other websites so we thought we would give it a try. Honestly, it lived up to our expectations. The service was outstanding!... More

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Naples, Florida
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We ate here one night while staying at The Essex House hotel (the restaurant is inside the hotel). The menu is nothing short of amazing. Be sure to try the miso cod and the bok choy - unbelievable! The food is beautifully presented and tastes wonderful. A must if you're in South Beach!

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Melbourne, Australia
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A great little restaurant in good location offering tasty food, a little bit different than the usual tourist places on the beach front.

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Sweettroit, MI
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Best meal of the trip. Delicious and creative! Zen Sai serves up Asian inspired, tapas style dishes. We came in with a group of seven, which was great so we could try a lot of the different dishes. The big hits were the black cod sea bass, and the crispy bok choy. What really pushed this to a 5 star... More

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Kingston, Jamaica
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Went to Zen Sai on the 4th of July and what we found was a very modern but simple decorated restaurant located at the Essex Hotel. I found the location to be perfect as you are right close to the action on Ocean Drive but this restaurant offers way more privacy. Apart from the location we found our server Jose... More

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