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Zen Sai

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Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Asian fusion
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1001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (10th Street)
+1 786-276-5339
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4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Zen Sai is an Asian-fusion masterpiece. It's a unique social dining...
Zen Sai is an Asian-fusion masterpiece. 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 cocktails to complement menu items.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Outdoor seating

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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
New go to spot

Second time coming to this hidden gem and once again came away impressed. First time was Valentines dinner for two and the intimate setting was perfect. Second time was a group gathering of 15 and the openness of the venue was equally perfect. Thats the beauty of this place. It's Sobe address... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Plantation, Florida
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Plantation, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Second time coming to this hidden gem and once again came away impressed. First time was Valentines dinner for two and the intimate setting was perfect. Second time was a group gathering of 15 and the openness of the venue was equally perfect. Thats the beauty of this place. It's Sobe address makes it cool. It's off the main street... More 

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New York City, New York
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271 reviews 271 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We were blown away by our dinner at zensai- everything was perfect. First the food: started with the mushroom medley- so much flavor. The garbanzo spring rolls were unique with a wonderful dipping sauce. Enjoyed delicious spicy tuna rolls, some seaweed salad so much better than the usual one you eat everywhere. The black cod was superb. Service was attentive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great food, wonderful service and an interesting and innovative menu, both for food and cocktails! Nice atmosphere next to a sweet little pool area was a beautiful evening spot! It's part of a historic hotel too. We loved it!

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Jupiter, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

A great spot for sushi and a glass of wine. Very tasty food and nicely presented with outstanding service!

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The fried rice there is a MUST have, very tasty. they offer a great variety of dishes at a decent price.

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Pennsylvania
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74 reviews 74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We ate here during our recent trip to South Beach. Our waitress, Alisha, was so helpful in working with us to decide on menu items we may like. The watermelon cocktail was amazing. The food was exceptional and very filling. It's one block off Ocean Drive which is nice. I would highly recommend this place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The restaurant is well located, just half a block from the hustle and bustle of Ocean Drive. The atmosphere is pleasant in a garden-like setting. The Asian fusion menu is interesting and the food is very good. Unfortunately the service does not match up with the food. It is slow, and we were served the entrée before the appetizer (many... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The restaurant had a great sushi chef and it served complementary breakfast for the Essex House Hotel guests. It was wonderful!

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Savannah, Georgia
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20 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We were on a tour of the art deco district architecture. While going through the Essex Hotel, we discovered Zen Sai. Excellent Asian-fusion small plates. All dishes were prepared in unique ways that made each dish even better and more exciting that the last. For this high quality in food and preparation (and of course presentation) the price was very... More 

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Baden-Baden, Germany
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Zen Sai is part of the Essex Hotel, but far enough separated to feel like a separate entity. The restaurant is in a pleasant location, on one of the side-streets off Ocean Drive, sitting outside you can enjoy the sea air, the restaurant has a pleasant atmosphere. Zen Sai serves small plates meant for sharing, but some of the dishes... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
    (10th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Miami Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 786-276-5339

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Asian fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Outdoor seating

Description

Zen Sai is an Asian-fusion masterpiece. 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 cocktails to complement menu items.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 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 - 11:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am

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