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Zen Sai

Essex Hotel, 1001 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Ranked #41 of 829 restaurants in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
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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87% Recommend
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English first
Kingston, Jamaica
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

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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New York City
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Had a few means at Zen Sai over the 4th of July weekend. Excellent food and even more excellent service. Kevin and Julio manage the cocktail preparation. We. You WA H Theo IN action, They Are perfectionists! Sake Mojito, espresso martinis and lychee martinis that are expertly prepared. I am surprised this place even has seats available in the evening.... More

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Vienna, Austria
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A gem on South Beach. We staid at the attached Essex House Hotel, and ended up eating here several times simply because the food is excellent, and the staff is amazing, especially Julio and Kevin behind the Bar. Hotel guests get a complementary glass of wine daily, as well as a food sampler. The food is amazing, everything tastes fresh... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Loved everything about this place. They do a free early evening tasting menu with free wine for hotel residents. Its an offer you cant refuse. Very clever marketing by the restaurant as once you sample the cuisine you are hooked and without thinking order more. The choice of house wine is fabulous. The staff were amazing and great company. Thanks... More

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New york
20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The Sushi was good and great presentations on everything . Drinks were also great and staff were cool and friendly . We couldn't be happier that we were. I'm not a big fans of Sushi and this was chose by my family and I don't regret it. It was just great. We will go back there if we visit Miami... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We walked Ocean Dr for about 30 minutes trying to find a nice quiet restaurant (didn't happen). We then veered up a side street and found the Essex Hotel with this restaurant. With no tables open inside we sat at the bar (best place to be). The food was fantastic and the service even better. Kevin kept making great Kir... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

having never eaten sushi before I was apprehensive. I did enjoy what I tried......Spicy Tuna. The atmosphere and environment you eat in are second to none. Service is excellent

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

I ran over to this place just because I was craving sushi and wow, all I can say is wow! Julio, the bartender was really helpful and basically told me what to order. I just let the man work. Really interesting take on tuna tataki, also a yellow tail roll with sriracha and jalapenos. Finally, the udon was very good... More

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Indialantic, Florida
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Great spot. Owned by the same group as the Clevelander Hotel. Tapas style. Our server, Andrew, was amazing! He knew the menu inside and out.

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We cannot rant more convincingly about Zen Sai... The eat service ever. The most delicious menu ever. The flavours of even the most standard dishes (like edamame) were so different to anything we've tasted before. The service was outstanding... Did I mention the service? Outstanding! The ambience was perfect, we had an outside table by the pool (there is only... More

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